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flying_monkeys

Joined January 2019

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In search of hidden paths and secret worlds. Current faves: Memoirs, magical realism, and sci-fi. Also on LT & GR: flying_monkeys
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We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
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The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez
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Mouthful of Birds: Stories by Samanta Schweblin
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My answers for #alphabetbookishquiz by @RealLifeReading

If you want to play, here's the original post: https://www.litsy.com/web/post/1604069

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Today‘s #libraryhaul - 2 new releases and 1 from backlist of one of my newest fave authors. 💕 my library!!

#bookhaul

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The Farm: A Novel | Joanne Ramos
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The Farm offers a much needed window to observe those working for “the American dream,“ their hard choices, and the true costs. A page-turner that sneaks up on you with its tension & heart & hope in the face of terrible circumstances. I finished 4 days ago & am still thinking about it. The commodification of women's bodies is not new, but Ramos presents this story with multiple POVs, the most powerful of which is working class immigrant mothers.

flying_monkeys Okay, so I'm reading reviews and I'm dismayed at the mixed response. I think the multiple POVs are crucial to showing the different ways these women approach their choices and decisions. Further, I think Jane and the ending are realistic depictions of women in her situation. Also, if you think the premise is unrealistic or pure sci-fi, check out https://www.growinggenerations.com/ This, just like the premise of Red Clocks, is more than possible. (edited) 4d
bookandbedandtea I just started this (have just met Mae) and, while it hasn't grabbed me yet, I'm definitely curious to see where it goes. 4d
BookwormM I loved this one 4d
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Nocturnal Animals is one of my fave 2016 films. The book and movie complement each other well, and, while I enjoyed the book, Tom Ford's adaptation is slightly superior -- mostly for the visual aesthetics and smart story changes, like moving it out west, including cellphones, giving Susan more agency, and THE ENDING!!! The film's ending is a punch to the gut; the book's a mere slap in the face.

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“That was both the best and worst part, that all that happened was the unintended consequence of a good person‘s mistakes... Good things and bad - every friendship and romance formed, every accident, every illness - resulted from the conspiracy of hundreds of little things in and of themselves inconsequential.”

SarahHarts_books Wow💖💖😍 3w
flying_monkeys @SarahHarts_books Right?! This was one of the best “thrillers” I‘ve ever read. Packed with more heart than I thought possible for a “courtroom drama.” Highly recommended! (edited) 3w
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“People talk so much about the loss of intimacy between married couples as the years progress... but no one measured the number of hours spent holding your baby in the first year of life versus the remaining years... Like an addiction, you could go for years without it, but you never forget it, never stop missing it, and when you got a dab of it, like now, you craved it more and wanted to gorge on it.”

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Passing Strange | Ellen Klages
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Passing Strange | Ellen Klages
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When it comes to romance, I'm an unabashed cynic. So I was pleasantly surprised when Passing Strange had me from page 1! And when I closed the book, smiling, my heart full, I wanted more - to know what became of the rest of The Circle in between 1940 and present day. To further explore this world's intersections of magic and science and art. And I wanted to re-read the story again immediately.

#TheLesbiansDontDie #LGBTQ #TorPublishing #TorNovella

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I love Shuri! And I appreciate the fact that she's young AND wise. Plus, she's brilliant, funny -- and oh yeah, she saves the world! I'm not a big reader of graphic novels but if it's written by Nnedi Okorafor, I'm there.

#Shuri #BlackPanther

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I Know Who You Are | Alice Feeney
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The big reveal was... disappointing.

My main problem with the story?

It‘s implausible, and that‘s coming from a reader who happily suspends disbelief. I Know Who You Are just asked me to do so often enough that I was rolling my eyes by page 288.

Oh well. It was a page-turner though, and I still plan to read Feeney‘s next one, which I hope is more like Sometimes I Lie.

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I‘m not big on romance but I love magical realism and it seems most mainstream magical realism features romance too. Thankfully, I was drawn into the star-crossed lovers (even if I didn‘t necessarily like either of those lovers), and I was curious whether Tita would ever escape her toxic mother.

All in all, I‘m glad I finally read Like Water for Chocolate, and I‘d recommend it to fans of Sarah Addison Allen style magical realism.

flying_monkeys I wonder how many readers tried out the recipes? 1mo
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Introverts Assemble!
(figuratively, of course. Who would want to abandon hard-won solitude for what would likely be an awkward and mostly silent assembly?! But it‘s nice to know we‘re out there, supporting each other, from a comfortable distance.)

For introverts and the extroverts who love ‘em. Highly relatable, fun graphics.

Recommended to those who enjoy Sarah Andersen‘s graphic novels.

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PurpleyPumpkin Sounds like my kind of book! And very well-said, btw. Stacked! 📚 1mo
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Today‘s #bookmail 🤩🤓🎉

#bookhaul #TGIF

flying_monkeys This one I read a couple years ago (US edition, The Weaver) but I love the UK edition cover and title more 🤓 so that‘s the one I bought. (edited) 1mo
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It‘s cloudy and rainy out which fits my mood. I had to say goodbye to one of my clowder early in the morning. This is the hardest part of pet friendships. 💔 RIP Esmerelda aka Squeaker.

#catsoflitsy #esmerelda #foreverfriends

TheSpineView So sorry!💔 2mo
cobwebmoth I'm very sorry for your loss. 2mo
wanderinglynn I‘m so sorry for your loss. 💜🐱🌈 2mo
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Naj I'm so sorry 💜 2mo
Mimi28 Aaaawww I‘m so for your loss 🌈🌈 2mo
JessClark78 I‘m so sorry for your loss. 💔❤️ 2mo
Birdsong28 So sorry to hear about your loss. Sending you lots of love and hugs 😘📚📖 2mo
dragondrool So sorry. Hugs. 2mo
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Thank you for the tag @JessClark78 🤓

1. I was living in SC at the beach: No Diggity- Blackstreet, What I Got- Sublime, Aaliyah, 2Pac, Fugees, Garbage, Cranberries, Alanis, LL, too many lifelong faves to list!! Overplayed on radio (for good reason) Pony - Ginuwine, Wannabe- Spice Girls, Crash- Dave Matthews Band
2. Gemini
3. Early years: Roald Dahl (Matilda)
4. I‘m late so anyone who sees this and wants to join in

#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

Eggs 💗Roald 💗 2mo
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**Repost for @TK-421 **

Almost time for #QuotsyApr19! If you haven't played before, the idea is to use an image to display a quote. It doesn't have to contain the daily word but should be related. Check out #QuotsyHost or #QuotsyInfo for more info or any previous month‘s hashtags to see examples. Thank you to all of you who shared your wonderful quotes this month! Seeing your posts makes my day 😊 I hope you‘ll join me again in April!

TK-421 Thanks for the repost! 😊 3mo
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I‘m suffering a serious #bookhangover after In An Absent Dream. It was just SOOO good. I‘ve read like 7 books since I finished it... gonna switch to non-fiction for a while and see if that helps.

#catsoflitsy #Amelia (my daughter, who was 10 at the time, named her after Amelia Earhart. We nicknamed her Squirrel, though, for her super fluffy tail.)

booklahoma Adorable! 😻 3mo
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Temper | Nicky Drayden
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“It is truly unfair that the only person capable of healing my fury is the one who has given me my deepest, coldest scars.” (p. 354)

#temper #NickyDrayden #genrebending #scifi #althistory #capetown #africa #twins

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Temper | Nicky Drayden
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“Tempers flare. Maybe there‘s some cussing. Maybe even a fight. But tempers fade eventually. Doubt lingers. Burrows through your heart, steals away your happiness. Slowly consumes you from within.” (p. 165)

#temper #NickyDrayden #genrebending #scifi #althistory #capetown #africa #twins

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Temper | Nicky Drayden
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“And truth in the hands of a duplicitous person is perhaps the most dangerous weapon of all.” (p. 85)

#temper #NickyDrayden #genrebending #scifi #althistory #capetown #africa #twins

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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

1. My book budget is quite small nowadays. So nay?

2. I don‘t get embarrassed but I prolly should. This happened on Monday: I sent a text to my mom, then put the phone to my ear, waiting for her response. After a second I realized what I was doing... laughed for like 10 minutes!

3. We Are Never Meeting in Real Life
Samantha Irby is the best at making you cry-laugh (while making you think).

4. The kitchen, for lunch 😀

Naj # 2 😂😂 Thanks for the laugh! 3mo
Eggs 💗😂🌸😘🌺 3mo
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Summer of the Mariposas | Guadalupe Garcia McCall
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A sweet middle grade read for anyone who enjoys #magicalrealism #retellings of the #TheOdyssey with #sisters who fight but have an unbreakable bond. Their quest takes them from Texas, across the border to #Mexico, and back. And this is an #ownvoices book too!

flying_monkeys On a side note, in her Author‘s Note, McCall writes about why she chose La Llorona and how she finds the legend‘s behavior “too abhorrent an act for any mother to carry through.” The author‘s view of mothers & motherhood is sweet but naïve. She obviously has had little to no experience with toxic mothers and/or the mothers who murdered their children purely for selfish reasons. See Diane Downs and Susan Smith for modern examples. 3mo
flying_monkeys Also, the publisher created a “Mythological Glossary for Summer of the Mariposas” which shows all the parallels to The Odyssey https://www.leeandlow.com/images/pdfs/Mythological_Glossary.pdf 3mo
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Summer of the Mariposas | Guadalupe Garcia McCall
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“It was a magical time, full of dreaminess and charm, a time to watch the mariposas emerge out of their cocoons, gather their courage, and take flight while we floated faceup in the water. And that‘s exactly what we were doing the morning the body of a dead man drifted into our swimming haven.” (p. 4)

#currentlyreading #ownvoices #Mexico #magicalrealism #retellings #TheOdyssey

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Hearing Trumpet | Leonora Carrington
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“Why should they want to hide anything from me?” I asked, thinking about Carmella‘s incurable passion for drama. “ I don‘t give them any trouble and they almost never see me.”

“You never know,” said Carmella. ”People under seventy and over seven are very unreliable if they are not cats. You can‘t be too careful...” (p. 8; Marian and her best friend, Carmella; both in their 70s)

#catsoflitsy #Olivia (named after Fringe agent, Olivia Dunham)

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#PreMondayVibes @pepsicola

1. Saturday

2. Depends on my mood really. But my fave band is Linkin Park. Current replay rotation The Weeknd, Imagine Dragons, Hozier, Heart

3. Eye appt, gotta get some new specs; some website dev, some bookkeeping, trip to B&N

4. Gilgamesh: A New English Version by Stephen Mitchell

pepsicola Thanks for playing!! 3mo
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Einstein's Dreams | Alan Lightman
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“Consider a world in which #cause and effect are erratic. Sometimes the first precedes the second, and sometimes the second the first. Or perhaps cause lies forever in the past, effect in the future, but future and past are intertwined.”

Einstein‘s Dreams is one of my favorite books - so much fuel for ideas and imagination.

#QuotsyMar19 @TK-421

[ image from The X-Files S7 E6, The Goldberg Variation ]

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📚 Summer of the Mariposas and The Winter of the Witch

🎬 a doc called The Woman Who Wasn‘t There which shocked me that someone would even do that, but more so that she got away with it for like 4 years! https://m.imdb.com/title/tt2114490/

☕️ apple cinnamon tea

#WeekendReads @rachelsbrittain

Joanne1 Wow, had to follow the link to that doco... just wow!! 3mo
flying_monkeys @Joanne1 right!?! (edited) 3mo
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Milk and Honey | Rupi Kaur
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#pretty #intelligent #brave #rupikaur

#QuotsyMar19 @TK-421

[ Photo credit “In the spirit of intl women‘s day” by rupi kaur. (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) ]

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1. #Ohio, USA
2. Matamata, New Zealand
3. USA and Mexico (Summer of the Mariposas)
4. Pizza and/or burgers? Fast food for sure.
5. 💕 Sending much love to all Littens 💕

#frideas @SailorMoon

SailorMoon Thanks for playing!!! 💕🤟🏻🌙 3mo
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1. I have eclectic reading tastes, but this is the one book rec that connects w/ all who read it (so far). I cry then smile every time I get to the end. 🐓

2. Yep, the cats would be displeased otherwise.

3. 43 F

4. Mashed potatoes with A1 sauce.

5. Will do!

#friYAYintro @howjessreads

LokiDokey I love A1. I like to pour it over by breakfast ( eggs, bacon/sausage, hash browns) 3mo
flying_monkeys @LokiDokey I find it easier to specify what I don‘t like A1 on, it‘s good on just about everything except fruit. 😂 3mo
LokiDokey @flying_monkeys agreed 😂 3mo
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Heart Berries: A Memoir | Terese Mailhot
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“Memoir, for me, functions as something vulnerable in a sea of posturing.” Terese Marie Mailhot, Heart Berries

#QuotsyMar19 @TK-421

I‘m in awe of anyone #brave enough to share their personal story w/ the world. A memoir by a woman of color or Indigenous woman takes even more courage. (Roxane Gay‘s Bad Feminist is another example that comes to mind.) I feel grateful for these women who are willing to share so much of themselves with the public.

gradcat This quote is really beautiful to me; the sentiment is so powerful for me because posturing seems to be so common these days. Thanks for this, truly, thank you for this post. 👏🏻 🙏🥰 3mo
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Hey, thanks for the tag, @AnansiGirl !

1. Stick to my morning walks no matter how busy the day ahead is.

2. I‘m an open book — I see no point in living behind a mask or facade.

3. I never give up, no matter how many times I fail, I just try again.

4. 1 of my earliest followers and fellow Cranberries fan @JessClark78

#HelloThursday @wanderingtessa

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 😘 3mo
JessClark78 Thanks for the tag.🙂🖤 3mo
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Mama Day | Gloria Naylor
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“I was never in that camp of a night out with someone is better than a night alone. I was someone, and there was always something to do with me.” - Gloria Naylor, Mama Day

#QuotsyMar19 #solitude @TK-421
#magicalrealism #ownvoices

When Cocoa said the above line, I was like, YESSS!! She‘s strong, independent, refuses to settle for less, all while keeping an eye out for a man who respects her and accepts her as-is.

Full review on GR:

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“When art sets racism in the past, no matter how good it is, it allows white people in the audience (and others) to say to themselves ‘Wow! That racism sure was bad way back then!‘ It's what happens when people go see 12 Years a Slave. My response is always, ‘Yeah, you wanna know another time when racism was bad? Earlier today.‘” from The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell

#QuotsyMar19 #awkward @TK-421

(yeah, I‘m a day late on this one.)

gradcat Oh, my dear, how I love Kamau...so who cares if you‘re late! 3mo
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Woman from Bowling Green #ohio goes missing in 1974. Her childhood friend investigates.

Being an Ohioan, who currently lives in one of the cities in the story, I was intrigued by the premise and what I thought was going to be a true crime novel. Sadly, the book ended up being more memoir than true crime, and another example of what happens when an author's narrative straddles genres rather than blends them seamlessly together. Full review on GR:

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While I didn‘t ❤️ this as much as All the Birds in the Sky, I‘m glad I read it. And there‘s some important commentary in addition to the surface sci-fi story.

Side note: Bianca* is THE worst! 😡 I loathed her right outta the gate. I‘m not sure I‘ve ever met (in a book or IRL) a Bianca who wasn‘t a narcissistic spoiled twat.

*My deepest apologies for this scathing generalization, especially if you‘re a good Bianca. 🤓

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📖 The Reapers Are the Angels, which is my go-to rec for zombie books (Temple earns all the 🧠 (get it?! it‘s zombies so brains instead of stars 🤣)); see also Raising Stony Mayhall

🎬 1st thought was In the Flesh, but that‘s a BBC series. 2nd thought was The Signal (2007), but they‘re infected, not dead; hence, not a “true” zombie. Sooo, 3rd and final answer is Shaun of the Dead.

🎼 Zombie, The Cranberries

#ManicMonday @JoScho

JessClark78 Love The Cranberries.🖤 3mo
flying_monkeys @JessClark78 Me too. I was so sad when Dolores passed last year. I actually thought of 2 songs: Zombie as above but also Walking Dead by Z-Trip which features Chester Bennington. Linkin Park is my all-time favorite and I‘m still grieving Chester, so I went with The Cranberries for this. They were my 90s after all. (edited) 3mo
JoScho 🖤🧟‍♀️🖤 3mo
JessClark78 @flying_monkeys I liked Linkin Park also. It‘s terrible what happened with Delores and Chester Bennington. I listened to The Cranberries a lot in the ‘90s, too. 🙂 3mo
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**Repost**

Here‘s info for anyone who wants to know more about #QuotsyMar19. It‘s never too late to join in! The idea is to use an image to display a quote related to the daily word. Hashtag the daily word (eg. #book), use the monthly hashtag (#QuotsyMar19) and tag me, @TK-421 so I don‘t miss your posts. You can find the list of prompts here: https://litsy.com/p/T2FSTlVRSlA3. And if you have any questions, please comment! #QuotsyHost #QuotsyInfo

TK-421 Thanks for sharing! 😊 3mo
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“Humans are experts at storing knowledge and forgetting facts, which is why we saw this city from orbit and then pushed all the evidence into a hole.” (Sophie, p. 312)

#colonizers #curatedhistory

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“Sometimes I see Bianca by my side and feel so grateful my heart almost breaks, as though I still can‘t trust this much luck. But another part of me can‘t stop worrying at the distance between us. I wonder if Argelan has a word for when you get what you‘ve always wanted, but it‘s still not right.” (Sophie, p. 172)

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“Part of how they make you obey is by making obedience seem peaceful, while resistance is violent. But really, either choice is about violence, one way or another.” (Mouth, p. 71)

#obedience #resistance #violence

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“Violence doesn‘t settle everything,” Mouth grunted. “Sometimes violence just postpones a conversation that‘s bound to happen sooner or later. But that can be useful in itself, to some people.” (p. 70)

#violence

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1. Strawberries or blueberries
2. A Storm of Swords (973 pages); planning to (finally) read The Counte of Monte Cristo this year
3. 3- way tie between Raven Girl, Through the Woods, and Scott Pilgrim‘s Precious Little Life
4. Hopefully living on my own land, in my new tiny home which I built with me own two hands

#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

Eggs #4: !!!!! How exciting !!! I want to see pix when you do it!! 3mo
wanderinglynn Building your own tiny home? That‘s awesome! 👍🏻👍🏻 I love watching the tiny home show on HGTV. 3mo
flying_monkeys @Eggs definitely going to blog the journey @wanderinglynn me too. I‘ve been researching and planning for about 6 years now. Unfortunately my goal/ dream depends on land availability and building codes. 3mo
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wanderinglynn @flying_monkeys Where do you want to build? 3mo
flying_monkeys @wanderinglynn within 20 miles of where I live now, which is a suburb of Columbus, OH 3mo
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“Once upon a time there was an empress, trapped as a ghost in the ruins of a jewelled palace, cursed to find another soul to take her place. At least, that's what the empress heard. But, as it turned out, stories can have any ending you like.” - Kirsty Logan, The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales

#QuotsyMar19 #jewel @TK-421

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“His fear was whetted to such a fine edge that he could actually feel it now: a disembodied ball of baby fingers inside his stomach, tickling him from the inside. That's what mortal terror felt like, he realized. Tiny fingers tickling you from the inside.” from The Troop

1 of the best horror novels I‘ve read in last 10 years. I dare you to read it, watch The Bay https://m.imdb.com/title/tt1713476/ then try to eat. 😈

#QuotsyMar19 #scout @TK-421

flying_monkeys I read this back in May 2014 but I still get the heebie jeebies when I think about it. Or when I see a troop of scouts I have an irrational urge to warn them. 😂🤔 3mo
LiterRohde Liked The Deep. I‘ll have to check this one out. 3mo
flying_monkeys @LiterRohde imho The Deep wasn‘t as scary as The Troop, but The Deep was certainly claustrophobic. Had the violence in The Acolyte been toned down slightly then its dystopian future would‘ve truly shined because that world was more terrifying than both the other two combined, at least for me. 3mo
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📖 The Devil in Silver by Victor LaValle

🎬Devil‘s Pass

🎼 Hotel California by the Eagles - yeah, I don‘t know why but it was first song that came to mind.

#ManicMonday @JoScho

JoScho 🖤😈🖤 3mo
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”There are many ways to be a hero — muscle and magic are not the only road.” The Girl and the Puma (Argentina)

#QuotsyMar19 #hero @TK-421

gradcat Nice kitty. 3mo
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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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“This is not magic. This is the way the world is, only very few people take the time to stop and note it.”

#QuotsyMar19 #observation @TK-421

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“This moment of recognition, the alchemy of being seen, feels so vivid that everything else is an afterimage.”

#connection #soulmates

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#selfie with Norbert aka World‘s Best Snuggle Cat for #friYAYintro
@howjessreads here‘s to your speedy recovery 🌞

howjessreads 👋🏻👍🏻 3mo
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