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BarbaraBB
Familiar: A Novel | J. Robert Lennon
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After loving Subdivision I wanted to read more by this author and man, he didn‘t disappoint. This one is not as strange as that one but strange nevertheless.

A woman drives home after visiting the grave of her son who died when he was 15. Suddenly everything changes. She is still driving, but another car and she‘s the same plus some pounds around the waist. Arriving home her son is still living. What follows is awesome!

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TrishB Sounds intriguing! 2h
BarbaraBB @TrishB You‘d like it I think! 2h
Cinfhen Hmmm, im intrigued!! But I could not read suddivision so I wonder if this would be too kooky for me??!!? 2h
TrishB @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I thought it would fit the weird prompt? 2h
squirrelbrain I don‘t think I really understood Subdivision so I‘m not sure about this….? 🤔 2h
Cinfhen Sounds like it would work for WEIRD!!! In a good way 😜 2h
Ruthiella Sold! 👍 2h
Librarybelle Sounds very intriguing…stacking! 1h
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain It‘s much more straightforward, I think you‘ll appreciate it too and yes it would work for #weird! @TrishB (edited) now
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella You‘ll love it! now
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Lukey-Looloo
The House on the Borderland | William Hope Hodgson
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After finding weird fiction through authors like HP Lovecraft, I became interested in forerunners to the genre. Well, my first sampling of earlier authors was in William Hope Hodgson with his best known work, The House on the Borderland. Not sure of other's experience completely but I was really drawn in by the dark, surreal, dream like visuals more than dramatic narrative. But that satisfied me enough. Next by this author will be The Night Land.

Bookwomble This is one of my favourite books 😊 If you liked Borderland, you'll find The Night Land a trip! 11h
Lukey-Looloo @Bookwomble I did actually start reading it a while back before life got in the way. It won't be long until I pick it up again 😃 10h
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diovival
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"He lounges with one arm supporting his head, surrounded by the carnage his imminent death has triggered...soothed to see the destruction of everything he has owned before he also dies, believing that he will find it all around him when he wakes again on the other side of his death, the fragments of porcelain miraculously reunited, the wounds of the women and horses and slaves miraculously healed."

Image: La Mort de Sardanapale by E. Delacroix

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diovival
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Quenched my craving for bubble tea and finally sat down to read. A momentous occasion because I've gotten no reading done in months and months and months, so I'm feeling great right now.

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Lara.Tomme
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The final installment of the Southern Reach trilogy takes us through different moments and times, from various perspectives. I am glad to have finished the trilogy. It was an interesting read and I recommend the books to those who enjoy complex science fiction stories.

4 ⭐

#scribd #ebook

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Lara.Tomme
Authority: A Novel | Jeff VanderMeer
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I read the second book of the Southern Reach series. It raised some more questions, but I'm really intrigued in the rest of the story.

4 ⭐

#scribd #ebook

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catsuit_mango
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One last breakfast by the pool, the third novella of the Gameshouse series will probably be finished before leaving for the airport.
Ereading is so much better while travelling ;) 8 books in 10 days... That would be a lot heavier to carry :)

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traa
Authority: A Novel | Jeff VanderMeer
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I couldn‘t really get into this book the first time I read it a few years ago but it really sank in in the best way on the reread

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Yuki_Onna
The Merry Dredgers | Jeremy C. Shipp
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This was my jam!
Seraphina, a struggling actress holding herself up financially as a rental princess for children's parties, infiltrates a cult of enlightenment seekers lodging in an abandoned amusement park to investigate the horrible accident her sister had there.
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Yuki_Onna Dark/thriller/horror/weird book? Yes!! Suspicious cults, not following one of the three established monotheistic religions? Yes! Student protagonists who are different with artistic jobs and a twisty sense of humour? Yes! Vivid visions/dreams/nightmares? Yes! Abandoned amusement parks? Especially hilarious weird amusement parks? Heck yesss!!!
So why is this 'just' 4****, not a 5* straight? 🤔
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Yuki_Onna I felt the characters were quite flat, even Phina. The book is so thoroughly story driven that the characters weren't fleshed out well. Thus it wasn't easy to tell all the 'minor' Dredgers apart, especially. After the halfway point of the book, the story slipped into the background, too, as a mere stage for describing the amusement park rides & rites. At times, it felt more like striking scene after scene pasted together than real storytelling. -> (edited) 3w
Yuki_Onna All those minor points of critique apart, this was a thoroughly enjoyable book for me. As most people know, I love thriller/weird stories set in derelict carnivals, yet I never seem to find the trope handled very well. This was one of the most satisfying executions of abandoned amusement park horror I've read so far! 🎡🥳

Received this book by the publisher as a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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