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Mini(bot) Reviews: The Skyrim Library volume II

I’ve had this book on my shelves for far too long (and yes, it bothers me that I have II and not I and III as well) and I finally started reading it this year. I kept reading little bits and putting it aside for long periods until I decided it needed to be finished last month.

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Book Reviews: Charlie Jane Anders

While browsing my local library, I noticed Six Months, Three Days, Five Others and between its small size and strange cover art, I had to know what it was about. The sci-fi collection appealed to me, but I noticed the note about a short related to another of Anders’s books, All the Birds in the Sky. I didn’t want to feel like I was missing anything so I borrowed both.

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Book Review: The Witch and Other Tales Re-Told

The Witch and Other Tales Re-Told
By Jean Thompson

My Edition:
Paperback, 256 pages
2014, Plume
ISBN: 9780147516985

“Great fairy tales are not always stories designed for children,” says the back of the book. This is a shorts collection of retellings for adults, some familiar to me, some not, and one I quite enjoyed.

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Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
By Gail Honeyman

Not My Edition:
Paperback, 325 pages
2017, Penguin
ISBN: 9780735220690

Eleanor struggles with what many would consider normal social interactions – she says exactly what she’s thinking and as a result, tends not to have any friends. But she doesn’t need any friends. She has a job, she has her weekend habits involving pizza and vodka, and regular phone calls with her mother. When she meets Raymond, the IT guy at the office, however, she slowly begins to see just how much she’s missing out on.

I read this because Mum recommended it (actually, she told me I had to read it) and then almost immediately let me borrow her copy. I decided to give her a break and read it right away. I’m glad I did!

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Mini(bot) Reviews: The Ask and the Answer & Monsters of Men

After our mixed thoughts on the first of the Chaos Walking books, The Knife of Never Letting Go, Mum and I finished our buddy read of the series last month. I wanted to share some quick thoughts with you, though this could easily turn into a ranting review if I had the energy.

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Re-Review: The Ables

The Ables
By Jeremy Scott

My Edition:
ARC paperback, 399 pages
2019 reprint, Turner Publishing
ISBN: 9781684423361

Thank you to Turner Publishing for sending me this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

Phillip and his family just moved to the town of Freepoint, NY, but before he can start at his new school, his dad has “the talk” with him. Only this talk isn’t about the birds and the bees – it’s about Phillip’s superpowers. Excited to find that superheroes are real and his telekinesis makes him one, Phillip is ready for a new school year in a town populated with heroes and their helpers. His excitement dims when he discovers he’s been put into the special ed class; in addition to being a telekinetic, he’s also blind. When the school announces a training competition open to all students except those with disabilities, Phillip and his classmates band together to fight for their right to compete and prove that those with disabilities are just as powerful as those without.

This was a reread for me and I enjoyed the story more the second time around!

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Book Review: The Knife of Never Letting Go

The Knife of Never Letting Go
By Patrick Ness

My Edition:
Paperback, 512 pages
2014, Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763676186

Todd lives in Prentisstown – a place where all the residents can hear each other’s every thought. They call it Noise and even the animals have it. As Todd nears manhood, he discovers a secret which forces him to run for his life.,,only it’s hard to escape when the people after you can hear your thoughts.

This book has been on my shelves for –checks watch- an embarrassingly long time. I’ve always been “meaning to read it” just like every damn book, right? Well they’re making a movie and Mum wanted to read it beforehand. I’m glad she suggested a friend buddy read so I could finally experience this book! Mum kindly agreed to write up some of her thoughts too, so today I bring you our dual review (wow, sweet rhyme.)

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3 (More) Things I Loved About Kim Reaper (Volume 2: Vampire Island)

Kim Reaper Volume 2: Vampire Island
By Sarah Graley

My Edition:
Paperback, 110 page
2019, Oni Press
ISBN: 9781620106372

Kim and Becka are back! The two are trying to find time to date, but Kim’s terrible schedule as a part-time reaper is really making things hard. Not to mention, Becka really wants her best friend Tyler and Kim to get along, but it doesn’t seem to be working. In an effort to support Becka and Tyler’s love of Vampire Teen Drama (their favorite show), Kim takes the gang to Vampire Island. Only things don’t quite go as planned…

You might recall my first list of reasons why I enjoy this comic. I’m back to tell you even more reasons why I love this series.

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