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The North Water
The North Water | Ian McGuire
'Brilliant, fast-paced, gripping. A tour de force of narrative tension and a masterful reconstruction of a lost world' Hilary Mantel 'Utterly convincing and compelling, remorselessly vivid and insidiously witty. Astartling achievement' Martin Amis A 19th-century whaling ship sets sail for the Arctic with a killer aboard in this dark, sharp and highly original tale that grips like a thriller. Behold the man: stinking, drunk, brutal and bloodthirsty, Henry Drax is a harpooner on the Volunteer, a Yorkshire whaling ship bound for the hunting waters of the Arctic Circle. Also aboard is Patrick Sumner, an ex-army surgeon with a shattered reputation, no money and no better option than to embark as ship's medic on this ill-fated voyage. In India during the Siege of Delhi, Sumner thought he had experienced the depths to which a man can stoop and imagined he'd find respite on the Volunteer, but now, trapped in the wooden belly of the ship with Drax, he encounters pure evil and is forced to act. As the true purposes of the expedition become clear, the confrontation between the two men plays out in the freezing darkness of an Arctic winter. McGuire delivers one bravura set-piece after another . . . The North Water has, in places, a ConradMelville undercurrent, but for the most part it is Dickenss influence that is most keenly felt . . . This is a stunning novel, one that snares the reader from the outset and keeps the tightest grip until its bitter endFinancial Times Gripping. Such fine writing might have been lifted from the pages of Herman Melvilles Moby-DickIndependent on Sunday
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emilyhaldi
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I have yet to read this book but I know it entails an ill-fated whaler, some gruesome scenes (are whale guts involved, or did I make that up?! @Reviewsbylola ), and #freezing weather 🥶 sounds like a recipe for disaster!!
#movember

Bookzombie This is on my shelf too. I‘m going to try to get to it in January. Famous last words. 😁 3w
Reviewsbylola Yeah pretty sure copious whale guts are involved. 😆 3w
Cinfhen Our bookclub LOVED this gruesome tale!! Loads of whale blubber but that‘s light weight gore. This book had some nasty moments 😱 3w
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LeeRHarry It was a hit at my bookgroup too 😊 3w
LeahBergen @Cinfhen Nasty moments and some pretty foul language, too. It was awesome. 😆😆 3w
Mdargusch Stacking! 6d
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RavenclawOwlCat
The North Water | Ian McGuire
Pickpick

I enjoyed this book and really glad I read it but was honestly craving a lot more of that crazy bastard Henry Drax‘s story/point of view!

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled LOVED this book. Good quote!! 3mo
RavenclawOwlCat @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I‘m liking it so far! Not finished yet though 🙂 3mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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One from my tbr. A tale of murder, vengeance and endurance on an Arctic whaling expedition. 🐋 🛳

#LetsTravelAugust #ship

Cathythoughts Sounds amazing 👍🏻♥️stacked 4mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🛳 4mo
LeeRHarry It is pretty full on but pretty darn good 😊 4mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Love this book! 4mo
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sigriff
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Mehso-so

Was quite disappointed in this. I was expecting a sort Moby Dick but with Drax replacing the whale. I wanted more between Sumner and Drax but felt a little cheated. The writing is good but the pace is too quick and, too shallow.

I wanted more from the ship owner, Baxter, but the relationship between Sumner, Drax and Baxter is just too simple for all the murder and plotting that seems to be happening and the ending feels too simple and rushed.

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MStew
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BOOK HAUL! Found these gems today at thrift store!! So excited The tag book I heard is similar to Dan Simmons The Terror , it's a dark cold story told on board a ship in middle of the arctic winter and pure evil is with them. 😨

#horror
#bookhaul

ReadingEnvy It is dark but so good!! 10mo
Crazeedi Nice purchases! 10mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Yes - The North Water is REALLY good! Dark and chilling! Also - Sarah Waters is amazing. Tipping the Velvet is one of her best. (edited) 10mo
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readordierachel Great haul! 10mo
Foragingfantasy Tipping the velvet is on my tbr. 10mo
MStew @Crazeedi thanks😇 10mo
MStew @ReadingEnvy it sounds creepy I love it!!😨 10mo
MStew @readordierachel 🤓thankya 10mo
MStew @Foragingfantasy 🤓great 10mo
Melli I‘m surprised to see a copy of the silent patient it just came out not that long ago.. I read it and loved it.. let me know what you think.. 10mo
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Macnjen
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Pickpick

Ok wow, this is not for the easily queasy, easily offended or faint of heart. Harrowing, violent and brutally descriptive tale of a whaling ship, a cast of flawed characters and survival. Great writing, though I had to look up so many words that I fear my book club is going to hate me for choosing it. I liked it, liked the way it wrapped up and recommend it for those with a steely constitution. #litsyAtoZ challenge @BookishMarginalia

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Macnjen
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My choice for our Book Club read. A Christmas gift my my kiddo in The Netherlands! This is for the #litsyatoz challenge, @BookishMarginalia !

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julesG
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Thank you @Simona for this book. It's taken me quite some time to pick it up and read it, but it was very good.

A whaling ship in the Arctic, in the 19th century. There's a child abuser and murderer on board, a ship's surgeon who does not look away, a strange plot to make more money out of this journey, icebergs, lots of foul language, cruelty towards animals and humans, and shitting in Arctic conditions.

#MountTBR

Cinfhen Our bookclub read and loved this one although reading your review( which is perfect) you make us sound like a bunch of psychopaths!! 😂 11mo
Simona Brutality and blood on almost every page ... but I liked this story too. 11mo
julesG @Cinfhen @Simona - it feels slightly embarrassing to admit that I liked it. It makes me sound like a psychopath. 😁 11mo
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Simona The story is cruel, but the prose is beautiful, very vivid description of cold and ice ... this sounds less psychopathic. 😁 (edited) 11mo
julesG @Simona True, the writing is excellent. 11mo
TrishB I couldn‘t take the animal cruelty 😔 11mo
Kalalalatja Well, I can‘t help but stacking, so I‘m a bit of a psychopath too 😉 11mo
batsy @Simona "The story is cruel, but the prose is beautiful" is one of my favourite genres... Oh dear ? 11mo
julesG @TrishB I thought that especially the incident with the ship dog was very thoughtful. While the crew looked on and cheered the smith took action and released the dog from her misery. But, that was oy one case. 11mo
julesG A lot of the things in the book seem alien to us today, but within the period of time this story is supposed to take place it's normal. I was actually glad to see a few glimpses of more humane behaviour among all the cruelty. 11mo
Simona @batsy This is my justification for why I liked so unlikable stories 🙄 11mo
TrishB It‘s reflecting a certain time obviously and generally looking after animals wasn‘t a high priority! 11mo
batsy @Simona Love it. I'm going to borrow this as my justification, too! 11mo
BarbaraBB @batsy I feel the same as you and @Simona 😂. I have this one on my shelves but not read yet. (edited) 11mo
Wife I don‘t know why I love ❤️ this book, but I do! 🐋 11mo
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TheReadingMermaid What is this book about Darlin? 11mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled This book blew me away. I loved it. 11mo
LeahBergen @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Me, too! 👍🏻 11mo
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julesG @TheReadingMermaid This book is about a whaling ship in the Arctic, in the 19th century. But it's also about a murderer on board, a ship's surgeon, a strange plot to make more money, icebergs, lots of foul language, cruelty towards animals and humans, and shitting in Arctic conditions. - - and I quite like it. 11mo
julesG @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @LeahBergen Now that I've only 90 pages left I wonder what took me so long to pick it up and read it. 11mo
TheReadingMermaid Hmmmm 🤔 very interesting... 11mo
julesG @TheReadingMermaid It is. Especially since you know who the murderer is from the first chapter on. 11mo
TheReadingMermaid Whoa really? I'm going to have to check into this one I think. 11mo
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julesG
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This is tough reading when you have a son of 13 years, like animals far too much than to go round butchering them, and know who the baddy is from the start. But, now that I'm eventually halfway in, I can't stop.

Also, I've always wondered what goes on in an author's head when they write stuff like this.

#MountTBR

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BookHermit
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I don‘t know what it is about arctic/Antarctic sea voyages gone bad but I am drawn to these narratives of disaster and survival. If you feel the same but are wary of indulging in all 900 pages of The Terror, I recommend this fine piece of writing that was long listed for the Man Booker. I enjoyed (does that make me a monster?) both novels immensely. Any recommendations to feed my arctic fever? Both fiction and non-fiction welcome 🥶

julesG 900 pages? I'll skip. But I'm reading The North Water at the moment and enjoy it, though I'm not going to say very much. 😉 11mo
BookHermit @julesG Perhaps I should have said “appreciate”? 😂 11mo
BookHermit @BookishTrish Ooh, that looks right up my alley! 11mo
BookishTrish I think you might like it! 11mo
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“A later of ice forms on the inside of the tent and the very air itself feels viscous and gelid. All night, triple-layered in wool, flannel, and oil skin, clustered together like the victims of a sudden massacre, men shutter and spasm and joke themselves awake.”

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BookHermit
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Sumner feels the pain growing behind his eyeballs, a sour sickness curdling in his stomach. Talking to Drax is like shouting into the blackness and expecting the blackness to answer back in kind.

“There‘s no reasoning with a man like you,” he says.

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I couldn‘t find a picture to suit my mind‘s image of Drax so caulker‘s mate Hickey will have to stand in as the resident arctic sociopath 😰

Tamra He played an excellent madman! 11mo
BookHermit @Tamra He was very convincing! This picture creeps me out. 11mo
Tamra @BookHermit totally! 11mo
sprainedbrain I was just scrolling through my feed and suddenly ‘omg there‘s THAT crazy creep!‘ 😂 11mo
BookHermit @sprainedbrain My apologies! 11mo
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julesG
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Kids, where's my book? (I carry it around with me, forgetting where I left it.)

We've played this several times today. I'd forget my head in bed if it wasn't connected to my neck.

Apparently Belle watched over it. It's a Disney princesses blanket on my great-grandfather's favourite chair - strange heirloom.

Anyway, I'm determined to finish this book.

Do you misplace your books, too?

DivineDiana Absolutely! 😉 11mo
Sarah83 Yes indeed. I once left my Kindle at work... 😫 11mo
julesG @Sarah83 Oh, no! 11mo
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Sarah83 Oh yes... 🙄 11mo
Pricel101 I forget where I put everything! keys glasses purse .. but so far not my books:) This is a great read, enjoy!! 11mo
julesG @Pricel101 Keys, glasses and purse have a fixed place, otherwise I'd leave them all over the place, too. Books and my kindle I carry around the flat and hence I have to go book hunting. 11mo
minkyb My books, my keys, my phone, my glasses, my mind... 11mo
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andrew61
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#blownorthernwind #winterwonderland
I loved this book set on a whaling ship in the north sea, setting off from hull they end up in the Arctic wastes with a particularly nasty villain and you can feel the northern wind as the hair stands up on the back of your neck. Feel cold just thinking about it.

Reviewsbylola Great pick! Very intense book. 🐋 11mo
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Geeklet
The North Water | Ian McGuire
Pickpick

This one is somewhere between pick and so-so but I‘m feeling generous. A disgraced doctor finds his way into a whaling boat with a psychopath. Shenanigans and bad stuff happen. The book wants to be deeper than it is. There are occasional chunks of beautiful text surrounded by subpar pages. If you‘re dying for a story about boats in the Arctic, I‘d recommend The Terror instead but...I mean, this one is fine.

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Geeklet
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It‘s really hard to focus on such a dark book when Biscuit is lying on the chaise and holding her doggy toy. ❤️ My heart melts for this smelly beagle.

JoScho Sweetness ❤️ 12mo
Geeklet @JoScho Most of the time, she‘s a pretty good girl. As good as a smelly beagle who follows her nose can be. 12mo
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SMayWrites
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Thank you so much for the great package! @Savedbygrace 😁 I was very excited to find it in my mailbox this morning! I've already broken into the pomegranate cashews and look forward to reading the books! The wooden bookmark is awesome and I can never get my fill of gorgeous notebooks and delicious teas!
@Avanders #sss #stuffedstockingswap

Avanders 🎄♥️❄️💙🥰 12mo
Savedbygrace So glad it finally arrived!!! 😅 12mo
SMayWrites @Savedbygrace No worries! 😉 12mo
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julesG
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Just took a picture of the two books next to me and noticed, both have a ship as their main stage. One sailing north, the other south.

Also, current stats. I might not make 24 hours, then again, it's only shortly past noon here and hence I can still catch up.

Some #audioknitting happened earlier today.

#24B4Monday #readathon @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

Andrew65 Whatever total you get to is great. 😊 Good luck for today. 👍 Done excellently so far. 🙌 (edited) 12mo
julesG @Andrew65 Thank you! You are doing great cheering everyone on! 12mo
Andrew65 @julesG Thanks, For me that‘s the key to hosting. Supporting people through the challenge. Think you are one of our star performers during this Readathon. 12mo
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julesG @Andrew65 Imagine me doing a curtsy. Thank you. 12mo
Andrew65 @julesG 😍 12mo
BookNAround I read Cinnamon and Gunpowder for book club a couple of years ago and loved it. 12mo
ralexist Cinnamon & Gunpowder is one of my faves in the last few years. Enjoy! 12mo
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julesG
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#HumpDayPost @MinDea

1⃣ Snow - hard to see. Shadow stealing freezer bags before I can fill them.
2⃣ No. No holiday here.
3⃣ #24B4Monday Readathon and getting the Christmas decorations done.
4⃣ My phone. Also, #ShadowCat.
5⃣ One of my current reads: Gruesome murder on a ship that's sailing north into the Arctic waters.

Libby1 ❤️Shadow❤️ 13mo
AlaMich The North Water was great! I am a sucker for Arctic/Antarctic/ship/terrible-things- happen books. Not sure what that says about me but...😬 13mo
julesG @AlaMich You're probably just as mad as the rest of us. 😁 13mo
hgrimes awwww he‘s so helpful, what a good boy! 😻 13mo
Andrew65 Good luck with the Readathon!👏🙌😍 13mo
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julesG
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All those Morning Coffee pictures from across the big water made me crave a cuppa. Hence I'm making afternoon coffee.

Yes, I know, I'm a weirdo when it comes to making coffee or tea. In my defense, I studied chemistry and I miss playing in the lab.

I'll pair my Rwandan coffee with the #MakeMeReadIt #Book2.

@TheReadingMermaid

inthegreensandblues I bet you make an excellent cup of coffee. I'm just going to drink my drip over here with a wee bit of envy. 😒😄 1y
julesG @inthegreensandblues Well, you could come over for a cup and try it. 😉 Actually, I use the French Press out of necessity, my ex got the super-duper coffee maker in the divorce. 😀 On the plus side, the cafetiere takes up a lot less room. 1y
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julesG
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Went for a swim - 400m/8 laps (I'm so proud of myself). Came out of the water to warm up in the sun. Hurt my toe - darn foot drop. Nearly got sunburned because my eyes were glued to the book.

Good early afternoon.

This is 3rd #MakeMeReadIt book. I haven't finished the second yet, didn't want to take the hardcover to the pool.

@TheReadingMermaid

@Simona - you are right, it's dark, but good. I understand why it was one of your favorite reads.

Kalalalatja Way to go! 👏👏 1y
Sarah83 Sun? 🤔 We had no sun today 1y
julesG @Sarah83 We did. Honest truth! 1y
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Sarah83 Here it is mostly cloudy and sticky 1y
AlaMich I just finished this yesterday. I thought it was great, albeit difficult to read in many spots. But occasionally I would look up from the book and be surprised that I wasn‘t surrounded by ice! 1y
StaceyKondla Loved this book! ❤️ Very dark and violent, but such a great story and wonderful writing that sucks you right in 1y
Simona This story is a very good contrast to the hot weather. We have today 32*C! Congratulations for your swimming achievement 👍👏👏👏 1y
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AlaMich
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Starting this while watching The Birds re-enacted in my yard. Goldfinches, cardinals and chickadees (maybe? some little numerous brown birds) duke it out over the feeders. #alfredhitchcock

Tamra I gave up feeding the mob when I filled up 2 feeders and they ate both in the wee hours of the dawn. I woke to empty feeders. 😐 I‘d go broke supplying them! Instead, I just feed thistle to the finches and cardinals. I‘ll go back to the other feed during the winter. ⛄️ 1y
AlaMich @Tamra Yes, you could easily go broke. My wife accidentally bought what she thought was a new goldfinch (upside-down) feeder, but it‘s just a regular feeder, so everybody is gorging themselves except the goldfinches! 😠 1y
Tamra @AlaMich 😳 1y
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How do you recommend a book like this to someone, despite loving it yourself? It is so brutal to read but such a fabulous adventure story! This one isn‘t for the squeamish but if you are a little tougher and love a rollicking good adventure, you really should pick this up.

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Dogearedcopy
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#HumpDayPost

🌧 The camera is actually pointed right at the sun! It‘s raining here and snowing 11 miles away. (N.b. Added rain filter to photo)

🌧 My least favorite genre is expository NF, especially if it‘s numbers heavy.

🌧 On vacations, I like to go to art museums & galleries, visit castles & cathedrals, eat at nice restaurants...

🌧 The exterior of our house is red brick & brown

🌧 Tagged Book is most recent favorite book #maritimenoir

BethFishReads Snow today. I liked this book tho ! 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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The deep sea as the backdrop. A horrific crime on board. Brutal Artic weather. A ‘monster‘ in their midst. Everyone seems to be in #deepwater .
#marchintooz

ReadingEnvy Soooooo good 2y
Wife Loved this one! Gruesome at times, but I couldn‘t put it down. 🐋 2y
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julesG
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This book is a book that I still #mustread. I've wanted to ever since the wonderful @Simona sent it to me at my last birthday.
I intend to read it before my next birthday.

#readingresolutions @Jess7

Wife It‘s Gruesome and Gripping with capital Gs! 🐋 2y
Simona @Wife But is good 😘 2y
Simona You still have enough time 😘 2y
Wife @Simona It was one of my two favorite reads of 2016! I couldn‘t put it down. 2y
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rabbitprincess
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Mehso-so

I very nearly put this down after the first chapter, but the book was so short that I kept going. It's dark and visceral, and contains WAY more 💩 (and other bodily fluids) than I really wanted. Also, holy wince-inducing sexual encounters. The story is tightly plotted and told, and I don't regret reading it, but I also don't regret borrowing rather than buying.

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rabbitprincess
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Reading this immediately after reading Mary Beard's "Women & Power: A Manifesto" really heightened my horror. The hyper-masculine disgustingness of Drax in particular was hard to stomach. I think I will follow this up with Naomi Alderman's "The Power" as a palate cleanser ?

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Adam3
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Listened to this as an audible download. The narration was superb. Great book gripped until the end.

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"For the first time in days he feels the words gathering inside him, dividing, accumulating, taking on strength and form. Soon, he knows, they will begin to rise up his throat and then they will spill out onto his bruised and ulcerated tongue, and then, whether he likes it or not, whether he wants it or not, he will speak."

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mellisarock
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I want time to sit & read, take a nap & snack. Basically I want to be in Kindergarten - but with coffee.
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Day 7 of #melandprireadathon is #comfortreads Adventure & wanderlust is where it's at for me!
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Would you rather go somewhere
👙sunny & warm ☀️
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❄️cold & snowy? ☃️

cathysaid Cold and snowy and in the mountains with a great view and a fireplace and wine and a comfy blanket and excellent book. So...cold and snowy 😁 2y
Librariana What @Aleida said about what @cathysaid. Except I'd probably substitute wine for coffee and add cheese danishes. And maybe some cookies, and cupcakes, and brownies, and banana bread muffins. The end 😁 So... food... yeah 😂 2y
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Bklover I‘m coming with @Aleida and @cathysaid ! I‘ll bring the cocoa! (edited) 2y
Aleida Haha wait, if we‘re including food then I‘ll say baked Brie with a baguette and a strong cappuccino. And that‘s just for the morning hours, haha! 2y
TheKidUpstairs Wait a minute... are you saying I wasn't supposed to send my kindergartener to school with coffee this morning? Oops... 😋😂😂 And I'd like to join the cold, snowy mountain party! I'll bring extra wine and cheese!!! 2y
Cinfhen Warm & sunny and yes to kindergarten 💚☀️👙 2y
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Dogearedcopy
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#humpdaypost

1️⃣4th Picture: Driveway to Wooldridge Creek Winery in Southern Oregon (3 weeks ago)
2️⃣Recommendation: 'The North Water' (by Ian McGuire) - Maritime Noir #recommendsday
3️⃣Weather: "The Sun is a yellow demon" (WTForecast); Also, we are under Fire Alert with a poor AQI (lots of particulate matter, i.e. ash in the air)
4️⃣Current Read: 'A Perfect Spy' (by John le Carré)
5️⃣Weekend Plans: Prepare for possible evacuation

LibrarianJen Oh no. Stay safe! 2y
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TheBookStacker
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I'm reading 3 kindle books, so I pulled a book off my TBR shelf. Lets see how this goes.

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LaurenReads
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Another book that is so well written and "un-put-downable" but not enjoyable. The book was really good, but the descriptions of murder, hunting and rape were horrible. It's time for me to balance this one out with a romance novel!

cariashley Eek, I've been iffy about picking this one up. Sounds intense. 2y
mellisarock This one is on my tbr. I'm going to push it further down the list tho. Just finished an intense book & I need a break! 2y
LaurenReads @cariashley @mellisarock It's totally worth reading, but yeah, super intense and I need a fluffy, happy read or 2 now 😀 2y
Shemac77 I felt exactly the same. 2y
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TrishB
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Mehso-so

This is definitely it's me not you......
So I was the child who couldn't eat meat once I knew where it came from. I've been a vegetarian for 30+ years.
So some of these scenes just freaked me out! Only squeamish about animal stuff.
Well written but with warning above!!
The so-so is very personal.

DivineDiana Thank you and kudos to you! I too have chosen not to eat meat and although this looks like an exciting read, I have decided to pass. My TBR is too long anyway! 😉 (edited) 2y
laurenbescoby Definitely give this one a miss too...full vegetarian for 6 years here, after being on off vegetarian since I was 14. 2y
Ms_T I can read about absolutely anything apart from animal cruelty. Thanks for the heads up - I've returned my downloaded copy and requested a refund. 2y
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TrishB @DivineDiana @miralunasbooknook @Ms_T it's not out of context for the time of the book. But if it doesn't sit within your normal parameters then I would leave! I have a few things I'm not keen on and always appreciate reviews that let me know. To be fair I didn't read the reviews other than book blurb - people have pointed it out so my fault for not noticing really! 2y
TrishB @Cinfhen it's definitely in your original review but I have obviously just overlooked! 2y
ReadingEnvy Yeah it's pretty intense! 2y
Cinfhen Sorry it wasn't for you ~ the animal cruelty and violence was VERY INTENSE! I'm sorry u missed that part of my review😔 2y
TrishB @Cinfhen several people mentioned it - I just didn't notice or realise! My kids laughed that I had problems reading animal stuff but can read mystery/thrillers all day! 2y
Cinfhen Well I'm glad U tried it & now have warned others who may feel the same way as you 💕 2y
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TrishB
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#currentlyreading
Today's new read, courtesy of @Cinfhen 💗

rohit-sawant That's a very cool cover! 2y
RachelO Yet another title that's lurking unread on my Kindle... 2y
charl08 Great read. Tarantino with added whales. 2y
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swishandflick Great book, gave me "The Revenant" vibes 2y
Soubhiville Love the cover! 2y
Cinfhen Yay! Can't wait to hear your thoughts and it works for #iceicebaby 2y
TrishB @Cinfhen it does 😀 but I have some more ice too! 2y
ReadingEnvy Yesssss 🐳🐋🐳🐋🐳🐋🐳 2y
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DrBird
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Someone told me this was like Heart of Darkness of the Arctic and that's pretty accurate. Definitely explores the nature of evil / nature of man conceits of plenty of other novels but it reads fast and takes a few unexpected turns. Plus the ending is phenomenal. I actually loved it though I found Sumner's character a bit underwhelming in parts. Warning: lots of animal violence and a rape.

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Reviewsbylola
The North Water | Ian McGuire
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Only 20 minutes left in our car trip home and I finished it. Thanks to litsy (and @Cinfhen especially) for introducing me to a book I wouldn't otherwise have read. It's quite a story, albeit it one with plenty of blood and guts, along with evey other bodily fluid and function you can imagine. It's not often I find myself so fully immersed in a time and place.

LeahBergen Such a good read! 👍🏼 2y
emilyhaldi Damn that was fast! I'm looking forward to reading this now that I know its coming in my next #bookoutlet box 😂 2y
Reviewsbylola While the story itself isn't a quick read, it's only 250 pages. I think you'll like it. It's different. Very gritty. @emilyhaldi 2y
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Reviewsbylola I know, I loved what a tale it was. @LeahBergen 2y
Little_Reader I was skeptical when I started reading it, but I couldn't put it down! 2y
Reviewsbylola I was too, especially because the beginning didn't really draw me in. @Little_Reader 2y
Ms_T I like the sound of this and I like that you, @LeahBergen and @Little_Reader all enjoyed it so much. #Stacked 2y
Cinfhen Yay! So glad u liked it! I was surprised how much I ended up liking this read! It's gritty and bloody but plenty to ponder 🤔 I especially enjoyed learning about the whaling industry ~ great sense of time & mood 2y
Bklover I'm going to have to read this one. #stacked! 2y
Mdargusch 🤔blood and guts are not my favorite. 2y
StaceyKondla Loved this one! 2y
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MandaChittles
The North Water | Ian McGuire
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Gruesome, bloodthirsty, savage, depraved - all raw evil elements of human nature written so beautifully. If you can cope with rape, murder and decaying flesh, you'll find a gripping story leaving the reader desperate to see justice for the characters. This is impressive work by McGuire. He brings to life the realities of whaling in the late 1800s, the people attracted to the dirty business and all the gore it entails.

TrishB I shall probably read this next off the tbr pile! 2y
MandaChittles @TrishB I'm really enjoying it. It's my last library book I have to return soon. 2y
Reviewsbylola Reading this now. I was unsure at first but now, with less than 100 pages to go, I'm all in! 2y
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Sha0102 Eow 2y
Sha0102 Wow super interesting... wanna read it !!! 2y
MandaChittles @Reviewsbylola I got through this really quickly. Or maybe it just feels this way because I just finished The World According to Garp which was a marathon. 2y
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Reviewsbylola
The North Water | Ian McGuire
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Starting a new book this morning. @Cinfhen is to blame for this purchase. I have high hopes! 🐋

Cinfhen Yikes!!! I'm feeling the pressure 😜I thought it was bloody good 😊 hope you enjoy ~ happy Independence Day 😘 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Excellent book! I loved it!! 🌊 2y
Reviewsbylola I've seen nothing but good things so I'm excited to branch out a bit. @Cinfhen @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled 2y
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Redheadrambles Oh it's so good ! 2y
ReadingEnvy Loved this one 🐳🐳🐳 2y
Mdargusch Let me know. It looks nice and short! 😊 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Besides Gaiman's The Ocean At The End of The Lane and Stedman's The Light Between Oceans, this is the next book that I immediately thought of for #ocean. The story of a whaling voyage in the 19th century.
#sizzlinsummerbooks @Tiffy_Reads

Cinfhen Great pick!!! 2y
AshOldfield *face palm* I didn't even think of The Ocean at the End of the Lane. That was my first ever Gaiman and made me realise how unique his storytelling is. 2y
erzascarletbookgasm @AshOldfield My first Gaiman too! 🙌🏼 I think he is a master of storytelling :) 2y
ReadingEnvy So good 🐋 2y
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Dogearedcopy
The North Water | Ian McGuire
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I read 15 books in June, and by far my favorite book was 'The North Water' (by Ian McGuire) - A Maritime Noir adventure set on a whaling boat in the Arctic Waters in 1859, it's dark, violent, and profane. Also, there are polar bears which could be just polar bears, or a metaphor...

(Pictured: Detail of a bookmark that @FictionFox sent me in the #SummerSantaGoesPostal box: At the very tip of the anchor is a Swarovski crystal! #TYBianca!)

FictionFox 😁😁 2y
Wife I read The North Water last year, and it's now one of my all time favorites. So NOT what I normally read, so glad I gave it a chance!🐋 2y
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Hooked_on_books
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This brutal tale of a whaling expedition gone sideways is filled with foul language, murder, killing of and cruelty to animals, and some graphic medical descriptions. Not for the faint of heart and I'm not altogether sure I liked it, but I didn't want to put it down. Well written but not for everyone.

MandaChittles I just borrowed this from the library! It sounds a bit grim... 2y
Cinfhen Our very "ladylike" bookclub devoured this book! It was five stars from all the ladies?? 2y
Reecaspieces I was asked to review it when it came out. I could not make it through. It was probably my headspace but a little over the top for me 2y
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I wonder what our Canadian Littens think of this one. 😂 (Character name redacted to prevent spoilage.) 🇨🇦

LeahBergen 😂😂 2y
kendrastephaniekaryn Were not THAT bad. 😢💔 2y
RealBooks4ever 😆💜Canadians are cool! I don't happen to be one, just sayin'! 2y
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Hooked_on_books Don't worry, @kendrastephaniekaryn , I love Canadians! 2y
CouronneDhiver Well, now that's just unfair, eh? 🇨🇦😉 2y
Prairiegirl_reading All non-Canadians can just keep thinking this! 😉 2y
drokka Reminds me of when the Beautiful People owners were told to branch out into Canada and their first reaction was, there can't be that many there, it'll be a waste of time, money, effort, etc... Then they visited. Hahha 2y
Sassy_Steph How wrong he is! You haven't lived until you've lived in Canada!! #proudCanadian!!! 2y
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dixi_e
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I listened to it all but... I'm pretty ambivalent about the story. It was stomach-turning (for the gory, gross details) but the ending seemed lazy and overall the story was not to my taste.

chapter_fifty2017 This book has been so raved about !! But i only read a short bit too but i just didnt like it !!! 2y
dixi_e Honestly, I'm not sure why I stuck with it, @chapter_fifty2017. Worse, I'm not sure what I was to gain from the story. 2y
chapter_fifty2017 Well! won done you for finishing it 👏👏👏👏 great discipline 👍 2y
dixi_e Maybe it is my slow attempt to read Moby Dick that kept my attention, plus I read the audio version and I had a lot of driving to do the week I read it. 😄 2y
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Dogearedcopy
The North Water | Ian McGuire
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Maritime Noir. Is this a thing? If it's not, can we make it a thing? I *loved* this book: A savage, intense tale of a doctor who signs aboard a whaling ship headed into the Arctic Circle. Writing is sometimes spare; but nonetheless used to great effect; Characters are honed against a nihilistic edge; and the unforgiving landscape is dramatic. You can read it for the surface story; but the symbolism makes for an even richer experience. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🐋

Wife Nice Review! 2y
Hooked_on_books I just started this today. The first chapter definitely suggests the gloves are off in this book! 2y
HardcoverHearts I loved it, too! 2y
TrishB I have it ready to read thanks to the generous @Cinfhen 💝 2y
luvamystery65 Added to the list. I'm reading Moby Dick right now so it will have to wait but I love Noir and love to read about the Artic region. 2y
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