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NookAndCanny@books.theunseen.city

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Interested in historical-based fiction, mythology, SciFi, thriller and sometimes fantasy

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Rhett Butler's People 4 stars

Rhett Butler's People by Donald McCaig is an authorized sequel to the 1936 novel Gone …

The biggest love story written by a man

4 stars

Content warning Spoiler about the end of the book.

Gone with the Wind (2020, Penguin Random House) 3 stars

Margaret Mitchell's monumental epic of the South won a Pulitzer Prize, gave rise to the …

That was a chewy book to read. First, it was hard to read the 1st half of it. Politics, slavery and racism (with all the terms that comes with it) and simply the stupidity of Scarlett. The 2nd half was way better.

On the bright side I learned a lot about American history. Because I didn't know a lot about the American Civil War I read about it before I continued with the book. I felt it's needed to follow the story, to understand when and where the things happened.

As a non-native speaker it was hard to read and understand the dialect the author gave the slaves in her book. Over time it got better, though.

Babel (EBook, 2022, Harper Voyager) 4 stars

From award-winning author R. F. Kuang comes Babel, a thematic response to The Secret History …

Story is great, reading the book is ... well

3 stars

A story about what makes an empire run is thrilling, although not surprising. Babel is a fantasy novel you can totally apply to the real world. Money, (modern) colonialism and slavery, wars ... all the tools of economic power. I also loved to learn about etymology and language in general. As one who reads a lot and loves to read it doesn't come as a huge surprise that magic lies in words.

The reason for my mediocre rating is the book itself. I like the way she writes but she uses a ton of footnotes. Some of them necessary, most of them not. those would have fitted in one way or another in the text itself. For me, the footnotes hindered the flow of reading so it was really hard - especially in the beginning of the book - to get "into the zone".

Especially the ebook version is awful …

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007, Bloomsbury) 4 stars

Harry has been burdened with a dark, dangerous and seemingly impossible task: that of locating …

Great series

5 stars

Reading the series again after 25 years made me realise how much I didn't get the first time and how much was altered for the movies.

From all books I liked "The Order of the Phoenix" the least. Not sure why but I thought it quite chewy to read through. Not as gripping or thrilling as the others.

Nonetheless, I love the series. Guess, I will read them again in 20+years or so ;).

and I am really curious about #8 now.

The Salt Path (Paperback, 2019) 5 stars

Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years, is terminally ill, …

A wonderful story

5 stars

Loved reading this book. A story about a middle-aged couple losing everything only to gain something even better.

Totally recommend to read it to find a sense of what is really important in life.

Can't wait to read her second book The Wild Silence.