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17/ Comes Around Again by scarletjedi. Sansukh spin-off, "what if you could go back in time to fix things" variation. Not as good as the original, but still enjoyable.
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18/ Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss. Short but sweet book on negotiations by a lead FBI hostage negotiator. Solid principles, good examples, very readable. Focuses on "tactical empathy" and open-ended questions instead of sleazy or boring rules.
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19/ This Census-Taker by China Miéville. Strange novella. Unchacteristically little in ways of magic and colourful strangeness, for Miéville – instead, the strangeness comes as this strange kafkaesque mix of mundane and creepy. Not my cup of tea.
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20/ Another broken thread. I swear I will figure it out by the end of the year. chaos.social/web/statuses/1056

21/ Sailing to Sarantium by Guy Gavriel Kay. Historical fantasy during Constantine's Byzantine Empire. You'll never have cared about mosaics as much as during this book. Enjoyable despite the terrible female characters.
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22/ The Misplaced Legion by Harry Turtledove. Roman legion falls through portal into a world with a magical Byzantian empire. Not compelling enough to finish, plus all the 80s gender bullshit. (CW rape)
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23/ On Venus, Have We Got a Rabbi! by William Tenn. Extremely tongue-in-cheek short story, published in 1974. Available online, including a reading by the author. Hilarious.
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24/ How You Stand, How You Move, How You Live by Missy Vineyard. Good dive into influencing your body with your thoughts and vice versa. Enjoyable read, adjacent to The Inner Game of Tennis (but more detail-oriented and less annoying).
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25/ The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo. In a Chinese-inspired Fantasy world, a young monk (an enby, as monks are in this world) chronicles the dead Empress's life story by searching her old castle. Neat novella.
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26/ Flight to Arras by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Memoir about being a reconnaissance pilot during WWII. I should stop reading English translations.
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27/ Turn the Ship Around! by L. David Marquet. An unlikely advocate for decentralised, anarchic structures. Much better as a memoir than as the management book it wants to be.
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28/ War Music by Christopher Logue. Retelling of the Iliad in form of a modern poem. Excellent stuff, well-researched and full of ancient heroes and modern sentiment. I'm a bit in love.
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29/ Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews. A bit more trashy than I like, not as good as her Kate Daniels series. I still like the sentient inn/magical innkeeper trope, though.
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30/ Stoker's Wilde by Steven Hopstaken. Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde hunt vampires and talk about it in their letters. Very meh.
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31/ Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny. Space Hinduism! Extremely fun 60s sci-fi novel, and also thoughtful commentary on cultural appropriation.
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32/ The Wizards and the Warriors by Hugh Cook. Much less generic than the title makes it sound, but didn't really work for me regardless. Felt like ASOIAF x Malazan.
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33/ Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow. Urban fantasy novel about big city werewolves … told entirely in verse. Apparently I'm a sucker for modern poems. Yessss.
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34/ Legend by David Gemmell. Big heroic classic fantasy. Better than it sounds, but not that much.
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35/ A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine. Excellent scifi including technology and language and culture (so much language and culture). Loved it even more on the re-read.
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36/ A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine. As good as the first part, in different ways. Still sci-fi focused on culture and language, and I want more.
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37/ The Door into Sunset by Diane Duane. The weakest part of the Door Into series, leaving us hanging without a real end.
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38/ The Riddle-Master of Hed by Patricia A. McKillip. Unconventional fantasy, reminded me of Earthsea. Glad I read it despite the oddly distanced storytelling.
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39/ Heir of Sea and Fire by Patricia A. McKillip. Good second part of the series – unconventional, as it makes the first protagonist's fiancée the new protagonist.
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40/ Harpist in the Wind by Patricia A. McKillip. Interesting conclusion to the trilogy. Not what I expected. Good stuff, and rewards attention to detail.
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41/ The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold. Sadly, Bujold's Fantasy is not for me. I'll stick with the Vorkosigan saga.
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42/ Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City by K.J. Parker. Not quite as good as the title, but decent. Roman military engineering fanfiction, in a good-ish way.
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43/ Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews. More fantastical innkeeper stories. This time – intergalactic diplomacy edition. Enjoyable comfort read.
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44/ One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews. The Innkeeper series with more of an ensemble cast. Not bad, but worse than the previous books, I'm probably going to stop reading here.
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45/ The Bone Ships by R. J. Barker. Proof that worldbuilding-focused fiction is not restricted to sci-fi. Enjoyed this a lot, though – an extremely well-built naval fantasy world, with ships and sea dragons and all kinds of great stuff.
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46/ The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow. Coming-of-age portal fantasy. Nice, but not my cup of tea.
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47/ The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. Basically Achilles fanfiction. A bit better than I make it sound but not *that* much better. Reading this so soon after War Music was not a good idea.
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48/ Catfishing on CatNet by Naomi Kritzer. Excellent YA about a friendly AI that really only wants to look at cat pictures (and help their friends).
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49/ Orconomics by J. Zachary Pike. Super fun fantasy satire – reminded me a lot of Pratchett, in a D&D-ish world. Managed to be often fun, mostly interesting, and occasionally genuinely hearbreaking.
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50/ The March North by Graydon Saunders. Extraordinary start to an extraordinary series. I love it to pieces, as weird and unreadable as it is.
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51/ Heretics by G.K. Chesterton. Chesterton is an extremely entertaining bastard. Heretics is a good read if you can tolerate him.
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52/ A Succession of Bad Days by Graydon Saunders. "A fairy-tale lost in a civil engineering manual", literally. Amazing stuff, if you like civil engineering manuals in your fantasy.
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53/ Safely You Deliver by Graydon Saunders. This one is pure worldbuilding, but three books into a series is a good place for that.
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54/ Under One Banner by Graydon Saunders. A drop in quality, but still nice worldbuilding. Only worth it if you enjoy the series a lot.
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55/ A Mist of Grit and Splinters by Graydon Saunders. The latest Commonweal book circles back to mil sci-fi. I still enjoy the book, but it's enjoyment in spite of most of the story.
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56/ The Black Tides of Heaven by J.Y. Yang. Asian-inspired genderfun fantasy. Not compelling to me, but not terrible either.
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57/ Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas. Coming-of-age novel about a trans gay Latinx boy in the US, who fights to become a brujo and solve a mystery. Well-done intersectional queer-by-default YA.
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58/ Peter Darling by Austin Chant. Peter Pan, a trans boy, returns to Neverland to figure things out and finally grow up, by the power of Hook's pretty eyes or something.
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59/ City of Lies by Sam Hawke. White-hat assassin siblings have to save the not-king from poison attempts and defend the realm. Nice inversion of the shining city into the decadent city on a rotting foundation.
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60/ The Innkeeper's Song by Peter S. Beagle. Reminded me of Princess Bride in places: very solid, always slightly unconventional fantasy, but failed to grip me. Still an enjoyable read, Beagle just can't disappoint.
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61/ The Seep by Chana Porter. Earth gets infected by aliens who give everybody amazing powers at the price of turning them into hippies. Slow and underexplored.
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62/ Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea by Sarah Pinsker. Short story collection - two or three really worked for me, and you can't ask more than that from a story collection.
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63/ Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse. Urban fantasy, set on a reservation in post-collapse America. Follows all the genre tropes – not bad, just not good either.
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64/ Vicious by V.E. Schwab. Did not finish. Superhero story from the perspective of a villain.
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65/ Way Station by Clifford D. Simak. Published in 1963, the story of Earth as one of many way stations in a galactic transport network, and also commentary on the Cold War. Aged well.
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66/ God Stalk by P.C. Hodgell. 80s fantasy that is ALL over the place. The good parts are Bas-Lag levels of fantasy city building, but the uneven pace and sheer mass of things shoved into this book make it hard to enjoy.
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67/ Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling. Fantasy novel somewhere between "solid" and "excellent". Well-done apprenticeship-to-the-mysterious-spy story with vivid characters and a great world.
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68/ Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor. St Mary masks as a history institute, but does time travel. Very fun popcorn read.
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70/ With the Lightnings by David Drake. Navy swashbuckling, but in space, with a touch of Lord Peter Wimsey. Lots of fun, and only the first part of a long series.
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71/ Stalking Darkness by Lynn Flewelling. Great second book in the Nightrunner series, but with some serious yikes thrown in.
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72/ Traitor's Moon by Lynn Flewelling. The series continues to be good fantasy, and earnestly inclusive – but it's uneasy about its inclusivity, disappointingly.
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73/ Shadows Return by Lynn Flewelling. This is where I stop reading the Nightrunner series. The protagonists are kidnapped by NOT AT ALL ARABS who proceed to torture them for the rest of the book, until they escape.
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74/ The Economy of Cities by Jane Jacobs. Excellent, classic book on how cities come to be, neatly paired with a small history of invention.
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@rixx what is this platform you're hosting your book info on? Is it a custom app you've written? It it's source available? I'm intrigued by it!

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