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Caroline Delbert
I'm a science and curiosity journalist, avid reader, and enthusiast of many things.
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Caroline Delbert
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@cheribaker just seeing this post by chance, but i went to an ophthalmologist at maybe 30 for my worsening floaters and was truly worried i was going blind. the doctor reassured me everything was fine and they are normal for many people. like, annoying, but not necessarily anything more than that. so, you aren't alone in worrying about it, i don't think by a long shot!

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on Beautiful Frog, a cute interactive fiction where you raise a frog: I love frogs, and this little game has some fun twists. Should your frog specialize? Is it better to be a generalist? What’s the oldest frog (my record is 12 years)? Why are they always retiring into infamy?? The friend who showed me B... aetataureate.micro.blog
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on How It Happened by Michael Koryta: don’t be dissuaded by this book’s description, which is very caustic and even misogynistic – that’s actually the premise the book is playing with. it took me a few tries to get past it and into the story. i really like thrillers that are set in believable small commun... aetataureate.micro.blog
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on All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner: This is an important, and sometimes very dark, story wrapped in a super readable airport or “chick lit” wrapper. The main character becomes addicted to pills and then has to admit it. And in the meantime, she puts on a recognizable parade of lies to everyone in her lif... aetataureate.micro.blog
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on 20 Hrs., 40 Min. by Amelia Earhart: I’m an Earhart enthusiast, and this book entered the public domain this year. In 1928, Earhart became the first woman to ride in an airplane across the Atlantic Ocean, and she kept a journal. I adapted it loosely into a tabletop game where players land on fictitious ... aetataureate.micro.blog
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I made it partway into both Martyr! by Kaveh Akbar and Hard By a Great Forest by Leo Vardiashvili. Both are beautiful books about people returning to challenging homelands. But both were not my taste ultimately – with elements of magical realism and other interjections that just aren’t for me. If you liked... aetataureate.micro.blog
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on The Beautiful and the Wild: a thriller set in the deep wilds of alaska, where the main character’s ex-husband has built a prepper compound of sorts. it turns out to be a bad idea to go there, alone with her small child, to ask him for something! and i like that the wild setting turns out to be claustro... aetataureate.micro.blog
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on This Wretched Valley by Jenny Kiefer: a sponsored rock climber and doctoral researcher team up to map a newly discovered rock face. but when everything starts to go horrifyingly wrong, they find they aren’t able to leave. this relentless horror story reminded me of the ruins by scott smith – one of the... aetataureate.micro.blog
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on The Centre by Ayesha Manazir Siddiqi: i enjoyed this genre-mixing thriller, which is just as much a mystery, a parable, a literary novel. it’s set in the stratified world of translation, where people who can claim they know a dozen languages have enormous cachet. the main character, who’s from the midd... aetataureate.micro.blog
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on those who wish me dead by michael koryta: i loved this confident, fast-moving thriller set on a fully realized “outward bound”-style camping trip for troubled boys. there’s a straight couple at the heart of the story, and they trust each other and rely on their loving knowledge, which is really nice an... aetataureate.micro.blog
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on last to leave the room by caitlin starling: this is a dystopian horror novel set in startup culture. the main character is working on something that sounds like elon musk’s purported “hyperloop” mixed with teleportation, and during that project, she finds that her basement is growing deeper. i really l... aetataureate.micro.blog
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the truman show is free with ads on youtube! people love to be like “it’s so prescient.” but like all good science fiction, it’s also a commentary on what was happening at the time – the cloning of dolly the sheep, the round-the-clock webcasting of jennicam, the rolling expansion of reality tv after nearl... aetataureate.micro.blog
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from The St. Ambrose School for Girls by Jessica Ward (aetabooks):

The attractive are often agents of the very thing that blesses them: stewardesses coming down the aisle with rolling carts of collateral damage.

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from Boys in the Valley by Philip Fracassi (aetabooks):

He’d been quiet, reclusive. David had always thought of him as distant and, quite frankly, strange. Consciously or unconsciously, he’d kept a wide berth of the boy, as had most of the others. A wallflower, yeah, but poisonous to the touch.

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from Looking Glass Sound by Catriona Ward (aetabooks):

Writers are monsters, really. We eat everything we see.

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from Revelator by Daryl Gregory (aetabooks):

Let’s just say it’s two parts science and one part mystery.

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from The Writing Retreat by Julia Bartz (aetabooks):

“Now you’re dead, trapped in the underworld. You feel empty, stuck. And you know what? It’s actually the most powerful place to be. You need only reach out to the pain and grab it, use it. But if you don’t?”

Her expression turned mournful.

“Well, then you stay dead."

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from Penpal by Dathan Auerbach (aetabooks):

Our lives are so short that it seems a crime to squander any of it by forgetting. Memories extend our lives backward through time, making them feel longer. And that’s what we want. So we try to remember. But sometimes, when we do, we wish that we could just forget again.

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from Scorpion by Christian Cantrell (aetabooks):

Arguing with someone you love is a form of hubris—a kind of baseless, arrogant confidence that you have so much control over your future and so much time ahead of you that you can afford to squander an entire day of emotional connection, or an hour, or even one goddamn minute.

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from Scorpion by Christian Cantrell (aetabooks):

Luxury is a type of meta-diversion designed to help us forget about all the things we had to do in order to obtain it in the first place.

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ejecta (aetawords):

(geology) Material which has been ejected, especially from a volcano or an impact crater.

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@Miraz i'm a new follower because of all your lovely photos -- what a cool and adventuresome life you and your partner seem to have! thank you for sharing. also, when dogs get a little silver on their snoots, i think that's the best.

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from Followers by Megan Angelo (aetabooks):

More than anything else — to be an author, to have a boyfriend, to learn how it felt to breathe without being forty thousand dollars in debt — she wanted the answer to the question. She was living in the before of something, and she was getting tired of it. The dangerous thing about the way she felt, Orla knew, was that she didn’t know exactly what she wanted to happen, and she didn’t care that she didn’t know. Almost any change would do.

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from Followers by Megan Angelo (aetabooks):

Orla began the strenuous mental exercise of trying to come up with a restaurant that was inexpensive, close enough to walk to, and stocked with normal bread baskets, not focaccia or olive loaf or anything that might make her mother say, derisively, “Ooh la la.” Ten minutes later: “Ooh la la,” Gayle said as the waitress set down the bread basket. Orla sighed. “But it’s just rolls.” Gayle pointed at the dish next to the basket, which, instead of wrapped pats of butter, held a pool of oil and herbs for dipping.

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from The Couples Trip by Ulf Kvensler (aetabooks):

It’s not that I’m unhappy in our apartment, but I have sometimes wondered whether my yearning for nature and the mountains is heightened by a need to escape from digital numbers and buttons and menus and things that beep and efficient little electric motors that hum away discreetly.

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from Boys in the Valley by Philip Fracassi (aetabooks):

Be careful you don’t confuse evil with despair. One reason tragedy exists is to teach us how to help others, help others learn how to find a way through their own dark time, through a journey of growth.

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From The Ferryman by Justin Cronin (aetabooks):

For my father, reality’s gentle rain has become a bombardment.

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