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Miranda and Caliban
Miranda and Caliban | Jacqueline Carey
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A lovely girl grows up in isolation where her father, a powerful magus, has spirited them to in order to keep them safe. We all know the tale of Prospero's quest for revenge, but what of Miranda? Or Caliban, the so-called savage Prospero chained to his will? In this incredible retelling of the fantastical tale, Jacqueline Carey shows readers the other side of the coin—the dutiful and tenderhearted Miranda, who loves her father but is terribly lonely. And Caliban, the strange and feral boy Prospero has bewitched to serve him. The two find solace and companionship in each other as Prospero weaves his magic and dreams of revenge. Always under Prospero’s jealous eye, Miranda and Caliban battle the dark, unknowable forces that bind them to the island even as the pangs of adolescence create a new awareness of each other and their doomed relationship. Miranda and Caliban is bestselling fantasy author Jacqueline Carey’s gorgeous retelling of The Tempest. With hypnotic prose and a wild imagination, Carey explores the themes of twisted love and unchecked power that lie at the heart of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, while serving up a fresh take on the play's iconic characters. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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Pickpick

A retelling of The Tempest. You know going in that things won‘t end with a happy ever after, but overall the characters were well done and the story was well told.

@Soubhiville

Soubhiville I‘m glad you liked it! 2w
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Soubhiville
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I finally got to this beauty that had been sitting on my shelf for a year.

I see that a lot of folks didn‘t care for it. I thought it was beautiful. A retelling of Shakespeare‘s Tempest, there isn‘t a lot of action, but the characters are wonderfully rendered and deeply feeling. I loved Caliban in particular, and his innocence and pure heart.

I think if you liked the original play, and Shakespeare in general, you should enjoy this.

AmyG Beautiful cat ❤️ 1y
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GlassAsDiamonds Kitty hugs!!!!! 😊😊😊😊 Oh, yes, book!! 😂 Glad to hear it was good! Will move it up the list 😊😊😊 thanks for the tag, kitty AND good book, what could be better? 😊😊😊😊 1y
TricksyTails 😻♥️ 1y
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Soubhiville
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I can‘t believe I‘ve let this sit on my shelf for a year! It‘s time to give it a try. I think I‘ve been partially swayed by all the poor reviews, but Ms Carey is one of my favorite authors, so I‘m optimistic.

Also- this cover! Swoon!

DeborahSmall Sounds good 💕 1y
GlassAsDiamonds Ive got this one on my shelf as well... I‘ll get to it but will watch to see what you think! 😊😊😊 1y
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Heatherfeather
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Panpan

Well. Do you have an author who wrote a book(s) that changed your life and yet you can't seem to like anything else they wrote? Originally I was going to mark this So-So, then I realized that I didn't enjoy a single page and that I was marking it such because it's Carey. Do you give certain authors "passes"? I found this boring and distant and annoying. Gorgeous cover though.

BookishTrish I want to read it based on the cover alone. I've never read Carey. Where do you recommend starting? 1y
Heatherfeather @BookishTrish Well, she's known for her Kushiel series (starting with Kushiel's Dart, which is where I recommend beginning). However, it is way different than this book. Kushiel is all about sex so if that's not your thing... 1y
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Heatherfeather
Miranda and Caliban | Jacqueline Carey

This book is taking FOREVER to get through. I think I'm finally ready to admit I don't like anything by Carey except the two Kushiel trilogies. Sigh.

Soubhiville Did you read the Naamah trilogy? I liked it, although I didn‘t love it like the Kushiel books. 1y
Heatherfeather @Soubhiville I did. I thought it was all right. I didn't love it like Kushiel. 1y
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toofondofbooks
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#bestof2017 Honorable Mention
This is a retelling of Shakespeare's The Tempest and o thought it was well done. I enjoyed getting more of a back story to the characters time on the island leading up to the play.

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Amanda91
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Mehso-so

Retellings of 'The Tempest' seem to be everywhere. I agree with the mixed reviews it has been receiving, as it didn't feel like something new or different-- general Tempest fatigue or something else? Jacqueline's writing is gorgeous as always, but I didn't feel the same wonder as I did with Kushiel's Legacy. Overall, a good read. 3/5.

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Soubhiville
Miranda and Caliban | Jacqueline Carey
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Three authors I #autobuy: Jacqueline Carey, Patrick Rothfuss, and Chris Bohjalian. My favorites 👍🙌

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Sarrie
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Bailedbailed

This is all down to personal taste but I had to bail on this one. I got so close to the end and I carried it around for so long I'm a bit frustrated. The writing was beautiful and lovely, and everything was on point but it just felt more and more like two teenagers in lust. Again, totally a personal preference thing I'm sure. I do recommend it if you don't mind sex being the point of the plot. I was so disappointed.

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Leelee.reads
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Mehso-so

I think the nicest way to describe my thoughts on this book is that I was confused by many of the author's choices. One dimensional and predictable characters. Nothing really interesting about the plot if you've already read The Tempest, since the author doesn't play with events or character intent in surprising ways. Add on the "confusing author choices" and this was close to a "pan."

Notafraidofwords Ugh. I was excited by this one. 2y
Leelee.reads @Notafraidofwords it's still worth giving it a try - everyone has different tastes. I'd recommend it as a library pick, not a buy-from-store book. 😉 2y
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Leelee.reads
Miranda and Caliban | Jacqueline Carey
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After loving a recent re-read of The Tempest to pair with Hag-Seed, I grabbed this right up when I saw it in the library. I know it won't compare to Atwood or Shakespeare - I am starry eyed for both - but hoping for the best!

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lisakoby
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Mehso-so

I love books reimagined from the perspective of secondary characters and I was excited to read this, but Caliban's 'voice' grated, and really impacted my enjoyment of the book. ⭐⭐1/2

Photo credit: Irene Gallo

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BookishBron
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I gave this three stars out of five. I'm not sure that it's quite a retelling of the Tempest as much as providing some back story for the characters - starting when Miranda is about 6 years old. It was easy to read , and I did enjoy it, but something about the way Caliban is written (POV alternates between M and C) made me a bit uncomfortable.

Notafraidofwords I've heard the same thing from so many people. 2y
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Listeningtotheleaveslaughter
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this retelling of The Tempest!

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BookishBron
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Starting Miranda and Caliban today

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Kerouacthedog
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Bailedbailed

Didn't like how the author voiced Caliban AT ALL. Just because he doesn't speak the language doesn't mean he's simple. Very disappointing.

minkyb Sad. 2y
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BethFishReads
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Mehso-so

Ultimately giving this a so-so rating -- both on the plot and the audiobook. (See previous posts for more of my thoughts.) Not even sure who the target audience is -- YA?? Anyway, I have a stack of books to feature here and on Twitter, so that's where I'm turning my attention tonight.

britt_brooke Great photo! 📷🍷 2y
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BethFishReads
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If I weren't listening for a freelance assignment I would have bailed. The retelling is okay (and you don't need to know the original play to enjoy the novel), but I'm finding the narration to be on the theatrical side and the characters sound pretentious. Skip the audiobook & go for print. I'm only a little more than halfway; however, I predict this will be a so-so read. I'll let you know.

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BethFishReads
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I'm listening to this now. Audio production is okay. The book is a retelling of Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST -- I'm too early into the audiobook to make a judgment. At the moment, I'm invested.

Bette Our copy just arrived at the library. I'll be curious to know what you think. 😊 2y
BethFishReads I posted a in progress blurb. I'll post again when I finish 2y
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allusory
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Mehso-so

Rather torn on this one. While I really enjoyed the writing style and the world building, the author made some weird choices that sat with me wrong. If you like engaging reads and don't mind a book that dances around the colonialism of The Tempest while fixating a little too much on period blood in the second half, check this one out.

JazzFeathers That cover hooked me at first sight. But after reading your review, l'm not sure it's the book for me... 2y
allusory @JazzFeathers The cover is gorgeous and definitely a draw! It's not that the book was terrible, but if you are still interested in trying it I'd definitely recommend borrowing it. 2y
JazzFeathers Thanks for the advice. That's probably what l'll do :) 2y
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LectricSheep
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Mehso-so

What if Miranda (a shipwrecked wizard's daughter) and Caliban (the wizard's "monstrous" servant) fell in love? It's...a romance retelling of The Tempest! If you haven't read the Tempest, this short novel will still make sense to you. However, don't expect it to engage with any of the post-colonial/racial tensions that dominate most discussions of The Tempest. This is allllllllll romance. Out on Valentine's Day! #ARC Thanks NetGalley!

merelybookish That seems like a big omission... 2y
LectricSheep @merelybookish I know right? Like....it's kind of the whole...point of the play? Not sure why you would even use those characters if you weren't going to capitalize on the literary conversation surrounding them. I mean...it was still a fun read! But The Tempest as I know it had very little to do with the novel. 2y
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jennirl
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I JUST WANT TO RUB IT ALL OVER MY FACE #galleybrag

Brenley Oh yeah. I'm going to be so here for that... pub date is not too far away I hope? 2y
balletbookworm 😱😱😱😱😱 whaaaaaaat 2y
Notafraidofwords Totally jealous ! 2y
Soubhiville Yay I can't wait for mine to arrive!!! (I preordered, I don't get an ARC) (edited) 2y
thec0zy Omg so jealous. I also preordered mine! I hope you love it! 2y
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Siannalyn
Miranda and Caliban | Jacqueline Carey
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Thanks to NetGalley I can read the new Jacqueline Carey's book! I'm so excited about it!

BooksTeasAndBookishThings Welcome to Litsy!!! 😊❤🙌📚🎉 2y
Siannalyn @BooksTeasAndBookishThings thank you! ❤❤❤ 2y
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kristenmcquinn
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This was a beautiful book. Atmospheric and lyrical. I read an ARC but loved it so much that I preordered an actual copy for myself. Everyone should read this.

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shanaqui
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Pickpick

I still wasn't wholly convinced by the narration, but ach, I was spending the whole time wishing that The Tempest ended another way. I ended up reading this almost without stopping, except for a brief pause to study the endocrine system. It enchanted me.

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shanaqui
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"It seems to me that the gods are cruel to women who eat fruit..."

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shanaqui
Miranda and Caliban | Jacqueline Carey

Not sure about the narration. Given her age, Miranda sounds way too mature. Still... New Jacqueline Carey!

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Merethebookgal
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Ahhh! How was this book not on my radar?!? I loved Carey's Kushiel's Dart trilogy (hope to get to more of the series soon) and this retelling sounds so good! 😍 Check out the Unbound World articles that the @EclecticReaders posted about upcoming 2017 Sci-fi and Fantasy releases for more great books!

Merethebookgal Just in case my fellow IRL Eclectic Readers are interested, see above 😊 @Ruri_kaichou @jmtrivera @Mc_cart_ny @AReaderWhoMoms @TaraNewman 2y
kim.guernsey A retelling! Sounds like a book bingo spot. 2y
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TaraNewman Paaagggeee count 2y
kim.guernsey @TaraNewman Litsy description has it at 336 pg 2y
TaraNewman @AReaderWhoMoms if I'm gonna win blackout none of my books except the 500 page one can be over 250. By my estimation. 2y
KimM Definitely on my radar 2y
kim.guernsey @TaraNewman that is both genius and ruthless 2y
Merethebookgal @AReaderWhoMoms Do you expect anything less from @TaraNewman when it comes to a competition that involves reading? 😁😉 2y
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kristenmcquinn
Miranda and Caliban | Jacqueline Carey

This is one of the most beautiful books I've read in a long time. I'm only 15% through it but gah! I... Feel... /Lal

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CharissaWeaksAuthor
Miranda and Caliban | Jacqueline Carey
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Mwahaha :) I've had Kushiel's Dart on my TBR list forever. I have to get to all of Carey's books in 2017.

AmandaL I read the first six books in the Kushiel's Dart series years ago, but I haven't read the later ones yet. Those books were so good. 2y
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