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A Study in Scarlet Women (2017, Thorndike Press Large Print) No rating

"USA Today bestselling author Sherry Thomas turns the story of the renowned Sherlock Holmes upside …

We had a great book club meeting about this! All of us who were not already invested in the series are up for at least book 2. Talking it over made me feel better about my quibbles, and i am excited to read more.

Bonus question: the author is well known for her romances. Does anyone know what’s a good one of those to start with?

The found and the lost (2016) 5 stars

[This book] represents the first time that all of Le Guin novellas have been collected …

Heartily recommend

5 stars

I’m not quite done, but i double checked I’m on the last story and it’s so good. Most of the Earthsea stories were kind of a slog, but i loved the entire set of Hain/Werel ones, and I’ll be recommending the four generations of oregon women one forever.

Soulstar (2021, 4 stars

Not dense or heavy exactly

4 stars

But there’s a lot going on - the central relationship is not simple, the main plot revolving around the government (following nicely from the previous two books), a bit of a mystery, sympathy for characters hard done by. It was short and i read it fast, but still i needed a minute between most chapters to make room for all the feelings before diving into what next?

Air Logic (2019, Small Beer Press) 4 stars

In the aftermath of war and an assassination attempt, Karis and those who love her …

This series is good

4 stars

This is book four, as is right for an elemental series. I’m glad i got to read them after they were all published, and i just really like them. The characters are great and despite the sprawling family I almost never think there are too many of them. It feels almost fan fiction y at times, but only in the best way. Yes i want them all to care about each other and come up with happy endings. And mostly i get that.

The plot is good, but i almost don’t care because i care so much about the characters.

Death's End (2017, Head of Zeus Ltd) 4 stars

Half a century after the Doomsday Battle, the uneasy balance of Dark Forest Deterrence keeps …

This was my favorite of the trilogy

4 stars

In a lot of ways, i think this book could stand alone instead of being book three. It kind of starts the timeline over in the near future instead of picking up where the other books left off. With hibernation we are able to mostly follow a single person through the book, and that makes it feel coherent in a new way. It’s about the relationship with the larger universe much more than it’s about the Trisolarans. I’m glad we read these

Kitchen (Paperback, 1993, Grove Press) 4 stars

Banana Yoshimoto's novels have made her a sensation in Japan and all over the world, …

Good enough that i would read more by the author

4 stars

It’s two distinct stories and only one of them is about kitchens. But they are both tender stories of survivors and how they cope with the death around them. Big ole don’t read if you don’t want to think about death.

The City in the Middle of the Night (EBook, 2019, Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom) 3 stars

Would you give up everything to change the world?

Humanity clings to life on January--a …

I liked it so much!

4 stars

Four.five, thank you

It does a perfect job of being informed by a weird scifi setting, but not being just an exploration of the world. It’s about love and family and the way we’re tied to people.

But Also about really cool aliens and a world that’s hard for humans to live on.

What I Loved (2003, Picador (UK)) 5 stars

"What I Loved begins in New York in 1975, when art historian Leo Hertzberg discovers …

It was good

4 stars

Sad, but not only sad. I felt close to the characters, and comfortable with our narrator. It’s so Artsy and New York-y that it is almost a literary parody. But the important thing is the friendships.

The games (2012, Del Rey) 4 stars

"This stunning first novel from Nebula Award and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award finalist Ted Kosmatka …

Review of 'The games' on Goodreads

4 stars

Enjoyable thriller, and mostly I didn't see where things were going. None of the science annoyed me, but it never thrilled me with new possibilities either. The last 100 pages had me gripped though. I needed to know where this was going.[return][return]Total Bechdel test fail. Two female characters, both of whom were solely there to prop up our protagonist. A lot of stuff just felt unnecessary, failed to drive the larger plot. The sports car, (spoiler) the nephew being at the games. [return][return]For me, 4 stars is "good if you like this kind of thing". and this kind of thing is weakly scifi thriller novels that you'd rather not think too hard about. The problem with writing a review is that I went and thought!