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The Library of the Dead
The Library of the Dead | T. L. Huchu
'A fast-moving and entertaining tale, beautifully written' - Ben Aaronovitch When ghosts talk, she will listen . . . Ropa dropped out of school to become a ghost talker - and she now speaks to Edinburgh's dead, carrying messages to the living. A girl's gotta earn a living, and it seems harmless enough. Until, that is, the dead whisper that someone's bewitching children - leaving them husks, empty of joy and life. It's on Ropa's patch, so she feels honour-bound to investigate. But what she learns will change her world. She'll dice with death (not part of her life plan . . .) as she calls on Zimbabwean magic and Scottish pragmatism to hunt down clues. For Edinburgh hides a wealth of secrets. And in the process, she discovers an occult library and some unexpected allies. Yet as shadows lengthen, will the hunter become the hunted? Opening up a world of magic and adventure, The Library of the Dead by T. L. Huchu is the first book in the Edinburgh Nights series.
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ferskner
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Book in my ear, puppy on my lap.

Gissy 🐶❤️❤️❤️❤️ 3w
tracey38 Love! ❤❤❤🐶🐶🐶❤❤❤ 3w
kspenmoll Cutest face!!! 3w
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emmaturi
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Pickpick

The first in a series, set in Edinburgh, there are ghosts, magical people and a really cool library. It's definitely an interesting story, a bit gruesome at times, the MC is very cool and the cover is stunning.

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Merethebookgal
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I‘ve gotta say, the cover and title initially drew me in, and then I found out it‘s set in Edinburgh with Zimbabwean magic and I was even more intrigued! I‘m really looking forward to starting this one! What‘s a cover that caught your attention?

JazzFeathers Oh my goodness! Staked! 3mo
Merethebookgal @JazzFeathers it sounds so good, right? I‘m only a few chapters in, but it‘s really interesting so far! 3mo
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RebeccaRoo7
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"There are pockmarks where the bullets went through. It's said their blood was the first graffiti to paint the walls. Blood is the strongest ink. You can't erase what's written in blood, ever."

pg. 165

#mystery #halloween #ghosts #amreading #readKY #zombies #creepy

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jen_the_scribe
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Pickpick

I‘m actually somewhere between a pick and so-so, but that‘s not an option lol. I enjoyed the story and liked the protagonist, but was disappointed that the “library of the dead” wasn‘t more of a prominent setting in the story. It was a pretty quick read and I liked how the author made the magical aspects somewhat scientific.

Johanna414 Love that cover though! 3mo
IndoorDame I‘m always intrigued by the books that stick with me more than I expect them to 2mo
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Traci1
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Mehso-so

⭐⭐⭐
I listened to the audio of this one, and the narration was fantastic. The story, though, was just ok. Maybe my expectations were too high, but for me this was just so-so.
#scarathlon #teamhendrix @StayCurious
15+1+(5h×10×11r)=566
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LibrarianRyan I have started this on audio 2x and still not made it more than an hour b 3mo
Traci1 @LibrarianRyan the cover and title had me thinking I'd just loved it. I'm not even sure why I don't. But... 🤷‍♀️ 3mo
Twainy This was so ….. ummm for kids? It gets better but it‘s not really an adult story? 3mo
Traci1 @Twainy yeah it was weird cause it felt like a middle grade story, but the language was much more adult / ya. I never got a good feel for what it was supposed to be. 3mo
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booksandsympathy

"We are mind, heart, and hand. Through these our will is made manifest in the world. We shape it by touching it.... What is magic if not the thing that connects us to the land and those who rest in it, the voices that whisper in the wind - our ancestors and their forebears?"

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booksandsympathy

"The auld reekie in the air tonight's louder than a Phil Collins song." ?

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Twainy
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🎧 This isn‘t what I expected. I still enjoyed it & recommend it as maybe a family read.

Ropa is a 14 yo drop out who sees & talks to dead people. She‘s sassy & outspoken as a Ghostalker that‘s paid a lot to help the dead finish their business.

She & her BFF fall into trouble & Zimbabwean magic at the Edinburgh library of the dead. There‘s a mystery involving some children that Ropa plans to solve getting herself into some trouble!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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jen_the_scribe
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My next read. After having my fill of nonfiction, I desperately need some fiction. And something ghostly to start off spooky season is perfect 😁👻

wanderinglynn Sounds like an interesting read! 4mo
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Traci1
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My #bookspin list for September. Most of these were chosen #scarathlon in mind. 💀👻🧟‍♀️🧙‍♀️

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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booksandsympathy
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It's spooky book season! 🎃💀

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ShyBookOwl
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I'm really not supposed to be doing this, but a girl's got to get paid, so here we go. #firstlinefridays

I started this one last month but couldn't get into it on my kindle. I could tell the narrator had a distinct voice and I was having trouble hearing it in my head. I decided to put a hold on the audiobook instead. It just came in & I'm blown away by how much better this experience is for me! 🎧📖🎉

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Traci1
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I think I've finalized my #scarathlontbr. They won't all probably fit the theme for #teamhendrix, but I think they're all sufficiently spooky, creepy, halloweeny and will likely fit other readathons I'm doing. I am soooo excited for October, I can't stand it!! ☠👻🎃

@StayCurious

BookwormAHN Loved the Book of Accidents, its a good sci-fi horror combo. 4mo
night_shift 😲 that's a lot of books! Good luck! 4mo
StayCurious I love how many choices you gave yourself - a great start to a spooky season. +50 early bird points! 4mo
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Traci1
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My man took me to Barnes and Noble this morning, and bought me all the things. 😁 Bonus: I think most of these will work for the #scarathlon.

#teamhendrix
@StayCurious

JacqMac Oh, that‘s a great stack! 4mo
EadieB I‘ve read Book of Accidents and The Butterfly House and enjoyed both of them! 4mo
StayCurious Great choices! 4mo
Linsy Sounds like you've got a great man! 4mo
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RainyDayReading
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Bailedbailed

This book just isn‘t for me. I thought it was going to be an adult fantasy but it reads much younger. More like a young YA/older Middle Grade (I think it was marketed as adult).The idea of the story is intriguing and I do enjoy YA/MG, this just didn‘t do it for me. Most likely because it wasn‘t what I was expecting and I‘m not the biggest fan of the main character. Oh well, I‘m sure many others will enjoy this one. It‘s just a miss for me.

AlisBookNookCorner I felt the exact same way! It came off tweeny & I was under the impression it was Adult Fiction too. It was in the Adult section at my local library . . . Just not the book for me. 5mo
RainyDayReading @AlisBookNookCorner Tweeny is a good word for it! I checked the shelf location for it at my library and it was in the adult section as well. I‘m glad I‘m not the only one that didn‘t get on with it. 5mo
ShyBookOwl Just bailed with very similar feelings 😔 5mo
RainyDayReading @ShyBookOwl Glad I‘m not the only one! 5mo
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ShyBookOwl
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I missed #firstlinefridays yesterday. It was my bday and I spent it mostly offline. But this morning I picked this one up and I must say, that's a damn intriguing opening! So ready! Pairing it with leftover bday doughnuts 🍩 😋

rachelsbrittain Happy belated birthday!! 5mo
mcctrish Happy Belated Birthday ( sounds like a great way to start the day ) 5mo
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ShyBookOwl @mcctrish Thank you! And yes. I thought I might regret the breakfast sugar rush, but I do not lol 5mo
rubyslippersreads Happy belated 🎂🎂🎂! 5mo
Ruthiella Happy Birthday! 🥳🥳🥳 5mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm A very Happy Belated Birthday to you! ❤️ 5mo
rwmg Excellent reason to miss it. Belated felicitations 🥳 5mo
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sprainedbrain
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Mehso-so

I wanted to love this audiobook, but ultimately it was a so-so leaning towards pick. A teenager who can talk to ghosts (and does so for money) in a post-something-very-bad Edinburgh, trying to solve what‘s happening to local kids who are disappearing. I loved Ropa—this is a first person narrative YA, and her voice comes through very well— and the cool Zimbabwean-Scottish elements of the story. I wish there was more of the actual library and ⬇️⬇️

sprainedbrain …maybe more on the background of what the heck happened to the world. There‘s just a lot going on here and with the fast-moving plot, it doesn‘t seem like much is explained well. This is first in a series, so perhaps more background will come in future books. I really enjoyed the narrator of the audio, and will probably check out the next book.

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
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Moray_Reads Ah, I loved this one. I loved being able to follow every step of Ropa's journey as a fellow Edinburgher. I'm also hoping for more detail about what Bad Thing happened in coming books though 🤞 6mo
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AlisBookNookCorner
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Mehso-so

🌟 🌟 🌟 https://suspensebookreviews.home.blog/2021/07/09/the-library-of-the-dead-by-t-l-...

I was a bit disappointed in this one. I loved the idea of Ropa being a ghost talker, I enjoyed the plot too. My problem laid with the fact Ropa is a teen and the narration is the first person, so it comes off extremely tweeny. I'm not a fan of YA and had no idea this was a YA novel (it was in the adult section at my library). I could not get into it.

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julesG
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Mehso-so

Full review: https://scepticalreading.com/2021/07/ghosthunting-in-edinburgh/

Wanted to see more of The Library of the Dead.

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Cazxxx
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Pickpick

Set in post apocalyptic Edinburgh, Ropa is a ghostalker who carries messages from the dead to their loved ones. Something is happening to the children and Ropa decides to investigate
This was a fun read with a strong main character
3 ⭐️

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julesG
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Wanted to read Harris' Orfeia with @Maike, but this book shouted at me all through my 40min yoga session. So, Urban Fantasy with a teenage exorcist it is.

BethM Sounds fun! 7mo
Nute Where can I purchase a Litsy mug? I see them in many Litsy posts. 7mo
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julesG @Nute I won it when I signed up for Santa Thing on Library Thing one year. The first 10(?) people from Litsy to sign up got one. 7mo
Nute Thanks for the info. I thought that they were connected directly to Litsy. I‘ll just continue to enjoy seeing them in posts.😊 7mo
julesG @Nute There was talk that they'd be made available on the LT store, but so far there haven't been any on it. Maybe we should 'pester' @LibraryThing, because my kids want their own mug, too. 😁 7mo
Nute That sounds like a solid plan!👍🏽 7mo
catsuit_mango I love the author/pen name :) 7mo
julesG @catsuit_mango It's his real name. Tendai Huchu is from Zimbabwe. 7mo
catsuit_mango @julesG I am sorry, I had never heard of him and with the theme of the book it looked like a play on Cthulhu :( 7mo
julesG @catsuit_mango No need to be sorry, you didn't know. It could have been just as you described. 7mo
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jen_the_scribe
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Yesterday was my birthday and I got a bunch of gift cards. Safe to say I went crazy but I‘m not sorry 😁

Jennaree3 The library of the dead looks kind of cool 7mo
jen_the_scribe @Jennaree3 I thought so too! 7mo
Avanders Oooh 😍😍😍 And Happy Birthday!! 🎂🎈🎊 7mo
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PickwickPlockPlock
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Mehso-so

Ropa is a ghostalker in Edinburgh after some kind of... Revolt? Catastrophe? There are a lot of good ideas - too many, actually, so that the library of the dead from the title is only one small part of the story. I think this is the start of a new series, but unless the sequel will be tighter, I don't think I will read it.

CaramelLunacy If you don't mind reading middle grade, this sounds a bit like Victoria Schwab's Cassidy Blake series - the first involves dealing with ghosts in Edinburgh. 7mo
PickwickPlockPlock @CaramelLunacy I actually read that one and liked it very much. The books are very different, though. 7mo
CaramelLunacy @PickwickPlockPlock I'm glad you liked that one. Shame this one was so all over the place 7mo
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TorieStorieS
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Pickpick

The start of a new series, I absolutely loved this one that hit the shelves 6/1! Narrator Ropa talks to ghosts to scrape by a living to support her younger sister and grandmother in a magical, post-apocalyptic Edinburgh. She makes for a terrific heroine- brave, funny and a definite survivor- this is a genuine pleasure to read and while the plot may not be unpredictable it is entirely fun and I can‘t wait for the sequel!

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Addison_Reads
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Pickpick

This was such a fun, adventurous book to read full of magic, great characters, and culture. Ropa is the perfect mix of loyal and sassy. She's become a ghostalker in order to provide for her family, but she encounters a ghost who is going to change her whole world.

Great start to this series and I'm excited for the next one when it comes out.

#NetGalley

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Juliwyant
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Review copy of this upcoming book...can‘t wait to read it!

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MsMelissa
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Today‘s #bookmail came all the way from the UK.

I had no idea I ordered a signed copy 😂 #bonus

LeahBergen Haha! But nice all the same. 😄 10mo
Cathythoughts Nice one 👍🏻❤️ 10mo
MsMelissa @LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I had a look at my order and it said nothing about a signed copy. So it was a nice surprise (or a mistake on Book Depository‘s part 😂). 10mo
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TrishB Cool surprise 👍🏻 10mo
MsMelissa @TrishB I know, right? I have three more books coming from Book Depository so maybe I have more surprises in store 🤔 10mo
MsMelissa @TrishB One question - is your TBR pile on here full of books your don‘t already own? Inquiring minds want to know 🤔 10mo
TrishB @MsMelissa yes it is 😁❤️ 10mo
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ozma.of.oz
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Oh please, oh please, oh please, oh please!

🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻#NetGalley

AmyG Good luck! 12mo
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Cazxxx
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These two arrived yesterday, I had forgotten that I had pre ordered them, I must admit I enjoy the surprise!
The library of the dead is set in my hometown of Edinburgh so I can‘t wait to read it. And how Britain ends speaks to me a lot, being Scottish and hoping for independence, I think this will be interesting

MsMelissa The tagged book sounds good! I love Edinburgh. I‘ve only visited once, but it left a strong impression on me 😊 12mo
Cazxxx It‘s a lovely city 🥰 I‘ve lived here my whole life and wouldn‘t move 12mo
The_Penniless_Author I really need to visit. I went to Edinboro University in Edinboro, Pennsylvania- Edinburgh's sister city - and had a chance to study abroad there for a semester, but dragged my feet on the paperwork and missed the deadline. I've been kicking myself ever since! 12mo
Cazxxx @The_Penniless_Author you should definitely visit as it‘s a beautiful city ☺️ 11mo
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scripturient
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I‘m enjoying this book so so very much. 😍

squirrelbrain Gorgeous pic! 12mo
Moray_Reads I loved this one! The characters are brilliant and Huchu's Edinburgh is so well-executed 12mo
scripturient @squirrelbrain Thank you! 😘 12mo
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scripturient @Moray_Reads Yes! I love his work. The mathematician one (I can never remember the title) was wonderful as well. He‘s the friend of a friend who said he also gives the best walking tours of Edinburgh. 😂 This book reminds be a bit of that comment with Ropa walking everywhere. 😁 12mo
Oryx I saw this new book and thought of you. Edinburgh based. Has some good reviews, but I haven't read it yet (it's sitting in my waterstones basket... waiting for a moment of weakness). 11mo
Oryx Unfortunately it doesn't seem to have a Litsy profile 11mo
scripturient @Oryx Thank you!! I‘m reading that right now. 😁 It‘s really good but kind of weird. 😊 11mo
Oryx @scripturient Funny! it does sound weird. Look forward to your review 11mo
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