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Chimes
Chimes | Anna Smaill
"A HIGHLY ORIGINAL DYSTOPIAN MASTERPIECE" --Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize winning author of March "FOR ALL THE POETRY AND LYRICISM, THE CHIMES IS A SOLID SUSPENSEFUL ADVENTURE STORY AT HEART" --NPR BooksA mind-expanding literary debut composed of memory, music and imagination.A boy stands on the roadside on his way to London, alone in the rain.No memories, beyond what he can hold in his hands at any given moment.No directions, as written words have long since been forbidden.No parents--just a melody that tugs at him, a thread to follow. A song that says if he can just get to the capital, he may find some answers about what happened to them.The world around Simon sings, each movement a pulse of rhythm, each object weaving its own melody, music ringing in every drop of air.Welcome to the world of The Chimes. Here, life is orchestrated by a vast musical instrument that renders people unable to form new memories. The past is a mystery, each new day feels the same as the last, and before is blasphony.But slowly, inexplicably, Simon is beginning to remember. He emerges from sleep each morning with a pricking feeling, and sense there is something he urgently has to do. In the city Simon meets Lucien, who has a gift for hearing, some secrets of his own, and a theory about the danger lurking in Simon's past. A stunning debut composed of memory, music, love and freedom, The Chimes pulls you into a world that will captivate, enthrall and inspire.
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ofbooksandme
Chimes | Anna Smaill
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Is anyone else following the Women's World Cup? I took a break from reading the tagged book to watch Argentina's match. So excited for our girls just being there 💚
They have a very interesting fighting story and we're all supporting them here.

TrishB I‘m watching the same match 👍🏻 7mo
ofbooksandme @TrishB I'm not having the best of times lol but our girls have done so much already that we're happy with whatever result they get. 7mo
TrishB I‘m obviously the opposing team ⚽️👍🏻 7mo
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cobwebmoth
The Chimes | Anna Smaill
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Alternating between crocheting and reading today.
#hookersoflitsy

ravenlee Love the texture in this pic! 11mo
cobwebmoth @ravenlee Thanks! 11mo
CouronneDhiver The hashtag 😂😂😂😂 11mo
RadicalReader @cobwebmoth could always read and crochet crocheting in one hand and book in the other perfection 11mo
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AlaMich
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If someone knows all there is to know about you, isn‘t that a kind of forgiveness?

#quotsy

Cathythoughts I think it is ♥️♥️♥️♥️👍🏻 13mo
LauraBeth In my case, yes! 😂❤️ 13mo
AlaMich @Cathythoughts @LauraBeth I love this quote. I believe it represents what every human wants: someone who knows us, accepts us, and loves us, despite. 13mo
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AlaMich
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The world-building in this book is fascinating, and I am reading very slowly to get at the meaning of it all. A story of an alternate London where memory is forbidden and music has come to replace language in many ways, it was long listed for the Man Booker Prize.

LauraBeth This sounds interesting! 13mo
LeahBergen It matches your tree! 😍 13mo
AlaMich @LauraBeth It is, very. But the author, who is a violinist, uses many music terms, and I have zero background in music. I can figure most of them out, though. 13mo
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AlaMich @LeahBergen Ha! It does! I hadn‘t noticed. 🎄 13mo
LauraBeth Well now I‘m more intrigued! I played the violin 🎻 13mo
AlaMich @LauraBeth Some of the terms are clear if you‘ve studied Latin-based languages, so that helps. But you should do splendidly! 😊 13mo
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Bookworm04
The Chimes | Anna Smaill

Audiobook 👌

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Shadowfat
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Pickpick

I liked the concept of this story but I think there are some plot lines that could have been filled in. I agree with some other reviews that the main character could be stronger/more involved.

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Squidapus
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Mehso-so

There is a lot to like about this book but also a lot to dislike; after the disappointing ending Squidapus had to come down on the side of not caring for it much. The prose is gorgeous, and the world is interesting as everyone's daily life revolves around music; but in the end the main character doesn't actually do anything and instead watches others lead a more interesting story to a bad conclusion. The themes were good just not well executed.

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Squidapus
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Oh man, Squidapus is diving into his backlog to start The Chimes tonight. Let's see if we can...clean up this pile of books around my shelf...

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TrishB
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#memory #readingresolutions
Memory loss is used as a form of control in this one.
Has great potential but peters out a bit at the end, but would read more by the author.

Cathythoughts Sounds interesting... 👍🏻 2y
TrishB @Cathythoughts it‘s weird, but very imaginative. 2y
BarbaraBB I felt the same, a bit disappointed in the end but willing to read more by her. 2y
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Asktheletters
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My final read of 2017, and it was...incredible. Challenging and frustrating in places, but bone-deep beautiful and inventive, too. The kind of book you need to surrender to, I think, rather fight against in a search for meaning.

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Asktheletters
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My virtual 2017 bookends.

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teebe
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Above, my view of Toronto. Below, my plane read. Home, FINALLY.

WarpedSweetness That's a really nice view! 2y
RealLifeReading Beautiful! 2y
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TrishB
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#memoriestemain #90sinjuly
@Cinfhen @Robothugs

No one has any memories in this book and music controls day-to-day life.
Great ideas in the book, not quite all pulled together, but enough imagination and good writing to keep you interested. I would read another by the author as this was her first and showed great promise.

ReadingEnvy I loved the idea of the music in this one but didn't think it worked otherwise. But I agree with you, I'd try another one by her. 3y
TrishB @ReadingEnvy it definitely had something to make me what to see how the author would develop. 3y
Robothugs Stacked! It sounds really interesting! I've read a lot of books where I felt that way, but they were still worth reading. (edited) 3y
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Cathythoughts Interesting 🤔it's on the never ending list, but I will certainly try it out. 3y
Ms_T 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😃 3y
TrishB @Cathythoughts 😀 we all have that list! 3y
Cinfhen It does sound cool 😎 3y
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BarbaraBB
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Mehso-so

It is kind of an adventure that Simon and Lucien go through. England after Allbreaking is completely different, the music everywhere, the way things function make this a good fantasy novel.
I liked to read on, was anxious to find out what would happen to them and Chimes. A surprising read! #booker #manbooker

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Maike
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#marchintoreading I bought this book based almost solely on its cover (although the story was interesting as well).

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Lindy
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The floor is smooth and cold and the nails' smooth heads touch like mouths on my bare feet.

Hobbinol Your pictures crack me up sometimes! The quote is very nice❤️ 3y
Lindy @Hobbinol Yay! Glad to make you smile. 3y
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Maike
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Mehso-so

I love a book about a world filled with music. Smaill even uses presto instead of fast 😄 but the story needs a little more detail and the main character is not really momerable. I loved the idea of it, but it felt a bit meh.

#LitsyAToZ book C

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Quercus_USA
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Pickpick

"Something strikingly new" -LitHub's 10 Overlooked Books by Women in 2016

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Quercus_USA
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Anna Smaill's THE CHIMES was chosen by Shelf Awareness as a Best Fiction Book of 2016!

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Moray_Reads
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Mehso-so

I was a little disappointed by this World Fantasy Award winner. It had some nice touches and some great moments but the rather silly premise was heavy- handed, the characters 2-dimensional and the plot quickly wrapped up with what seemed to be minimal effort. Overall it lacked depth and offered little to intrigue or surprise, a shame because the writing was lovely in parts.

vivastory @Moray_Reads Glad I didn't pack it for the weekend. 3y
Dragon Love the hand 👍 3y
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Quercus_USA
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Civilian Reader interviewed World Fantasy Award winning author, Anna Smaill on THE CHIMES

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Lindy
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It was serendipitous that I listened to Luke Dittrich's Patient H.M., which is about a research subject who led to many breakthroughs in the study of how memory works, directly after reading a dystopia where an entire society had impaired episodic memory. I'm still thinking about both books. They make a good pair.

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Lindy
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That's my evening sorted. 😀📚😀 #VWF16

Bibliogeekery Heavenly double feature! 3y
LauraTFrey So jealous! 3y
Louise Please let us know how it went! 📚 3y
Lindy @Bibliogeekery @LauraTFrey @Louise Follow the #VWF16 for more. Limited wifi on Granville Island, but I will do my best. 3y
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Lindy
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Memories have been eradicated and dwelling on the past forbidden in this dystopian novel set in London. Music controls people. Harmony is ignorance and forgetting. Discord is the pain of remembrance. Immersive worldbuilding through music-related language. #queerbooks Loved it! Looking forward to seeing this New Zealand author in Vancouver tomorrow night.

Lindy @libby1 The plot takes shape slowly but by the second half is really rolling. Give it another try when you are in the mood for immersion. 3y
TrishB I loved this book for being different and so imaginative! 3y
lovelybookshelf Ooh I'm a musician so it sounds like I have to check this out! 3y
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marita Sounds fascinating! 3y
Libby1 Thanks so much, @Lindy. I'll definitely give it another go some time. 3y
Louise Sounds intriguing! 3y
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Lindy
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The noise hits as we enter. The frenzied din that is the opposite of the calm order of Chimes. A cloth seller sings, "Finecloth, roughcloth, wool, silk, linen," a flowing warp & weft of notes. Behind him, the potter sings of ochre & saltglaze, of platters & beermugs. Twisting between is the drawn-out, coaxing whistle of a vendor who crafts memories, good-quality, purpose-made, built to last.

Lindy I'm loving the language in this novel set in the distant future, where music is used in place of memory. 3y
TrishB I enjoyed it, very thoughtful. 3y
Libby1 I started this but bailed. Maybe I wasn't in the right frame of mind? Shall I give it another go, @Lindy and @TrishB ? 3y
Lindy @libby1 I am at the midpoint. Reluctant to put it down but I have tickets for a matinee performance of Bittergirl. (Currently in the audience, waiting for the show to start.) 3y
Libby1 @Lindy - I hope you enjoy the show. Let me know what you think about the book when you finish it. 3y
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Lindy
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Deep in the drilled-in mud of the fields behind me, our bulbs are wrapped in their brittle skins with their messages of colour stored inside.

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Mariliel
The Chimes | Anna Smaill

"A swag man sings the there-and-back of his day's journey, a song whose cadence closes at our village square. All journeymen, lighting their way through near distance with a day's tune."

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Ampersand
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Beautiful language and storytelling.

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JSW
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Pickpick

I can't add anything. Great book.

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JSW
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"That is a rhythm you can see, not hear. Perhaps music happens elsewhere than in ears."

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JSW
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Aiming to finish this one today. With a little boost from my @musemonthly tea and mug. ❤️

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JSW
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I love how music is interwoven through this story.

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JSW
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"Stretches of empty skies and a bright rime of salt." Love this description of a singing voice.

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JSW
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I want to celebrate this first of many occasions: this is the first book I'm reading that I heard about via Litsy. 🍻 Raise a glass to readers!!!

JessAndHerBooks That cover is beautiful! The plot sounds pretty interesting, too. Let me know what you think because I may have to check it out! 4y
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koppelwoman
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Pickpick

Wow! I just finished this and I loved it. I was enthralled by this dystopian world where music has such incredible power and memories are so precious.

ReadingOver50 Beautiful cover 4y
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BethFishReads
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Alternate history, dystopian, set in England. Memory & the past are erased by the chimes rung twice a day. Enter an orphan who can remember & a cult leader with the gift of song. The power of the past, love, and freedom. This has potential.

capriciousreader I just bought this on Friday! Can't wait to read it 4y
LitHousewife That sounds fantastic! 4y
jennirl very late to this but did you finish? i am reading now and have spoilery questions! 3y
BethFishReads @jennirl arghh never finished. For no reason, just distracted. Will try to finish this week so we can discuss 3y
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Ellen_C
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Mehso-so

Had great potential but fell a bit short. http://cannonballread.com/2016/05/unfinished-symphony/

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mickeyism
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colourful washi tapes for the melodic proses.

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bookshopsc
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Pickpick

"It‘s been ages since I‘ve read such a gorgeous & thought-provoking story, & this one seemed to devour me a bit more with each chapter. Beautiful & romantic, while still challenging the reader to consider what truths are best left unknown, what memories you would fight to keep." - Jax

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JSW
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I must find this. SFF? Dystopia? Music themes? IT WILL BE MINE.

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jaxofspades
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It‘s been ages since I‘ve read such a gorgeous and thought-provoking story, and this one seemed to devour me a bit more with each chapter. Excellent for fans of Station Eleven, or anyone looking for something that rings true.

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steph_peregrine
The Chimes | Anna Smaill

Like THE BURIED GIANT meets CLOUD ATLAS, if that makes any sense. At the end of the world, everything happens again and again for a reason. I love it!

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