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Annihilation

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I read this book with my husband’s cousin (he’s a sci-fi fan) after I saw the movie trailer. I could see this turning into an interesting series. I can’t really tell you what it’s about other than four women go into a place known as Area X to deliver back information on what is there. There are lots of weird plants and creepy creatures and things. I’m glad it’s being made into a movie because it would make a much better movie / tv show. Some of the scenes are begging to be played out visually. I will continue reading the other two in the trilogy. I think. Book two in a series is always the worst and I often end up never finishing..

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Annihilation Movie

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Squee!

I’m so excited for Origin by Dan Brown. I already have it pre-ordered.

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I’ve been relatively silent because I’m working through The Resurrection of Joan Ashby. Very long.

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Desk Stack

I have lots and lots of books on my desk right now. So I thought I’d share a few. Mind you, I’ve started none of these books. I’m on page 0 with every single one. So if you’ve read them or have heard things let me know and help me make my stack smaller by process of elimination.

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Kindred : the graphic novel adaptation by Octavia Butler. Ok so I lied. I’m on page 31 with this one. So far so good.

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The Snowman by Jo Nesbø. I saw the movie trailer for this one when I went to go see Atomic Blonde last month and it looked equally parts scary and suspenseful. I typically hate scary movies but I think this one might be similar to Taking Lives. By that I mean it’s more about the detective and his relationship with people than about the serial killer. More suspenseful than horror-like. I’ll try the book first. See if I make it.

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Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan. I saw this one on the Book Riot newsletter. It reminded me of A Discovery of Witches, with which I am obsessed. Speaking of, if you love the All Souls trilogy get ready to squeal. It’s being filmed for TV AS.WE.SPEAK!

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Tales of Falling and Flying by Ben Loory. A short story collection that I may or may not open.

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Still Life : Inspector Gamache

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This author amazes me. Still Life is the first book in a Canadian mystery series. It was published in 2005 and she now has 13 in the series. That means she basically pumps out a book a year. Which is awesome. She’s like a female James Patterson but without as much notoriety.

I found this to be a great mystery. Not quite a cozy, but definitely not as edgy as the Tana French series (review of book one in that series here). I like the characters. I definitely won’t read all 13 of them. The only thing I don’t like is that Three Pines is supposedly such a small town it wasn’t on the map and yet there’s 13 books about murders there. How many people can really be murderers in a small town? Quick summary below. Also, I watched the movie and it wasn’t half bad. Worth the view if you liked the book.

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.”

Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge : a book set around a holiday other than Christmas (the murder was set the day before Thanksgiving)

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A Wrinkle in Time

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I read the book. It was only 100 something pages. Very quick. I liked it. I’m sad I didn’t read it as a kid because some people I talked to did and really enjoyed it. I probably would’ve enjoyed it more if I was a kid. Cynical adult view and all that nonsense. But I wanted to finish it before the movie. As a rule, that’s how I work. Annoyingly, as an adult, I noticed the book had some religious comments that I wasn’t prepared for – i.e. those who believe in God will prevail and no harm will come to you. That wouldn’t fly these days. Talking about God is not a normal thing in kids books and you’re immediately called out for it if you do. Even heavy handed morals aren’t really accepted these days. However, it was a good story and a quick read. In the vein of Lion Witch  & the Wardrobe (which also religious undertones because – C.S. Lewis..) I wonder if L’Engle is the same as Lewis in that you should go in prepared for religious comments. I don’t know anything about her. I should look.

Side note. It has a corresponding graphic novel. It won the Newbery Award in 1963.

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Wonderstruck Trailer

I didn’t even know Wonderstruck was going to be a movie!

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