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Mrs. Caliban
Mrs. Caliban: A Novel | Rachel Ingalls
This masterful, totally unforgettable novel brilliantly blends fantasy, social satire, and feminist politics (The New York Times). It all starts with the radio. Dorothys husband, Fred, has left for work, and she is at the kitchen sink washing the dishes, listening to classical music. Suddenly, the music fades out and a soft, close, dreamy voice says, Dont worry, Dorothy. A couple weeks later, there is a special interruption in regular programming. The announcer warns all listeners of an escaped sea monster. Giant, spotted, and froglike, the beastwho was captured six months earlier by a team of scientistsis said to possess incredible strength and to be considered extremely dangerous. That afternoon, the seven-foot-tall lizard man walks through Dorothys kitchen door. She is frightened at first, but there is something attractive about the monster. The two begin a tender, clandestine affair, and no one, not even Dorothys husband or her best friend, seems to notice. Selected by the British Book Marketing Council as one of the greatest American novels since World War II, Mrs. Caliban is a story of passion and loneliness, love and loss. Wryly subversive, it brilliantly combines surrealism, satire, and the female perspective.
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#30JuneBooks @howjessreads Green books

I'm too lazy to pull all my green books for a picture so I saved my review of this green book for today.

Lonely housewife in what seems like a 50s time period hides an escaped frog like male humanoid and romance? ensues. Seems like it would be fun but really kinda boring. Written well before 'The shape of water' movie, maybe an inspiration?

Reggie You still make it sound intriguing. Lol. Stacked. 4mo
mreads @Reggie at least it's short 😀👍 4mo
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8little_paws
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This is genius. So sharp and wistful and clever and lonely all in just over 100 pages.

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This is all the more poignant as we know that her son died young and she immediately miscarried her pregnancy after his death. 😭

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8little_paws
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Had a terrific time celebrating #indiebookstoreday at four great Chicago bookstores with @WhatDeeReads , @cdreincarnate and @atlasclouded plus another non litsy friend. Definitely going to binge read the top book on this pile, which I've tagged, tonight.

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Lindy
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A witty and warm feminist novella that combines the bizarre with the mundane in a delightful way. Ingalls pushes the boundaries of genre by having a sentient sea creature show up at the door of an unhappy housewife. The tightly-controlled narrative goes on to explore our struggles with human failings. Sensual, bittersweet and absolutely astonishing. 💚

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Lindy
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She wants to be a choreographer. She says she has an idea for a whole series of ballets based on the chemical combinations of molecules in action, or something like that.

(Photo—not photoshopped—of my niece Anna, who also enjoys creating choreography.)

TrishB Great photo 👍🏻 6mo
Lindy @TrishB I think so too. When the photographer says “jump!” Anna jumps. 6mo
DivineDiana Go Anna! That‘s impressive on many levels! ❤️ (edited) 6mo
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Lindy @DivineDiana 😊[proud auntie] 6mo
wanderinglynn That‘s amazing! 👍🏻👍🏻 And a lovely background too. 6mo
Annl Great jump and great acenary 6mo
Annl Scenery 6mo
LeahBergen Beautiful! 6mo
Lindy @wanderinglynn @Annl The Rockies are always a good bet for background scenery. 🏔 6mo
Redwritinghood Wonderful picture! And this book is so good. Hope you like it. 6mo
Lindy @Redwritinghood I am loving this book. 😊 6mo
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Lindy
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I‘m so bummed about the election results in my province that I needed a book to calm my mind. It‘s working.

“Your instinct for romance is very powerful in your teens.”
“Romance, right. Romance and tragedy. Except, now that I‘m older, what I really go for is comedy. Even the international situation. My God, what a circus.”

tournevis There is not enough space in this format to properly rant about that man, who made sure that children adopted internationnaly have a second-tier citizenship, on par with any immigrant, which can be revocked at the lamest provocation. I hate this man. So profoundly. Alberta should be ashamed. 6mo
Lindy @tournevis Agreed. The 55% of Albertans who voted for him should be ashamed to have voted in support of hate and greed. 6mo
ReadingEnvy I read an article about how librarians in Alberta are rushing to archive the government's info. Ugh. 6mo
Lindy @ReadingEnvy Ugh is right. I‘m not in the habit of posting political comments online, but I was feeling quite discouraged by my fellow Albertans. 6mo
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Lindy
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40 pages in, I‘m getting strong The Shape of Water vibes from this novella, which predates the movie by over three decades.

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I forget what I wanted to ask her, but I picked up a plate and started off for the kitchen. She‘d just switched on her coffee grinder—we could hear it from the table; I went through the swing door, and there was the coffee grinder screaming away empty, and there was Jeanie, spooning instant coffee into eight cups.

gradcat I want to win...😂 6mo
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julesG
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I'm trying to pick books by women, with a feminist storyline or strong female MC for the #NoFemmeber photochallenge.

#AmericanHorror

The tagged book is on my TBR.

@Billypar @Cinfhen
#YesFemmeberInNovember 😉

CarolynM Great idea 12mo
Cinfhen Good for you!!! I‘m impressed!!! 12mo
Cinfhen And this book sounds a lot like 12mo
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Cathythoughts Great idea ❤️👍🏻 12mo
julesG @Cinfhen @rubyslippersreads - and now I know why Shape of Water sounded so familiar. 12mo
Billypar Great idea! I'll look forward to seeing your choices ☺️ 12mo
Redwritinghood This one is really good. I recommend it. 12mo
monalyisha This one‘s on mine, too! I bought it months ago to support a new local indie store but I still haven‘t cracked it open! 11mo
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khooliha
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Short and strange and sad. "Love with the proper amphibian" indeed.

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khooliha
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Getting around to the Blind Date With a Book I got a couple months ago and so far it's a weird little bite.

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AmandaL
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#July2018stats Ten books!
1 audiobook, 2 ebooks, 7 books
4 fiction (1 YA, 1 #romantsy, 1 children's classic)
6 Nonfiction (1 YA graphic, 2 memoir)

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AmandaL
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I read this on #Libby in one sitting. I wasn't sure what to expect. At first, I thought it would just be campy and ridiculous. It was actually pretty heartbreaking.

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MiyakoBunny
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3.5🌟🌟🌟.💫A quirky tragic tale that I liked, but I‘m honestly not really sure I enjoyed as much as I hoped I would🤔. The author had a very brilliant approach w/this book, but certain gaps leave it just a tad bit lacking but nonetheless still brilliant in my opinion. I like when authors are able to capture the essence of an era, & this does exactly that. I definitely want to own this book & will probably read it again from time to time 🐸💚☺️🙃

MaleficentBookDragon 🐸 🐸🐸🐸 2y
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Bookboss
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This is not The Shape of Water, although the two works share the plot point of a woman falling in love with an intelligent sea-creature. This novel was a meditation on suburban life and marriage. It explored the motivations behind self-destructive behaviors and intimate relationships. The prose is clear and simple, and it contrasts with the complexity of the characters. I appreciated its purpose rather than loved the entire story.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Lovely review—I‘m stacking all your books today! 2y
Bookboss Aw, thank you! 2y
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Redwritinghood
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The premise of this book sounds bizarre - a lonely, grieving housewife encounters a frogman-like creature and they become lovers. Real or imagined? Hard to say, but death follows her everywhere and it may just be a means to cope. The descriptions in this novella are often unexpected and fresh, and Ingalls has quite a way with dialogue. Sharp one-liners exist alongside beautifully-drawn details. An interesting story about grief and loneliness.

Libby1 Ooh! This sounds like another spinoff from The Tempest! 2y
Redwritinghood @Libby1 Absolutely! I think the name Caliban is intentional here. 2y
readordierachel Glad to hear you liked it! I've been wanting to read this. 2y
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Redwritinghood @ReadOrDieRachel It‘s only a little over 100 pages so it‘s a super quick read. 2y
readordierachel Sweet! 2y
rohit-sawant Great review! Looking forward to this. 2y
Redwritinghood @rohit-sawant Thanks! 2y
SamHeartCoffee Awesome review! 2y
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ReadingGlasses
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A simultaneously fun and poignant read! A must get if you loved The Shape of Water!
- @malloryomeara

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Expandingbookshelf
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If you are only going to consume one piece of art about a woman fucking a fish man, make it “Mrs. Caliban.”

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bookloo
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Managed to finish Book 1 for #24in48!!

A woman falls in love with an amphibious alien-like creature. That‘s all I will say regarding the plot of this pretty awesome book. If you loved or are interested in the movie The Shape of Water—read this. If you want to know how in the world a woman can be in love with a creature from the sea—read this book. If you need an entertaining 128 page read for #24in48—read this book. ♥️

mrozzz Wow..... 2y
bookloo @mrozzz Is this a good wow or a “that‘s freaking weird” wow? 😝 2y
mrozzz Both! I really want to see Shape of Water so I‘m intrigued... 2y
bookloo @mrozzz I‘m actually going to catch the movie tomorrow! I just had to read this first since I noticed they were so similar in story. ☺️ 2y
mrozzz Cool! Enjoy 😊 2y
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KathyWheeler
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At 84 pages in ebook format, this barely qualifies as a novella, let alone a novel. However, in that short space, this story of a lonely housewife falling in love with a lizard man manages to be touching, humorous, and heartbreaking.

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batsy
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I haven't read it yet; it went straight to the TBR when I heard about it. As per the blurb, "a tender, clandestine" love affair between a seven-foot-tall lizard man and a woman.

#LoveNeedsNoDisguise #nuyear @TrishB @Cinfhen

DivineDiana All I can say is WOW!!! 2y
batsy @DivineDiana Me too, I'm sure it's a tricky thing to write about well. I'm intrigued! 2y
Cinfhen Um, this would probably work for #booked2018 #unconventionalRomance 🤓 2y
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REPollock This book is weird but sweet. It‘s a quick read, too. 2y
batsy Totally, @Cinfhen ! 2y
batsy @REPollock That's great to know! Weird but sweet is probably one of the hardest things to do without being twee. 2y
Lacythebookworm Yes!! I want to read this one, too!! 2y
rohit-sawant Now Eliza and the creature from The Shape of Water have someone to go on a double date with. 2y
batsy @Lacythebookworm It sounds really good 😊 2y
batsy @rohit-sawant 😂 I haven't watched it yet, have you? 2y
rohit-sawant @batsy I'm dying to! I absolutely love del Toro. It has yet to be released in my corner of the globe. I've been looking forward to it since I saw the trailer, and more so after Joe Hill described it as kind of a sequel to Creature from the Black Lagoon written by John Steinbeck and directed by Truffaut. 2y
batsy @rohit-sawant I'm really keen to watch it as well and it's not here yet, either. I think we're only getting it in March. That's a fabulous description and makes me think I should re-watch Black Lagoon ahead of this. 2y
TrishB Wow ! What a choice 👍🏻 2y
readordierachel I mean, what more could you ask for? 2y
batsy @ReadOrDieRachel Precisely 😊 2y
saresmoore You are the photo challenge champion! 2y
rubyslippersreads @rohit-sawant 😂 2y
Suet624 Excuse me? 2y
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After escaping a duo of sadistic scientists, Larry the sea monster shows up at the door of a lonely housewife named Dorothy and reinvigorates her mundane life. Is Larry real, or is he merely Dorothy's fantasy—the antithesis of her husband and her boring existence? This quirky and charming novella is also a biting work of social satire and feminist fiction, existing in the gap between reality and fantasy, grief and joy, acquiescence and agency.

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? ATTN great new (old?) word alert ?! "Horripilation" is here and she's ready for her comeback. Need to describe how reading Trump's tweets make you feel? She's got you. Browsing Redfin and suddenly realizing you'll never be able to afford a house? Boom. Swiping through Tinder and see your ex? Honey, it is ON. "Horripilation" - Shantay, you stay.

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Marchpane
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Trying to pick books for #192019 can be hard - so many options for 1982 alone!

#192019challenge #birthdaychallenge

Centique Those covers look amazing together! 3y
Lindy Must you limit yourself to one? 3y
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Marchpane @Lindy one for the challenge (100 years = 100 books) and the rest will be added to my giant TBR 😁 3y
llwheeler What is #192019? 3y
Marchpane @llwheeler it's a challenge to read a book published in each year from 1920 to 2019, 100 books in all! 3y
llwheeler @Marchpane Oh I see, fun :) 3y
Lindy @Marchpane It's great to have an embarrassment of riches, isn't it? 3y
Marchpane @Lindy absolutely!! 3y
azulaco Where did the #192019challenge come from? It sounds interesting, but I can't find much information about it online. I think I want to pick it up, and maybe combine with the #birthdaychallenge. 3y
azulaco Never mind, I just found the post where you said that *you* invented #192019challenge, and it's intended to be a three-year challenge. It is exactly the kind of list-based challenge I like! 3y
Marchpane @azulaco I hope you decide to do it! It's got me picking up some amazing books 😊 3y
ApoptyGina69 I've been meaning to get to Mrs. caliban. Thanks for the reminder! 👍there are lots of great ones there. 3y
Redheadrambles Oh that House of Spirits is so good 3y
Suet624 I missed reading about the challenge as well. It's an interesting idea. I may try it too. 3y
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catpdx
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Quite a mix of books I've picked up this week. 'Mrs. Caliban' is oddly delightful - I've never read anything quite like it. Clever and imaginative, but surprisingly dark and affecting.

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Misanthropester
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Reading this alongside Atwood's 'Hagseed' is gonna be fun

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Britafish
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Good-bye mountain reading spot. Till next year.