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Deathless
Deathless | Catherynne M. Valente
Koschei the Deathless is to Russian folklore what devils or wicked witches are to European culture: a menacing, evil figure; the villain of countless stories which have been passed on through story and text for generations. But Koschei has never before been seen through the eyes of Catherynne Valente, whose modernized and transformed take on the legend brings the action to modern times, spanning many of the great developments of Russian history in the twentieth century.Deathless, however, is no dry, historical tome: it lights up like fire as the young Marya Morevna transforms from a clever child of the revolution, to Koscheis beautiful bride, to his eventual undoing. Along the way there are Stalinist house elves, magical quests, secrecy and bureaucracy, and games of lust and power. All told, Deathless is a collision of magical history and actual history, of revolution and mythology, of love and death, which will bring Russian myth back to life in a stunning new incarnation.
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GivenLemons
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I really liked this! It‘s deeply rooted in both Russian folklore and history and coiled them together beautifully

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brilliantglow
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Just got back from a week camping out in Trent Lakes. Only got a little reading done. Finished the tagged book and absolutely loved it. And started reading Bitten by Kelley Armstrong. It's okay so far.

It's kind of rainy today so instead of setting the tent back up and cleaning it out I'm taking my daughter over to the book store.

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Corar
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The imagery was vivid, the setting was great, but something prevented me from connecting with the characters or caring about what happened to them. Overall, it is worth the read for the interesting concept of Russian folklore set in the early twentieth century.

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DaveGreen7777
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For Day 13‘s prompt for the #30JuneBooks challenge, #MadeYouCry, I thought of this beautiful yet haunting retelling of the Russian fairy tale about Marya Morevna and Koshchei the Deathless. This book explores both the wonderful and the terrible aspects of live and asks the question, how do you trust your heart once you‘ve completely given it to another? 😢

Chapter 23 was so soul-crushing, I cried real tears... and then I read it all over again!

MellieAntoinette And .... stacked!! 6mo
DaveGreen7777 @MellieAntoinette YAS!!! Hope you enjoy the book! 😊 6mo
Branwen Oh wow! 😲 This sounds amazing! 6mo
DaveGreen7777 @Branwen It‘s a really incredible book! 😮 6mo
Suet624 Ugh. That‘s the big question. 6mo
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Paperback.Propensity
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Reading Deathless, but feeling a little anxious because I just got Six of Crows duology in the mail

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Violetta
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I couldn't be more mistaken when waited for a mere old Russian #fairytaleretelling. Valente deconstructs fairy world, throws its inhabitants into bolshevik Russia, drags them (with the reader) through delirious, possessive love, death and gore of war and bitter disappointment of the last haven been torn apart. The book seemed excessive and gross at times, but it's emotionally powerful.#booked2019 @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Wow!!! 10mo
Cinfhen That author sounds familiar 🤔what else has she written???? 10mo
Violetta @Cinfhen She has The Orphan's Tales (I haven't read yet, but it's a novel in two books: In the Night Garden and In the Cities of Coin and Space), the series about Fairyland (about the girl called September who is travelling around the Fairyland) and sci-fi novels Radiance and Space Opera. There must be more, but I know just this much 📚 10mo
Cinfhen Yes! That‘s the one I was thinking of....thank you 😊I‘m planning on reading this one for #pop19 10mo
Violetta @Cinfhen It's in my plans for 2019 too! It will be interesting to compare opinions 😊 10mo
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KimM
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Lush, fanciful, and so, so Russian. Evocative of The Master and Margarita. 4⭐️s

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BookishTrish
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I‘d be Alice but in a Russian wonderland @Chrissyreadit #happilyeverafterswap

Chrissyreadit Yes!!! But I hope you have warmer clothes! 11mo
ReadingRover Haha! Just saw this!!! Yes Russian Alice!!! 11mo
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toofondofbooks
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Jillybeane
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Where to even begin? There are a couple of books we come across that change our lives, and this is one of them. The prose is so rich and raw you will feel e v e r y t h i n g; that said, don‘t read this when you‘re cold or hungry.

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Jillybeane
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Her descriptions are like secrets. She makes you feel like a coconspirator, as poor Ivan stumbles around clueless.

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Jillybeane
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I am IN for this #readingwomenchallenge!

MelissaSue81 Oh yes! Totally in! 13mo
Jillybeane @MelissaSue81 There‘s a goodreads group forming! 13mo
Andrew65 When does it start? 13mo
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Jillybeane @Andrew65 January 2019 (it sounds so far away, doesn‘t it?) 13mo
Andrew65 @Jillybeane It does but it‘ll will be here sooner than we know. I‘m in! 13mo
Jillybeane Yay!! 13mo
MelissaSue81 @Jillybeane - ooh. I‘m not very in the loop with good reads groups.. (like im not even sure what my handle is and I‘m only friends with a handful of Littens) - how do I find it? 13mo
Jillybeane @MelissaSue81 There‘s a link directly to it on the website. It‘s right under the title on the picture ☺️ 13mo
MelissaSue81 @Jillybeane - found it, thanks! 13mo
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Jillybeane
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Capitalists. Definitely capitalists.

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Jillybeane
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Her descriptions are silky, but full of teeth.

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sprainedbrain
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#BabaYaga is really, really creepy in this beautifully written book. She‘s a nasty Stalinist who has a penchant for jumping on the shoulders of our main character. 😱

#WitchyReads

pppooraikul Haven‘t read this yet but I do love Cat Valente! 😍 1y
Linsy Beautiful cover!! I have to admit, I keep trying Valente and not getting into her stuff and I don‘t know why! 😔 1y
sprainedbrain @Linsy this is the only one of hers I‘ve read, and I struggled with it. It ended up being a pick for me, but I haven‘t rushed to get another. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1y
Linsy @sprainedbrain Good to know I‘m not alone! 1y
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Clare-Dragonfly
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Book: Deathless
Author: John Douglas
Movie: Dogma
Food: Dark chocolate!

#ManicMonday

JoScho Thanks for playing 💖😊 1y
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MichaelKwan
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I have been playing with some of my new fountain pens by posting book quotes elsewhere. One of my favorites from this book.

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Kalalalatja
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#CoverLove - gold edition 💛🧡💛🧡 I have so many pretty covers, it was hard to choose, so I gave myself a theme to narrow it down 😄

#ReadingResolutions

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💛💛 2y
DeborahSmall I love that hardback of Deathless 💛 2y
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morevna
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"You will always fall in love, and it will always be like having your throat cut, just that fast."

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lesliemarie
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Can I just say how jealous I am of Catherynne Valente's writing style? And I'm not even a writer. It's gorgeous. I read her Fairyland books before any of her adult works and I'm glad I read this one first because it had the same kind of magical feel. I liked the story and I'm very curious to see what the second book is like.

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lesliemarie
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Just started this book last night, but I already love it.

Clare-Dragonfly I'm pretty sure it only took me one page to love it! 2y
JazzFeathers Oh my goodness! 😱 Staked 😆 2y
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lesliemarie
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#bookmail
This is my first ever order from Book Outlet!

merelybookish It probably won't be your last. ☺️ 2y
emilyhaldi Welcome!!!👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
tomes4gnomes I just got my first order from Book Outlet this week, too. It is a wonderful/terrible discovery. 2y
Clare-Dragonfly Great choices! 2y
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Nat_Reads
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Starting this one tonight to stave off my craving for more Katherine Arden's Winternight Trilogy. So far, loving the prose!

merelybookish That's an impressive mug of hot chocolate! 2y
Nat_Reads @merelybookish I like it with some marshmallows 💁🏻 2y
SamHeartCoffee Love the marshmallows! 2y
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parasolofdoom I read by her a couple weeks ago and loved it, looking forward to more Valente 2y
Nat_Reads Thanks, @parasolofdoom ! Stacked! 2y
Kaylamburson Omg that hot chocolate!! 😋yummm!!! 2y
brilliantglow I absolutely loved her Fairyland series. I just bought this one a couple weeks ago and plan to read it this year. 2y
Nat_Reads Thanks @brilliantglow ! Stacked! 2y
TricksyTails Have you received your FeedAReader package? 2y
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Marchpane
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#AllTheBooksOf2017

The best #bookwithamagicalsetting that I read this year was Deathless. Magical, lush, complicated and smart, it's a gorgeous book to sink into.

According to Goodreads, the companion book (not exactly a sequel) is due out in October 2018. Not sure how firm that date is, but here's hoping 🤞🏻

Siannalyn I have this book in my wishlist since forever! I'm glad tou enjoyed it and I hope to get to it soon! 2y
Cathythoughts What a cover. 💫💫💫💫 2y
Nat_Reads I just opened this one! Your review motivated me to move it up the list! 2y
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sprainedbrain
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Beautifully written, and I love the way the author mixed folklore otherworldliness with the Soviet Union from the early 1900s through WWII and beyond. I found the main character hard to love, and some of the characters are not well developed. I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I was familiar with the Russian mythology behind it, but I can still appreciate a well-told story.

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

monalyisha I read this with my book club & nobody loved it (which is a bummer because it was my suggestion, & I loved the Fairyland series so intensely). But I felt the same way: I shouldn‘t have needed foreknowledge about Russian mythology before going into it in order for the story to be clear. Her job was to make me understand it and feel fully immersed without me needing to do prior research. 🤷‍♀️ 2y
sprainedbrain @monalyisha I briefly considered researching after having read it, but I‘m just not that interested now. This was my first Valente... sounds like you recommend the Fairyland series? 2y
monalyisha @sprainedbrain Yes! Absolutely! It‘s one of those children‘s books series that‘s actually more for adults. It‘s super smart (she talks about things like “palimpsests” 😅) - and it‘s gorgeous writing. The characters are one of my favorite tribes in all of literature. September, Saturday, Ell... 💞 It‘s just perfect. 2y
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sprainedbrain @monalyisha That sounds fascinating. I will check it out...thanks! 2y
Kalalalatja I second @monalyisha 's recommendation of the Fairyland books 👏👏 2y
Clare-Dragonfly @monalyisha Interesting, I loved this book and felt fully immersed even though I could tell I was missing some of the folklore/mythology references. But I did start out more familiar with Russian folklore, just not as familiar as I felt Valente was. And I third the recommendation for the Fairyland books! 😍 2y
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sprainedbrain
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Finally starting this one tonight! It was recommended to me a loooooong time ago when @Liberty graciously handed out book recs here on Litsy. My tbr is ridiculously long. 😂

TricksyTails Ooh this sounds interesting! 2y
sparklemotion I loooove this book 👌 2y
RealBooks4ever This was a very engaging book for me! 💜 2y
Gina Lovelovelove this cover! 2y
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2BR02B
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Yup, already sold. #firstparagraph

Clare-Dragonfly I love this book! 2y
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2BR02B
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Starting the next pick for my spec fic book club this morning. All the other CMV books I've read have knocked it out of the park. Here's hoping this one continues the trend! 🤞

sprainedbrain I‘m starting this one tonight! 2y
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Kalalalatja
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These books #YouOughtaKnow about. They are all utterly beautiful and so, so, so good 👌

#Rocktober

BarbaraBB I loved Tin Man so I better stack the other two! 2y
britt_brooke Love this photo! 2y
Cinfhen Gorgeous photo😍 2y
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emilyhaldi Beautiful pic! Stacking the 2 not tagged 😄 2y
Kalalalatja @BarbaraBB you should! They are very different from one another, but they all gave me feelings 😭 2y
Kalalalatja @britt_brooke @Cinfhen thanks ladies! 💜 2y
Kalalalatja @emilyhaldi Yay! They are so good 👏👏 2y
Nat_Reads Just opened deathless! #blameitonlitsy 2y
Kalalalatja @Nat_Reads hope you like it! 👏 2y
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Alicia
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Yasss! Omg!!! @Redjewel_7734 is amazing!!!! She got me such wonderful books for #theretellingbookswap I can't even!! Also she also picked Deathless which I picked for her! And I just read another book based on Russian folklore so I legit cannot wait!!!! I just added to my TBR. Thank you soooooooo so so much I am so pumped!!!!

Alicia @Redjewel_7734 I am also so excited for the other pick! I haven't heard of it which is what I LOVE about swapping. It looks so good!!!! And omg I LOVE Skottiw Young... so I am dying over fairyland!!! I can't wait!! 2y
Redjewel_7734 I‘m so glad you liked everything 😍 It‘ll be fun to compare thoughts on Deathless; it‘s so fun that we both thought it such a great pick for one another 😊🙌🏻 2y
[DELETED] 3803335244 These look awesome! Adding Deathless to my list. I love Russian fairy tales \ folklore. Such awesome picks!!! 2y
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BethM I see my tbr expanding... 2y
Alicia @ForeverNerdy I know right!!! Im so excited!! 2y
Mommamanzi I just added it as well @ForeverNerdy it looks pretty awesome! 2y
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PandaPanda
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@Johanna414 you did such an amazing job! Thank you so much for everything! The books look amazing I haven't heard of either! I am so so excited for the book sleeve! I don't have one and have been obsessively looking at them online and then deciding not to do it, it's like you read my mind!

Also I don't want to give anything away- but great minds think alike on the bookmark😉

Thank you, Nicole for organizing! @Mommamanzi #theretellingbookswap

Mommamanzi I love the book mark and the sleeve!! Omg YEEEEEES!!! 2y
Johanna414 I'm so glad you like everything! How funny on the bookmarks- and I'm glad I didn't buy one for myself like I was tempted! Heart's Blood is one of my favorites so I hope you love it 😍 2y
ephemeralwaltz I also gifted Heart's Blood! It seems like a popular choice. 2y
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aeeklund
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"To be Deathless is to treat with death in every moment. To stave death is not involuntary, like breathing, but a constant tension..."

Needed these words today. Struggling with chronic illness can be exhausting; sometimes just the weight of knowing this is what life will be can be unbearable. Catherynne Valente had no idea the hope she would bring me when she wrote these words in my book last week. Each day is a fight. I'm scrappy. Bring it. ⚔️

Kalalalatja Great quote! And hope you feel better soon 💙💙 2y
minkyb Love your attitude! 2y
jetpack You. Are. Scrappy. 💜 2y
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Moray_Reads
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I loved the first book in this series based on Russian #fablesandfolklore. I've been really looking forward to to the second volume but I can't seem to find any publication information! 😭😭 #uncannyoctober

Moray_Reads @vivastory I haven't. Yet! 2y
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tea.n.books
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Another #recommendsday post! It's a new goal to write and maintain the book blog I've started, so I'm aiming to post at least a recommendsday and a "feature-length" post every week. This week's post, four of my favorite #fairytale retellings ???✨ http://bit.ly/2wIOpLQ

homepage link: http://inkstainedwitchery.blogspot.com

kathedron I will definitely read your blog, but right now I need to get some sleep! 2y
tea.n.books @River_Voice Yes, sleep first. Then reading 😴 2y
Laalaleighh I see a steifvater 👀👀🙌🏼🙌🏼 2y
tea.n.books @Laalaleighh Yesss! She's on my auto-buy list. I'm looking forward to All the Crooked Saints 2y
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Kalalalatja
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I love a good fantasy book where girls get to be #heroes and save the day. These were especially awesome, and had some great kick-butt female characters 💪🤜

#Septembowie

Cinfhen Niiice! I love a good SHEro 💚💋💪🏼💪🏼 2y
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen SHEro, I love that word 👏👏👏 2y
Marchpane Great picks! Deathless is an incredible read, I can't wait for book two 🤗 2y
Kalalalatja @Marchpane me neither! Though, I think I would need to reread Deathless before reading book two. I have forgotten so many things from it! 2y
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MichaelKwan
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So many good quotes in this book. Valente's writing is so good, her words almost mythic at times.

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MichaelKwan
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Really masterful. Such a deep concentration of Russian history and mythology. I had set this aside for a bit, but decided to bring it on a road trip and quickly finished it off (while my spouse was driving) as if I had never put it down.

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thegreentealibrarian
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History and fairy tale mixed together to create a rich and brutal dessert.
Marya Morevna must navigate myth and history but the end-goal is not entirely clear. She is a child of the revolution destined to become Koschei's bride and to betray him. There are themes of war, good and evil, friendship, love, life, and death running through, blood-streaked.

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sprainedbrain
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I'm looking forward to seeing all the #ForFontsSake posts today... I'm a sucker for fonts and have been known to select a book because of cover art and/or font.

#AndItsAugust

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b00kswithmaps
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From synopsis: "Koschei the Deathless is to Russian folklore what devils or wicked witches are to European culture: a menacing, evil figure; the villain of countless stories which have been passed on through story and text for generations."--Russian Folklore...Sign me up! #deathless #folklore #books #bookworm #booknerd #toberead #amreading

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eyyyalisa
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You are going to break your promise. I understand. And I hold my hands over the ears of my heart, so that I will not hate you.

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Marchpane
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Dark, lavish fantasy blending Russian myth with history, rendered in extravagant prose. Just like the best fairytales, this is a book to reread over and over. Gorgeous.

DGRachel Beautiful cover! 2y
Foragingfantasy Ooooh I need this one. 2y
Cathythoughts Great cover 2y
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Marchpane
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Can't help feeling it was much TOO easy finding books on my TBR with #death in the title 😵 This is not even half of them!

#junebookbugs

2BR02B Great picks! Who Fears Death is phenomenal. 2y
Sace Death Comes for the Archbishop - my first Willa Cather. Loved it! 2y
Lcsmcat Death Comes for the Archbishop is the only one of these I've read, but I second @Sace, it's a great read. 2y
RealLifeReading Love the cover of Deathless! 2y
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Conservio
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Wow. This book was incredible. I'm not too familiar with Russian folklore/ myths, but Ms. Valente did a fantastic job taking a new spin on Koschei while keeping to the original story. A definite 5/5 for me. #teamkoschei #deathless #april #russia #folklore

BookishTrish I ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️this book and recommend it all around town. 3y
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Conservio
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She's been on my too read list for awhile now. Couldn't resist grabbing it at the library. On page 55 and really enjoying it. #russia #fairytale #tbr #library

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SaunteringVaguelyDownwards
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Working my way through this and thinking about using it in my Fantasy Lit class--realizing I'm going to need to find guides to Russian pronunciation and mythology!

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meggofrank
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At The in-laws' for Passover. We're currently enjoying this lovely Tennessee afternoon with some rosé and our assorted reading materials before we have to get to the cooking. This book is weird and beautiful and I'm enjoying it quite a lot. Also, it's my V for #LitsyAtoZ

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tea.n.books
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Deathless is Tor.com's free April eBook club pick!! All you have to do is sign up for the monthly Tor eNewsletter (which is totally worth it for any #fantasy / #scifi nerds anyway). #dailydeal #free #freeebook

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MichaelKwan
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Got a new toy in yesterday's mail. It was on sale. I have been wanting a e-ink reader to experiment with for a bit. I think it will be better than reading ebooks on this, in comparison to reading them on my phone. We'll see.