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Finished "Killers of the Flower Moon" pretty quickly and then quickly went through "Beyond the Dark Veil" and another book, "Freak Babylon," but the reading's been slow going since.

My To Read pile has like 50 books in it, and I grabbed this one on a WWII spy named Virginia Hall, but it's such a dry book and she's super judgey about sex workers, referring to them as her "tart friends." Trying to get SOMETHING finished I picked up where I left off in this graphic novel "Kings in Disguise," but it's also been super dry.

So now I'm in the middle of five books or so, just trying to finish something.
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I've read Star Wars books this year...

Original Thrawn trilogy, the EU ep7-9 and vastly better than the Disney movies:
Heir to the Empire
Dark Forces Rising
The Last Command
- All Timothy Zahn. Can't wait to read more of his stuff.

Darth Plageuis = my favorite so far. Holy crap this was incredible and impressively dark/serious for SW. It is 100% dedicated to focusing on two villains and that was freaking awesome.

Started up...

Labyrinth of Evil, which is the first in the "Dark Lord" trilogy (with the apparently extremely good novelization of Ep3 being the second book). James Luceno did books 1 here and the third one, who also did Darth Plageuis. I can tell this guy is going to be one of my favorite SW authors.
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Since quarantine has given me some time, I've been reading a lot and ordering the books through to support independent stores (because fuck Amazon.)

Since starting lockdown, I've read:

- "Seducing and Killing Nazis: Hannie, Truus and Freddie: Dutch Resistance Heroines of WWII"
by. Sophie Poldermans

- "Voodoo in New Orleans"
by. Robert Tallant

- "The Lost Diary Of Count Von Cosel"
by. Carl Von Cosel and David L Sloan IV

- "Heimskringla"
by Snorri Sturlusson

- "The Pirate Lafitte and the Battle of New Orleans"
by Robert Tallant

- "Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present"
by. Harriet A. Washington

- "Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs"
by. Caitlin Doughty

- "Fangs"
by. Sarah Andersen

And right now I'm working my way through "Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI" by David Grann and "Boxcar Bertha: An Autobiography."
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Reading "The Halloween Tree" by Ray Bradbury to my clients. It's going OK.
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Originally posted by Elara
How was "I'll Be Gone in the Dark"? I have been meaning to pick it up.

I only got through the first few chapters. I just haven't had the time. What I read was really good. Michelle did a massive amount of research and it shows. She writes sympathetically toward the victims.

Anyway, finally read "James and the Giant Peach" to my clients. They enjoyed it.
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How was "I'll Be Gone in the Dark"? I have been meaning to pick it up.

New books for the year:

"Frame Up" - Woman that works for a comic book publisher in Los Angeles gets pulled into a murder investigation when it appears that a serial killer is recreating events from the publisher's iconic superhero line... that is about to be relaunched. It was very entertaining.

"Victoria" - Historical fiction on the early life and reign of Queen Victoria. I believe there was a show based on it? It was actually very entertaining and I think did a lot to draw attention to a figure who is mostly looked at later in her life.

"Smoke & Summons" - Centered around a girl named Sandis, who has been sold into service as a human vessel for a spirit known as a numina and used as a living weapon by her master. She chooses to run in order to save herself.

"Myths & Mortals" - The second book in the numina series. Continuing adventures of Sandis as she tries to ensure her former master's plans do not succeed.

"The Hangman's Daughter" - Set in 17th century Bavaria, the novel not only is about solving a series of murders and saving an innocent midwife from being executed for witchcraft... it actually goes into the role of hangmen in German society, how they operated, how they were viewed. It was all really interesting. Turns out the author based his main character after one of his actual ancestors.

"Dark Monk" - Sequel to Hangman's Daughter. I am currently reading it, but this one involves a mysterious band of robbers hiding in the woods around the region and the poisoning of a local priest that may be tied to a hunt for hidden Templar treasure.

"The Handmaiden's Tale" - Actually reading this for the book club. I plowed through the first 24 chapters on my flight home from Chicago, so I had to stop and switch over to Dark Monk until the rest of the group catches up. I have never watched the show, but I know enough about it that the early confusing things made a bit more sense.
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Almost done with "How To Train Your Dragon," which I've been reading out loud to my clients.

Otherwise I've started reading Michelle McNamara's "I'll Be Gone in the Dark," about the Golden State Killer, and the memoir "Black Klansman."

For some reason I tend to read more non-fiction and can't get into fiction almost at all.
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Finished "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" with the clients. Now, I'm apparently going to start reading the novelization to "Star Wars: A New Hope" because a client requested it.

For some reason it's gotten around work that I'm obsessed with Star Wars.
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I've gotten back into reading comics. I mean, I'd always been reading trade paperbacks, but I've actually been going to the comic shops and tracking down issues that I want to read and collect ("Saga" lately since waiting for the trade is ridiculous and I heard there was a major death.)

In my own way, I want to help support the industry again.

Anyway, Rogue and Gambit finally got married.
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Originally posted by Rogue
Been reading "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" to my clients. I've never read it before. I've nearly teared up a few times. There's so much more to the book than the movie.

Heh, there usually is a lot more to the books. There's something about words that just don't come across the same when it's directly pictured to you.
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Been reading "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" to my clients. I've never read it before. I've nearly teared up a few times. There's so much more to the book than the movie.
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Finished reading the first book in "A Series of Unfortunate Events." I didn't like it.

Also finished reading "Here Shall I Die Ashore," about Stephen Hopkins and his journeys to Jamestown (shipwrecking in Bermuda, causing a small mutiny and then inspiring a character in Shakespeare's "The Tempest") and his time on the Mayflower and his life in Plymouth Colony. Read it during our honeymoon road trip. My dad and I are direct descendants and I wanted to read about him before we visited some of the sights in Massachusetts.

Have also been reading "Mark Twain in the Company of Women," taking a feminist approach at how Samuel Clemens was affected by the ladies in his life, particularly his wife, Olivia. It's a great read, especially since most critics complain that Livy either had a negative effect on his writing or no effect at all. He wrote his best-known works when he was with her. Even with him documented writing to friends, saying she edited his work, all these male critics and writers claim she really didn't.
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Yeah, I was very surprised at the differences when I read it. But it just would not be the same without Gene Wilder in the movie.

So, that book club... they keep going with YA stuff and it has proven very hit and miss... but here is what we have so far:

The Bear and the Nightengale - Already mentioned, but actually a pretty good story and interesting enough that I want to read the rest of the series to see how they finish it. Also, I enjoy Russian folklore and the author actually did research. I like authors that do research.

Six of Crows - Fantasy heist story set in a world where there is magic, but the people that channel it have a stigma of sorts attached to them. It was interesting overall and had some nice steampunk elements, but could definitely have been better. I do want to get the second book but mostly because of it ending on a cliffhanger.

Stalking Jack the Ripper - Oh dear gods. Okay... so this is one of the books that James Patterson slapped his name on for a YA line (Jimmy Patterson) to get it to sell. The characters are poorly written, red herrings are EVERYWHERE, the author did a half-assed job of researching the period... it was just bad.

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of OrĂ¯sha) - This was a book that I suggested that got passed over for the Ripper book. It is set in a fantasy world based strongly in West African mythology and deals with the concepts of racism and prejudice in a magical setting. Magi are basically extinct, and their children who never came into their powers are second class citizens. The protaganist is on a quest to bring the Magi powers back. It was very well written, and I enjoyed it deeply. Honestly, I recommend it to anyone looking for a quick read.

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Reading "Charile and the the Chocolate Factory" to my clients. I'd never read it before. I'm kind of amused by how it would have been a totally different story were it more recently written.
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Currently working through Fire and Fury because I just had to read about the trainwreck... it is a hard read. I am reading it out loud for Kaleb's benefit, so we have to take a break after a few chapters and just go, "Wow... just... wow."

Also read The Bear and the Nightengale by Katherine Arden for the book club I got roped into. It was a very interesting and fast read based around Russian folk tales. It is also the first book in a trilogy, and I admit that I kind of want to get the other two books now... I hesitate only because of the move and the fact that the kindle version is more expensive than the paperback.

Side rant... seriously, how can publishers justify the e-book edition costing the same or more than the physical copy? There is no material cost! No paper, no shipping! It is ridiculous! I am not saying it should be free or, like, $1... but 1/2 to 3/4 price would be a far more reasonable amount.
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I actually haven't seen the movie. I'm pretty much waiting 'til it hits Netflix or HBO Now. The consensus seems to be that's it's pretty, but the story and acting are terrible.

Which is sort of how I've been feeling about the books, so perhaps they're a faithful adaptation?

Currently reading my copy of "Henry and Glenn Forever," a collection of comic strips about Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig as a gay couple.
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I am curious, did you see the movie to compare?

But yeah, I remember reading about how heavily Valerian and Laureline influenced Star Wars... so it is really that strong?

Slowly moving through a re-read of American Gods because of the Starz show. Kinda slowed down since I got distracted by other things *cough*GameofThrones*cough*
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Been reading the "Valerian and Laureline" series translated from its original French. It's what Luc Besson's new-ish movie, "Valerian," is based on. I'd actually been reading them before I discovered they'd made a movie, but they've actually been fairly daunting to get through, even though they're considerably short.

I mean, the illustrations are pretty great, but the stories are just not that absorbing for me.

Still, this series was coming out in the late '60s and early '70s. You can see A LOT of influence on "Star Wars" in the visuals.
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If you like viking stories, it's quite good. The books are huge in appearance, but they read so fast. I've been getting them through the library on inter-library loans.

I actually haven't seen or read "Berserk," though I'd heard a lot of great talk about it from a friend many years ago.
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I hear amazing things about that one. Unlike modern day Berserk.

Maybe I'll read stuff someday...
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