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Sweet Lamb of Heaven: A Novel
Sweet Lamb of Heaven: A Novel | Lydia Millet
Blending domestic thriller and psychological horror, this compelling page-turner follows a mother fleeing her estranged husband. Lydia Millets chilling new novel is the first-person account of a young mother, Anna, escaping her cold and unfaithful husband, a businessman whos just launched his first campaign for political office. When Ned chases Anna and their six-year-old daughter from Alaska to Maine, the two go into hiding in a run-down motel on the coast. But the longer they stay, the less the guests in the dingy motel look like typical touristsand the less Ned resembles a typical candidate. As his pursuit of Anna and their child moves from threatening to criminal, Ned begins to alter his wifes world in ways she never could have imagined. A double-edged and satisfying story with a strong female protagonist, a thrilling plot, and a creeping sense of the apocalyptic, Sweet Lamb of Heaven builds to a shattering ending with profound implications for its charactersand for all of us.
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AlizaApp
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This was a weird one. A woman and her daughter are hiding out in a Maine motel while her estranged husband is searching for them. Started out as a psychological thriller with a supernatural element, but the ending took an oddly religious turn. I liked it, but am not sure how I feel about the resolution.

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Lacythebookworm
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Certainly a weird story, but I quite enjoyed it! Anna‘s attempt to escape her husband‘s political campaign provides for a thrilling plot line with an interesting cast of characters.

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Lacythebookworm
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Intrigued to see where this is going... (An ARC that‘s definitely not advanced any longer. Came out May of last year. 😳)

Ms_T Oops! 😂 2y
merelybookish I read this. It's weird! 2y
Lacythebookworm @merelybookish How did you like the ending? I‘m about halfway through and I‘m so curious about how it will play out?! 2y
merelybookish @Lacythebookworm I felt confused at the end. Unsatisfied, I guess. 2y
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Reggie
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Bailedbailed

Yeah, every time an author puts out a book, it‘s like they have a baby and then they say look at my baby, love my baby. They‘ve put months of nurture and care and they are brave enough to bring that baby into the world. Which makes me feel bad when I don‘t like their baby. Lol. 30% in and I just couldn‘t go on. It is somewhat shocking to me, because her Mermaids in Paradise was so funny and heartening to me. On to the next!!!!

Cinfhen Shame! I liked Mermaids too ❤️and I always feel bad dissing a book , I think it‘s kinder to bail 😉 2y
Reggie @cinfhen I had to channel my inner Shawnmooney. 2y
Cinfhen 😂😂😂 and who here hasn‘t?!? 2y
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BarbaraBB I was disappointed by this one too - although I did finish it 😉 2y
Tamra Someone will love the baby! 😉 2y
Reggie @Tamra lol, just not me this time. 2y
minkyb You even make bailing sound good! 2y
Reviewsbylola I always feel that way too, especially when I write a negative review. 2y
Lindy I listened to this in audio and I remember feeling transfixed. Sorry it didn‘t work for you. 😐 2y
Reggie @Lindy, I do remember thinking that she‘s a talented writer and that she had such great sentences. 2y
Suet624 I know just how you feel. I tend to suffer through hoping there will be some redeeming event/quality at the end for just that reason. 2y
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JoeStalksBeck
Sweet Lamb of Heaven | Lydia Millet
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Yes it's 7:15 and yes I'm in bed already with hot chocolate and a book.....heaven, after the day I've had 😅

hermyknee Yummm 2y
Read4life That mug! #truth 💙 2y
Clare-Dragonfly That hot chocolate looks amazing. 2y
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melbeautyandbooks Sounds great to me! 2y
Captivatedbybooks Ooo that looks sooo good 2y
Aims42 That sounds like the best plan!!! 2y
TheBookAddict Sounds wonderful! 💕 2y
melrailey I'm in my way and it's 8:05. I'm actually mad at myself for not getting to bed sooner! 2y
BibliophileMomma Happy to see you get a bit of reading in! 👍🏼 2y
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BarbaraBB
Sweet Lamb of Heaven | Lydia Millet
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Mehso-so

What a weird book. This is the story of Anna and her young daughter Lena, who hide from husband Ned in an old hotel in Maine. He has never cared for either of then until now. For his political ambitions he needs a stable family.
I liked Anna and wanted to understand what was going on. But I didn't. The abstract parts on religion and existentialism went way over my head. #ToB Picture: La Lonja, Valencia

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JessReads
Sweet Lamb of Heaven | Lydia Millet
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Getting some kitten snuggles with my reading time today!

Emory Awww! So sweet! 😻 3y
WanderingBookaneer Adorable! 😻 3y
LauraBeth Look at that kitty baby! 😻 3y
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Jess_Read_This What a cutie pie! 3y
BookishTrish Such a sweetheart 3y
Cinfhen Awwwww, so tiny & cute💞 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess Aww, so small and what a sweetheart! Baby!!😻💕 3y
Nebklvr A wee one! So fluffy! 3y
balletbookworm 😻😻😻😻look at that wee fluff ball! 3y
Puredragonstar Aweeeeeee soooo cuttteee!!! 😻😻😻 3y
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BooksTeasAndBookishThings
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I have to say I am glad I read it, but I think the writing is not my style. Story itself is still great, though!

Cinfhen I read a different book by her, which was very oddball but in a good way... 3y
BooksTeasAndBookishThings @Cinfhen yeah, her writing style is definitely unique which I can totally appreciate in most authors. ❤️ 3y
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LauraJ
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Seriously, #ToB? Seriously, Pulitzer? There were so many great books last year. I'm 1/3 of the way into this book and I just don't care. I checked the reviews and it seems that I'm not alone. Therefore, it's time to bail. #dnf

Brenley I was surprised too! I finished, but it was a weird ass book. I liked Mermaids in Paradise so I'll give another by Millet a shot. 3y
Shortstack by the way, chaz and I bought tickets to see Dawkins sponsored by the Center for Inquiry. We are so excited to hear him speak. ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
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Spiderfelt
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Mehso-so

In an effort to have some familiarity with the #ToB17 titles, I'm listening to bits of books, as many as I can. Unless a book hooks me right away, in going to give each book the length of one dog walk. While I didn't have any particular objection to this one, the writing wasn't compelling and the character had not gripped by the end of the first part.

rubyslippersreads ❤🐶❤ 3y
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BooksTeasAndBookishThings
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Just kidding! Mail man came back to deliver this beauty! We did a #BlindDateWithABook with our #LitsyGoesPostalOG and I received mine from @Lola today!! Some chocolate to go along with my date, too! ❤ Thank you! Can't wait to dig in 📚🙌 #BookMail #LitsyGoesPostal

Suet624 Good one! 3y
BooksTeasAndBookishThings @Suet624 so glad I chose it for my date ❤ 3y
Lola @BooksTeasAndBookishThings Have a great time with your date! 😍 3y
BooksTeasAndBookishThings @Lola thank you!!! I will 🙌❤ 3y
LitsyGoesPostal 😊👍🏻 3y
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ReadingEnvy
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Bailedbailed

Made it halfway and cared even less than where I started. I didn't feel any urgency even though it should have felt high stakes. Maybe because of the author doing the audio? I'm not sure. I also didn't love the religious elements that start becoming a major plot point. Oh well I tried it! #tob #tournamentofbooks

jennw1212 I bailed on the audiobook too. 3y
ReadingEnvy @jennw1212 glad I'm not alone! 3y
susanw I've decided not to read this one, I dislike ambiguous ending and believe that is what you get with this one. I'd hate to invest the time only to hate the book. 3y
ReadingEnvy @susanw agreed. Just not the book for us! And I like solid endings for thrillers. 3y
Mindyrecycles I finished it but I don't know what the heck to make of the gobbledegook at the end. I did like the beginning and middle though. 3y
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ReadingEnvy
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I decided not to go back to work after lunch because I'm fighting off a massive headache ... Guess I'll listen to one of the ToB books and lay on the couch in the dark!

RachelO Hope it clears quickly! 3y
CocoReads Not liking for the headache but glad you get some reading/listening time in! Feel better. 3y
LauraBeth Hope you feel better 💕 3y
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Anovelobsession Feel better :) 3y
DGRachel Hope your head feels better soon! 3y
AceOnRoam I hope you are feeling better 3y
AmandaL Feel better. 3y
AceOnRoam Drink lots of water!! 3y
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Lola
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February stats, old-school style (because I'm not tech-savvy enough to go new school like the cool kids ;))

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PlannerGirlBookClub
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Mehso-so

Finished for the #ToB2017 and #PGBCBookBingo ! I don't think this book flows very well but it was interesting. I'm using this book for the "Library" box on our Book Bingo card

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PlannerGirlBookClub
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#deepThoughts for Saturday morning

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PlannerGirlBookClub
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Several interesting tidbits from the internet are scattered throughout this #ToB2017 book

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Lola
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Pickpick

This book was weird and trippy and prescient and so so good. After two very mediocre reads it was a relief to experience something so excellent. Ah, this is why I love to read. #TOB17 #TOB2017

Flaneurette Really interested in this one. I really liked her Ghost Lights, have you read it? 3y
Lola @Flaneurette No, this was my first Millet but it definitely won't be my last! 3y
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Lola
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Breakfast before my daughter's track meet; the Kentucky Benedict. I love me a good plate of hash browns almost as much @MrBook loves his tater tots. I should be able to finish this book between events. #booksandbreakfast #TOB2017 #TOB17

MyNamesParadise That looks delicious!!! 3y
LauraBeth His looks awesome! 🍳 3y
DebinHawaii Yum! 😋 3y
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Lola
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Same spot, same book, different lunch combo before the last few hours of my computer forensics seminar. Today it's lentil soup with pancetta and a turkey avocado wrap. I'm really enjoying this book (which I'm maybe sort of sneak reading during the lectures). #bookandlunch

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TheBookNess
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Pickpick

This book was so good. I was 50 pages in and already had things underlined. The mystery of it is great but the writing really made this book what it is. This book took me longer to read cause I savored it. Rereading passages and pages cause I loved it so much. I went out and ordered her other books cause I loved it so much.

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Suet624
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Pickpick

This was 9th on my Tournament of Books list. When I started the book it had a 48% rating on Litsy. Today it's at 52%. Those numbers really surprise me. I had trouble putting this book down. The thriller aspect of the book had its foot on the gas (granted I don't read many thrillers, but still...) and the ideas she explores of community, sanity, and the machinations of the unscrupulous were thought provoking. #ToB17

Lindy I loved this too. 3y
8little_paws I still think about this book quite a bit. I should reread it sometime! 3y
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Lola
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Lunch break. Computer forensics made me very hungry for a little time with my book. Lunch is Caprese sliders and minestrone to fuel me up for the afternoon's exciting lectures 🙃 #bookandlunch

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Lola
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After some off-list reading yesterday, I'm back to ticking off the #TOB17 short-list. This title has been on my Kindle for quite some time. So technically, this isn't really #flowersonbooks but since it is my current Kindle cover, it's really is flowers on lots of books 😜🌺🌸🌻📚 #riotgrams #riotgram @bookriot

Desha Pretty cover! 💖 3y
Cinfhen I like your cover, too 💕🌻🌷🌼 3y
Lola @Desha @Cinfhen It makes me smile every time I see it in my bag 😊 3y
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Suet624

"He used to be a feral librarian, he said, before he went back to school. That was what they called them, he said, librarians without a master's degree."' I know a few of these and now I know what to call them!

Laura317 Now I know what to call my SIL. 3y
Suet624 @Laura317 the feral description is apt for those folks I know. 😀 3y
Lacythebookworm Tehee! I may need to move that book up my TBR 😊 3y
Nebklvr Hmmm I always knew i was feral 3y
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Suet624
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"I had the devotional urgency of new mothers and couldn't help feeling that a baby was a standing debt, a debt to a forming soul."

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Suet624
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I'm so glad it's Friday. After reading an intense book I've moved on to my ninth Tournament of Books read. It's -2F and I'm under my favorite red Tibetan blanket on the couch. Dinner can wait a bit longer. #Litsypartyofone #Tob17

saresmoore Sometimes dinner is generous enough to wait until it's time for tea and dessert! 3y
Suet624 @saresmoore 😀😀😀😀💕💕💕. Are you having a private party tonight? 3y
saresmoore I am...with lots of crashers! My dad will arrive later this evening and the girls both seem to need everything in the world from me at the moment, but I'm sure I'll squeeze in some good reading! 3y
Suet624 @saresmoore Those darn kids. I'll be rooting for you. 3y
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she_barks
Pickpick

This is book #9 for me from the #TOB2017 short list. This appealed to the side of me that likes heady, intellectual novels, and to the other side of me that loves a good creepy thriller.

Suet624 I'm reading it now and it's number 9 for me as well. Coincidence? I think not. 😎 3y
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outis
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Mehso-so

Just okay. I think this one was either not weird enough or not developed enough for me to really engage with it. I really liked Anna (the mother/narrator), but I didn't like some the jumps the plot took in the second half. Those episodes felt rushed and/or unnecessary - I think this book would have been way more ominous & more solid without them. #ToB17 #ToB2017

Suet624 Hmmm...on my monstrous library pile. Maybe I'll slide it toward the bottom. 3y
merelybookish Totally agree. There was something to this book - I listened to it on audio and the narration added to the creepy cult feel - but then at the end I was not sure what had happened. 3y
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Suet624
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Library haul. The books I own continue to be ignored. (Sigh) No complaints though. I'm a lucky woman to have so many choices. Tournament of Books number 9 next to be read. #TOB17 #bookhaul

irre On Living is excellent. 3y
Suet624 @irre it looked really good. Glad to hear you agree. 3y
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Suet624 @outis I'm not even sure why i picked it up. It definitely called to me from the shelf. Glad you liked it. 3y
saresmoore I have this same problem. Nine library books already at home and four more holds waiting for me at my local branch. Maybe two of them are actually planned for reading challenges. Ha! It really is a good problem to have! 3y
ReadThisBookYall One of my favorite books of the last 10 years! Julian Barnes is a genius with character- I'm not a middle-aged British man, but I totally identified with Tony. 3y
BkClubCare @outis - me, too. (Loved The Sense of an Ending) (edited) 3y
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Kristelh
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Pickpick

Quality writing but the story leaves me with some questions. I give it thumbs up and it would be a good book for book clubs.

jlseymour3 @Kristelh is that a sketch of the books you've read this month? 3y
Kristelh Yes, I've been doing some simple drawings in a simple journal. 3y
Suet624 I love your drawing!! 3y
Kristelh Thanks! 3y
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Kristelh
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I'm having a hard time getting into this one. On page 113.

RadicalReader @Kristelh funny so far into the book and not much into it 3y
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Worldforreading
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Current read for the #24in48 readathon, very compelling writing so far.

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Brenley
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Mehso-so

This is a toughy. I really REALLY enjoyed reading this book. Lydia Millet is quickly risen to the favorite authors list. But I know that others may find it frustrating to read a book that doesn't necessarily have a clear-cut ending or doesn't answer all of the questions it asks. For me, it's a pick, but be prepared to be weirded out.

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TNbooklover66
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It's a rainy dreary day and my boys and I are doing what we do best. 😂😍📚. Has anyone read this one? It's taken a turn for the weird but I'm pretty sucked in at the 60% mark. #2017ToB #ToB #currentlyreading #dogsoflitsy

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BkClubCare
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"The yarn was blue-gray."

Uh oh. If this is supposed to mean something to me, I have failed. Hate it when I feel like I'm missed something! Grrrr. I am ready for this book to be over. Better have a WOW!-ending...

Notafraidofwords Oh oh. This is on my TBR 3y
Yossarian I think that means that the yarn was a double agent, serving on both sides in the Civil War. 3y
BkClubCare @Notafraidofwords - read it! Let me know what you think. I have yet to seek out any reviews and it was quite thought-provoking; should have been my kind of book but I can't put my finger on why I didn't connect with it more. "It was me, not the book." 3y
BkClubCare @Yossarian - could be! 3y
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BkClubCare
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Oscar says, "Oh great, Mom is going to be really boring for the next 9-10 weeks." #TOB17 book #7 of 18.

britt_brooke 💚💚💚 3y
susanw I'm with ya, I've only read 5, between audio and eBooks I might get it done! 3y
Cinfhen I think I read 5 but bailed on 3 of the 5 😕that list was NOT to my liking 3y
BkClubCare @Cinfhen and that is why the discussion is fun! 3y
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Brenley
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The blurb got me: "This double-edged and satisfying story features a strong female protagonist, a thrilling plot, and a creeping sense of the apocalyptic." Also Millet is fantastic!

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CBW
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I wanted to like this one but I could not. I found the writing heavy, the plot did not move

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merelybookish
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Spent today finishing two books: Barkskins in print and Sweet Lamb of Heaven on audio. Not sure if they count as the last books of 2016 or the first books of 2017? Either way, glad to start tomorrow with a clean slate.

8little_paws Wasn't this the weirdest book ever? I listened on Hoopla as well and at first I thought the music at the beginning wasn't going to stop 😁 3y
merelybookish @8little_paws Yes! I feel the best thing about it was that it was short. 😉 I didn't hate it but I didn't love it either. And I'm still not sure I understand what was going on with the voices in her head? 3y
8little_paws @merelybookish I listened to it in under 24 hours while on a road trip. It was a surreal experience! I actually would like to read it again in print. It wasn't my favorite book of the year, but I've certainly thought about it more than I usually think about fiction after the fact. 3y
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merelybookish
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Doing a puzzle is one of my Christmas traditions but this year my sister-in-law gave me a 3000 piece monster. 😵 (Only 1/3 of the pieces are on those 2 tables.) It may do me in or cure me of puzzling forever. Listening to this book by Lydia Millet as I pick away. It is decidedly weird so far.

Megabooks Wow!!! 3y
vivastory Good luck! 3y
TheWordJar Love it! I'm working on a 1,000 piece snowy woods puzzle while listening to Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. A great evening! 3y
Cinfhen Can't wait to see the finished product 😊 3y
LitHousewife Christmas puzzles are so much fun! I just reboxed mine to give to my mom for next year. I then started a Van Gogh puzzle. So relaxing! 3y
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Nuwanda
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Mehso-so

On the one hand, I genuinely loved the narrator, her daughter, and the commentaries on language and philosophy. However, this was billed as a psychological thriller, and it did not come off that way to me. Some elements were thrown in last-minute as well. I think if those had been left out, this would have been an effective work of literary fiction, but it does not work for me as a thriller.

8little_paws I read this and really liked it--but agree. NOT a psychological thriller. It's more.... Metaphysical lit? 3y
Nuwanda @8little_paws Yes, exactly! I wish it had been marketed differently. The mind control detail toward the end also threw me off. It seemed too tacked on, and Ned was sinister enough without it. Maybe if that been established earlier, it could have worked, but not in the last couple chapters. 3y
8little_paws Did you also think that Ned was supposed to be Satan? I listened to this one on audio, maybe this was clear and I missed it? I'd like to go back and read this one in print sometime 3y
Nuwanda @8little_paws I definitely got the demon vibe, especially with the Legion parable and Don saying Ned is one of many. But I still wish he had been an ordinary jerk of a human instead, since that part was pretty under-developed to me. 3y
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8little_paws
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Spent the past day in Ohio and on my drive there and back I listened to book 5 of my #nba2016ficlonglist. It's about a woman married to a complete sociopath and she has a baby with him. when the baby's born she starts hearing this steady stream voice. She leaves her husband, but he goes to great lengths to get her back for his political campaign. then things get very, very weird. about the end times and the interconnectedness of living things

Nuwanda That's one of the next on my list! 3y
8little_paws @Nuwanda it's something else that's for sure. I feel like I need a study group to help me understand everything in this book. 3y
LectricSheep O whoa what. That sounds bonkers. I'm kind of intrigued! 3y
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8little_paws @LectricSheep bonkers is putting it lightly. I think this might be the weirdest book I've ever read and I'm reading Geek Love right now for comparison ;) 3y
LectricSheep Okay, so I've heard amazing things about Geek Love, but it also sounds really dark-- one of those books that just makes you wish you weren't human anymore. Is that accurate-- and is this book like that too? 3y
8little_paws @LectricSheep Geek Love is very, very dark and depressing. This book isn't quite as depressing for me at least but it does heavily feature a sociopath hunting down his wife and child to literally no end which is super creepy. 3y
LectricSheep Thanks for the info! Yeah, I think I have to pass on Geek Love, at least for the moment-- and maybe this one too. Sometimes I just don't feel like weeping over the state of the world. 🙃 3y
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SarahSDavis
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What are you reading tonight? #FirstWeekendOfFallReadathon

LauraBeth 😻😻 3y
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mauveandrosysky
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YOU GUYSSSSS. I'm so excited that this made the National Book Award longlist. I absolutely LOVED it but never would've expected it to make the list. 😃 I also am excited to see The Underground Railroad and Imagine Me Gone on there. I wasn't crazy about What Belongs to You. Anyway, here's the link to my review for Sweet Lamb of Heaven: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1588266311

mauveandrosysky And I can't wait to read all the others! 3y
mauveandrosysky This one also works for today's #weirdbooks tag! 3y
MrBook Great review 😁👏🏻👍🏻🙌🏻! 3y
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mauveandrosysky @MrBook thanks! 😊 3y
Suet624 I just finished reading this book and was looking at back reviews on Litsy. Loved your review on Goodreads and agree with you wholeheartedly. 3y
mauveandrosysky @Suet624 awesome, thank you! I know this one was pretty polarizing. People seemed to either love or hate it. I'm glad you liked it! 3y
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Anita
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Ooh, I'm staying up late tonight!

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Nicolemagisto
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Trustworthy and completely unreliable - great narrator! Thanks to my Harper rep for recommending this Norton title!

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anniehartnett
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Man, Lydia Millet is a new top ten favorite. Listening to Mermaids in Paradise on audio in the car (hard not to drive around all the time!) and just bought this today. Millet is my kind of writer. (Also fun how the litsy filter brought out the wool, which I hadn't noticed!)

MrBook I concur, Miller makes for a great read 😊👍🏻. 3y
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