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The Rabbit Back Literature Society
The Rabbit Back Literature Society | Pasi Ilmari Jskelinen
Only nine people have ever been chosen by renowned children's author Laura White to join the Rabbit Back Literature Society, an elite group of writers in the small town of Rabbit Back. Now a tenth member has been selected: a young literature teacher named Ella. Soon Ella discovers that the Society is not what it seems. What is its mysterious ritual known as "The Game"? What explains the strange disappearance that occurs at Laura White's winter party? Why are the words inside books starting to rearrange themselves? Was there once another tenth member, before her? Slowly, as Ella explores the Society and its history, disturbing secrets that had been buried for years start to come to light. . . . In Pasi Ilmari Jskelinen's chilling, darkly funny novel, The Rabbit Back Literature Society, praised as "Twin Peaks meets the Brothers Grimm" (The Telegraph), the uncanny brushes up against the everyday in the most beguiling and unexpected of ways.
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Victoriahoperose
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Pickpick

Loved this. So unique and weird and fun. Lots of literary reference and strong use of magical realism. A not so secret society with weird rules and members and a bit of a mystery. This truly wraps up some of my favorite plots all in one. It‘s a bit abstract if you can get past that. Otherwise, this is just truly art.

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HeatherBlue
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Pretty good read for a chilly night 💙

Pruzy Ooh yes, an obscure one but a good one! (edited) 12mo
blithebuoyant I adore this cover♥️ #stackadd 12mo
Pruzy @blithebuoyant It‘s a different font colour than the hardcover, which is purple! 12mo
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DictionaryGirl
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"I was trying to climb up to a magpie's nest and a limb cut my throat"

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amithjose
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Mehso-so

The concept of 'The Game' was great

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Mchartt
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Pickpick

This book was not what I expected, although I‘m not entirely sure what I expected. It was very twisty, but very well told and very interesting as a concept. It pulls you in very well. Good book.

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Louise
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Everybody knows that no healthy person would take up writing novels. Healthy people do healthy things. All this darned hoopla and hot air about literature--what is it really but mental derangement run through a printing press? #ReadingAroundTheWorld #Finland #WritersofLitsy

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Louise
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She said that a writer should know how to think about everything there is to think about, even when everyone else is thinking only about the possible, or the probable. That was damn good advice. #ReadingAroundTheWorld #Finland #WritersofLitsy

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Louise
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Mehso-so

This is the author's first novel, and it reads as such. It is like a salad of ideas with a heavy sprinkling of symbolism, a first draft waiting to be shaped into a cohesive novel. The author explains his seemingly sexist description of the MC on his site Rabbitbackliterature.com. Self-objectification? I'm curious to read the author's later works, as he has lots of wild & interesting ideas. #Finland #ReadingAroundTheWorld

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GirlChandler
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Cheap books just arrived at the house! Hooray for Better World Books!

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coffeenebula
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Taking a small break from a stressful week. My husband is back in the hospital after having a long seizure in the middle of the night. We don‘t know why it happened, but I‘m worried it might be stroke-related since he‘s had a few. 😔 Good vibes and prayers of any denomination appreciated! @shendrix413 and @leslieseidel - I haven‘t forgotten your #bookmarkswap - but they may be late ❤️

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bloodychamber
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So excited to read this! It sounds fantastic.

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AMVP
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#jingleshelves / #decktheshelves #day4 - #onyourshelfallyear / #setinwinter

The first book I read this year: a nice tone setter and certainly one of my favorite covers.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds really good!!! 2y
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shanaqui
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Mehso-so

What on earth did I just read? I don't even know how to rate it.

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Katherself
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My first gasp of post-wedding reading! At the laundromat. These newlyweds could use some fresh socks and stuff. It's been a whirlwind couple of weeks! But boy, am I happy.

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ChrisSeddon
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My sister just sent me this pic of a book she came across in the library where she works in Seattle. Sounds brilliantly bonkers!

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danimgill
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Mehso-so

A weird but cool premise - the newest member of a closed society of Finnish writers is trying to uncover their secrets after their famed children's book author leader disappears in an indoor snowstorm - that ultimately dissolved into a whole lot of nothing.

Points for the spooky vibe and the originality but someone really needs to teach Pasi here how to describe female main characters without fixating on their lips or ovaries 🙄

batsy You just reminded me that I've been meaning to read this for awhile! But now that I've heard about lips and ovaries 🤔 2y
danimgill @batsy I liked a lot of his other descriptions but man, I am so over male authors describing female characters "from her own perspective" with stuff like that lol 2y
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Listener15
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Pickpick

This one barely gets a pick from me. There were parts that I loved (like learning the background of all the characters) but I felt like if it was going to have magical realism in it, it needed a bit more. It felt like the beginning, one character, and one little element had a sprinkling of it and the rest of the story was just normal. But I enjoyed the characters and the narrator, Kate Rawson, did a very good job.

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Theresa
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2 1/2 weeks until my Scandinavian vacation. Time to get cracking on some authors from the neighborhood. #scandinavianliterature

merelybookish I keep meaning to read the tagged book! (And happy travels!!) 2y
Martta Purge is so good! 2y
JenP The summer book! I loved it. 2y
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Theresa @merelybookish I'm listening to that audiobook right now & it's really good so far!! (I'm on chapter 2.) 2y
Theresa @JenP I finished The Summer Book a couple days ago. So good!! I'm hoping to hit a museum in Helsinki that's currently exhibiting Tove Jansson's art. 2y
Theresa @Martta I selected Purge because it's by a Finnish author & set in Estonia. Even though Estonia's not Scandinavia, we're doing a day trip to Tallinn, so this book crosses off 2 vacation destinations. Score!! 😆 2y
JenP @Theresa ooh! I hope you post photos (and tag me in the comments). I'd love so see that! Have a great time! 2y
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Listener15
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Getting back in the rhythm after a nap with an audiobook #24in48

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AMVP
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#junetunz day 8 - #joiningafanclub

Really like the framing device this book uses to get the titular club's members to tell their stories; it plays into the central mystery while keeping the prose engaging with multiple voices.

MinDea The books on the left, The Familiar, are those good? What are they about? They always catch my eye in the bookstore but they seem like they would take a long time to get through! 3y
Cinfhen Great photo and book sounds fantastic ❤️❤️thanks for posting and sharing 😊 3y
AMVP @MinDea Conceptually, it's planned as a 27 vol. novel to be released over the course of the next 2 decades. There are multiple story threads, each with their own typographical styles, and the prose overall tends towards stream of conciousness. The stories range from gov. conspiracy to crime drama, with the central narrative focused on a girl and her strange new pet. I really dig it, though you may wanna check-out the 1st vol. before commiting. 3y
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EclecticReaders
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#TBT— it's almost been a year since our first author interview episode! Pasi is a super interesting guy, and in this episode we got to learn more about him and his book The Rabbit Back Literature Society! Listen at eclecticreaders.fireside.fm/16
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#EclecticReaders #Podcast #AuthorInterview

Mc_cart_ny That was a good episode and so exciting! I just finished Clancys this morning so I now I can listen to that episode with her! 3y
EclecticReaders @Mc_cart_ny Awesome! Tara's interview is great, too! 3y
Mc_cart_ny Yes, I just listened to it and she was great!! 3y
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EclecticReaders @Mc_cart_ny Glad you enjoyed it! 3y
Louise Just listened to this interview. Enjoyed it. Thanks! 2y
EclecticReaders @Louise That‘s so great to hear, thanks! 2y
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AMVP
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#maybookflowers day 6 - #supernaturalmysteries

Wasn't quite expecting the fantastical element of this story when I first picked it up, but it certainly added another layer of intrigue to the proceedings.

Nebklvr I still have a lot of questions about this book 3y
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MadCatRamble
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Pickpick

It may be that something was lost in the translation, but something about this book feels a bit unhinged, as if it weren't fully grounded in either the story or its characters. That said, while I'd objectively give it a So-So, subjectively I enjoyed it enough to give it a solid Pick. Not for everyone, but if you like Secret History or Twin Peaks, you might really enjoy Rabbit Back's subtle, sinister weirdness.

MrBook Nice review! 3y
MadCatRamble @MrBook Thank you! 3y
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MadCatRamble
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Having a weirdly complicated reaction to this so far - it's kind of a beautiful mess. I'm curious to see where it's going. Cat is equally curious.

MrBook 😻😻😻 #catsofLitsy 3y
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EclecticReaders
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Here's a little #TBT for your ears 😁 This was one of our favorite #EclecticReaders picks last year, and you can listen to the #podcast episode on iTunes or at eclecticreaders.fireside.fm/14

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tbreit
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I am loving this book!

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balletbookworm
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Mehso-so

An odd book. A really interesting story and plot - a circle of writers hand-picked by a celebrated children's author play a rather vicious game designed to elicit story fodder mixed with mythological elements and ghost stories - that was hard to predict. But there is a very stiff quality to the translation - plus the use of some English cliches that seemed to clash with the Finnish setting - that made the actual work of reading less enjoyable.

balletbookworm Also, even though there is a labelled "Epilogue" it really is the last chapter of the book. Then it just ends, leaving a lot up for interpretation. 3y
Laalaleighh Ugh I hate bad translations 3y
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balletbookworm
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I'm trying to finish my book and this sweet face is here for his evening snuggle. 😻#catsoflitsy

CouronneDhiver Beautiful kitty! 3y
booksandsympathy 😻😻 3y
DebinHawaii Look at that face! 🐱❤️ 3y
Sace That little pink nose! ❤️ 3y
LauraBeth Well this is adorable 😻😻 3y
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Pruzy
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About 2/3 of the way through The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jasskelainen, a Finnish author. It follows a young woman who is trying to learn more about an elusive group of authors and the secrets they have. A sense of unease permeates this book as I'm reading it...

lauralovesbooks1 I just ordered this one on book outlet. 3y
Pruzy @lauralovesbooks1 Awesome! That's exactly where I got mine! 3y
Karkar @lauralovesbooks1 and @Pruzy I just order it from them too last week! 😀 3y
Pruzy @Karkar Nice! 3y
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MeJeMiller
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Mehso-so

It was interesting. I wasn't invested. No fault of the author but of my own. I was leaning on pick but there were times I legitimately didn't care. The main character was likable enough. I think because it's a translation I had a harder time

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EclecticReaders
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We were so excited to hear Rabbit Back mentioned on @bookriot 's reading recommendation #podcast Get Booked earlier this month! It was one of the #EclecticReaders favorite reads of 2016! You can listen to our discussion of the book at sunriserobot.net/eclecticreaders/14 and a special interview with the author at sunriserobot.net/eclecticreaders/16

Ruri_kaichou Such a good book! 3y
Mc_cart_ny When I heard the question I immediately thought of this book! It was a good one! 3y
Reganw On my list - love that cover 3y
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Tanner Such a strange wonderful book. And the ER podcast with the author interview was quite entertaining! 3y
EclecticReaders @Reganw Hope you enjoy it as much as we did! 3y
EclecticReaders @Tanner Strange and wonderful are great adjectives to describe this book 😁 so glad that you enjoyed our interview with the author, he is such an interesting guy! 3y
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Litlady
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I get in a bad habit of reading several books at once. Sheesh!! Anyhoo .. starting this delectable story today‼️ #Andawaytheygo ✌️📚

emtobiasz This is on my TBR list! Hope you like it! 3y
8leagueboot I heard about this one on the All the Books podcast and it shot right to the top of my TBR! 3y
Litlady @emtobiasz I've heard mostly good things. So far I love it!! 📚🤓 3y
Litlady @8leagueboot That's how I found out about, too! Love All the Books podcast! 💜 😊👍 3y
EclecticReaders This was one of our favorite books that we read last year! Enjoy! 3y
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AMVP
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Pickpick

Love mysteries that aren't that concerned with being mysteries. Still a lot left open at the end, and the final reveal, while somewhat anticipated, still carried the weight that you'd want of it. A little awkward at times to consider that a man wrote this very specific female protagonist, but nonsexual subjects are fairly unproblematic. Glad to start the year on a brisk and beguiling read.

Follow my reading on youtube here: http://bit.ly/2iBzRGQ

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AMVP
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Been experimenting with the streaming of my reading sessions this year, starting with this inaugural novel. You can follow my progress on my Youtube channel here:

http://bit.ly/2iBzRGQ

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Merethebookgal
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Happy early Christmas to me! I had a Barnes and Noble coupon, so I bought myself a present 😬. This was my favorite #EclecticReaders pick of the year, and the story is too good- and the cover too pretty- to only be on my kindle! #EclecticPick

MrBook Nice cover! 😊👍🏻 3y
whatthelog I loved this one too! Your copy is so much prettier than mine though 😍 3y
Merethebookgal @whatthelog I can't wait until another one of his books is translated into English! 3y
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Faibka I'm so glad to hear it's good! I admit I totally fell for its looks when I bought it. Added to TBR for next year 😊 3y
Merethebookgal @Faibka I hope you like it, too! I'm not going to lie, it's a little weird, but I like weird! 😁 3y
Faibka @Merethebookgal well that just sold it even more! 3y
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KatyAliceReads
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MeganMarieWrites
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One of my favorite #translatedbooks, I read this one for a summer reading challenge last year, "a book originally written in another language" and fell in love with it! #somethingforsept #septphotochallenge

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Merethebookgal
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This is my #weirdbooks pick for the #somethingforsept #septemberphotochallenge. I read this earlier in the year with the #EclecticReaders Book Club, and it's definitely weird, but in a good way! It weaves mystery and suspense with magical realism and will leave you with some questions at the end, but also feeling oddly satisfied...at least I did! Our #podcast also got to interview the author and had a super interesting discussion with cool insight

LeeRHarry This was pretty weird I agree 3y
kim.guernsey This book is my precious. 3y
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Laalaleighh
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ImaginativeMom That looks really good!! 3y
Zelma I assumed this was a Guernsey rip-off and avoided it. Then I finally read the synopsis and thought "I need to read this asap!" So much for assumptions. ? 3y
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scripturient
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For #FunFriday I've chosen this little book. I guess the cover already shows you that it's a winter read. :)

Merethebookgal This is such a good book, enjoy! Once you've read it, if you're interested my podcast recorded an episode discussing the book and a 2nd episode where we interviewed the author 😃 he was really funny and the interview was quite insightful. 3y
scripturient @Merethebookgal Thanks! I'll check out your podcast. I actually already read the book a while ago and liked it but it didn't fully blow me away. 3y
Merethebookgal @scripturient Awesome! I can see that, and I think I grew to like it more after discussing it with our book club. 3y
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Merethebookgal
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Here's my #recommendsday pick for you! This book is so intriguing and weird, but in all the right ways! Part mystery, part magical realism, it'll keep you guessing until the end, and while you might not get all your questions answers, it makes for a very interesting discussion and is a great pick for a book club!

Zelma I assumed from the name that it was a Guernsey Potato Peel Pie rip-off. I'm glad I finally read the synopsis because it sounds great! (For the record, I did like Guernsey; I just don't need to read it twice!) 3y
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Ellen
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Pickpick

Quirky read of what sounded like a cozy topic, a local literary society, the story surprises as it evolves into magic realism, ghost story, and murder mystery.

annahenke Intrigued! 4y
MrBook Interesting. Good cover. 3y
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Merethebookgal
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The Eclectic Readers Book Club Podcast had so much fun discussing this book; so many interesting elements to explore! We also had the opportunity to interview the author & get even more insight! If you're interested, check out those episodes (along with others) at sunriserobot.net/eclecticreaders

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Merethebookgal
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Pickpick

So good!! Highly recommend! Elements of mystery and magical realism and weirdness that is awesome and just works.

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Michaela
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Here we go!

shawnmooney This sounds bizarre and amazing! 4y
Merethebookgal It's so good! 4y
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AnnieSmith
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Pickpick

A demented look inside the minds of writers, seasoned with Finnish folklore for a supernatural flavour. The plot was delightfully unpredictable--as soon as I thought I'd figured everything out, another layer would present itself.

Merethebookgal It was SO good, right? My podcast just had the opportunity to interview Pasi and he gave some great insight to the book! 4y
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Tanner
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Pickpick

What a strange, enjoyable, baffling book - I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Liberty Me too! I look forward to something else from him. 4y
Tanner @Liberty Looks like there's one coming in autumn 2017 from Pushkin Press, with a working title of Secret Passages in a Hillside Town. Argh, the waiting...! 4y
Merethebookgal @Tanner @Liberty This book is so good, right! I loved it! My podcast just had the opportunity to interview Pasi and he gave some great insight to this book & filled us in on some really cool stuff about his next book coming out in English! 4y
Tanner @Merethebookgal I listened to the episode about this book and quite enjoyed it - I'm now in the middle of episode with the interview. He's such an interesting man! 4y
Merethebookgal That's awesome, Tanner! I'm glad you're enjoying the episodes; he's a really interesting guy and super nice! I'm looking forward to his next release in English for sure. 4y
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Tanner
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Next read!