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Madame Zero
Madame Zero: 9 Stories | Sarah Hall
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Cathythoughts
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#MOvember #GirlGoneWild from the collection Madame Zero! Mrs Fox, my favorite short story❤️ 🦊

“At his feet she sits with her tail rearing. Exceptional, winged ears. Eyes like the spectrum of her blended fur..... he lifts her..... “

Cinfhen This cover is spectacular 🤩 1mo
Cinfhen Did u get my tag??? The #Booked2020 prompts are out 😘 1mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen Oh thanks !!! I‘m heading over to your page now & im excited 🤸‍♀️ (edited) 1mo
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TrishB I definitely need to read this short story as I know you love it so much! 1mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB it‘s good. Whenever you get there I‘ll tell you why I love it ❤️ 1mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts deal 👍🏻 1mo
jenniferw88 ...and now I go #teamvixen crazy! 🤣🤣🤣 first thought was Jenny Ryan but going to try to avoid her! 1mo
batsy Love that quote! Nice pick 🦊 1mo
Cathythoughts @jenniferw88 ..., good luck 😘 1mo
Cathythoughts @batsy thanks!! ❤️👍 1mo
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Lindy
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Sarah Hall shows off her virtuoso skill in this collection of short stories that shift from folkloric to science fiction to contemporary surrealism. Dark, sometimes funny, often sensual — stories of inner lives in unsettling times.

Cinfhen What a strange and beautiful cover 💓 1mo
vivastory I second @Cinfhen 1mo
Cinfhen The stories sound good too @vivastory but I‘m so NOT a short story collection reader 😝 1mo
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vivastory @Cinfhen Short stories are VERY hit & miss for me. Some of my favorite books of the year have been story collections, at the same time I have only bailed on a handful of books this year & a couple have been short story volumes 1mo
Cinfhen Hahahahaha @vivastory that‘s the life of a reader! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve read Mrs Fox, which has won the BBC National Short Story award. A bit unnerving. 1mo
Cathythoughts I‘m not a short story fan ... but l loved this collection ! Especially Mrs 🦊 1mo
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Lindy
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He pictured a buffalo. It was enormous & black-brown. It had a giant head & the shoulders of a weightlifter, a tapered back end, small upturned horns. The image came from a picture he‘d kept in a box in the bunker, one of the things Craig had taken. The buffalo looked permanently, structurally braced.

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Lindy
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She turns fully and hoists the tail around beside her like a flaming sceptre. Slim limbs and slender nose. A badge of white from jaw to breast. Her head thrust low and forward as if she is looking along the earth into the future.

saresmoore Ooh, I like this quote. 1mo
Lindy @saresmoore 😁🦊👍 1mo
Cathythoughts Oh Mrs Fox 🦊 I loved this story so much ... it‘s planted in my mind. 1mo
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Severnmeadows
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The first time I read Mrs Fox, the first story in Madame Zero, the hairs stood up on the back of my neck.

Among many memorable sentences:
What can be decided in a few moments that will not be questioned for a lifetime?
It is like trying to wrap fire.
What would become of her, and, with her, his hope?
If anyone were to ask, he would say, I am not without happiness.
The vividness, the contrasts and transformations, make this story unforgettable.

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jhod
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Another great book of short stories and they're so good for a commute! I definitely want to read more of Hall. 5 stars, book 10

charl08 She's wonderful. My favourite is Haweswater, so far. 10mo
jhod @charl08 I will stack it - thank you! 10mo
TrishB I have this, but not yet read. 10mo
Cathythoughts I really loved Mrs Fox 🦊! What a great story. I‘m stacking Hawesater too ♥️👍🏻 10mo
Nute I think she wrote a dystopian novel about a group of women living outside of society with governmental control of reproduction. The reviews were not that great, but I enjoyed it. I‘ve always wanted to read something else written by her. 10mo
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jhod
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Productive day so far.
Book 5 of the year finished and sent to @RachelO for #lpmbc and another package sent to @TCLinrow for #mhroundrobin. Sorry I'm so late both!
And returned two books and got two books out the library, Sarah Hall new to me but heard great things, and couldn't resist another Groff after loving Florida.

squirrelbrain Loved Fates and Furies - it was in my top 18 of last year! 11mo
jhod @squirrelbrain yay 👏👏!! 11mo
RachelO Fantastic- thank you 😊. These have both been on my tbr for ages, so looking forward to whichever arrives! 11mo
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RachelO Also, being a dozy 🐮! This is your library haul! Still looking fwd to whatever arrives. 🙇🏻‍♀️ 11mo
jhod Ha @racheloreads ! Sorry! I will get gifts out to my fellow #lpmbc crew soon after getting your lovely book sleeve! X 11mo
jhod @RachelO oops wrong person... 11mo
RachelO @jhod I‘m glad it‘s not just me being dozy!! How are things? (And thank you - but really no need x) 11mo
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readordierachel
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Thank you so much for your generosity and kindness @Cathythoughts! Can't wait to read this, particularly the story you liked. ❤❤❤

Cathythoughts On that was quick. Your welcome! I hope you like it 👍🏻❤️ 11mo
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Cathythoughts
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#InBetween @RachelO congratulations 🎉. And thankyou for your generosity. I usually don‘t read short stories or books. But I would highly recommend the tagged book of stories, especially the first story: Mrs. Fox 👍🏻🦊.
I would be interested in Every Note Played, this sounds very good ❤️👍🏻

RachelO Hi @Cathythoughts , thanks for entering! I remember you liking this one - I've still got one of her novels unread on audio. Will definitely look out for Mr Fox 🦊 2y
RachelO *Mrs, even! 2y
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ladycarliblack
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An interesting collection of short stories with some magic realism, science fiction and dystopian styles. There was a heavy thread through the collection on motherhood which was a challenge for me but some intriguing persectives. After suggesting it for book club, I found myself worrying a bit about what some of my less literary book clubbers would think but many found at least some stories engaging. It sparked some good conversation at the least.

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TrishB
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#litsybookmail
Thank you @Cathythoughts this was a wonderful care package ❤️
The scarf is lovely - you just can‘t see it properly in the picture!!
Chocolate will be eaten with wine tonight 😁and I shall certainly try the short stories!
Happy St Patrick‘s Day 🇮🇪

batsy That's lovely 💕 2y
Cathythoughts Oh so glad this got to you. The scarf is black , I think you like black. ❤️🖤I hope you enjoy even one story .... enjoy Xxx 2y
TrishB @Cathythoughts I do indeed like black ❤️ thank you xx 2y
TrishB @batsy it was ❤️ 2y
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Cathythoughts
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#FierceFeb #NoOrdinaryLove good call for Valentines Day 👍🏻❤️. I‘m posting this book again 🙈. Short stories Madame Zero by Sarah Hall. First story is Mrs Fox ( my fave ) & the love that Mr Fox has for Mrs Fox is no ordinary love. But, I‘ll say no more, 🤐, you will have to read the story to find out why. Happy Valentine‘s Day Literary Friends. ❤️❤️❤️❤️sending warm wishes to you all.

LeahBergen Happy Valentine‘s Day! 😘 2y
Reggie I dig that over the last 2 months you were the only one to post about this book repeatedly and enthusiastically. It‘s a stack for me. Happy Valentine‘s Day!!!! 2y
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Cathythoughts Ah thankyou @Reggie , I just hope I havnt hyped it up too much & that you enjoy it when you get to it. I‘m not mentioning this book again ( for that reason). Your very kind 🙏🏻🙏🏻 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Happy Valentine‘s Day, Cathy! I‘ve read Mrs Fox and agree it‘s no ordinary love. Still wanting to read the rest of the stories by her. 🙂 2y
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm thanks 🙏🏻. Lots of chocolate today I think ! 😉. I‘m excited to receive my post. Can‘t take much longer! 😘 2y
Cinfhen Happy Valentine's Day, dear Cathy❣️❣️❣️ 2y
batsy I'm so intrigued by Mr and Mrs Fox 🕵🏽‍♀️Happy Valentine's Day, friend 💝 2y
Cathythoughts Detective @batsy 🕵️‍♀️ This is not an ordinary love 🦊. 2y
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Cathythoughts
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#FierceFeb #nasty Madame Zero is a short story collection- we read for bookclub- & it‘s excellent. In the final story called EVIE, Evies husband becomes nasty, nasty is too easy a word for what he becomes. Very nasty & horrible. I‘m not a short story fan, but would highly recommend this book 👍🏻

TrishB Good summary 👍🏻 2y
Cinfhen Our bookclub had never attempted a short story collection...maybe I should suggest this???? 2y
Cathythoughts Thanks @TrishB 👍🏻 2y
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Cathythoughts @Cinfhen it‘s very good , there were 11 of us there - 9 of us gave it 10 out of 10 - & the other 2 gave it 8 out of 10. Evie is a very graphic story, be warned. Mrs Fox , the first one is my fave. 👍🏻👍🏻✨ 2y
Cinfhen Stacking and will be suggesting 😍 2y
batsy Already stacked because of you! Excellent description, you've made me want to move it up my TBR. 2y
Cathythoughts @batsy 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 2y
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#Quotsyjan18 #invention @TK-421 From The tagged book , the short story Mrs Fox ! Mrs Fox. Re - invents herself ✨✨✨✨✨✨

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Cathythoughts
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Madame Zero is a book of short stories for our Bookclub. The first story Mrs. Fox would sound like a fairy tale if I tried to describe it. But it is not. For me it was poignant, one of the best little reads this year. The last story Evie : while I was reading it I felt, no , too graphic, not for me. But looking back on Evie , it is staying with me , as is Mrs Fox. The stories in between are good too. Mrs Fox & Evie are outstanding. Excellent 5⭐️

Cathythoughts 👇I want to add that I am not a fan of short stories, but for Madame Zero I make an exception 👍 2y
DenaM.Battistone @Cathythoughts I'm not a fan of short stories either. I don't know why! Glad you enjoyed that one! (edited) 2y
Cathythoughts @DenaM.Battistone I‘m not too sure of your taste in books. But I think you would like Madame Zero !!! It‘s very good (edited) 2y
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Cathythoughts
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#DeckTheShelves #ReindeerGames @JoeStalksBeck @Tiffy_Reads this is the closest I can get to #Reindeergames Myself & @Julielovesbooks & my oldest friend Ger ( who will be a Litten soon ) out on the town for our “ Christmas Party “ We had a ball 🎄😍🎄🎄Rudolf the red nosed reindeer ......🎼🎼🎹🎹🎻I got Madame Zero for Ger for Xmas ✨

Kaye What a nice picture of a wonderful group of friends. ♥️ 2y
Cathythoughts Thankyou 🙏 @Kaye (edited) 2y
batsy Look at you beauties... Lovely picture ⭐🎄 2y
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Cathythoughts Ahh thanks @batsy we had a lovely time ( & flattery will get you everywhere 🙃) 2y
batsy 😉 2y
TrishB Lovely pic ❤️ never underestimate the importance of a good night out with friends!! 2y
Eggs Sweet photo with your friends 💕 2y
Cathythoughts @TrishB thankyou 😉& That is so true ✨✨✨✨ 2y
Cathythoughts @Eggs thankyou 👍✨✨ 2y
LeahBergen Aww. I love this. 💕 2y
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen thankyou 💕✨✨✨ 2y
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Cathythoughts
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#QuotsyDec17 #Flight @TK-421 she has taken flight. This is my first #Shortstory #ReindeerReads @Jess7 from Madame Zero. I cannot recommend highly enough. Sarah Hall has blown me away with stunningly beautiful writing. Please read Madame Zero Littens. It is extraordinary ✨✨✨

TrishB I have an aversion to short stories!! But you make a compelling case 👍🏻 2y
Cathythoughts @TrishB I‘m allergic to short stories. But this is our Bookclub read for January. So I have to read it. It‘s seriously amazingly good 👍I‘d love to hear your thoughts if you go there 👍 2y
batsy Ok! You've sold me on this one. 2y
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Cathythoughts @batsy you won‘t regret it. I promise ✨ 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Yes, ma‘am, stacked! 2y
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm 👍👍💫💫💫💫 2y
spanda84 Added to my stack! 2y
Cathythoughts @spanda84 I hope you like it 💫 2y
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Cathythoughts
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#JingleShelves #bookclubread @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @bookloo This is our present #bookclubread As soon as I finish The Dry I will begin Madame Zero. ❤️💫💫

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Looks good!! 2y
Cathythoughts @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks it does ! Doesn‘t it !!!! 👍 2y
JazzFeathers What a peculiar cover 😊 2y
Cathythoughts @JazzFeathers yes it‘s a book of short stories, I‘ve seen another cover too 😉 2y
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Megabooks
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These are short stories for people who love the intrigue and challenge this type of fiction presents to a reader. One of those really solid literary fiction collection that shows the art of the short story. Highly recommend to connoisseurs.

BONUS It‘s pretty with and without the jacket.

Reviewsbylola Such a pretty cover! 2y
mspixxie Thanks! Sounds very interesting! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm It is pretty! How‘s it without the jacket? Same? 2y
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Megabooks @mspixxie No problem! I hope you enjoy it. 2y
Megabooks @erzascarletbookgasm Turquoise and red with embossing on the red part of the cover and gold script on the spine! 2y
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Bexicans
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Random library grab

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charl08
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Enjoying these short stories.

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Betty_Bookworm
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Heard about this on #allthebooks and I enjoying it, only a few pages in.

Cathythoughts I highlighted this sentence too. Great short story ✨ 2y
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Liberty
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Evening reading. 📖

Reviewsbylola Gorgeous cover! 2y
ness It's so good! 2y
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vlwelser
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Won an advanced proof on Goodreads. I just started reading and my sister's dog has already mangled it a bit. This is why we can't have nice things.

vlwelser Progress update: I've finished the first 2 stories and this collection is beyond stellar so far. 📖👍 3y
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