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KimM
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Samantha Shannon is a young women who writes adult epic fantasy as good as, if not better than, her older male fantasy counterparts (Rothfuss, GRRM, etc). Excellent world-building, unique and diverse characters, back-stabbing political intrigue and ....dragons. I look forward to reading more of her books. (Read this one on Kindle because I was afraid I couldn't lift the hardcopy :P)

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KimM
Magic for Liars | Sarah Gailey
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Panpan

This book is what happens when you borrow someone else‘s creative ideas but you do not have any creativity yourself. Potentially “Cormoran Strike meets Harry Potter” but it misses its mark. Lackluster writing and tired cliches. 2⭐️s

#BookishFirst

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KimM
Kushiel's Chosen: A Novel | Jacqueline Carey
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Mehso-so

Epic fantasy set in a fictional version of medieval Europe and thick (900 pages or so) with political intrigue. I love Carey's world-building that reads a bit like historical fiction., but there are too many asides describing the “specialness“ of Phedre. Not erotica but it does contain some heavy BDSM-type imagery related to Phedre's religion. All in all it's a nice escape. 3.5 stars.

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KimM
MIRROR AND THE LIGHT. | HILARY. MANTEL
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Yes! Long time inhabitant of my Waiting-To-Be-Released TBR list.

DrexEdit I am REALLY REALLY REALLY looking forward to this book! 😊 💜 📖 3w
gossamerchild 😯😮😲 3w
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KimM
Magic for Liars | Sarah Gailey
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bookandbedandtea Beautiful picture! 1mo
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KimM
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Mehso-so

This was a short (single afternoon) and amusing read.

#NetGalley
#Southernladycode
#Doubleday

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KimM
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Mehso-so

Haze writes about life as it is - the good, the bad and the ugly. There is definitely a liberal, feminist slant to her writing and the book in general. I would recommend this book to history lovers, feminists and people who enjoy baking.

#bookishfirsts
#chroniclesofaradicalhag

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KimM
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Words of wisdom from Matt Haig.

Bookgirl This is great. Stacked! 2mo
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KimM
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Indie Bookstore Day 2019. (Thanks for the freebies) @Sudalu91 @Sudalu #Page158Books Wake Forest, NC.

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KimM
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I read this slowly over several months so I could attempt to assimilate the massive amount of information and science Bredesen presents. Sadly there is no cure for Alzheimer‘s. While the drug companies etc try to find a magic pill, Bredesen has scientific data backing up a multi step program called RECODE with positive clinical results. It‘s not simple. It‘s not easy. It‘s not popping a pill. (Which is why it won‘t sell). Contd in comments.

KimM However, if you are serious about becoming proactive about potential or early stage disease or helping a loved one, this book is here for you. Pictured with a copy of some of the trial data. 2mo
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KimM
The Bean Trees | Barbara Kingsolver
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Kingsolver addresses the struggles that indigenous people and immigrants around the world face on a daily basis. Written in 1988, this book, sadly, remains topical.

Btw, this one was not narrated by the author. I didn‘t notice that when I bought it. The narration was sub par so I‘d recommend the physical book.

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KimM
Contact | Carl Sagan
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My biggest take-away from this book published in 1985 (1 year before Challenger blew up) is that we thought we‘d be much more advanced in space travel by the millennium. Read for 2019 Yearly Challenge - Science.

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KimM
Light from Other Stars | Erika Swyler
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If you were ever a little girl who loved science you will love this book. Science fiction with a dose of horror that Stephen King would approve of. 4⭐️s

#lightfromotherstars
#netgalley
#bloomsbury

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KimM
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms | George R. R. Martin
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Just finished rewatching the whole series in prep for this weekend 🐉 🔥 ❄️ 🐺 Cannot wait. This book is a nice venture into Westeros 100 years prior to Thrones. It‘s actually 3 novellas about a hedge night and his squire, Egg. All true fans know who Egg really is which makes this book special.

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KimM
Farm | Joanne Ramos
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I can‘t stop thinking about this one. Imagine you are an uber wealthy woman at the helm of your company. Pregnancy, labor & delivery, maternity leave, these are things that will slow you down in a highly competitive world in which men don‘t have to consider these things. Why not source it out? And as the “Farm”, why not make a huge profit using mostly immigrant women who could not make this kind of money otherwise?

#thefarm
#netgalley

CouronneDhiver I‘m intrigued. In a cringey kind of way, of course. 2mo
sprainedbrain Oh that sounds interesting! 2mo
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KimM
Transcription | Kate Atkinson
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I don‘t see why this book‘s ratings are not higher. This was a brilliant novel. Atkinson‘s writing shines as usual. She writes women so well. I found Juliet infinitely Interesting, curiously flawed and strong in that ballsy WWII era women way. Yes, it‘s another British WWII novel. But it‘s a fresh take and has a twist that will blindside you. Read it. 5 ⭐️s

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KimM
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Another #LitsyGoesPostalOG winner. You guys have picked the most lovely books. I have thoroughly enjoyed the past two years with this group ❤️ As I count it I only have 8 more books to go!

@LukkiAnn

Owlizabeth Only 8 more?! It‘s gonna go by so quickly! 3mo
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KimM
The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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A solid read. I‘d recommend this one to fans of Agatha Christie. In fact, at the end of the Audible the author states that Christie was a childhood influence. I did not guess the end and did not see the twist coming. 4⭐️s

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KimM
Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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“Again I went very slowly towards it, extending my arms in their thick hide. The creature shot up from its rock, its orange arms boiling all around it, the suckers very white. Its gaze seemed to churn up and out of its soft mantle and burn through me, seeing, I suppose, the sad rigidity of a boy, the uselessness of his hard, inflexible bones.” Wash‘s first dive. I loved the writing in this novel. 💚

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KimM
Saga Volume 1 | Brian K Vaughan
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Thanks for choosing this one for your #LGPOG book, @Eyelit It was a lot of fun. Now I‘m on the Saga bandwagon and off to order the rest of the series!

#LitsyGoesPostalOG

Eyelit Yes! So glad you liked it 😃 3mo
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KimM
Robinson Crusoe | Daniel Dafoe
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Mehso-so

I keep an Audible book queued up for those times I need help falling asleep. This was the perfect book for that 😊 Take that as you will. 😴

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KimM
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This is my 3rd or 4th Larson. He never disappoints. He is the absolute best at weaving eye-witness accounts into a cohesive story.

Reviewsbylola I think this is my favorite book of his! 3mo
Lcsmcat I‘ve only read one by him, (tagged) and loved it. I‘m looking forward to this one. 3mo
sprainedbrain This is my favorite of his (so far). Loved the audio! 3mo
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KimM
Kindred | Octavia E. Butler
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Mailing this one out to @Dogearedcopy tomorrow. Thanks @Cupofjo for sharing your story and this book. ❤️

#LGPOG
#LitsygoespostalOG

LibrarianJen I loved this book! 3mo
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KimM
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My vacation read 🏝 The story takes place in 3 different time periods: Civil war era, 60s Detroit race riots era and present day with its racial tensions. It follows interracial relationships in 3 generations of one family living through these eras. It left me hoping the female protagonist can overcome her family‘s past and break through any remaining barriers society has set. 4⭐️s Excellent.

#BookishFirst
#Revell
#wehopeforbetterthings

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KimM
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Read this one right before my catamaran trip. Definitely made me paranoid. 😳 This story is true and heartbreaking. The most disturbing part is that his young sons were witness to all the horror. I don‘t see how they grew up to be “normal”. For true crime fans.

#NetGalley
#deadinthewater

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KimM
Little Darlings | Melanie Golding
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“Come away O human child! To the waters and the wild...” W.B. Yeats, “The Stolen Child”

This is a good one 💙. The author weaves old Irish folklore involving changelings into a story of a sleep-deprived mother of newborn twins and her decent into psychosis. It‘s a crime mystery but also something much more disturbing. 4⭐️s. A great first novel for this author. Will be published in Apr2019.

#NetGalley
#BookishFirsts
#LittleDarlings

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KimM
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History and science and the history of science. 🔬 This was my first read for my Science Reading Challenge. It gives the history of natural selection studies going all the way back to Aristotle. Fascinating 4⭐️s.

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KimM
Miraculum | Steph Post
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Mehso-so

For fans of Geek Love and Night Circus...except those books were much better. 3⭐️s

#NetGalley

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KimM
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Great read for science geeks 🤓. Also, very women-centric. 4⭐️s

#NetGalley

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KimM
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Marillier writes my kind of female protagonist — a strong woman whose weapon is her brain, not a sword. This is the second in a series based on Irish folklore. It was sappy and melodramatic at times but I liked it. The narrator did the most amazing job. I swear I thought there was a whole cast of narrators, but it was just one woman with some mad voice skills. 4⭐️s

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KimM
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Bailedbailed

I had high hopes for this one but I just couldn‘t connect. I kept losing interest and dozing off. At page 165 I put it down for other books.

#netgalley

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KimM
Deathless | Catherynne M. Valente
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Lush, fanciful, and so, so Russian. Evocative of The Master and Margarita. 4⭐️s

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KimM
Vita Nostra | Sergey Dyachenko, Marina Dyachenko
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Russian psychological fiction. Very trippy. Very Russian. I liked it ❤️ 4⭐️s

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KimM
The Tattooist of Auschwitz | Heather Morris (Screenwriter)
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Bailedbailed

Meh. I bailed. There are 100s of stories about this moment in history. I would rather spend my time reading a well-written one. This one was not.

MelissaSue81 Agree. It‘s a lovely story but the writing was just... 😑 5mo
Readingismyescape Your kitty seems to agree. So adorable! 💜💜 5mo
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KimM
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My top 5 reads in 2018 and my favorite reading spot in 2018 — St. Lucia

@TheSpinecrackersBookClub #spinecrackersbookclub

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KimM
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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This was my first read of 2019 and I already know it will be one of my favorites. Charming, eclectic, perfectly drawn characters entwined in a mystery bound by river lore. 5⭐️s
I received this book via #netgalley.

Photo credit: #firestormcoop

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KimM
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I love that Goodreads does this ❤️ #2018

Nebklvr Me too! I love seeing which book was shortest and which was longest 6mo
Nebklvr But now i can‘t find this... only the book challenge with all of the books😳 6mo
Nebklvr Got it!! Shortest was 52 pages 6mo
sprainedbrain Awesome! 🎉 6mo
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KimM
Reading Challenge | Casey Malarcher, Andre Janzen
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Reggie Yayyy congrats!!! 6mo
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KimM
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My favorite reads this year. Small Country was by far the best. Notice there‘s 2 #LGPOG books 😍

#2018
#smallcountry

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KimM
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This follow up to The Bear and the Nightingale was equally magical in its portrayal of medieval Moscow, Russian folklore and superstition. The plot was a bit predictable and the pace a bit slow. All in all I‘d give it a pick. It‘s the perfect winter read. 3⭐️s

And I named the kitten “Iphigenia”, “Iphy” for short. She is in love with my 10 year-old ginger cat 😍 He is not quite as enamored.

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KimM
Angel of Darkness | Caleb Carr
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So good. I can‘t wait for the next one in 2019 and I hope I can find an ARC. I love the history of forensic science mixed in with a psychological mystery. 4⭐️s

AmyG A new one??? 🎉 6mo
KimM Goodreads has that one is due out Sept 2019 The Alienist of Armageddon @AmyG 6mo
AmyG Oh boy! Thanks for the heads up! (I feel like I knew this but forgot...so I am excited all over again!) 6mo
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Going Postal | Terry Pratchett
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And here‘s the reveal!!! Thanks so much, Lorraine! Everything is so well thought out right down to the NY Public Library card ❤️. I‘m actually giving the LMM book to several people for Christmas but haven‘t read it and don‘t have one for me. Now I do :) And I LOVE the UK cover on WB. I coveted it when I saw your post. And of course, the Game of Thrones ornament. #teamtyrion Off to use the bath bomb now! ❤️❤️❤️

@Lola
#LGPOG

Lola I‘m so happy that you like everything! This was the only Litsy exchange I did this year and I had so much putting this together for you 😊 6mo
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Going Postal | Terry Pratchett
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Here‘s the before of my #LGPOG Secret Santa/Elfster loot. This is my favorite swap ❤️

@Lola
#litsygoespostalOG

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KimM
Flight Behaviour | Barbara Kingsolver
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Kingsolver's titles always have two meanings or more. At first you believe 'flight behavior" to refer to the Monarch butterflies in this story of climate change. By the end of the tale you realize the title also refers to the protagonist, Dellarobia. I adored the character of Preston, her precocious son, and I came to love Hestor, even after a rough start. 4⭐️s. Kingsolver narrates beautifully. She even manages a decent islander accent for Ovid?

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KimM
The Red Address Book | Sofia Lundberg
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"I wish you enough," she whispered in my ear. "Enough sun to light up your days, enough rain that you appreciate the sun. Enough joy to strengthen your soul, enough pain that you can appreciate life's small moments of happiness. And enough friends that you can manage a farewell now and then." 4⭐️s. Plus: great cover ❤️

*I received this book through #BookishFirst in exchange for an honest review.

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KimM
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With this book I completed my #readtheworld challenge. #middleeast. My take away: when the Taliban shot Malala they only succeeded in shooting themselves in the foot.

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KimM
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Sweet new kitten. My daughter‘s friend found her crying at her door out in the country. The odd thing is that she‘s been fixed. Tummy still looks shaved. And one ear is clipped like they do to feral cats once they‘ve fixed them. I‘ll take her to the vet and see if she‘s chipped but I doubt it.

Anyhoo...I need bookish cat names! 😻

AmyG She is beautiful. How wonderful you are keeping her. ❤️ 7mo
CouronneDhiver Poor baby. Seems like she picked her new home well 😉 7mo
glitterkitty459 😻😻😻😻 7mo
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Chrissyreadit 😻not sure of name - she is gorgeous. 7mo
AmyG I say, name her after your favorite female fictional character. 7mo
LauraBeth What a cute baby! 😻 7mo
Jennick2004 Aww what a pretty baby! Paige? 7mo
TheBookAddict Aww she‘s such a cutie! Minerva!!! 7mo
MicrobeMom Super cute!! 7mo
CatLass007 😻😻😻😻😻 7mo
sprainedbrain Awwww. Look at that sweet face! ❤️ 7mo
Bookzombie So cute! Luna? Cress? Cinder? Darcy? 7mo
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KimM
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Some exhaustive research done here. I may or may not have used it to help me fall asleep at night 😂 Diamond presents some excellent theories of why one group of people thrive and another doesn‘t. Hint: nothing to do with IQ.

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KimM
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Bailedbailed

Still reading through my #BOTM backlog. This one had such a great premise. I even read through my “read to my age” rule and made it to page 75 hoping it was just a slow starter. It did get off to a great start but after that it just didn‘t seem to know where to go. Lots of repetition and words I just didn‘t feel belonged in a re-telling of the Iliad — “boobies” and “back door” (not the one in your house😂) Its sadly another #botmnope for me. 🙁

gradcat That‘s a good rule—I think I‘m going to use that! 7mo
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KimM
Poisonwood Bible | Barbara Kingsolver
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I‘ve tried reading the print novel and listening to the Audible version. I bailed both times. I love Kingsolver but not this book. Nothing wrong with it. I just dread how I feel the story will play out. 🙁

Lcsmcat It‘s a retelling, in a way, of Joseph Conrad‘s Heart of Darkness. So I loved it, classics nerd that I am, but it‘s not one to read if you need something light. 7mo
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