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Under the Skin
Under the Skin | Michel Faber
Hailed as "original and unsettling, an Animal Farm for the new century" (The Wall Street Journal), this first novel lingers long after the last page has been turned. Described as a "fascinating psychological thriller" (The Baltimore Sun), this entrancing novel introduces Isserley, a female driver who picks up hitchhikers with big muscles. She, herself, is tiny--like a kid peering up over the steering wheel. Scarred and awkward, yet strangely erotic and threatening, she listens to her hitchhikers as they open up to her, revealing clues about who might miss them if they should disappear. At once humane and horrifying, Under the Skin takes us on a heart-thumping ride through dangerous territory--our own moral instincts and the boundaries of compassion. A grotesque and comical allegory, a surreal representation of contemporary society run amok, Under the Skin has been internationally received as the arrival of an exciting talent, rich and assured.
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Rissreads
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Last book in my #LitsyAtoZ challenge letter 'U'.

Between a pick and a so-so.
Ok, I could say so much about this book but I can't because everything I want to say would spoil it. And I had it spoilt for me which was VERY annoying.
This book is not an easy read in so many ways but if you like creepy and thought provoking then this is the book for you.

MrsMalaprop Yay! You did it 👏. 3w
Rissreads @MrsMalaprop Yes I did! 🎉 3w
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imyril
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SEVEN (days to go) and I‘m wondering about squeezing in a reread of Michel Faber‘s alien debut for #SciFiMonth. Although I‘m not sure I can put myself through the film again...

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rachaich
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Mehso-so

I can honestly say this is the oddest book I've read.
I had no idea what it was about and kind if wish I had. I wouldn't have chosen to read it...
I found it unsettling and unpleasant. But very clever and superbly written.

BarbaraBB I‘ll never forget this book 😨 7mo
readordierachel So, so unsettling 7mo
rachaich @BarbaraBB nor me 🙁 @readordierachel it is definitely that. 7mo
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rachaich
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Oooh what a cover.
This is odd... I'm clueless as to the truth. There are some peculiar bits and each time I think I've sussed it, I'm wrong!

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Kalalalatja
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If you meet Isserley on a rainy, cold night by a road side in Scotland, you might be on a #HighwayToHell 🚗💨

#MayMovieMagic

Cinfhen I‘ve heard this is disturbing AF 9mo
readordierachel Good one! Such an unsettling read. 9mo
Angitron That cover is 🥺🥺🥺 9mo
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rohit-sawant Oh, this has been on my TBR for ages! Nice pick! 9mo
Reggie It seems I already have this stacked but thanks for the reminder. This sounds great. 9mo
gradcat Wow! This book reads “visceral” to me! Crazy good plot line! 😈 9mo
Avanders When you scroll up and down while sort of gazing at the cover (not really focusing), it looks really cool! 😄😁 9mo
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quirkyreader
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Book show score Number 2. The du Maurier was a major score. I was hoping to find other Faber works, alas this is the only one I could find. With my three fiction purchases it was with authors I was already collecting.

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erzascarletbookgasm
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A mysterious woman drives along the highways in Glasgow and lures ‘suitable‘ men into her car..and those men are never seen again..
It‘s a disturbing read, I‘ve only watched the trailer of the film starring Scarlett Johansson but heard that the film is very freaky, scary and erotic. 😨

#marchintothe70s #highwaytohell

Bookgirl Oooo I didn‘t know it was a book! I couldn‘t finish the movie - I found the pace too boring - but the storyline still intrigued me. Added to Mt. TBR! 10mo
Cathythoughts Sounds interesting... a possibility for #Booktomovie .. I‘ll take a screenshot & investigate ( will be planning my summer books soon .. 😍 10mo
Weaponxgirl I really liked the movie but it isn‘t for everyone. It‘s very slow pacing and it‘s all about the smallest movement and expression from scajo. 10mo
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rwmg
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Loved watching the changes in Isserley's feelings and views. Impossible to describe further without spoilers

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rwmg
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MStew
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I loved this movie! So I know I'm gonna love book! I heard that are different in good ways and that this is a must read! Can't wait!

#horror
#aliens

readordierachel Such a creepy read! 12mo
juliegumdrop I love this book. Anything by Michel Faber is amazing. 11mo
trioxin_sematary Love the movie too, not seen it in ages. I think this book is going to be excellent, especially getting more clued up on wtf goes on during the subduing and consuming of her victims; it was rather surreal in the movie. 😽 11mo
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MStew @trioxin_sematary yeap😽 11mo
CorinnaBechko This book still gives me the shivers and I read it over a year ago. Absolutely amazing. 11mo
RadicalReader @meghan2714 immediately stacked this book sounds like another book I‘ll be happy to have read for 2019 11mo
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imyril
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#RRSciFiMonth Day 29: I didn‘t see that coming ...pretty much sums up Under the Skin from start to astonishing finish. Still my favourite Faber, and still enough to ensure I read everything he writes.

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Kalalalatja
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Isserley is a real #maneater. She drives around looking for the most healthy and good looking hitchiker, and once she find‘s him, she brings him home, where she will do whatever she likes with him. And I can‘t say anymore without spoiling the book 😉

#OctoberXFiles

vivastory Good choice! 1y
HardcoverHearts I don‘t know if I would read the book given that description, but the cover is so interesting! 👌🏻 1y
erzascarletbookgasm This was an unsettling read but certainly good. 1y
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Robothugs Oh my 😱😱 1y
Cinfhen Oh wow!!! I‘m secretly intrigued!!! #stacked 1y
Kalalalatja @HardcoverHearts @Robothugs @Cinfhen I liked it, but I wasn‘t wow‘ed, because I had been spoiled before reading it. So I would definitely recommend going into it without knowing too much! 1y
Kalalalatja @vivastory thanks! @erzascarletbookgasm definitely! 😳 1y
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DoonTheGoon
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Bookoutlet.com is dangerous!!! #oops #notreally #noregrets #tbr

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erzascarletbookgasm
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#HeyJune It‘s #aharddaysnight you know, driving around the Scottish countryside every night, picking up ‘suitable‘ male hitchhikers, drugging them and delivering to her ‘home‘.
I won‘t say anymore, in case of spoilers, but if you‘re intrigued, read the book. 😉

Ruthiella Loved this book! It was so very creepy 😱 2y
Cinfhen Another book that‘s screaming my daughter‘s name! I‘ll screenshot for her!! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm @Ruthiella Yes! and thought provoking too, imo 🙂 2y
Kalalalatja Perfect pick! 👏👏👏 2y
BarbaraBB Great pick! 2y
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Alternative_Mr_Men
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Under the Skin is a book with many layers, and passages to delight many interests. I won't claim it's a fluffy read -- it isn't -- but it does deliver a good story beautifully and graphically. Isserley is a vital and tragic protagonist; one that the reader can't help but ache for, despite the things she has done. Full review here: https://alternativemrmen.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/under-skin-by-michel-faber.html?... #scifi #horror

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DaveNeufeld
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1. Spitting in public, or people who whisper during recitals/meetings/speeches/basically any situation where you seriously just need to BUTTON IT for like, 20 minutes. Cripes.
2. Both. With ice cream. And coffee.
3. Sorry, that‘s my security question on every website ever. 😂
4. Romance
5. ❤️ Mica Levi ❤️ https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gvhybhc6-I8

#FriYayIntro

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shadowspeak17
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Pickpick

This one is on the border of pick and so-so for me. I really enjoyed parts of it, especially during the first third or so, but other parts dragged a bit. I accidentally had something spoiled while reading reviews for this book, so that may have effected my experience too. If you want to read this, I‘d suggest going in knowing as little as possible.

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GatheringBooks
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One of the fabulous things about Litsy is all these amazing #giveaways. Happy Happy Birthday @erzascarletbookgasm !! #BdayMonthGiveaway - my choice is Set B.
Thus far, my fave read of 2018 is This Is Not A Border: Reportage and Reflection from the Palestine Festival of Literature.

erzascarletbookgasm Thank you for entering 🙂🍀👍 2y
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ephemeralwaltz
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@erzascarletbookgasm is hosting an amazing #bdaymonthgiveaway! Head over to her page for details! I'd love to win pair B, 1. Because Under The Skin was such a strange film and I'm not familiar with the book and 2. Because I understand that The Bear is narrated by a little girl and I'm so interested in child narrators that I'm writing my end-of-degree thesis on them!
I think my fvorite read so far of 2018 has been Sula by Toni Morrison.
💜💜

Cathythoughts I loved Sula too ❤️ 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Thank you for entering. 🍀👌 I have not read Sula but have seen good reviews here. 🙂 2y
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Kalalalatja
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This book shows it isn‘t only #nightsinthecity you have to be afraid of. Nights in the country, by deserted highways are just ad dangerous! 😳

#FierceFeb

Wilkie Great book! One of my favourites 2y
Cinfhen Ooooh, this sounds super creepy!!!! 2y
batsy I like what you did there! Clever 👏🏽And that cover! 2y
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readordierachel Such an odd and disturbing book. Loved it! 2y
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen it is creepy! But I wasn‘t as surprised by it as I had hoped to be. It really is a book where you need to know as little as possible! 2y
Kalalalatja @Wilkie @ReadOrDieRachel I enjoyed it, but sadly, it didn‘t wow me, because some of the twists were spoiled for me beforehand 👎 2y
Kalalalatja @batsy the cover is 🔥🔥🔥 2y
Wilkie @Kalalalatja that would make a big difference. I knew nothing about the plot before starting. 2y
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readordierachel
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One of the most unsettling books I've ever read. Weird but very compelling, although I kept having to put it down because I was so disturbed. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, so I'll leave it at that. 😨

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Marchpane
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"Isserley always drove straight past a hitch-hiker when she first saw him, to give herself time to size him up. She was looking for big muscles: a hunk on legs. Puny, scrawny specimens were no use to her."

#firstlines #alltheyoungdudes #septembowie

EvieBee 👍🏼 2y
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bedandabook
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This was mine and my daughter's book haul from our book shop visit today, with more following on by post in a couple of days. I've seen some good reviews of Under the Skin on Litsy, so looking forward to starting it soon.

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Kalalalatja
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Mehso-so

I don't know how to review this book. Or what I think about it. I were ready for surprises and twists, but I guessed most of them quite early on. I kept waiting for something big to happen, but it never did. Then I realized, that I had read a review of the book before, and had been spoiled without knowing it. So whatever you do, avoid spoilers! Go into this book knowing nothing. Be Jon Snow!

I were entertained throughout, just not that surprised.

mangokittty Oh my gosh! I just read the description and realized I saw the movie for this. WORST MOVIE EVER! So many reviews are like, "you just don't understand what's happening it's too deep." I kid you not though the first 30 mins there's like no talking. 2y
Kalalalatja @mangokittty I haven't seen the movie, but I have heard the book is very different from it. I saw the movie trailer yesterday, and I had no idea what was going on! 2y
mangokittty @Kalalalatja well that sounds like a good thing. 😂 The whole movie is strange. Not my cup of tea. 2y
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Minervasbutler I really enjoyed the book but I came to it in Jon Snow mode lol so it all took me by surprise. The Crimson Petal and the White is much better though 2y
Zelma Ha, the Jon Snow line made me chuckle. 😆 2y
Kalalalatja @Minervasbutler completely agree! I can't wait ti read more of Faber's work to see if anything compares to the Crimson Petal 🙏 2y
Kalalalatja @Zelma I'm rewatching GoT with my bf, and we're just at the episodes where Jon is hot and heavy with Ygritte. So it was foremost in my mind 😄 2y
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Kalalalatja
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So far, this book is weird, disturbing and awesome! I have an inkling of what is going on, but I think, I'm in for some big surprises. 🚗

#currentlyreading

Jinjer Nice photo composition! 2y
Jess_Read_This ❤️oreos and coffee...❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Moray_Reads I love these Canons covers by Canongate. They have so many of them in the edbookfest bookshop... 2y
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Sace That bookmark 😍 2y
aeeklund I absolutely love this cover! I haven't seen this one before! 2y
monogamist_reader Need to read this one. I loved the book of strange new things. 2y
bedandabook Anything recommended by Kate Atkinson immediately has me buying it. I shall look for this tomorrow, thanks! 2y
Kalalalatja @Jinjer thank you! ☺️ @Jess_Read_This it was needed today! And it was goooood ❤️❤️ @RestlessFickleBookSlut I have been thinking about colouring it, but I can't get myself to mess it up 😄 2y
Sace @Kalalalatja the main reason I shy away from coloring is my total lack of color sense. I would ruin so many things. 2y
Kalalalatja @Moray_Reads Ooh I would love to browse those! The only books I have from Canongate are Faber's books, so I really need to Explorer them a bit more. I love a good, rubbery paperback 👌 2y
Kalalalatja @aeeklund it only came out last month, if I remember correctly. I think they are reissuing some of Faber's book so they have the same "look" ? I love the detail with the face. It's so subtle but wonderful! 2y
Kalalalatja @warghalv I still haven't read the book of strange new things, but it is waiting patiently on my tbr! 2y
Kalalalatja @bedandabook I feel the same about anything recommended by Neil Gaiman 👍 2y
Kalalalatja @RestlessFickleBookSlut That's my fear as well! I'm afraid it only looks good in my head 2y
BarbaraBB Yes you are! 2y
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JoeStalksBeck
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Just got this on Overdrive by way of @aeeklund . Thanks for the rec! It sounds like a very interesting read!

zezeki One of the strangest books I've read, but I've enjoyed it very much 2y
JoeStalksBeck @zeljka I'm looking forward to it!😊 2y
TheLudicReader Not what I was expecting, but compelling nonetheless. 2y
aeeklund Yay! I hope you find it interesting! Faber's writing is hypnotic. 2y
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aeeklund
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I'm not quite sure what it says about me that this was the first book I thought of for #Drive. 😳 The perils of picking up a hitchhiker...for the hitchhiker, that is...

#anditsaugust

Moray_Reads I knew nothing about this book when I read it, bit was I surprised... 😲 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon This book 🙀 2y
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Kalalalatja
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I long for a day were I can just lay in bed all day and read all the #quickreads. But with school, a presentation to prepare and a paper to write, I don't see that happening soon. But when it does, these will be some of the books I choose from 👌📚

#AnditsAugust

gossamerchild Those covers! 😍 2y
CoffeeCatsBooks Love the Margaret Atwood Surfacing cover! 2y
UwannaPublishme Whew! Good luck with all your projects. You'll find time to read soon. 📚👍🏻 2y
CuriousG I feel like I have to come and borrow all your books (permanently? Lol)....you find the most amazing covers for everything! 2y
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Loralie
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Pickpick

This book was really great! The satire is awesome & just really well written. I found a used copy at a bookstore & remembered Jen Campbell talking about it on her channel & I am glad I picked it up. Even though Jen says it is very different I can't wait to see the movie as well.

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Loralie
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This book is amazing. This quote made me smile, as it so accurately reflects how topsy-turvey this story is.

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erzascarletbookgasm
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In this novel, the protagonist drives along the lonely Scottish highways, picking up muscular male hitchhikers, and tricked them, before knocking them out with a drug and taking them back to an isolated farm. This was an interesting read, introduced me to Michel Faber.
#drive #90sinjuly @Cinfhen @Robothugs

Oryx I loved this book. It's so weird. It doesn't go where you expect it to. 2y
minkyb Sounds like an episode of Criminal Minds! 2y
Cinfhen Sounds super creepy 😧😨😱 2y
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elkeo_TheBookDragon I think I read this. I think I have blocked it out. Because it was terrifying. 2y
erzascarletbookgasm @Oryx @minkyb @Cinfhen @elkeo I read it without expectations and it's totally not what I thought it was! Creepy and thought provoking. 2y
Cinfhen Thought provoking I wasn't expecting 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Original, engrossing and gross, this book certainly fits #AliensExist #90sinjuly @Cinfhen @Robothugs

Robothugs Stacked. Love that cover! 3y
Cinfhen Nice pick, but not for me...sounds scary! 3y
erzascarletbookgasm @Cinfhen I dived in, not knowing what to expect. Worth the read 😊though didn't love it. 3y
SaraBeagle This reminds me, I lent this to a friend and never got it back. 3y
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malloryomeara
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This book was so unsettling and amazing. I adored the film and I'm actually really glad I watched it before reading. Unique and fascinating.

vivastory I loved this book. It is the only Faber I have read so far. Will definitely be reading more 3y
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amarlie
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hi my name's amarlie and I love books!!! Not this 1.

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RealBooks4ever
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Pickpick

Weird, a slow build, what just happened? 👽🤔

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vivastory
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I would advise knowing as little as possible about this before reading, if you have seen the film (which i greatly admired) the book is entirely different. Faber is a master of achingly lyrical passages about natural beauty. This book is transcendent. It is grotesque & a thoughtful inquiry into identity & ethics. I was bowled over by it. A masterpiece.

Moray_Reads That is some praise! I just snagged the overdrive copy from my library. Lovely review 3y
vivastory @Moray_Reads Thanks! I hope you are moved by it. It is really difficult to speak about it without giving too much away. I look forward to your thoughts on it 3y
saresmoore Agreed with @Moray_Reads , of course! I will definitely get hold of a copy. 3y
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Kalalalatja This is going to be my next Faber once I have read The Book of Strange New Things 3y
vivastory @Kalalalatja I will definitely be reading that one, my next one will probably be "Crimson Petal & the White" 3y
batsy Thank you for this lovely review. I've always wondered if I should read this and now you've convinced me. Crimson Petal is fantastic and I love it, but probably different in tone/style. 3y
vivastory @batsy I look forward to your thoughts. This will definitely stay with me for quite awhile. 3y
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vivastory
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I like Bjork & love Portishead, but this made me laugh.

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vivastory
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This is my first Faber. I'm in love...

RowReads1 It's amazing. 3y
Suet624 Ooohhh, sounds good. 3y
Kalalalatja Oh wait till you get to 3y
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vivastory
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I usually avoid movie tie-in editions like the plague, this is one of the few I don't mind too much.

Kalalalatja I wouldn't have known it was a movie tie-in just by looking at it! 3y
Moray_Reads I actually really like the cover 3y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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I dived into this book without any expectations. Reading the blurb, I thought it was a psychological thriller, but it's part thriller, part sci-fic, an allegory. It deals with themes of identity, morality, sexism, among others. It raises some important questions about the society we've created. Some parts of the descriptions in the book are unsettling and made me uncomfortable. The writing is slow and teasing. Overall an enjoyable read. #litsyatoz

Suet624 Sounds great! 3y
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BillAicher
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Loved Faber's book 'The Book of Strange New Things ' and also loved the movie version of 'Under the Skin.' Finally reading the book and it's considerably different from the movie, but I'm still loving it.

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Peterdamien
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Just finished this. What a strange, slow book, which refused to become less elusive as the ending approached. The power of the writing and characters kept me going though, and I really dug it.

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Oryx
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Pickpick

I'm interpreting #mysteriouslove very loosely. You spend a lot of this book wondering what is going on... And then... Wtf .. It's a great read (don't bother with the film). Also, given to me by my partner our first Christmas together, so I knew he was a keeper #17booklove #dogsoflitsy

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mauveandrosysky
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Under the Skin is a grotesque, disturbing, surreal, and unusual novel that bends genres. Equal parts satire and allegory, speculative fiction and horror, it raises thought-provoking moral questions about speciesism, classism and sexism, challenging us to reevaluate what it means to be human.

MrBook Added! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
MrBook Have you read any of his other books? 3y
mauveandrosysky @MrBook this is my first one. Have you? Any you recommend? 3y
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MrBook I have this one, but it's in a box somewhere. 3y
LeahBergen I adored The Crimson Petal and the White. 👍🏼 3y
LeahBergen And now I'll need this one 😬 3y
Sfox414 There's a movie adaptation of this book that came out a couple years ago. I haven't read the book so idk how it compares, but I liked the movie a lot; it's worth a rental if you haven't seen it. 3y
Lacythebookworm I planning to read this in 2017. Happy to read a good review! 🙌😊 3y
mauveandrosysky @Sfox414 I actually saw the movie when it came out! I really liked it, too. This is one of those cases where the book is much much different than the movie, so the fact that I had seen the movie didn't really ruin anything for me which was nice! 3y
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vivastory Lovely quote. Might be reading sooner, rather than later. 3y
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Howardsimmons
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I'm not sure how Faber manages to address so much in this book: the meat industry, class structure, environmentalism, gender, speciesism, trauma survival, on and on. Ambitious and beautiful, disturbing and dreamy.

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Howardsimmons
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I think I've said "oh my god" out loud at least a half dozen times since starting this book and I'm only about 1/3 of the way through. Also: I loved the movie by Jonathan Glazer (no one can make me feel as emotionally shredded as that man can), but the book is completely different. They're almost two completely different stories.

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Jaime
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Part allegory, part satire, part horror, part dystopia, wholly strange. How language denigrates or elevates; sexism; the meat industry; class warfare. Turn on your imagination- you're going to need it.

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Cazcayleigh
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A very strange read in my opinion, having said that I think the book maybe better than the film (only seen the film trailer and that looks just as strange!)