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el dang

eldang@bookwyrm.social

Joined 1 year, 6 months ago

Also eldang@weirder.earth

I'm currently the coordinator of the #SFFBookClub so a lot of what I'm reading is suggestions from there.

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The Accidental Alchemist No rating

When Zoe Faust--herbalist, alchemist, and recent transplant to Portland, Oregon--begins unpacking her bags, she can't …

Fun, albeit flawed

3 stars

This was a fun light read, engaging enough to get me turning the pages and worrying that one of the characters I liked would turn out to be the culprit. But it was also sort of formulaic, and could really have done with an editor. The love interest was telegraphed about 15 times before the narrator admitted it, and several important details seemed to be introduced 3 times in 3 consecutive paragraphs.

Took me a while to pick the Gogol back up because the antisemitism of "St. John's Eve" was so overwhelming. I'm glad I did though. "A May Night" is delightfully weird and I was actually able to enjoy it.

I may just skip Taras Bulba because I've heard that that's particularly hateful about both Jews and Turks, but it looks like I'll at least be able to enjoy the rest of the collection.

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Content warning Four Hundred Souls (CW: slavery)

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@whami It's always interesting reading reviews from someone who had a very different response to the book, because it's not like one of us is right and one is wrong. I'm definitely hoping that the next book gives more space to Anden and Wen, but I feel like it is set up to. I clearly engaged more with the main characters than you did, and I can't really explain why. I do think Hilo is the least interesting one, and I'm glad it became more Shae's story over time.

I took the ending as a testament to Hilo's utter desperation - that it was this or actual surrender, and he'd only choose something this deceitful (and risky to Anden who he clearly feels protective over) because he felt that those were the only two options left. I am also curious whether the dirtiness of the trick comes back to haunt …

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@whami It's always interesting reading reviews from someone who had a very different response to the book, because it's not like one of us is right and one is wrong. I'm definitely hoping that the next book gives more space to Anden and Wen, but I feel like it is set up to. I clearly engaged more with the main characters than you did, and I can't really explain why. I do think Hilo is the least interesting one, and I'm glad it became more Shae's story over time.

I took the ending as a testament to Hilo's utter desperation - that it was this or actual surrender, and he'd only choose something this deceitful (and risky to Anden who he clearly feels protective over) because he felt that those were the only two options left. I am also curious whether the dirtiness of the trick comes back to haunt …

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urgh, the first story in the Gogol compilation dropped enough casual antisemitism that I didn't really process what the story was about, and I haven't had the gumption to read the next one yet. I hope they're not all like this, because I would like to be less clueless about this author.

Content warning Dune ending spoilers