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The Bayou | Arden Powell
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Two authors from #Round20 of #LMPBC !

Arden Powell for some terrifically unnerving horror, and K Ming Chang for creepy and insightful short stories!

I can‘t wait to explore more of each author‘s work, and I‘m super grateful for the members of #GroupQ for introducing me to these authors!

#SundayFunday Have a marvelous day! And don‘t forget to tag me in your responses!

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Bookwomble
Rebecca | Daphne Du Maurier
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Bailedbailed

I thought I should return to my reading of Rebecca, begun 5 months ago & paused 1 month ago at 38%, noticing my heavy feeling as I reached for it.

Du Maurier's writing is wonderful & atmospheric, & if it was all descriptive of the gothic Cornish environs in which she set her story, I'd be happy with that, but I don't give a fig* about any of the characters & really don't care how it ends (which I know, anyway, from film adaptations). So, 👋📔🚮

Bookwomble * I changed my original word choice to “fig“, then realised that this is probably a euphemism for that original word, looked it up to see that this is a misapprehension as it comes from “to give the fig“, an insulting Spanish gesture of placing the thumb between the second and third finger, so reminiscent of the British V-sign and American “bird“ gesture that, actually, I think I was right in the first place! So,🖕 (edited) 10h
Readergrrl Wow, I‘ve learned something new this morning. Thank you!!! Can‘t wait to use and explain this! 10h
RaeLovesToRead It's so good though! 🙃 9h
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Bookwomble @Readergrrl We both learned it this morning 😁 9h
Bookwomble @RaeLovesToRead I can't (and don't want to) deny the quality of the writing, nor Du Maurier's skill at inserting subtle metaphors and comments within her text, but I really couldn't give a flying fig about the characters and didn't want to spend any more time with them. I totally get why it's a loved book (Mrs B was 😳 when I said I was bailing!), it's just not one for me 😏 9h
RaeLovesToRead Mrs Bookwomble should read the rest of it out to you while you sleep 🤣🤣 I jest. Yes. The characters were supposed to be like that. The MC doesn't even have a name. There is no one to root for. And still... vibes! 9h
Bookwomble @RaeLovesToRead She's too busy knitting! 🧶I get what you're saying - I typically do struggle to stick with characters written as unlikable or unsympathetic, and your making me reflect on that. It's when the story is fictional but realistic about abuse that I struggle with unsympathetic characters - if it's more fantastic or if it's nonfiction I'm generally ok. 9h
RaeLovesToRead Ask her to fill you in on what happens 😊 It's not a spoiler to say that no dragons appear. What I loved about Rebecca is that it's so morally grey and you can read it one of two ways or a mix of the two. 9h
Bookwomble @RaeLovesToRead Hmm 🤔 I think I'm ok with closing the door on Manderley and not looking back.🚶‍♂️🚪🏚️ 😉 4h
dabbe Sometimes you gotta just #hailthatbail and move on ... though the door on Manderley can only be closed figuratively because of 🔥. 😂 2h
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IndoorDame
Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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“There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.” #firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl

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readingjedi
In the Night Wood | Dale Bailey
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Pickpick

This is a little bit weird, kind of a jumble of things going on, but it actually really works. Pace & tension combine to make a creepy & vaguely menacing air that grows as the story unravels. The wood is atmospheric & eldritch with mysterious glimpses of ... ghosts? Fae? It has a tortured Victorian author & his uncanny novel at the heart of the plot & has some nice ideas about the concept of 'story'. Great story-telling.

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bio_chem06
Jane Eyre | Charlotte Brontee
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It is a happy thing that time quells there longings of vengeance and hushes the promptings of rage and aversion.

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annamatopoetry
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Inspired by @thegirlwiththelibrarybag, an A+ vampire chronicles post from tumblr. This one by user 👤licncourt

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keepingupwiththepenguins
Anatomy: A Love Story | Dana Schwartz
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Mehso-so

Anatomy is a fun read, but only if you don‘t look too closely at it. Even a gentle poke opens up holes big enough to fall through. Full review: https://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/anatomy-dana-schwartz/

Hooked_on_books That‘s too bad. Great cover, though. 4d
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readingjedi
The Dollmaker | NINA. ALLAN
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Panpan

This just didn't work for me - it's one of those books that is fairly enjoyable to read, but at the end seems less than the sum of its parts. I didn't buy the relationship between the two MCs and neither character seemed to develop during the course of the novel. In fact, the whole thing didn't really go anywhere & the ending had no meaningful or satisfying resolutions. Disappointing.

readingjedi @dabbe Love those hash tags 🤣 4d
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DinoMom
What Big Teeth | Rose Szabo
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Finally picking up a book again after two very busy weeks. Its feels like forever since I have had time to read!