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The Bloody Chamber And Other Stories
The Bloody Chamber And Other Stories | Angela Carter
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY HELEN SIMPSON From familiar fairy tales and legends - Red Riding Hood, Bluebeard, Puss in Boots, Beauty and the Beast, vampires and werewolves - Angela Carter has created an absorbing collection of dark, sensual, fantastic stories.
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Moll

'...the threadbare self-confidence of the small hours'

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Moll

'...grown magnificently eccentric in hardship...'

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Moll
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Honestly been struggling to get stuck into any book since finals, but hopefully this will be the one. Has anyone read it before? What was your favourite tale?

Moll Helen Simpson's intro was v interesting - it was nice to read some lit crit for fun without the pressure of an essay to write! 3w
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Maike
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Pickpick

Dark fairy tales? Yes please!

Caroline2 Wowwwwww what an awesome edition!!!! 😯 3w
Maike @Caroline2 isn‘t it? It even has deckled edges ☺️ 3w
Caroline2 Awesome!! (She says while frantically searching eBay for a copy!! 😆) 3w
Maike @Caroline2 😄😄 3w
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Carolyn11215
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Pickpick

Such an incredibly written, wonderfully creepy and sensuous retelling of fairytales.

Freespirit Great photos! 1mo
Carolyn11215 @freespirit so much amazing fan art has been done for this book of short stories!! 1mo
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HeatherBlue
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This book might or might not have been part of the inspiration for me and my guy‘s costumes this year...he was red riding hood, I‘m the wolf 🐺

JacqMac Fantastic! 2mo
valeriegeary So cool! 2mo
Reggie That is awesome sauce!!! 2mo
HeatherBlue @JacqMac @valeriegeary and @Reggie Thanks so much! ❤️ 1mo
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jenniferw88
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Linsy Love Angela Carter! ♥️ 2mo
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Carla
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The books in my #screamathon package from @fandom_hellspawn99 🍂🎃💀☠️👻 — Doctor Sleep (The Shining Part 2) by Stephen King, the first edition of The Amityville Horror, and this gorgeous copy of Angela Carter‘s The Bloody Chamber. 🐺Thank you so much, darling, for everything! And thank you, @4thhouseontheleft for organizing it! #horror #october

4thhouseontheleft Glad you enjoyed the swap! 🎃👻🧟‍♀️ 2mo
ShyBookOwl Great book. Beautiful edition. 2mo
Carla @ShyBookOwl thank you! I cannot wait to read it. ♥️ 2mo
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ShyBookOwl
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Day 6. #7days7covers #covercrush

Post a cover you love every day for 7 days, no explanation required. Try to tag a litten too!

@Ash.on.the.line if you're interested 😊

MrBook Good book! 2mo
ShyBookOwl @MrBook yes! I love it 2mo
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Owlizabeth
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Jeg
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Pickpick

Another book from the ships library. I don‘t recall ever reading Angela Carter. I loved her writing. Short stories perfect for reading on a cruise. They are sort of retellings of fairy tale like stories perfect for where we are right now — Copenhagen. Young Viking in Aalborg Denmark. @MrsMalaprop

CarolynM Enjoy Copenhagen - it's a fabulous city. I've only read one Angela Carter and I liked it a lot 3mo
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writeropolis
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Debblyliz
Mehso-so

I really wanted to love this book as much the previous reviewers and while I enjoyed some of the stories overall the book left me a little cold.

Lynnsoprano Welcome to our Litsy family! 6mo
LitsyWelcomeWagon 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! #LitsyWelcomeWagon
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Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗👏🏻 6mo
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tegancoetzer
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“And we drove towards the widening dawn, that now streaked half the sky with a wintry bouquet of pink roses, orange of tiger-lillies, as if my husband had ordered me a sky from the florist”. (8)

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AshHisson
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Pickpick

Really enjoyed this collection. It‘s an interesting mix of fairy tales and supernatural tales. 4/5 #shortstories #februaryreads #fairytales #specfic

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andrew61
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Pickpick

My book based on a fairy tale were short stories based on several fables but with a feminine twist, lots of wolves vampires and nasty beasties threatening yng women.writing was incredible, so descriptive -all my senses were exhausted at the end, i cd smell blood and wet fur, see huge moon reflected eyes and ruby lips, hear howls, feel the cold of snow, +taste that basket of goodies.
#booked2019@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

batsy Excellent review. This is one of my all-time faves! 9mo
Cinfhen Excellent review 💕 9mo
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andrew61
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#booked2019 this morning my car was in for its mot so got the tram to work, a gr8 excuse to rd for an hr. I thought I'd start my 'fairy tale retelling ' book with a gentle short story +quickly started to worry about if anyone was rdng over my shoulder! Gosh that 1st story was stunning, beautiful prose which felt like i was gorging on a huge box of chocolates and very sensual. Not sure ideal reading for public transport. But do love her writing.

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Chrissyreadit
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Thank you Megan part 2!!! Two books I am beyond excited about, a print I swooned over, snacks and tea- a letter from Beast to his Beauty, a bookmark... your generosity....😘🥰😍i loved hosting a swap- and never anticipated anything like this!!!

ReadingRover Isn‘t that print great!?! It‘s so much like a fairytale! I hope you enjoy the books. 9mo
Chrissyreadit @ReadingRover the print is more than great! I can‘t wait to frame it and hang it up! 9mo
Chrissyreadit @ReadingRover the three books you sent were so perfect! I can‘t even express- my daughter and mom were both there when I opened my box and agreed you completely got me! 9mo
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ReadingRover @Chrissyreadit I‘m so happy! I‘m such a shopaholic! 😝 I love to get stuff for people that I think they will really enjoy. I knew you had a daughter but I didn‘t know much about her so I figured one of you would do the legos! 9mo
Chrissyreadit @ReadingRover I have a 16 yo daughter and 15 year old son- quickly decided to “help me” put together the Beast- which meant it was put together before I figured out which piece to start with. My kids are very sweet- they completely appreciated your package because it made me happy. Although, she is joining with me on the adult Mythsandlegendsswap because that is her fav genre and she loves my packages. 9mo
ReadingRover @Chrissyreadit That‘s awesome! 9mo
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AshHisson
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Started reading for the February meeting of my local specfic book club. #Februaryreads #shortstories

gibblr Interested to see how you like it. I have this, but have yet to read it. 10mo
AshHisson @gibblr I‘m three stories in and enjoying it. 10mo
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suvata
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Mehso-so

I honestly don‘t quite know what I think about this book overall. It definitely could be classified as horror but also as fantasy. It was more like strange retellings of old fairytales. To be perfectly honest, I thought I would enjoy it more than I did. There were, however, sections that were so beautifully written it was hard to put down. I definitely rounded up to give this a 3-star rating.

Zelma I seem to recall a similar reaction. I liked some stories and love the writing, but it wasn‘t as great overall as I had hoped going in. 10mo
suvata @Zelma But the cover is amazing. 10mo
Zelma @suvata omg, absolutely! 😍 10mo
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suvata
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My “book octopus” 🐙 is keeping my place. Isn‘t she adorable?

Lovesbooks87 That is so cute! 10mo
readinginthedark Awww! 10mo
Tanisha_A This is adorable! 10mo
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Chrissyreadit Yes! Very adorable! 10mo
AmyG So cute. 10mo
DGRachel He‘s fantastic! I love octopuses! 10mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Haha! I love him! 🦑📚 10mo
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suvata
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I love my #ReadingLife. All three of these look so interesting. Can‘t wait to dig my teeth into them.

RealLifeReading Wow the cover of Bloody Chamber is stunning! 10mo
JazzFeathers That edition of The Boody Chamber is beautiful. I'm so jealous. 10mo
suvata Thanks ladies. I am thinking of using it for Round 5 of #LMPBC. (edited) 10mo
MStew I wanna read the bloody chamber!!! Especially in that edition 10mo
suvata @meghan2714 It is a very cool cover. 10mo
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YasmiNova
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A pick, yes, but I would not rate all the stories equally. The spin on puss-in-boots is unique and entertaining, the descriptions in The Erl-King elegant and poetic. Other stories I found less compelling, like Blue Beard and Mr Lyon (a retelling of Beauty and the Beast), partly because they did not stray far enough from the originals (still had some notable variations though). The Erl-King was my favourite.

Cinfhen Did u use this for #FairytaleRetelling???? 10mo
YasmiNova Yes I did @Cinfhen , I mentioned it in a previous post. Does it not count? 10mo
Cinfhen We tend to go off of a review as marked! Lots of people start a book but don‘t necessarily finish it, so we don‘t mark it as complete until we see a review & we are tagged. Does that make sense?? 10mo
YasmiNova Perfect sense thanks for the tip! I'll go back and make sure I've tagged the other #Booked2019 books I've reviewed :) 10mo
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Serena5
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Delivery day!

alayarachel I got to teach The Bloody Chamber for my fairy tales class (at ASU)! Such a treat. 11mo
Serena5 @alayarachel ooh, excellent! One of my students recommended it. 11mo
dgingo @alayarachel @Serena5 I used to teach Carter when I did an honors fairy tale course. You‘ll enjoy it, Serena. And I have that Wonder Woman book, too, but I haven‘t gotten around to finishing it yet. 11mo
Serena5 Nice! I am going to start these tomorrow after I get some writing done. 11mo
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YasmiNova

Diving into my #fairytaleretelling for #Booked2019. Struggled to pick one but in the end went for a classic that i have shamefully not read yet... It's a genre that I'm getting more and more into!
@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen Another Litten @jmofo just posted about this book!! She also read it for #Booked2019 ☺️ 11mo
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jmofo
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Pickpick

This gets a 🤘but it in not a 🤟
These retellings of fairy tales and such are luxuriantly written but were more sexually explicit (but probably not very, compared to many other books out there!) than what I enjoy reading.
I enjoyed her way of weaving turns of phrase organically in her own ornate voice.
👏 for relative complexity of the female characters.
Every story explores themes of being trapped and predation.
#sfftbrchallenge #Booked2019

BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice review! And great job on another prompt. 👏🏻👏🏻📚📚 11mo
Cinfhen Well done and excellent review 11mo
YasmiNova Reading it now and also getting mixed feelings about it so far, but for different reasons. I'm only 3 stories in though so let's see how it goes... 11mo
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ohyeahthatgirl
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My favorite emails by far are from Electric Lit. Last night, I read K.C. Mead-Brewer's Daddy Thing and was up until 4 reading everything else I could find by them. It's a dark fairy tale about vampire bats and abusive relationships. Like Carmen Maria Machado meets Angela Carter.

https://electricliterature.com/the-girl-is-always-eaten-at-the-end-254baabdef8e

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vivastory
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Have you seen this edition @monalyisha ? It's still in print. I have this edition & I love it!

saresmoore 🤤 11mo
monalyisha I have! I like it (& especially that it‘s got an intro by Kelly Link!). I like the cover art on the other edition more, though. But this one totally has appeal! 11mo
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monalyisha
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This is the edition of “The Bloody Chamber” that I most covet. 🖤

#happilyeverafterswap

Soubhiville Pretty! 11mo
monalyisha @Soubhiville Right?! I like the Penguin edition, with the tower, too... but it looks more far challenging to acquire: https://www.amazon.com/Bloody-Chamber-Other-Sto-Paperback/dp/B00FFB7H82 11mo
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Chrissyreadit I love this cover! 11mo
MeganAnn Gorgeous! 😍😍😍 11mo
LauraJ 🖤 like this better than the Penguin one that‘s out now. 11mo
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Moray_Reads
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A #ringofkeys is essential to the plot of Bluebeard and Angela Carter's Bloody Chamber is a sensual, fierce, feminist fairy tale. #musicalnewyear @Cinfhen @vivastory

vivastory Such a great choice. I really need to read more Carter. 11mo
Cinfhen This might work for #FairytaleRetelling @Megabooks 11mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Oooo, interesting! Thanks for the tag @Cinfhen 😁 Great quote @Moray_Reads ! (edited) 11mo
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aeeklund
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I bullied a coworker into forming a classics book club with me, as my latent lit major missed reading books and arguing about them. I got to pick first since my birthday‘s this month. So one of my first books of 2019 will be Angela Carter‘s masterpiece of shivery retellings. 🍎❄️🐺🕯🗝

ferskner I LOVE this book! It is perfection. 11mo
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bookwrm526
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Pickpick

I had a hell of a year in books!! I would be hard-pressed to pick a single favorite out of all those, but the tagged book was certainly top ten!! I plan to keep working on those diversity numbers, and especially the number of books in translation.

Crazeedi Awesome! Congrats!👍🎉 11mo
Reggie Wow, this is so amazing!! Great Job!! 11mo
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BookwormOfTheDamned
Mehso-so

Out of the 10 stories in this book, 5 stories were great, with "The Bloody Chamber" being the best. 3 stories were okay. The rest fell flat.

Although I expect good and bad stories in a collection, I expected more good stories than the amount that was mediocre or flat. Still, this is worth a read, I just wish Carter would have maintained the intensity she presented with the first story.

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BookwormOfTheDamned

Also just read "Wolf Alice" which bares similarities to "Alice in Wonderland." This last story focuses on a feral girl, who nuns try to civilize. After all attempts fail, they leave her to a vampiric Duke, who she grows compassionate towards.

This tale was okay, it was an interesting look at the human condition.

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BookwormOfTheDamned

Just read "The Company of Wolves." Having grown up with the movie, I had a good idea of what to expect. Still, there are differences between book and film.

This short story is a closer look at "Little Red Riding Hood" and how it is a coming of age piece. Other tales woven into this short regard a woman who turned a wedding into a pack of wolves, and the tale of a woman who is newly wed to a werewolf.

Loved this installment.

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BookwormOfTheDamned

Just read "The Werewolf" and I almost enjoyed it as much as the first tale. Influenced by "Little Red Riding Hood" this variation shows Little Red defending herself against a werewolf where she cuts off its paw. To one's surprise, Little Red recognizes the hand belonging to someone she knows.

By the twist this entry provides, one questions if Little Red concocted a lie to her benefit. Loved it.

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BookwormOfTheDamned

Just read "The Lady of the House of Love" and it started off promising but faded as it progressed. The plot regards a vampire who lures travelers to her chamber where she kills them. Yet, when she accidentally cuts herself and her wound is kissed by a traveling soldier, she dies. This could be because this soldier is referred to as pure and innocent.

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BookwormOfTheDamned

Read "The Snow Child" & that was fairly disturbing.

The concept is a count & his countess are riding horses on a snowy day. During their ride, he wishes for a girl who is as white as snow, as red as blood, & as black as a raven's feather. No sooner does he speak his wish, a naked girl appears before them. Whereas one might suspect the couple to be loving towards her, the countess hates her. Also, there is a scene of pedophilia & necrophilia.

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BookwormOfTheDamned

Finished "The Erl-King," and unlike the last 2 stories that flopped, I loved this tale.

Written with softcore eroticism, the narrator is walking through the woods. Amid her walk, she encounters an entity who seems to be an embodiment of all things in nature, similar to The Green Man. As he seduces her, she realizes she is in danger as he has turned his previous lovers into caged birds. To save herself, she must kill him. A great feminist tale.

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BookwormOfTheDamned

Although the plot of "Puss and Boots" was fun, it lacked the gripping intensity that was relayed in the opening tale.

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BookwormOfTheDamned

Read "Puss & Boots" & I wasn't too invested. Honestly, I daydreamed in & out, which could be why I didn't enjoy it.

In this variation, the cat, Figero, strikes up a friendship with the cat belonging to his owner's love interest. Though his owner's love interest is already wed to a man who treats her like a slave. From here, Figero & his new companion plot to kill the husband of the young woman, so their owners & themselves can live in happiness.

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amb
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Pickpick

The language in these short stories was beautiful. Many were fairy tale retellings, but so unique that I often struggled to figure out which one. The title story was very familiar, so I suspect I‘d read it elsewhere before. There did not seem to be a dud in the bunch.

Craftylikefox Sounds like a great collection! It is impressive when there is a short story collection that you enjoy all the stories! 13mo
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amb
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I thought this was beautiful, it was in the Story called The Erl-King, which is a picture of obsessive love, with a twisted bend. All the stories in this collection have a twisted bend though.

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BookwormOfTheDamned

Just read "The Courtship of Mr. Lyon" and "The Tiger's Bride." Both are inspired by "Beauty and the Beast." Between the two, I like "The Courtship of Mr. Lyon" better. Somehow, "The Tiger's Bride" fell flat, although it does show the diversity of how an author can use one classic source to create multiple scenarios. Overall, neither were as intense as the first story.

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BookwormOfTheDamned

I read the first tale, "The Bloody Chamber" and couldn't put it down. Inspired by the tale "Bluebeard" this was an ideal way to open a collection that I'm assuming is more grim than wholesome.

I can't recall the last time I read a story this heart pounding and suspenseful. Even if the remainder of this book doesn't live up to the intensity of the first installment, I'm happy to at least experience the introductory installment.

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Moray_Reads
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There are lots of #wildcreatures in Angela Carter's Bloody Chamber and only some of them are animals... #NoFemmeBer @Cinfhen @Billypar

LeahBergen I must try Angela Carter one of these days. 🤔 13mo
Billypar My current read is The Tiger's Wife - it might not have anything to do with this story, but I am curious... 13mo
Cinfhen I agree @LeahBergen I‘m oddly drawn to this book 😜 #stacked Thanks for posting & sharing @Moray_Reads 13mo
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Moray_Reads @Billypar I've read the Tiger's Wife and never made the connection. This one is a telling of Beauty and the Beast 13mo
Moray_Reads @LeahBergen @Cinfhen Highly recommended. As is the audiobook narrated by Richard Armitage 13mo
batsy Ooh, great pick 💜 This is one of my faves @LeahBergen @Cinfhen hope you give it a try :) 13mo
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SkeletonKey
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October wrap-up.

Books I actually read on the left, books I meant to read on the right.

So, five out of twelve on that list, but still about ten in print (returned one to the library.)

Not bad, not bad. Will have to finish the others soon.

Reviewsbylola Awesome month! 13mo
SkeletonKey @Reviewsbylola - Lots of good books! 13mo
ACriner What's that book Feed? Or who's it by so I can hunt it down? 12mo
SkeletonKey @ACriner - It‘s by Mira Grant and I BELIEVE it‘s a zombie story. I didn‘t get around to reading it yet though 😢 12mo
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DGRachel
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Mehso-so

I still have two hours left of The Bloody Chamber, but I think it‘s safe to say this collection just is not for me. #moremehthanyeah
Longer review on my blog, if you‘re interested. https://wp.me/pKWKW-4F

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Linsy
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Pickpick

Angela Carter is fierce! ♥️

The writing in here is so beautiful, you find yourself holding your breath. My favorites were the title story, of course, and her three renditions of Red Riding Hood. Perfect for October!

#bookreview #freebie #riotgrams #screamathon

NeedsMoreBooks This is an absolutely delightful book! 1y
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Linsy
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Moony Such a nice idea! 1y
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