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Subdivision: A Novel | J. Robert Lennon
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A heady, inventive, fantastical novel about the nature of memory and the difficulty of confronting trauma An unnamed woman checks into a guesthouse in a mysterious district known only as the Subdivision. The guesthouses owners, Clara and the Judge, are welcoming and helpful, if oddly preoccupied by the perpetually baffling jigsaw puzzle in the living room. With little more than a hand-drawn map and vague memories of her troubled past, the narrator ventures out in search of a job, an apartment, and a fresh start in life. Accompanied by an unusually assertive digital assistant named Cylvia, the narrator is drawn deeper into an increasingly strange, surreal, and threatening world, which reveals itself to her through a series of darkly comic encounters reminiscent of Gullivers Travels. A lovelorn truck driver . . . a mysterious child . . . a watchful crow. A cryptic birthday party. A baffling physics experiment in a defunct office tower where some calamity once happened. Through it all, the narrator is tempted and manipulated by the bakemono, a shape-shifting demon who poses a distinctly terrifying danger. Harrowing, meticulous, and deranged, Subdivision is a brilliant maze of a novel from the writer Kelly Link has called a master of the dark arts. With the narrative intensity and mordant humor familiar to readers of Broken River, J. Robert Lennon continues his exploration of the mysteries of perception and memory.
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vivastory
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#BestMidYear22 Day 8: There are certain books that only grow in estimation the more time has passed since reading. Such is the case with Lennon's Subdivision. A book that I greatly enjoyed when I finished, but as I had recently read numerous other fantastic works (Sylvia Plath, Italo Calvino, Patrick McGrath) it didn't initially have a major impact. Yet, it has lingered with me & months later I now actually prefer it over the similar Piranesi.👇

vivastory Although Clarke's book is also the bee's knees & should def be read. Do yourself a favor & read both! 3mo
Addison_Reads I never would have read this without seeing it here on Litsy for ToB. Still one of my favorites and I agree, it kinda burrows into your mind and just keeps popping back up months after you finish it. 3mo
BarbaraBB I loved this one so much. It would be in my top 5 of the year so far ❤️ 3mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB I can definitely see that! This is the third book that I have read by Lennon and although this is my favorite they have all stuck with me 3mo
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Liz_M
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A woman arrives at a guesthouse, as a first step in moving to the town. But why exactly is she moving…? The owners insist she work on a puzzle in the lobby and somebody does, but who….? Is the reappearing crow watching her…? The town is isolated, and something odd happens on the outskirts…. This ethereal novel follows dream-logic with only the barest hints of the reality the narrator might be escaping. I am not sure what I read, but I loved it.

Liz_M 4.5⭐ 4mo
BkClubCare Yes! This one has stayed with me. 3mo
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Readerann
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Well, this just wasn‘t for me. I can understand how one would appreciate its inventiveness, but it left me with the same discomfort Murakami causes me. (Sorry, Murakami-lovers.)
I continue to plug along with old ToB books from this year and years past. There are never enough reading hours in the day. 😁
#ToB2022

BarbaraBB I‘m sorry you didn‘t like it, though I can understand why! 4mo
BarbaraBB Do you want to be tagged to our #CampLitsy reads this summer 😘?? 4mo
Readerann @BarbaraaBb I think I‘ll just be a lurker this time around. I‘m trying to whittle down the old TBR this summer. Thanks for checking. ❤️ 4mo
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Sapphire
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Audio crocheting today, while trying to rest off work.

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Mindyrecycles
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My #tob22 books in order:
1. The Trees
2. Several People are Typing
3. Subdivision
4. Klara and the Sun
5. The Sentence
6. All‘s Well
7. Book of Form…
8. The Echo Wife
9. Matrix
10. Nervous System
11. Our Country Friends
12. Intimacies
13. Confession of Copeland Cane
14. Libertie
15. When We Cease…
16. In Concrete
17. Beautiful World…
18. No One is Talking About This

Megabooks Interesting! So different from mine, except I thought The Trees was awesome, too. I think that‘s the only one we‘ve all agreed on. 7mo
Ruthiella Nice! Your bottom three would match my bottom three! And l would also rank The Trees highest! 7mo
squirrelbrain Interesting! I may post mine too… 7mo
BarbaraBB I agree on a lot of books with you! Looking forward to the start of the tournament! 7mo
Mindyrecycles It will be a shocker if The Trees goes down early. I‘ve never before seen such general agreement on the best book of the shortlist bunch. 7mo
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vivastory
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Out of the three Lennon novels that I have read, The Subdivision may very well be my favorite. An episodic narrative with elements of Kafka's The Castle & Alice in Wonderland, with a wry sense of humor, I rec. going in knowing little about it, as I think it pays off. Lennon's latest manages to be both surreal & not surreal at the same time. Initially disorienting, everything comes together satisfyingly at the end without tedious over explanation.

sarahbarnes I LOVED this book - the first of his I‘ve read. I‘ve been wondering if any of his others are similar to this one. 7mo
vivastory @sarahbarnes Broken River isn't exactly like this one, but it's definitely a genre bender. I *think* you might like it. I just added his book The Familiar to my TBR. Looking at the description it seems like it might tread similar ground... (edited) 7mo
Kyndrill It looks so intriguing! I put it on my “to read” list without reading too many descriptions—I love being surprised😊 7mo
sarahbarnes Thanks for the tips! I will check out Broken River for sure. 7mo
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vivastory
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I started this book a few hours ago & am now about halfway through. One of the most original books I've read this year. Greatly enjoying it.

Addison_Reads Yay! I'm glad you're enjoying it. It was one of my favorites for #ToB2022. 7mo
Ruthiella I really liked this one too. 👍 7mo
vivastory @Addison_Reads I'm not planning on reading all of the tob titles like I did last year, but I have a few more lined up before it ends. Looking forward to them. 7mo
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vivastory @Ruthiella I have read a couple of other Lennon books previously & greatly enjoyed them. I know that you have read quite a few tob titles this year. What have been your favorites? 7mo
Ruthiella @vivastory The Trees by Percival Everett is my top favorite of the 18, followed by All‘s Well by Mona Awad and Intimacies by Katie Kitamura. But I really appreciate the introduction to Lennon and look forward to reading more from him in future. 7mo
vivastory @Ruthiella Thanks for your response! I have both The Trees & All's Well on my immediate TBR, but Intimacies was not on my radar. Adding it now. 7mo
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kwmg40
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I didn't really “get“ this strange #ToB22 novel but enjoyed the ride all the same. It felt very much like a dungeon-crawler video game -- enter a room, battle a monster, solve a puzzle, leave with some loot, and then tackle the next room.

I finished this book late last night to complete the #20in4 readathon with a total of 15 hours and 30 minutes. Thanks to @Andrew65 for hosting!

Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂😍 7mo
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shadowspeak17
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I am really happy with the amount I read in February, but most of these I feel pretty meh about. My favorites this month were Subdivision and American Baby, which were both great.

Total: 7
Print: 1
Ebook: 4
Audio: 2

Fiction: 5
Nonfiction: 2

#Booked2022: 2

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Sophronisba
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Through no fault of J. Robert Lennon's, this book wasn't really my thing -- I'm not so much a puzzle narrative person. (I don't even try to work out who the murderer is when I read mysteries!) If you like books that leave clues for you to figure out the ending, this you'll probably really like the mind-bending plot here. If you prefer more straightforward character development and narrative, this might not be your jam.

thebluestocking This one wasn‘t for me either. I don‘t like to be in the fog. 7mo
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ImperfectCJ
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I really like this novel. With its symbolism, mythology, and dream-like surrealism, it feels a little like a cross between Ulysses and the movie Mulholland Drive. This novel has what I love from fiction: lessons that characters learn obliquely and often accidentally, the way all of us in the real world learn lessons, if we manage to learn them at all. #ToB2022

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Sophronisba
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This is my strategy for Zoom work meetings: “I bathed and dressed and applied enough makeup to indicate a general commitment to the principles of polite society, but not so much that anyone would think I was going out of my way to look better than other people.“

BkClubCare And who can tell? I can‘t tell that I look much different in online meetings if I have make up on or not... 🤣 7mo
thebluestocking Love this! 😂 7mo
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cariashley
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Am behind on my #tob22 reviews! I finished this one last weekend and really liked it. Super weird and clever with an ominous tone, I liked how things unfolded and became (sort of) clearer as the story went on. It reminded me of the WTF feeling of Piranesi but against an initially familiar suburban backdrop, though it becomes less and less normal pretty fast.

Book 14 of 18 of the shortlist.

Ruthiella I really enjoyed the puzzle aspect of this book. 7mo
BarbaraBB It left me with so many questions but I loved it! 7mo
Billypar I just picked this one up last week- definitely sounds intriguing! And in a fun, coincidental fashion, @merelybookish 's poem that comes up next on my Litsy feed also has a jigsaw puzzle theme 🧩🧩🧩 7mo
merelybookish @Billypar Those little coincidences are always fun. 😁 7mo
cariashley @Ruthiella @BarbaraBB same and same 😊 7mo
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shadowspeak17
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Reading this felt like reading a dream, and I loved it. I‘m sure I didn‘t understand everything, but I enjoyed trying to figure it all out.

#catsoflitsy #Ember

GondorGirl She's beautiful! 😻 8mo
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BkClubCare
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Happy 💕 Valentines 💝 Day❣️
“His diseased mind had twisted our words, revised the history of our love. How dare he! My voice quavered with fury as I said, “Did you?”

I really enjoyed this slippery wild tale of grief and inventive experience of dealing with trauma.

#coinkydink with Nicole Krauss‘ The History of Love
#TOB2022 #feverdream

BkClubCare And… I don‘t understand nothin‘ of what the ending might suggest. 8mo
thebluestocking Totally a weird little book. With some lovely gems. 💙 8mo
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Mindyrecycles
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I don‘t completely understand this book, yet I love it. I was all in for the strange world the narrator inhabited, and in trying to follow what it all meant. I need and want to read it again. Another book I would never have gone anywhere near if not for my beloved #tournamentofbooks! #tob22

Ruthiella This author and book were also new to me and I really want to try some of his other titles now! 😃 8mo
BarbaraBB There will be so much to discuss about this book. I loved it! 8mo
Mindyrecycles @Ruthiella Yes, same! 8mo
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Mindyrecycles @BarbaraBB Can‘t wait! It seems to be well received in both GR and Discord. 8mo
BkClubCare Samesies!! I loved it and don‘t have a clue what happened! 💖 8mo
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Mindyrecycles
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5 #tob22 books and 1 #bookclub pick make up my #FEBtbr list. I‘m currently listening to Our Country friends and reading Subdivision in print. #ItHadToBeYou @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

BarbaraBB Can‘t wait for your thoughts on 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻📚👍🏻 8mo
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Mindyrecycles @BarbaraBB I loved it! 8mo
Mindyrecycles @Eggs That‘s great to know. Starting it tonight. 🙂 8mo
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Addison_Reads
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I've been reading lots of books lately that fall into the surreal category, and Lennon has created a fantastically weird novel that felt like reading a dream and I couldn't help myself from getting completely sucked in to this story.

The characters, the slow unraveling of the story with each new chapter and location, and the overall madness of it all made this a wonderful, thought-provoking read. #ToB2022 #ToB22

BkClubCare Oh lovely! This is up next for me and I will end my striving for completist with The Echo Wife. (And grumbling that I am STILL next on the list for library and it still estimates 2 weeks 😡) 8mo
BarbaraBB I am so happy you loved this one too! I thought I was the only one 😉. I hope it‘ll work for you too @BkClubCare ! 8mo
Addison_Reads @BkClubCare I'm curious to see what you'll think. @BarbaraBB I really feel it's going to be a love or hate situation for readers with this one. I found something thrilling though in the way it was written. Now don't ask me to explain it because I'm still not sure I completely understand it. 😂 there's a certain beauty in the not knowing with this book though. 8mo
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BkClubCare @Addison_Reads @BarbaraBB - I am hoping I will have a relaxed approach to this. Rushing through TOB books is … not right! I would like to think I give each book proper due, but it is hard to tell sometimes. (edited) 8mo
BarbaraBB @BkClubCare just go with the flow. It‘s not a hard read, just dreamy 😀 8mo
BarbaraBB @Addison_Reads I have so many questions about the meaning and the ending. I have been googling a lot! 8mo
BkClubCare Ok! I hope for great discussion in our tourney. This is definitely in my top 1/3 of the TOB books. 8mo
Addison_Reads @BkClubCare So glad you liked it. It's in the top for me as well and it has so much there for discussion. I'm looking forward to hearing everyone's thoughts. 8mo
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Hooked_on_books
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Whelp, the TOB and I will just have to respectfully disagree about this one. It starts out deeply weird (and stays that way), and when I finally saw where it was going, I debated on bailing, as I knew it wasn‘t going to work for me. I‘m a concrete thinker and have a different belief system, apparently, than what is expressed here. Not for me at all.

BarbaraBB I‘m sorry to hear that! It‘s a real #ToB contender I think, causing controversy among the readers. I love that! 8mo
BarbaraBB Controversy may not be the word I‘m looking for. I mean that everyone thinks different about it. 8mo
Hooked_on_books @BarbaraBB There are some books people love and I‘m very confused as to why. This one isn‘t like that. I can understand why this is a great book for the right reader, and it‘s definitely one to have conversation about. It‘s just not my taste. If it wasn‘t for TOB, I actually would have bailed early. I‘m glad others like it, though! 8mo
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BarbaraBB
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Wow, this book totally sucked me in. It reminded me of old school adventure computer games, each chapter learning a bit more about what the story is about. I loved the dreamlike style, the lingering sadness throughout the whole book and the way it came together in the end even though I‘m not sure how it ends.
Books like this are why I love the Tournament of Books.

#Doublespin #Tob22 #Booked2022 #SetInAnInn #52books #AuthorsPhotoOnCover

Suet624 Ooohhh. You make it sound enticing. 9mo
BarbaraBB @Suet624 I was surprised by how much I loved this strange book but I was probably in the mood for it. I think you‘ll like it too! (edited) 9mo
Bookwormjillk I am a huge fan of old school video games. Stacking this now. 9mo
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 9mo
alisiakae Great review! Moving this one up the tob stack! 9mo
BarbaraBB @Bookwormjillk Me too, especially the point & click ones if you know which I mean! 9mo
Ruthiella I really enjoyed the puzzle-like aspect of this as well. 😀 9mo
Megabooks Wow! I am truly surprised that you enjoyed this so much, but totally pleased you did!! Great review! 9mo
thebluestocking I‘m glad you liked this too! 💙 I really wanted a bit more resolution at the end, more of the puzzle pieces coming together. 9mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I was surprised too. Just the right book at the right time I think. I spent some lovely hours escaping into that dreamlike world! 9mo
BarbaraBB @thebluestocking I know, I‘m not even sure if she died or not? But I enjoyed the flow and all the clues and what to make of them. How it (almost 😉) all came together in the end. 9mo
Flaneurette I really liked this one too. Great review! 9mo
JennyM Fab review and pic! 9mo
vivastory I have this checked out from the library. Might have to read it soon! 9mo
BarbaraBB @Flaneurette Thanks! It‘s one of my favorites so far! 9mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory You might! It‘s highly original and you‘d enjoy that! 9mo
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thebluestocking
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There were aspects of this strange book that I liked. But I do not enjoy books that are as opaque as this one, that leave me in a confused place. While I was intrigued by the themes around trauma, it didn‘t pay off for me.

#tob #tob2022 #tob22

Ruthiella I hear you on opaqueness. This one worked for me, I was able to fill in a lot of the blanks in a way that satisfied me. But other books which are similarly constructed don‘t give me enough. 9mo
thebluestocking @Ruthiella It‘s funny how it works sometimes and doesn‘t. I know people were similarly frustrated with All‘s Well but that one worked for me. It‘ll be interesting to see what the various #tob judges think. 9mo
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Megabooks I enjoyed this while reading it, but I‘ve already forgotten most of it. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 9mo
ReadingEnvy I listened to the audio and was completely lost! It will be interesting to see how it's handled by the judges. I also have an earlier book by this author in my botm backlog and I'm wondering if it's as strange as this, and if not, what made the author go this direction. 9mo
ReadingEnvy @Megabooks I know what you mean, if nothing is as described then it's also nothing? What's important to hang on to? 9mo
Megabooks @ReadingEnvy I‘m also curious about what the judges will write because I feel like I only got half of it. A weird book. 9mo
Cinfhen Im not looking forward to this one 😬 9mo
BarbaraBB I am in the middle of it and kind of liking but. I am curious to see if and what it builds up to! 9mo
squirrelbrain I didn‘t mind this one, considering I usually dislike this sort of book. Like you @megabooks it hasn‘t stayed with me. 9mo
BkClubCare @thebluestocking - me, me, me?! ✋ Can I send you In Concrete? 9mo
thebluestocking @BkClubCare Yes! That would be perfect. I‘m pretty sure I have your address. Do you still have mine? 9mo
BkClubCare You have my KS address? I moved in 2020. Do you still have a double 67 in street number? (edited) 9mo
BkClubCare @thebluestocking - And I am just starting Concrete. It‘s short, tho! 9mo
thebluestocking @BkClubCare I don‘t have your KS address. I just shot you an email. And no hurry on Concrete! 💙 9mo
BkClubCare Happy Weekend! Tracking says it was dropped off at 10:28am 📚📦📬 yes? 8mo
thebluestocking @BkClubCare Yes!! 🎉 Thank you so much!! I‘ll post a pic later today. (edited) 8mo
BkClubCare Thank you 🙏 I really enjoyed this odd little book. Weird and touching and totally shifty in a good way. 8mo
thebluestocking @BkClubCare Thank you for exchanging with me! 💙 8mo
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ReadingEnvy
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I have no idea what is going on in this book, and it feels like any ideas I have could be spoilers. But it held my attention despite feeling lost in the surreal subdivision, and I think it will be a good discussion book for the Tournament of Books.

The audiobook narrator was good -I found this in Hoopla - but her somewhat prim tone became confusing in some of the weirder moments (depending on how you interpret these moments, it's probably fine.)

BkClubCare I am glad I read this in print so I could look up words and capture quotes. But a good narrator could have fun with tone. 8mo
ReadingEnvy @BkClubCare yes! I feel like I should read it again in print, maybe I can make more sense of it 8mo
BkClubCare @ReadingEnvy - well, not sure I would go that far 😂 8mo
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Ruthiella
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I really enjoyed this offbeat novel. A nameless woman arrives at a guest house in the subdivision, not too far from a nameless city. She doesn‘t know quite why she is there, but for patient readers, the dream logic of the book will start to fall into place. I don‘t have all the answers and the book isn‘t necessarily “deep”, but I liked how it was a puzzle to be pondered. #ToB #Tob2022

Nute Intriguing! 9mo
vivastory I haven't read this one, but I like the two other books by Lennon that I have read. Both have stuck with me years later. 9mo
Ruthiella @Nute It was an intriguing read. 😃 9mo
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Ruthiella @vivastory I knew his name from episodes of the podcast Book Fight!, but this is the first title I‘ve read. I want to try next 9mo
vivastory That's one of the two that I read. It's one of the most unusual haunted house stories that I have ever read. The family dynamic in it was great, too. I also liked the following which scratched a bit of the itch that I had after reading, & loving The Animators 9mo
Megabooks I liked the way it came together as well. I had trouble getting into it, but she really finished strong. Glad you enjoyed it! 9mo
Ruthiella @Megabooks At first I had trouble too and was worried! This is also one of the many reasons I love the TOB: it introduces me to authors I normally wouldn‘t read. 9mo
Megabooks Truth! 🙌🏻 9mo
squirrelbrain Great review @ruthiella - I too had trouble getting into it, but thought that was maybe the audio and me being distracted with other things. I liked the way everything was slowly revealed (or not, in some cases!) @Megabooks 9mo
Ruthiella @squirrelbrain Thanks! I think there aren‘t necessarily answers to every question raised by this book and I actually liked that about it. There‘s things I think I “get” and others where I‘m happy to keep pondering them. 9mo
BarbaraBB Intriguing review. Happy holidays 🤍 9mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB Thanks. Happy Holidays to you too! 😃 9mo
Cinfhen Sounds good but maybe at the right time. Looking forward to reading, when my mind is less distracted. Happy Holidays 💚♥️💚 9mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Thanks! Reading while distracted is no fun! 9mo
Reggie What a lovely review. 9mo
Ruthiella @Reggie Thank you Reggie. 😊 9mo
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squirrelbrain
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This really isn‘t my genre at all but I liked it. It‘s a weird fever dream / magical realism kind of book, where you don‘t know what‘s going on most of the time. I‘m still not quite sure I understood it all at the end, but some of that may have been me being slightly distracted when listening to the audio. (Or maybe it would have been better in print?) Really interested to see the discussions on this one.

#ToBshortlist

Ruthiella I have this out from the library and have read the first few pages. Yeah, this one is going to be a little surreal! 9mo
Megabooks I liked this at the time, but I‘ve already forgotten most of it. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 9mo
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Flaneurette
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#tobshortlist #tob2022 I really liked this surreal dreamlike novel. I‘m not sure I “got” all the metaphors but I really don‘t think I was supposed to. I think you just need to go with the dream logic and see where you end up. If you liked Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin you may like this. I have so many questions about what happened I can‘t wait to see the discussion on the TOB.

Megabooks Great review! I‘m excited for this discussion too! 10mo
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Megabooks
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How to rate and review this #ToBshortlist novel? The first 75% is a very confusing (to me) magical realism book. I prefer this genre in short stories because I try to make connections between the book and the real world in my mind. Frustrating. However, the last 25% is brilliant!! All the connections I couldn‘t make are laid bare in a truly beautiful way. Not my favorite but a solid pick!

@Cinfhen the #audiobook is great!

Cinfhen Will I hate the first 75%?? I think I‘m gonna try to #BorrowNotBuy 10mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I by no means hated it. I was just confused AF, fwiw. Good book though!! 10mo
Cinfhen I really DISLIKE magical realism 😩😖😝 10mo
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Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘m picky about what I like in this genre, but I‘m also trying to read more in genres I‘ve said I don‘t like in 2022 including magical realism, fantasy, and (least favorite) romance. Idk, I like to challenge my assumptions every once and awhile because sometimes I end up changing my mind. Maybe that‘s not right for you, but I find it useful! 🤷🏻‍♀️💜 10mo
Cinfhen No, that‘s a good point and I agree, every so often it‘s good to read outside your comfort zone. 10mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen And I feel like ones that are nominated for or win an award I respect are more likely to end up being enjoyable. (Though not always 😉) 10mo
BarbaraBB I‘m very intrigued by your review and I admire your eclectic reading. To me the challenges, the #1001books and the #ToB are my entrance to books out of my comfort zone. 10mo
BarbaraBB Have you seen @sarahbarnes review? She was as impressed as you are. 10mo
squirrelbrain I‘m not keen on magical realism like you @Cinfhen - your review leaves me intrigued though Meg. This is one I can‘t get hold of for ‘free‘ at the moment, other than on Audible. Is it worth using a credit for? 10mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain it is a very well narrated book, and if you‘re planning on reading it for ToB, audio is a good way to go! 10mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB she wrote while I was reading the book, so I just saw that it was positive but haven‘t read it. I‘m impressed that you‘re doing 1001. That would put me way out of my comfort zone with all the classics! 10mo
squirrelbrain I think I‘ll risk this month‘s credit then Meg…. 🤞🏻 10mo
BarbaraBB I‘ve read the classics all my life and have been obsessed with that list of #1001books for years. But I‘ve read so many that a lot of obscure ones are now waiting for me. Definitely out of my comfort zone! (edited) 10mo
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sarahbarnes
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What a wild ride! I loved this book that felt much like being inside of a crazy, long dream. The first book I‘ve read by this author, and it definitely made me want to check out his other work. #ToB2022

Ruthiella Cool! Looking forward to giving this on a whirl! 10mo
BarbaraBB That‘s encouraging! 10mo
sarahbarnes @Ruthiella @BarbaraBB I‘ll be interested to hear what you think of it! 10mo
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Megabooks
Subdivision: A Novel | J. Robert Lennon
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My first new purchase since the #ToBShortlist came out! It‘s out now in print, but y‘all know how much I like audio, and so many are bad on audio or not available in that format. It‘s only $12 US, so I didn‘t use a credit.

Who all am I supposed to tag this year?

Cinfhen Let me know how it goes on audio!!! And I‘m curious to see who‘s getting tagged too!! I think @squirrelbrain 10mo
Ruthiella This one is supposed to be pretty weird... 😬 10mo
Mindyrecycles Please tag me too! 10mo
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squirrelbrain Yes please, tag me! 😁 10mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I will! 10mo
Megabooks @Ruthiella it sounds weird!!! 10mo
Centique I‘m fascinated by the sound of this one! 10mo
alisiakae Tag me too! 😀 10mo
Megabooks @Centique it‘s a bit hard to follow. About 40% in. 10mo
Megabooks @4thhouseontheleft I‘ll add you to my tag list! 👍🏻 10mo
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Well-ReadNeck
Subdivision: A Novel | J. Robert Lennon
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Pickpick

#ToB22

This novel is completely banana pants and I‘m totally here for it. The narrator arrives in the subdivision where the story unravels like a puzzle (glaringly, a jigsaw puzzle serves as a recurring metaphor). The story proceeds down false hallways and reveals both clues and red herrings about what is going on here. Weird and wonderful. #Netgalley #arc #audiobook

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