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dorking around with old books for work and reading new books for fun; you can find me anywhere as wykenhimself; she/her

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66% complete! sarah has read 33 of 50 books.

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The dark angel (2018) 4 stars

'My favourite current crime series' Val McDermid Dr Ruth Galloway is flattered when she receives …

Always a Ruth stan

4 stars

I think I reviewed the previous in the series by complaining how soap opera Ruth’s personal life has gotten and it’s no less true here but I still love her and the series and thank heavens for Cathbad

The Heiress Effect (paperback, 2016, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform) 4 stars

Miss Jane Fairfield has made a career of social disaster. She wears outrageous gowns and …

Perfect fun

4 stars

It’s just a fluffy fun feminist romance with two very strong people who refuse to bend. I mean, it’s Milan and she’s great.

The Personal Librarian (paperback, 2021, Random House Large Print) 1 star

The remarkable, little-known story of Belle da Costa Greene, J. P. Morgan's personal librarian--who became …

An insulting romance and she deserves better

1 star

I hated this book. It’s a poorly written fictionalization of one of the most remarkable librarians, the woman who built the Morgan Library collections. All the book is interested in romanticizing her relationships with her father and JP Morgan and Berenson and justifying her mother’s decision to have the family pass as white. Meanwhile, Greene was mostly a self-taught expert in early printed books and manuscripts and art and there’s no focus on that. Her surviving letters make her sound witty and clever and these authors have just made her dull and flat. It’s an insult to Belle da Costa Greene. But one star for effort I guess

A Stranger in Town (paperback, 2021, Minotaur Books) 2 stars

Detective Casey Duncan has noticed fewer and fewer residents coming in to the hidden town …

too much convoluted conspiracy not enough people

2 stars

I really liked this series initially--a town hidden in the wilderness of Yukon, a new detective solving mysteries and learning to live in the woods. The characters were interesting and not obvious. And then. It's less of a series and more of a string of 6 books so far that follow a longggggg arc of who is responsible for the bogeymen in the woods and how evil actually is the corporation running the town. I might not be able to stop myself from reading until the series concludes, but I also might just try to dig up plot summaries as they come out.

A Closed and Common Orbit (Paperback, 2017, Hodder & Stoughton) 4 stars

Once, Lovelace had eyes and ears everywhere. She was a ship's artificial intelligence system - …

gentle and fierce

4 stars

I found this much more emotional of a read than I expected. The questions about what makes a person a person, and a home a home, and a family a family, not to mention what is the relationship between ourselves and our physical bodies— it’s a lot to handle! And the book does is so gently even as it’s really fierce on valuing lives and loves. Anyway. She’s so good, Becky Chambers.