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The Descent of Monsters
The Descent of Monsters | JY Yang
JY Yang continues to redefine the limits of silkpunk fantasy with their Tensorate novellas, which the New York Times lauded as "joyously wild." In this third volume, an investigation into atrocities committed at a classified research facility threaten to expose secrets that the Protectorate will do anything to keep hidden You are reading this because I am dead. Something terrible happened at the Rewar Teng Institute of Experimental Methods. When the Tensorates investigators arrived, they found a sea of blood and bones as far as the eye could see. One of the institutes experiments got loose, and its rage left no survivors. The investigators returned to the capital with few clues and two prisoners: the terrorist leader Sanao Akeha and a companion known only as Rider. Investigator Chuwan faces a puzzle. What really happened at the institute? What drew the Machinists there? What are her superiors trying to cover up? And why does she feel as if her strange dreams are forcing her down a narrowing path she cannot escape? At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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TK-421
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Lazy Saturday listening 😊 I‘m loving this book! I was worried the epistolary format might be hard to follow, but the narrator, Nancy Wu is so excellent! Print might be easier but I‘m glad I‘m reading the #audiobook. It‘s so awesome to hear the vocal differences in the formal letters to Chuwan‘s superiors vs. her frustrated diary entries—laced with f-bombs yet filled with such beautiful descriptions —I love it! 😁

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Lindy
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I deserve all their suspicions. I need to be mindful of their pronouns. I‘ve been corrected too many times already and let‘s not give them more reasons to murder me.

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Lindy
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The most science-y of the 3 novellas I‘ve listened to so far in the Tensorate fantasy series: this one starts with a tragedy at a biological research station. It‘s told entirely in epistolary form—journal entries, documents & transcripts. A new lesbian central character is introduced in this volume and I immediately felt sympathetic & invested in her efforts to investigate what happened at the station. #LGBTQ #audiobook read by Nancy Wu.

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Lindy
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#audioknitting is better than knitting without an audiobook. While I was healing from concussion, plain knitting in a quiet room was allowed, which is how most of the pictured cowl was made. I was so happy to be able to listen AND knit by the time I got to the final part of this project.

Megabooks That is so beautiful! Great picture! 💞💞 2mo
Come-read-with-me Both you and the cowl are beautiful and it‘s good to know that you‘re on the mend. Knitting and an audiobook sound like a perfect antidote to a concussion! Also, you‘re standing in front of an amazing painting!! That has healing properties too! 2mo
Nute That is a lovely photograph of you! You are beautiful and the scarf as well!💕 2mo
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Cathythoughts What a gorgeous picture of you ✨ 2mo
Tanisha_A ❤️ 2mo
Fridameetslucy I think knitting is what helped me recover from my concussion and post concussion syndrome. Give yourself time and yes that‘s exactly how I started listening to audio books ! The cowl is a beauty and looks terrific on you!! 2mo
TrishB That looks great ♥️ 2mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz wishing you speedy recovery, Lindy! And you look great! The scarf is gorgeous too!💕 2mo
intothehallofbooks I love the cowl!! This is such a stunning picture! 2mo
sprainedbrain Beautiful! 2mo
Suet624 I‘m sorry to hear of your concussion! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Gorgeous pic and 🧣! Speedy recovery 💕 2mo
Lindy @Fridameetslucy Thanks for the reminder to be patient. Now that I‘m able to read again I keep thinking I‘m healed but then I realize I am overdoing it and have to go back to just resting my brain. 😴 2mo
Lindy @Megabooks Thank you ☺️ 2mo
Lindy @Come-read-with-me Thank you. And I think you are right; I hadn‘t considered the healing power of being surrounded by Laurie‘s art. 2mo
Lindy @Nute Thanks. 😘 2mo
Lindy @Cathythoughts Thank you ☺️ 2mo
Lindy @Tanisha_A Thanks for sending love my way. 😊 2mo
Lindy @TrishB Thank you 😊 2mo
Lindy @Jee_HookedOnBookz Thanks for your good wishes. 😊 2mo
Lindy @intothehallofbooks Thanks. The cowl is to be a gift for my niece who changes her hair colour every month. It should match with whatever she chooses! 2mo
Lindy @sprainedbrain Thanks. ☺️ 2mo
Lindy @Suet624 Thanks for your concern. I am starting to feel much better. 😊 2mo
Lindy @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks for your good wishes. 😘 2mo
CarolynM Glad you're doing better. 2mo
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Rainy Mondays
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....And now for the 3rd installment, #thedescentofmonsters. I'm hoping to finish this tonight.

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suzisteffen
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Book 3 in a series that I like very much. Ah! It‘s hard to remember who everyone is, but basically, this is a packet of info sent to someone after her lover is killed (not a spoiler; revealed in the first line). Readers can piece together, sort of, what‘s been happening - the horror of what‘s been happening. And whew, it‘s bad. I do look forward to something?? being resolved in Book 4! Love this series. #sciencefiction #fantasy #novella

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Finished this when I didn't have secure Internet access
#24in48

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EllanaRose
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Nap time! I can't wait to see how this goes
#24in48

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lauralovesbooks1
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Excellent addition to the Tensorate series. I love the world that Yang has created as well as the characters. Each novella is told from a different point of view -- this variance adds a lot of richness to the stories

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TracyReadsBooks
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One last 2018 book post...This is probably my favorite book photo from 2018. I just like the colors...

GrilledCheeseSamurai Very nice photo! ❤️ 14mo
Texreader Gorgeous 14mo
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The third book in Yang‘s Tensorate series does not disappoint. When Tensorate investigators descend on the Rewar Teng Institute, they find nothing but blood & bone. Sent to investigate what happened, & perhaps to cover it up, Investigator Chuwan faces one obstacle after another. Undaunted, she pursues the truth unmindful of the consequences. A fascinating world, a great story & compelling characters in this silkpunk fantasy. A definite recommend.

bookcollecter Please define "silkpunk"? 1y
TracyReadsBooks @bookcollector Apologies for my tardy response! Ken Liu defines silkpunk as “a blend of science fiction and fantasy...silkpunk draws inspiration from classical East Asian antiquity.” There‘s a good io9 article from 2015 in which he talks more about it if you want to know more. 1y
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TracyReadsBooks
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Starting the long weekend with this one.

mutlee I have this one but haven‘t started it yet. Look forward to hearing what you think. 1y
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The 3rd Tensorate novella, and while I personally liked the first two a bit more, this one is excellent too. 4 stars. Will be on the lookout for Yang's next work.

Using this for "gorgeous cover" for #sfftbrchallenge though it fits several other prompts too. Because how can you deny that cover?!

Blurry kitty photobomb from Gus #catsoflitsy

GrilledCheeseSamurai I've wanted to jump into this series doe awhile now. The covers are stunning! 🤩 1y
llwheeler @GrilledCheeseSamurai They are absolutely beautiful books!! And they are also really great reads. One of my fave new sff discoveries this year. 1y
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Ellen_C
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JY Yang continues their Tensorate Series with this 3rd volume. A government investigator is tasked with discovering what really happened at a secret scientific base where everyone died. But do her superiors really want the truth? This is a great s i-fi/fantasy series. https://cannonballread.com/2018/08/underrepresented-cbr10-bingo/

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GivenLemons
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Truly compelling novella - I couldn‘t stand to put it down! More plot driven than the others in the series, I hope that there are more. #novella #fantasy

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speljamr
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Finished this short novella last night. 3rd book in the Tensorate series. This one fills in pieces of the story from the previous two books. I enjoyed it, but I don't think it was quite as good as the first two. But I enjoy this strange beautiful world and would really like to see the author do more full length novels in this series. I'd love to just see more works from this author period, as a few of her short stories we're good too.

#fantasy

GrilledCheeseSamurai These have been on my radar for awhile now. 2y
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sakeriver
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I just love this series. This one was an interesting follow-up to the first two novellas, departing from them both stylistically and in perspective. This one takes the form of an epistolary mystery, and I think it works really well. It seems lately that I‘ve read several books and stories in which the POV character is not the main character, and I find that interesting. In any case, I‘m very interested to see how this series continues.

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MartinClycle
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A quick, tense read where determined characters circle a mystery they're determined to solve.

And look at that cover!

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MartinClycle
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I'm already halfway through this novella-the first two were fantastic, set in a wonderful new world filled with brilliantly-realised characters-and I can't wait to finish it as soon as I get home.

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sakeriver
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Next.

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ness
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So hype for this novella! JY Yang‘s writing is so beautiful.

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GivenLemons
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Just finished the first two novellas in this series, and I had to preorder this one! It‘s so good! #fantasy #novella

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llwheeler
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Omg Tor.com tweeted the arcs of the next Tensorate book!!! Another stunning cover 😍😍 can't wait for this one!

Also the first two (Black Tides and Red Threads) were honour listed for the Tiptree award. Heck of a week for JY Yang! And very well deserved.

Picture from @TorDotComPub on twitter, not mine. I wish!

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