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Persuader by Lee Child

Attempted to Read July 2022 Recommended for airplanes DNF   Please add this book to the tv series asap so I don’t have to read any more words. “The cop climbed out of his car exactly four minutes before he … Continue reading

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The Verifiers by Jane Pek

Read May 2022 Recommended for lit fic fans ★   ★   1/2 I should have liked The Verifiers, an amalgamation of three of my book interests: quirky New York women, mysteries, and identity exploration. Bonus, it even claimed to be about … Continue reading

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Crowbones by Anne Bishop

Read April 2022 Recommended for fans. Very ardent ones. ★   ★ And so continues my love-hate relationship with Anne Bishop’s The Others series. Although, to be honest, it’s really more of a guilty pleasure-outright disgust hookup, but that’s always more … Continue reading

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Silent Parade by Keigo Higashino

Read March 2022 Recommended for fans. Very ardent ones. ★   ★     I loved Higashino’s  Salvation of a Saint and The Devotion of Suspect X.  Malice and A Midsummer’s Equation were enjoyable, but not nearly as remarkable. This, though: this was … Continue reading

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Seven Down by David Whitton

Read February 2022 Recommended for fans of Less Than Zero Not for me A character study composed of unhappy, unlikable sleeper agents, formatted as a debriefing after an equally disastrous operation. The debriefing format means it’s told retrospectively, first person, … Continue reading

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Provenance by Ann Leckie

Read December, 2021 Recommended for people who don’t want to commit to the trilogy ★   ★     1/2   Note to self: Probably you should write a review right after you finish reading, no matter how uninspired you may find … Continue reading

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Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix Harrow

Read March 2021 Recommended for ★   1/2 I stalled. Why? Because it contains one trope I hate,¹ a character type I dislike,² and a plot choice I dislike³ with what is looking to be a fairly predictable story that’s lingering in the … Continue reading

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Echopraxia by Peter Watts

Read March 2021 Recommended for sincere, devoted Peter Watts fans ★   1/2 If it wasn’t for my co-readers of Blindsight encouraging ourselves onward, this would have been a solid DNF. While Blindsight explored what individuality and personality, Echopraxia mostly just … Continue reading

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Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City by K.J. Parker

Read February 2021 Recommended for engineers and military strategists  ★     ★      A solid meh on my enjoyment scale. Historical military fiction with a snarky first person narrator. Engineers will likely love this ode to their profession and … Continue reading

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To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers

Read December 2020 Recommended for fans of Chambers  ★     ★     1/2 A travelogue with frankly underdeveloped characters and a bonkers ending–and I don’t mean in the Gideon the Ninth kind of way. No, I mean in the Tana … Continue reading

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