#AchievementUnlocked. Gave my first nasty review in #goodreads. And I don't feel bad. That book deserved it. I went in expecting a archaelogical/historical analysis but it just happened to be speculative historical fiction.
For those curious, it's a #Tamil book available in #kindleunlimited. But my strong recommendation is to avoid it. #ScanmanRecommends #reading #books 📚 #Bookstodon
Things get weird in Kelly Link's collection, White Cat, Black Dog--inspired by classic folk tales. Read my review at https://abookishtype.wordpress.com/
Started Obie is Man Enough and the bullying is making my heart hurt. 💔 And from a former friend, too.
I'd like to do a matching fund to raise money for the #TransRightsReadathon but am not sure how. Anyone have a simple idea? Doing it through paypal charities seems a little iffy. They can hold onto the money for 45 days.
Book #6 of 2023 l, and 2nd food history book of the year!
#immigrantstories #foodhistory #americanhistory #foodwriting #bookstodon #books #reading
I’m super unimpressed with Bookwyrm, which is a shame, giving StoryGraph a try
I WILL move away from Goodreads or (preferably) die trying
Couple of the younger reader end of the new bookmail piles:
Katipo Joe : Wolf's Lair by Brian Falkner (3rd in this excellent series). https://www.austcrimefiction.org/book/katipo-joe-wolfs-lair
On the eve of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, Adolf Hitler is preparing to move from Bavaria to the ‘Wolf’s Lair’, his top secret headquarters in East Prussia. Little does he know that among his entourage is a British spy, teenager Joseph ‘Katipo’ St George, playing the part of a keen Hitler Youth who has been chosen as Hitler’s successor.
and (for something completely different)
Curses & Cousins by Helen Vivienne Fletcher (2nd in this also good series) https://www.austcrimefiction.org/book/curses-and-cousins
Adeline and Hemi finally have everything they ever wanted. A loving partnership, baby on the way, and who could forget Adeline’s beautiful assistance dog, Coco? But… things never stay peaceful for long when magic is involved. Hemi’s cousin arrives, bringing some unwelcome visitors with her. A whole host of ghosts have moved themselves in, and not one of them can hear Adeline.
Be sure and follow @pattyk
A great #Native #Indigenous author and super source of info and perspective!
Did you know the The Secret of Nimh had 2 sequels? Not the cheap DVD movies, I'm talking about book sequels by the original author's daughter. I didn't know either until I found them on the #InternetArchive available to borrow for an hour. These are stories from 1986. They're almost as old as I am.
#100DaysOfStickers Day 1, it's a fish reader sticker! Finally :thinkhappy: #mastoart #art #bookstodon #reading #stickers
I Have Some Questions For You (Highly Recommended) https://bookreviewsintenwords.wordpress.com/2023/03/20/i-have-some-questions-for-you-highly-recommended/
#bookstodon #bookreview #Books
I’m now officially obsessed with Edith Wharton’s writing. I owe my high school English teacher an apology for not actually reading Ethan Frome and sleeping through all the class discussions.
@Lowie @CherieAnne @pivoinebleue
“Women’s Work, the first 20,000 years”, by Elizabeth Wayland Barber.
Illuminated for the to-read pile: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/63007045-cities-of-women
In honour of new book Koala by Danielle Clode, what is your favourite Australian mammal?
Twist: I could only do four choices and the koala isn’t one of them.
I'm so excited to be the Los Angeles Times March Book Club author! Join me on 3/28 as I discuss “The Terraformers” with @LATimes columnist Carolina A. Miranda. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/la-times-book-club-annalee-newitz-discusses-the-terraformers-tickets-562571425277 #books #bookstodon #mooseromance #TheTerraformers #bookclub
All new episodes now live again! Check them out!
https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B0BXJSVD8X <-- Link
#kindlevella #book #readerscommunity #readersofmastodon #bookstodon #booktoot #bookstagram #readingcommunity #BooksWorthReading #BookTwitter #life #trauma #relationships #families #fiction #family #booktok #booklover #readersofinstagram #readersoflinkedin
A clock ticking in the empty den of the old house when no one’s around. Family pictures on the end tables, on the wall. Loomis has been gone for some time. He’s somewhere, but no one knows where. When he comes back, he’ll be...
#writing #literature #poetry #stories #adventures #language #reading #amwriting #books #prose #novels #writers #bookstodon #amreading #writersofmastodon
@shortshortshero guess I should put in an explainer- the book takes the Gospel of Luke and “translates” it into Franconian dialects of German. I guess it’s a bit of a niche book. Anyways…
#Fränkisch #Bookstodon #Bible
2-4 Cavalry Book 1: A New Hope
A story of mercenary combat set in the Hammer's Slammers universe in the Pollo Mountains.
Also available at Smashwords, Apple, Kobo,
Barnes & Noble, Scribd, and Odilo, Tolino, Vivlio
First in a series
#readersofmastodon #SciFi #ScienceFiction #SFF #BookLover #SelfPromo #bookstodon
#MilitarySF #Ebook #Paperback #MilitaryScifi #SciFiBooks #Books #Readers #ebooks
A United Planets Marine faces life in the future and fights a new alien race.
Amazon Kindle Vella: https://amzn.to/3zEhMxA (1st three episodes are FREE)
Also available at Apple, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Scribd, and Odilo, Tolino, Vivlio
#Kindlevella #scifi #ScienceFiction #SFF #kindlevellareaders #booklover
#bookstodon #selfpromo #MilitarySF #ebook #MilitaryScifi #SciFiBooks
"So many important things pass quickly without being understood at the time. So many powerful moments are buried beneath the absurd."
-- "Endymion (#Hyperion Cantos, Book 3)" by Dan Simmons, Gary Ruddell, 1995
Counting the days until this comes out!
#CalvinAndHobbes #comics #graphicnovel #books #bookstodon
"Denn fur kämpferische, kommunistische,und widerständige Juden und Judinnen ist wenig Platz in Schulbüchern, bei Gedenkveranstaltungen oder Instagram-Aktionen. Stattdessen überwiegen die _versöhnlichen_ und _wehrlosen_ jüdischen Stimmen. [...] Eine deutsche Öffentlichkeit übersetzt ihren Wunsch nach Versöhnung in eine Sehnsucht nach bestimmten jüdischen Geschichten [...]."
- Max #Czollek, #Versöhnungstheater
Here's another image used for my upcoming novel, Hydra Tower.
This shows the three main protagonists in the story. which is available for pre-order.
I also have a lot of merchandise on offer featuring this and the front cover art on the Kickstarter running until April 10
Check it out!
Help the little guy go big!
#Books #Reading #IndieAuthor #AuthorsofMastodon #Kaiju #Hydra #Fantasy #SwordsandSorcery #Bookstodon #Kickstarter #Crowdfunding
Recs for #TransRightsReadathon - I'm focusing on earlier books you might have missed!
Featuring Rachel Pollack, Tom Cho, Akwaeke Emezi, Yoon Ha Lee, @charliejane, Gabrielle Squailia, Ada Hoffmann, Polenth Blake, Kacen Callender, Katy Michelle Quinn, @rblemberg @andi, + bonus rec @LateOnsetGirl!
#trans @transbookstodon #TransLit #TransAuthors #SFF @bookstodon #Bookstodon #LGBTQIA #Recs #BogiReads
Something very cool and unexpected (because it’s been so long since we put in for it) just arrived from overseas….
Alright, #UrsulaKLeGuin fans, what am I missing?
Just fiction so far, and only a couple of the collections (that are part of bigger series that have novels as well).
A man wakes up in a hospital to discover that he has caught, and has recovered from, "the zombie virus." He's relieved. At first.
An old favorite with a new cover by NJ Barna! It's pay what you want in PDF and EPUB.
This ✨Wonderful✨ private note from an 87 year old #French #woman , #today 🤗
"Vive la #france !"
Anyone know a good #translator ?
#translation #books #bookstodon @bookstodon #writing #WritingCommunity #poetry #poetrycommunity #boost #Mastodon #introduction #introductions #Fediverse #SilentSunday #Monday #literature #readers
I’ve started collecting and reading the #books of movies I’ve seen, specifically #horror . The old books tend to be super short and some times expensive (looking at you Halloween!) but not always. Anyway, I found Squirm. It’s very like the movie but it’s also hilarious. #bookstodon #vintage #70s
Really enjoying The Clockwork Girl by Anna Mazzola! The ambiguous border between fantasy and historical fiction has me glued.
Surprise book delivery!! My wife heard me talking about this, so she surprise ordered it for me. Wasn't expecting mail for me, so I was pretty shocked. She of course wasn't and was snickering in the background when I opened the box confused. I usually don't get hardcovers. My copy of Priory of the Orange Tree is paperback. She spoils me. I wonder why she decided to get me a gift?
#bookstodon #prioryoftheorangetree #adayoffallennight
A few more lovely words and a tune before I bimble off into the sunset. Wishing you all a very glorious evening 💫 💖
"We must stay alive
to our place in the family
of green and breathing things
that use even our sighs
to make sweetness from light.
What grace. Allow what is simple
to be simple. Accept it as
Extract from Air by Victoria Adukwei Bulley
#Poetry #Bookstodon #Nature #Life #Quotes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aL8rWu7uGc0&list=RDEMLCF4ElvKOMp0u9KJAEu5qw&index=7
Today, March 20, in 1784, Catherine Earnshaw dies and Cathy Linton is born. 16 years later, Cathy meets Heathcliff and her cousin Hareton Earnshaw, who take her to visit her other cousin, Linton Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights, 1992)
#Film #Movies #Cinemastodon #Letterboxd #Literature #Bookstodon #WutheringHeights
"The equality of sentient beings, grounded in the logical irrelevance of the distinction between "me" and "you", is an idea that people through the ages rediscover, pass along, and extend to new living things, expanding the circle of sympathy ..."
#ClimateCatastrophe #OneWorld #Bookstodon #Quotes #Nature
"Here lies the land: every air
Beneath swift clouds, glad glints of sun,
Belonging to no-one but itself.
We are mere transients, who sing
It's westlin' winds and fernie braes,
Northern lights and siller tides,
Small folk playing our part."
Kathleen Jamie - Here Lies Our Land
#Poetry #Bookstodon #Life #Nature
Heavy Number, “by the author of ‘Turn Me On!’ and ‘Burnout’”. The 1979 7th Bantam printing of the 1976 teensploitation thriller.
New issue of my reading recommendation and tarot newsletter came out this morning! Free to subscribe and never miss a week of recs (unless I do 😂). https://open.substack.com/pub/amandareads/p/amanda-reads-issue-35?utm_source=direct&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web
"If people who ask you to 'educate' yourself are not able intelligently to defend their own ideological position, those people do not mean 'educate', rather 'parrot what I say, flatten all nuance, wish away complexity'"
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
These people are losing. Not quickly enough, but they *are* losing. ✊
#USPolitics #UKPolitics #Bookstodon #Fiction #HumanRights #Justice #KnowledgeIsPower #HardOfThinking #HopeNotHate
"It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have."
It's going to be an interesting week, cats and kittens ...
#UKPolitics #USPolitics #Bookstodon #BlackLiterature #Quotes
It’s a cozy, reading books in bed under my timber canopy in Switzerland kind of Monday.
#realestate #architecture #Switzerland #Swiss #homedecor #cottage #chalet #Bookstodon
"I'll leave the way of words to walk the wood
I'll be the forest's man, and greet the sun
And feel the silence blossom on my tongue
Neil Gaiman - Going Wodwo
#Bookstodon #Woodland #Walking #Quotes #Sunset
"When everything you look at starts to speak to you,
you have wholly embarked upon the journey.
When everything you see secrets its magic in your direction,
the path has begun to leak its secret.
As the migrants of long ago would say: the explorer becomes the path, in the end ..."
from Book of the Edge, Ece Temelkuran
#Poetry #Bookstodon #Nature #travel #quotes #Life #Perspective
I pledged per book to Felix’s Trans Rights Readathon on PledgeIt. Please join me, or find another reader to support for this event!
#TransRightsReadathon #bookstodon #TransRightsAreHumanRights
#365Stories in 2023 - 79/365
by Octavia E. Butler
The Tlic, an insectoid race, use humans to carry their eggs. Gan, a boy chosen to bear the eggs of T'Gatoi, a Tlic official, must assist her with surgery on a human who's being eaten alive by his hatched larvae.
Butler's unusual coming-of-age tale finds humans on the short end of a power imbalance; instead of conquering the Tlic, they become a commodity on an alien world.
⬆️ Oh. And recommended reading this week is @adamshostack's famous #ThreatModeling book 📚
If you don't have it yet, grab a copy.
Dragon's Call 👑 🔥 A place to keep track of your many adventures!
This style of bookbinding always reads as a ledger to
me, so I went with the idea of an DnD adventurer's log
book. I thought the grain on the leather was a nice companion to the dragon pattern.
The end pages are lokta paper with brown and gold
paint sprinkled on for extra sparkle!
#DnD #Bookbinding #MastoArt #DnDArt #TTRPG #Fantasy #Bookstodon
"The more I read, the more I felt connected across time to other lives and deeper sympathies. I felt less isolated. I wasn't floating on my little raft in the present; there were bridges that led over to solid ground. Yes, the past is another country, but one that we can visit, and once there we can bring back the things we need."
- Jeanette Winterson in 'Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?'
Thrilled to announce that my supernatural mystery novel, Bleak Waters, will be released on kindle through Darkstroke Books on Friday 14th April 2023.
Paperback to follow summer 2023.
U.K. pre-orders here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0BYXF7LKK
Amazon.com pre-orders here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BYXF7LKK
‘The House With 46 Chimneys’ is a spooky adventure story for younger readers involving a two-century old family mystery and the haunting of Dunmore Park, a ruined house in central Scotland. This distant view of the ruins shows their sheer size - and over half the remaining chimneys that give the novel its title.
Find out more on my website:
Buy the paperback edition here:
Buy the Kindle edition here:
📕Shooters by Julia Boggio 📕
‘Yes, it is a romantic comedy but it is also about a woman who gives herself permission to go for it.’
See my 5⭐️ review https://www.instagram.com/p/CqAqwFrouKT/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=
#bookreview #bookblogger #bookreviewer #bookstodon @bookstodon #newrelease
📣📣 Now’s your chance authors 📣📣
Shout it loud & proud, as much as you want AS LONG AS IT’S ON THIS THREAD
#MarketingMonday #bookblogger #authorsofmastodon #bookstodon @bookstodon #bookworm
#ReadingOnTrains (hopefully a prelude to a relaxed day - using up some of my overtime hours)
Review:Some Desperate Glory by Emily Tesh
A surprisingly emotionally complex novel about the stories we are told about the world around us, and how those stories survive contact with our own experiences of life.
@chloroform_tea has tbe NOAF review at the blog: http://www.nerds-feather.com/2023/03/review-some-desperate-glory-by-emily.html
Maybe the most beautiful bookstore I’ve ever been to, Arundel Books in #Seattle.
Hey #SciFi #Fantasy and #Horror readers! 🚀🧚♂️💀
I would love to hear about any works that you've read (old or new, long or short, prose or poetry) that you felt had interesting, effective, or just plain relatable representations of mental health challenges or trauma. I'm interested in both literal and metaphorical representations.
I'd also be grateful for any boosts ❤
#SpeculativeFiction #MentalHealth #Trauma #SFF #SFFH #Bookstodon #Books #Reading
5 enthusiastic stars to The Terraformers by @annaleen
@bookstodon #BooksOfMastodon #Bookstodon #Reading
Hey #bookstodon and #gardening peeps - does anyone have recommendations about the growing and care of #herbs - medicinal and nutritional? 🌿
I'm looking for something that examines how herbs can be healthy. Hopefully somewhere in between dry and scientific and full on mysticism.
Finished a re-read of Becky Chambers’ A Closed and Common Orbit. Just as delightful as the first time.
Becky Chambers books are my comfort reads at this point.
Examples of coir books include:
Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn
Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies by Misha Popp
An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten
Friends in Need by Elliott Hay (aka me)
#books #bookstodon #booksbooksbooks #mysterynovels #cozyreads #bookworm #bookwormproblems
Review of "Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender-Nonconforming Children" by Diane Ehrensaft
I definitely learned a lot from this book. It is heartfelt and empathic, written by a psychologist dedicated to the well-being of children and to defending gender creative, non-conforming, questioning, genderfluid and trans children and youth.
It covers a lot of ground in its eight chapters, but the main takeaway is that the children know best, that we (adults) must listen, hear, trust, believe, and support them as they create their own selves and identities that fit them best, regardless of what society/parents/experts think.
Written from a psychoanalytical lens, Ehrensaft examines what gender is, how gender emerges and manifests in young children, how the family can best support gender non-conforming children, how parents can best support the transition of their child, the different options available for gender-affirming treatment, how to deal with other family members and society at large, and finally, how therapists can best provide care and support to gender creative children. Parts of the text, such as how to handle siblings or how to be a good therapist, weren't so relevant to me, but surely would meet the needs of some readers.
Throughout, Ehrensaft really brings her points home by providing numerous compelling case studies of both the right and wrong ways to do things, of how to handle different life situations as they arise, and in general of how to be the best possible parent to a gender creative child, regardless of how that child's gender manifests on the gender "web" or "spectrum." She also importantly pushes back strongly against therapists and treatments that only believe in the gender binary and seek to label non-conforming children as having a "disorder" who must be "corrected."
Overall, an important, insightful, professional, compassionate text all too necessary in our current moment. Highly recommended.
The sun is out, I'm catching up on #editing-related #news, sea shanties are playing on my computer, the doggo is curled up napping in my office, it's Friday, and it's St. Patrick's Day. I'm calling today excellent. ☘️🍀😊
Anyone know what's up with Barbara Hambly's new book The Iron Princess? I pre-ordered it and yesterday got a notification that it had been cancelled because it was out of stock. I checked Amazon and they also only seem to have the ebook version. I love Barbara Hambly's books and really want the physical edition.
Boosts appreciated since this is somewhat of a niche ask.
if you're here because you have concerns about #algorithms and #AI, and have ever wondered about how it all might affect your #healthcare, well, I wrote a book about that, and it seems it's not exactly #ScienceFiction anymore
#books #bookstodon #thriller #WritingCommunity #ReadingCommunity #MedMastodon
Book seven of 2023 finished yesterday:
'The Shards' by Bret Easton Ellis
Generally his novels are short, sharp, and brutal. This had the same disconnected and detached style... but man, it was a slog. Probably worked better as the original podcast.
Enjoyed it, but it's not my favourite of his. But then my favourite is 'Lunar Park’ and I'm definitely in a minority there.
I've been reading (listening to) the selected stories of Patricia Highsmith. Oof! Just one moment of jagged awkwardness, or unexpected violence, or psychological violence, after another. Loneliness is maybe the overarching theme: people who cannot connect with others, or feel cut off from the world even when they're in the thick of it. #ShortStories #PatriciaHighsmith #bookstodon #books
My Kindle chose to start dying so I replaced it with a Kobo, and wow, I love it. @bookstodon #Bookstodon #Reading #ereaders
Thank you HIStalk for this #BookReview!
"...a compelling read that ricochets off the dangers of big data, corporate ambition, and what doctors are supposed to do when told that AI will be taking over their decision-making. It is really written like a movie screenplay, mostly 'show don’t tell' scenes rather than exposition, playing for me like an episode of 'Black Mirror.' ...remarkably well crafted and hard to put down."
#books #bookstodon #AI #thriller #MedMastodon
Lest we forget.
Stayed up too late last night finishing The Mimicking of Known Successes, a really interesting novella by @older. A bit of cozy Holmes/Watson, mixed with wonderfully subtle sci-fi world building (and sociology), and a touch of slow burn romance. The title is *chef’s kiss* perfection. Strongly recommend. Can’t wait for the next story next year. #bookstodon
I'm looking for beta readers into experimental stuff.
I have a really good book. In a pop-culture library, it would be shelved somewhere between Le Guin and the Wachowskis. It's a contemporary hard sci-fi mystery.
The story is told in such a way that I can compile it into into two separate, shorter books… I think. A "Human Version" and an "Alien Version" (POVs). I'm curious if it really works, and for that I need fresh eyes.
Curious? Let me know!
It's not every day that you and your brilliant co-editor Emily Strand submit your completed book to your publisher, but today is that day for me!
More information on STAR WARS: ESSAYS EXPLORING A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY, the sibling to our previously-submitted and also-forthcoming anthology STAR TREK: ESSAYS EXPLORING THE FINAL FRONTIER, will be coming soon!
#StarWars #StarTrek #PopularCultureStudies #ScienceFictionStudies #MediaStudies #Academics #Books #Bookstodon #SFF