What Moves The Dead by T. Kingfisher is a story of friendship, fungi, and death. If you‘re looking for an atmospheric gothic horror novel to sink into, then look no further!
If gothic horror is your jam, you‘re going to LOVE this. I had a blast reading this one! It‘s a book that certainly takes up residence in your mind and just keeps growing on you.
A modern retake on the Fall of the House of Usher. Enjoyed the brooding atmosphere the author created on this one. The reader is left with wondering how and if everything actually worked out or if there is something more sinister still waiting in the wings
For fans of Poe, or those who just want a creepy, atmospheric read, stack this one! 💚
Going into this read I had no clue it was a retelling. Once I realized it was based on Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher, I felt like a giddy fangirl. I loved how the author handled this.
Great read for the upcoming spooky season.
This was a quick read! Its a retelling of Poe‘s The Fall of The House of Usher. Its a really good retelling. I read the authors note and she said after reading Poe‘s version she was left with a lot of questions and wanted more details. So, she wrote her own version. Very much following the original with character names, etc. but also so much more!
“Do you think they ever get the two confused? The devil shows up to a fairy ball, or finds himself mobbed with elven ingénues?” He gave me a look from under his eyebrows. “You shouldn‘t joke about fairies. Sir.” “Oh, very well. As long as I can still joke about the devil.” (37)
This was another one that I expected to love but just didn‘t. This was very nearly a pan/DNF but I kept pushing through and the final 50 pages (about 1/3 of the whole story since it‘s only about 150 pages long) was excellent and made up for the 1st 2/3. I admit I found the beginning boring and skimmed a lot of it. I went in pretty blind and expected more of a modern retelling, which could have led to some of my dissatisfaction. 🌟🌟🌟
July felt like a month where I struggled to read anything, but in reality I only struggled with print books. Seven of these were audio, only two non-manga print. I finished Chef's Kiss in basically two sittings and it was adorbs.
I also journaled a lot about this month's books. They left me with a lot to think about.
#roundup #bookreport #july2022 #2022 #audio #manga #romance #horror #comedy #historical #queer #libby #librarybooks #library
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ When Alex Easton, a retired soldier, receives word that their childhood friend Madeline Usher is dying, they race to the ancestral home of the Ushers in the remote countryside of Ruritania.
What they find there is a nightmare of fungal growths and possessed wildlife, surrounding a dark, pulsing lake. Madeline sleepwalks and speaks in strange voices at night, and her brother Roderick is consumed with a mysterious malady of the nerves.
The first half is essentially Poe‘s The Fall of the House of Usher with a few new characters, including a new, non-binary narrator, Alex Easton. Poe‘s narrator, Denton, is also here.
What Kingfisher does, and does well, is provide an explanation for the “madness” that infects and ultimately causes the deaths of Roderick and Madeline Usher. While I didn‘t find this particularly scary, it is creepy and kind of gross and also rather fascinating.
A retelling of the House of Usher. Kingfisher sought to expand on Poe's tale and provide some explanations for the family illness.The narrator is non-binary and used different pronouns, such as ka and kan for sworn-swords. While I thought Poe had more suspense, this novella was well-written by T. Kingfisher.
🎧 loved the audiobook!!
I made the mistake of not reading the summary. Again. I almost DNF‘d this! It‘s not the usual amount of quirk I was used to with this author.
Then I realized. This is a retelling of Poe‘s The Fall of the House of Usher! How many times did I have to hear that last name before 💡
I‘m listening to this again & have preordered the book.
Publication date - July 12, 2022
Anyone looking for a little murder with your mycology or a little genderqueer with your gothic fiction? This fungi-infested retelling of Poe‘s Fall of the House of Usher is so satisfyingly creepy, deliciously gross, and made fantastically new and even stranger. The horror elements will get under your skin, but lovable non-binary sworn-soldier Alex Easton will too. A must read for fans of Mexican Gothic and of Poe‘s classic horror stories!
I made March tough on myself by starting a number of books without paying attention to their due dates. So many disappeared from Libby when I was partway through, it was embarrassing!😅
so a lot of these are back on my April list… but I did finish #aam, one #roll100, & #doublespin 🤷🏻♀️
Tagged is my favorite read from this month - a great short Poe retelling with passing nods at Mexican Gothic and Star Trek. Love it. Bring on more horror!
Fungal horror takes center stage in this reimagining of Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher. I loved the history and culture Kingfisher crested in this story and all the humor woven in among the horror. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
Last on this #FirstLineFridays but this opening line is too good not to share!
"The mushrooms gills were the deep-red color of severed muscle, the almost-violet shade that contrasts so dreadfully with the pale pink of viscera."