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The Bloody Chamber
The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories: 75th-anniversary Edition | Angela Carter
For the 75th anniversary of her birth, a Deluxe Edition of the master of the literary supernatural's most celebrated book--featuring a new introduction by Kelly Link Angela Carter was a storytelling sorceress, the literary godmother of Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell, Audrey Niffenegger, J. K. Rowling, Kelly Link, and other contemporary masters of supernatural fiction. In her masterpiece, The Bloody Chamber--which includes the story that is the basis of Neil Jordan's 1984 movie The Company of Wolves--she spins subversively dark and sensual versions of familiar fairy tales and legends like "Little Red Riding Hood," "Bluebeard," "Puss in Boots," and "Beauty and the Beast,"giving them exhilarating new life in a style steeped in the romantic trappings of the gothic tradition. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust theseries to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-datetranslations by award-winning translators.
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Mynameisacolour
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The Bloody Chamber made it here today! Thanks for a fun round!
@rjsthumbelina @AFrostCauseReads @sprainedbrain
#lmpbc

Emilymdxn That's a gorgeous edition! 1mo
rjsthumbelina Glad it got back safely! I wrote my notes on post its bc everyone else had written in pencil, and I didn't want to be the only one to permanently deface that edition! 😂 1mo
Mynameisacolour @rjsthumbelina too funny! I really enjoyed reading everyone's thoughts on it. 1mo
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rjsthumbelina
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I'm so late reading this! This was my last read for #LMPBC in our #gothic group, and what an ending! This book was probably my favorite of the round. It is just so perfectly things that I enjoy: gothic, fairytale retellings, and short stories. Some of the stories are dark and disturbing, but honestly, I still wasn't mad at it. @Mynameisacolour it should be in the mail back to you by next week! @AFrostCauseReads @sprainedbrain @suvata

Mynameisacolour Did you get a chance to send this one out? It still has not made an appearance. Also, do you or @tdrosebud still have Artemis by any chance? That has not made it back yet either. 1mo
tdrosebud @Mynameisacolour Yes and I'm so sorry. I got about halfway through and started struggling. So I set it down hoping a break would help. It didn't. It is sitting on my end table. I think at this point I'm just going to make a note of where I'm at, and send it on back. Maybe one day I'll get it from the library and finish it. I'll let you know when I send it. 1mo
rjsthumbelina @Mynameisacolour So, I'm a total schmuck and have had the craziest life drama this month (FIL had a stroke while on vacation alone and we had to drive cross country to get him, my dad was hospitalized for a week, doing 2 jobs at work, and now have had to report elder abuse on a family member in regards to my grandma with dementia 😔). I should have reached out and let you know that I hadn't gotten it mailed yet! It's in my car and will be in the🔽 1mo
rjsthumbelina mail tomorrow morning! 1mo
Mynameisacolour @tdrosebud no worries, life happens. I appreciate you sending it back. 💗 I'm a little nostalgic about #lmpbc books. @rjsthumbelina I am SO sorry to hear everything that you have been going through, goodness sakes, I hope things get better for you and your loved ones soon💗 1mo
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TheBookHippie
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#HAUNTEDHALLOWSWAP #HHS

Jordon, I just SCREAMED I have wanted the tagged book FOREVER! The other book was a most wished for asap!!! How wonderful!!! I thank you so much!!!! I cannot wait to have coffee in that mug!!!!

Crazeedi Great presents!! Happy Halloween!🎃🧡🎃🧡 3mo
TheBookHippie @Crazeedi I just love them! Happy Halloween to you! 🧡📙🎃 3mo
The.Great.Catsby Yayyyy!!! I'm so happy you like it. I saw a comment about you wanting the tagged book. Your Amazon wish list really is magical. Sorry I forgot the card! I hope you enjoy!! 3mo
TheBookHippie @The.Great.Catsby 🧡🧡🧡 a lot of people say that about my Amazon list 😂 or they make lists from it! Ha. Thanks again I really love it all so much! 3mo
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sprainedbrain
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I‘m almost caught up to the end of August with books I read. 😬

This round of #LMPBC, I‘ve been reading gothic with a great group, and I burned through these darkly reimagined fairy tales from Angela Carter. While they were sort of hit-and-miss for me, I definitely enjoyed my time and thought Carter‘s writing rich and sensuous. Loved the title story (a Bluebeard retelling) and The Lady of the House of Love, but The Snow Child had me 🤨.

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BookwormM Is Company of Wolves on this anthology? 3mo
sprainedbrain @BookwormM yes it is! I liked that one, too. 3mo
BookwormM Yay will have to get this one watched the film recently and if is 🦇 💩 crazy 🤣🤣 3mo
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sprainedbrain @BookwormM wait… there‘s a film? 😳 3mo
vivastory Love this book. This edition is one of my favorite Penguin editions 3mo
BookwormM The Company of Wolves with Angela Lansbury 3mo
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KatieDid927
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I finally read this classic for this month‘s #FairyTaleReadingChallenge. There were Red Riding Hood elements in about three of the stories. I love Carter‘s style. It‘s subtle but impactful. It‘s obviously been very influential on more modern fantasy. @Charityann

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Wow, I flew through this one. Angela Carter is a master of the writing craft, and I can see how she‘s influenced many popular authors with these fairytale interpretations. More of my opinion later after my group reads it
#lmpbc #groupk @Mynameisacolour @sprainedbrain
@rjsthumbelina this one will be on its way early this month 😊

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TheBookHippie
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#HAUNTEDHALLOWSWAP #SPOOKYAESTHETIC

The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories: 75th-Anniversary Edition (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) has been on my wish list a long time
Dark FairyTales are my favorite 🖤
I love fall 🍁

wanderinglynn Love it! 🙌🏻🖤🎃 4mo
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Cazxxx
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What are you reading today?

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Mynameisacolour
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Finally finished my #lmpbc for this month. Packing it up and sending it your way! @sprainedbrain ( I hope you won't mind that I'm reusing an IPSY envelope, they are excellent book mailers ♻️) Holding off on reviewing it on here until the rest of the group has had a chance to read it.😬
#lmpbc

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Mynameisacolour
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Spending this muggy afternoon indoors with the AC on high, catching up on this month's #lmpbc. Mixed feelings so far!😬

danni0075 Love that book cover!!! 6mo
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⁠Originally published in 1979, The Bloody Chamber is a collection of fairy tale retellings, such as Bluebeard, Puss in Boots, Beauty and the Beast, Little Red Riding Hood, and Sleeping Beauty. Carter's prose is gruesome but beautifully captivating. In Carter's version of these stories, females are much more than helpless damsels in distress; they are strong, clever, sexual, and in some cases, brutal. I strongly recommend this story collection.⁠⁠

paulfrankspencer I remember enjoying this in a college class. Maybe it's time for a revisit. 9mo
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LaraS
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Anyone else have the urge to bust out the pencil crayons and go to town on this gorgeous cover?🖍

AllisonM89 Love that book! And that cover is magnificent!!!! 9mo
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OfPrurientInterest
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A perfect morning catching up on my reading so that I'll be ready to record episode 4 of Of Prurient Interest! I can't wait to talk about Angela Carter's "The Bloody Chamber" with one of my oldest, dearest friends. ??

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I have a complicated relationship with this book, but here are two of my favorite quotes, of course both about blood ?

"His wedding gift, clasped around my throat. A choker of rubies, two inches wide, like an extraordinarily precious slit throat." -The Bloody Chamber

"My tear-beslobbered father wants a rose to show that I forgive him. When I break off a stem, I prick my finger and so he gets his rose all smeared with blood." -The Tiger's Bride

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ThePageantHam
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Still struggling through this collection. At least it's gorgeous out here and I only have two more stories to slog through, thank heavens. ✌🏻

christinaberry13 Looks like the Texas Hill Country. Lovely! 12mo
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Soubhiville
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I admit to bailing on several of the twisted fairytale retellings in here. I was reading it for bookclub. Very much not for me. All the trigger warnings. Bleh.

ozma.of.oz Yikes! That sounds really not for me. Thanks for the review! 12mo
Ruthiella I‘ve never warmed up to Angela Carter. But she has many devoted fans and I liked hearing why they love her, even though it doesn‘t click for me. 😀 12mo
LeahBergen I‘ve always somewhat suspected I might not like Angela Carter (and haven‘t ever read her). 12mo
BookNAround @Ruthiella She‘s not really for me either. Thank you for making feel less alone in that. 🙂 12mo
ValerieAndBooks I‘ve tried her before, and I feel the same. 12mo
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Mynameisacolour
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Happy #creepychristmas opening day! Thank you @Maleficentbookdragon for a great package! I love everything and the coasters are hysterical.🤣
Thank you for hosting @teebe

JenniferEgnor If you‘re interested in historically creepy Christmas, I recommend this book: The Old Magic of Christmas: Yuletide Traditions for the Darkest Days of the Year‘ by Linda Raedisch. Full of macabre folklore and little known traditions! Fascinating. 13mo
Mynameisacolour @JenniferEgnor Oooh, thank you for the recommendation! That does sound fascinating. 13mo
MaleficentBookDragon Yay! I know the coasters are random, but I loved them and couldn't resist. 13mo
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MaleficentBookDragon I was a little disappointed when the bookmarks came. I thought they were going to be a little more substantial. 🙁 13mo
Mynameisacolour I think the coasters fit in perfectly with the theme and the bookmarks are still great! 13mo
teebe Looks great! 13mo
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ThePageantHam
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Not gonna lie, I am not loving this book. CW for rape...There is a story where a man essentially Weird Sciences a girl (yep, specifically a child) into existence, his wife (yep, he is already married) gets angry and murders the girl (rather than directing her anger at the man responsible), and the man proceeds to RAPE THE GIRL'S CORPSE. What is the effing point, Carter?! But I'm trying. So, brandied eggnog...takes the edge off. 😉

Soubhiville Whaaaaaat? Wow, maybe the strangest bookclub book we‘ve done yet? 13mo
phantomx @ThePageantHam Carter's Bloody Chamber is quite difficult to digest. Some of Carter's stories examine desire and female sexuality through a radical lens, and its dark, violent, and brings up societal taboos. I'm suprised its been chosen for your bookclub. It's as well difficult to talk about with others. 13mo
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I'm not an expert about the histories of stories with Bluebeard, Puss-in-Boots, vampires, or werewolves. I don't think Carter wrote these retellings with scholarly intentions - you just get lost in the stories, almost like you'd never heard of them before. There's a lush strangeness to them all, which might be best captured by my favorite story, The Tiger's Bride. It is a 2nd Beauty & the Beast retelling appearing after a more familiar version 👇

Billypar I won't spoil anything, but it really turns the tale on its head. One of the things I loved about these was the texture of the descriptions - blood flows plentifully, but it also drains from faces as scenes shift between visceral fear and wonder. Throughout it all, animal images are constantly straddling the edge of humanity in weird and hypnotic fashion. I loved each story, but read it in the wrong season - this would be a perfect snowstorm read. 13mo
Billypar The book pictured behind it is tagged - it describes the folktale inspirations behind horror movies, including werewolves. 13mo
readordierachel Great review! I need bump this up my tbr. Sounds excellent. 13mo
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batsy It's sucha fascinating collection! "Lush strangeness" is certainly a good way to describe her style. 13mo
batsy @readordierachel I think you'll really enjoy it :) 13mo
JazzFeathers I bought this book years ago and still haven't read it. Sounds like l need to. 13mo
Billypar @readordierachel @JazzFeathers It's perfect if you're ever feeling jaded and need something magical and otherworldly to reignite your reading life. 13mo
Billypar @batsy She really gets what makes fairytales and folklore so compelling and the vivid descriptions bring them to life in a fresh way. 13mo
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WOW. I‘m only one story in & I‘m hooked! I generally enjoy fairy tale retellings (The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer is one of my favorite series) & I‘m totally burnt out on contemporary texts, so this is hitting the speculative spot right now.

I first heard of this book when I was researching texts for a potential feminist lit class. That‘s on the back burner for now, but I‘m really glad I discovered Angela Carter!

#teachersoflitsy

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vivastory
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1) I don't read them very often, but when done well I really like them.
2) Philip Pullman's versions of Brothers Grimm tales.
3) The tagged one! Carter's versions are fierce & feminist retellings of recognizable fairy tales.
@ozma.of.oz

ozma.of.oz Pullman did a fairy tale series?! I‘ll have to check that out! 2y
vivastory These are his versions of the Grimm tales. Sort of translations/adaptations. They're brilliant 2y
vivastory @ozma.of.oz 👆 2y
ozma.of.oz Excellent! Thank you! 2y
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TCLinrow
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These were engaging retellings (reimaginings?) of classic fairytales. The narration was good and I liked the way it was split between 2 narrators so it was easy to follow where one story ended and the next began. I particularly enjoyed the way they were set in the middle ground between Grimm's and Disney; happy endings, per se, but not sad endings either.

A good collection, well read by the narrators.
#TBRChallenge #AudioBook #LeastRated

phantomx The Bloody Chamber is amazing! There are a lot of other retellings that get a lot of credit, and this one is sometimes overlooked at by readers. I really enjoyed reading "The Lady of the House of Love." Each story is dark and leaves a haunting feeling within you. I'm glad you liked it. Check out Malinda Lo's 2y
TCLinrow @phantomx I had never even heard of The Bloody Chamber but figured I'd give it ago when it was on sale, and I have no regrets! I don't know why it isn't more popular. Ash sounds pretty awesome so I'll keep an eye out for it 😊 2y
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Becker
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If I had to pick just one book that would demonstrate why I love reading, this would be it. ❤️

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Priyanshi08
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The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter.
Such a dark and atmospheric setup.
Creepily amazing.

#currentlyreading
#angelacarter
#bloodychamber
#books #2020

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Michael_Gee
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Mehso-so

Because so many people I respect love this book, I recommend it. However, I am more ambivalent. I re-read this after ten years, curious to see if my response would be more enthusiastic or appreciative, but still I find it often gratingly verbose and precious. The stories I liked were the longer ones: the decadent “Lady of the House of Love,” both Beauty/Beast retellings, and the title story. Dark, evocative, and compelling.

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Chrys
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I love the cover on this! 💕 Checked it out from the library but wondering if I can find a copy of this edition to keep

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Chili
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Yay! Love it!!! 😍 Thank you so much @dgingo I can‘t wait to start reading! Thank you @MaleficentBookDragon for organizing this. #JolabokaflodSwap

dgingo Yay! I hope you love it! Merry Christmas and Happy Jolabokaflod! 🍫🎄📚📖🎁 2y
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Moll

'...the threadbare self-confidence of the small hours'

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Moll

'...grown magnificently eccentric in hardship...'

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Moll
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Honestly been struggling to get stuck into any book since finals, but hopefully this will be the one. Has anyone read it before? What was your favourite tale?

Moll Helen Simpson's intro was v interesting - it was nice to read some lit crit for fun without the pressure of an essay to write! 2y
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Maike
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Dark fairy tales? Yes please!

Caroline2 Wowwwwww what an awesome edition!!!! 😯 2y
Maike @Caroline2 isn‘t it? It even has deckled edges ☺️ 2y
Caroline2 Awesome!! (She says while frantically searching eBay for a copy!! 😆) 2y
Maike @Caroline2 😄😄 2y
Deifio Cover love 😍😍 2y
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Carolyn11215
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Such an incredibly written, wonderfully creepy and sensuous retelling of fairytales.

Freespirit Great photos! 2y
Carolyn11215 @freespirit so much amazing fan art has been done for this book of short stories!! 2y
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HeatherBlue
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This book might or might not have been part of the inspiration for me and my guy‘s costumes this year...he was red riding hood, I‘m the wolf 🐺

JacqMac Fantastic! 2y
valeriegeary So cool! 2y
Reggie That is awesome sauce!!! 2y
HeatherBlue @JacqMac @valeriegeary and @Reggie Thanks so much! ❤️ 2y
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jenniferw88
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Linsy Love Angela Carter! ♥️ 2y
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Carla
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The books in my #screamathon package from @fandom_hellspawn99 🍂🎃💀☠️👻 — Doctor Sleep (The Shining Part 2) by Stephen King, the first edition of The Amityville Horror, and this gorgeous copy of Angela Carter‘s The Bloody Chamber. 🐺Thank you so much, darling, for everything! And thank you, @4thhouseontheleft for organizing it! #horror #october

4thhouseontheleft Glad you enjoyed the swap! 🎃👻🧟‍♀️ 2y
ShyBookOwl Great book. Beautiful edition. 2y
Carla @ShyBookOwl thank you! I cannot wait to read it. ♥️ 2y
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ShyBookOwl
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Day 6. #7days7covers #covercrush

Post a cover you love every day for 7 days, no explanation required. Try to tag a litten too!

@Ash.on.the.line if you're interested 😊

MrBook Good book! 2y
ShyBookOwl @MrBook yes! I love it 2y
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Jeg
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Another book from the ships library. I don‘t recall ever reading Angela Carter. I loved her writing. Short stories perfect for reading on a cruise. They are sort of retellings of fairy tale like stories perfect for where we are right now — Copenhagen. Young Viking in Aalborg Denmark. @MrsMalaprop

CarolynM Enjoy Copenhagen - it's a fabulous city. I've only read one Angela Carter and I liked it a lot 2y
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Debblyliz
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I really wanted to love this book as much the previous reviewers and while I enjoyed some of the stories overall the book left me a little cold.

Lynnsoprano Welcome to our Litsy family! 3y
LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! #LitsyWelcomeWagon
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Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗👏🏻 3y
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“And we drove towards the widening dawn, that now streaked half the sky with a wintry bouquet of pink roses, orange of tiger-lillies, as if my husband had ordered me a sky from the florist”. (8)

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AshHisson
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Really enjoyed this collection. It‘s an interesting mix of fairy tales and supernatural tales. 4/5 #shortstories #februaryreads #fairytales #specfic

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andrew61
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My book based on a fairy tale were short stories based on several fables but with a feminine twist, lots of wolves vampires and nasty beasties threatening yng women.writing was incredible, so descriptive -all my senses were exhausted at the end, i cd smell blood and wet fur, see huge moon reflected eyes and ruby lips, hear howls, feel the cold of snow, +taste that basket of goodies.
#booked2019@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

batsy Excellent review. This is one of my all-time faves! 3y
Cinfhen Excellent review 💕 3y
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#booked2019 this morning my car was in for its mot so got the tram to work, a gr8 excuse to rd for an hr. I thought I'd start my 'fairy tale retelling ' book with a gentle short story +quickly started to worry about if anyone was rdng over my shoulder! Gosh that 1st story was stunning, beautiful prose which felt like i was gorging on a huge box of chocolates and very sensual. Not sure ideal reading for public transport. But do love her writing.

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Chrissyreadit
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Thank you Megan part 2!!! Two books I am beyond excited about, a print I swooned over, snacks and tea- a letter from Beast to his Beauty, a bookmark... your generosity....😘🥰😍i loved hosting a swap- and never anticipated anything like this!!!

ReadingRover Isn‘t that print great!?! It‘s so much like a fairytale! I hope you enjoy the books. 3y
Chrissyreadit @ReadingRover the print is more than great! I can‘t wait to frame it and hang it up! 3y
Chrissyreadit @ReadingRover the three books you sent were so perfect! I can‘t even express- my daughter and mom were both there when I opened my box and agreed you completely got me! 3y
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ReadingRover @Chrissyreadit I‘m so happy! I‘m such a shopaholic! 😝 I love to get stuff for people that I think they will really enjoy. I knew you had a daughter but I didn‘t know much about her so I figured one of you would do the legos! 3y
Chrissyreadit @ReadingRover I have a 16 yo daughter and 15 year old son- quickly decided to “help me” put together the Beast- which meant it was put together before I figured out which piece to start with. My kids are very sweet- they completely appreciated your package because it made me happy. Although, she is joining with me on the adult Mythsandlegendsswap because that is her fav genre and she loves my packages. 3y
ReadingRover @Chrissyreadit That‘s awesome! 3y
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AshHisson
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Started reading for the February meeting of my local specfic book club. #Februaryreads #shortstories

gibblr Interested to see how you like it. I have this, but have yet to read it. 3y
AshHisson @gibblr I‘m three stories in and enjoying it. 3y
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suvata
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I honestly don‘t quite know what I think about this book overall. It definitely could be classified as horror but also as fantasy. It was more like strange retellings of old fairytales. To be perfectly honest, I thought I would enjoy it more than I did. There were, however, sections that were so beautifully written it was hard to put down. I definitely rounded up to give this a 3-star rating.

Zelma I seem to recall a similar reaction. I liked some stories and love the writing, but it wasn‘t as great overall as I had hoped going in. 3y
suvata @Zelma But the cover is amazing. 3y
Zelma @suvata omg, absolutely! 😍 3y
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