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The Pisces
The Pisces: A Novel | Melissa Broder
An original, imaginative, and hilarious debut novel about love, anxiety, and sea creatures, from the author of So Sad Today Lucy has been writing her dissertation on Sappho for thirteen years when she and her boyfriend break up in a dramatic flameout. After she bottoms out in Phoenix, her sister in Los Angeles insists Lucy dog-sit for the summer. Annika's home is a gorgeous glass cube on Venice Beach, but Lucy can find little relief from her anxiety -- not in the Greek chorus of women in her love addiction therapy group, not in her frequent Tinder excursions, not even in Dominic the foxhound's easy affection. Everything changes when Lucy becomes entranced by an eerily attractive swimmer while sitting alone on the beach rocks one night. But when Lucy learns the truth about his identity, their relationship--and Lucy's understanding of what love should look like--take a very unexpected turn. A masterful blend of vivid realism and giddy fantasy, pairing hilarious frankness with pulse-racing eroticism, THE PISCES is a story about falling in obsessive love with a merman: a figure of Sirenic fantasy whose very existence pushes Lucy to question everything she thought she knew about love, lust, and meaning in the one life we have.
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emmaturi
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This book is about Lucy, she breaks up with long term boyfriend and then decides it was a bad idea. She tries to get him back but things don't go to plan. Her half-sister invites her to LA to house and dog sit while she goes to Europe. She goes to therapy and meets Theo, while in LA. This was quite an intriguing book as well as a bit werid. #bookcover

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zezeki
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 7

Post covers you love for 7 days, no explaining. If you haven't been tagged yet, I'm tagging you now.

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Cinfhen
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#Day5 #7Days7Covers #CoverCrush
And I‘m inviting @Megabooks to join me in sharing 7 covers she covets. One per day no explanation

BarbaraBB That cover is so attractive! I keep wondering if I should read the book. 🐟💦 1mo
Kalalalatja It is such a striking cover! 1mo
Cinfhen I just got the audio from my US library system...I‘ve been curious about this book for a long time @BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja 🤞🏼🤞🏼 (edited) 1mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Attention-grabbing cover! 😁 1mo
Cinfhen Hey Jess @erzascarletbookgasm You want to join me tomorrow (Wednesday)?!? 🙏🏻 1mo
Megabooks Thanks for the tag! I‘ve posted! 1mo
LeeRHarry Read this one - sure has stayed with me 😏 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm I surely will! 😉 1mo
Cinfhen Great @erzascarletbookgasm 💜 and now I‘m even more curious about this book @LeeRHarry 1mo
LeeRHarry @Cinfhen it is certainly very different 😏 if not a bit weird! 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m ok with weird in certain circumstances @LeeRHarry 1mo
KarenUK 😍😍😍.... on my #tbr too... 1mo
Mdargusch Ive always loved this cover! 1mo
Cinfhen Hey @Mdargusch since your daughter @Reviewsbylola blew me off do u want to post for her??? #7Days7Covers 😊 1mo
Reviewsbylola Lmao I am here. Just give me a few days to collect my covers. 😆 1mo
Cinfhen Really??? Everyone else was ready to post within 24 hours @Reviewsbylola I tagged you 6 days ago 🤣😁😂😘😘😘 1mo
Reviewsbylola I‘ve been soooooo bad at Litsy lately. 🤦🏼‍♀️ 1mo
Mdargusch i will see if I can beat her to it! 😃 1mo
Hooked_on_books It is a fun, weird cover, but I HATED this book. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1mo
Cinfhen I‘ll let u know @Hooked_on_books 😁 1mo
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TheBookstorePodcast
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I‘ve been slowly working my way through the Women‘s Prize for Fiction longlist. After I finish this, I‘ve got four more to read. Do you have any favorites from the longlist? So far, mine are Ghost Wall and Circe. -Becca

gossamerchild What are your thoughts so far about the book you've tagged? I'm curious to know what other people thought about The Pisces. 1mo
TheBookstorePodcast @gossamerchild I‘ll be honest, this isn‘t for me. I‘m not into reading about a woman obsessed with men. I get Lucy is supposed to be awful, but at this point I‘m just bored by her antics. Maybe it will change though, I‘m just under halfway through. 1mo
gossamerchild @TheBookstorePodcast I REALLY didn't like it. But I won't say anything else till you finish it. I'll be super interested to hear what you say when you're done 😁 1mo
atticusgoldfinch Ah! Circe was my pick for my book club this year and I fell in love with it. I‘m looking forward to reading The Song of Achilles at some point and I‘m looking forward to seeing what else Madeline Miller does with Greek mythology. 1mo
TheBookstorePodcast @atticusgoldfinch I liked Song of Achilles even more than Circe! I‘m definitely going to be reading whatever Miller writes next. 1mo
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charl08
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What was love without the spell?

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charl08
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It was a terror.

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charl08
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(And I'm enjoying Broder's book too!)

Crazeedi I adore this chair! The design is so unique and it looks totally comfortable! 2mo
Tanisha_A Looks so comfy! 2mo
charl08 @Crazeedi @Tanisha_A it's just what I wanted. Happy reading times ahead. 2mo
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razmanda
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What do you get when you mix magical realism with erotica, dark humor and suicidal ideation? This wonderfully bizarre and divisive book. Sure, it‘s about love and grief but also merman sex. So. Yeah.

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faelinwolf
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I was going to start this book, but Isadora decided it would make a better napping spot. 🤣🤣🤣 She had the whole futon to choose from! She's just purring away. #catsoflitsy

CareBear 😻😻😻😻 3mo
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shawnmooney
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Cathythoughts Great quote & pic 4mo
saresmoore I feel personally attacked. 4mo
saresmoore Also made me want to go salsa dancing. 4mo
Hooked_on_books I hated this book 🤷🏼‍♀️ 4mo
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shawnmooney
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Soubhiville “Soufflé of neck meat”?! Bleh! 4mo
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zezeki
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Yes, there was some really weird stuff in there, but I've found it to be quite philosophical in an existientialist manner and also rather heartbreaking. I know people either love it or hate it, and I'm more on the love-it side. 📚📓📒🌊 #merman #summerread

KathyWheeler I only gave it a so-so because I loved the ending. Mainly the character seemed immature and whiny to me. Also, the book was too sexually explicit for me. I‘m glad I read it though. 4mo
Nute I think that I am going to reconsider reading this book based off of your comments. 4mo
zezeki @Nute I did go between loving and hating it throughout reading and somehow I ended up loving it. 😅😅 4mo
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zezeki
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Yes, this book has its weird moments, but it also has some very insightful ones. 📚📓🐳🌊

JanuarieTimewalker13 Wow!!! I bought this for my friend Melissa, who is a Pisces and has same first name as author, so I deemed it kismet. Lol 4mo
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teresareads
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This story is wild, but ended up being quite moving in the end. I was watching Fleabag at the same time that I read this and found some common threads between the characters and their approaches to love and sex.

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GivenLemons
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This is the strangest book, but also very compelling. I found Lucy‘s internal monologues really funny, although you have to be tolerant of existential angst. It also made me need to hug my cat!

elkeo_TheBookDragon You have one of the best #catsoflitsy I have seen 😻 3mo
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Redwritinghood
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Mehso-so

Lucy is a 38 yo graduate student studying Sappho when she breaks up with her fiancé. To get away, she dog sits for her sister in Venice Beach. She is constantly looking for true love, but doesn‘t really seem to know what it is. While the details of this story are unique, the themes are pretty well worn-finding true love vs lust, loving yourself first, and being comfortable without having a SO. The writing is frank, often crass, but fresh. 3⭐️

readordierachel Agree on all counts. I still love the cover though. 6mo
Redwritinghood @readordierachel Yes, it‘s a great cover. 6mo
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mklong
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Well, that was weird...but I liked it...I think. It was sad, but also funny and insightful...and God, this thing is really impossible to review. I guess all I can say is that I liked it, and will never be able to explain why. I‘m sorry, that is probably not at all helpful.

merelybookish Haha! I understand. It felt like it was pushing boundaries and I did like that, although i didnt always enjoy reading it. 6mo
mklong @merelybookish Same here. I didn‘t really need the endless fish sex details, but I admire Broder for not shying away from those details. I mean if you‘re going to go there, go all the way and she did. (edited) 6mo
MaggieCarr One of the weirdest books I have ever read. Can't look at white couches anymore without chuckling to myself. 6mo
ClairesReads It‘s such a weird experience to try to explain. Glad you liked it! I think I did too. 6mo
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ClairesReads
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Wtf did I just read? I‘m genuinely unsure whether this is the best book I‘ve ever read or the worst book I‘ve ever read. Either way, I loved reading, or hate-reading this outrageous novel. It‘s at times, trashy, pulpy and gratuitous, at others serious and tragic. It‘s absurd, and confusing. It‘s definitely pretentious. But it was a bewildering, hilarious, bizarre reading experience.

merelybookish It is confusing! Part of me was annoyed by it, but then I felt being annoyed was kind of part of the point. Either way, it pushes boundaries and I had to respect that. 6mo
Redwritinghood Nice review. This one is up next for me if I can finish Ordinary People. That is dragging. 6mo
ClairesReads @merelybookish yes! It‘s so gross and, not well written but at the same time compelling. 6mo
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ClairesReads @Redwritinghood good luck Jerrie! This is a crazy time 6mo
BarbaraBB Great review. I unstacked this one lately but maybe I should stack it again 😉😀 6mo
ClairesReads @BarbaraBB I‘m still genuinely uncertain if it‘s terrible or genius. You may not know even if you read it 6mo
mklong This is up next for me too, I am so so curious! 6mo
ClairesReads @mklong I can‘t wait to talk to you about it Katie! 6mo
Suet624 Love this review. 6mo
ClairesReads @Suet624 thank you! 6mo
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ClairesReads
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Next up from the #womensprize long list...apparently there‘s fish sex in it 🤷🏻‍♀️🎉

Abailliekaras Ha ha! I haven‘t been tempted, but look forward to hearing your thoughts. 6mo
ClairesReads @Abailliekaras haha I totally understand. It‘s 50/50- I‘m either going to love it, or I‘m going to hate it. I don‘t feel like there‘s a middle ground. 6mo
Erinreadsthebooks I‘m in the “love it” camp! 🙌👏 6mo
ClairesReads @Erinreadsthebooks that‘s encouraging 6mo
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kalinichta
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I've seen a few reviews of this book describing the mc as unlikable, but, in all honesty, I saw a lot of myself in this book. It is a pretty accurate portrait of someone who becomes consumed by love (or "love") in an attempt to fill an unfillable hole inside (and illustrates the reason I now choose to remain single). I've never seen this aspect of myself portrayed so honestly, to the point of almost being unnerving. That being said...?

kalinichta I found the merman stuff itself a bore and could have done with less of the unsexy detailed descriptions of sex (I don't mind sex in a book at all, but after a while it started to feel like the stuff I've put in NaNoWriMo projects just to too my word count) and the mc's reveries about their mystical perfect union (gag). And it absolutely sucks that she's never held accountable for her care of her sisters dog. 6mo
Reggie Nice review!! 6mo
kalinichta @Reggie Thank you so much! 6mo
batsy Yes, great review! I was on the fence but your review, as always, has given me a different impression and now it sounds like something I'd give a shot 🙂 6mo
kalinichta @batsy Oh wow, thank you! I take that as a huge compliment coming from you. 💙 6mo
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Jocelyn73c
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I would give this the devil horns but I can't get over what she did to the dog...normally I love books with "unlikable" women like Eileen, but something about Lucy just made me frustrated. I wanted her to have more agency over herself.

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sprainedbrain
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This book is batsh*t crazy. I kinda loved it.

If you‘ve ever wondered what (very graphic) sex with a merman would be like, can stomach upsetting animal neglect, and don‘t mind an obsessive, completely unlikeable main character, this may be the book for you. Also, must tolerate weirdness and aforementioned graphic sex that is not at all sexy.

Otherwise, you should probably keep scrolling. Nothing to see here. 😂

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#womensprize2019

RebL Lordy! 6mo
Patchshank I kinda want to get it for my sister 6mo
vivastory 😂😂 6mo
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Jee_HookedOnBookz I like your review 😅🤣🤣 6mo
Leftcoastzen Yowza ! 6mo
CarolynM I can honestly say I've never thought about sex with a merman, graphic or otherwise. Now you've got me wondering 🤔 Maybe I should read the book 😉 6mo
Ms_T Very nice review - my one no-no is animal cruelty so I‘ll give this a miss 🙈 6mo
Kaye Thanks for the warning. Glad you liked it, but I‘d probably use it to start our grill to make supper. I don‘t even like ordinary romance in a book. If it involves animals, I‘ll pass. 😬🤢😵 6mo
readordierachel Not sexy in the slightest. 🧜‍♂️ 6mo
mabell You totally sold me on “keep scrolling” 😂😂 6mo
sprainedbrain @CarolynM You‘re a brave soul. 😂 6mo
sprainedbrain @Ms_T most definitely! 6mo
sprainedbrain @kaye Yes, this is definitely not a book for you. 😬 6mo
sprainedbrain @mabell you‘ve made a good decision. 😅 6mo
UwannaPublishme Thanks for the hilarious warning! 🤣🤣🤣 6mo
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unabridgedchick
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A wildly intriguing novel w real depth of heart to it, despite the seemingly flippant premise. Broder presents a heroine who is both cringe-worthy and desperately appealing; when she meets her merman, it's impossible to tell if the creature is real or a manifestation of her need. But Lucy believes in him, and her desire to be wanted leads her someplace far less magical -- and it's that which moves novel from flippant to disturbing and sobering.

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youneverarrived
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I wouldn‘t have read this if it wasn‘t longlisted for the #womensprize. It just didn‘t appeal to me & I was right in thinking that. I didn‘t hate reading it and I liked the humour, but Lucy annoyed the hell out of me & I just didn‘t get the whole merman thing. I think I get what the author was aiming for but it didn‘t work for me. The more I think about it the more I dislike it 😂🤷‍♀️

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julesG And you cannot unknow what you've read in this book. 🙈🙈🙈🙈 6mo
EKonrad Amen! 🙌🏼 6mo
readordierachel It's a strange one. I didn't dislike it but I definitely didn't love it. 6mo
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Booksnchill
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What the Fish was that about??? On the Women‘s Prize Longlist- huh??? My #NashvillePosse know I have a limit- this was unnecessary! If you think you will enjoy merman sex this is the read for you- along with sex and drug addiction, destructive interpersonal behaviors, abusing the poor dog🤬, lots of suicide attempts and scenes dragging a merman across the sand to get him to your sister‘s white (yes that matters) couch. Not for me🧜🏻‍♂️!

Hollie Ummm what in the world? Not for me, either it sounds like. 6mo
Booksnchill @Hollie decidedly a departure for the Women‘s Prize I think- might be satire but if so it was lost on me🤷‍♀️ 6mo
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Leftcoastzen Love the “what the fish”😂😂 6mo
Booksnchill @Leftcoastzen that‘s me- keepin it clean- saline but clean😜 6mo
britt_brooke 😆 You lost me at merman sex. How does that even .... never mind. 🙅🏼‍♀️🧜🏻‍♂️ 6mo
britt_brooke This book definitely sounds unnecessary. Hard pass. 6mo
EKonrad I hated this book with a passion! Can not understand why people liked it. 🤷🏽‍♀️ 6mo
julesG This book was so strange. Maybe it's on the short list because of all the gross stuff. 6mo
Booksnchill @britt_brooke I 100% hate that I could answer that question...😱 6mo
Booksnchill @EKonrad Agreed🤔 6mo
Booksnchill @julesG Just on the longlist so far🤞 6mo
julesG @Booksnchill Oh yes, you're right. I forgot. 6mo
britt_brooke @Booksnchill 😆😩🙉🙊 6mo
MicheleinPhilly Your comment about the white couch made me LOL. We just got rid of our white couches and it is glorious! I‘m like “Pickles, go nuts on the non-white couch!” 6mo
Booksnchill @MicheleinPhilly 🤣I don‘t think Pickles would do this to your white couch but yes, a non white couch is freeing!!! 6mo
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kalinichta
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Sunny morning with a book, coffee, and a cat getting in on the sunbeam action. This is the life of leisure I was meant for.

#JokingNotJoking #CatsOfLitsy

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gentlepet
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was this the best or worst book i have ever read? i do not know. but never before have i been so bemused by a book in which an animal is murdered.

ClairesReads Cannot wait to read this. 6mo
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ReadingEnvy
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One of the shorter books from the Women's Prize for Fiction, The Pisces is about obsession and the lengths Lucy will go in pursuit of love. From a stalled PhD to a love-obsession support group to a bizarre surfer she encounters at the beach, there are a lot of memorable moments, but more in the "oh god this is uncomfortable and terrible" kind of way. ⤵️

ReadingEnvy Lucy reminds me of Miranda July's Cheryl (from The First Bad Man) mixed with Gretchen from the FXX show You're the Worst. The novel kept my interest the entire time but left a bad taste in my mouth (and I do believe this is the author's intent.)

Warning - there is animal abuse in this book that I found intolerable, and at abbadmoment my empathetic dog made a crying sound (do you think he understands audiobooks?) so we took a break for some pets.
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Bklover Thank so much for the warning. I can‘t read animal abuse. 7mo
readordierachel Yeah, I had a similar experience. It was very readable but very uncomfortable. I think your comparison to Miranda July is spot on, but I liked that one more. 7mo
ReadingEnvy @readordierachel I feel like Miranda July's character was gross but didn't cause as much harm? 7mo
readordierachel I think you've nailed the difference. July's protagonist wasn't a horrible person, just deeply strange. And no animals were harmed (that I remember). 7mo
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Jocelyn73c
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Most #bookish people have like a tbr shelf or cart where they line up the books they most want to read next. I have a weird amount of wicker baskets that I've inherited, so I decided to clean one up and use that to line up the books I want to read this month 😍📖🧜
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#Bookstagram #MountTBR #Litsburgh #PGHReads #TBR #SpringReads #BookWork #BookBasket #Pisces #PiscesSeason

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grumpygirlbooks
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NOOOOOPE. I was looking forward to this book so much and it was not.... it was not what I wanted at all. Uh, it was not my cup of tea. It was bad. I read a good chunk and then, kind of fed up, I decided to skim a bit to see if the rest would be worth reading. Nope.

🔴 MINOR SPOILER 🔴 Warning for animal cruelty, I wish I hadn‘t read what I did, honestly, considering the ending

grumpygirlbooks @j9brown I know this was one your list for the #CupidGoesPostal swap, and I almost got it for you - but based on your preferences I‘m really glad I didn‘t, I might suggest you not pick this one up 😬 7mo
j9brown @grumpygirlbooks Whooaa, the summary for this sounded neat but yeah, between your review and that spoiler... I think this one's getting deleted from the "buy later" list. Thanks for the warning!! What a bummer. 7mo
Megabooks Thank you for the warning!!! #skip 7mo
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mdhughes72
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I never would have picked this up if not for Litsy. A spot-on description of the anguish that accompanies sex & love addiction, which afflicts both men & women & is often the result of neglect or loss. Doesn‘t matter to the MC —- or to the reader — if the mythical Merman is real or imaginary. Her obsessive quest for him is all-consuming & comes at great personal cost. Very sexual but too much despair for it to be at all sexy. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

britt_brooke Nice review! 8mo
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mdhughes72
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‘No one really wanted satiety. It was the prospect of satiety — the excitement around the notion that we could ever be satisfied — that kept us going. But if you were ever actually satisfied it wouldn‘t be satisfaction. You would just get hungry for something else. The only way to maybe have satisfaction would be to accept the nothingness and not try to put anyone else in it.‘ This.

readordierachel This is an interesting book. Equally insightful and absurd. 8mo
mdhughes72 @readordierachel I tend to lean in the insightful direction. See my review. 8mo
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swishandflick
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Mehso-so

Well that was just... truly, truly bizarre. I guess you could file this as an unconventional romance with what I can only assume is an underlying message about mental health? I was entertained enough. At least until she proved herself to be a HORRIBLE dogsitter.

If you've ever wondered about the technicalities of sex with a merman (in graphic detail) and aren't much of a dog person, this might do it for you. Major Shape of Water vibes 🧜🏻‍♂️

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Wow. Maybe not something I wanna know about. 🧜‍♀️ 😟 8mo
Coleen The cover is enough to scare me away. 🤔 8mo
swishandflick @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled haha, in hindsight me either! 8mo
swishandflick @Coleen I actually found the cover to be fascinating, but the book just didn't do it for me. 8mo
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AlizaApp
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Pickpick

If you saw The Shape of Water last year and were wondering about the mechanics of sex with a fish monster, then this is the book for you. A weird little love story! I really enjoyed it. But the sex scenes were pretty graphic so maybe skip if that‘s not your thing.

readordierachel A wild read for sure! 9mo
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gracemom
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What the?!? Wow. Loved this.

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MaggieCarr
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Mehso-so

A friend's review so completely mirrors my own thoughts- "This book is NOT for everyone... it does have a great message if you can get past the merman, and the graphic sex, and the overall oddity of the plot. I do not see myself as a prude or someone who can be bothered by crude descriptions of sexual acts... If you are looking for something strange this could be a good choice. If graphic sex is not your thing... this is not for you." -J.Hullinger

BookBabe That‘s a very helpful review. Thanks for sharing. 9mo
ReadingEnvy I didn't mind the sex but the dog abuse was awful. :( 7mo
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Emilyrjones22
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This is my #WinterBreakStack - at least for now, it changes with my mood! Also down at the bottom, hoping to keep up with my dream journal a little better when I don‘t have to rush out in the morning 😊 @BookaholicNatty

BookaholicNatty @Emilyrjones22 this an absolute fantastic stack!!!! I have been wanting to read Circe! Enjoy all your winter reading!!!! ❤️❤️📚🎄☃️ 10mo
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carys14
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Mehso-so

I can‘t say that I really disliked the book although I didn‘t like it either, especially Lucy. The whole experience was like watching a train wreck albeit a really odd train wreck.

I also wasn‘t a fan of the narration, which was done by the author. Her inflections kept reminding me of how the characters in the Peanut cartoons talk (excluding the adults).

However, I am pretty sure this story will stick with me (not sure if that is good or bad).

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LizKay
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Pickpick

Okay, this book was so well done. Exquisitely uncomfortable read.

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MissLiteraryAli
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I loved him too. But at the same time, who knew what love was exactly? I still didn't have it figured out. I remembered what Dr. Jude had said. The question is not what is love, but is it really love I'm looking for?

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MissLiteraryAli
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Perhaps this was what living in the moment was about: an active state of denial about the future.

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MissLiteraryAli
The Pisces: A Novel | Melissa Broder

But really what I felt was despair: that this was all there would be, forever and ever and ever, until of course it wasn‘t.

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readordierachel
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Mehso-so

I'm gonna be honest, I picked this up primarily for the cover and the promise of graphic merman sex. It delivered on that promise.
And I liked the weirdness of this tale, the touch of magical realism. I was hooked enough to read to the end, although kind of like watching a car crash that you see coming a mile off. But overall, I found the writing to be somewhat repetitive and pseudo intellectual. I didn't hate it but I didn't love it. 🌟🌟🌟

AlaMich So did the merdude sex live up to your expectations? 🧜‍♂️ 11mo
readordierachel @AlaMich Well, it was certainly graphic. I'd say in that regard it exceeded any expectations I ever had about mersex 😆 11mo
zezeki I'm seeing some mixed reviews about this one, but it sounds so weird that I just have to add it to my tbr. 😅 11mo
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readordierachel @zezeki That's exactly how I felt going in. I'm not sorry I read it, for what that's worth. 11mo
sprainedbrain I‘m totally adding this for the mersex. FYI. 😂 11mo
readordierachel @sprainedbrain Ha! Then my work here is done 😆 11mo
merelybookish I just started this and I'm not sure about the writing. It feels "too cool" somehow or like I'm too old to get it. But I haven't reached the mersex yet. ? 11mo
readordierachel @merelybookish Ha! I know exactly what you mean. It was just so dark and weird, and I wanted to know what was gonna happen, so I kept reading 😜 11mo
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collegecatlady
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Pickpick

After seeing all the buzz and mixed reviews surrounding this novel, I had to pick it up for myself. I am pleasantly surprised to say that this is one of the best books I‘ve read this year. The allegory of longing, pain, and depression lives in the main character‘s pursuit of relationships. This book is funny, tender, and heart wrenching near the end. Surprised to say this was ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for me. Seriously captivating.

ReadingRover I‘ve been dying to read this. I have it on my Audible list. I was hoping it would jump on the library app so I wouldn‘t have to spend the credit (I‘m stingy!) but I just might after your review. It takes me forever to read print book since I‘m never home so I only get the ones that don‘t come on audio. 11mo
collegecatlady @ReadingRover I would caution you that there are pretty graphically erotic parts in the text but I enjoyed them in the context of the character‘s growth. 11mo
ReadingRover @collegecatlady lol That tends to be my biggest problem with audiobooks! Mainly because I never realize how loud the volume is until I pull into a space and someone is like omg what are you listening to! 😝 11mo
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amb
The Pisces: A Novel | Melissa Broder
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Mehso-so

At the start of this book, I really identified with the character. Spiraling into a depression after the end of a long term relationship. It seemed she had a somewhat obsessive personality, which was self destructive at times. This part was approached with humor and sarcasm which I enjoyed. Then enter the merman erotica. Her obsessive nature finds a focus which is also destructive, there could not be a wronger choice for romance than a merman. ⬇️

amb And it became a little much. At a certain point I wanted to just DNF, but I was so worried about the dog that I had to find out if he was ok. When he wasn‘t, I wanted her to be dragged to the depths because there was no excuse for that behavior at all. 11mo
readordierachel @amb I was so worried about the dog, too! I suspected it wasn't gonna end well for him, but I was hoping I was wrong. So sad. 11mo
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readordierachel
The Pisces: A Novel | Melissa Broder
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First book checked out with my fresh new library card. #currentlyreading

Addison_Reads There's nothing like that new library card smell 😉 hope the move went well. 11mo
Tanisha_A Great feeling that must be! 11mo
readordierachel @Addison_Reads It went pretty well, thanks! 😊 11mo
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readordierachel @Tanisha_A Indeed! 😊 11mo
vivastory First order of business! 🤘 11mo
readordierachel @vivastory Exactly! I've got my priorities in order 😆 11mo
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Eeb
The Pisces: A Novel | Melissa Broder
Pickpick

I was skeptical of this one because of its similarities to The Shape of Water...but it's not often I get lost in reading a book of fiction, and this one fully-captivated me. It speaks to those of us who have found ourselves addicted to love - or the inability of others to love us in the way we desire (there are definitely triggers here for codependents) - and I found myself relating to the protagonist's feelings at every turn.

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
The Pisces: A Novel | Melissa Broder
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed this less as it went on. Although a lot of the phrases about depression struck me (in a good way) and were very funny, as the novel progressed I was frustrated w/ the heroine. I get that in a patriarchal world obsessive relationships with men that define your self-worth can happen in the face of depression, but I don't want to read about it? I also didn't feel like the fantastical element (falling in love with a merman) added anything.

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian Also: selfish behaviour that causes someone to neglect and hurt an animal under their care just kinda makes it impossible for me to care about the character after. 13mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I listened to the audiobook, which could have been worse for an author-who's-not-an-actor narration. Broder did a decent job mostly, although I found her voice a little grating after a while. But her attempts at a British accent for a British character were TERRIBLE. It would have been better if she hadn't tried. 13mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian One last pet peeve: I found the fact that she's an academic librarian on the side of doing a classics PhD who has no investment in the job or the profession very weird and pretty unbelievable. It's not the kind of training (a two year master's degree) or competitive job market you go into as a stop-gap kind of job. 13mo
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KathyWheeler @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian That aspect bothered me too. I was not that invested in my English masters program because I didn‘t know what I intended to do with it, but I cared more about it than she cared about either her PhD or her librarian job. And I really cared about my MLIS because I knew what I was going to do with it. (edited) 11mo
ReadingEnvy Also she never goes to work? Did she get time off for the summer? Sign me up for that librarian job! Or maybe the author is one of those many academic types who think that doing research in a library = librarian. I once had someone call checking a reference for someone who claimed to work for me, but she had only worked on her own research in my library... One of those bizarre details of the book. 7mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @ReadingEnvy Hahaha! Yeah, seems clear the author does not know any real librarians! 7mo
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