What I’ve Been Reading

Title Author Date Started Date Finished Mini-Review
Homegoing Yaa Gyasi 4/7/18 4/8/18
The Goblin Emperor Katherine Addison 4/2/18 4/7/18 I REALLY enjoyed this book – it’s all court intrigue, not a lot of ACTION-action, but lots of maneuvering and politics. It’s not perfect, though, and if you’re going to read it (and I think some of you should), maybe don’t read this next part. The new emperor is young, only semi-educated and only about some things, never expected to be emperor, and knows nothing about governing or court life. He has a head for logic and reasoning because of his guardian, but that’s about it. So he ends up the emperor, and…then he never makes a mistake (not any serious ones). He picks the right people as his close advisors (when he has the opportunity to make a choice), even though he knows NO ONE, and he says the right thing to the right people when it counts. You’re in his head, and he’s scared all the time and you like him and you want him to succeed, but shouldn’t he stumble over something? All of his problems come from outside forces. I really did like this book, and I would absolutely read more about him, but this tiny thing gets to me a little.
Uprooted Naomi Novik 3/28/18 4/2/18 LOVED LOVED LOVED this book. It’s like a Russian fairy tale (it certainly has roots in existing Russian fairy tales). It starts small and the stakes keep getting higher, and I LOVED it. (This is the author who wrote the Temeraire books, which you may recall I also LOVED, but this couldn’t be more different, and that is equally wonderful.)
Born to Exile Phyllis Eisenstein 3/26/18 3/28/18 Gave up on this. No character development, and there’s a taken-for-granted-women-are-objects-for-sex assumption that I just can’t handle.
Exiles’ Return Gayle Greeno 3/16/18 3/25/18 The third book about giant telepathic cats. Totally over this series, but I do wish I had a giant telepathic cat of my own.
Trading in Danger Elizabeth Moon 3/12/18  3/16/18 Space merchants and space adventure!  Fun, exciting, with a young competent protagonist with doubts who has to overcome space adversity.  Also, it’s set in space.
Mindspeaker’s Call Gayle Greeno 3/4/18 3/12/18 Sequel to Finders Seekers, more comfort reading after the last disappointment. Giant telepathic cats! Update: The resolution to the love story was…problematic. And too quick and unexplained.
Seveneves Neal Stephenson 2/25/18 3/4/18 I really like Neal Stephenson, but this was NOT a good novel. It’s more of a technical manual about space stations and surviving in space and STOP TEACHING ME ABOUT SPACE. When he was telling the actual story, with actual characters, I was riveted, but that was no more than half the book. On the one hand, I appreciate the real science, but the way he did it took away from the story, and I need my fiction to be about STORY. There is a paragraph near the end of the book that makes me actually angry, where, after giving me every technical detail about surviving in space, he dismisses the same details about surviving in a mine as unimportant and unnecessary to the story. IT’S THE SAME EXACT THING, GOD DAMN IT.
First Rider’s Call Kristen Britain 2/19/18 2/25/18 Sequel to Green Rider (which I read back in Jan/Feb 2017). Good fantasy, good sequel. I found it relaxing after the pressure of reading new/unusual fiction (like The Stars are Legion – SO WEIRD).
We Were Liars E. Lockhart 2/19/18 2/19/18 I flew through this YA novel/thriller. I have a minor quibble with one of the ways the title is used, but otherwise, this was pretty good.
Passing Strange Ellen Klages 2/17/18 2/18/18 Lovely novella about lesbians in 1940s San Francisco with a little bit of magic.
Lotus Blue Cat Sparks 2/10/18 2/17/18 Post-apocalyptic Australia, so lots of desert. For whatever reason, I’m not a huge fan of desert stories, and this has been kind of a slog for me. Update: a slog through to the end.
Noumenon Marina J. Lostetter 2/6/18 2/10/18 A generation ship story with clones, told over a LONG period of time in a series of vignettes. Pretty good – we spent just enough time with the characters in each story to like or understand them. There was one episode that seemed a bit extreme, but it was good storytelling, so I’m okay with it.
The Stars Are Legion Kameron Hurley 2/3/18 2/5/18 WEIRD. Like, I still don’t know what was going on exactly, or how that society worked. Are the ships alive? And there was this journey segment that, while it gathered up some companions for our hero, didn’t really teach her anything, so what was the point of that exactly? I found a lot of it offputting.
American War Omar El Akkad 1/28/18 2/3/18 Speculative fiction, second American civil war begins 60 years from now, the south refuses to give up oil. Told entirely from the point of view of a young southern woman fighting, not for the cause (she doesn’t care about oil), but because the war (and the north) destroyed everything she knew and loved. It felt real and dirty and uncomfortable, and I’m not sure I liked it, but it was good.
Mapping The Interior Stephen Graham Jones 1/28/18 1/28/18 Another novella, also good, but not as gripping as the previous two. Felt more psychological thriller than science fiction.
Down Among the Sticks and Bones Seanan McGuire 1/27/18 1/28/18 Another novella, the second in the Wayward Children series. Very good, maybe not as good as the first one, but still really nice to dig into the actual through-the-looking-glass story of two of the characters.
The Murders of Molly Southbourne Tade Thompson 1/26/18 1/27/18 REALLY good novella. It was creepy and fascinating and I don’t want to tell you anything about it because I don’t want to give it away but I want MORE. What is WRONG with her? How did she get that way? What’s up with her parents? WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?!? More, please.
Bannerless Carrie Vaughn 1/23/18 1/26/18 The premise was interesting – post-apocalyptic world, society determines that overpopulation was one of the causes of collapse, so people have to earn the right to have kids – but it took a while to get to that explanation, and I never felt like it had a point. Also, the writing was ANNOYING. John was reading another of her books at the same time and had similar issues with the writing. I finished it, but it was difficult not to skim through to the end.
The Refrigerator Monologues Cat Valente 1/21/18 1/23/18 There’s a trope in comics, movies, TV, books, everything, about how the hero’s love interest has to die or be raped or whatever in order to give the hero a reason to go be heroic. The love interest is an object, a plot device, not a character. The trope (and there’s a website) is called Women in Refrigerators because a particularly egregious example involved a Green Lantern comic where the girlfriend was killed and actually stuffed into a fridge for the hero to find. This novella, focused on the comics aspect, is about turning those women into characters. Pretty darn good, too.
Autonomous Annalee Newitz 1/18/18 1/21/18 Interesting, but not great. It suffers from telling, not showing, and the descriptions of locations were decidedly NOT clear. I couldn’t picture any of those locations, despite the descriptive text. I almost put it down a couple of times.
An Excess Male Maggie Shen King 1/15/18 1/18/18 It started out as an interesting family drama in a near-future China where the men vastly outnumber the women, and then it took an unexpected, I think unforeshadowed, violent turn. It’s told from the point of view of four characters, three of whom felt real. The fourth one, who, incidentally, is the one whose plotline took the thriller turn, felt like wish-fulfillment. Or maybe he was just not very smart.
The Prey of Gods Nicky Drayden 1/14/18 1/15/18 It was interesting and not at all what I expected and I LIKED it but I didn’t love it. A kid and a teenager and a demigod and some sentient robots in South Africa.
The Bear and the Nightingale Katherine Arden 1/13/18 1/14/18 I was a little hesitant at first – Russian fairy tales are not my favorite – but I flew through this book and loved every page. Great characters, great story, and the imagery, the descriptions made it so real. I don’t like flowery descriptions, and these definitely weren’t – there was just enough, written clearly, that I felt like I was watching a movie. I could SEE it all.
The Power Naomi Alderman 1/10/18 1/13/18 It’s probably cliche to say so, but The Power is powerful. Roles get flipped, and a lot of that feels viscerally real. As a novel, though, I’m not sure I’d call it great. It feels like an experiment, especially in the framing device – a meaningful experiment, to be sure. It’s just that the novel part of the story feels somewhat unresolved.
The City of Brass S.A. Chakraborty 1/4/18 1/10/18 SO GOOD. First in a trilogy, with a heroine who has actual flaws and actual worries and actual feelings, and MAGIC. So much magic.
Six Wakes Mur Lafferty 1/2/18 1/4/18 Clones. I like clone stories, and this one is also a murder mystery in space, but it’s a first novel, and the writing feels like it. Good story, but the writing is getting to me. Update: NOT a first novel, so that excuse is gone. Couldn’t handle the writing, and I put it down without finishing.
All Systems Red Martha Wells 1/1/18 1/2/18 First novella in The Murderbot Diaries series. Grabbed me from the first sentence and kept me interested the whole way through.
The Fisher of Bones Sarah Gailey 1/1/18 1/1/18 Creepy novella written by the author of the hippo cowboy stories. Really good. Not related to hippo cowboys in any way.
Finders Seekers Gayle Greeno 12/20/17 12/31/17 I avoided this book because of the cover art for YEARS. Then I read a description of it on a card in Powell’s and I was like “Telepathic cats bonded to humans?!? Why did no one tell me that all those years ago?” And you know, it was pretty good and I want to read the rest of the series. Warning: the ebook is FULL of typos and bad formatting. Get the paperback in a used bookstore.
Persepolis Rising James S.A. Corey 12/14/17 12/20/17 Book 7 in The Expanse series. Every beginning in this series requires an adjustment period, and this one is no exception. It took me longer to adjust, but once that was done, it was just as good.
Indexing: Reflections Seanan McGuire 12/10/17 12/14/17 Sequel! Yay! Nice continuation. Now I’m sad there’s no more planned.
Indexing Seanan McGuire 12/7/17 12/10/17 I like every book of hers more than the one before. Premise: fairy tales are real, some people are susceptible to turning into fairy tale characters, and the fairy tale narrative is destructive when it affects real people. There’s a government agency devoted to saving people (and the world) from fairy tale incursions. It was written as a serial, which you can tell, but that’s a super minor annoyance. Loved it.
Practical Demonkeeping Christopher Moore 12/2/17 12/7/17 Comic fantasy is hard to do. This was a first book, and maybe the others get better. It was absurd with no depth. It could have used some character development.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Ransom Riggs 11/28/17 12/2/17 I expected something else from this book. I’m not sure what, exactly, but it didn’t really grab me. It’s interesting, for sure, but I somehow found it LESS engrossing after I found out that the author found a bunch of odd pictures and wrote a story about them. The pictures are scattered throughout the book, included where they’re needed, and knowing that they’re real maybe took away some of the creep factor.
Hunger Makes The Wolf Alex Wells 11/26/17 11/28/17 It’s a little bit like Dune crossed with Firefly crossed with a western. First in a series. I really enjoyed it once I pushed past the first two or three pages.
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer Lish McBride 11/19/17 11/25/17 Fun and funny and action-packed. It’s an origin story with plenty of sarcasm and the title still cracks me up.
Etta and Otto and Russell and James M.T. Anderson 11/18/17 11/19/17 What a nice book. The plot moves between present day and the same characters 70 years before. It’s quiet and moving and lovely.
Feed M.T. Anderson 11/15/17 11/18/17 Started out interesting and then got to be a bit much. Set in the future, told from the point of view of a not-terribly-bright teenager, the feed of the title is essentially the internet, with tailored ads, streamed directly to your brain. The slang is fun, and funny, but the conceit gets a little old too fast. I pushed my way through to the end.
Burning Man Alan Russell 11/11/17 11/15/17 Cop, his loyal dog, and a mystery. Good story.
Dark Intelligence Neal Asher 11/9/17 11/11/17 I really thought I was going to like this one. It had a really strong start, but after walking us through the main character’s first day or so, from his perspective, getting the details, the next section was about three paragraphs like “so then he got this upgrade, learned a lot of stuff, went off-world to this other place, and left a message for this person he learned about in his research to call him”. And then we switched to that other person’s perspective. Like, wait. I was enjoying that. And now I have whiplash and a summary that wasn’t even interesting. It’s like the author got bored and wanted to jump ahead, and instead of just jumping ahead and filling us in later, he outlined it and forgot to fix it before the book got published. Plus there was this weird writing tic that got more obvious as the book went on. I got annoyed and quit. I don’t regret it.
Crashing Heaven Al Robertson 11/6/17 11/9/17 I gave up on this one. The premise is good (and a bit creepy), but I couldn’t get into it. I found the plot details and the descriptions confusing, and I wasn’t given enough reasons to care about the main character, and that’s at 25% into the book. If I still don’t know what’s going on AND I don’t care a quarter of the way in, I should get out. So I did.
The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School Kim Newman 11/1/17 11/5/17 This was an odd one. Good, but odd and I don’t mean in content or even style. It’s a dark take on the boarding school story, where some students have abilities and others don’t, post-WWI Britain. It starts out great, and it ends well, but the middle was a bit of a slog. Once it started to pick up, I flew through to the end, but there were a couple of days where I was stuck in the middle, wondering why it was taking so long to get to the next plot point.
Every Heart A Doorway Seanan McGuire 10/28/17 11/1/17 I really really liked this book. The premise is that sometimes, the children who were spirited off to fairyland come back, and when they do, they have trouble coping. Super good.
Book of a Thousand Days Shannon Hale 10/26/17 10/27/17 YA, told from the perspective of a teenage maid writing in her journal. Fast read, good story.
Goldenfire A.F.E Smith 10/22/17 10/26/17 Sequel to Darkhaven, and better than the first.
Darkhaven A.F.E Smith 10/18/17 10/22/17 Maybe this is YA? It’s simpler in the way some YA is, but it has some themes I wouldn’t expect YA to have, so I don’t know. Anyway, light read, enjoyable. I solved the mystery right away, but was surprised by the ending. In a good way.
The Best Of All Possible Worlds Karen Lord 10/15/17 10/18/17 This book felt like old-fashioned science fiction to me. Not pulp, not campy – way quieter than that, more introspective. Now that I think about it, it reminds me of The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell, which I LOVED. And I did really like this book. Okay, here’s why I think it feels old-fashioned to me, good or bad. Spoilers ahead, I suppose. He’s supposed to be adapting to a new world, a new life, and while he may bend on a couple of small things, she practically reinvents herself for him and does the majority of the adapting.
Tell The Wolves I’m Home Carol Rifka Brunt 10/10/17 10/15/17 I think I’d call this literary fiction, even though I think that phrase is snobbish. It was very good, and the family dynamics felt real. I’m glad I read it, but I don’t need to read it again.
A Door in the Hedge Robin McKinley 10/9/17 10/10/17 Robin McKinley saved me from a string of bad or uninteresting books. I knew she would. Four short stories, all fairy tales retold beautifully.
A Handful of Stars Dana Stabenow 10/8/17 10/9/17 It took me a few hours, but I gave up on this one. This is the sequel to Second Star, a book I liked, so this should be a no-brainer, right? And yet…no. It didn’t work for me. Maybe it’s because it’s been so long since I read the first one (I read it nearly two years ago), but I feel like I’m being asked too much as a reader. It’s either that, or there really are gaps here. So we’re in space, which of course is fine, since the first book was about the population of a space station declaring their independence, and this book starts with a mission to an asteroid belt to start a mining operation, and oh wait – our main character went on this expedition eight months pregnant? With twins? And just as she’s about to give birth (early), her mother shows up out of nowhere, no warning, with main character’s 10-year-old child that her mother created from a donor egg and didn’t tell her about, and she just goes with it? No fights? No discussions? And the 10-year-old is cool with meeting his mother like that? And her husband is totally cool with it all because he’s perfect, naturally. And she goes running around a lawless mining asteroid with her infant twins strapped to her a month after the birth. Of course. And I have to assume she (main character) isn’t upset about any of this because the story is told from her point of view and I’m in her head and she’s not thinking about it aside from some initial confusion…well, this is ridiculous. And that’s all early in the book.
The Palace Job Patrick Weekes 10/8/17 10/8/17 I gave up on this one fast. It’s a heist novel, and I like those, but no. The writing sucks.
John Dies At The End David Wong 10/8/17 10/8/17 I gave up on this one pretty quickly. This is a book I should like. Normal (okay, “normal”) guys fighting monsters, saving people, lots of action, lots of humor…but no. It felt like it was trying too hard, the humor felt slapsticky, and I didn’t want to put forth the effort to stay interested. They made it into a movie, and I can see how it would be a fun movie, so maybe I’ll watch it first (keep your shock to yourself) and then decide if I want to go back and read it.
Mariana Susanna Kearsley 10/7/17 10/8/17 Started it, loved it, and then I felt a little bogged down. Of course, I read it in a day, so I wasn’t actually bogged down, but I liked the present better than the past, and they TOTALLY cheated the ending. I’ll give her other books a shot (kind of a cross between Rosamunde Pilcher and Anya Seton), but if she cheats again, I’m done.
Taste of Marrow Sarah Gailey 10/6/17 10/7/17 Novella, sequel to River of Teeth. The hippo cowboys have returned! This picks up RIGHT AFTER the first one. Best to read them back to back. I want more hippo cowboys.
The Last Good Man Linda Nagata 10/4/17 10/6/17 Good, realistic, and scary in the this-is-conceivable-and-it-would-be-bad sense, set in the near future with private security firms and automated drones and weapons.
Soon I Will Be Invincible Austin Grossman 10/4/17 10/4/17 Read it in an afternoon. Fun, but I feel like Dr. Horrible did it better.
The Stone Sky N.K. Jemisin 10/1/17 10/4/17 Third in The Broken Earth trilogy. Like many third books lately, it’s my least favorite of the three. That’s not to say it isn’t good, and I appreciate the explanations, but I feel like it was either too much explanation or not enough. Leave us a little more mystery or tell us EVERYTHING.
The Obelisk Gate N.K. Jemisin 9/27/17 10/1/17 Second in The Broken Earth trilogy. Solid middle book, but I didn’t love it as much as I did the first one. That does not diminish my love for the first one or the trilogy.
The Fifth Season N.K. Jemisin 9/22/17 9/27/17 First in The Broken Earth trilogy. SO GOOD.  I thought I loved her Inheritance trilogy, but I was wrong.  That was not love.  This is love.
This Is Where You Belong: Finding Your Home Wherever You Are Melody Warnick 9/20/17 9/22/17 Not impressed. The idea is sound, but I was really irritated by the tone and execution.  More thoughts here.
All The Birds In The Sky Charlie Jane Anders 9/15/17 9/20/17 I would like more of this, please. Interestingly, the writing in the beginning is more childish when the main characters are younger, and then the tone and style change as they get older.
The Rebirths of Tao Wesley Chu 9/10/17 9/15/17 The third book of aliens and spy thriller-type stuff, which I had to JUMP into after the last one ended.
The Deaths of Tao Wesley Chu 9/4/17 9/10/17 More aliens and spy thriller-type stuff!
Kindred Octavia Butler 8/28/17 9/3/17 I don’t know what I expected out of this book, but it wasn’t what I got, and I don’t mean that in a negative or positive way. It’s powerful and disturbing and real and emotional and very, very good.
Nod Adrian Barnes 8/27/17 8/28/17 The premise is fascinating (one night, no one sleeps, and they keep not sleeping – what’s going to happen?), but the narrator is pompous and it’s hard to enjoy the action when I have to wade through a lot of pseudo-intellectual bullshit. And with that sentence, I just convinced myself to stop reading it. Life’s too short for unnecessary pseudo-intellectual bullshit.
The Awesome Eva Darrows 8/25/17 8/26/17 This was recommended to me as monster hunters a la Supernatural with a teenage heroine, and I figured I’d read it (because of COURSE I would like it) and see if maybe it’s something Gaby would like. I DID like it, but, and maybe I’m being the prudish aunt here, I think I’ll hold off on recommending it to Gaby until she’s 15 or so. Not-quite-12 is maybe too young for this one.
The Lives of Tao Wesley Chu 8/19/17 8/25/17 Alien-guided secret agents! Yes!
The Group Mary McCarthy 8/19/17 8/19/17 I gave up on this 20% in. I can’t over-emphasize how much I didn’t care about the characters. The story should have been interesting, but the approach turned me off, so I stopped reading. It’s a book club book, so I’m feeling some guilt, but I’m doing my best to get over that.
The Waking Land Callie Bates 8/16/17 8/19/17 Young adult in character (she’s 19, and I’m a little annoyed by her), but not in style. The writing is fine, and I liked the story, but the main character jumps to conclusions and goes haring off to solve problem without discussing them with anyone and is often not right…which may be perfectly in character for a 19-year-old who has been what she’s been through, so maybe that’s not really a problem. I mostly liked it, I didn’t love it.
Etched in Bone Anne Bishop 8/14/17 8/16/17 Fifth novel of the Others. I love the Others. I was afraid this was the last one, but I don’t think it will be. I’m not ready for the series to be done.
Babylon’s Ashes James S.A. Corey 8/8/17 8/13/17 Sixth Expanse novel. Much more of a sequel to the previous novel than the others have been. This is not a bad thing; it’s just different. I also think I see the threads of the next book a lot more clearly at the end of this one than I have with most of the others.
The Unwanteds Lisa McMann 8/8/17 8/8/17 This is one of Gaby’s favorite books, so I figured I’d give it a try. The beginning is a bit (a lot) horrifying in a Hunger Games kind of way (which totally grabbed my attention), and then it heads in a wish fulfillment/Narnia kind of direction. I liked it, but it’s definitely written for tweens. Switch it to adult writing and I’d be all over it.
Chaos Choreography Seanan McGuire 8/3/17 8/8/17 Fifth InCryptid novel, back to the original protagonist who is kicking ass and trying to win a reality TV dance competition. I mean, really – what’s not to love? Except the cover – the cover is AWFUL.
Pocket Apocalypse Seanan McGuire 7/28/17 8/3/17 Fourth InCryptid novel, same kickass zoologist protagonist, this time with werewolves. Can’t complain.
Half-Off Ragnarok Seanan McGuire 7/27/17 7/28/17 Third InCryptid novel, this time with a kickass zoologist protagonist looking for monsters! Always fun.
The Book of Etta Meg Elison 7/21/17 7/26/17 Sequel to the Unnamed Midwife, nice follow-up, but it has the same two issues described in the first book.
The Book of the Unnamed Midwife Meg Elison 7/16/17 7/21/17 Gripping. My only issue was how, with very VERY few exceptions, every straight male character was painted with the same brush. Also, we occasionally left the framing idea to provide omniscient narrator info, and it was a little jarring when that happened.
Nemesis Games James S.A. Corey 7/6/17 7/16/17 Book 5 of The Expanse series. OH MY GOD this one had me on the edge of my seat.
The Skull Throne Peter V. Brett 6/27/17 7/6/17 Fourth book in The Demon Cycle. Still good, but in this one it felt like one plotline leapt forward and the other barely went anywhere.
Different Class Joanne Harris 6/26/17 6/27/17 I gave up on this one pretty quickly. It’s a sequel to Gentlemen and Players, but it felt too much like exactly the same book, and I was not feeling it.
Slipping: Stories, Essays & Other Writing Lauren Beukes 6/23/17 6/26/17 Short stories, mostly science fiction, some with elements of horror. I liked most of them, but they weren’t immersive – it’s like I was emotionally removed from them. I’m still interested in trying her novels, though.
Beauchamp Besieged Elaine Knighton 6/20/17 6/23/17 I’m a sucker for the Welsh, so I was already leaning towards liking this one, but headstrong heroines and conflicted heroes are always a good thing. I especially appreciated that the main characters got over their misunderstandings and became allies before the very end. I like when my main characters work together.
The Gate to Women’s Country Sheri S. Tepper 6/18/17 6/20/17 LOVE! (Still! For the 4th or whatever time!) Post-apocalyptic matriarchal society, framed by a play about the women in the aftermath of the Trojan War.
Interface Neal Stephenson and J. Frederick George 6/11/17 6/18/17 I like Neal Stephenson. I’ve read a lot of his stuff, and I’ve liked it all. This one, maybe because of the co-author, was uneven. The premise was interesting and the execution was, ultimately, interesting, but there were so many extra pages of unnecessary explanation of technical things. We spent too much time with a neurosurgeon who ultimately had little to do with the plot, and we REALLY didn’t need a full page devoted to describing a Fedex package. If we had to dive into backstory (which we did with nearly every main or main-ish character), why not devote the doctor’s pages to the programmer who was more important plot-wise? Anyway, my point is that all of the extra stuff felt like diversions, not like critical information, and it slowed down the entire book.
The Book of Jhereg Steven Brust 6/4/17 6/10/17 Assassins, magic, dragon-like animals, and a floating castle. Good stuff.
Requiem for the Conqueror W. Michael Gear 5/28/17 6/4/17 Good start to a space opera trilogy. Published in 1991, and nearly every female character relies heavily on her seduction skills before kicking the nearest man’s ass. Overlook that, and it’s a good story.
River of Teeth Sarah Gailey 5/27/17 5/28/17 LOVED this book. The US introduced hippos to the Mississippi (an actual plan that, obviously, never happened), so now we have hippo cowboys. It was great. I pre-ordered the sequel within minutes of finishing the first one.


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