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QuinoaQueen

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Actively moving from Goodreads, hopefully more people start using this site. :) My star ratings are: 1 - did not like, 2 - it was ok, 3 - liked it, 4 - really liked it, 5 - loved it A three star book is still a good book!

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25% complete! QuinoaQueen has read 3 of 12 books.

Ada Palmer: Too Like the Lightning (Hardcover, 2016, Tor Books) 4 stars

"The world into which Mycroft and Carlyle have been born is as strange to our …

I can't give this book a rating because I dnf'd at around 30 pages in. The premise seemed interesting, but the prose came off as pretentious. The narrator kept monologuing and I didn't feel like slogging through page after page of hand-holding so the reader can understand exactly what the author wanted. It's a bit disappointing because I was excited to read it. Maybe I'll pick it up over the summer.

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Becky Chambers: A Prayer for the Crown-Shy (Hardcover, 2022, Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom) 4 stars

After touring the rural areas of Panga, Sibling Dex (a Tea Monk of some renown) …

Beautiful book. I am amazed at Becky Chamber's magic abilities.

5 stars

Content warning General spoilers

Becky Chambers: A Prayer for the Crown-Shy (Hardcover, 2022, Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom) 4 stars

After touring the rural areas of Panga, Sibling Dex (a Tea Monk of some renown) …

Another refreshing slice of life story about Dex and Mosscap's travels

4 stars

Becky Chambers has a way of bringing the text down to the little details, reminding the reader to slow down and look at the flowers for a while. There are so many good lines in here that talk about self love and the importance of rest and community.

I adored getting to see more of the setting that Dex and Mosscap travel through. Seeing the different ways of life and philosophies surrounding survival (or in this utopian world, comfort) called me to reflect on how I live, and brought my understanding of myself into better focus.

4/5 for being another beautiful book. I truly believe that everyone will be able to get something positive out of reading this duology.

Maeve Binchy: A week in winter (2012, Orion) 4 stars

"The Sheedy sisters had lived in Stone House for as long as anyone could remember. …

Cozy and Delightful

4 stars

Focusing on the relationships developed throughout life, young and old, and how bringing people together can change people. The focus on female characters and life as a woman felt very real, and Binchy adds it to her stories in ways that don't feel unplanned or added for shock.

This book feels like life, and a reminder that we don't know where life takes us, and that in the end, more often than not, things will be okay.

4/5 Recommended for readers who enjoy multiple POVs, a wide array of characters with different voices and outlooks on life, and cozy books that focus on people and the little things.

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T. Kingfisher: What Moves the Dead (Hardcover, 2022, Tor Nightfire) 4 stars

From T. Kingfisher, the award-winning author of The Twisted Ones, comes What Moves the Dead, …

Second half was great

4 stars

It did not try to escape. That was somehow the most horrible part of all. It crawled back to its position in the circle of hares and it sat up, despite half its skull being missing. It turned its head so that its remaining eye pointed at me and tucked its paws against its chest like all the others. Whatever looked out at me through that eye was not a hare. My nerve broke and I ran.

First off, this isn't the sort of story you should read when your neighborhood is bunny central, no more morning tea saying softly good morning to them anymore.

Inspired by Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher, Alex is back from the war and going to their friend's house in the country to check on childhood friends. They received a letter from Roderick claiming that his sister Madeline has fallen ill. When …

T. Kingfisher: What Moves the Dead (Hardcover, 2022, Tor Nightfire) 4 stars

From T. Kingfisher, the award-winning author of The Twisted Ones, comes What Moves the Dead, …

Mmmm, Gore and Fungi

4 stars

So…probably should have read House of Usher first. As such, references and the quality of the adaptation is lost on me. But otherwise, what a delightfully horrible book! It takes quite a lot for horror to get to me, but Kingfisher’s prose is vibrant, detailed, and wonderfully skin-crawling.

The main character has great narration with lots of care put into kan descriptive choices and dialogue. This book touches on many topics; fungi, war and PTSD, the unfortunate state of being American (lol), and queerness that is respected and ingrained in the man characters culture of kan home country.

4/5 and an excellent, quick read! Recommended for those who want body horror, queer rep, characters with actual personalities, and thrilling writing that had me eating up the pages.