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Witches of Lychford
Witches of Lychford | Paul Cornell
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Traveler, Cleric, Witch. The villagers in the sleepy hamlet of Lychford are divided. A supermarket wants to build a major branch on their border. Some welcome the employment opportunities, while some object to the modernization of the local environment. Judith Mawson (local crank) knows the truth -- that Lychford lies on the boundary between two worlds, and that the destruction of the border will open wide the gateways to malevolent beings beyond imagination. But if she is to have her voice heard, she's going to need the assistance of some unlikely allies...
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Corar
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This was a fun book and a great choice to start off the Reverse Read a Thon. Loved the characters and look forward to reading more in the series. #deweysreadathon #reversereadathon.

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Shel.f
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I liked it. The shorter length was a refreshing change, even though it did read sort of like a script. I did feel like the author wrapped up the story though - I will probably read the other two short books in this series.

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Marilyncjackson
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This was so-so for me. Just as it was getting good it ended. The build up takes forever for a little tiny bang. It is like a bottle rocket. It felt like I was reading a TV show but then the writer has written for Doctor Who. There was some hype about this book but I feel it was just meh. Maybe too short? I feel let down.

ShyBookOwl I'm always a little skeptical when a man writes a book about witches. The topic is so wrapped up (historically and today) in the female experience. 6mo
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Shel.f
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Orbital book group, June 2019.

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KtheBookwyrm
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I read the first 2 books quick like a bunny—i loved the modern witch angle and the little puzzle that each story was. When I started read A Long Day in Lychford, it felt different and it‘s apparent focus on politics and Trump and Brexit were a turn off for me. I didn‘t make it very far before setting it down and searching for something else. I really don‘t want trump invading my reading along with everything else.

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monalyisha
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Some of my favorite books lately, which pass the Bechdel Test with flying colors, have (surprisingly) been Fantasy books written by men. This one has such a strong trio of flawed yet heroic women at its center: Reverend Lizzie Blackmore, recently widowed & struggling with her faith; Autumn, her estranged bff, & the atheist owner of a magic shop who‘s overcome either a psychotic break or a supernatural experience;

*cont‘d 👇🏻

monalyisha 1/4: and Judith, a septuagenarian misanthrope, who‘s either the local wise-woman or nut-job, depending on who you ask (i.e. her or the rest of the town). The three forge a reluctant alliance to protect their small, English village from insidious capitalist interests, which threaten to destroy the cozy, community vibe &, if Judith is to be believed, the boundaries between worlds. (edited) 8mo
monalyisha 2/4: My favorite part of this novella is the relationship between Lizzie & Autumn. As a thirty-something woman, I‘m familiar with the experience of having let close friendships go by the wayside, the regret that follows such neglect, *and* the not-often written about awkward process of trying to re-strengthen those bonds. (edited) 8mo
monalyisha 3/4: I know how important communication & a mutual support system is to the female experience; it was comforting to read about a pair of women who *haven‘t* maintained their squad, but who might yet find platonic love again. Baby, it ain‘t over ‘til it‘s over. 🖤 (edited) 8mo
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monalyisha 4/4: Other themes that were handled with realism &, I think, grace are: mental health & spirituality, as well as aging. I‘m eager to see if my first impression was correct, & if these subjects are dealt with, hopefully with even more attention & depth, in later books. Maggie Stiefvater was right (as she so often is): these are totally worth reading. 8mo
lahousewyfe I have this and now it gets to be my next read! 8mo
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monalyisha
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“The telemarketers who called her up now seemed either desperate or resigned to the point of a mindless drone, until Judith, who had time on her hands and ice in her heart, engaged them in dark conversations that always got her removed from their lists.”

Blueberry 😲😀 8mo
C.Perone Hmmmm 🤔 Not a bad idea 😄 8mo
Birdsong28 That is such a good Idea 📚📖 8mo
monalyisha @C.Perone @Birdsong28 Right?! 😆 8mo
DivineDiana Worth a try! 🤔 8mo
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monalyisha
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Okay, pals. I‘ve narrowed it down to three! Cast your votes!

@Elma @TheLibrarian

@MirrorMask I‘ve got you down for “Wild Snail.”🌿🐌

BookNAround I‘m not in your group but Wild Snail is amazing. 😁 10mo
TheLibrarian All would be fine but leaning towards 10mo
Elma I'm good with whichever, but also leaning toward 10mo
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monalyisha Okay. I‘ve heard from so many people that “Wild Snail” is incredible, so I‘m gonna go with that one! Excited to have an official choice! 🙌🏻 @Elma @TheLibrarian @MirrorMask 10mo
MirrorMask @monalyisha Yay!!!! I'll do Sea Monsters 10mo
monalyisha @MirrorMask Exciting!!! Almost a full-set. @Elma @TheLibrarian 10mo
Elma Yay! 10mo
MirrorMask Also, no one has any objections to chocolate, correct? @monalyisha @Elma @TheLibrarian 10mo
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DarcysMom
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🌟🌟🌟🌟
Catching up on reviews.
#audiobook
#overdrive

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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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A crotchety old witch who‘d rather be left alone, a woman coming to grips with the magical trauma of her past, and Lychford‘s new vicar who is experiencing a crisis of faith must join forces to prevent a threat of extra-dimensional proportions...

the building of a fancy new grocery store.

This was quick and fun, if a bit slight. Pictured is my purely fantasy #HeadCasting for the 3 leading ladies.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Dame Helen Mirren as Judith, Freema Agyeman as Autumn, and the Doctor herself Jodie Whittaker as Lizzie. 13mo
DGRachel I love all three of those actresses, so I‘d watch the heck out of a show with them. 😊 13mo
GingerAntics I love all three of them. Those selections alone make me want to read this. 13mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great fantasy cast! 13mo
taraWritesSci Oh hello, I too would watch this in a heartbeat. 😮😍 13mo
JoRead If one of the characters made you think of Helen Mirren then it automatically goes to my TBR 😊 13mo
JazzFeathers Sounds like fun 😊 13mo
monalyisha You explained this in such a perfect, succinct way (which I totally failed to do 😅). Also, I fully support your Judith casting. 🖤 8mo
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llwheeler
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So nice of this novella to show it works for the MC over 70 category #booked2018 right in the first sentence ☺

Enjoyed this one. Judith is a great character, and I can see the series potential in Lychford. Tor seems to like that in their novellas - a story that stands alone but characters and worlds that invite more stories.

llwheeler Also used for "saving the world from evil" prompt #sfftbrchallenge 13mo
Cinfhen How perfect and once again tagging my cohosts @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft 13mo
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daniwithtea
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#audiocooking: cranberry balsamic chicken with rice pilaf for lunches this week. Yum!

Kappadeemom That looks so good! 1y
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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Lunch with book!

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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Giving my kindle some attention!!! (That ebook backlog is not going to read itself - am I right?!)

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PickwickPlockPlock
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In the small town of Lychford three women have to work together against supernatural forces. Compared to the author's Shadow Police books I found this more accessible, less dark but also less interesting. The best moments are when the three women start working together. Not bad, but not as good as I hoped it would be. There are more novellas set in Lychford.

Book 7 for the #SFFTBRChallenge, prompts 20/21.
@DuckOfDoom

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AWahle
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If either of these books is on your TBR, Tor Publishing is offering free eBook downloads for subscribers of their newsletter. Both are the first in a series so this is a great strategy to hook readers. Tor does this a few times a year so I encourage Fantasy and Sci-Fi fans to sign up at Tor.com. I'm not being paid to share this, but if Tor wants to send some books my way I wouldn't complain! You have until 12pm EST on February 2nd.

GarthRanzz Damn! Just missed it but I‘m signed up for next time. Thanks for letting us know about this! 2y
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Sumi
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Finished my 3rd book. I am pretty sure I‘m not going to get 24 hours of reading on but will try my best.

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Beachesnbooks
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Finished my first read of #boutofbooks ! I enjoyed this novella about a small English town that's on the border of fairyland, and the three women who must unite to save the world when a superstore's presence threatens the fragile boundaries between the worlds. A good readathon read.

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Bette
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Judith, in her seventies, is known as the village crackpot because only she can see the boundaries around Lychford which lead to other worlds. Now there's a weakness in the border, and things are waiting to get in. She's going to need help... 👍 #catsoflitsy

Tanzy13 🐱 2y
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Magslhalliday
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It took me far too long to finish this novella, which is my own quirk of reading on devices.

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RedbagReadbooks
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4/5⚰️. Lizzie, Autumn, and Judith join forces to stop a major distribution company from building in their town. With a metaphysical twist.
It was an enjoyable quick read. I will certainly read the next one.

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Chocomeiske
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A deliciously magical novella which manages to combine the struggles of a small town against a large corporation with elements of the supernatural and a pervading sense of dread. The author manages to provide a clear concept of the magical system without taking a full length novel to do so. This was a joy to read.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Anton Paul Cornell wrote one of the absolute best Doctor Who novels, 2y
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FirehairWildling
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A nice little magical story that I burned through. Always on the lookout for some good witchy fiction. :-)

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Mumford_and_Books
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Three women try to stop a supermarket chain from building a store in their sleepy hamlet of Lychford--which happens to lay on the boundary between two worlds. If they fail, the destruction of the border will open wide the gateways to malevolent beings beyond imagination. 9/10 recommend.

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Magslhalliday
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Rare ebook reading shot. In a pizza joint in Soho.

TheLondonBookworm Great place to read ☺️☺️ 3y
Magslhalliday @TheLondonBookworm I should really have been reading a shadow police book given the setting! 3y
TheLondonBookworm Haha yeah! Or Moon Over Soho :) 3y
Magslhalliday Ha, yes! 3y
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quietjenn
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work tomorrow, short spooky-ish read tonight

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jessiekanegill
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SpoooOoooOoky new witch book! 👻 #bookriotlive

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jpmcwisemorgan
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Ok so it wasn't scary, I just had a moment. There's definitely something lurking so future installments in the series might have more suspense. I love stories of the fey in the U.K., those are the some of best such stories. This is a good pick for #AllHallowsRead for anyone wanting a not too spooky story with witches, and a touch more. #GiveaSpookyBook

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jpmcwisemorgan
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The ebook was on sale today and sounded interesting so I bought it to read on some unspecified date in the far, far away future. Then I saw a post about #GiveaScaryBook for #AllHallowsRead and decided I'd give it a go. Well, I'm scared of the dark. I admit it. And the book starts out with something in the dark. Great. I'm sleeping with the lights on tonight.

BookishFeminist I'm reading this right now and not finding it scary at all- hopefully that means you'll be alright! 3y
jpmcwisemorgan #BookishFeminist I've made it past that bit and I think I'll be fine. 🙂 3y
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bandigiu
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This novella has been on my TBR list for a while and the ebook is only 99 cents today. Definitely snagging it! 😊
And hey, it fits today #octphotochallenge

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BookishFeminist
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How we hangover. 💆🏻

Ebook (not pictured because it's sneaky phone reading while we pretend to be social) + bananas foster french toast, eggs over easy, hash browns, and bacon. Also not pictured: the coffee cup/water glass graveyard.📱📖🍳🍌🍯☕️

#bookandbrunch

Brenley Nice! Sneaky iPhone reading is the best! 3y
BookishFeminist @Brenley Isn't it?! This is what spots at the end of the table are made for. 🤓 3y
stacybmartin That French toast! 😍 3y
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BookishFeminist @stacybmartin It was SO good! Perfect brunch food 👌🏼 3y
sparklemotion This looks so good. And I'm so hungry 😭 3y
jveezer That's the way to hangover! Except looking at a screen to read might hurt my head. But ya gotta do what ya gotta do when sneaking, precious! ;) 3y
BookishFeminist @heartlesstree It's so yummy! Best French roast I've had in a long time. Hope you can fix your hunger soon! 3y
BookishFeminist @jveezer That's why I made the font extra large and used a blue light dimmer! 🤓 I'm not doing too poorly on the headache front thankfully, especially after the Advil and 4 cups of coffee 😳 3y
caitfish4311 Jeez that looks so good! 3y
Alfoster Yummmm! 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa That looks great! 3y
Zelma Wow, that looks fantastic! Yum! 3y
Bette Yum. 😛 3y
OSChamberlain That's the most uniform hash brown I've ever seen. So beautiful 😭 3y
HotMessJess Could be a worse way to hangover... usually I'm eating pickles in a snuggie on my couch!! 3y
BookishFeminist @HotMessJess eating pickles in a snuggle on your couch?! 😂😂😂 that is ultimate Hot Mess status right there!! 3y
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😂😂😂

I'm sorry, what? Whose grandmother & why is she sucking eggs?! 😳

Google says this is a British expression, but pardon my reaction running across this saying for the first time in dialogue about church architecture. 😂

Brits- is egg sucking a thing about which grandmothers have knowledge?! Why are eggs being sucked? Why would someone need to explain this in the first place? So many questions.

mahasoor I'm not British but I recognize 'teach your grandmother to suck eggs' from the Ren and Stimpy song "happy happy joy joy" 3y
CJEskriett I'm British. It means telling someone something they already know, but quite why it's expressed that way is beyond me! Another egg-based expression I like is when you describe something as a curate's egg, meaning "it's good in parts". Now I have to go and look up the derivations of these! 3y
emmanoble My bf is British & I asked him ? he says it's a phrase that means you're teaching someone how to do something they already know how to do ? Like "preaching to the choir"..a bit similar. Hope that helps haha 3y
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Larkken My family in New England uses it (or at least, I picked it up somewhere!), but it always makes me think of Bilbo and Gollum and the riddle contest 🐓 3y
Leniverse It's a common expression in the UK, and like the others say it means to tell someone something they already know all about. But I have yet to meet anyone, grandmother or not, who actually sucks eggs. These days even Brits like their eggs cooked. 😂 I've always found it a rather gross expression, as I picture this old toothless woman slurping away at an egg. 3y
AndPeggy I'm British and I have never heard this expression. Better keep that one in mind 😂 3y
cariashley I worked at a UK-based company for 10 years and learned this one early on. Always found it hilarious 😂 3y
SaturnDoo 😁 I am American and have used this expression often throughout my life...I'm not sure where I picked it up. 3y
EnidBiteEm Yep, it's well known down under too, although I haven't used the saying with my actual grandmother 😂 3y
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KellyTurner
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So this happened last week! My lucky husband got to meet the immensely talented Paul Cornell at Forbidden Planet in London! We both love his work- from the Dr Who episodes and novels, to the Shadow Police series- a must read if you like fantasy! This novella was pretty good too. A slightly spooky read about a quaint English village on the boundary between 2 worlds and the horrors on the other side.

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kammartinez
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While I feel mostly positive about this, I think the author could've tweaked a few things (like mentioning Autumn's racial identity right from the start). Still, it's not all that bad a read. Love Judith; there should be more characters like her in fiction :).

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BookishShelly
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I loved this short (144 pages) book, though it was annoying to not have it revealed early on that Autumn is black. Race is not a spoiler or gotcha or surprise. (And it was revealed in a casual manner so not a spoiler at all.) Representation matters.

BookishFeminist So true. I cannot stand when authors do this. 3y
Notafraidofwords Very true. 3y
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BookishShelly
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Currently reading

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kammartinez
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Sold! Also glad that the protagonist appears to be a cantankerous old lady with a strong antipathy for almost everything around her. I could stand to see a few more of those in fiction :D.

KrisConstantReader I don't know why but I just adore the word antipathy. 3y
kammartinez @KrisConstantReader I don't blame you; it's a very nice word, both written and spoken :). 3y
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kammartinez
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I wish I'd thought to check this for length; if I'd known this was a novella I'd've picked it up much sooner. Well, better late than never, no?

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