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Hag-Seed
Hag-Seed | Margaret Atwood
Bestselling and multiple award-winning author Margaret Atwood retells The Tempest, one of Shakespeare's most stirring and unforgettable plays. From the Hardcover edition.
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Martta
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Usually I try to read books that have spent longer time on my bookshelf but since I'm travelling now and my earlier book finished yesterday I need to go with a bit more resent one. I got this earlier this week. It sounds so interesting! 😍

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Martta
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Visited the used bookstore today. Look at all the finds I made! 😍

CuriousG I loved Hag-Seed! 4d
Dilara That‘s a good haul! And I love your mug 😀 4d
Martta @Dilara It's one of my favourites as well! 😊 4d
Martta @CuriousG Good to know! I thought that the back cover text sounded really interesting. 😁 4d
CuriousG I read Hag-Seed right after I saw a brilliant performance of The Tempest at the Stratford Festival (Canada, not England) and that may have contributed, but I think overall it is just a really good read. 3d
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AshleyHoss820
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If you think I‘m not going to do this absolutely perfect assignment with my students, you are wrong. 😂 This is a modern re-telling of Shakespeare‘s The Tempest. Felix (Prospero) has been ousted from his job. To get revenge, he becomes a theater teacher at a prison. This was a fun read. I may be biased, though, because I haven‘t found an Atwood I don‘t like. My #DoubleBookSpin for September! I ordered my #bookspin book and it just came in today!

ChaoticMissAdventures In college one of my classes had us read the Tempest and then watch the old Forbidden Planet movie. Still one of my favorite assignments! 2mo
AshleyHoss820 @ChaoticMissAdventures Oh my gosh, I love it! I‘m going to tuck that away for future reference! Thank you! 😄 2mo
vivastory I have a poster of Shakespeare insults 😂 2mo
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
AshleyHoss820 @vivastory YES!! That is amazing! I did a Shakespeare insult battle during my observations with a class of Seniors. It was a great time! 😄 (edited) 2mo
vivastory That's fantastic 🤣 2mo
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rwmg
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I'm bad at titles so when I chose this one for #letterH in the #alphabetgame I was thinking of “The Penelopiad“ rather than the actual story about a lecturer in a prisoner education course putting on a performance of “The Tempest , but it is still excellent in its own right.

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 4mo
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melissajayne
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My #roll100 for May

PuddleJumper Ooo interesting! 7mo
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AllDebooks
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Life goals 101 😃🙌❤📚😊

julieclair 16. Friends with whom to discuss books. 8mo
AllDebooks Yes, that too xx 8mo
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Ruthiella
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My #Roll100 picks for March 2022. So far I‘ve only managed to read 50% , which is kinda what I expected...😬 Still, the year is young! 🤞

PuddleJumper Great progress! 9mo
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rwmg
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The deposed director of a drama festival takes up a position as a literacy tutor in a local prison, teaching the inmates by having them update and stage Shakespeare's plays while he waits for a chance to get his revenge.

The tension mounts as we wonder whether the action of the novel is going to follow the plot of “The Tempest“ as planned or whether it is all going to go horribly wrong. Unputdownable.

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rwmg
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Dinner on a rainy evening
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Ericalambbrown
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Another book I wasn‘t aware of until ran across it on Libby as available. It‘s one of the Hogarth Shakespeare books that are modernized versions of his plays written by famous authors. This is a version of the Tempest, set in a prison literacy class. It‘s quite good and I found it a clever twist on the classic. Fans of either Atwood or Shakespeare modernizations may want to give this a go.

Madelpadel Omg I didn‘t know this existed! But The Tempest is my favorite Shakespeare play and Atwood always impresses me. I will definitely be reading this! 2y
Ericalambbrown @Madelpadel I didn‘t either! I really enjoyed the audiobook. The performance really brought it to life. 2y
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Rachel.Rencher
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This book gripped me from the start. There were hardly any parts that dragged on. I love how Atwood retold The Tempest through the play within the story and the story itself. Very well done.

DimeryRene I need to read this. I read Vinegar Girl, the retelling of Taming of the Shrew! Really liked it! ✨ 2y
Rachel.Rencher @DimeryRene Ooh, I loved Taming of the Shrew. I didn't know that was retold! I'll have to pick it up. 🤓 2y
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Rachel.Rencher
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Happy Thanksgiving! I made homemade orange-cranberry bread to enjoy with my coffee & book this morning.

I'm thankful for my husband, corgi, my mom, extra time to read, and all the new books we're discovering. 💕 What about you?

CoffeeNBooks Pretty mug! 2y
RaeLovesToRead I concur ... great mug! 2y
Ncostell That bread looks delicious! 2y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Orange-cranberry bread sounds and looks phenomenal! ❤️🤤❤️ 2y
Rachel.Rencher Thanks everyone! The mug came from a local farmers market a few years ago, and the bread is a family recipe. 🤤💕 2y
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Rachel.Rencher
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I'm so hooked on Felix's story. I haven't read anything by Atwood other than Handmaid's Tale & Testaments, but this just reaffirms what a great writer she is.

On a side note, how is everyone doing with lockdown? I was in a routine where I went to the college, got to be in a room with 10 students, & spent my office hours on campus. That all got shut down again next week & I'm trying not to go stir crazy. I'm out of fun ideas for quarantine.

Scochrane26 I‘m doing ok, still working from home. I have to fight distraction with WFH, but I‘ve gotten used to take-out & virtual stuff. 2y
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Rachel.Rencher
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🎶 I always feel like somebody's watching meeee 🎶

monkeygirlsmama That face!!!💙 2y
OriginalCyn620 Gorgeous pup! 🐶❤️ 2y
NeedsMoreBooks ❤️🐶❤️🐶 2y
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valeriegeary 😍😍😍 2y
Megabooks And I‘ve got no privacy...because I have a cute dog! 💕 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick 😍What a cutie!😍 2y
LindaLappin adorable corgi 9mo
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I've never read the Tempest, so I didn't quite get the comparison until the end where there's a brief run down of the original. I liked this. I think it says a lot about incarceration and so often folks in prison are treated like they're not people anymore, which is BS. The bits with the MC's daughter broke my heart. Cannot even imagine.

Palimpsest Highly recommend The Tempest. It might be my favorite Shakespeare play, but I haven‘t read them all yet. 😉 I did enjoyHag seed as well. 2y
night_shift @Palimpsest I have a hard time with Shakespeare, but maybe I will as this book is still in my brain. 2y
Palimpsest @UnidragonFrag The movie version with Helen Mirren is pretty good if you like adaptations, although it has some pretty crazy sounding 80s music. I think I just let my enthusiasm for The Tempest gush out because I love it and it was Shakespeare‘s last play and some see Prospero standing in for Shakespeare as he says goodbye and says I have drowned my books and the ending is just so moving. I like the Folger version. Hag Seed is good on its own too. 2y
night_shift @Palimpsest gush away! I love when people really love a thing and talk about it 😃 i didn't know it was his last play, huh! I'll have to keep an eye out for that adaption on my streaming services to check it out. I'm an absolute sucker 80s anything, especially the crazy lol 2y
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Jas16
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Mehso-so

I love Atwood and loved the premise of this Shakespearean retelling but after a strong beginning it all quickly felt lackluster to me. There was some great ideas in here, and I still love the cover, but overall I was happy to reach the end.

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Centique
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I really enjoyed this; I think if you like Shakespeare you‘ll find it delightful. A ruined theatre director teaches prison inmates to produce Shakespearean plays and aims at revenge against his own villains. The director and actors are also mirroring the characters and plots from the Tempest - and it almost gets a bit too clever for its own good, but the writing‘s so good so who would mind? Atwood was asked specifically to retell The Tempest ⬇️

Centique I wonder where the story would have gone if she had complete freedom to walk away from that ending. I think she tells us some possibilities when she has the prisoner inmates discuss “what might happen next” I would have loved her to take those next steps but it‘s better to be left wanting more, than less! (edited) 3y
Texreader Excellent review 3y
Centique @batsy this one might interest you if/when your Shakespeare group does The Tempest? 3y
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Centique @Texreader thank you 😘 3y
BiblioLitten I enjoyed reading this one. Atwood never disappoints. 3y
batsy Thanks, P. Yup we read The Tempest and I meant to read this after but you know how good intentions go 😁 It does sound really good though and it's on my TBR! 3y
Centique @batsy oh good! It‘s short too, even though it‘s 282 pages or something there are lots of breaks like in a play so it reads very fast. 3y
Clare-Dragonfly I definitely think I would have enjoyed this more if she had moved away from the original ending! The ending really fell flat for me. 3y
Vansa @Clare-Dragonfly couldn't agree more 3y
CuriousG I LOVED this book! Read it the same week I went to see The Tempest at the Stratford Festival ❤ 3y
Centique @Clare-Dragonfly I know what you mean. Some of the ideas the prisoners had were so good - I felt like Atwood had her hands tied a little bit. 3y
Centique @CuriousG oh wow! Seeing it at Stratford would be the best. What a perfect time to have read it. 😍 3y
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LittleBug
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It took me a while to get into this book. The MC is not very likeable and the story is a bit weird. But by the end I was hooked. I guess I just need a moment to be able to appreciate the snarky humour.

I liked that there was a short summary of Shakespeare‘s The Tempest at the end of the book. I haven‘t read that so this really helped seeing the parallels. After all, it is a rewrite of the play.

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vivastory
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Thanks for the tag @britt_brooke ! I was surprised how many orange covers are in my collection! The Moon Palace is the only Penguin Ink edition I own. I love it. #ISpy

britt_brooke 🧡🧡 3y
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Kentheten
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Mehso-so

Different from most books I‘ve read from the author. I thought it was a witty and creative interpretation of the play. There were some themes brought up I had never picked up on originally. Gripping beginning and end, but mild in the middle. Understandable based on the content interpreted. I‘d recommend it for somebody who enjoys theatre and vengeance, but not quite ready to delve into Shakespeare. 7/10

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myrtillius
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Mehso-so

Not my fav Atwood but quite surprising and fresh still. Shakespeare goes prison milieu, and a lavish revenge story is served.

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myrtillius
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So we made a deal / He'd help me steal it / I'd pay him back / And we grabbed my Bro / that Pros-per-o / In the dead of night / We paid off his guards so they didn't put up a fight

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BiblioLitten
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My favourite cat pajamas, and Atwood. That‘s my kind of Sunday💆🏻‍♀️. #1WordTitle
#readwithMrBook
(I‘m reading Atwood after ages. A decade back I had an Atwood marathon and I couldn‘t get enough. Holding this book gives me a tingly-happy feeling)🤗

Leftcoastzen That one is calling me , I have it on my shelves. 3y
readordierachel Yay, Atwood is the best. Enjoy! 3y
MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻 3y
BookwormAHN I really enjoyed Hagseed 😸 3y
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DarcysMom
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#audiobook
#cloudlibrary

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WanderingBookaneer What app do you use to track your walk? 3y
DarcysMom @WanderingBookaneer I use Map My Walk. 3y
rockpools Yes, I did just scroll back to see that ✔️! Awesome! Congratulations and happy new year 🥳 3y
DarcysMom @RachelO Thanks! 3y
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Auntynanny
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Mehso-so

I generally enjoy Margaret Atwood's books, despite her questionable recent behaviour. This one just didn't do much for me. Also, she referred to the prisoners as being white, black, brown, red and yellow, then later had the prisoners refer to themselves with the same words, except adding "trash white."

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alisonrose
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This was really interesting, & I mean that in a complimentary way, not a passive aggressive way. What Atwood chose to do w/the source material was clever & unique, and kudos to her for writing an irritable middle aged sad sack dude who I actually enjoyed reading about. It did kind of go off the rails a bit in the final quarter or so, but overall I had a great time with this one! Especially love the actors only using Shakespearean insults 😆 4/5 ⭐️

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alisonrose
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She never asked him how they came to be there together, living in the shanty, apart from everyone else. He never told her. It would have been a shock to her, to learn that she did not exist. Or not in the usual way.

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alisonrose
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Atwood + Shakespeare? I‘m on board! #nowreading

Caterina I loved this one when I read it a couple years ago! It helped that I had recently read The Tempest. Enjoy! 😊 3y
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Jas16
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 6

I have no idea who to tag anymore. If anyone isn‘t participating I wish they would. I am loving seeing everyone‘s choices.

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MrBook
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Today's author spotlight: Margaret Atwood! The 77-year-old Harvard alum has been a life-long Ontario resident. You probably know most of her books and that she's won numerous awards. You might not know that she is Co-Founder and Director of Syngrafii Inc, created in 2004 to produce and distribute the LongPen Technology, a remote writing program, which she holds various patents on. #AuthorPotpourri #TheMoreYouKnow

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Beachesnbooks
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July reading wrap-up! This month, I read 8 new-to-me books and 6 re-reads, because July is my birthday month & I was in the mood to visit some old favorites (ACOMAF, ACOWAR, the Sookie Stackhouse series). New favorites are Hag-Seed and The Right Swipe. Overall a good reading month!

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Well done! 💖📚💖 3y
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Emilymdxn
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My fave Hogarth Shakespeare so far! So meta I thought so many layers of Tempests within Tempests would confuse me but it never did. If you‘re considering this please don‘t be put off by how confusing it looks cause I promise she makes it work. My two nitpicks is that writing rap isn‘t Atwood‘s thing and maybe she shouldn‘t try again, and the love at first sight was a bit unrealistic. A definite pick tho!

jenniferw88 Interesting... I've only read 2 of the Hogarth Shakespeare retellings but I didn't like this one - preferred the tagged. But it did have a lot to live up too - the tempest is my favourite Shakespeare due to a fab teacher who voiced an excellent Caliban! 3y
Emilymdxn @jenniferw88 I did really enjoy Macbeth, I thought it was very atmospheric and fitted drugs in well, but I preferred this one as I felt like it pulled the story around in more interesting ways with more layers than telling the story start to finish in a different setting, not that I didn‘t enjoy Macbeth I just felt this one was doing more 3y
jenniferw88 @Emilymdxn i understand! I think i prefer a straightforward retelling - i couldn't keep up with who was who in this one! I think I also struggle with Atwood - I didn't like the Handmaid's Tale either! 3y
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BookwormAHN
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I listened to this book on audio and it was extremely entertaining. This is Margret Atwood's retelling of Shakespeare's The Tempest (which I haven't read). It mostly takes place in a Shakespeare class taught inside a prison. The inmates are putting on a production of The Tempest while their teacher plots revenge.
#AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville @MinDea
#BFCr2 #bookfitnesschallenge @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn You‘re making great progress on your book goal! 🙌🏻 3y
Libby1 I liked this one, too. I love The Tempest. 3y
Soubhiville Yay! I‘m glad you enjoyed it! 3y
BiblioLitten I can‘t help but stack it. 🤭😁 3y
ValerieAndBooks In my TBR!! 3y
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Beachesnbooks
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For now, doing a #currentlyreading post instead of my July TBR. I feel like I need to mood-read & not set tbrs for a bit while I try to get out of this reading slump!

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Beachesnbooks
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Went to see The Tempest at Shakespeare in the Park last night & enjoyed it so much that when I got home I immediately started reading Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood, a retelling of sorts for the Hogarth Shakespeare series featuring a revenge-seeking theater director putting on a production of The Tempest at a prison. It's very good so far!

Curiouser_and_curiouser That experience would have have been awesome! The book was great but I felt a little confused as I don't know the story of The Tempest, but I would love to read it in the future, or at least see a play or movie of it which might make understanding the story easier. How cool. I love the photo you posted! 3y
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ehewett88
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Such a clever retelling, it's the first Shakespeare retelling I have read and was very impressed at how well she portrayed each character and how cleverly she interwove an actual play of the tempest with the retelling. it was basically a book within a play within a play, spell binding!!

PickingBooks I had no idea what this one was about. Thanks! I‘ll have to added it to my tbr list. I love Margaret Atwood. 🙌😁 3y
ImperfectCJ I love the whole Hogarth Shakespeare collection, but this is my favorite so far. I love what Atwood does with the story. 3y
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Ms_Gizmotronic
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My first read on Libby! This app is awesome, I'm getting through so many books and the audiobooks have opened up a whole new world of reading.

Hag-Seed is an odd book. A short retelling of The Tempest. Part of me wonders if it would have been nearly as interesting had it not been. I still enjoyed it but it didn't give me anything more than being an interesting hunt for the comparisons.

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LiterRohde Love Libby (and audiobooks). And I quite liked this book. 3y
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Curiouser_and_curiouser
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Even though I have not yet finished the last 7 books I have recently posted about, I have started another book, Margaret Atwood's Hag-Seed on audio for all those driving, cooking and just being still times

annahenke I empathize with your life decisions. 3y
Curiouser_and_curiouser @annahenke to read or not to read...that is the question 3y
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suzie.reads
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I really enjoyed this retelling of Shakespeare's - The Tempest.
It keeps you on your toes, it's very fast paced but the writing is very good and it's a great, contemporary retelling.
My second Atwood book and I enjoyed this much more than - The Handmaid's Tale. Which I didn't like at all.

#seriesread @TheSpineView

TheSpineView 🤩 3y
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thebluestocking
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I‘m super intrigued by these Hogarth #retellings of Shakespeare plays, but I haven‘t read any of them. I may start with Hag-Seed, which is on sale today for Kindle.

#riotgrams @bookriot

rretzler I read Dunbar and it was so-so for me. I‘d never read anything by Edward St Aubyn before so hard to say whether it was his adaptation or his writing in general. Plus Lear was never my favorite (edited) 3y
MallenNC I've read Nesbo's take on Macbeth and I liked it, though the book was too long for my taste. It was interesting to see how he updated the play's story for his setting. 3y
Aimeesue I really enjoyed Hag-Seed, but I love Atwood anyway, and The Tempest is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays, so I was pretty much bound to like it. 3y
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Theaelizabet I liked Hag-Seed well enough. The only other one that interests me is J. Winterson‘s retelling of The Winter‘s Tale in Gap of Time. (edited) 3y
readordierachel Hag Seed is good 👍🏼 3y
ReadingRover I read Gap of Time. It was pretty good. 3y
thebluestocking @rretzler I haven‘t read St. Aubyn before either. And King Lear isn‘t my favorite either. I‘ll probably start elsewhere with this series. 3y
thebluestocking @MallenNC Thanks for the input. I love Macbeth, so this one caught my eye. 3y
thebluestocking @Aimeesue I like The Tempest too. And I definitely need to read more Atwood! 3y
thebluestocking @Theaelizabet Gap of Time caught my eye too! 3y
thebluestocking @readordierachel Awesome! I can‘t wait to read it. 3y
thebluestocking @ReadingRover I want to read that one too! 3y
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Ms_Gizmotronic
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Fun! Thank you @RealLifeReading for this.

1. Pratchett is one of the best authors ever!
2. Enjoyed the Hunger Games series, not my favourite but fun. I'm sure there is another 'P' character I'll land on as soon as I post...
3. Not read much Margaret Atwood but I thought I'd give Hag-Seed a go as it popped up on Libby
4. Have this on hold on Libby!
5. A translated book from Nepal. I went there last year and this is set around their Royal Massacre

RealLifeReading You‘re welcome! And yes love Pratchett!! 3y
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Hattie1993
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Looking forward to starting the rest of this series

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brandybear22
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Let‘s read the tempest next, so I can then read this @kgriffith

kgriffith Works for me 😊 4y
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ElectricKatyLand
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Clever retelling of The Tempest, focusing on themes of vengeance and loss, against the backdrop of a prison acting program.