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Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales | Yoko Ogawa
"It's not just Murakami but also the shadow of Borges that hovers over this mesmerizing book... [and] one may detect a slight bow to the American macabre of E.A. Poe. Ogawa stands on the shoulders of giants, as another saying goes. But this collection may linger in your mind -- it does in mine -- as a delicious, perplexing, absorbing and somehow singular experience." -- Alan Cheuse, NPR Sinister forces collide---and unite a host of desperate characters---in this eerie cycle of interwoven tales from Yoko Ogawa, the critically acclaimed author of The Housekeeper and the Professor. An aspiring writer moves into a new apartment and discovers that her landlady has murdered her husband. Elsewhere, an accomplished surgeon is approached by a cabaret singer, whose beautiful appearance belies the grotesque condition of her heart. And while the surgeon's jealous lover vows to kill him, a violent envy also stirs in the soul of a lonely craftsman. Desire meets with impulse and erupts, attracting the attention of the surgeon's neighbor---who is drawn to a decaying residence that is now home to instruments of human torture. Murderers and mourners, mothers and children, lovers and innocent bystanders---their fates converge in an ominous and darkly beautiful web. Yoko Ogawa's Revenge is a master class in the macabre that will haunt you to the last page. An NPR Best Book of 2013
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ephemeralwaltz
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@Reggie I loved this! @scripturient get ready.
An uncanny collection of unexpectedly interconnected stories that left me creeped out!! But they are as beautiful as they are unsettling and I'll be mesmerized these next few days, thinking about the talent behind this apparent simplicity. 🤯🤯🤯
#ScreamsbyMail #horrorpost #round2 @teebe

ephemeralwaltz Also, lovely to see it was on Carmen Maria Machado's list of recommended reads shared by Strand bookstore --> https://www.strandbooks.com/carmen-machado-bookshelf?utm_content=bufferaa895&utm... 3d
Reggie Yayyy!!! I‘m so glad you liked it!!! 2d
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ephemeralwaltz
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It's here! It's slim and it's calling to me so I hope to get to it this week 😍
#ScreamsbyMail #horrorpost
@danibolahood @Reggie @GatheringBooks @scripturient @BookishTrish @kamoorephoto

cathysaid When the first line in the description reads, “It‘s not just Murakami...” then I‘m sold! 6d
erzascarletbookgasm This is a good read 👍 6d
GatheringBooks awesome! i breezed through the books i received from @scripturient but don‘t have the time to send them yet to @kamoorephoto probably early next week! :) enjoy the book! 6d
Reggie I hope you like this!!! 5d
ephemeralwaltz @Reggie I'm loving it! Literary fiction is more my thing :) 5d
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Liberty
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August is Women in Translation Month! I‘m going to attempt to post about a different book each day. ?
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Whenever someone wants to read something creepy, I always recommend this book. It‘s by Japanese author Yoko Ogawa and is translated by Stephen Snyder. It came out in 2013 from Picador, and it was such a 180° from THE HOUSEKEEPER AND THE PROFESSOR, her quiet, beautiful novel that I read before this. It pleased me. #womenintranslationmonth???

erzascarletbookgasm I liked this one. 👍 Have you read her other book? It‘s totally different.. 3mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm I‘d like to read one ... which would you recommend first .. 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts I‘ve only read these two, so can‘t say which of her books is the best to start with. Hotel Iris is about sexual obsession and violence of love. Revenge is built around 11 short stories which are bleak and eerie, I feel. The Housekeeper (haven‘t read) apparently is poignant. So, I guess it‘s which one you‘re in the mood for. Sorry I‘m no help 😁 3mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Ogawa‘s ability to spin some dark and unsettling tales, is not unlike Shirley Jackson or Roald Dahl‘s adult stories. These eleven tales are strange and eerie; ideally to be read consecutively, for there‘s an item or character in each story which will appear in some of the stories later. Scenes are vividly described (see an excerpt☝️). With clear, terse writing and surreal images, it‘s really well done! Recommend👍

Kalalalatja Stacked! 3mo
Reggie My favorite one is the wife looking for the apartment of her husband‘s gf but gets lost, runs over tomatoes from a vegetable truck crash and finds her way to the death of the tiger who was being taken care of by the creepy uncle. I don‘t know why but that story made me cry. I just think it was trying to say be careful of wasting your time on shit(the sidechick) because you might miss out on the beautiful things in life. I‘m glad you liked this. 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Reggie yes, I liked that story. ❤️💔 3mo
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danibolahood
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@BookishTrish you spoiled me again!!! Thank you so much!!! I'm having trouble focusing on reading right now so a book of short stories seems perfect!

#screamsbymail
@ephemeralwaltz @reggie @scripturient @GatheringBooks @kamoorephoto

ephemeralwaltz Whose pick is this?? I'm psyched. 5mo
Reggie I hope you ladies like it!! 5mo
ephemeralwaltz I think I got your package Danielle! I'll be home on Sunday to see. 5mo
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BookishTrish
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A little something is heading your way @danibolahood #screamsbymail #groupu @Lindy

Lindy 🥳 6mo
BookishTrish @Lindy I‘d thought I‘d sent it out ages ago. I was wrong 😂 6mo
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BookishTrish
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@kamoorephoto #screamsbymail pick arrived yesterday so I‘m taking the morning to savour the end of @Reggie pick. @danibolahood it‘ll be heading your way early next week.

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BookishTrish
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A little dinner break reading on a rainy rainy evening

Reggie Are you kind yeah or meh with it? 7mo
BookishTrish It‘s unusual for me to read short fiction, but I like the writing and am keen to see how some of the threads weave together. 6mo
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BookishTrish
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I could start the latest #screamsbymail pick or dive into the too generous treats @Reggie sent, but first Go Canucks Go!

britt_brooke Great photo! 7mo
DaveNeufeld I love the enthusiasm! Perhaps he‘d be interested in trading out for a 🔥🔥Flames🔥🔥 jersey when the Playoffs start? 🤔😂 7mo
kspenmoll 🙌🏻🙌🏻 7mo
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Reggie
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This short, translated from Japanese, book is comprised of 11 dark tales all linked to each other in a small way. #screamsbymail ladies, this is the one I‘m going with. All 11 tales have a creep factor to them but all is not what you think and many are somber. The writing contained tons of imagery and was very evocative. Hope you enjoy!!!

ephemeralwaltz I am so ready for this! 7mo
BarbaraBB Sounds like a must-read!! 7mo
Reggie @ephemeralwaltz I hope you like it. This made me look back on a lot of things in my life. It was weird. And it made me hungry. 7mo
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Reggie @BarbaraBB I can honestly say you have no idea where any of these stories is gonna go. But I found value in each of them. (edited) 7mo
danibolahood Ohhhh this one sounds really interesting! 7mo
mreads Sounds great, I love weird and creepy short stories 👍 7mo
GatheringBooks wonderful! we don‘t have a female author too from japan for #WomenReadWomen2019 so this is perfect! 7mo
BiblioNyan She‘s one of my fav others and this collection really highlights why. 7mo
Reggie @BiblioNyan yeah, she‘s pretty good. I ordered one of her other ones. The Diving Pool. I‘m stoked for it. 7mo
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collegecatlady
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These stories were fantastic. They aren‘t scary as I‘d hoped, but rather unsettling. The stories also connect together in some way or another. I found that endearing and it made me keep reading to find out how the next story would relate. Pick up this collection of short stories if you enjoy psychological dark stories. Not to be missed!

Djspens Oooh this looks good! (In a dark and creepy way) 9mo
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whatrebeccasread
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I'd recommended these short stories for someone looking to read something a little dark. Yōko Ogawa writes simply without over-complicating things to tell 11 stories of revenge. They may be odd or strange to some but I have really enjoyed spending a few days engrossed in these little stories and give "Revenge" 5 stars.

See my blog for my full review, the link is on my profile! ?

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JosephK
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BiblioNyan
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1st book for #BDayBookChallenge is complete!

🍓Prose is seemingly simple, yet laced w/extraordinary meaning.
🍓Eloquent in its subtlety.
🍓Writing style is terse.
🍓Motifs are idiosyncratically pensive.
🍓Ostensibly disjointed short stories come full circle in brilliantly haunting ways.
🍓Addicting & profoundly alluring w/its Gothic ambience.
🍓Highly recommended.
🍓4.25/5.

#revenge #yokoogawa #japaneselit #diversebooks #litsykitty #anthology

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2y
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BiblioNyan
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First pick in my Birthday Book Challenge (I.e.: reading books authored by Asian people). She's one of my fave authors, so I'm totally psyched! 🍓🍓

#revenge #yokoogawa #japanesebooks #japanese #shortstories #diversebooks #ownvoices #bdbookchallenge

mhillis That cover😻 2y
BiblioNyan @mhillis Yes!! I love it!! 2y
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BiblioNyan
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For Oct. I'm going to spend the month reading books authored by Asian people as a way to celebrate my birthday! I've narrowed down my first book to these four. They all sound amazing!! If y'all have a recommendation from this pile, pls lemme know down below! So far Revenge seems to be the popular pick. 😃😃

#revenge #yokoogawa #boyoffireandearth #samishah #thetattoomurdercase #akimitsutakagi #sabaatahir #bdaybookchallenge #litsygram

MrBook Nice! There's a podcast that focuses exclusively on Asian authors called "Books and Boba". @BookBabe and I listen to it sometimes. ??? 2y
BiblioNyan @MrBook Oh, fantastic. I will have to look it up! Thank you!! 2y
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ssravp
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Superb collection. I loved the style of prose, so stark and spare.

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Abailliekaras
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Belated #shelfie from Hong Kong... It's a mess! 🙈📚 #AprilBookShowers

RanaElizabeth Books and booze! I like it! 2y
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Eyelit
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These stories. Oof. I knew I was in for something good because I loved The Housekeeper and the Professor. With the same style of spare prose, Ogawa weaves delicate and somewhat chilling snippets of tales into a series of interconnected stories that resonate. Loved this collection. Loved.

brendanmleonard I must find this! 3y
Listener15 Ooooo... this sounds good 2y
myers85 Nice review 😊 2y
Bklover This sounds really good!! 2y
ephemeralwaltz Currently reading this! 6d
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zugchop
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After the third story, I realized I was being drawn into something much greater than eleven disparate stories. The imagery is spare, but let it sink in and you'll realize just how dark this work really is.

TheBookKeepers 😂 this photo is everything! 13mo
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amazingmavis
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Delivered today - I have so much love in my heart for unsettling Japanese fiction. 🖤

DiruVamp This is sooooo good!!!! Loved this book!! 3y
amazingmavis @DiruVamp awesome! I'm excited to start it! 3y
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prowlix
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I would have finished this all in one sitting if I hadn't had an early morning today! These short stories are linked by little details and suitable for fans of less bloody horror. The writing is simple but the imagery is powerful enough to stick with you. I really like the horror in everyday occurrences. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#translation #Japanese #readharder #horror

Laura317 I like less bloody horror. I think I check into this. 3y
prowlix @Laura317 I think this is definitely more of creepy horror and not gruesome. I hope you like it if you decide to try it! 3y
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prowlix
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Part of my library #bookhaul - I'm behind in my translation goal already 😔 and I keep hearing about this short story collection! The back blurbs describe this as elegant and disturbing so I'm in ☠️🖤

#Japanese #translation #LibraryLove

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PhedreOne

Currently reading this. Not sure how I feel about it - very dark. I do like that each story has an element that connects it to (at least) the preceding one. I'm curious to see if all will come together in the end...
#readharder2017

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Lindy
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A collection of loosely interconnected short stories from Japan. They are described as macabre but I found them only slightly so. Reminded me of Karen Russell's style. Weird, dark, and wonderful.

Lindy I forgot to mention that I read these straight through, one after another, instead of my usual practice of spacing each story out with other reading in between. The interconnections are slight, so I think it's easier to catch them when you go straight through. 3y
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BookishFeminist
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Solidly crafted collection of dark, often morbid short stories. At first glance, each of these stories explores the dilemma of one person, but read closer, these stories are linked, showing how interconnected we are & the links we have with each other that we're oblivious to. These stories cleverly explore life, death, our mortality, & various types of relationships with macabre wit. It's a short, easily readable collection. ⚰️🔪

BiblioNyan I love Ogawa. Her writing is always so mesmerising. 3y
TheLondonBookworm This sounds so up my street- stacked!!! 3y
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Abailliekaras This was amazing. Dark but crystal clear writing. 3y
DiruVamp I absolutely loved this book! 3y
vivastory Loved this book. Have you read any other Ogawa? I have "Diving Pool" on my TBR 3y
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RahmanYii
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This is one crazy book I ever read. I have to reread it a few time and still could not see the big picture. There is 11 short stories in the book but somehow all 11 stories has a connection with each other. The story are somewhat creepy but there are some just Murakamish. I also did some Googling and some one did chart out the entirety of all 11 stories but I'd suggest you read the book first before seeing the chart ( text me if you want it).

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BookishFeminist
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Reading in bed to wind down for the day. Didn't realize I was sharing the bed with a reading buddy until Noodle popped her little pink nose out. It spooked me. 🐭😂

Loving these short stories! They're well written with a hint of the dark/morbid without overdoing it.

#thebookishferrets

Notafraidofwords Are there times you can't find her? 3y
LeahBergen ❤️❤️ 3y
Sparkpuppypup Such a sweet, little face. 😘 3y
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BookishFeminist @Notafraidofwords YES! 😂 but thanks to a small apartment & knowing her hiding spots, usually not for too long. She likes to freak me out and bury herself at the bottom of our laundry basket for snuggles too. That's when I pull out the squeaky toys so she will show herself. 👍🏼 3y
BookishFeminist @LeahBergen @Sparkpuppypup She's the best. I have another snuggler in here too who is being more creepy, less cute, too. 😂 3y
Liberty 💗💗💗💗 3y
Notafraidofwords @BookishFeminist oh ok. I would be afraid to step on her. 3y
BookishFeminist @Zelma 😱 where'd the rest of your comment go?! I saw it and now it's not there! 3y
BookishFeminist @Notafraidofwords I used to be afraid but used to it now. She's rarely hides in places I can step on- they're always out of the way & I just pat down whatever I'm planning to sit somewhere. I missed her this time because she wasn't on my side of the bed. 😂 3y
BookishFeminist @Liberty 💜💜 lots of cute snuggles! 3y
Bookzombie Cute! 3y
DiruVamp I really enjoyed the stories in that book! 3y
DiruVamp And I always enjoy pictures of Noodles she is just too adorable! 3y
Zelma @BookishFeminist 😂I was literally having typo issues and trying to fix them, and my iPad as freezing, and a friend walked into my house at e same time. I got frazzled and decided to delete and start over! 3y
Zelma What I meant to say, one of my boys loves the laundry basket. Another has a ridiculous hidden spot I finally found: the fabric under the box spring that he lays in like a hammock. 3y
[DELETED] 1409720085 What a cute name! 3y
[DELETED] 3323341091 Noodle has such a sweet face! 3y
BookishFeminist @Zelma ? Understandable! I was confused bc I saw your comment & went "oh I'll respond in a min"- I went back and it wasn't there anymore! That's hysterical!! Laundry is a popular spot but the box spring! ?? That sounds like something Sherlock would find. He will sometimes create a makeshift hammock by rolling up our blanket & then sliding off the bed slightly so he'll lay there hanging. They're crafty, huh? So ridiculous. 3y
BookishFeminist @Bookzombie @DiruVamp @emilydecato @fern Noodle says thank you for the love. 😂💕 3y
BookishFeminist @DiruVamp I am really enjoying this book! I'm maybe 75% of the way done—I went into it thinking I would enjoy them bc I love dark stories, but I didn't know what to expect from them. Glad I found this! 3y
Zelma @BookishFeminist now that is crafty too! 😂 and you would have laughed at me trying to greet my friend while standing with my iPad trying to comment and delete and retype. I was trying to be so smooth and failed miserably. 😆 3y
BookishFeminist @Zelma Sherlock is a master at finding hiding spots. 😂 hahaha that sounds like every other time I'm on my phone too, so no worries. Technology is out to get us. Smooth be damned, I've given up on that at this point. 😆 People always pay a visit at the most awkward times!! 3y
Simona 😍❣️😍❣️😍❣️😍❣️😍❣️😍❣️😍❣️ 3y
vivastory Revenge is great. Have you ever read any other Ogawa? I have her collection of novellas (Diving Pool, I believe) on my TBR. 3y
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Jenshootsweddings
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My slightly culled November TBR. This is the pile I'm hoping to read, but I also have two major holds that have finally come in at the library that I won't be able to renew, so fingers crossed. I'm in the mood to be scared and I'm hoping one of these will do it! #novembertbr #photoadaynov16

RealLifeReading I'm a big fan of Yoko Ogawa and Tananarive Due! 3y
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Tonton
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Perfect for Halloween! Very precise, concise, calm language for very quietly creepy loosely interlocked stories.

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BookishFeminist
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Starting this collection of dark & macabre short stories! I've heard great things about this collection. It should provide nice bite-sized breaks in between intense parts of The Shining. It got real, y'all. 😳

#allhallowsread #scaretober #giveascarybook

djm001 Nice blend of book and background there. 3y
ephemeralwaltz Looks good! 3y
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Bianca This is great! 3y
Gissy Sounds good but creepy! I'm a chicken in this type of book but like to read them! Wow! I'm confused 😳 3y
EnidBiteEm I am HOPELESS with reading horror (it's always so real!) but I've been wanting to read The House Keeper and the Professor for ages. This looks like an excellent break 😀 3y
TheNextBook It got so real!!! Thanks for being my book buddie! 3y
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I really enjoyed this collection of short stories. The stories connect to one another. Some of the stories are strange and a tiny bit creepy but I mean that in a good way! Revenge was in my #allhallowsread TBR so it was fun to read for the readathon. I really want to read more of Yoko Ogawa's books. #readathon

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I'm now reading Revenge. I've been taking breaks here and there and even took a catnap (with the cats). My husband snapped this photo of Molly on my lap. She makes a cute book holder don't you think? #readathon #catsoflitsy

8little_paws What a pretty girl! 3y
Nonaroo @8little_paws Thank you! She is a very sweet cat. 😻 3y
Jinjer So cute! 3y
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Nonaroo
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Here is my TBR for #AllHallowsRead. If I can fit it in, maybe I will read Le Fanu's Carmilla. @Litsy

DeeLew Let us know what you think of Broken Monsters. I bailed on it but I was in a serious reading slump at the time and had bailed on several books. I might try it again! 3y
Nonaroo @DeeLew -Will do! I really liked The Shining Girls so I'm hoping Broken Monsters will be good. If not, I have no issue bailing on it. 3y
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Ogawa starts most of these tales very matter-of-factly, leaves fluttering, people going about their daily activities but something feels slightly eerie and it is hard to put your finger on what. Eventually, the weirdness escalates in unpredictable ways. I enjoyed the stories were linked, mainly by characters in one story appearing tangentially in others but also by odd things like strawberry shortcakes and the scent of ferns..

Karkar I am sold...📚📚📚 3y
Marchpane This is one I've been meaning to get to and you've sold me on it even more. Hadn't seen the strawberry cover previously either & I love it! 🍓 3y
Redheadrambles @Karkar @Marchpane It is odd but I found it mesmerisingly so and certainly want to read more from her. 3y
MrBook I like this pic! ☺️👍🏻 3y
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These hand-shaped carrots haunt me ! Especially when the fingers get cut off into a potato salad. So much oddness in this collection but its good and now I need to make strawberry shortcakes as they seem to come into several of the tales.

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LuLeeBelle
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I'm pretty sure everyone has an October reading list, right? #booktober #spoopy #scaretobet

bookishnerd This Savage Song is on my list, too. 3y
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BookishFeminist
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A mix of #translatedbooks I have hanging around for today's #SeptPhotoChallenge. 😀

These represent a variety of cultures & genres and are translated from Japanese, Spanish, Finnish, Estonian, Arabic, Portuguese, Italian, French, Hungarian, Swedish, Russian, Chinese, Indonesian, and Gikuyu. I want to #readtheworld. 🌍

#wndb #weneeddiversebooks #somethingforsept

britt_brooke Nice photo! 📷 3y
Reese_Pearly.Pages I'm so jealous of your home library. I've been buying more than I can read lately though. 3y
pppooraikul A great example for diverse reading! I'll try to read as much as possible. 😊 3y
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Emily92Bibliophile Definitely will be reading some of these! Making a list of international / translated books to read ✔️ 3y
TheBookAddict Awesome collection! By the way, what's the title of the yellow book with the Egyptian eye? Lol 😆🤓 3y
LeahBergen What a nice sprawl of reads 😉 3y
BookishFeminist @TheBookAddict It's this one- an Egyptian dystopia! 3y
ohyeahthatgirl I loved The Core of the Sun! 3y
Toria How awesome! I've been trying to read more translated works! Would you be able to link some more of the books? The Finnish and Estonian books? 3y
mhillis Great photo! Have you ever read 3y
BookishFeminist @Toria yes of course! Here's the Finnish one 3y
BookishFeminist @mhillis I haven't! It's been on my radar for a while though- time to move it up my TBR 💸💸💸 3y
BookishFeminist @britt_brooke @LeahBergen Thanks! Book stacks are too boring sometimes when I can just throw my books on the floor 😂 3y
BookishFeminist @Reese_Pearly.Pages I'm always buying more than I can read. 💸 It's awful but also comforting. But thank you! A few of these are from my local library too- despite the appearance I don't have a HUGE library at home (but my shelves are double stacked. 📚) 😀 3y
BookishFeminist @pppooraikul Yes! Love diverse reading & I love how easily accessible translated works are now with indie presses becoming more popular. 😊 Do you have any favorites translated from Thai that I could find?? I don't think I've read any! 3y
BookishFeminist @Emily92Bibliophile Enjoy! International diverse reading is my favorite. Love arm chair travel. 😊🌍 3y
mhillis @BookishFeminist I haven't read it yet either but found it today! It looks good 3y
BookishFeminist @ohyeahthatgirl I've heard great things about it! It had been on my radar since it came out but @Shortstack just made me get it from the library after she read and loved it. 😊 3y
BookishFeminist @mhillis It really does! I'm excited to find it at the library on my next trip 😀 3y
Shortstack @BookishFeminist How did I not see the Core of the Sun in this pile?!?? Can't wait for you to read it!!! @ohyeahthatgirl I absolutely loved it as well! 3y
queerbookreader Do you know of any good titles translated from Icelandic? I'm obsessed w Iceland and they have one of the highest publishing rates in the world but idk where to look for titles 🙈 3y
BookishFeminist @Shortstack Probably because it's a pile 😂 3y
BookishFeminist @lemonlime799 Yes actually! This is a great author- she does a police procedural & a really spooky ghost story. Not sure if either of those are your thing but she's good. Here's the ghost story 3y
BookishFeminist @lemonlime799 Here's the first in her detective series 3y
BookishFeminist @lemonlime799 This isn't translated as I believe the author is Australian, but it takes place in Iceland so it might be up your alley 3y
Toria Thank you so much ! 3y
Shortstack @BookishFeminist Still, my spidey senses are failing when I can't spot one of my favorite reads of 2016 in a photo!! 😬 3y
BookishFeminist @lemonlime799 one more- I haven't read this one but it's been on my TBR pile for a while since it's the most well-known novel by an Icelandic winner of the Nobel for literature 3y
BookishFeminist @Shortstack 🕸🕷 at least your spidey senses made you read it! 3y
Shortstack @BookishFeminist Too true! Although I can't take credit for finding it. Brilliant Books Monthly sent it to me. 3y
BookishFeminist @Shortstack I keep meaning to look up brilliant books monthly! I'm nervous about trying it since I'm afraid they'll send me something I own already 😬 3y
pppooraikul @BookishFeminist Ooh! I'd love to recommend this one. It depicts former state and changes that's been happening to Thailand. It's considered a classic read by the Thais. Meaning, it's historical and beautiful and nothing like the present-day Thailand at all. 3y
Shortstack @BookishFeminist If they do, you can send it back for free and they will send you a different one! You can start with just a 4 month membership and see how it goes (makes a great Christmas gift). Not every book I get from them is a new favorite but I enjoy most of them and completely fall in love with a few each subscription period. They sent me Annihilation and Station Eleven both shortly after they came out and before they were huge. 3y
BookishFeminist @pppooraikul Ooh thank you! That looks excellent 😀 Adding it to my TBR 3y
pppooraikul @BookishFeminist My pleasure! 😊 I'd like to add that we now are in the reign of King Rama IX who has ruled for 70 graceful and marvellous years. 3y
BookishFeminist @pppooraikul That's excellent to hear! Are there any modern Thai books as well? I would love to read anything from where you are. 😊 3y
BookishFeminist @Shortstack That's good to know! I may ask for it for Christmas since my family is always unsure of what books to get me. :) 3y
pppooraikul @BookishFeminist Hmm, by 'modern' it's still dated back around a decade. But this book is one of the best for foreigners who want to understand subtle cultures of Thailand. It also won the highest honored prize of Thai literature. You'll find huge differences in tradition and beliefs between Eastern & Western world. And you'll realize that we're not so different after all. ? -> "Poon Pid Thong: Gold-Pasted Cement" by Krisna Asoksin. 3y
BookishFeminist @pppooraikul That sounds really good! I'll see if I can find it- for some reason I've read a lot from your part of the world but not from Thailand. Not sure whether it's stuff not being published over here or what. I also believe that deep down no culture is all that different despite our surface differences. 😀 So many people focus on our differences but there are so many more similarities. It makes me want to give those people diverse books. 3y
pppooraikul @BookishFeminist I think Thai books are not so popular in the US as they are around this region. And I totally agree with you about diverse reading! ☺️I also sent you a goodreads link of the book. And if you're going to read it but can't find it anywhere, tell me. I'll get it for you! 😉 3y
BookishFeminist @pppooraikul You're the sweetest! I'll search around and let you know. Thank you so much for sending the goodreads link since I see it's not on Litsy. You're awesome! ☺️ 3y
pppooraikul @BookishFeminist Btw, Gold-Pasted Cement referred to the deepest core of Thai social structure, family. We have a saying that parents are like Buddha statues in the house. But a statue is only a gold-pasted cement. Meaning, they're also human who can make mistakes. That leads to the changes of Thai cultures to " the modern era". ? 3y
pppooraikul @BookishFeminist The pleasure's all mine! ☺️ I love spreading good books. 😘 3y
Shortstack @BookishFeminist I always get it for Christmas every year! 3y
ErinKatherine I am so excited to see these comments! @pppooraikul @BookishFeminist I am an American living in Sukhothai, Thailand for the last 9 months and I have been doing a lot of digging for books translated from Thai. It's been tough to find English language books here in town but I'm so excited to hunt for your recommendations!! Even through blogs and lists I haven't found good Thai recommendations and I know there are so many stories to tell! So great!! 3y
pppooraikul @ErinKatherine Oh!! Welcome to Thailand 😁😉 What do you do in Sukhothai? And yes, it's hard to find English books there. Mostly they're available in the stores in Bangkok. But I'm glad to recommend you Thai books anytime! You can request any special genre/theme/author. I'll try my best to find one that you'll like! 😁😘 3y
ErinKatherine @pppooraikul I am an English teacher! Iove fantasy or adventure, if you have any recommendations I would absolutely love to hear them!! 3y
pppooraikul @ErinKatherine I know some great fantasy-adventure series but none of them is translated to English! 😂 Let me look it up further and I'll tell you. 😉 3y
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Alisnazzy
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Pickpick

A nice, quick read, this collection of vignettes all in some way connected, is a great piece of the macabre without being overly sensationalized or gory. Each chapter is told in the first person from a different unnamed character which leads to the reader anxiously awaiting a clue as to how this person is connected to the previous chapters. 4🌟

Chessa 😻😻😻 3y
DiruVamp I LOVED this book! 3y
NatalieR Cute cat! 🐱 3y
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CherylDeFranceschi Ginger kitteh!😻❤️ 3y
Texreader Love your kitty! 3y
Lynnsoprano Did Killian read it too?😎 3y
Redheadrambles Reading this now and it is weirdly good. I keep looking for all the links between stories. 3y
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Alisnazzy
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Lunch date with a quick library pick up. 😍

britt_brooke 💙 3y
LauraBeth Those curls ❤️ 3y
RealLifeReading What a cutie! Also, I love Yoko Ogawa! 3y
Lynnsoprano Give him a kiss from Nana. 3y
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Fancypants
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Mehso-so

A thread is somewhat woven through each story to keep them connected but it would've been better if they'd all just been separate in my opinion. Also not nearly as scary as reviewed.

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DiruVamp
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Wow what a fabulous book! I had fun slowly realizing all of the stories were linked together in various ways. Very mysteries and beautifully dark. I can see why she's compared to Murakami. I will absolutely check out her other works. 5 ⭐️

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Hugoreads
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Had to bail because it was due at the library and I got hooked on The Night Circus. Might go back to it....liked what I read so far.

MrBook Lol! 3y
KrisConstantReader Omg, that doggy, that tongue--I love it! 3y
Hugoreads Thanks #KrisConstantReader! Hugo is one awesome dog💜 3y
Hugoreads Let me share a funny story with you. Even though my library doesn't allow dogs they let me bring Hugo because I walk there and he is so tiny. One day a new librarian was there and said"Excuse me ma'am, is that a service dog?" My response-"Yes he is. I am blind and he reads to me." Probably my best comeback ever! 3y
PennyNotSoDreadful @Hugoreads "I am blind & he reads to me." ????!!! 3y
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Liberty
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It's #Recommendsday! I'm recommending these delightfully weird and deliciously nasty tales of revenge. Perfect for a hot summer day. What are you recommending this week?

stephopitz Oh, I loved that book so much. 3y
DiruVamp This is on my TBR and I can't wait to read it! 3y
Tarlia Love Yoko Ogawa! 3y
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Mel So good! 3y
chelseahannac LOVE this collection 3y
zugchop Ah, yes, Ogawa... Lent it out before I even had a chance to... 😪 3y
booksabound I adored this collection! 3y
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SarahKay
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Twisted and disturbing and fascinating. Everything ties together in an unsettling way. I wasn't able to put this eerie, compelling book down.

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jennwangster
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Excited to read this Japanese author's work!

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