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IndoorDame
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While her short stories don‘t have the same depth as her novels, this was a great collection. Witty and charming with several standouts that I‘d read again. In the future I think I‘ll recommend this to anyone looking for an intro to Agatha Christie‘s writing, as it has a combination of Hercule Poirot stories, Miss Marple stories, and standalone stories. #Booked2023 #ShortStoryCollection @alisiakae @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen GORGEOUS edition!!! I want to read this collection just for the cover 🤩 3w
IndoorDame @Cinfhen seeing this edition being read by people around Christmas is half the reason I read it too, and completely the reason I decided I needed to buy not borrow this one 3w
Cinfhen Agree😍it‘s definitely one to own ❣️ 3w
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TheAromaofBooks I haven't been able to resist these special editions as they have been released. The covers, the end papers, the back covers - they are just SO GORGEOUS!!! https://beautifulbooks.info/illustratedbibliographies/illustrators-and-authors/a... This website is doing a great job keeping track of which ones have been/are being issued. Unfortunately for my budget, they've been increasing the pace! 😂 @Cinfhen 3w
IndoorDame @TheAromaofBooks oooh, I didn‘t realize it was a whole series of rereleases. I want so many of them! Thank you!!! 2w
Cinfhen Oh no @TheAromaofBooks you might have unleashed a beast 😂 2w
TheAromaofBooks @IndoorDame @Cinfhen - Use caution; they're addictive 😂 They're just SO perfect; I'm in love with everything about them!!! Especially the gorgeous end papers 😍 2w
Cinfhen I looked 😅 @TheAromaofBooks THEY ARE STUNNING 😍 2w
IndoorDame @TheAromaofBooks @Cinfhen so stunning! Definitely dangerous! 2w
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TracyReadsBooks
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Winner of the 2021 Lambda Award for Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror, this short-story collection is variously described as body-horror fairy tales and/or queer fabulism and it‘s every bit as good as I was led to believe. Standouts for me were “Self Care,” “Estranged Children of Storybook Houses,” and “The Nothing Spots Where Nobody Wants to Stay.” Definitely an interesting collection and one I will likely revisit in the future.

IndoorDame I hope it‘s also winning some awards for cover design! 2mo
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Sleepswithbooks
Points of Departure | Pat Murphy
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Week 4 Points: #TeamSlaughter

Clwojick Great job! Thank you for joining us, and all your participation! 3mo
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BookwormAHN
Untitled | Anonymous
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The book wasn't listed but I did suggest it.
Six stories: A Watcher By the Dead by Pierce, The Body Snatchers by Stevenson, The Adventures of the German Student by Irving, Dickon The Devil by LeFanu, The Fall of the House of Usher by Poe & The Open Window by Saki.
#TeamMonsterMash @StayCurious
#LittenListen #LittenListenBingo #aclassic @aperfectmjk #AutumnBingo2022 #Gothic @Ann_Reads #StabbyBingo #shortstorycollection #31By31 @Catsandbooks

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TracyReadsBooks
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When you grab coffee with a fellow book lover, of course you have to include a trip to the bookstore. Tagged book was my friend‘s recommendation. The Plot has been on my radar for a while as have the other three books—Who Fears Death, Piranesi, and Riot Baby—which all came from the sale shelves. Book trivia game was a present from a friend I saw yesterday. A weekend full of bookish delights!

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plemmdog
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While Peter Taylor‘s work has often been compared to Chekhov, several critics have viewed him as a Southern regional writer of memoir stories. I'm not sure where he'll ultimately land in the pantheon. While he wrote mostly from the perspective and heady pedestal of Southern genteel privilege, I think it can still be argued that his work was hardly conventional, as he remained a keen observer and critic of the very class in which he came from.

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vivastory
Compulsory Games | Robert Aickman
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“It was the moment one yells, and, with luck, wakes up, during a long nightmare; the moment that, of its nature, can never be quite examined, quite elucidated, or quite extinguished.“-The Strangers
This quote, from one of my favorite pieces in this collection, could very well describe the overall effect of reading Aickman. As Michael Dirda writes in the Washington Post, “As for Aickman: Nobody ever quite understands his stories, but nobody👇

vivastory ever forgets them either.“ Aickman's prose style at times called to mind Henry James' rangy, convoluted syntax. Aickman called his works “strange stories.“ He is a forerunner to Jeff VanderMeer & John Darnielle. He is Shirley Jackson's slightly surreal sibling. There are no jump scares in Aickman's work, rather there is a creeping sense of dread & a slow shiver up the spine. Good stuff. 13mo
RaeLovesToRead I have Cold Hand in Mine on my TBR 13mo
vivastory @RaeLovesToRead This was the first Aickman that I have read & I suspect that these may not have been some of his best since they reprint his lesser known works. I still was quite impressed & will be reading more collections. 13mo
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Megabooks Fantastic review! 13mo
vivastory @Megabooks Thanks! I'm picking up Nightbitch & Seek You tomorrow at the library. Looking forward to both of them. 13mo
Megabooks @vivastory I‘ve been listening to The Martian Chronicles today. It was interesting that he was inspired by Winesberg, Ohio. That‘s a book that I‘ve always meant to read because I‘ve enjoyed several books inspired by it. It‘s also interesting seeing which things he could reimagine and which are firmly rooted in post-war America. The most obvious thing to me is the sexism. He couldn‘t imagine women that didn‘t fit the post-war housewife ⬇️ 13mo
Megabooks ⬆️ Stereotype, which is really unfortunate because he was such a visionary in so many areas. This isn‘t to say I discount his excellent writing and imagination. It is so different reading this at 42 rather than 14 (my first read). Still processing, obviously. 13mo
Megabooks I hope you like Seek You and Nightbitch. If they make you think half as much as TMC has made me think, I will be pleased. Seek You especially made me think about loneliness differently. 13mo
vivastory @Megabooks I've been meaning to read Winesburg, Ohio for awhile. It's been sitting on my shelves for years now. I was enormously pleased that there's a scene in TMC set in Independence. I was tempted to take my copy of the book afterwards for a photo at the Oregon Trail marker. The structure of the book is really interesting. After I finished I was looking online & found a term I had never encountered to describe it-fixup novel. 13mo
vivastory @Megabooks I loved Radtke's Imagine Wanting Only This, so I feel pretty confident that I will have a good experience with Seek You & Nightbitch sounds right up my street from everything that I have heard about it. 13mo
Megabooks I think one of the things that made us such a good match (other than enjoying similar genres) is that I read mainly new releases last year and many of yours are backlist with a few classics as well. It has made me examine my preference for new books because there are many I miss out on. 13mo
Reggie *shivers* lol, sounds good man. 13mo
batsy Great review! I've been really interested to discover Aickman. 13mo
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vivastory
Compulsory Games | Robert Aickman
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I just read the first four stories in the tagged book, comprising roughly a third of this collection. I don't exactly remember when I ordered this volume but I pulled it off my TBR shelves a few months ago after listening to the Backlisted episode. Darnielle is right. Aickman really unnerves the reader & it's difficult to pin down the moment in the story that this happens. Great stuff.

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Nerdy_Bookworm
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Now we're getting started!!! 😍

ashsbookmarks Yes!!!!!!!! 1y
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RamsFan1963
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I give this a pick with an *. Chapters 9-25 are great Ellison stories, mostly written in the 50s and 60s but still wonderfully witty and inventive. Chapters 1-8 contains two introductions, one from the original and one from the 2015 reissue, plus essays about Ellison's favorite subject: Harlan Ellison. If you make it through the first 8 chapters, you'll find some great stories. 3 💥💥💥 1/2

Ruthiella I‘ve only read “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream”, a story which still haunts me, decades later. 😱 1y
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