JFF: What are the last three books you read?

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Just started Different Seasons by Stephen King
Before that read You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams: And Other Stories by Alan Cumming
Before that read Isabella Blow by Martina Rink
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I start multiple books at a time Xd so I don't which one I started when.

I'm currently reading (in french obviously)

À la recherche du temps perdu
Artamène ou Cyrus le Grand
Les Trois Mousquetaires
Le Rouge et le Noir
Jacques le Fataliste
Le Dernier Coyote
Sur un Mauvais Adieu
A book with all Sherlock Holmes Story
All the Agatha Cristie book
Soleil Levant
Ça

(It really depends on my mood)


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Conceal, Don't Feel: A Twisted Tale by Jen Calonita

This Twisted Tale book puts a new spin in Frozen, where, due to magical mishaps, Agnarr and Iduna are forced to adopt Anna into another family, for her own safety.  Each girl struggles with being a lonely only child, feeling like there's someone out there waiting for them.  It's not boring by any means, but the twist simply wasn't dramatic enough to make it feel like an experience.  It works in some of the same dialogue and situations, only playing them out with different context and timing.  In the end, it felt like the same old Frozen, which is nice, but it just wasn't "twisted" enough for what I was expecting.  I give it 7/10.
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Finding it kind of difficult to focus on reading books. I did manage to reread James Morrow's Only Begotten Daughter in mid-March. First, read back in the early 90s. I love that his books are starting to pop up on Audible.

If you're an evangelical Christian? His brand of hellfire religious satire could likely be seen worse than the Holocaust.

"Call it a miracle or an accident at the sperm bank. But Julie Katz, the half-sister of Jesus, has been born to a celibate father. Soon poor Julie is tempted by the Devil and challenged by neo-Christian zealots-and that’s just the beginning of her fantastic odyssey through Hell, a seceded New Jersey, and her own confused soul. Winner of a 1991 World Fantasy Award." Goodreads synopsis.
5/5 on Goodreads.

I often mildly fantasize that if I ever wanted to practice writing a film screenplay from an adapted source, this one would be a great start.

My next book took me from that point to June 3: The Delirium Brief (Laundry Files, #8) from Charlie Stross. Rated a 5/5 (but closer to 4/5)

One graphic novel/volume: Sass & Sorcery (Rat Queens #1) in May.
4/5. Crass adult fantasy/comedy. Pretty dang gory.

Presently drip reading (30% done) All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane  Anders. I went in mostly blind about this one other than a brief mention in NPR book review. Wasn't exactly what I was expecting. Still a good read. I just need to find a better mood or maybe get a witch to put a focusing spell on me for the duration of this moderate length book.;-)

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I just randomly thought of the series Bobby Pendragon, I read while I was really young, and they really shaped my childhood. Total masterpiece. My favorite is the 9th one.
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My Immortal by Tara Gilesbie... torn between giving it 1/10 or 10/10.
What masterful garbage.
It's hard to tell if it's real or a troll's work, but either way they have truly plumbed the depths of oddness and insanity, so it's impressive either way.
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How to Win Friends and Influence People (9/10) 

 It took me a long time to be convinced to read that book, and while I haven't "wind friends and influenced people". I have to praise well-written and clever books such as this one.

Babette's Feast (6/10)

 That short story. There is just the wrong dose of pointless stuff.

Too much to keep the story interesting.

Not enough to make it a challenge or a meme.

PS: If you really like pointless stuff I recommend the masterpiece that is Artamène ou le Grand Cyrus. 160 pages of a man monologuing about his lost love alone in a prison cell is truly a delight XD. No wonder that this book was 14 000 pages long.
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GN = graphic novel.
M = manga.
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Anders: 5/5;
Snotgirl, Vol. 1: Green Hair Don't Care by Scott Pilgrim's writer, Bryan Lee O'Malley: GN 5/5;
Artificial Flowers by Rachel Smith: GN 4/5;
Make Russia Great Again a Trumpian satire by Christopher Buckley: 4/5;
The Rabbit, another by Rachel Smith (I bought 3 or 4 books from her UK publisher, Avery Hill via a tweet): 3/5;
Yotsuba&!, Vol. 1 (Yotsuba&! #1) by Azuma, Kiyohiko: M 5/5;
Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles Volume 1 by Narumi, Naru: M = 5/5.

I'm a sucker for slice of life anime and manga. Great comfort food during these times of anxiety.

The Elementals by McDowell, Michael. Slow burner horror that could make for a great character study if adapted as a miniseries. Wouldn't work as a film. 4/5.

Currently reading a really new YA novel, Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything
by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland.