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The Mercies
The Mercies | Kiran Millwood Hargrave
"Every once in a while, a modern day parable, perfectly told, reflects all that could happen in a world gone mad."-Adriana Trigiani Finnmark, Norway, 1617. Twenty-year-old Maren Magnusdatter stands on the craggy coast, watching the sea break into a sudden and reckless storm. Forty fishermen, including her brother and father, are drowned and left broken on the rocks below. With the menfolk wiped out, the women of the tiny Arctic town of Vard must fend for themselves. Three years later, a sinister figure arrives. Absalom Cornet comes from Scotland, where he burned witches in the northern isles. He brings with him his young Norwegian wife, Ursa, who is both heady with her husband's authority and terrified by it. In Vard, and in Maren, Ursa sees something she has never seen before: independent women. But Absalom sees only a place untouched by God, and flooded with a mighty evil. As Maren and Ursa are drawn to one another in ways that surprise them both, the island begins to close in on them, with Absalom's iron rule threatening Vard's very existence. Inspired by the real events of the Vard storm and the 1621 witch trials, The Mercies is a story of love, evil, and obsession, set at the edge of civilization.
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Not to be confused with her kids books as contains graphic violence and sexual assault. The village of women are fine by themselves, until the witchfinder comes.

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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A historical fiction about a small community devastated by a natural disaster that killed most of the men in the village. As the women come together to deal with their collective grief and find ways to survive their harsh environment the outside world begins to take notice…and everything “unnatural” for women to do is suddenly a sign of witchcraft. Beautifully written and I couldn‘t help but relate to a time when rumors & hearsay can carry much⤵️

Riveted_Reader_Melissa ↪️ much more weight than truth & facts and that the results can mean life or death….and how impossible it can be to disprove a falsehood to a true believer. (edited) 3mo
Itchyfeetreader Wonderful review - really makes me@want to read 3mo
TheBookHippie I read this with FOODANDLIT NORWAY last year. I really enjoyed it. 3mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Itchyfeetreader If you like audiobooks, the narrator did a really good job with it too. 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @TheBookHippie I‘m late as usual 😂… but I get there eventually. 😉 3mo
TheBookHippie @Riveted_Reader_Melissa 😅 That is usually me… 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my nightstand! 3mo
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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I liked this, but didn't love it. While it was atmospheric and the remote setting was like its own character, ultimately I wanted a little more than what we got. When the village's men are taken by the sea, the women must step up to ensure their people can carry on living. Add to it men who just can't imagine women will do just fine on their own and considering those with different customs as witches, well...it all makes me a little stabby. ⬇️

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick As you would expect from a society without many men of a marriageable age, there is a little bit of sapphic love here.

What I learned: That Salem, MA wasn't the only place where witches were hunted. I don't know why I assumed it was just a puritanical USA-thing.

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Cinfhen Well played and excellent review 3mo
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Cinfhen And awesome color match!!! 3mo
Librarybelle So many prompts completed for this one! I‘m glad this gave you the nudge to read it! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 3mo
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Kdgordon88
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#2022 reading bracket I decided I need to separate fiction from nonfiction because I couldn‘t decide between How the Word is Passed and The Mercies. I‘m not sure I read enough nonfiction to make it interesting but we‘ll see as we go along.

mrsmarch I was waffling on The Mercies, but the fact you liked it is encouraging me. 🤔 4mo
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Kdgordon88
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#FebruaryBookSpin #Wrapup.

16 books finished including my BookSpin and Doublespin books

5🌟
Tagged
Sense & Sensibility
Watership Down

4.5 🌟
We Begin at the End
Thunderhead

4🌟
Cassandra at the Wedding
Razorblade Tears
The Art of Theft
Murder on Astor Place
She Who Became the Sun

Except for The Wife Upstairs at 2🌟 the rest were 3 or 3.5🌟

Looking forward to tomorrow morning and March‘s numbers.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fabulous month!!! 4mo
Jari-chan The cat sticker is so cute! 😻 4mo
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Librarybelle
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Time for the #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead discussion! I have 7 questions under the spoiler tag - you can find them in my feed, in the book‘s feed, or by searching the group‘s hashtag.

This book brought up so many emotions for me, and I had no clue about the Scotland-Norway relations in the 17th century (and earlier).

Please feel free to comment anything else about the book (and use the spoiler tag if necessary). #LiteraeyCrew #BuddyRead

Thanks!!

Librarybelle If I did not tag you but you wish to join the discussion, please feel free! And, if I should have tagged you, I apologize - completely my error! If you would like tagged in next month‘s posts and did not comment on my post yet for the following book, just comment on that post, and I‘ll include you 😁: (edited) 4mo
megnews This was an excellent choice for buddy read. I‘m hoping to read along with China Dolls. 4mo
julieclair I did not get a chance to read this in February, but I really want to read it. Thanks for putting the questions behind the spoiler tag, so I don't inadvertently run across them! 😳 Very much looking forward to reading China Dolls with you all in March. 😃 4mo
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Jerdencon I really liked this book....
Excited for China Dolls!
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Jerdencon So I went to add China Dolls to my goodreads and I had already read it! Finished it in Nov 2014! And I gave it 4 stars - once I read the blurb it came back to me. I may just skim it again so I can join the discussion! 4mo
Librarybelle Sounds great, @Jerdencon ! That would be awesome if you join the discussion! 4mo
Librarybelle Hooray, @julieclair and @megnews ! I‘m excited for this one too! 4mo
CarolineLovesToRead Life took over my February and I‘m still finishing this book. Hope to be done by tomorrow 4mo
kspenmoll Sorry I did not get to this! 😞 4mo
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Librarybelle
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7. What are your thoughts on Absalom, Ursa‘s husband? He receives notice from his prior involvement in witch trials in Scotland. Why do you think he would choose to live in a place like Vardo, very far away from Scotland? #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

megnews I think he‘s an awful human. I think he went for 2 reasons. 1. He went where he could gain a reputation for what he‘d been found as “good” at, witch hunting. 2, I think he got a perverse pleasure out of that power and wanted more of that feeling. 4mo
Jerdencon He was power hungry and convinced himself he was doing the right thing - and that he was helping people but really only helping himself. 4mo
CBee Pardon my French, but that man was a piece of shit. Twisted sense of justice and sort of a sociopath too. (edited) 4mo
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CoverToCoverGirl I agree with ⬆️⬆️⬆️ @CBee @Jerdencon @megnews 4mo
Librarybelle He gave me the creeps! And, such a horrible man shrouded by his “piety”…🙄 @megnews @Jerdencon @CBee @CoverToCoverGirl 4mo
CBee @Librarybelle I can‘t stand when anyone uses religion to excuse bad behavior. Ugh. 4mo
Clare-Dragonfly I didn‘t think he knew what he was getting into with the location! Or maybe he just didn‘t see fit to share it with Ursa because he‘s a power-hungry creep 😡 4mo
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Librarybelle
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6. As a tie in to the last question, religion and custom does play a role in the book, especially with the Sami people (Diina among them) who made Vardo and the surrounding area their home. Here is more info on the Sami people of Norway: https://nordnorge.com/en/tema/the-sami-are-the-indigenous-people-of-the-north/

Any thoughts to share on Diina and the treatment she received from the women and her mother-in-law?

#LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

megnews It‘s not surprising for the times. (It‘s not even that surprising for today.) What was slightly surprising was the fact it seemed she‘d been accepted to some degree due to her marriage but with her husband gone, that connection seemed to quickly dry up. I was severely aggravated with the mother in law. Shame on her! How awful. 4mo
CBee The mother in law was a nightmare! It comes down to (for me) differences between people - how people who are different are so often misunderstood. That includes people from different religious or cultural backgrounds…. 4mo
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5. There are so many theories as to why groups of people begin accusing others of witchcraft. What do you think ultimately led women such as Toril to accuse others? #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

megnews I think these boil down to power trips. I see the mention of jealousy in the book and that might be how the victims are chosen and also because they stand out somehow as different, even if in the smallest way. But I think it becomes a mob mentality and power trip that spirals out of control. 4mo
Jerdencon I agree with @megnews - it is a mob mentality. People feel they are doing the right thing and get power from it. 4mo
CBee And religion played a big part, I think. That in itself becomes a mentality where anyone who doesn‘t quite believe what you do is in the wrong. Another example of how religion can turn neighbors against neighbors, etc. Despite it claiming to be about love. Kind of the same today but maybe not always as extreme. 4mo
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Librarybelle I agree with all of you, @megnews @Jerdencon @CBee ! There are similar books that have that religion power struggle and the consequences that arise when citizens kind of take on vigilantism. It was just sad for me to see the way these women turned on one another when they really had to rely on each other to survive. 4mo
CBee @Librarybelle it‘s like the opposite of girl power. Women turning against women when they need each other the most 🙁 Probably another reason Maren and Ursa gravitated together. 4mo
PurpleyPumpkin I felt that a lot of this had to do with jealousy, envy, and the desire for power. The two women who were accused both had something more than the others. One had the largest house in the village. The other was exceedingly independent. I think that scared her accusers and when they found a chance to punish them, they did just that. Fear also played a prominent role. 4mo
mdm139 I was also thinking it was an accuse or be accused situation. If you don‘t cry witch, then someone will do it to you. It was about survival. And I also think witch hunts were about destabilizing the society the women built. The society were the women were equal to men and the women proved they don‘t need men. That scared the men and they had to end it so the witch hunt was the most convenient way to cause the division. 4mo
Kdgordon88 I agree with @mdm139 accuse or be accused and also the women had the audacity to figure out to survive without the men. Totally unnatural. 4mo
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Librarybelle
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4. How does the atmosphere, the scenery and sense of place, play a role in the book? (I could feel the dampness, the cold, the starkness lingering on me as I read this) #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

megnews The setting was almost a character and I love books like that. I could feel all those things as well. It felt dark every time I read it. 4mo
Jerdencon I could also...I could feel the cold - it was definitely atmsopheric. 4mo
CBee Felt the exact same. I love when an author can turn the setting of a book into a “character.” She wrote the landscape/climate so well! 4mo
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CoverToCoverGirl Very stark and inhospitable. 4mo
Kdgordon88 The harsh landscape was fully realized in this book. I loved it! 4mo
Librarybelle I seem to be drawn to dark and stark and inhospitable landscapes in books…not sure why! @megnews @Jerdencon @CBee @CoverToCoverGirl @Kdgordon88 4mo
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Librarybelle
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3. What do you think happens to Maren at the end of the book? Does she escape? What do you think will happen to Ursa? #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

megnews I wish I knew! This one left it so up in the air. I‘d like to think positively but I fear Maren could be caught and tried. I fear the same for Ursa. I‘d like to think of Ursa finding Diina but the possibility seems slim. I‘d like to think of Ursa back with her family. 4mo
Jerdencon I am hopeful that Maren and Diina found safety but don't know.
I'm guessing Ursa found her way back to family.

I doubt there will be a sequel but I wanted to know more!
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CBee I‘m going to think positive and say that Maren escaped, and Ursa went back to her family. I‘d also like to think that they find each other again somehow ♥️ 4mo
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Librarybelle That would be awesome if they found each other again, @CBee ! It‘s my hope that they both escaped. @megnews @Jerdencon 4mo
CBee @Librarybelle I‘m going to think they did because it makes me happy - they both deserved a happy ending! 4mo
Clare-Dragonfly I imagine that Maren found Diinna and relative safety, though it would be hard for her to live with the Sámi. I‘m not so sure about Ursa. She is a lot farther from her family. It depends on how convincingly she could act out surprise and sorrow at her husband‘s death 4mo
PurpleyPumpkin At first, I imagined that Maren escaped and Ursa was reunited with her family. And I hoped that one day they would find each other again. But, after reading some reviews upon finishing the book, I realized that there was a possibility that Maren committed suicide. I sincerely hope not! 4mo
Kdgordon88 I‘m with @Cbee! I‘m choosing the happy ending in my head for this one. 4mo
CBee @Kdgordon88 ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 4mo
Librarybelle I had thought of that scenario for Maren as well, @PurpleyPumpkin , but I agree that hopefully all turned out well! @Kdgordon88 4mo
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Librarybelle
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2. Maren and Ursa come from very different worlds, and yet create a bond. What do you think drew them together? #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

Jerdencon I think their loneliness drew them together....they were both so isolated and found someone to hold onto. 4mo
CBee Agree ⬆️ Loneliness. They‘d both “lost” sisters and found that in each other, then it became so much more ♥️ 4mo
Librarybelle @Jerdencon @CBee I thought loneliness as well - they both came from sorrowful situations and found solace with each other. 4mo
PurpleyPumpkin Yes, loneliness. And isolation. Even though they both lived with others and were a part of the community, they both seemed isolated from others. And then they found each other. 4mo
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Librarybelle
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1. Info on Memorial dedicated to the victims of the witch hunt in Vardo: https://nordnorge.com/en/artikkel/the-witch-monument-in-vardo-is-in-memory-of-th...

Had you heard of this witch hunt prior to reading the book?

#LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

sprainedbrain I had not heard of this specific hunt prior to this book… that memorial is so striking! Thanks for sharing the article. 4mo
megnews I‘d never heard about it before. I agree with @sprainedbrain the memorial is beautiful. Thanks for sharing. 4mo
CBee I‘d never heard about it either and did some reading on it after I read the book. I knew about the widespread witch trials, but not this particular one. Poor souls were damned even before they were tried, executed for no reason 🙁 (edited) 4mo
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Jerdencon No - had no idea. So crazy how the same ideas were shared throughout the world even without modern communications. 4mo
CoverToCoverGirl No, I was completely unaware. 4mo
Librarybelle @sprainedbrain @megnews @CBee @Jerdencon @CoverToCoverGirl I was completely unaware as well! I guess knowing how wide spread the witch hunts were in the world, it‘s not too surprising. When I was looking for some historical supplements for the questions, I came across the information on the memorial. Incredible! 4mo
Clare-Dragonfly No, I‘d never heard of this particular witch hunt! But there were so many, all across Europe… 4mo
PurpleyPumpkin I was completely unaware of this piece of history! This book got me looking into this further. 4mo
Kdgordon88 Sorry I‘m so late. Long day yesterday! I had not heard of this piece of the witch trial history. Thanks for sharing this article. 4mo
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Librarybelle
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Oh how I loved this one! I totally agree with @Cinfhen ‘s review that this has Burial Rites vibes - it has an isolated atmosphere with dark undertones. And the writing style is brilliant. Full of storms and witches and women struggling to make it on their own in early 1600s Norway, this novel captured my interest right away. I just had to finish it this morning (and household chores can wait!). #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead ⬇️⬇️⬇️

Librarybelle My #2020 choice for #19822022 4mo
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Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 4mo
Clare-Dragonfly I definitely agree with Burial Rites vibes! 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage This was such a good one!! 4mo
KristiAhlers I agree with everything you said! Yes, this book actually landed on my keeper shelf! So freaking good! 4mo
Cinfhen This really was a great read!! 4mo
kspenmoll Sounds like I need to get to this eventually. Wonderful review! 4mo
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megnews
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This is a historical novel on a real event I‘d never heard about. It‘s very atmospheric, opening with a bang. My only complaint was it came to a close very quickly after all the build up. It never ceases to amaze me how people were so completely fooled and horrible in regards to these witchcraft trials. Great pick for #LiteraryCrew!

KristiAhlers Wasn‘t it so good! I really enjoyed this one! 4mo
Librarybelle I‘m nearly finished and am loving it! You‘re right - very atmospheric! 4mo
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Librarybelle
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Starting this month‘s #20in4 #readathon by continuing to read this month‘s #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead . I‘m entranced by this and absolutely hate having to put it down for IRL distractions (work, chores…you get the idea!).

I‘m hoping to hit 20 hours over the next several days, ticking more off of my tbr stack. Incidentally, I read over 17 hours out of the 20 hours I had hoped to read for #FabulousFebruary , which I forgot the post earlier!

Librarybelle #Zeke and #SebastianKitty are cheering me on for this early morning reading session. #catsoflitsy 4mo
KellyK Such sweet cheerleaders! ❤️ 4mo
Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck. 😊👍 4mo
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mdm139
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Best book I have read this year so far. Well written and character driven. A storm kills all the able-bodied men from a small fishing village. The women left behind roll up their sleeves and do the “mens work” to feed themselves and their children. Then the witch hunters arrive… #19822022 2019 @Librarybelle

Librarybelle We‘ll be discussing this at the end of the month for #LiteraryCrew …feel free to join the discussion! 4mo
CoverToCoverGirl Great review! 4mo
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Donna1980
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The imagery in this book is so vivid, it felt like I was there. Definitely a book that will sit with me for some time to come. After a horrific storm, wipes out the island of Vardo‘s men, the women left behind have to learn how to survive. The storm however is to be only the beginning of the troubles these women come to endure. Based on actual historical events the depiction of the witch trials during this time is chilling and heartbreaking.

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Clare-Dragonfly
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I greatly enjoyed the lovely, atmospheric writing, the setting in a place and time I didn‘t know or think much about, and the sweet, delicately balanced sapphic relationship. However, in the end it fell a bit flat for me due to the lack of plot. There is a plot, actually, but it feels sort of beside the point.

Librarybelle Thanks for joining this month! 4mo
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Kdgordon88
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#BookReport

To Paradise 3🌟 ALL will stay with me forever, this one will not
Letter to My Daughter 4🌟 #AAM Might have had more impact if I were younger #DoubleSpin
Broken Horses 3.5 🌟
The Mercies 5🌟 There‘s something about these harsh landscapes that appeal to me. Looking forward to our discussion. #Booked2022

#WeeklyForecast

Enjoying Astor Place. She Who Became the Sun is from my #NYWD list. Not sure what I think about Whereabouts.

Cinfhen Loved the setting for Mercies too!! (edited) 4mo
thewallflower0707 The Mercies was amazing. The author has another cool historical fiction book out soon! 4mo
Kdgordon88 Thanks for the heads up @thewallflower0707 I will definitely want to read it! 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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Kangaj1
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I got about 40 pages into this one and knew it was not the right book for the right time, which surprised me! #LiteraryCrew @Librarybelle

Librarybelle Sorry! Thanks for trying this and for joining in! 4mo
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KristiAhlers
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OMG! This is a dark book…BUT SOOOOO GOOD! I immediately connected with Maren and Ursa. The storyline as I said is dark and it will definitely make you think which is always a sign of a good book. It‘s a super compelling read. All the stars for this one. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #BuddyRead #LiteraryCrew @Librarybelle

Librarybelle Yay! So glad you liked it! 4mo
KristiAhlers @Librarybelle it was really good. Book hangover good. 4mo
PurpleyPumpkin Yes, I felt exactly the same! Definitely all the stars. 🙌🏽 4mo
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PurpleyPumpkin
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All the stars! What an excellent book. It was dark and foreboding, but how could it not be given the subject matter. I'm always surprised with how cruel humanity can be when people don't understand something. Fear is a great motivator, unfortunately. This story kept me thinking. Even when I wasn't reading it, my mind would wander back to it. I feel sure that I'll read this again someday. 5/5⭐️
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Librarybelle Yay! So glad you liked this! 4mo
PurpleyPumpkin @Librarybelle I truly did! So much to think about and digest. Thanks again for selecting this one. 👍🏽 4mo
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Librarybelle
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Check in post for #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead ! I know a few readers have already completed the reading for this month…hooray!

Discussion will be the 28th. I plan to start this weekend, and judging by the reviews I‘ve read this week, I‘m going to love it.

If I missed tagging you, just let me know…so sorry if I did!

Kangaj1 Yay! I am planning to start this weekend as well. 5mo
CBee I‘m so glad I read this - I can‘t stop thinking about it and I‘ve learned so much about a forgotten part of history. So, thanks! 😊 5mo
Jerdencon I‘ve started and really liking it! 5mo
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Cinfhen I really enjoyed this one ☝️ 5mo
PurpleyPumpkin I‘m really enjoying this audiobook! It‘s atmospheric and disturbing and I‘m finding it hard to put down. And when I do stop listening, I keep thinking about it! Thanks for picking this one for February. I may never have come across it otherwise. 5mo
Kdgordon88 Started yesterday on audio. So far so good! 5mo
PageShifter I got my copy today \o/ 5mo
KristiAhlers I‘ve been seriously enjoying this one 5mo
Blackink_WhitePaper I m starting this audiobook in the weekend. 🥰 5mo
Clare-Dragonfly I‘m about 20% through and enjoying it a lot! 5mo
katy4peas I‘ve just started it on audio as well. Very interesting and the names are getting me a little bit. But I‘m sure I‘ll figure it out as I get further into it. 5mo
CoverToCoverGirl Not a popular opinion, nonetheless I really don‘t like this book. I realize it‘s based on historical fact but it‘s just to stark and grim. However I‘m still reading (chapter 17)but I‘m not certain I‘ll be able to finish it. I sense that it‘s not going anywhere good. 5mo
Librarybelle Thanks for responding! I love seeing where everyone is in the book and whether or not you‘re enjoying it! @Kangaj1 @CBee @Jerdencon @Cinfhen @PurpleyPumpkin @Kdgordon88 @PageShifter @KristiAhlers @Blackink_WhitePaper @Clare-Dragonfly @katy4peas @CoverToCoverGirl 5mo
CarolineLovesToRead Took me to read the first 100 pages then started to get into it. I‘m really liking this one 5mo
megnews On ch 12. I was hooked from the first chapter! 4mo
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I had 20 minutes left this morning and just had to finish it! Wow, I really am glad I read this book. I‘m glad I switched to the audio as it helped me enjoy this one more. The storytelling was fabulous and I was sucked in. Witch hunting is so frustrating.

#Pop22 #Booked2022 - non-patriarch society
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Cinfhen This one made me so mad 😡 but I loved the writing, setting & atmosphere. 5mo
RaeLovesToRead I might use this one for non-patriarchal prompt. I don't have many other ideas! 5mo
Librarybelle So glad you liked this! 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I read this last year and it was SO good! 4mo
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Needed a work distraction 🥴 so I am sharing this for @Cinfhen 😂
See the similarity? In my first glance, I thought the colors were more matchy 🤷🏻‍♀️

Cinfhen Oh wow!!! That is a good match and those stamps are gorgeous🤩😍thanks for sharing ♥️ 5mo
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CBee
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Excellent read. The writing is so good and so realistic, especially in regards to the climate and stark landscape - you feel the chill in your bones (at least I did 😉). Based on an actual event and eerily reminiscent of things happening in our current times - could‘ve been written today!
#LiteraryCrew @Librarybelle
Also works for #booked2022 #nonpatriarchalsociety @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Librarybelle Yay! So glad you liked it! 5mo
CBee @Librarybelle really enjoyed it! And proud of myself for completing somewhat of a “challenge” 😂 5mo
Cinfhen I used this one too 😁😂 3mo
CBee @Cinfhen I wasn‘t sure since technically the society was patriarchal before all the men died, but it seemed to still work 😁🤷‍♀️ 3mo
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Cinfhen
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Gorgeous atmospheric prose. Historical fiction based on a true event. In 1617 a sudden violent storm kills all 40 men of a small island community in Norway. A religious zealot sent from the King, is brought to the island to oversee the women, bringing nothing but trouble and heartache. #pop22 #booked2022 #NonPatriarchalSociety #LiteraryCrew

BkClubCare I keep seeing this cover and it reminds me of the new us postage “Love” stamps 🥴 5mo
Librarybelle I‘ll probably use this for the same #Booked2022 prompt! I hope to start this one later this week after getting through a couple of work obligated reads. Thanks for joining!! 5mo
Cinfhen I haven‘t seen the new stamp but it must be GORGEOUS @BkClubCare 5mo
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Cinfhen How are you feeling @Librarybelle ?? I think you‘re gonna love the writing & setting for this one. Thanks for organizing 💕 5mo
TrishB What I hated was women turning on other women! Have we not got enough shite coming our way! 5mo
Cinfhen That was horrible!!! @TrishB 5mo
Librarybelle @Cinfhen I‘m okay. Some days feel better than others. The insurance finally okayed tests, but I have to wait 3 weeks. Thanks for asking! (edited) 5mo
Cinfhen So frustrating @Librarybelle glad you‘re feeling a bit better but sorry you need to wait so long for testing 💚 5mo
Librarybelle Thanks! 5mo
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Cinfhen
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Really enjoying this book, although of course it‘ll make your blood boil 😡I gave a little giggle when I spotted a shoutout to ORKNEY #HolidayEscape @BarbaraBB #LiteraryCrew @Librarybelle #Pop22 #Booked2022 #NonPatriarchalSociety This book also works for other prompts but they may be SPOILER-ISH so I‘m putting them under spoiler tag in comments

BarbaraTheBibliophage Perfect pick for that prompt! I really enjoyed this book, even though I was 🤯🤬😡 4mo
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Cinfhen
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#LiteraryCrew #Pop22 #Booked2022 #NonPatriarchalSociety This one is giving me Burial Rites vibes @Librarybelle Im doing an audio / print combo 🤓

Cinfhen I‘m guessing this was right up your alley @TrishB 😉 5mo
Julsmarshall What a gorgeous cover!! 5mo
Cinfhen @KarenUK was just saying the same thing @Julsmarshall it‘s the UK edition, which is quite lovely ☺️ 5mo
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Librarybelle Oh! Burial Rites vibes!!! That sounds very promising to me! 😁 5mo
AmyG What @Librarybelle said. Ooooooo 5mo
sophies_little_library Really looking forward to this! 5mo
TrishB I really enjoyed it, but made me angry too! 5mo
Cinfhen I‘m about halfway done and I can tell it‘s not going to end @TrishB those poor woman we‘re doing just fine….damn church (sorry) 5mo
TrishB Don‘t need to say sorry to me! It‘s patriarchy as always, this one just dressed up as religion. ☹️ 5mo
CBee @Cinfhen late to post here but I have to say I absolutely agree with you and @TrishB (damn church indeed) 4mo
Cinfhen Yup @CBee 😡🤬 4mo
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Evita
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2 out of 5

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sprainedbrain
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This is my first time joining the #LiteraryCrew for a read, and I‘m not sure I‘m doing it right because I already finished.🤪

The Mercies wasn‘t even on my radar, which is weird because it‘s exactly my kind of book, but it was so incredibly good. Well written, atmospheric historical fiction done right. I can‘t wait for discussion later this month!

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Librarybelle You‘re doing it right! Everyone reads at their own pace, so it‘s perfectly fine to finish it. Glad you enjoyed it!! 5mo
sprainedbrain @Librarybelle awesome, thank you! My library hold came in fast, and once I started I could not put it down. 5mo
AllDebooks I loved this book, glad you enjoyed it too 5mo
sprainedbrain @AllDebooks It was so good. ❤️ (edited) 5mo
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TrishB
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Not putting any comments as we‘re discussing at the end of the month with @Librarybelle and friends 😁
#nonpatriarchalsociety #booked2022

Librarybelle Yay! 5mo
Cinfhen Hahaha 🤣 that was the fastest BuddyRead ever!! I still haven‘t opened the book xx 5mo
Reggie Lolol 28 more days TrishB?!!!! I loved this book. 5mo
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TrishB @Cinfhen @Reggie hope I can still remember by then! 5mo
CBee I‘ve just started this today! Hopefully it‘ll go faster than my last read 🤪 5mo
TrishB @CBee enjoy 👍🏻 5mo
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megnews
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Read the first two chapters of February‘s #LiteraryCrew selection and can I just say that even though this hadn‘t made it to my TBR previously and I wasn‘t sure how I‘d fit it in, wow! I‘m so glad I did. Can‘t wait to see how it goes.

In the background, The Known World by Edward P Jones, February‘s #Roll100.

Librarybelle Hooray!! 5mo
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LitsyEvents
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#LiteraryCrew is reading The Mercies in February. All are welcome— let @Librarybelle know on her original post if you‘d like to be tagged.

This will be a low key buddy read, with discussion at the end of the month. Periodic check ins will be posted throughout the month.

#BuddyRead

Librarybelle Thank you for reposting this! 5mo
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Librarybelle
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I cannot believe it is almost February, and I am so late posting this (I‘m actually doing this quickly at work while I am remembering!!).

#LiteraryCrew next month is reading The Mercies. Tagging those interested in the #BuddyRead . Please comment below if you would like me to tag you as well. All are welcome!

This will be a low key buddy read, with discussion at the end of the month. I‘ll post periodic check ins throughout the month.

PurpleyPumpkin Looks like this is available on Audible, yay!👍🏽 Sounds really interesting too! 5mo
sprainedbrain I would like to join you for this one! 5mo
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Jerdencon I‘ve already downloaded this one from the library and ready to go. 5mo
KristiAhlers Downloading it! 5mo
CoverToCoverGirl I‘m in! 5mo
Kdgordon88 Now I just have to decide which media to read…ebook, audio or print or a bit from all 3? 😂 Obviously I REALLY want to read this book! 5mo
Librarybelle Hooray, @CoverToCoverGirl @Kdgordon88 ! I‘ve been so excited to read this one too! 5mo
megnews I feel really overbooked and am starting a new job next month but I‘m going to try. 5mo
Librarybelle @megnews Hope you‘ll be able to join us, but I totally understand! 5mo
Crazeedi I have this on my kindle, started to read last year, and never finished, I'll try to join, not sure if I really liked it, but it just might have been me at that time 5mo
Cinfhen Yes, thank you!!! 5mo
TrishB Thank you 👍🏻 5mo
Librarybelle @Crazeedi I know sometimes I‘m not in the right mood for a book. No worries if you cannot join next month! 5mo
Clare-Dragonfly I will join you for the first time! Literary is not usually my thing but I have this stacked so there must be a reason I think I‘ll enjoy it 😁 5mo
Laughterhp Oh, I will probably join you for this one! I currently have the audio on hold at my library! 5mo
Librarybelle Hooray, @Clare-Dragonfly @Laughterhp ! Welcome! 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚👏🏻 5mo
katy4peas I‘ll try to join. Just got the book. 5mo
katy4peas Please tag me! 5mo
CarolineLovesToRead January flew by so fast! Got my copy. Can't wait to get started on it. :) 5mo
Librarybelle @CarolineLovesToRead Yes it did! I‘m so excited to read this one! 5mo
Blackink_WhitePaper I have this book, better time to start reading I guess. Please count me in 😊👍🏻 happy to join u once again 💐😻 5mo
BethM I can‘t get a copy of this but keep tagging me in the next months 5mo
Librarybelle Will do, @BethM ! 5mo
julieclair Please add me to the tag list. This sounds like a great group! Thanks! 4mo
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Ozbradster
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Almost half way through and enjoying the descriptive prose and use of ocean/water/marine life imagery when describing colors, textures, and smell. Beautifully written. Plot is getting more intriguing now.

Jas16 So good to run into you here! And also relieved that you are hating me for forcing you to read this book. 5mo
Reggie I loved this book. 5mo
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mhillis
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Day two reading for #NewYearSpecial #20in4

Today I finished listening to the audiobook of The Mercies, and this is my last book of 2021! Although long, I really enjoyed it because of the characters and setting, not to mention a great narration!

Crazeedi I started this and put it down. May have to pick up again Happy new year Mary! 6mo
mhillis @Crazeedi Happy New Year 🥳 6mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 6mo
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Jas16
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What is more terrifying than a group of strong women able to fend for themselves? In 1617 Norway after storm kills off the men of the town, the remaining women do what they must to survive. When outsiders arrive intent on rooting out any sign of witchcraft, cracks begin to show. I saved this for the right time and was not disappointed although I wanted more of the women finding their strength. I was swept away by the beautiful writing.

Soubhiville 💜 this cover!!! 6mo
Reggie I loved this book, and I love that you love this book. 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this cover! 6mo
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laurrose
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Pickpick

This book is haunting. It‘s beautiful, but so tragic and so gut-wrenching. That said, I loved the unexpected queer love story.

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mackelie
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Thrilling story of a mysterious storm that‘s taken lives of 40 men, leaving women alone on a small island. They are soon joined by a commissioner and his wife. Little that we know that his plan is to hold witch trials.

I liked the focus on the people of Vardø and their lives before and after the storm, rather than the trials themselves; how easy it was for people to look for an escape goat due to their own fears and blaming marginalised groups.

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Cinfhen
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Had a book coupon that expires October 31, so I had to put it to good use 😁This may or may not be for an upcoming 2022 challenge 😉 #Booked2022SneakPeak Check out my feed along with @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft feeds on November 1 for #Booked2022 prompt and challenge details 🎊🥳🎊🥳🎊🥳

squirrelbrain This was a good read! 8mo
Cinfhen Yay!!! I‘m excited to hear that @squirrelbrain I was researching a genre and this book was suggested 8mo
squirrelbrain Ooh, you‘re letting clues slip….a genre….! 🤔 8mo
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Cinfhen Oooppps @squirrelbrain 🤭 8mo
Kdgordon88 I have bought this book twice, kindle and audio. Maybe next year is it time. Thanks for the tip. 😁 8mo
Cinfhen Hehehe 😂 I love when books on my shelves work for challenges @Kdgordon88 🤗🤗🤗 8mo
TrishB Apparently I brought this in August 2020 on kindle. It can always wait a bit longer! 8mo
Reggie This book is soooo good! Hope you like it, Cindy. 8mo
Cinfhen I‘m excited!! Thanks @Reggie maybe we can BuddyRead in January @TrishB ??? 8mo
TrishB Sounds like a plan! I brought it after @Reggie reviewed it! 8mo
Cinfhen Yay @TrishB although our buddyread track record isn‘t very promising xx 8mo
BarbaraBB Ooh can‘t think of a fitting prompt! Exciting! 8mo
KarenUK I loved this one…. 8mo
Cinfhen I saw your review @KarenUK 🤗lovely!! Hope all is well with you xx 8mo
Cinfhen It‘s almost reveal time @BarbaraBB when do you think #Pop22 will launch?? 8mo
BarbaraBB It‘s always the last one if I remember well, I think towards the end of November? 8mo
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JaneyWaneyB
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The Mercies is a tale of women and survival. The zealousness of the men in this book as they seek to bring order under new witch laws to an island of bereaved women & the women that fall into line under the banner of Christian righteousness makes you feel the fear & anger of Maren even more. This book is not only a powerful story of female companionship but also an insight into the 17th Century witch hunts that gripped Europe & North America.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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In Litsy synchronicity, I happened on a review of this book by @Reggie just after finishing an amazing book about Viking women warriors. Perfect pair! The women in Mercies are forced to fend for themselves when all the village men die at sea. And then they must deal with a man sent to “root out evil” among them. Deftly told through the eyes of two young women. Based on real events.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com #thebibliophage2021

BarbaraTheBibliophage That other (also excellent) book I mentioned is 10mo
Oryx Just started The Mercies this weekend. I'd also recommend this one, if you want to continue down your Viking women rabbit hole 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Oryx Oh yes, I will add that to my TBR. Thanks! 10mo
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Reggie I talked a lot about this book at work this week. Glad you liked it. 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Reggie I can imagine! Thanks for the nudge … 😎 10mo
Susanita This might be a nice pairing: 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Susanita Oooh. I agree! That looks so good. 10mo
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Oryx
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It's raining today, so... Cake 😋

EvieBee Always. 10mo
squirrelbrain Of course! 10mo
Hooked_on_books Ooooo, it rains here almost every day. Cake every day! (Why didn‘t I think of that?) 10mo
Caroline2 Yum 😋 I loved this book! ❤️ 10mo
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KarenUK
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This gave me Burial Rites feels. Based upon true events of 1617, the population of a remote Norwegian village are ravaged by a sudden brutal storm, leaving the women to fend for themselves. Maren loses her father, brother and betrothed. Three years later, a commissioner and his young wife Ursa are sent to watch over them, and rid their community of witchcraft. It‘s a beautiful, atmospheric story of love, friendship, resilience and evil. So good!

Librarybelle This is high on my to read list, and your comment about Burial Rites makes me want to drop everything and read it now! 11mo
Reggie I just read this last week and loved it. 11mo
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Curvybookgirl
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I was very intrigued by this book and it didn‘t sound like my usual reading choice, however I absolutely loved it. A beautiful book cover and a great piece of fiction based on historic mythical facts.

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Reggie
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Based on a true event, the Mercies starts with a sudden storm that comes out of nowhere on December 24, 1617 to kill 40 men off the coast of the island of Vardo, Norway. The women of the island find ways to make their lives without the men until Absolam Cornett, sent by King Christian IV to rid the island of the witches who conjured the storm, shows up one day. This book was great, frustrating, and sad. It‘s well written. Part of me wonders 👇🏼

Reggie why women haven‘t built a spaceship and left all men behind to find another planet. Also, even though it‘s been 400 years, if you listen and look closely enough the tactics of those greedy for power haven‘t changed that much. Americans of Asian descent are witches, trans people are witches, women are STILL witches, Black people are witches, poor people are witches, immigrants are witches. So many people to be afraid of. Anyways, I loved this book. (edited) 11mo
TrishB So I went to go and buy after your review and I brought it August 2020…..guess I should push up my tbr. I‘m slowly building that spaceship 😁😁 11mo
Reggie @TrishB I know you would love this book but you would be so angry reading it. I think a lot of you are building that spaceship. ❤️😉 11mo
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Twainy Well I stole your spaceship sentence. 🤗 made me smile … sounds like an interesting book. 11mo
Reggie @Twainy it is. I really enjoyed reading about how these women had an enduring spirit to live and survive. How they went to fish which was not a womanly thing to do back then. That part of the book I loved. 11mo
squirrelbrain Great review Reggie. I loved this one too - I read it a while ago as an ARC. I‘d definitely push it up your TBR @trishb. 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I just read a book about women in Scandinavian / Viking culture (more like pre-1100) that talks about how they did so much more than we give them credit for. But then the Christian church came into the region and those darn “traditional” values started to twist the culture to another path. You might enjoy it 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage And p.s. - I need to read Mercies for the same reason. Perfect pair with the other book! 11mo
CoverToCoverGirl Fantastic review! 11mo
sharread Excellent review. I have to get this asap. 11mo
Reggie @squirrelbrain Thanks! Maren and Ursa… 💔. 11mo
Reggie @CoverToCoverGirl @sharread Thank you ladies. It‘s so readable. Good stuff. 11mo
Centique Awesome review @Reggie You‘re so right about All The Witches. Fear drives Hatred. Wish we could sort that out for once and for all. 😣 Secondly I will always have a place for you on my spaceship. 🚀🧑‍🚀👨‍🚀 And there will be 💃🏼🕺👯‍♀️ 11mo
Reggie @Centique Thanks, Paula! How‘s the arm today? And lol, thanks for the seat. It would be a wild ride! 11mo
Centique @Reggie on the mend thanks! Such a frustrating thing. I‘m going to get some steel gloves for wearing in the kitchen cos I got the infection from a cut on my hand. Second infection from a cut this year. Such a klutz I am. 11mo
rohit-sawant Terrific review! Love the dots you connected about the othering of people by those in power. 11mo
rohit-sawant @Centique Hope you have a swift recovery, Paula! 11mo
Reggie @rohit-sawant Thanks, man! Hey, I actually looked you up online last week because I was wondering when the book was coming out so I could buy it but it‘s been pushed back to next year? 11mo
rohit-sawant @Reggie It has. I‘ll be making a post about it soon. The antho preceding mine will be out next month so it‘s resulted in some delays down the line. Just days ago, the editor suggested an early 2022 release but was also willing to commit himself to a December one. I opted for the former since I didn‘t want him to overexert himself on my account, plus it‘d allow him to better focus on the book like he said. 11mo
rohit-sawant He also mentioned he‘s received some solid feedback on my collection from other authors, which was heartening to hear! 11mo
Reggie @rohit-sawant well, I‘m still excited man. And that‘s great you‘re being held in high esteem by other authors. Ps I was looking at future releases and John Langan has another collection of short stories coming out. Holy crap that guy writes. 11mo
rohit-sawant @Reggie You know, that the book will be out at all still feels surreal. Couldn't be more grateful to people who carved space in their TBR for an unknown writer like me. And that includes you too. Appreciate your enthusiasm, man! 11mo
rohit-sawant I think I heard him mention the collection on a podcast. So stoked! 11mo
Suet624 @rohit-sawant 💕💕💕💕 10mo
Suet624 Awww, Reggie, just a great post. Again. I don‘t understand why people can‘t just let people live their lives in peace. 10mo
Reggie @Suet624 ❤️❤️❤️ 10mo
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