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All the Names They Used for God
All the Names They Used for God: Stories | Anjali Sachdeva
An exhilarating debut story collection that explores the mysterious, often dangerous forces that shape our lives. Anjali Sachdeva's debut collection spans centuries, continents, and a diverse set of characters but is united by each character's epic struggle with fate: A workman in Andrew Carnegie's steel mills is irrevocably changed by the brutal power of the furnaces; a fisherman sets sail into overfished waters and finds a secret obsession from which he can't return; an online date ends with a frightening, inexplicable disappearance. Sachdeva has a talent for creating moving and poignant scenes, making the unexpected and surreal feel true and inevitable, and depicting how one small miracle can affect everyone in its wake.
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Liberty
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It‘s Day 15 of the @bookriot #Riotgrams Challenge! Today‘s prompt: freebie!
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My favorite book of 2018 is out in paperback on June 18th! I am excited about this for many reasons, the two greatest being that 1) the new cover references my favorite story in the collection and 2) I am quoted inside! It‘s only three of my words, but still, it is an honor because this book is AMAZING. 🧜‍♀️💙📚

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kindergartenkat
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What a great collection of stories! I especially loved The Pleiades. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
#readingwomenchallenge - a book from the Reading Women 2018 shortlist

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kindergartenkat
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CrossFit gym is closed today so I went to the regular gym instead and listened to All the Names They Used for God. Books + Exercise = Happy Mother's Day for me! #bookfitnesschallenge #BFC

BookwormAHN Nice job 👏🏻 4mo
4thhouseontheleft Happy Mother's Day! 4mo
nu-bibliophile 🙌🙌 4mo
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TheSpineView Way to go! 4mo
dariazeoli Great work 🙌 4mo
Clwojick ♥️🖤💜 4mo
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shaynarae
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13 books this month:
4 🎧 audio
3 🖥 ebooks
6 📖 physical books
Fiction: 7
Nonfiction/memoir/essays: 6
From my shelf: 1
#aprilstats #monthlywrapup

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shaynarae
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This short story collection of gripping, soulful tales filled with magical realism is nothing short of wonderful! It didn‘t compete with the fairy tale format, though there were similar tropes. And it wasn‘t as surreal as some other magical-realism type collections I‘ve read, which I think made it more accessible without sacrificing any intrigue. #catsoflitsy

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peacegypsy
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Starting this one next. Captivating title.

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Christine
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I think I‘ve checked this out of the library no less than five times (but never read). Hooray for finally getting to it, because it‘s sublime - a new favorite collection, for sure. The stories are so different, but each one has characters that grab you within a page or two and make the book really painful to put down mid-story! Best of all is her exquisite yet unfussy writing, which I L-O-V-E-D, and I will 100% read anything else she writes.

Jess I agree. One of my favorite books of 2018. Fantastic. 7mo
Christine @Jess Yes! I hope we don‘t have to wait too long for another book from her. 7mo
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shaynarae
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So proud of myself for only buying 2 books during my NYC pilgrimage to Strand

Crazeedi The Strand, I dream of going there one day... 8mo
TrishB @Crazeedi me too 👍🏻 8mo
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Leslie7
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This collection of short stories is surprising and engrossing. I read a few of the stories over and over. It's going to stay with you, if you read it.

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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A really diverse book oh short stories, both in terms of genres and characters.

Becker I agree. I really enjoyed it as well. 8mo
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Jocelyn73c
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I think I can say that I liked this collection. Some of the stories really grabbed me while others I didn't feel too many ways about. But the longer I sit with it the more I think I enjoyed it. For me, all these stories had something to say about our humanity and our relationship to it. I'm definitely going to be rereading this in my future!

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inkantation
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A fantastic collection of magical realism and science fiction. Some stories we're downright bizzare but Sachdeva's language kept me interested the entire time. It absolutely disrupted the flow of books I read this year and I'm thankful for that. It's good to try something different every now and then. If you're looking for a break from the norm or excellent short stories, this is it.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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amma-keep-reading
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It's hard to find a collection of stories where every story is memorable and thought provoking... This is one of those rare gems.

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Book_Lust
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Feeling the crunch to meet my end-of-the-year goals, and losing myself in these gorgeous stories. 4:35 PM, kicking horse coffee with coconut cream, and a mermaid. 🧜‍♀️

Avanders Hello! Have you received your #stuffedstockingswap #sss package? If so, it'd be lovely if you could post a pic & show off the goodies 🤗 If not, let me know and I'll follow up! ♥️🎄 9mo
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Lola
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Today I‘m reading short stories and New Yorker articles. This collection was one of 3 books @Liberty chose for me via @bookriot ‘s TBR service.Tailored book recommendations sent to your inbox(or you can chose to receive the actual books in your mailbox) every quarter. Stitch Fix for Books-check it out here:https://www.google.com/amp/s/bookriot.com/2018/10/02/introducing-tbr-tailored-book-recommendations-from-book-riot/amp/ if you haven‘t already.

Cinfhen Niiiice!!!! 10mo
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Bookswithjams
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Needed this to get me out of my reading slump. I enjoyed all of these with All the Names for God and Manus being my favorites.

RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 10mo
Bookswithjams @RaimeyGallant Thank you so much! 10mo
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LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome! 10mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👋🏻 10mo
Bookswithjams @Eggs Thank you!! 10mo
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FloralAngstMermaid
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I hadn‘t read a compilation of short stories in a long time and I‘m not sure how I felt about this one. I somewhat understood the overall theme that linked these stories together. The only stories that stood out to and stayed with me were Manus (I wish that this was a book all on its own) and a few others.

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thelizflynn
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So, so good. Manus & All the Names for God were my favorites.

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LauraBeth
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It‘s 5 pm and I‘ve only walked 942 steps today.

TrishB It‘s bed time and my phone says no dats for today‘s steps.....which is a lie cos I know I walked up stairs to have a bath!! 10mo
MarriedtoMrT I was going to walk but napped instead. It was that kind of day! 10mo
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Redwritinghood 😂😂 10mo
Mimi28 😻😻😻 she‘s getting so big!! Don‘t worry about the steps, everyone deserves days off. 10mo
readordierachel That's the sign of a good book 10mo
saresmoore Sounds like a gooood day. 10mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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This is a strange little short story collection. Each story is unique and the audiobook is narrated by different narrators which was fabulous.

398.2 Really like this cover! 10mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @398.2 Same! Isn‘t it gorgeous? 10mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Month end Sunday in my Hocus Pocus sweater with my holiday cup and this audiobook.

#accountantproblems

Lola This is in my physical TBR right now :) 10mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @Lola It‘s so good. I struggle with short stories because I get them confused. But these are all very different and strange. 10mo
Lola @Ashley_Nicoletto Good to know! I signed up for Book Riot‘s TBR (Tailored Book Recommendations/aka Stitch Fix for books) service and my Bibliologist, @liberty, chose this as one of my three recs for the quarter. 10mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto @Lola Isn‘t TBR so fun?! I signed up as well and love my recommendations. 10mo
Lola @Ashley_Nicoletto It‘s great! And while I love getting books in the mail and would love to have book mail from Print, I chose the email recs only option because I have so many local book stores to choose from/support. My other two books are The Book of Harlan and Days Without End. Who‘s your bib and what were their picks for you? 10mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @Lola Liberty was mine as well and I said I was open to anything but requested some fantasy recs. She picked Dragon Sword and Wind Child and Ship of Magic for the fantasy and then I had just read and loved Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows so she recommended Everything Was Goodbye. I‘m hoping to read at least two of the three this month. 10mo
Lola @Ashley_Nicoletto Love it! Erotic Stories is in my TBR-looking forward to it. 10mo
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Bookmarkie
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amybiscoe
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I love a good short story collection and this one is top notch. Another favorite of 2018.

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Becker
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Just about to finish up the last story in this very strong collection. Excellent storytelling right through the whole collection.👍

mrozzz I absolutely adored this collection! 12mo
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AllenTStClair
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Just finished this beautiful collection of stories, and...WOW. Sachdeva has a real knack for telling the story of a life in a few short pages. From sci-fi, to magical realism, to plain ole fiction, the stories cover several genres. And each proves Sachdeva‘s capability as a writer. Stunningly haunting, heartbreakingly beautiful, and unabashedly bold. Every story is a gem.

ephemeralwaltz Lovely review! Been meaning to get to this one. 13mo
mrozzz Well said! I also loved this collection. 13mo
AllenTStClair @mrozzz It was spectacular! 13mo
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AllenTStClair
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Gonna start this one today. It‘s one of the 5 I promised myself I‘d read in 2018, so...

Suet624 Some great stories in this one. 13mo
AllenTStClair @Suet624 I‘ve read the first two. 😍 13mo
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BookAlongBlog
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Each story was like a mini novel. They were about 20+ or more pages long. In each story the characters are looking for more meaning in their lives and to find something more. And to find a connection to something. They were all very different stories. Some were magical, others scifi, and terror. All were very plot and character driven which I loved. Sanchdeva writes beautifully crafted prose.
#shortstories #bookreview #stories #goodreads

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Suet624
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This picture fits the title of this book. 😂 Some of these short stories were soooo good. The emptiness you feel after you swim with a mermaid. The claustrophobia I felt as a woman explores an underground cave during a snowstorm. I still prefer novels to short stories, but I was really happy with this one.

Billypar I'm about to post a review of Kelly Link's last collection and, while I've always liked stories, it made me hungry for reading even more. 1y
Suet624 @Billypar 👍🏼 I hope you like this one. 1y
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mrozzz
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There have been a handful of authors in the last year to change my mind about short stories, and Sachdeva is now one of them. She's uber competent & certainly an author to watch. Her ability knows no limit of genre or period setting. She shows off her skill by flawlessly moving between both throughout her collection (sci-fi, historical, murder, all). And in my eyes, the indicator of a great writer is one who simply can't be held back by labels.

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lauralovesbooks1
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Mehso-so

Sachdeva is a skilled writer, but the collection fell flat for me as a whole.

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ChasingOm
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So, the election year has wrecked my reading life, but any day I find some time and some mental energy, I take advantage! Today is a beautiful day, so I‘ve been on my porch for most of it, first catching up on my yoga teacher training reading and now cracking this one open. Short stories, fantasy, and YA have been my best bets this year (as well as audio since I‘m in the car a lot), so if you have any recommendations, let me know!

ItsAngel I bet our swap group‘s selections have been killing you. Glad to see you have some down time today. 1y
ChasingOm There‘s a lot of “sorry, I didn‘t read this” in those journals going ‘round. They all look great but I just don‘t have the mental capacity! 😕 @ItsAngel 1y
ItsAngel @ChasingOm well, you get them after me so you know what I have and haven‘t been reading. It is what it is. Sometimes a selection just doesn‘t work for us. Next month you get 2 books. FYI. 1y
ChasingOm Hooooooo boy, @ItsAngel. 😂😂 Well, this month‘s is GREAT, so that‘s a plus! 1y
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alvingregorio
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Bailedbailed

Not a short story kind of person. Don't know why I thought I might like this one

Suet624 😂😂 1y
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Christine
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Mojito cookie + new library book = FINALLY-finished-our-taxes reward.

VelvetSpade Love it!! 🙌🙌 1y
emilyhaldi Beautiful cover 😍 1y
Christine @VelvetSpade Pleased with both (at least so far, re: the book)! 1y
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Christine @emilyhaldi Right?? ❤️ 1y
Lynnsoprano Mojito cookie? Is that something you made, and if so, may I have the recipe😄 1y
Christine @Lynnsoprano It‘s from my favorite Cuban bakery, but I was thinking yesterday that I should find a recipe, especially since we grow limes and mint in our backyard! Will definitely share if I do. :) 1y
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MadCatRamble
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I picked this collection up on a whim after hearing it mentioned on a @bookriot podcast. I didn‘t expect to read every story as if I were compelled, but I did. There‘s something alchemical about the way Sachdeva combines narrative with prose. At times, I wanted to stop reading, (Manus and Pleiades were especially difficult) but I couldn‘t, and now, having finished them all, I‘m very glad of that.

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theshrinkette
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Mehso-so

I typically enjoy surrealist/fabulist stories, but I couldn't quite connect with this book. She's a talented writer, I'll definitely try more of her work in the future.

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Nuwanda
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Mehso-so

I liked a couple of these stories very much (Killer of Kings and the title story). I didn‘t hate the rest of them, but many of the “dreamlike” elements felt randomly thrown in, and a lot of the stories seemed to follow the same ending of “And then a thing happened but no one really cared and it didn‘t matter. The end.” I‘m not huge on short story collections anyway, and I think I would rather have just read the couple I liked and left the rest.

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theshrinkette
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Andrew65 😊 1y
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LWagoner
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One of the best story collections I have ever read. I was captivated and drawn into to each of the story lines. The audio performance was incredible. Different readers were used throughout and it fit the stories well. I will definitely be getting a hard copy for my library.

Bookmarkie It's excellent 1y
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thereadingwomen
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Welcome back Littens! We‘re hosting a giveaway over on our Instagram page. Follow the link to enter.

https://www.instagram.com/thereadingwomen

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abbylibrarian
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Pickpick

Living for these short stories... SUCH a great collection!

MayJasper Unfortunate sticker placement 1y
RadicalReader @MayJasper 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻😂😂😂😂 14mo
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autumnprivett
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I love short short collections and this one is just so incredible. A favorite of the year for sure.

https://www.readingwomenpodcast.com/blog/interview-with-anjali-sachdeva

britt_brooke Beautiful photo! 😍 1y
emilyhaldi So pretty ❤️ 1y
HKGirl Love that setup...the wood and the plants are just perfect. 1y
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autumnprivett @HKGirl Thanks! It was a happy accident that I had a plan that matched. 😊 1y
tammysue Lovely! 💜 1y
summerscrooge Just finished reading this book and I loved it, too! 1y
Cheche Can you please upload few pages ... So that I will get to know about the book 1y
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thereadingwomen
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✨✨New Interview✨✨ Today on the podcast, we've got an interview with Anjali Sachdeva about her short story collection ALL THE NAMES THEY USED FOR GOD. It was one of our most anticipated reads for 2018, and it's now one of our top books of 2018. Needless to say, we're thrilled to have been able to talk to her.⠀ https://www.readingwomenpodcast.com/blog/interview-with-anjali-sachdeva

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theshrinkette
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Well that's a nice way to start the day.

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Lacythebookworm
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Let the spring break reading commence! 🎉📚

JoScho Jealous. I still have two weeks until spring break. 1y
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razmanda
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What a phenomenal and haunting collection! Sachdeva builds on the stories past of magical realism and science fiction to bend and test the reader‘s expectations and willingness to jump into a story head-first. My favorites were the titular All the Names They Used for God and the devastating Pleiades.

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razmanda
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“... forgotten days encased in bone and meat.” An equal parts horrifying and beautiful explanation of humanity.

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balletbookworm
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Lordt, y‘all, this small story collection is face-meltingly good. The stories all turn on the juxtaposition of the real with the fantastical, one-tick off from traditional fairy tales in feel. I got a little brain-tickle as each reminded me very subtly of an older tale but without retelling any one in particular. “Killer of Kings” is flat-out gorgeous, “All the Names Used for God” is quietly mind-blowing, the final story “Pleiades” is devastating.

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TelevisionNeighbor
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Liberty
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Day 28 of the @bookriot #Riotgrams Challenge: floral covers! A perfect opportunity to once again mention this amazing collection of stories. IT‘S SO GOOD. 🌺🌿🖤

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alvingregorio
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Look what arrived today! A review from @Liberty influenced me to get it..."Holy F---ing Cats!"

Bookmarkie It's amazing 2y
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