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Everfair
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
"Everfair "is a wonderful Neo-Victorian alternate history novel that explores the question of what might have come of Belgium's disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier. Fabian Socialists from Great Britian join forces with African-American missionaries to purchase land from the Belgian Congo's "owner," King Leopold II. This land, named Everfair, is set aside as a safe haven, an imaginary Utopia for native populations of the Congo as well as escaped slaves returning from America and other places where African natives were being mistreated.Nisi Shawl's speculative masterpiece manages to turn one of the worst human rights disasters on record into a marvelous and exciting exploration of the possibilities inherent in a turn of history. "Everfair "is told from a multiplicity of voices: Africans, Europeans, East Asians, and African Americans in complex relationships with one another, in a compelling range of voices that have historically been silenced. "Everfair "is not only a beautiful book but an educational and inspiring one that will give the reader new insight into an often ignored period of history.
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speljamr
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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Mehso-so

I have to say, this one was not as good as I had anticipated. I know it's an alternate history, but the jumps through time are just too fast for such short chapters. The characters never got to fully develop in a way I could care about them. I am disappointed this wasn't as good as it looked.

#AlternateHistory

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speljamr
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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Tonight's #BookAndDinner is chicken breast with pizza mac-n-cheese.

suzisteffen On my TBR pile! 3mo
Vivlio_Gnosi This may be the 1st @Litsey post that has me more interested in something other than the book #MacAttack #yum 3mo
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speljamr
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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1. Yes
2. Yes - train ride to the west coast
3. Yes - traveling alone
4. Book tagged to this post

#HelloThursday @wanderinglynn

Suzze I‘ve taken the train from Michigan to Texas twice. Love the train! 6mo
wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 🖋 6mo
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Books4Ever
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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Mehso-so

Way out of the normal read for me, but I‘m glad I picked it up. I found the writing a little difficult, some passages seemed strange and the dialogue a little odd. Overall I did enjoy reading it, but I won‘t be reading it again.

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daniwithtea
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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Pickpick

A sweeping story of love and romance, family and community, colonialism and racism, politics and war. I found it a bit hard to follow at times as it jumped between POVs, but overall enjoyed it.

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Kryckett
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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This has been waiting impatiently on my shelf. Finally starting it. I read King Leopold‘s Ghost years ago, when I was traveling in the area. Very much looking forward to this.

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JSW
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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Last night‘s post-busy-workweek book haul. Yay sale books!!!

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tournevis
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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📘 Tagged!
✒️ Élisabeth Vonarburg
🎥 I've been scratching my head for this one. Finding one that I like is hard. As a child I liked L'Évangile en papier, but for the crafts not for the religious content. I can't think of anything else.
🥚 In English, eggs. In French, épices.
#manicmonday @JoScho

ETA: 🤦Of course: Empire Strikes Back! Of course!

JoScho Thanks for playing 😊❤️ 12mo
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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Mehso-so

This was one of those books that I admired more than I enjoyed. I think it was also a weird read for me because I think it's talking back to mainstream steampunk, but this is the only steampunk I've ever read. It's an ambitious alt history novel that reworks the atrocities of Belgium's colonization of the Congo. Fascinating concepts but the wide scope left me not feeling connected with the characters and not feeling invested in their stories.

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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Mmm spaghetti, wine, and a good book! Note in the background are two other books languishing on my coffee table (one I've been half way through for weeks now, oops)

BookishTrish Less can wait.... 13mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @BookishTrish That's what I keep saying haha 13mo
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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Lunch time reading in the park is the best!!

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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It's hot as fuck in my apartment right now and I'm very glad for this little outdoor seating area the city set up around the corner from my house. I can hang out outside and I don't have to buy anything!! Also, this book is really good--one of those ones that feels different from anything I've ever read before.

kgriffith Ooh, I‘m intrigued! 13mo
kgriffith (I‘m also on my indoor porch, where both cats and I are enjoy a bit of moving air that hasn‘t made it into the apartment yet!) 13mo
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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Reading outside is my favourite thing to do in the summer

jmofo I‘m tired and read that as “Everfail” and I thought, whooo, I can relate. Then I read “Everfair” and I thought, that sounds nice...or creepy. Clicked on book synopsis. I now really want to know what you think of this. Sounds so ambitious. Could be a real kick in the pants. Please update! 😬 13mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @jmofo It's very interesting and ambitious so far! I'm only about 50 pages in though. It's a bit weird for me to be reading it since it's a unique version of steampunk, but I've never really read any steampunk before! 13mo
jmofo @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I haven‘t read any steam punk either...I hope you continue to find it interesting! 13mo
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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What book should I read next??

Literary_Siren Unspoken. My suggestion is purely based on cover appeal. 😂 14mo
Lindy Hard-boiled fairyland sounds intriguing: 14mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Literary_Siren Nothing wrong with that! 14mo
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Lindy I know right! And it has representation of a queer character with mental illlness that's supposed to be really good! 14mo
Lindy @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian It‘s on shelf at my local library; I‘m going to take a closer look at it. 👍 14mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Lindy Let me know what you think if you read it! 14mo
slightlyfoxed I‘ve read all three of these! Borderline would be my top pick, although I enjoyed all of them. 14mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @slightlyfoxed Great to know, thank you! 13mo
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Chelsey
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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Yay! This is finally on sale! I've been wanting to read this forever! I was able to attend Levar Burton Reads Live where he read a Nisi Shawl short story and then interviewed her afterward. It was awesome! I'd heard so much buzz about this one it's surprising to me to see it has such a low Litsy approval rating 😲

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ness
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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llwheeler
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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We're thinking of moving soon-ish, so the other week I was all decided to go on a book buying ban until we move...

...yeah, that lasted long. In my defense, I had time to kill within walking distance of my local indie and they had their sidewalk sale tables out. What else could I do? #bookhaul

scripturient Ooh, I read Obasan in college. 😁 1y
llwheeler @scripturient I missed it somehow, but I keep seeing it on various best of lists. Looking forward to reading it 1y
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Settings
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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This is one of the few recent SFF award nominees my library has an online audiobook for - but it's one of my least favorite SFF genres so I'm about to go in with negative expectations. Horrible way to approach a book. Can anyone say nice things about it without spoiling anything?

Jabberwocky I personally ended up bailing 😅 But the writing is gorgeous and the premise is just too cool 1y
Settings Oh no, that's my problem with steampunk. A setting the author thinks is "cool" so it gets a lot of attention even though it's actually cliche and stale, plus oftentimes unlikable pirate/outlaw characters we're expect to find charming even as they abuse the backround characters. 1y
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Jabberwocky
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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Bailedbailed

This is going to have to be a bail for me. I really love the premise and even the writing is really amazing. It‘s just that it‘s written as a series of super short vignettes that I‘ve found to be quite jarring and difficult to really get into.

MarriedtoMrT Beautiful cover. 1y
Broke_Girl_Reads I‘m in the same boat! I tried this one on audio and I just could not keep up with the jumps in time and POV 1y
Jabberwocky @Broke_Girl_Reads @MarriedtoMrT I really really wanted to like it but 🤷🏻‍♀️ I just couldn‘t keep up. 1y
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Jabberwocky
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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I HAD NO IDEA THERE WERE QUEERS IN THIS BOOK IM SO HAPPY! Surprise representation is the best representation. #queerbooks

Bianca It really is! 1y
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Jabberwocky
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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Bookish lunch/snacks! I hate starting work late in the afternoon because it makes meals weird for the day. At least I‘m early and have some time to read!

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Jabberwocky
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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So I‘m not giving up on my other book, but I am looking for something a little less end of the world and a little more steam punk Congo. And here we are! 💖👌🏿 #steampunk

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Only ever heard great things about this! And that cover! 1y
tournevis So good! So good! So good! 1y
Jabberwocky @tournevis @TobeyTheScavengerMonk Well with reviews like that from the two of you how can I not be excited! 1y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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Oops went into the bookstore to pick up two books I special ordered and accidentally also bought these three. Two were on sale so it's okay? #BlackBooks #QueerBooks #Romantsy

Alfoster Duh!🤪🤪🤪🤪😍 1y
writerlibrarian This happens to you too? 😂 1y
Phlamboyant It's kind of the best problem to have. (My husband and bank account might not agree, but whatevs.) 1y
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Beachesnbooks Nice! I really enjoyed Borderline! 1y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Beachesnbooks Yeah I'd heard of it, but reading the first page sold me! 1y
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bookwrm526
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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Pickpick

I‘m WAY behind posting my reviews here! Going to try to catch up over the next few days. This was an interesting mix of historical fiction, speculative fiction, steampunk, and romance. It was a great story, though I enjoyed the stories of some of the characters far more than others. I‘m trying to decide if this would count as a post-colonial novel for #ReadHarder. This turkey was on a side street in the middle of the city!

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Jabberwocky
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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So I couldn‘t resist and went back to the closing sale and picked up a couple more books. 💖😅 #bookhaul

ReadingsByTheC Looks like you got some good picks. 👍 1y
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Liberty
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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Paid a visit to my friends at RiverRun Bookstore this morning, where I also bought books because I‘m breathing. 📚📚📚

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Bookbeez
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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Vacation read #2. I've heard mixed reviews but the premise sounds interesting. #vacationreads #roadtrip

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BestOfFates
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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Today's Drive: Listening to Tempest interviewing Nisi Shawl about Everfair!

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tea.n.books
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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Tea selfie on the way home after the wedding 🍵 still listening to Everfair, but I'm about 3/4ths done. I'll be done by the time we get home 🎧 #audiobook #steampunk

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tea.n.books
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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Stopping midway in our drive for the night and I'm almost halfway through this #audiobook and am so enchanted with it. The short chapters jumping in time and place took a bit of getting used to, but I'm loving the epistolary/journal-esque industrial era style 😍 #steampunk

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tea.n.books
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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All of my #audiobook holds came in at once 😱😱😱 luckily I have a 9 hour car trip coming up 😜

Alicia Omg I have the same problem right now !! 😂😂😂 2y
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Kamisha
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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Done with Paper Girls 2 and moving on to Everfair! #readathon

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Bookbeez
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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#bookmail So excited for this!

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ReadingsByTheC
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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Yay new books! The left stack is from my local thrift store and the right stack is from #bookoutlet. Hopefully one of these will break me out of my mini slump. I only read one book last month. 😔

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Sarrie
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
Mehso-so

This was yet another struggle for me. She had such an amazing premise and I actually really enjoyed her characterization but the format of writing was just frustrating. The time jumps made little to no sense and interesting plot hooks were lost in a page, never to be resolved. I will definitely try Nisi Shawl again but this was just not a winner for me.

2BR02B If you liked her writing style, but found the vignette- style narrative format of Everfair too choppy, I bet you would enjoy her short story collection, Filter House. Not all the stories hit it out of the park for me, but there were some real gems there. 2y
Sarrie @2BR02B I will definitely check it out then! I'm willing to bet the shorts would work much better. I'm a big short story fan anyway. Thank you! 2y
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2BR02B
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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A little fireside reading on a chilly morning.

Everfair's definitely proving a challenge so far. Shawl's decision to focus more on interpersonal character drama than historical context is baffling to me. I keep mentally comparing this to Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun- which I vastly preferred.

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2BR02B
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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Starting my next book club pick tonight with some trepidation: at 33%, it's the lowest-rated book I've seen on Litsy.

C'mon, dudes. You can't honestly tell me this is worse than Fifty Shades of Grey.

#catsoflitsy

ReadingEnvy I mean it was nominated for a Nebula Award! (I have this sitting on my tbr pile too.) 2y
MrBook 😻😻😻😻 2y
2BR02B @ReadingEnvy Maybe a slew of Sad Puppies joined Litsy just to pan Everfair in protest? 😆 2y
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Oftencantdecide That cat is just daring you to read it.😸 2y
Eyelit Your kitty cats are adorable! 2y
ReadingEnvy @2BR02B let's try it and seeeeeee 2y
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Somasis
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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Love the writing, not too sure about the structure yet, but I like that the different POVs give such a sense of community. I'm just under a quarter of the way through, so I'm going to give it a bit more time before I decide to continue or not.

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GemintheRough
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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bates_barb
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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Now some quality time with Everfair before I go to sleep.

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bates_barb
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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I took advantage of the weekend to hang out in bed and read for a couple hours. Now I'm starting to get up and seek out food and coffee. #littenkitten Zora is not pleased at this change of events. Her look fairly screams at me to pick the book back up and stay still. #catsoflitsy #lazymorning

MrBook 😹😹😹😻😻😻! #Coale gives the same look. 3y
EvieBee Aww! 😂 3y
Joybishoptx Haha! Pretty kitty 😻😻😻 3y
BookishMarginalia Awwwwwwww! 3y
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bates_barb
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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This is #page24ofcurrentread with bonus #littenkitten nose, because heaven forbid I ever do something without her investigation and approval. 😹 #catsoflitsy

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bates_barb
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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"His Chesterfield hung on the rack by the front entry." To someone who grew up speaking Canadian English, this is a deeply strange sentence. I was kind of taken aback by my initial mental image of someone hanging their sofa on a coat rack.

8little_paws That's all I know a Chesterfield as as well. What is it in this context? 3y
bates_barb @8little_paws It seems to have been a coat of some kind. 3y
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Napraxine
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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I've been looking forward to this very promising take on steampunk! Everfair seems to have some cool new ideas about punking the past.

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meichner87
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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Pickpick

Wonderful, inventive alternate history/#steampunk! I loved the themes and vivid descriptions, and the bittersweet sense of what might have been.

onesmartcupcake This is high on my 'to read' list! So excited to hear you liked it! 3y
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Arbol
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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A little late but this is our holiday season haul. So excited to start on them. Yes, kitty was also part of the haul. #littenkitten #catsoflitsy

Flaneurette 😍! 3y
Desha Wow! If that is your house and not an actual library (with the cute kitty I'm assuming it's your home😜) then I have complete #shelfenvy lol! Beautiful, beautiful room! #allthebooks 📚❤️📚 3y
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Heidsalot
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
Bailedbailed

I have now tried, and failed, 3 times to get started on this book. I can't make it more than the first 2 or 3 chapters before I just completely lose interest and start thinking about what else I could be reading. I really wanted to like this book, too. ☹️

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GemintheRough
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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Pickpick

Steampunk alternate history of a fictional country during King Leopold's horrifying exploits in the Congo and beyond. More bittersweet than I expected. The history and characters are rich and have so much depth. And now I want to ride an "aircanoe".

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emily_jkn
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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Mehso-so

This didn't quite live up to its promise but I loved the romantic relationships. A beautiful reminder that love always exists between flawed people, and transcends the "rules" society tries to impose about age, gender and ethnicity.

Also check out the "snow" we got in Atlanta lol. ❄

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Napraxine
Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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some books I've been wanting to read moved in me over Christmas 📚♥