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Lily Valley

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  • Birthday 01/12/1975

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  • Mortality. It's so LONG.
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  1. Ok. Finally finished Harrow. I am likely going to rank it #1 for the sheer gleeful Gore and the reference to Miette. Also NUN HUMOR!!! Only have City We Became left. I really enjoyed Black Sun as well. Felice not sure about the PDF. :(. I probably won't get through the series reading. I really took my time with Gideon and Harrow.
  2. And struggling with Harrow the Ninth. What in the HELLSCAPE OF VISCERA am I reading???
  3. Yes. It's the "Lieutenant" "Warden" "Prince what's his face" "Babs" "Lady Pent" stuff I had to write down. I did manage to catch the counting bit.
  4. Gideon is seriously growing on me. This is a book where a paper copy would have been helpful to keep the characters straight. I finally had to highlight all the houses in order to remember who was who and put them in my notes. It's also a locked room mystery which I LOVE. Really looking forward to reading Harrow. The epic swearing and depiction of women's sexual gaze is SO GOOD. This book got mixed reviews, it was a slow start for me so I can see why, but definitely worth it. I'm about 60% through it right now and it feels like I'm at a classic turning point. Digging it!! Thanks nerds for encouraging me to keep going. Bonus for Gideon:. Harrow reminds me so much of my first and long term Great Love. We started as enemies because we were kids. Totally hoping these two wind up hate kissing at some point. Anyone with thoughts on where to start best series? I should finish the novel category by Friday and the shorts by Monday or Tuesday. *Edit:. Gideon is free on KU right now.
  5. Really? I'll have to give it another shot after my speed reading binge. I really felt like it was bouncing off me. Also know I was missing a LOT by skimming the statuary passages. I liked Jonathan Strange more on the second read. I think I need to treat Clarke's books like I treat The Blind Assassin. I reread that every three years or so and it takes me a week. Raybearer sequel is out as well. Loved it. I inhaled The Last Graduate (squee!!) Sometimes I think that binge reading the Hugo's will impact my perception because of reading order. Like I'm bad DJing my reading perception. Nobody wants Berlioz after Earth Wind and Fire. Feeling fortunate that the packet is robust enough to create this type of dissonance. Right now it looks like I have 8000 pages of Tasmin Muir to finish, but I'll break before I read Jemison's newest or move on to the shorter works.
  6. Ok. Reading Gideon the 9th. Not sure why it put me off last year. I think the imagery was too grim and I was not in the mood for playful snark. I pushed through the grisly beginning and it's growing on me. Did not like the Relentless Moon. I haven't read any of the rest of the series. I was willing to go with "really unlikeable main character" until a few things happened that grated my last gay nerves. There's some room for discussion about the portrayal of feminism and how it's handled that would require reading more of this author's work. I will leave this as "not for me". Additional justification on Relentless Moon: I LOATHE Stephenson who similarly bloats his novels with his research. This book had a LOT of unnecessary asides about "Fun Facts about SPACE" that were distracting, especially so in first person delivery. I KNOW some of you enjoy this stuff @Ser Scot A EllisonEllison but I would like it shoved in a footnote, accompanying workbook, or (best option) in the author's notes, never ever to see the light of day. Loved Black Sun right until the ending. Piranesi was just...bizarre. I enjoyed Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell but there was a whole lot of description in this novel. A LOT. Fun afternoon read that involved heavy skimming on my part. Network effect:. Murderbot has grown on me now that Murderbot has quit whining so much. This was charming. I have to buy the new Jemison or wait on the Library.
  7. Ok, so I finished Deadly Education, Raybearer, Wizard's Guide, Legendborn. I'm still struggling with Cemetary boys (it's the teen boy angst that's putting me off. The fact that it's getting under my skin bespeaks how well this character is written). Haven't read Elatsoe yet either, but I have a copy. So far, Raybearer is the stand out. Deadly education was awesome, but the cliffhanger ending tore me up.
  8. I'm still smoking to keep Chats off me. How you doing? Sounds like I need to go back and catch up on some good grease.
  9. I can't believe it's been this long since I was here (OK I can). I'm out of town right now being a fucking ostrich about how much work I have to do. I absolutely INHALED Deadly Education. I had read T. Kingfisher's book last year on a day I didn't want to get out of bed. Working through the Lodey's now. I think next up is Cemetary Boys? Bummed that K. Eason's Rory Thorne Space operas didn't make it. But this COVID / Hurricane / Tornado time has been going on so loong I can't rememberr when anything was published.
  10. NO! B52s, give back my man. Or Candy Everyone loves Candy.
  11. That's an appalling pairing. How about Here comes Your Man by the Pixies. It's a good one. Even better, Beautiful by the GoGos
  12. Just got an email for free Pratchett from Tor.com. READ FORTH :hic:
  13. because LALALALALALA LALALALALAL LALALLALALALALALALA
  14. Fine. The Passenger is a crowd pleaser and if that doesn't work, Groove is In the Heart.
  15. Lively, eh? Definitely old Depeche Mode. Maybe Dreaming of Me.
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