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  • I felt like Station Eleven could have been amazing, and it just didn't live up to its promise.

    I am rereading the Aubrey-Maturin books by Patrick O'Brian because winter comfort food reading, and trying to get through the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I kind of hate the latter, as it is overly precious for me. And I am already tidy, so I should be on board with talk of minimalism, but this book bugs the crap out of me.

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    • I liked Station Eleven well enough but I didn't *love* it in the way so many others did.

      The best book I read last year was A Little Life but I have a hard time recommending it to anyone because it's so dark and 700 pages of self-harm and violence and rape. But it really was amazing and so, so powerful. The most overrated book I read was Fates & Furies, I think.

      I just read Purity which admittedly is my first Franzen and... meh.

      I'm reading a short story collection now (The Wonder Garden) because I'm trying to diversify in 2016 and I just downloaded When Breath Becomes Air because I want to really feel all my feelings at once apparently.

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      • I have Verity on my Kindle but haven't read it! Also Station Eleven.

        Turns out I just college Kindle files and never read them.
        It’s just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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        • At least you have the full files, no? My Kindle is a basement of free samples.

          Emma Watson's book club is starting with Steinem.

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          • Check your library, Laa. My Kindle is packed with books I got from there.

            Also, pro tip? Instead of having the files appear magically on your device over wi-fi? Turn the wi-fi off on your Kindle for good, choose to xfer by computer and then use the USB cord to drag the files into your "documents" folder on your Kindle. VOILA, no expiration dates for library books. So you don't even have to rush through that book after you were waitlisted 3 months for it.

            Amazon can't track your reading habits, the library can't keep track of when you read it, and nobody's the wiser.
            It’s just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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            • What!? Best. lifehack. ever. My nearest and favoritest library has been under construction for over a year, but the online services should still be running, which is something I realized just this moment.

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              • ophy, WHAT IS IT about those Raven books? I thought the first one was relatively well-written and engaging with a completely obvious "you have to pad this out to make it a series" directive from the publisher. But the rest haven't held together nearly as well, but I still feel compelled to find out how the story ends? I really, truly loved The Scorpio Races and think that this is just an idea that got stretched out waaaaay too long.

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                • ophy, WHAT IS IT about those Raven books?
                  RIGHT???

                  I agree with everything you said. It shouldn't be taking this damn long to wake up the sleepers in Cabeswater OMB. Also, I don't really care that much about Blue and Gansey being a couple because I like the idea better of the intense everyones-in-love-but-it's-kinda-platonic-but not-really-we-just-all-really-love-each-other-okay that the whole gang has for each other.

                  And the story has been dragged out soooooo long! The Dream Thieves read more like Ronan fanfic to be honest . . . did we really need an entire book to set up the whole Greywaren concept? I don't think so. And Kavinsky wasn't believable to me at all (although The Grey Man is very cool and I do like him a bunch).

                  Stupid ridiculously addictive stupid books.

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                  • Cassie Claire is being accused of plagiarism again, this time via a lawsuit. Sherilynn Kenyon, author of the Darkhunters series is accusing her of ripping off her books for Shadowhunters.

                    link to the complaint: http://www.courtneymilan.com/cc-complaint/1-main.pdf

                    link to exhibit where comparison examples are listed: http://www.courtneymilan.com/cc-complaint/1-3.pdf


                    So she's being accused of stealing plots and characters, but not actual words this time around. I'll bet that's way harder to win a case about.


                    ETA For the record, I think this suit is kinda nuts and sets a terrible precedent. I mean yeah, the list of similarities are . . . interesting and Cassie Claire has a 'rep' for this sort of thing, but soooo many of the things cited are just standard urban fantasy clichés. There are probably a billion books built around the 'gang of supernatural creatures protect humans from demons' idea. I mean, they may as well sue Joss Whedon as well, I guess.
                    Last edited by ophy; 02-09-2016, 06:25 PM.

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                    • Anything bad that happens to Cassie Claire warms my cold, dead heart. As you say, it may be difficult to make it stick, but skimming that list of similarities, it looks pretty damning.

                      Did she ever get into any actual trouble for her plagiarizing? Or did it just go away because it was fic?

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                      • No, she never got in trouble. I don't think anything will come out of it now, either. Those books have been published for years. And plots and characters are hard to prove, as ophy said.
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                        • I'm a dunce about law stuff, but according to Twitter people this suit is apparently about copyright, not plagiarism?

                          Weirdly coincidental list or not, the bookworld consensus is that it would be AWFUL for all writers if Kenyon managed to win. Can you imagine how intimidating writing would be if you could be (successfully!) sued if *anything* you write was 'too similar' to something in any other book that exists in the world?

                          Also, seeing people say that the list was skewed to make it seem more matchy matchy than the books really are. Folks who have read both series say stuff was distorted or outright wrong, even things about Kenyon's own books. Not finding anyone out there on Kenyon's side right now.

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                          • Breezy!







                            Damn you, Stiefvater.

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                            • I need a cliff's notes version of what has happened in these books before I read the final one for sure! But I assume Gansey will die and be reincarnated...

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                              • A book site I frequent in recommended "Beautiful Bastard" to me, which, after a little search turned out to be a published Twilight fanfic (previously called "The Office"). How many of them are there?
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