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Taste of Marrow
Taste of Marrow | Sarah Gailey
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Campbell finalist Sarah Gailey's hippo mayhem continues in Taste of Marrow, the sequel to rollicking adventure River of Teeth. A few months ago, Winslow Houndstooth put together the damnedest crew of outlaws, assassins, cons, and saboteurs on either side of the Harriet for a history-changing caper. Together they conspired to blow the damn that choked the Mississippi and funnel the hordes of feral hippos contained within downriver, to finally give America back its greatest waterway. Songs are sung of their exploits, many with a haunting refrain: "And not a soul escaped alive." In the aftermath of the Harriet catastrophe, that crew has scattered to the winds. Some hunt the missing lovers they refuse to believe have died. Others band together to protect a precious infant and a peaceful future. All of them struggle with who they've become after a long life of theft, murder, deception, and general disinterest in the strictures of the law. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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kyraleseberg
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A few library holds came in this week!

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xicanti
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Unfortunately, TASTE OF MARROW didn‘t do nearly as much for me as its predecessor, RIVER OF TEETH. I found the plot choppy and the relationships never gelled in a way I could thrill to, despite the groundwork Gailey laid in the first novella.

I always feel like a failure when I dislike popular things, especially when they SHOULD be my jam. I admire everything Gailey attempts here, but their execution left me cold. Forgive me, Litsy!

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xicanti
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Pain day. So far I‘ve finished WILD SEED by Octavia E. Butler, watched two things I had to read (TACO CHRONICLES, which I did semi-understand because it‘s in Spanish, and ROOKIE HISTORIAN GOO HAE-RYUNG, which I really needed the subtitles for because it‘s in Korean), and fed myself tacos. Now it‘s back to bed with TASTE OF MARROW.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk My wife LOVES Rookie Historian! Don‘t know if it‘s on Canadian Netflix, but another of her favorite K-dramas is Romance is a Bonus Book, which is set in the publishing world. 1w
xicanti @TobeyTheScavengerMonk it is! I‘ve got it on my list. 1w
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speljamr
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Mehso-so

This one was a bit better than the first, but it still wasn't all I'd hoped for. The concept sounds great, but some of the characters just didn't feel like they were really fleshed out. I know a lot of people loved these, and they were worth reading, but I guess I'm just not quite understanding some of the hype these books got.

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althaeria
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This has been a really good week. I have had multiple days that I walked more than 10 km, have gone bouldering twice, and done one short bw workout on a day off (needed to let my feet rest a bit 😂 ). Spending so much time out in the very green Heidelberg has been wonderful, and really a nice boost for my mental health as well.
And I finished three books!
#BookFitnessChallenge #BFC

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A great week 4! But I have to ask, what is bouldering? 3mo
althaeria @wanderinglynn it's rock climbing without a rope. Indoors for me so far. 3mo
wanderinglynn Ah, got it. Go you! That‘s amazing! 3mo
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 3mo
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Lindy
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The raucous conclusion to a duology that defies genre classification—queer/alternate history/noir/western-with-hippos—has a little more violence and a little less hippo presence. Author Sarah Gailey (who uses the pronoun ‘they,‘ btw) explores the idea that people can change: a lech can be loyal to one person; an assassin can decide not to kill anymore. It‘s as fast-paced entertainment as the first novella, with deeper character development. #LGBT

ReadingEnvy Yes! One of my coworkers recently read this based on my recommendation and can‘t stop thinking about it. 3mo
Lindy @ReadingEnvy It‘s got a smidge too much casual violence for my taste but I still really liked it. 3mo
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Lindy
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She swore under her breath. Then, dissatisfied, she swore over her breath.

TrishB Great line 😁 3mo
TrishB And me most days. 3mo
Lindy @TrishB 😆🤪 3mo
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Tanisha_A Hahahahaha 3mo
Tanisha_A Love that 3mo
Lindy @Tanisha_A It‘s an entertaining audiobook. 😝 3mo
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Weaponxgirl
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After my complaints yesterday about audiobooks I listened to all of this today. This is just fun, if you need a little relief from heavy reading this is perfect. Less killer hippos in this one but they still show up.
On audio I wasn‘t completely convinced by some of the voices but I didn‘t turn it off. I really want a hippo western film made.

Weaponxgirl Available on scribd and hit a prompt for #readharder2019 and #readingwomenchallenge2019 5mo
TieDyeDude Agreed! This could make a fantastic movie 5mo
Weaponxgirl @TieDyeDude it would be so much fun! I‘m looking at Netflix hopefully 5mo
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Lea
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This is the second book in American Hippos. It‘s mostly about the reuniting of the two “parties” that got separated in the first book. It‘s got a lot of action, but less hippo involvement. #diversereads #librarybook
#readharderchallenge - non-binary author

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rachelsbrittain
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I've said it before and I'll say it again: this hippo western is brilliant. And Taste of Marrow is the perfect conclusion to the duology, just as much action and maybe even higher stakes. If possible, I think I actually love the characters even more now than after the first book. Definitely recommend this awesome duology!

Weaponxgirl I loved the first one and all I could say was alternative history with violent hippos to my friends 7mo
rachelsbrittain @Weaponxgirl haha right? it's just such a bizarre and fascinating premise! 7mo
Weaponxgirl @rachelsbrittain yes! And I don‘t know how to talk about it in any other way 7mo
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Cinfhen It sounds so crazzzy pants but I‘m intrigued!!!! 7mo
rachelsbrittain @Cinfhen it's awesome! Based on a actual idea presented to Congress to introduce hippos into the Mississippi. I definitely recommend checking out the first book 7mo
Addison_Reads Yay! Finally someone else on my friends list has discovered how awesome this duology is. I recommend these all the time. I'd love to see more from this author. I need more hippos in my life. 💚 7mo
Cinfhen Thanks for tagging the first book!!! 7mo
rachelsbrittain @Addison_Reads yes I love it so much! And she has several new books coming out this year. Nothing in the hippo universe I think, but one does involve a magical private eye 7mo
rachelsbrittain @Cinfhen you're so welcome 😊 7mo
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GivenLemons
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I couldn‘t bear to put this down even at Christmas lunch, so I finished it on Christmas Day. It was really fun with the perfect amount of drama and things left in the air. It follows straight on from River of Teeth, so maybe don‘t leave a few months between reading them!

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Addison_Reads
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Let me just go ahead and say it. I liked the first one more. This is a good sequel, writing is done well, it's action filled, but I personally wanted more involvement with the hippos. I loved the animal characters with their unique personalities in the first one, and here, they just weren't featured much. The author does do a good job though of answering questions left over from the first book. Still a pick for me, just didn't enjoy it as much.

bookandcat Best out of context line in a review ever "I really wanted more involvement with the hippos". Now I have to look this up ? 12mo
Addison_Reads @bookandcat I thought about that as I was typing. Glad someone else saw the humor in it too. 😁 If you're going to have a book about killer hippos, you really have to have an appropriate amount of hippos. 😄 12mo
Lea I, too, loved the hippos 🦛 7mo
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UnidragonFrag
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😍 so great! I love me these hippos and hope Gailey uses these characters again, but this was a really solid and satisfying ending!

Really want to buy American Hippo to have all this on my shelf 💚

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SarahSaysRead
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YEP, finished the 2nd book already (they're short, but still).

The intensity ramped up a bit as 3 of the characters tried to get back to the people they love. Loved the ending. I'm gonna go buy American Hippo in paperback, which has these first 2 books PLUS additional stories.

#hippos #alternatehistory #action #sofun #western

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lisakoby
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Amazing world building, hippo riding and the conclusion to an great story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#wildwest #western #hippos

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razmanda
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I‘ve been in a bit of a depression lately so trying to read lighter, more absurd fare than normal, and this hit just the right spot. I loved River of Teeth and its sequel did not disappoint.

UrsulaMonarch How wonderful! 1y
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razmanda
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Sunday ritual: drop toddler beast off at religious school, drink copious amounts of coffee, maybe run an errand or two.

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Grrlbrarian
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Popped into absentee daughter Juliet‘s bed to snap up a few chapters of this hippo-laden heist caper. Instead, I passed out for two hours 😴 Afternoon nap 1, sleepy Grrlbrarian 0. Alas!

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Shaunesay
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More hippo action in the bayou! Bring it on!

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RedbagReadbooks
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5/5

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Aluciddreamstate
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4/5🚨. I liked the continuation to the story. It was a great and fun book 📖. Would highly recommend. I am an Iowa native but was given the opportunity to be in lovely Colorado for the weekend. Beautiful views for fun pages 🤡

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Aluciddreamstate
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Bookmail

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AshleyKorinE
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More Hippos! I love these hippo story novellas and I want more! Houndstooth and Hero are adorable, Archie is my favorite ever, and it‘s all around perfect. It‘s a well rounded story with both books and it made my day getting some closure. I just have to hope for more for now.

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kammartinez
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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ of 5 ⭐️s

So given what happened in the previous novella, I really wanted to know what had happened to the gang - and it was AMAZING XD. Not quite as long or involved as River of Teeth, but still an absolutely fun, riproaring read. Now: when are we gonna get a full-length novel :D?

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kammartinez
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Slow day at work so sneaking this in to read ;D.

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shanaqui
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Oh man I needed this. I needed things to work out. So glad I got an ARC.

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nosferatoos
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It's here! It's here! It's here!!!!! And I have two books to read for school before I can read it 😫😫😫😫😫#riverofteeth #studentlife legit add this to my #fivestarpredictions because I know I'm gonna love this.

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Joe_Jones
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Finished this today. Just as much fun as the first book! Who knew how much we needed hippos in our fiction? This picks up really guy after the end of River of Teeth so you do need to read that first. Just enough of an open end to give me hope there will be more from our favorite crew.

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Liberty
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Evening reading. #hungryhungryhippo 😂

Emilyrjones22 I read River of Teeth a couple of weeks ago and wasn't sure about continuing... what do you think about this one? 2y
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RanaElizabeth
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Because the world can never have enough hippos. Hippoes? Hippopotami?
Both first and second in the series are up for $3.99 preorder today.