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Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West
Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West | Cormac McCarthy
An epic novel of the violence and depravity that attended America's westward expansion, Blood Meridian brilliantly subverts the conventions of the Western novel and the mythology of the "wild west." Based on historical events that took place on the Texas-Mexico border in the 1850s, it traces the fortunes of the Kid, a fourteen-year-old Tennesseean who stumbles into the nightmarish world where Indians are being murdered and the market for their scalps is thriving. Publisher's Note: The 25th Anniversary Edition has been reset, causing the text to reflow. Page references based on earlier editions will no longer apply, so Vintage Books has compiled the following chart as a conversion aid. Download the chart by copying and pasting the following link into your browser: http: //knopfdoubleday.com/marketing/BloodMeridianPageReference.pdf
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Jari-chan
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Pickpick

I love how Cormac McCarthy describes the desert and how he uses his words to really get us there. My favourite is still All The Pretty Horses, but I also had this “deserted“ feeling while reading this book. Be careful: this really is a bloody book, where different kinds of slaughter take place. Sadly, based on true events...

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Jari-chan
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Me: I don't have the time and the money for swaps this year. Also, I have enough unread books here. I'm fine with that.
Litsy: I've got something for you. You might like that. You can sign up now.

#SantaThing

Buechersuechtling 🙋🏽‍♀️ Welcome to my world 🌍. 🤐 I‘m also turning this over and over in my head – for the same two reasons. Though I‘m brilliant in ignoring my sub … It‘s the expense I worry about. 😟 Tell me, did you sign up nevertheless❓ 2w
Jari-chan @Buechersuechtling You can choose how much you want to spend. From 15 - 50 USD - I really like that idea. Also, no shipping costs and no running around to the post office. That's why I was so happy to find this Swap. It's so easy and relaxing. 2w
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Jason7
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Pickpick


As advertised....This novel is extremely dense, and it‘s slow moving at times, like a company of killers plodding through a dessert wasteland.... well, it‘s exactly like that. At other times, it‘s bloody, violent, and cruel. There‘s many types of beasts, thousands of mules (dead, alive, and at various stages of decomposition), and a whole hell lot of riding and moving on. Not for the casual reader. Overall rating: 4.28 stars

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Geeklet
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A dude and his criminal friends get into shenanigans in the desert. The shenanigans typically cause death. A naked guy dances in the end.

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nofutureparttwo

“Deployed upon that plain they moved in a constant elision, ordained agents of the actual dividing out the world which they encountered and leaving what had been and what would never be alone extinguished on the ground behind them. Spectre horsemen, pale with dust, anonymous in the crenellated heat. Above all else, they appeared wholly at venture, primal, provisional, devoid of order.”

nofutureparttwo “Like beings provoked out of the absolute rock and set nameless and at no remove from their own loomings to wander ravenous and doomed and mute as gorgons shambling the brutal wastes of Gondwanaland in a time before nomenclature was and each was all.” 8mo
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plemmdog
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Hanging in the hometown of McCarthy this weekend for the Big Ears Music Festival.

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nofutureparttwo

“And so these parties divided upon that midnight plain, each passing back the way the other had come, pursuing as all travelers must inversions without end upon other men‘s journeys.”

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nofutureparttwo

“For this will to deceive that is in things luminous may manifest itself likewise in retrospect and so by sleight of some fixed part of a journey already accomplished may also post men to fraudulent destinies.”

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nofutureparttwo

“The judge smiled.
Books lie, he said.
God dont lie.
No, said the judge. He does not. And these are his words.
He held up a chunk of rock.
He speaks in stones and trees, the bones of things.“

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nofutureparttwo

“Far out on the desert to the north dustspouts rose wobbling and augured the earth and some said they‘d heard of pilgrims borne aloft like dervishes in those mindless coils to be dropped broken and bleeding upon the desert again and there perhaps to watch the thing that had destroyed them lurch onward like some drunken djinn and resolve itself once more into the elements from which it sprang.“

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nofutureparttwo

“[He] cried out what it seemed he himself would not hear, a howl of such outrage as to stitch a caesura in the pulsebeat of the world. But the kid only spat into the darkness of the space between them. I know your kind, he said. What‘s wrong with you is wrong all the way through you.”

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nofutureparttwo

“Words are things. The words he is in possession of he cannot he deprived of. Their authority transcends his ignorance of their meaning.”

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nofutureparttwo

“[T]hey rode out of that vanished sea like burnt phantoms [...] and there began to appear above them in the dawn-broached sky a hellish likeness of their ranks rising huge and inverted [...] the howling antiwarriors pendant from their mounts immense and chimeric and the high wild cries carrying that flat and barren pan like the cries of souls broke through some misweave in the weft of things into the world below.”
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If Faulkner wrote Revelations

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Geeklet
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1) Cormac McCarthy
2) Blood Meridian. Or The Road. Or Blindness. It depends on the day.
3) The Broken Earth trilogy by N.K. Jemisen
4) Sci-fi, horror, dystopia, science nonfiction, history, space stuff, true crime
5) Romance, historical fiction. Basically any story about normal stuff.

#ravenclaw_princess913 @RavenclawPrincess913

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tessavi
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Another 2-for-1 sale? Don't mind if I do!
#audiblesale

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nofutureparttwo

This is scratching some type of itch for me, goddamn.

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nicole1995
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"The man who believes that the secrets of the world are forever hidden lives in mystery and fear. Superstition will drag him down. The rain will erode the deeds of his life. But that man who sets himself the task of singling out the thread of order from the tapestry will by the decision alone have taken charge of the world and it is only by such taking charge that he will effect a way to dictate the terms of his own fate."

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Geeklet
Pickpick

I am such a fan of McCarthy‘s writing style. His use of language is stunning. I love his imagery. That being said, this book is a fighter. I constantly had to reread entire pages. The story is secondary to his use of language to me. The sparse dialogue may be a turn off for some people but I‘ve always enjoyed it in his works. I‘ll reread this one again soon because I know I missed a ton of symbolism.

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ClairesReads
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Pickpick

Blood Meridian is a relentless, bleak, blood-soaked novel. It is also one of the most beautiful novels I‘ve ever read. Not a read for the faint hearted, McCarthy commands a lot of his reader here. Both content and style mean that this is not easy reading, but as always McCarthy is the master and I am in awe. #indiebuddyreads

MaGoose I read this book about 15 or so years ago. I totally agree with your assessment. McCarthy grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. His writing is poetic, powerful and compelling while the subject matter can be bloody and awfully difficult. There's skewered babies at one point if I remember correctly. I absolutely loved it and disliked it at the same time if that makes sense. 12mo
AmyG Some book stick with you. I can actually remember where I was when I read this. Yes @MaGoose I loved it an d disliked it, too. Excellent read. 12mo
ClairesReads @AmyG @MaGoose absolutely. This is a book to love and be utterly disturbed by at the same time 12mo
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Expandingbookshelf
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“The man who believes that the secrets of the world are forever hidden lives in mystery and fear. Superstition will drag him down. The rain will erode the deeds of his life. But the man who sets himself the task of singling out the thread of order from the tapestry will by the decision alone have taken charge of the world and it is only by taking charge that he will effect a way to dictate the terms of his own fate.”

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Redheadrambles
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#novemberreads #novemberwrapup

Multiple 5⭐️ reads this month - Blood Meridian, Born a Crime and Wind in the Willows ( yes that is quite a range ! ). Two very interesting debut novels as well.

23/24 on #readharder2018 - nearly done ✅

Redwritinghood Well done! 12mo
Redheadrambles @Redwritinghood thanks - it was a solid month 12mo
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ClairesReads
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Better late than never #indiebuddyreads also, #readharder2018 a western

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Redheadrambles
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is the most violent book I have ever read.
It is a relentless, cruel, blood-soaked novel that I think is near impossible to describe. Probably the bleakest Western ever written but it is also one that transcends the genre into something Harold Bloom describes as - the major aesthetic achievement of any living American writer and I really can‘t disagree.
The language alone is astonishing. Tough going but worth it.

MrsMalaprop My husband loved this too. Ive not read it though; think it‘d be too much for me 😩. 13mo
Redheadrambles @MrsMalaprop it is ALOT but doable in small doses I think but you do need a high violence tolerance! 13mo
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intothehallofbooks I love Cormac McCarthy. Great review!!! 13mo
Becker The writing is astonishingly good. That book will cast a spell over you. So happy to hear when other people have read and appreciated it. 13mo
Smrloomis I read The Road and then All the Pretty Horses. The first scared the poop out of me and the second was so bleak I had to give up reading his trilogy as I‘d planned. Glad to hear what you thought because I doubt I‘m ever getting around to this one! 13mo
DGRachel I love Cormac McCarthy! This one is still TBR for me, but I love his work. 13mo
AceOnRoam Great review! 13mo
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Geeklet
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I get that Judge Holden is possibly Satan but damned if the man isn‘t really quotable.

Readergrrl I have this book and have wanted to read it for so long now! I just never know if I‘m ready for full on McCarthy!! Loved The Road and All the Pretty Horses, but I‘ve been told I‘ll really need the time to devote to thoughtful reading for this one and I‘m always so rushed lately!! 13mo
Geeklet @Readergrrl It‘s definitely a challenging book. It‘s almost like it fights you back as you read it. I‘ve been working on it for maybe six hours and I‘ve only gotten through 280 pages. It‘s an intoxicating book though. The prose just haunts you. The Road has been my favorite book for years but Blood Meridian might overtake it. 13mo
Readergrrl I think, @geeklet, that you may have just convinced me to pick my next #LMPBC book! 13mo
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Geeklet
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Geeklet

This book is definitely a challenging read but it‘s a very rewarding one. I expect I‘ll have to read it a few times before I have fully absorbed the story.

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Geeklet
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The opening sentence of chapter two of Blood Meridian is referenced in a Florence + the Machine song I love called “Between Two Lungs”. I love finding little connections like this. It makes me feel like I have discovered a precious little secret.

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Geeklet
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A little Saturday #bookhaul from B&N. Figured it was time to read some more McCarthy since I never shut the hell up about The Road. Adrift caught my eye too. I really should have saved my money because I‘m going to Blizzcon next week but I live life in the fast lane.

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smccallum
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Pickpick

So I realised I left a look of books I‘ve been reading without reviews. This book is incredible and really rather horrific. I was left feeling shocked and really uncomfortable when I finished it. I don‘t think it reads as easily as the other McCarthy I‘ve read but the pay off is huge if you have the stomach for it!

Bklover I haven‘t read any of his books- they all seem to be very dark!! 1y
Readaholics Yep it‘s gnarly as hell. Lol my guy friends we‘re loving it a few years ago when No Country For Old Men became a movie. 1y
smccallum @Bklover they aren‘t really happy but McCarthy lite is like ‘All The Pretty Horses‘ which is a great place to start if you are unsure ☺️ 1y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I just tried my first - The Road - so Im ready to go again! 1y
MStew Stacked! 1y
smccallum @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I‘ve heard ‘The Road‘ belongs to the other part of his work so I‘m really excited to give that a go soon hopefully! 1y
smccallum @meghan2714 Look forward to hearing what you thought ☺️ 1y
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KatieanneF
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Bailedbailed

I HATE to bail on this one because I KNOW is spectacularly written. The plot just didn‘t hold my interest. There is no doubt that McCarthy is a brilliant author who can make you feel everything he‘s conveying...but this western type storyline just wasn‘t for me. #guiltybail

DGRachel Not every book is a good fit for every person, no matter how well-written. #noguilt! 1y
KatieanneF @DGRachel haha thank you!! You‘re right!! 1y
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KatieanneF
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Only a tiny way into this prosaic, albeit rather violent novel. His style is just terrific. He has a gift for making your heart connect to the emotions he describes. Interested to see where this is all heading. #cormacmccarthy #bloodmeridian

Graywacke Prosaic and violent to extremes. Enjoy! 1y
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Ubookquitous
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Pickpick

While I gave it a pick, I didn‘t enjoy this as much as what I‘ve read of him so far. That said, the writing is beautiful despite the grim tale. You can see much of What will be McCarthy‘s trademark spare style and his unique, frightening characters.

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Dallyboy

I‘ll never look at my own scalp the same way again. Or my babies ankles 😭

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 1y
Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 1y
britt_brooke Most violent book I‘ve ever read, but so good. 1y
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rockabillybibliophile
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Bailedbailed

I got fifty pages into this and just could not do it anymore. A DNF for me. I hate quitting on books, but life is too short to be bored.

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rockabillybibliophile
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I'm finally starting this for September book group. My first attempt at reading a Western. So far so good!

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sprainedbrain
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Audible enthusiasts, in case you weren‘t aware, there‘s a 2-for-1 credit sale going on right now from a lovely selection of fiction. If you‘re like me, this is what we train for. And save a credit or two for. 😂

This time, I picked up two #1001books audiobooks with good reviews that are not available from my library. 👊🏻

britt_brooke Great choices!! 1y
Readingismyescape Thanks for reminding me!! 1y
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Becker
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The writing is stellar. I wasn‘t sure I could handle the violence but the writing had me in a trance.

trioxin_sematary Nobody writes like him! 1y
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smccallum
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Should finish this today, it‘s been a weird ride so far so I‘m intrigued to see how I feel when it ends!

britt_brooke The most violent book I‘ve ever read, but it was so good! 1y
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smccallum
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Continuing my McCarthy reading, actually scared to read this one 🙈

LeeRHarry Had this on my TBR for a while - I‘m scared to read it too as I‘ve heard it‘s pretty gruesome 😳 1y
AustenJennings This book is wild 1y
Kristelh It is very good however 1y
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Lucaslt
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So far a captivating book. McCarthy‘s writing style is so unique

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AmyG
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#RoadTripGiveaway @LibrarianRyan

I actually have a story....
About 9 years ago we went to Key Largo, FL for vacation. I was reading Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy, not the greatest vacation book and a song came on my ipod Ryan Bingham - Boracho Station. A song about the west sung by this raspy voiced new singer songwriter (at the time). I always think of this book when I hear this.

Safe travels and have a blast!

LibrarianRyan Thanks for participating 2y
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Redheadrambles
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Where oh where could my mail be ??? Cormac McCarthy is here somewhere hopefully nice and dry !!

#postmanfail

Redwritinghood I hope you found it. 2y
Neale Hahahahahaha... that‘s so funny. Sad, but really funny. 😂🤣😂 2y
ClairesReads Omg I hope it stayed dry!!! 2y
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susanw
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Many thanks @hermyknee for doing this.
My two favourite things. #coffeecoffeecoffee and books. I couldn‘t pick just one book, let‘s be honest I have a hard time keeping it at two! And my Paris mug, ahhh, Paris and coffee best way to start a day.

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Chellebearss
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Panpan

I was incredibly disappointed to see how much I disliked this book because I loved The Road and also because I have seen it reviewed over and over as "the greatest work of American literature" and given five star reviews. There were parts of this novel that I actually enjoyed, but then some parts of his prose was written in such a challenging way that I had trouble following what was going on.

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Chellebearss
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I will finish this book today! 13% left

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PagesOfKate
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"He never sleeps, the judge. He is dancing, dancing. He says that he will never die."
The immense and terrible Judge Holden definitely has the #devilinside.
#MarchintoOz @Cinfhen @Lizpixie

LeahBergen Great photo! 2y
AmyG Yes, great photo. This book had me so freaked out. 2y
rohit-sawant Terrific picture! 2y
Fedaykin The Swede from Hell On Wheels always makes me think of Judge Holden. It‘s an extraordinarily fascinating book. 2y
PagesOfKate Thanks @AmyG @rohit-sawant @LeahBergen my asda Halloween decoration came in super handy! I haven't seen Hell On Wheels @Fedaykin but it's on my to be watched list. 2y
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CherryPie
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From 2011. Didn't think I would like this style of cover. Nearly 7 years later, I'm still using it. I like the idea of the flap pocket but have never put anything in it. 👍👍

#kindlewear @JoScho

JoScho Thanks for sharing! I haven‘t tried one that holds the kindle like that but maybe I should in the future. 💕 2y
CherryPie @JoScho I thought it would feel clunky but it's perfect for me. I have sore hands from Reynauds and this cover bothers me... Never. Shocker. 2y
Lcsmcat My Kindle cover is like this, but purple, and I‘ve had it about that long too! 2y
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RadicalReader @CherryPie how many book do you currently have on your kindle? What is the best book you've read on it so far? 2y
CherryPie @Lcsmcat Cool! All of my Fire covers last about 18 months so the Kindle cover is the champion. 🏆 2y
CherryPie @RadicalReader No idea about numbers. Most are library books. Best read is tough! I will say the Mark Frost Twin Peaks books are better on the Fire -- too many images and document style pages. Right now is probably always the best book so it's Blood Meridian and Grist Mill Road. ☺👍 2y
RadicalReader @CherryPie it is truly awesome how helpful a kindle can be especially with defining terms to make reading incredibly easy arms forgiving for one's arms and back to not have to carry around a physical dictionary to aid in defining uncertain terms. 2y
CherryPie @RadicalReader Kindle definitely is a blessing for me. Saves my hands from so much pain and prevents eyestrain through enlarging the text. I'm so grateful to be alive at a time when reading is no longer burdensome. ☺👍 2y
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Mcoun
Panpan

Sorry, there‘s was just too much violence in this book. I couldn‘t really grasp the message.

Reggie I‘ve only read two books by him but the message in both seemed to say humans are effin monsters. The Road and No Country for Old Men. He‘s like the brothers who made Fargo and every movie since then seems to want to warn you about the love and lusting of money. (edited) 2y
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JamesChatham
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Bailedbailed

First bail of the year! I do plan to return to this one eventually - it‘s more a case of bad timing than a bad book. Just really haven‘t been in the mood for this one and haven‘t touched it in weeks.

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