A book set in two different times

Time travel was not required nor especially popular for this task. Speaking of time travel, please note that while normally there’d be a second post on the first Thursday of the month, it will be up next Thursday because I suck at building a buffer and will be flying forward in time on this Wednesday.

Wyrd Sisters
by Terry Pratchett
Discworld meets Shakespeare. Madcap witchcraft ensues. Although, I am always a Watch and Moist fan first, witches second. No matter how much my life far more resembles Rincewind’s…

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A book with a two word title
The next book in a series
A book involving a mythical creature
A book with an adaptation you enjoyed (or not) first (there’s a stage play!)

We Were Liars
by E. Lockhart
There is a thing which is bothering me. Lockhart apparently has a PhD in English literature from Columbia U, and yet there are really basic grammatical errors on her website. Either she passed with a C or needs to fire whoever was supposed to write/proof her site copy. That and if your field is literally the English canon, why would you also apparently think it is boring and unpleasant? I do not have a PhD in English lit, and in high school I absolutely loved some of the English canon. Some I did not. I would have been so frustrated had I been subjected to YA.

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A book with water in the cover art
Multiple categories redacted for SPOILERS
A book by a female author with a masculine-passing pseudonym
A book recommended by someone else in the guild (tentatively, not by me)

We Stand on Guard
by Brian K. Vaughan et al.
The only thing English-Canadians really care about in this comic is the fact that there’s a Littlest Hobo homage.

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A book with pictures
A book you can read in a day
A book by two authors
A book with song lyrics in the title

Timebound
by Rysa Walker
This is a time-travel YA, so it’s a double whammy of me “nopeing” right on down to the next book.

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A book recommended by someone else in the guild (as inoculation against incipient Randism)
A book with water in the cover art
A book with or about time travel
A book with characters who are twins
A book set in the city

The Time Traveler’s Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger
I know this book was incredibly popular as a (definitely problematic) tearjerker, but folks, why in gods’ names did people not apparently notice that the 3 non-white characters were all terrible stereotypes?

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A book with an adaptation you enjoyed (or not) first
A book with or about time travel
A book set in the city
A book involving a library or bookstore

The Winter People
by Jennifer McMahon
Horror! In winter! With off-gridders, but not the super wacky Montana survivalist types. These are the east coast variety with secrets they need to keep tucked away. Which they fail at, hence the novel.

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A book involving a mythical creature
A book about death or grief

The Wicked Girls
by Alex Marwood
What’s with fictional British villages and high murder rates? This one at least is a serial killer, but last night I watched an episode of Midsomer Murders with no less than 6 violent deaths all in the one village of probably 200 people. They don’t even have the excuse of cabin fever and isolation of say, a rural Canadian village.

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A book by a female author with a masculine-passing pseudonym

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
by Douglas Adams
This might be my least favorite of the Hitchhiker books. On other thoughts, I’ve realized that the Space Hitchhiker’s towel is much like the regular hiker’s bandana. Don’t leave home without one, it has a million uses. I’m about to go thruhiking/backpacking, so I have one of each. Best of both worlds!

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A book set on a different planet
A book involving a heist or theft
A book with or about time travel
The next book in a series
A book you can read in a day

The Ocean at the End of the Lane
by Neil Gaiman
Ah, more Gaiman blender mode. He’s gone through a long period focused on childhood, but at least this one is a book for adults about childhood.

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A book with water in the cover art
A book you can read in a day
A book involving a mythical creature

The Invention of Nature
by Andrea Wulf
The title is a little odd and probably chosen by a marketing agent. The book is actually about Alexander von Humboldt, after whom many things are named, and with actually good reason. He is the nominally known inspiration behind many incredibly famous people, and Darwin brought Humboldt’s books with him on The Beagle.

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A book based on a real person
A book set at sea (well, sometimes)
A book set in the city (also sometimes)
A book involving real scientific knowledge
A book with a subtitle

Swimming Lessons
by Claire Fuller
This is the worst surprise notes in books ever. I used to do that – put little notes conveying love on colorful paper in random books in the library. I hope it made someone’s day. That is… not the idea here, with Ingrid’s notes.

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A book with water in the cover art (stylistically, at least)
A book with a two word title
A book about death or grief
A book involving a library or bookstore

Signal to Noise
by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The cover is a lie. No cassettes are involved in the making of magic. It’s vinyl instead. Did they think a proper LP wouldn’t look good on the cover?

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A book set in the city

Seveneves
by Neal Stephenson
As far as I know, Stephenson is not the gigantic asshole his author photo makes him look like. I’m sort of glad the copy of Snow Crash I read did not have an author photo, I might not have read it. Unfortunately, almost all his subsequent offerings are not as… lean as that book. Which is a crazy thing to say when Snow Crash clocks in at nearly 500 pages!

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A book set on a different planet

Secrets of Nanreath Hall
by Alix Rickloff
This was for awhile the only book by this author that is not a romance and does not feature shirtless or naked people on the cover. She’s since written another historical novel set in WW2, which also features a woman in red looking away. Thanks marketing department! Glad we cleared up any possible confusion there.

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A book by a female author with a masculine-passing pseudonym (Insofar as I had never seen the spelling “Alix” before)

Off to Be the Wizard
by Scott Meyer
It might sound like a pastiche of The Wizard of Oz, but it’s actually a riff on A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Well, to some extent. Twain was pretty cranky when he wrote that book, and I don’t think Meyer was cranky at all.

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A book involving a mythical creature
A book with or about time travel

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs
Yup, it’s back! And so is the sequel.

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A book with an adaptation you enjoyed (or not) first
A book with pictures

Hollow City
by Ransom Riggs
See above

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A book with a two-word title
A book with pictures
A book set in the city
A book involving a mythical creature
The next book in a series

Me Talk Pretty One Day
by David Sedaris
Oh look, another white boy misanthrope author. Pass.

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A book based on a real person
A book set in the city

Life After Life
by Kate Atkinson
This is like a merging of Groundhog Day and that episode of Supernatural where Dean dies over and over again. Or the episode of Xena where the same thing happens to Hermia. But in this case, it’s the lead character doing the dying. And before you get all “They’re both leads!” on me, look only one person gets to be #1 on the call sheet, and it isn’t Hermia or Dean.

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Nur?

Books v Cigarettes
by George Orwell
Reminder: spend your money on book, not cigarettes, kids.

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A book based on a real person
A book you can read in a day

Everyone is Watching
by Megan Bradbury
A novel “about the men and women who have defined New York.” Except it covers almost entirely men, and there’s absolutely no people of color featured.

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A book set in the city

Echo
by Pam Muñoz Ryan
There are magical harmonicas! Well, one magical harmonica. And some children actually like this Newbery nominee, which makes it a rare thing indeed.

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Eh?

Little Sister
by Barbara Gowdy
Gowdy is one of the collection of Canadian authors we Canuckleheads are supposed to read but never actually do. It’s a bit like Southern Ontario Gothic being a genre, which if you have been to southern Ontario (aka Toronto), you just sort of go “Really? Naw.”

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A book with water in the cover art
A book with a two word title
A book set in the city (Toronto)
A book from a genre you didn’t know existed
A book about death or grief

A Knight to Remember
by not sure
No author was listed, and this title is incredibly popular with romance novels. I’m not going to try to sift through all the plot summaries and reviews to find the one that takes place over more than one discrete time. All you need to know is we finally got a bodice ripper for the post!

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I do not have a category of “shirtless male torso on the cover”.

A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding
by Jackie Copleton
Okay, don’t be a white lady writing about an eldery hibakusha who inexplicably is named after one of the most important deities in Shinto. See, okay, in the West, it’s totally normal to name your kid after saints, and in Spanish, even Jesus. But it would be considered pretty weird if you named your kid Jehovah or something. That’s what using “Amaterasu” is like.

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A book about death or grief

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