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11
Dec

RTFB: Episode 16 - Provenance

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Rachel and Elena are back with a podcast favorite in the latest Ann Leckie novel, Provenance. Spoiler-heavy (just read the book!) discussion covering Hwae, Ingray, the mysterious Pahlad Budrakim and everyone's favorite - Captain Uisine! Special mentions of the Geck, spidermechs and Ambassador Tibanvori <3

We loved this novel and were overjoyed to be back in the masterful hands of Ann Leckie. A more intimate story than the sprawling Ancillary Justice books. Provenance is a rewarding follow-up that proves Leckie is just as good with overzealously polite translator programs as she is with vengeful ships.

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NEXT BOOK: Foreigner by CJ Cherryh

 

 

19
Nov

RTFB: Episode 15 - The Girl at Midnight

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Rachel recs a big favorite in Melissa Grey's The Girl at Midnight. Elena and Rachel discuss world building, fashion,  and subversion of reader expectations over this scavenger hunt through a war between the magical and bird-like Avicen and the militaristic dragon-like Drakharin.

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NEXT BOOK: Provenance by Ann Leckie

 

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15
Oct

RTFB: Episode 14 - Thief With No Shadow

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We've missed our book chats! After moving and some additional travel and conventions, we are back on schedule. Latest conversation is about Emily Gee's Thief With No Shadow. A romantic fantasy with a semi-victorian flair. 

 

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NEXT BOOK: The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

 

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8
Sep

RTFB: Episode 13 - Uprooted

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Hiatus is over! We're done prepping like crazy for Dragon Con so we're back into our reading piles. This episode covers Naomi Novik's award winning Uprooted. A creepy fairy tale with a small cast, wonderful prose and the scariest trees we've ever encountered.

 

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NEXT BOOK: Thief With No Shadow by Emily Gee.

 

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22
Jul

RTFB: Episode 12 - Sunshine

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Rachel and Elena read Sunshine by Robin McKinley. Not your run of the mill vampire story, and we would expect nothing less from a master like McKinley, this one has a baker with an affinity for sunlight, a modern setting full of magic and a vampire in an unexpected friendship. 

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NEXT BOOK: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

 

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8
Jul

RTFB: Episode 11 - A Court of Thorns and Roses

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We're joined by our librarian friend, Lauren, to read Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Thorns and Roses. This is an extra long episode because we really loved this book! We're continuing our delving into fairy tales. ACOTAR is a new adult type fantasy action adventure romance with high stakes, honestly written effects of emotional trauma, monsters, war and as always with fairies, trickery!

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NEXT BOOK: Sunshine by Robin McKinley

 

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8
Jun

RTFB: Episode 10 - The Snow Queen

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We're back after an unscheduled break (one of our hosts had a major fire but everything is good now!) to read Joan D. Vinge's The Snow Queen, a retelling of the classic fairy tale with an epic scifi twist! We bent our recommendation rules to read this one and were not disappointed! This one has everything from bondage gear boyfriends to ancient super computers!

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NEXT BOOK: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

 

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1
Apr

RTFB: Episode 09 - Lost Stars

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It's almost Star Wars Celebration Orlando, so we're reading some Star Wars! Not just any Star Wars - Rachel's favorite from the new canon, Lost Stars by Claudia Gray. It's a star-crossed love story set in the Star Wars universe, following two characters that find themselves on opposite sides of a galactic war. Cameos from some of your favs, new places, awesome ship names.. it's the most fun we've had reading a book so far!

NOTE: Rachel mentions an article on the economics of Star Wars that can be found here

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NEXT BOOK: The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge

 

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18
Mar

RTFB: Episode 08 - The Forever War

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Today on Read This F**king Book, we read The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. This SciFi classic  about an interstellar conflict inspired by the Vietnam War spurred a lot of conversation between Rachel and Elena. From gender roles in societies of the future to the technology of war and the strange anachronisms of reading a book older than they were. Take a listen and join in the discussion with us on Twitter or our Goodreads

PS - There is an amazing graphic novel adaptation of The Forever War from Titan Comics that you should absolutely check out.

 

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NEXT BOOK: Lost Stars by Claudia Gray

 

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4
Mar

RTFB: Episode 07 - Illuminae

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Elena and Rachel are joined by Kim from YouthBookReview to discuss the YA SciFi novel Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. This book is incredibly unique for it's presentation and structure, you should definitely check it out!

Join us as we decide if a young hacker and her ex-boyfriend can successfully team up with a damaged AI to save the survivors of a corporate military attack. In Space! Also, zombies!

 

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NEXT BOOK: The Forever War by Joe Haldeman

 

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