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Joined 6 months, 3 weeks ago

I read mostly SFF and horror, leaning towards the Weird and LGBTQIA+, Jewish, Autistic, and otherwise diverse authors and themes. Books are my favorite activity (reading, writing or drawing in, making).

Nonbinary, pronouns they/them

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Join (2016) 3 stars

"What if you could live multiple lives simultaneously, have constant, perfect companionship, and never die? …

I struggled with my opinion on this throughout

3 stars

Content warning Spoilers for halfway through and ending!

There's No Such Thing as an Easy Job (2021, Bloomsbury Publishing) 5 stars

A woman walks into an employment agency and requests a job that requires no reading, …

Review of "There's No Such Thing as an Easy Job" on 'Storygraph'

5 stars

The unnamed protagonist’s struggles with burnout, and yet her urges to self-sabotage by forming just the types of connections and doing just the kind of over-work that got her here in the first place… extremely relatable. And there are so many detailed descriptions of delicious food… 

The Library of the Dead (Paperback) 5 stars

Review of 'The Library of the Dead' on 'Storygraph'

5 stars

Ropa’s voice is one of the best things about this book, she’s a little punk with a heard of solid gold and from the top where it seems like we’re going to have a fairly straightforward “medium helps a ghost” story through when it gets much darker and stranger, it’s her humor and thoughtfulness that keeps you mindful of the stakes. Really enjoyed this, I can’t wait to see how she tackles her next set of problems. 

Review of 'Strange Beasts of China' on 'Storygraph'

5 stars

I loved this. The structure of the book is that each chapter focuses on a species of these sentient, generally humanoid Beasts that live in the city of Yong’an - their history, their biology, their favorite foods, the industry they work in. But each chapter includes the trials and travails of the writer as well, and they add up to a singular overarching story that is funny and poignant and satisfying. 

The Border Keeper (Paperback, 2019, 4 stars

Review of 'The Border Keeper' on 'Storygraph'

3 stars

I enjoyed the world building a great deal, the imagery of the different realms and cities, and their different rules, reminded me of fantasists like Moorcock, Barker. Lurid and beautiful. The plot, however, felt almost unnecessary? It was a bit meandering, and I didn’t feel particularly attached to what was going on. I just wanted to see more cities. 

The Chosen and the Beautiful (2021, Tordotcom) 4 stars

Jordan Baker grows up in the most rarefied circles of 1920s American society—she has money, …

Review of 'The Chosen and the Beautiful' on 'Storygraph'

4 stars

Vo does an incredible job of complementing the feeling and tone of Great Gatsby while adding magical flourishes and giving Jordan a unique backstory and voice of her own.