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Chungledown Bim

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T. Kingfisher: Swordheart (2018, Argyll Productions) 4 stars

Halla is a housekeeper who has suddenly inherited her great-uncle's estate... and, unfortunately, his relatives. …

Cosy af

4 stars

What a fun read. Adventure! Travel! Magic! Tropes! Tropes! Tropes!

Light without being smug, sweet without being yuck, & a little bit of romantic yearning that doesn't cross into stupid.

It's the worldbuilding for me tho. A textured universe that I want to spend more time in.

Markus Zusak: The Book Thief (2006) 4 stars

The Book Thief is a novel by the Australian author Markus Zusak, and is his …

Wet cardboard

3 stars

It's historical misery porn, your Angela's Ashes or Kite Runner sort of deal. It's a bit smug & condescending which is a lot since it's pretty clear the author had no idea how to end it & panicked. The main character is devoid of personality & the cute trick of the narrator being the grim reaper gets old the second time it appears. I cried at the end but possibly because I was also ready for death to swing past one last time.

Will I ever learn to read a synopsis before starting a book? No. I blame the dice roll that chose this from my burgeoning 'to read' pile. Lousy roll

Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone: This Is How You Lose the Time War (Hardcover, 2019, Simon and Schuster) 4 stars

Two time-traveling agents from warring futures, working their way through the past, begin to exchange …


2 stars

I think I get it, it's jazz- two authors in an experimental flirtation. One author is scifi, the other enjoys regency epistolary romance. A cute experiment that never should have seen the light of day

The cringe. The prose is so awkward, so desperate. It's like Ready Player One, full of snide references- Do you get it? Do you see? Are you worthy of me & my enormous capacity for yellowing Tumblr memes & high-school literary reference?

Yeah, nah. Get in the bin.

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This one is short, but such a slog. Both protagonists seem utterly insufferable & I wish them upon each other. The writing is smug & overblown as a 14-year-old who got the fedora they wanted for Christmas. M'edgelord.

I'd have quit this shit, life's too short, BUT THEN my favourite thing in the world

🌈✨️ gay yearning ✨️🌈

"Or: Blue (she lets herself think that name once in a two-mooned month) read her letter and recoiled. Red wrote too much too fast. Her pen had a heart inside, and the nib was a wound in a vein. She stained the page with herself. She sometimes forgets what she wrote, save that it was true, and the writing hurt."

So now I have to finish. If I can. I hate it