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akfreeborn
The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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Pickpick

I have meant to get to this one for a while. It is well written with well formed characters confronting science and religion and gender roles of the era not to mention class. I think it plodded on a bit but still I‘m glad I read it. Now time to watch the limited series with Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston.

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RobES
The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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Pickpick

This was my second time reading this book and it was even better than the first- I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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RobES
The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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I've decided to reread an absolute fave (before I watch the TV adaptation). I met Sarah Perry ... she said she liked my jumper!!!! Has anyone read this or seen the TV series?

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lauraisntwilder
The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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Pickpick

This one grew on me. I had a gap of several weeks when I was reading other things and let this sit untouched. I probably would have enjoyed it more if that hadn't happened. Still, the writing was beautiful and I look forward to watching the show.

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candc320
The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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Bailedbailed

I wanted to listen to this book before watching the Apple TV show. I hate to do it but this just isn‘t keeping my interest at the moment. From the show trailer I assumed this was more of a mystery/thriller but it‘s very slow. I made it about halfway through and it‘s just so dry. I‘ll try to pick it up again at a later date but I think I‘ll still give the show a try.

Sparklemn I made it maybe 5% through before I lost my patience with the narrator on the audio version. She would go back and forth between shouting and a quiet and mild voice. I had to turn it up so loud in my car to hear the quiet that the shouts would startle me. #librofm actually refunded my money. Lesson learned - listen to the sample before purchase! I'll give the e-book version a try sometime. 5mo
candc320 @Sparklemn lol YES!! Just not at all what I was expecting or wanting. 5mo
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KristiAhlers
The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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Pickpick

OMG I don‘t know exactly why I loved this book so much but I did! I loved the mystery and the characters were so real and imperfect and that kept me glued to the pages. Add to that the setting and voila! This has made the cut and is sitting on my keeper bookcase. #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

Cathythoughts I love this cover too 👍🏻♥️ 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Love it when a book just hits the spot!! 6mo
GerardtheBookworm I agree. Really different and I'm excited to see how the tone will be portrayed on film. 6mo
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RaeLovesToRead
The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry

"If love were an archer someone had put out its eyes, and it went stumbling about, blindly letting loose its arrows, never meeting its mark."

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RaeLovesToRead
The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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Look who has come to interrupt my bedtime reading 🐾💕
A wild Pickles appeared!
Looks like she has finally forgiven us for not stopping the windy weather last week.

CBee I love Pickles! So adorable 🥰 9mo
RaeLovesToRead @CBee She is, very much, a snoodle! 🥰😆 9mo
DaveGreen7777 Hee hee, Pickles is such a Snoodle! 😁 9mo
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CBee @RaeLovesToRead that she is 😂🥰 9mo
Branwen Pickles demands cuddles before bedtime! ❤ She's so sweet! 9mo
tokorowilliamwallace Love these more dynamic photos of you! 9mo
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RaeLovesToRead
The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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@DaveGreen7777 It may be a cliché in fantasy fiction, but literary fiction has its own take...

I thought this was an interesting passage.

I'm actually not 100% certain I could identify Jasmine out of a line up of other purple scents, you know 😅 If it's the one I'm remembering, this description is bang on because it can be a bit cloying.

DaveGreen7777 Oooh, I really like this quote! 😯 Kudos to this author for finding an original way to explore the overused jasmine description! 👏 9mo
RaeLovesToRead @DaveGreen7777 TL;DR = "Jasmine smells terrible, in an alluring way" ?? 9mo
The_Penniless_Author I actually AM 100% sure I couldn't pick jasmine out of a lineup of scents, purple or otherwise. 🤣 9mo
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RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author A quick Google search assures me that jasmine isn't even purple so don't feel bad 🙈😅 9mo
The_Penniless_Author 🤣 Maybe people like us are the reason authors don't waste their time trying to be creative describing scents. 9mo
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author Fragrance Philestines 😬😄 9mo
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RaeLovesToRead
The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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Started The Essex Serpent & Ship of Magic (both of which, coincidentally, start off with a mention of sea serpents).

Not sure how I'm feeling about The Essex Serpent so far. Perry writes in such an ethereal way that I find it hard to grab onto anything. Look at those endpapers though...

Andrew65 Love the Robin Hobb books. 9mo
RaeLovesToRead @Andrew65 I was a huge fan of the first trilogy, so I have high hopes! 9mo
Cathythoughts Lovely covers 💙 9mo
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Andrew65 @RaeLovesToRead I need to read the third one in this trilogy, a big story and big books. 9mo
squirrelbrain I wasn‘t sure about The Essex Serpent. I‘d class it as a soft pick, I think, but it was rather vague all the way through. 9mo
vivastory Personally I loved Essex Serpent 9mo
RaeLovesToRead @Andrew65 After I've read this trilogy, I'll be moving onto the second Fitz & The Fool trilogy (can't wait to find out what happens next, but I want to read them in chronological order!) 9mo
RaeLovesToRead @squirrelbrain That's it! "Vague"... that's the perfect word to describe how I feel about the writing. Felt the same when I read After me comes the flood... it was weirdly compelling but unsatisfyingly vague. 9mo
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory I saw your review on GR... I'm in two minds at the moment and I can see why the reviews are either gushing or lukewarm because there is a quality to the writing even if I can't quite pin it down in my head. 9mo
Andrew65 @RaeLovesToRead I‘m doing the same. 9mo
Branwen I'm obsessed with the beauty of The Essex Serpent! That cover! Those endpapers! 😍 I did enjoy the story itself, but honestly I think her book Melmoth is so much better! 9mo
Branwen @vivastory Have you read Melmoth by her? 9mo
vivastory @Branwen It's on my list. I want to read the following before I do 9mo
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory I've got that one on my TBR too! 9mo
tokorowilliamwallace Hope to hear more about the themes in the Hobb. 9mo
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