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River of Ink
River of Ink | Paul M.M. Cooper
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All Asanka knows is poetry. From his humble village beginnings in the great island kingdom of Lanka, he has risen to the prestigious position of court poet and now delights in his life of ease: composing romantic verses for love-struck courtiers, enjoying the confidence of his king and covertly teaching Sarasi, a beautiful and beguiling palace maid, the secrets of his art. But when Kalinga Magha, a ruthless prince with a formidable army, arrives upon Lanka's shores, Asanka's world is changed beyond imagining. Violent, hubristic and unpredictable, Magha usurps the throne, laying waste to all who stand in his way. Under his terrifying rule, nothing in the city is left untouched and, like many of his fellow citizens, Asanka retreats into the shadows, hoping to pass unnoticed by the tyrant. But it seems his new master is a lover of poetry... To Asanka's horror, Magha tasks him with the translation of an epic Sanskrit poem, a tale of Gods and nobles, love and revenge, which the king believes will have a civilising effect on his subjects, soothing their discontent and snuffing out the fires of rebellion he suspects are igniting across the island. Asanka has always believed that poetry makes nothing happen, but as each new chapter he writes is disseminated through the land and lines on the page become cries in the street, his belief and his loyalties are challenged. And, as Magha circles ever closer to the things Asanka treasures most, the poet will discover that true power lies not at the point of a sword, but in the tip of a pen.
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Sha.Liy
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I initially really got into into this book and could not put it down. The writing itself by Paul Cooper is magical. You can imagine the scene he sets as you follow the story of the two main characters. The biggest let down for me was the ending. I really wanted to know what happened and felt it left too many questions for me personally. However that might just be a me thing.
#srilanka #history

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Sha.Liy
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I'm only 14% of the way through according to goodreads, but I have to admit I'm enjoying it so far. Being a Sri Lankan and spending lots of my childhood in Sri Lanka means I can clearly picture the scene as he sets it. It is currently another book I am struggling to put down.

#srilanka #riverofink #wishihadmoretimetoread

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marti86
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I couldn't go through the story

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CouronneDhiver
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My spring reading (Apr-May-Jun) has been more productive and positive than I‘d thought. I had a tough time narrowing it down to my usual #Top3 #BestOfTheSeason picks... so, five it is!

Wow! 🌸🌺🌷

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CouronneDhiver
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This story, set in 13th century Sri Lanka, is about love, rebellion and the power of the written word. Beautiful, exotic, captivating.

I loved it... in the slow burning way, when you read little bits at a time trying to make it last longer. This will be a “keeper” in my personal library.

(Also, it‘s a great bargain find at Book Outlet!)

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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CouronneDhiver
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Something about this writing... just beautiful!

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CouronneDhiver
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Sneaking in a few pages beside my sleepy purrito...

#CatsOfLitsy #Stella

JoScho 😻❤️ 2y
wanderinglynn How cute! ❤️🐱 2y
Dolly Aww what cute little furry bundle! 🙂❤️ 2y
readordierachel Ah! So cozy! 2y
Bookzombie 💕🐱 2y
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CouronneDhiver
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❤️

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CouronneDhiver
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CouronneDhiver
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#NextUp ✒️🗒

CoffeeCatsBooks Love the cover! 2y
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MargoCatts
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That moment when somebody‘s Twitter thread makes you add his book to your TBR: a collection of pets immortalized by screwing up somebody‘s work. Screenshots of a few, clockwise, from top left:
1. Manuscript and cat prints from 15th c Dubrovnik
2. 17th c Japanese map of Nagasaki with paw prints
3. Royal stamp and dog print on a clay brick from the Ziggurat of Ur, 21st c BCE
4. Medieval Japanese manuscript and cat wanting attention.

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PaulMMCooper
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Super excited to share the paperback of River of Ink with fellow Litsians! This is coming in January, and is available for preorder now.

Baileeandme Beautiful cover ❤ 3y
Christine Congrats (and yes, what a fantastic cover)! 3y
sumaiyya.books It's beautiful!! 3y
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KarenUK Gorgeous! 💕 3y
Cinfhen Congrats and such a captivating cover 😍 3y
PaulMMCooper @Baileeandme Thanks! 😊 3y
PaulMMCooper @Christine Why thank you! 😁 3y
PaulMMCooper @sumaiyya.books Thanks Sumaiyya! ☺️ 3y
PaulMMCooper @KarenUK Thanks Karen! 😊 3y
PaulMMCooper @Cinfhen Thank you! 😁 3y
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451Degrees
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Beautiful writing and an intriguing story line! That being sad I couldn't get into it or follow it easily. Had a lot of references to Sri Lankan epics and characters and I found it difficult to keep up with it all😔 still a very enjoyable read though!!

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451Degrees
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❤️

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451Degrees
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I think I might start using this insult in daily life😂☺️📖

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451Degrees
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Beautiful imagery in this book☺️

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451Degrees
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It's interesting how language works this way... that some languages just can't embody others words to an extent😌

BooksTeasAndBookishThings ❤️♥️❤️ I had a teacher once that said, "If you have to use the expression 'Lost in translation' then it probably shouldn't be translated. After all, what is the point if the meaning is lost beyond?" It always resonated with me that some things we are not meant to know unless it is a part of us, but that never means we stop searching or asking for things that we need to be a part of. 3y
451Degrees @BooksTeasAndBookishThings well said! I couldn't agree more☺️ 3y
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451Degrees
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The weather is finally starting to cool down so I'm breaking out the hot tea!! 📖☕️ What is everyone's favorite beverage while reading??☺️ #booksandtea

Bibliogeekery Peppermint tea! 3y
BekahB I love starting my weekend mornings with reading and a lot of coffee. 😄 ☕️ 3y
Lindy Currently sipping a cocktail of white port with tonic. (It's nearly supper time.) 🍾 3y
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Books_Wine_Repeat Coffee in the morning, lemonade during the day and a red at night. 😁☕️🍋🍷 3y
Redwritinghood Tea in the morning, coffee in the afternoon. 3y
SeeJulieRead Coffee and then hot tea or sparkling water! 3y
Abailliekaras ☕️☕️🍷 3y
Sue Tea all day every day. Though I do have a large variety to choose from. 3y
DebinHawaii Totally changes with the book and time of day but usually coffee or hot tea in the morning, iced tea during the day and hot tea at night! ☕️🍵 3y
Bookworm-Bobbie I agree with @Sue. Tea, all day and every day. I counted 24 different varieties the other day! 3y
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sprainedbrain
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Mehso-so

I finally finished it. 😳 really lovely writing, but I could not connect with the main character at all. I just didn't like him and his story never really grabbed me. I'm sure this is someone's cup of tea, as it is very well written, but it's not mine.

tnorris It's on my to read list... Still working my way to it ... the cover is beautiful! 😁 3y
GemLThompson I loved it! I can see how the mc wasn't the easiest person to connect with but I liked him. And I loved the writing!! 3y
sprainedbrain @GemLThompson agree with you completely on the writing. Very good! I think it's what kept me coming back, since I wasn't so in to the story. 3y
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sprainedbrain
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I'm having a hard time with this book... I really like it - the writing is good and the story is interesting. Yet I never want to pick it up and read. It usually doesn't take me this long to finish a book this size. 😐

britt_brooke I know the feeling. 😉 3y
Texreader I'm in the middle of a book feeling the same. So strange when that happens. 3y
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GemLThompson
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One of many lovely sentences in one of my favourite books this year!
http://www.thebookeaters.co.uk/river-of-ink-by-paul-m-m-cooper/

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sprainedbrain
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So I was minding my own business, reading a book while I wait for my daughter to get done with volleyball practice, and this little creeper jumps on my mirror and scares the bejeezus out of me. It's been looking at me for a while... 😬

LitHousewife Yikes!!! 3y
Varshitha Insects😖 3y
ultrabookgeek He wants to know whatcha reading!! 3y
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Godmotherx5 They're so much cuter in cartoons. 3y
Karli They are way worse when they jump on you while riding bike! 3y
sprainedbrain @Karli or when you're jogging! I do trails every day and this time of year they start flying right in my face. Ugh! 3y
sprainedbrain @Godmotherx5 😂 yes they are! 3y
sprainedbrain @sharimichele I was talking to it, like a crazy person. With my window firmly in the up position, of course. 😜 3y
sprainedbrain @LitHousewife @Varshitha my thoughts exactly. Ew. 3y
ultrabookgeek I would have talked to it too! I actually dig most bugs, they are so interesting to watch. 3y
KimHM Glad I'm not the only mom who took a book for those times (tho for my daughter, it was color guard). 3y
beagle.mama Ahhhhhh!!!!!!!' 😱😱😱 3y
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451Degrees
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Book haul from @Powells today! Maintained good self control and only bought these three gems☺️ so excited to dive in!

sprainedbrain I'm reading River of Ink! Gorgeous writing. 3y
451Degrees @sprainedbrain I'm very excited to start it! It looks so good:) 3y
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sprainedbrain
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Finally starting this one tonight on my kindle... This week has been crazy with work and kids. I need more reading time! 😃

susanw Nice cover! 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @PaulMMCooper is here on Litsy too! 😃 3y
brendanmleonard Wow, love that cover! 3y
Coleen Yes.....❤️ the cover! 3y
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PaulMMCooper
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Okay, so I know this isn't exactly the idea behind litsy, since I wrote this book. But this from Instagram user @chantallahr is honestly one of the loveliest book photos I've ever seen, and I was so thrilled with it I wanted to share it everywhere. I promise not to make a habit of it!

pageturnersnook I absolutely adore that cover 4y
shawnmooney I can't wait to read it! 4y
Jess_Read_This It truly is a lovely photo! 4y
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Bibliogeekery Beautiful picky 4y
Bibliogeekery That was supposed to say "picture" 4y
denise Gorgeous! 4y
tnorris Gorgeous cover! 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Beautiful. Thanks for sharing! 4y
Gayan Beautiful. 4y
Elisa Gorgeous cover, and really lovely composition! I'm glad you shared it 👍🏼😊 4y
youngish-adult Beautiful!! 4y
LA_Mead That IS a gorgeous book photo! 4y
CaitlinSiem That is a beautiful cover, wow! 4y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Gorgeous photo! 4y
PaulMMCooper @shawnmooney hope you enjoy it, Shawn! 4y
PaulMMCooper @Bibliogeekery Haha both are good! 4y
PaulMMCooper @Elisa Haha thanks :D 4y
PaulMMCooper @tnorris Thanks! :) 4y
PaulMMCooper @LA_Mead Isn't it! :) 4y
litpicky Love this photo! Followed you on Instagram, and I am checking out your book! 4y
PaulMMCooper @litpicky Awesome, hope you enjoy it! :D 4y
sumaiyya.books This is definitely a beautiful photo!! 4y
sumaiyya.books And can't wait to read it! 4y
PaulMMCooper @sumaiyya.books hope you enjoy it! :) 4y
LitLogophile Love this photo and these beautiful tools! Will definitely have to check your book out 4y
Varshitha Lovely photo,, would love to read your book.. 4y
MrBook @BookBabe , eat your heart out over this picture. 4y
DebinHawaii This is a gorgeous picture! 👍😀 3y
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Kath.loves.books
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So in love with this book! Wasn't sure if it would be for me at first but it just captivated me from the first page. Amazing setting, beautiful love story and so tense all the way thru. Can't wait for his next one!

(for bonus points I love Madeline Miller too)

BarbaraTheBibliophage @PaulMMCooper is on Litsy too! 😀 4y
PaulMMCooper @BarbaraTheBibliophage I am indeed :) glad you enjoyed it, Kath! Thanks for sharing! 4y
sprainedbrain I just picked this up for kindle yesterday... Excited to get started on it based on all of the reviews. 4y
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Kath.loves.books @PaulMMCooper aah so exciting 😅 thanks for following! 4y
Kath.loves.books @sprainedbrain tag me in your review if you post one! 🤓 4y
ej0728 I just picked this up and I'm super excited to start it! 4y
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shawnmooney
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I got a new follower just now, @PaulMMCooper who not only has great taste in books but published a much-acclaimed debut novel earlier this year. I think we all need to read it!

becausekafka Haha he followed me and I had the same thought- someone's book is moving to the top of my TBR. 😉 4y
sprainedbrain Me too! Adding to my tbr. 👍 4y
PaulMMCooper Haha thanks for sharing shawn - hope you enjoy it! :D 4y
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