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Monday Chatter: Pride Parade and Death By TBR

(Pride Parade and Death By TBR performing at your nearest city. Get your tickets now!)

A bit of a late post today because we had our Pride Parade here in Vancouver yesterday and I stayed out really late walking, eating, melting, and dancing–not necessarily in that order. There were some controversies surrounding the parade this year because both the Vancouver library and the University of British Columbia (deservedly) got banned from the event for hosting two different transphobic speakers (because something something freedom of speech). And some have been arguing against the decision, saying that politics should be uncoupled from Pride, which…I’m not sure whether to laugh or rage at? Pride is politics, people.

Other than that, though, it was a TON of fun as usual, and a much needed break from all the heavy events that have been headlining my life this past couple of months.

Also, happy civic holiday to all my fellow Canadians! I’ll be going out to the ocean with a friend in like…fifteen minutes. So let’s see how fast I can write the rest of this thing. πŸ˜›

 

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This Week – Books

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➽ Wicked Fox by Kat Cho:
THIS IS IT, GUYS. I’m finally reading this. This is the first (English) fantasy book set in South Korea with Korean mythology with Korean characters that I’ve held in my hands, and I can’t even begin to explain what that means to me. It’s a monumental occasion and I feel like I should be lighting candles and making offerings or something. Tears are definitely on the menu.

Also, two chapters in and we get to see characters playing StarCraft at a PC bang. YES. YES. YESSSSSS. (My only criticism so far = the writing style. But I’ll get to that in the actual review)

➽ The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H. G. Parry:
Inkheart but for adults, starring two brothers. So far I really dislike Rob, the older, more normal brother of the two, and also the narrator of the story. But that’s not at all a bad thing because I like seeing what writers do with unlikable characters.

➽ Crier’s War by Nina Varela:
I’m part of the blog tour in September and I selected the review + fanart option, so I want to get a head start on it. I’m not super far into it so I can’t say much, but I’m definitely not unhappy with what I’m seeing.

 

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  • The Ventriloquists by E.R. Ramzipoor:
    I’m really excited for this one. It’s a WW2 book about a Belgium resistance newsprint that turns Nazi propaganda into satire, and it’s being blurbed as a WW2 Ocean’s Eleven. Also, because I haven’t seen people talk about the representation in this book and I had to find out from an article on Lambda Literary, I’d just like to mention that FYI, the story is prominently queer.

 


Recent Games

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So I’m almost close to finishing a game called Outer Wilds (currently only available on Xbox One and Epic Games). There’s a bit of controversy surrounding it because it was initially sold as a Steam game to the backers on Kickstarter, and people were understandably pissed that the devs reneged on their promise and decided to release it on Epic Games first. And I have thoughts on Epic Games that are mostly…not positive, but here’s one thing I can’t deny: Outer Wilds is an incredible game.

You play an alien astronaut exploring the reaches of the solar system, trying to uncover the secrets of an ancient civilization. It’s an unexpectedly deep and beautiful narrative hidden behind a really quirky, cartoony art design, and I adore what it says about walking through life with curiosity in your heart.

Seriously, go play it. I’m obsessed with its world and I promise you will be too.

 

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And now I’m off! What are your plans for this week?

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meghanplaysgames August 5, 2019 - 4:06 pm

I’m super interested in Wicked Fox – can’t wait for your review!

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Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky August 7, 2019 - 7:17 pm

It’s very much in the vein of K-dramas and I’ve been having a lot of fun with it so far!

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Kaya @ afictionalbookworm August 5, 2019 - 5:57 pm

I can’t wait to read Wicked Fox! Lovely postπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky August 7, 2019 - 7:24 pm

Thank you, Kaya!! And I’m really liking Wicked Fox so far! I’m still not a big fan of the writing style, but the story is just so fun that I can’t really complain too much.

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Chocoviv August 5, 2019 - 7:53 pm

Working on a book review!

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Paul's Picks August 5, 2019 - 8:58 pm

I saw the Ventriloquists… I’m def interested in it.

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Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky August 7, 2019 - 7:22 pm

It’s such an interesting premise, isn’t it? I’ve only read the first few chapters, but I’m very much into it!

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Paul's Picks August 7, 2019 - 8:12 pm

Cool!!

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Meeghan reads August 6, 2019 - 2:26 am

I seriously hope you LOVE Wicked Fox, Kathy!! x

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Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky August 14, 2019 - 4:06 pm

Aww thanks, Meeghan!! It wasn’t quite the 5 star read I wanted it to be, but it was still so. much. fun. πŸ˜€

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acquadimore August 6, 2019 - 1:20 pm

“politics should be uncoupled from Pride” = …I will never understand this kind of people, because really, what do they think Pride is? At least we don’t see a lot of them here (the backward perks of living in a place that is still really homophobic, especially for a western european country, I guess)

And I can’t wait to see what you think of Wicked Fox and Crier’s War! I haven’t been able to get to the first yet and I didn’t get an ARC of the second, but I’m really anticipating them. I hope you end up liking both!

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Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky August 8, 2019 - 2:27 am

Right?? I get that they want Pride to be a fun celebration minus any heaviness or complications, but god, have some perspective.

And thank you!! I’m still not the biggest fan of the prose for Wicked Fox, and it’s not a award worthy story or anything, but just….it’s a lot of fun, you know? And it’s such a joy to see pieces of Korea and Korean culture just so casually thrown at me. I guess you can say I’m pretty happy with it so far. πŸ˜€

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Norrie August 8, 2019 - 9:11 am

Hosting transphobic events and then being surprised at being banned from pride just does not compute. I mean, it’s one or the other, can’t have it both ways :/
Glad to hear you had fun at the event tho πŸ™‚

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Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky August 11, 2019 - 11:04 pm

I know right??? People are just baffling sometimes

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@lynnsbooks August 9, 2019 - 5:01 am

Wicked Fox looks good – I look forward to seeing what you make of it.
Lynn πŸ˜€

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Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky August 13, 2019 - 1:10 pm

I finished it the other day and aside from a few minor problems I had a LOT of fun with it. πŸ˜€

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waytoofantasy August 10, 2019 - 9:44 am

….How do you have a Pride parade without politics? That’s….wow. They’re idiots.

I can’t wait to get to Wicked Fox, I’m very much looking forward to that one.

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Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky August 14, 2019 - 3:55 pm

IKR?! And I just finished Wicked Fox the other day, and ooooh boy, I’m gonna need to have a little chat with that ending. But other than that, it was great. πŸ˜€

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waytoofantasy August 14, 2019 - 4:01 pm

Uh oh lol. Now I’m curious!

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Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky August 14, 2019 - 5:21 pm

One of the issues is more…personal, I guess? So I don’t know if other people had a problem with it. But the other issue is 100% “WHY would you do this to the story???”

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waytoofantasy August 14, 2019 - 5:25 pm

Well I’ll have to DM you after I read it then. πŸ™‚

Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky August 14, 2019 - 5:39 pm

YES, do it!! I have no idea how I’m going to talk about it in my review without blanking out a massive section for spoilers lol

dreamingofcats August 19, 2019 - 5:17 am

ooh, excited to see what you think of Crier’s War! that was yet another one of my string of Edelweiss rejections, lol, it sounded really good, so hopefully it’s a win for you.

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Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky August 21, 2019 - 2:44 pm

Thank you!! I’m liking it so far. It’s more slow burn than I’d expected, which in this case is a good thing. πŸ˜€ And man, edelweiss is weirdly tricky to navigate :/ Sometimes I get rejected for the same book that I get accepted on Netgalley (and vice versa) and I have no idea why.

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