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The Vorrh
The Vorrh | Brian Catling
Prepare to lose yourself in the heady, mythical expanse ofThe Vorrh, a daring debut that Alan Moore has called a phosphorescent masterpiece and the current century's first landmark work of fantasy.Next to the colonial town of Essenwald sits the Vorrh, a vastperhaps endlessforest. It is a place of demons and angels, of warriors and priests. Sentient and magical, the Vorrh bends time and wipes memory. Legend has it that the Garden of Eden still exists at its heart. Now, a renegade English soldier aims to be the first human to traverse its expanse. Armed with only a strange bow, he begins his journey, but some fear the consequences of his mission, and a native marksman has been chosen to stop him. Around them swirl a remarkable cast of characters, including a Cyclops raised by robots and a young girl with tragic curiosity, as well as historical figures, such as writer Raymond Roussel and photographer and Edward Muybridge. While fact and fictional blend, and the hunter will become the hunted, and everyones fate hangs in the balance, under the will of the Vorrh.
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AMVP
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Mehso-so

While I enjoyed the poetic prose and the blending of Lovecraft & Conrad, I can't see myself recommending this book to anyone.

It's hewing to said literary forebearers unfortunately extends to it's lack of diverse perspectives: the female characters, while fairly compelling in their own right, are left to spin their wheels at the periphery of the action, and the only POC in the main cast is a colonial enforcer (this from a story set in Africa).

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DannyOlda
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Bailedbailed

Wow, my first bail here. I gave it a proper 300 pages first. The prose was so baroque and heavily ornamental it did nothing for the narrative or style and only ended up being a burden to read. Also, the treatment of colonialism and the black body is problematic at times (not to mention that part where a dude cures a woman's blindness by having sex with her. Was this a joke?! Unortunately, no.)

Suet624 Seriously? Sex brought back her eyesight? Wow. 1y
DannyOlda Lol, @Suet624 , yes, and somehow it's actually much worse thank I make it sound. There are some parts of this book that just feel like they're written by a teenage boy. 1y
Suet624 Good Lord. 1y
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AMVP
The Vorrh | Brian Catling
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Picked up The Erstwhile this past Friday as part of #barnesandnoble #bookhaul promotion. With the final book of the trilogy recently released, seemed time to get around to this long neglected #tbr .

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DannyOlda
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Just finished The Mars Room and starting this one today. My first foray into fantasy in a while. This makes me think I've got to expand my reading palette.

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lostinabookbrb
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I got a gift card as an early birthday present from the love of my life. I don't know which one to start with!

Insightsintobooks A Natural History of Dragons sounds interesting. 1y
lostinabookbrb @Insightsintobooks It does! I've had my eye on it for a while. 1y
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DennisJacobRosenfeld
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This book was a birthday present from a good friend of mine. I trust his taste, as well as Alan Moore‘s I might add, and now I‘m finally getting around to it.

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EchoCharlie
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EchoCharlie
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I'm 75 pages and the book has talked about Ishmael's "sexual awakening"/penis 3 times. If I have to read about it again I'm going to light this book on fire.

It has such an amazing sounding concept and a few really great quotes about anti-colonialism, but there's so much stereotypical "male artist" bs

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Addison_Reads
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My book haul from Half Price Books tonight. Only $11 spent on all 6. 📖💜😀

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heikemarie
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Here‘s my #5in2018 most anticipated! This was hard. You can really tell my genres of choice are usually SFF 😂. Mix of old and new stuff. Thanks for the tag @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled ! I tag you, @NCNY @Foragingfantasy @Debiw781 !

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled 3 Body Problem is really good. It‘ll scramble your brain 😂 2y
Debiw781 Thanks for the tag! Let me get mine posted 😊 2y
Foragingfantasy Ooooh! I can't wait to read Girl in the Tower and HazelWood! 2y
BeckyK Love the Hazel Wood cover 😍 2y
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Nutmegnc
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I don't normally read reviews first, but this one gives an excellent analysis (seriously, is Genevieve of Goodreads a writer herself? College professor?) without giving anything important away...

Nutmegnc Update: Genevieve V. DeGuzman IS an author. And with an incredibly varied background. I will be following her for more great insights. 2y
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Nutmegnc
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He knew that they were as bored as he. He knew that he had invented everything in their lives. Maybe in the world. Sometimes he thought he had dreamt reality itself.

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wordcrown
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Panpan

That was... something.

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Fang88
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Pickpick

I am always looking for books like this one. Books that are lifechangingly different, magickal and dark...

#bestbookever #bookrecommendation #recommendation #favorite #myfavoritebook #horror #mystery #addictive

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JamesChatham
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Pickpick

I recently read The Vorrh, which reads like a mosaic of all things strange, with narratives surrounding the dense forest known simply as the Vorrh. It‘s very difficult to review, but put simply it‘s an incredibly unique, dare I say even postmodern, novel with beautiful prose, vivid characters and creatures, and poignant ruminations on vision and art.

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SeeJaneRead
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Bailedbailed

Me reading the first 120 pages of this book: "What? Huh? Who? Where? Robot sex? Cyclops? What? Who? Huh? Where?"

Some days my brain wants to work for it, some days I just want a goddamned bedtime story, you know?

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Moray_Reads
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Mehso-so

Dark, bizarre, labyrinthine, unpleasant. A little Peake, a little Holdstock and a lot that is wholly original but it just isn't an original that I really needed in my life

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speljamr
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BTGO, it was hard to resist. #julybookhaul

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Jazreads
The Vorrh | Brian Catling
Bailedbailed

I found this really hard going. I do plan to go back to it but I just couldn't focus on it at all.

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Isy
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Bailedbailed

I couldnt finish it. Got about 150 pages in and I honestly couldn't tell you what's going on. Catling seems unable to just tell a simple story, he's talking absolute nonsense. It takes a lot to make me give up on a book, but I just cant waste any more time on this one.

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HyacinthGirl
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Loving this nightmarish alt-history fantasy

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JamesChatham
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She was strong because she was quiet. Not silent, but still. Hers was a beauty of listening and a strength of giving; there was knowing, more than understanding, in the smolder of her gaze. She saw and felt it all; she gave more love than she received, more than she was ever paid for.

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Manieschaef
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Pickpick

I liked it! The language was captivating. The story was twisted (in a good way) and weird (in the best way). Looking forward to the next one!

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Tom_wookiee
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Pickpick

Hugely imaginative, with some wonderful (and disturbing) creations. Interesting characters, and a deep mythology. Really worth a read.

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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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Pickpick

This book contains: An infinite forest in Africa that may contain Eden at its heart and consumes your memories, robots, a cyclops, a bow made from a dead woman, slaves that remain docile when fed dead baby souls, and the history of photography!

Somewhere between Pick and So-So. Not greater than the sum of its interesting parts and it doesn't stick the landing, maybe because it begins a trilogy.

#LitsyAfterDark spoiler in the comments.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk When the young cyclops has sex with the robot early on I thought this has to be the weirdest thing in the book. I was mistaken. It wasn't even the weirdest sex scene in the book. 3y
MCYmermaid Kinda more intrigued by the spoiler-- don't judge, please! ☺️ 3y
HannaPolkadots Love the picture! 3y
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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I'm in the home stretch and so far his book has been gliding slowly between lyric beauty and graphic horror.

While this line may be an isolated bit of levity, it is also an accurate description of the fallen angels, the Erstwhile, who dwell in the lush immensity of the Vorrh. They are unseeable when you interact with them, but hours later you finally process their appearance and collapse in fear.

Leniverse I need this book! Moving further up the list of books I'll just have to buy soon. 3y
Paperback.Propensity Sounds good to me 3y
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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I always think it's neat when real people show up in fiction, especially something as far out as The Vorrh.

Top Left: Eadweard Muybridge is a main character. In real life he suffered a traumatic brain injury, pioneered many uses for the photographic camera, and murdered his wife's lover. The book cover is a piece of his art.

Top Right: Surrealist author Raymond Roussel is another main character, referred to in the book only as the Frenchman.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Bottom Left: Muybridge interacts with Sir William Gull, a doctor and one of the real prime Jack the Ripper suspects. 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Bottom Right: One time Muybridge got drunk with Doc Holiday! 3y
ruskigurl16 I have got to get my hands on this book!! 3y
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JazzFeathers Wow! But so, is this book a mystery? 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @JazzFeathers This book... this book is a lot of things, none easily definable. The Vorrh is a giant fictional forest in Africa that my have the garden of Eden at its center and there are four storylines, some involving real people, that revolve around it. Also robots, a miracle working cyclops, an archer who uses a bow made of a dead woman's body, and a whole subplot about harvesting baby corpses. It's... a lot. 3y
LeahBergen I was going to say, "Wait! Isn't that Doc Holliday?" ? 3y
JazzFeathers @TobeyTheScavengerMonk wow! Goes in my TBR pile :) 3y
Leniverse I've seen this book mentioned here and there, and thought it was a funky title. But I couldn't quite work out if it was something I'd be interested in. Thank you for making that clear! Gets added to the TBR. 3y
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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Soooooo.... that was a thing... that just happened.... that I read with my eyes... in this book... Alright then. Okay. Gonna... gonna take a minute. Yep.

DGRachel 😳 3y
UnidragonFrag I've heard this was really weird! 3y
GatheringBooks i like weird books, this one seems like right up my alley! 3y
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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There are four main storylines in this book, all taking place at different times. The post-World War II story of Tsungali the Hunter pursuing the Bowman who carries a bow made from the corpse of a priestess into the massive mystical African forest know as the Vorrh, is my favorite.

Have I mentioned this book is trippy? It's trippy.

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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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CrowCAH I admire your use of paper to highlight the section you wish to show! 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @CrowCAH Thanks! A result of being a teacher is having multicolored index cards nearby at all times. (edited) 3y
Jokila This was recommended to me as a fan of Jeff VanderMeer, but it kinda sounds like Laird Barron? (Which would also mean I need to read it!) 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @Jokila I'm aware of Barron but I haven't read him. I could see it as kind of a more baroque VanderMeer, like if his Area X books were magic instead of science. More than anything it feels like reading China Miéville. 3y
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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Moray_Reads Oh I really need to read this one! 3y
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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Was feeling too tired to gather #commonwealthauthors for #marchintoreading but luckily my #currentread is by U. K. sculptor and performance artist Brian Catling.

I plan on reading until I can't keep my eyes open so... less than twenty minutes?

Cosmo is ahead of the game. #dogsoflitsy

G'night all.

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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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#marchintoreading #readandeat I find that sugar-covered fried dough pairs well with a dark trippy fantasy that is, so far, about British colonialism in Africa.

I don't honestly read and eat much. Remember that one time I was reading Dan Simmons' The Terror in a Chipotle and it just happened to be the big autopsy scene?

vivastory I can't wait for The Terror series on AMC. I'm definitely going to read it first. 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @vivastory The book is ridiculously good. 3y
vivastory @TobeyTheScavengerMonk Have you read other Simmons' books? 3y
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk @vivastory All 4 books in the Hyperion Cantos, Summer of Night and A Winter Haunting, and The Terror. 3y
vivastory @TobeyTheScavengerMonk I haven't read anything by him. I'm really looking forward to it. I think he can satisfy my epic horror craving I've had since I read "NOS4A2" & Cutter's "The Troop" in December 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @vivastory The Terror and NOS4A2 are cut from a similar cloth. Summer of Night would be right up there too. And if you like science fiction Hyperion is an all-time no-exaggeration masterpiece of the genre. 3y
BillBlume I'm not aware of any genre or market of literature that doesn't pair well with sugar-coated fried dough, but I'm willing to test the theory. 3y
RealLifeReading I loved The Terror! I've read a few of Simmons' books and the one I absolutely regretted was Drood. Everything else I really enjoyed though 3y
DGRachel @RealLifeReading I loved The Terror, too, but couldn't finish Drood. I've been scared to pick up anything else for fear it would be slow and painfully boring. Should I not pre-judge his body of work based on Drood? 3y
RealLifeReading @DGRachel I think The Abominable was quite good - and it's set on Mt Everest! I've also read Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion but those are science fiction so I'm not sure if you read SF. They're were quite exciting and a bit bizarre (in a good way). 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @DGRachel I haven't tried Drood, but I think the wonderful thing about Simmons is that he doesn't really have a niche. All of his books are pretty radically different from each other so if one doesn't work that has no bearing on the others. I second @RealLifeReading If you like science fiction, the 4 books in the Hyperion Cantos are the best of the best. 3y
DGRachel @RealLifeReading @TobeyTheScavengerMonk Thanks. I have The Abominable on my shelf and will look into the Hyperion Cantos! 3y
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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I am excited and nervous to be starting The Vorrh. The effusive praise above is from crotchety literary genius and Mad Wizard of Northampton, Alan Moore, and the back cover contains similarly hyperbolic statements from Iain Sinclair, Jeff VanderMeer, Tom FREAKING Waits, and Terry FREAKING Gilliam.

As far as I can tell it is about a magic forest in Africa. It begins by giving a detailed description of a man making a bow from a dead woman's body.

vivastory Enjoy! It is easily one of the strangest books I've ever read (& I read a lot of bonkers books). It's a book that'll frustrate the hell out of you if you're looking for a rational story. It's like a David Lynch film. The experience is primary & any sense is secondary. 3y
ApoptyGina69 Totally forgot I own this and it's in a wine crate of my paperback #tbr. I will pull it front & center. I'm in the mood for weird! 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @vivastory Thanks! So far, so weird. And the sequel just came out this week! 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @ApoptyGina69 It is certainly delivering on the weird front. But so so beautifully written. 3y
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EmilyAnne
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This is my book outlet Boxing Day haul...oops? 😳 I may have gone a little crazy, but most of these titles are things that I've been wanting, and a few are lending/giveaway titles (I hate to loan out my books cuz I never get them back). Now to find room for these on my shelves... 📚📚📚

Kitta 😅 So many books! (edited) 3y
Suzze Some great titles there! Jackpot! 📚📚📚📚 3y
jessberk13 Yup. Looks about right with BookOutlet! 😂😂😂 3y
Tonton Great stack! 3y
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JonnyHatfull
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Sprawling, atmospheric and full of strange and compelling ideas. Can't wait to read the next one.

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BookDude
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I picked up the first 2 books I'll read in2017.

However, here are my favorites of 2016.
I started 59-finished 57.
5 stars to:
Descent by Tim Johnston
Wool by Hugh Howey and
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch.
Out of my 4-star rated books, these stood out the most:
North American Lake Monsters by Nathan Ballingrud
The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
Close Range by Annie Proulx
Brighton by Michael Harvey
In the Woods by Tana French

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JonnyHatfull
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That is a landslide of pressure to like this.

beckygracelea Gilliam's comment. Blimey. 3y
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Emilymore
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New reads. I was drawn to the cover in the Last Bookstore in DTLA, so let's see if it's good!

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vivastory
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Previous attempts to arouse his masculinity had been woeful disasters. She had supplied him with a comely mistress for his twentieth birthday, but the poor woman was driven to distraction by her supposed lover's endless, limp readings of interminably long poems. So monstrous was the abuse that she had demanded one hundred thousand francs in compensation from the old woman, for the aural and temporal violation.

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vivastory
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For so it is among those who shed lives every few years: They keep their deflated interior causeways, hold them running parallel with their current usable ones; ghost arteries, sleeping shrunken to those that pump life. Hushed lymphatics, like quiet ivy alongside the speeding juice of now. Nerve trees like bone coral, hugging the whisper of bellowing communications.

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vivastory
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I am a mere 17 pages into The Vorrh and I feel pretty confident that this will be one of the strangest reading experiences.

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rogueitup
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Talk about a "tell me more!!" first sentence.. Glad I pulled this from the bottom of my to-read pile ?

Shortstack How is it? 3y
rogueitup @Shortstack I really enjoyed it. Very different than most scifi/fantasy out there, but wonderfully so. 3y
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