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Tentacle
Tentacle | Rita Indiana
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An electric tale of apocalypse, sex and time travel from one of the Caribbean's most extraordinary cultural figures.
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Lindy
Tentacle | Rita Indiana
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My admiration grows the longer I reflect on this queer, peppy time-travel triple narrative set in the Dominican Republic and #translated by Achy Obejas. Can the past be manipulated to avert future ecological disaster? Can altruism triumph over self-interest? A transgender man, Santera sorcery and a magical sea anemone are key elements in this vertiginous exploration of colonialism, gender, art and greed. #LGBTQ

TrishB Wow 😮 what a review! Stacked. 2mo
Lindy @TrishB Thanks! And it‘s a short novel, too: Indiana does all this in 132 pages. 2mo
Cinfhen You post the most awesome books!!!!!!! 2mo
Lindy @Cinfhen Thanks! I think I heard about this one on Litsy, maybe from @xicanti . @Reggie has reviewed it also. 😊 2mo
Reggie Nice review!! Have you looked the author up? She‘s in a band and has some cool music out there. 2mo
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Lindy
Tentacle | Rita Indiana
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Los Charamicos was a backwards town, dirty and small, and completely dependent on tourism—in other words, prostitution, in all its varieties.
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Reggie
Tentacle | Rita Indiana
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This story takes place in the Dominican Republic, 2024. There is no more life in the oceans we humans have destroyed. We start by following Acilde, a maid, who wants to be male, steal a sacred and rare anemone from her boss who happens to be a representative of a Yoruban deity. What follows is multi layered time travel story that is brash and explicit with an ecological theme throughout. This was bonkers but that last page really got me. Pick!

Centique Already on my TBR #becausetimetravel but your review would have done it! Man you are powering through the books my friend 🙌 Like some kind of book reading Popeye after swallowing a can of spinach! 😝 6mo
Reggie @Centique This book feels twice as long as it‘s 132 pages, but in a good way. She really packs it in and no sentence is wasted. This one and last night‘s were short. But I‘ll take a Popeye reference any way I can get it. 😜 6mo
TobeyTheScavengerMonk You‘re speaking my weirdo language here, friend. Stacked. 6mo
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batsy I already have it stacked but your review speaks to me so I'm double stacking it in my mind, lol 6mo
Mandoul Thanks again fella - great review. Stacked! 6mo
Reggie @batsy it won some kind of award for best Caribbean fiction. First Spanish language book to do so. It‘s a wild ride! 6mo
Reggie @Mandoul Thank you! 6mo
readordierachel Sounds amazing. Stacked! 6mo
BooknerdsLife Love your review! And stacked the book🙌🏼📚💖 Fingers crossed I can get it from my library🤞🏼 6mo
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mreads
Tentacle | Rita Indiana
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Partially set in a post apocalyptic dystopia where the ocean is dead, a sacred anemone makes it possible to time travel into the past. Lots here about Dominican Republic culture, queerness and what you're willing to sacrifice for a better planet. One of those books that keeps you thinking.

#booked2019 8. Cli Fi @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Sounds like a #genreburster too!!! 7mo
Reggie I heard Jenn recommend this on Get Booked. I‘m glad to hear you liked it. Stacked. 7mo
mrozzz This was such a weird & great one!! 7mo
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mreads @Reggie 😀👍 7mo
mreads @mrozzz 😀👍 7mo
SenatorMothma Wow sounds very unique! 7mo
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xicanti
Tentacle | Rita Indiana
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TENTACLE is one of those SFMALF offerings that works equally well whether you approach it as science fiction or litfic. It‘s weird and deep and exciting. It uses its disparate timelines to consider human motivations and the nature of consciousness. And it only needs 130 pages to accomplish great things.

You should check it out, with the caveat it deals with sexual violence and misogyny with a side of racism. Proceed with caution if necessary.

xicanti (I WILL make the acronym SFMALF—for science fiction marketed as literary fiction—happen. Tell your friends.) 7mo
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xicanti
Tentacle | Rita Indiana
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I‘m seventeen days into a FitBit goals streak and no way was I gonna let my glitchy-ass battery steal that from me, so I grabbed my book and hopped on my stationary bike. I‘ve still got 70 more calories to officially burn, but now the record shows I‘ve met every other goal for today.

Eyelit 👏👏👏 7mo
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Dorianna
Tentacle | Rita Indiana
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I really don‘t know how Rita Indiana managed to put so much into such a short book but it is impressive. It has a hyper-capitalistic post-apocalyptic society experiencing environmental collapse, what I can only describe as mental time travel, the fluidity of gender, colonial history, and future technology mixing with black magic. It‘s a very interesting and disturbing read, if a little hard to follow at times.

ohyeahthatgirl Glad to hear you liked it! I work at a library and just bought it as an ebook. 8mo
Dorianna @ohyeahthatgirl I‘ve been trying to read more books in translation this year and so far I have not been disappointed. Indiana has a new book coming out in January and can‘t wait to read it. 8mo
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xicanti
Tentacle | Rita Indiana
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I managed a nice, small library haul this week: one book of poetry and one short novel I requested because of Book Riot‘s SFF newsletter.

readordierachel Loving that Tongue Breaker cover 😍 8mo
xicanti @readordierachel it definitely caught my attention on the New Releases rack! 8mo
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mrozzz
Tentacle | Rita Indiana
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Acilde‘s past overshadows an uncertain future in the post-apocalyptic landscape that has a grip on the island, the Caribbean, & the world, and the surprise jumps through time drive the story to its certain oblivion. As the story alternately focused on Acilde, art dealer Giorgio and his artist prodigies, one of them the struggling Argenis, and a group of old world buccaneers, I read on in wonder. I bow down Indiana‘s brilliant mind.

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CyaneFillion
Tentacle | Rita Indiana
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It got good near the end, while it was a very strange book I think it sends us a good message regarding our environment.

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Emilymdxn
Tentacle | Rita Indiana
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Hard to review - there were bits that I loved, but i always find I don‘t connect with distopian books that are this grim/violent. It reminded me of China Mieville - a successful writer a lot of people like but I just can‘t get on with. I don‘t think it was a bad book but really the opposite of a lot of what I like about reading fiction.

Tonton Mieville‘s Kraken! 11mo
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Emilymdxn
Tentacle | Rita Indiana
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Still very sick :( this chest infection is a nasty one. Probably won‘t make it back to work til Thursday and for some reason my ears are incredibly painful?? I never even heard of that symptom?? Urgh.

This is blindingly original, very well written, but for my personal tastes I just don‘t enjoy very grisly/violent/icky books. That‘s a personal taste thing that makes it difficult to enjoy for me, but I‘d recommend 1000x if you don‘t mind that!

Lauram I hope you‘re feeling better soon. 11mo
Kaye Get well soon. 11mo
Soubhiville I hope you feel better. 11mo
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Librarybelle Feel better soon! 11mo
sherryvdh Hope you feel better soon! 11mo
Naj *sending positive vibes * Hope you feel better. 11mo
quietjenn Hope you feel better soon. 11mo
tina_b.ooks That doesn't sound too good, hope you feel better soon 🌻 11mo
SW-T @Emilymdxn Hope you start feeling better soon! 11mo
Clare_Riley Get well soon! 11mo
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catiewithac
Tentacle | Rita Indiana
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Tentacle was the bonus book I received from & Other Stories. It won the Grand Prize of the Association of Caribbean Writers. But look at that book description 👀‼️ This one promises to knock your socks off! I can‘t wait to plunge in! 💦

catiewithac @REPollock you‘re definitely gonna want to read this one! The first few pages are awesome 😎 1y
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