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Mouthful of Birds
Mouthful of Birds: Stories | Samanta Schweblin
A powerful, eerily unsettling story collection from a major international literary star. Unearthly and unexpected, the stories in Mouthful of Birds burrow their way into your psyche and don't let go. Samanta Schweblin haunts and mesmerizes in this extraordinary, masterful collection. Schweblin's stories have the feel of a sleepless night, where every shadow and bump in the dark take on huge implications, leaving your pulse racing, and the line between the real and the strange blur.
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Bertha_Mason
Mouthful of Birds | Samanta Schweblin

"It was fairly violent, the way she stuffed the paper into his fist, like cramming an oversize letter into the mouth of a too-soft mailbox."
-"A Great Effort"

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DimeryRene
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Panpan

I do not think I was smart enough for this book. Was just confusing.

Redwritinghood I don‘t think it was you. I think the book just didn‘t make sense. I didn‘t like it either. (edited) 2mo
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Devyn
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Mehso-so

I always feel weird when I don‘t love books that other people love so this one feels weird. I didn‘t hate it, finished it quick, the translation was great and the short stories were a great break from novels. But magical realism is just not my thing and I think I need to accept that. But objectively, Schweblin is a spectacular storyteller, just not my cup of tea.

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LadyCait84
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Mehso-so

An unnerving collection of eerie and absurd short stories, some fantastically ambiguous to the very last word. But the overall quality is uneven, and, by the end, such a curated tone of creepiness grows monotonous.

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JPeterson
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Perfect library pickup for Women in Translation month. Plus, frozen waffles because sometimes you just need to please your inner child. #womenintranslation

AlaMich Oh man, frozen waffles! For me, they are essentially a delivery device for syrup and butter. 😋 4mo
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VioletBramble
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Pickpick

Twenty strange and quirky short stories from the author of Fever Dream. Much like Fever Dream, I found this book hard to put down.

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flying_monkeys
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I enjoyed Fever Dream more than this collection. Though, there were a handful of standouts: My favorite was “Headlights,“ followed by “Olingiris,“ “The Size of Things,“ and “On the Steppe“ (all 3 of which I also wanted more of), then finally “Toward Happy Civilization.“ Parenthood, fertility, childhood baggage, and art were prevalent themes.

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Angitron
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I enjoyed these odd little stories! The opening one was especially strong. Many of the tales in this collection feel a bit unresolved, but I kind of appreciated that. They felt more haunting that way, as if the larger horror (and in many of these, we‘ve already been faced with the unsettling) is just around the corner.

Lola Good to read your review! This has been on my list. I really like (and was creeped out by) (edited) 5mo
Angitron @Lola Ooh, I haven‘t read that, but based on this collection of stories I‘m interested in checking it out! 5mo
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Godpants
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I didn‘t realize when I borrowed this that it was a short story collection. We‘ll see if it keeps me interested.

TheLibrarian How is this? I bought it after realizing short stories aren‘t for me but I‘m hoping it‘s good enough to hold my attention. 7mo
Godpants I haven‘t made it through the first story. 😳 I‘m listening to the audio so it will be harder to skip around. Which is what I usually do with short story collections. The book itself is short so I‘ll probably listen to a bit more next week. I‘ll tag you when I get a bit further. @TheLibrarian (edited) 7mo
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AnansiGirl
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Snuck in TV time in between #24B4Monday and I am emotionally spent watching episode 3 of GoT. Wrapping up my time at 17:18:29. Mouthful of Birds is finished and Dread Nation has 7 chapters left to be read.

@TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

TheReadingMermaid Fantastic time sweetheart! You did a great job! 👏🥳🎉 8mo
Andrew65 A fantastic time, well done. 👏👏👏🙌 See you next month. 😊 8mo
AnansiGirl @TheReadingMermaid thank you! 😄 8mo
AnansiGirl @Andrew65 see you and @TheReadingMermaid for May‘s readathon! 8mo
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KatieDid927
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Happy #IndieBookStoreDay! Here‘s my haul from Astoria Bookshop in Queens, NY.

BlameJennyJane Great finds! Love both covers too! 😺 8mo
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Clare_Riley
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Mehso-so

This was an odd one. I enjoyed some of the stories (Headlights, Preserves, and the title story), but others were a bit too odd. I did read the book all in one go, and I think it would have perhaps been better if I‘d dipped in and out.

RachelO I agree totally with your review - very strange! 8mo
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RachelO
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Mehso-so

Without doubt, Schweblin‘s stories are inventive, strange, dark and disturbing. And while some will stay with me (whether I want them to or not - looking at you, title story!), others felt like an idea that never quite took off, or that I‘m just not ‘getting‘. I haven‘t read Fever Dream - I might yet - but I suspect it‘s well-named.

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RachelO
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And some seriously weird short-story reading from earlier today. I haven‘t quite decided what to make of this yet. It‘s dark, disturbing and very strange. Some of the stories may hang around my brain for quite some time. Yet to decide if this is a good thing!

But that cover! 😍

readordierachel I'm still not sure how I felt about her novel, Fever Dream. That cover sure is easy on the eyes 😍 8mo
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BookwormM
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Mehso-so

#MBI2019 #ReadAroundtheWorld

Short stories are not my thing and this book did nothing to change that

Full review here www.thereadersroom.org

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Redwritinghood
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Mehso-so

While I liked the taut, evocative writing and the gorgeous cover, the stories themselves often felt empty to me. These stories are absurd and sometimes horrific, but horror and absurdity alone are not enough for me. There are some really great stories here, but not enough to make up for the more so-so ones. 3⭐️ #manbookerinternational2019 #mbi2019

sarahbarnes I just finally read Fever Dream and was interested in this one. Appreciate your review! 9mo
Redwritinghood @sarahbarnes Thanks! I was also so-so on Fever Dream, so if you liked that you may also like this one more than I did. 9mo
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Simona
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Dark and disturbing short story collection - some are excellent and some aren‘t so good. I liked unusual, eerie elements in them, but sometimes they felt too strange, just in purpose to unsettling the reader and to shocked them. While I do think that this is an interesting collection, with very intense, and at same time very calming prose, I don‘t think that this collection is award winning material ... but I recommend it 👇

Simona ... if you want to read something unusual. #MBIP2019 #ManBookerInternationalPrize 9mo
BookwormM Have you read Fever Dream? How would this compare if you have? 9mo
batsy Great review 😘 I loved Fever Dream so I'm interested to read this. 9mo
Simona @batsy Thank you ☺️I think, that you will enjoy 😘 9mo
Simona @BookwormM Yes, I have, but I like this short stories more. The writing style is comparable, I think that she is strongest at creating the atmosphere and she is successful with this even in the very short stories, but her lack is in the making of some point/statement, to make some conclusions, what I felt as the weakest point in Fever Dream. 9mo
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Expandingbookshelf
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“In the flat darkness of the countryside, there is only disappointment, a wedding dress, and a bathroom she shouldn‘t have taken so long in.” That is the first line of Samantha Schweblin‘s new short story collection and I am ALL IN.

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Christinak
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💛🦋💛 9mo
vkois88 This is gorgeous 9mo
Christinak The picture does not do this justice. I‘m in love with this book cover! 9mo
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TheBookstorePodcast
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Fever Dream was my favorite book of 2017. I tell everyone about it. I still think about it often. I was so excited to see Samanta Schweblin had a collection of short stories being published in English. They‘ve got the same feeling as Fever Dream, but they‘re so much more fleeting. It makes for a disorienting reading experience - I‘d expect nothing less.

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kbuggle
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Pickpick

Dark, clever little stories. I adore Fever Dream, and I loved this latest one from Ms Schweblin.

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mreads
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Pickpick

Short story collection from the author of Fever Dream. As strange, odd and eerie as that novel. The first half of the stories were more powerful but overall excellent writing.

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RealBooks4ever
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Pickpick

Schweblin‘s Fever Dream was great. This collection of short stories is hit and miss, with some incredible entries. Favorites are:
•HEADLIGHTS
•SANTA CLAUS SLEEPS AT OUR HOUSE
•THE SIZE OF THINGS
•A GREAT EFFORT
•THE HEAVY SUITCASE OF BENAVIDES

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VioletBramble
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I went to the B&N book haul sale but didn't find anything I wanted. So I went to #ForbiddenPlanet and #TheStrand - I got these two books and an interesting #Tardis latte mug.

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RidgewayGirl
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Pickpick

Weird and unsettling, the stories in this collection often set the scene and then leave the reader to fill in the blanks.

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RiaWritten
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Pickpick

Wow. Just wow. Every last story in this book was a punch in the gut. An incredible collection.

Cinfhen 🙌🏻 10mo
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ShannonColleen
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Can you really take "too many baths"? ?? #bookandbath #bathtimereads

TheBookKeepers This looks amazing!! 10mo
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ShannonColleen
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Today was a much needed day filled with reading. Car won't start due to the cold, everything is closed... But hey, I finished a full book and am on to the next! 🎉

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teafetish
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I love surreal things and strange happenings, so I'm psyched

Melissa_J Welcome to Litsy! 10mo
teafetish Thanks 😊! 10mo
DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚🎉Hope you enjoy it here! 10mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌺 10mo
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RedbagReadbooks
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Mehso-so

3/5🦅. I liked a few of the stories but the ones I didn‘t like outweighed the ones I did like. The title story was the best out of the plethora of stories. I would read more of her work.

Reviewsbylola What a pretty cover! 11mo
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RedbagReadbooks
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The cover on this book is gorgeous

Erofan 😍 10mo
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Mjk20a
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Home from work Friday afternoon and find this beautiful looking book on your doorstep, your weekend has started.

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UnabridgedPod
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This is another of the books I should have waited to read with my eyes instead of my ears--it's weird and speculative enough that I didn't tune in quite carefully enough to grasp everything. With that said, the moments I DID process were thoughtful and brilliantly written and weird. The title story is *phenomenal*! And after the brilliance of her #feverdream, I'm definitely a Schweblin fan. And that cover!!! 😍

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Booksnchill
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Whiskey and I hanging out reading this evening and my library hold of Schweblin‘s book of short stories came in so I started in it. So far just as weirdly odd and creepy as “Fever Dream” and the first story- “Headlights” is a feminist howl! #DogsOfLitsy

guinsgirlreads 😍 11mo
JoScho ❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
Leftcoastzen ❤️ 😘 11mo
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Eyelit Ok that face is adorable! And the cover of that book is awesome. 💚 🐶 📚 💚 11mo
Booksnchill @Eyelit they are well suited!!🤣💖 11mo
ReadingRover Oh Whiskey how I love that face! 11mo
Booksnchill @ReadingRover 🐾💖😘 11mo
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RiaWritten
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My library hold came in!! Now to find time to sit down and read it...

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mdemanatee
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Mehso-so

Drool-worthy cover aside, I am conflicted about this collection. It‘s the odd kind of short stories I absolutely love, but something just felt off for me.

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TheLibrarian
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Thanks to a B&N gift card, credit card reward points, and BOTM, I received some awesome #bookmail today.

If only I could read as fast as I accumulated books! #booknerdproblems

Lovesbooks87 I feel the same way! I just finished Two Can Keep A Secret and it was amazing! Enjoy! 11mo
Soubhiville 😲 nice stack! 11mo
Mdargusch Looks fun! 11mo
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TheLibrarian @Lovesbooks87 I‘m really excited for that one!! I really enjoyed her other book 11mo
Hooked_on_books Oh my goodness, reading as fast as you can accumulate books sounds amazing. What a lovely thought. ☺️ 11mo
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flying_monkeys
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I've been waiting for Schweblin's follow-up to Fever Dream. Here's hoping Mouthful of Birds lives up to my anticipation. 😁 Preordered, so it should arrive next week.

Chelleo Looks like you have some good #bookmail coming your way! Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! Check out @LitsyHappenings for details.
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RaimeyGallant Welcome! 11mo
flying_monkeys Thank you for the welcome, @Chelleo It was @RaimeyGallant article with tips that convinced me to finally give Listy a go. Here's hoping I get the hang of it sooner than later 🤓 11mo
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RaimeyGallant You will. :) 11mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 11mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 11mo
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ohyeahthatgirl
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I'm going mostly challenge-less this year because I read too much based on my moods. I do want to read more from black women and I'm aiming for 20k pages. These are some of the books I'm most excited about this year!

rmaclean4 So excited for Ginger Bread! 11mo
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Moray_Reads
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Mehso-so

Apparently it's possible to be disturbed and bored at the same time. I loved Fever Dream with it's feverish uncertainty and the lurking terror but in these stories the tone and techniques are so similar that it's difficult to distinguish between them. They merge together so much that short format becomes entangled so that I couldn't assess then individually and was left with a sense of dissatisfaction overall.

aeeklund Disappointing! I was looking forward to what she did next. Did it feel like it all connected by theme, or was it all just mush? 1y
Moray_Reads @aeeklund the mood was very similar in each, where eerie/nightmarish things happen in otherwise normal circumstances but nothing powerful enough to prevent me from skimming add it went along. I don't think the sorry form worked well with the kind of style she used so brilliantly in Fever Dream 1y
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Liberty
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IS THIS THE REAL LIFE?!? *faints* 🦋🔥🖤

ShookBelf WOW. That's a STUNNING cover 🧡🧡🧡 2y
Li_21 GAHHHHH! No way, I loved Fever Dream because you recommended it on All the Books. Lucky!!!!!! 2y
Cinfhen Stunning!!! I can‘t wait to read this! Fever Dream was soooo trippy 2y
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Linsy Beautiful!!! 🦋🦋🦋 2y
wanderinglynn Is anyone else confused as to why it‘s a Mouthful of *Birds*, but there are butterflies on the cover? 2y
tammysue BEAUTIFUL cover!!! 2y
Skyrimir @wanderinglynn I was wondering the same thing! Lovely cover though. 2y
laurenlovesliterature That cover tho...😍 2y
batsy Aaaaaaah! And what a cover! 😍 2y
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