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Thin Air
Thin Air | Michelle Paver
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The Himalayas, 1935. Kangchenjunga. Third-highest peak on earth. Greatest killer of them all. Five Englishmen set off from Darjeeling, determined to conquer the sacred summit. But courage can only take them so far - and the mountain is not their only foe. As the wind dies, the dread grows. Mountain sickness. The horrors of extreme altitude. A past that will not stay buried. And sometimes, the truth does not set you free.
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KateFulfordAuthor
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#inlaws #reviews #others

I am not easily spooked by books, but this one really sent a shiver down my spine. I haven‘t been so creeped out since I read The Turn of the Screw as a teenager. A slowly developing sense of menace suffuses the entire story & that the writer manages to imbue a rucksack with malevolence is particularly impressive. A concise, powerfully evocative read that left me feeling as chilly as the Himalayas in which it is set.

lele1432 This one looks so good! I can't wait to read it! 3w
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yvo_about_books
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I saw it just in time to snap a screenshot... 3333!! 🎊🎊🎊

Sace Perfect! 1mo
Chrissyreadit 🙌👏🎉 3w
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yvo_about_books
Thin Air | Michelle Paver
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Excited to be finally reading this one! The silver details on the cover are stunning. 😍

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Tamra
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Not quite as richly atmospheric as Dark Matter, but there was some good tension built up on the mountain by the end. Quick & easy read if you are looking for a ghostly story. I‘d say this was 3⭐️.

The puzzle is a totally incongruent background. 😜

Cathythoughts Nice review! I loved Dark Matter & I have Thin Air ... must read soon 👍🏻♥️ 6mo
kathedron Lovely puzzle! I think I would have enjoyed Thin Air more if I hadn't read Dark Matter first. They were quite similar, with DM being the stronger of the two. 6mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts it would be a suitable winter read. 6mo
Tamra @kathedron yes, agreed! I really enjoyed DM quite a lot. 6mo
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Tamra
Thin Air | Michelle Paver
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Coffee shop reading with some new blooms! Blustery & cool today, otherwise I would have come away with more. 😬

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Tamra
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Shopping my shelves. I loved Dark Matter by Paver so my hopes are up. If it‘s similar, I read it long ago enough that that would be okay.

LeahBergen I thought this was a fun read. 👍🏻 6mo
Tamra @LeahBergen 🤞🏾 6mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Oooo! I have Dark Matter in my tbr and this one looks good 6mo
Tamra @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled it was a fun read! 6mo
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Olivia306
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Mehso-so

The story is all right. Ms. Paver manages to build up the terror quite well in a world full of otherwise well-known elements: foreboding signs, emotional repression, typical era-attitudes (including racism), upper-class superiority and so on. The problem is this book is pretty similar to ‘Dark Matter‘ to the point that it feels like reading the same story in a different setting. Nonetheless, an easy read for a Saturday afternoon.

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Skyrimir
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Unexpected car trouble + repair expense means I‘m getting in bed a little earlier than usual and reading a book. Cars are the worst. I wish I lived in a mass transit friendly city!

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Annashep
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Looking forward to starting this ... loved Dark matter by Michelle Paver and if this is as good ... wow looking forward to getting started 😊😊👍👍📚📚

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Cathythoughts
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#Winterwonderland #Frozen I havnt read this one yet , but it looks fairly frozen out there ❄️❄️❄️ “A heart -freezing masterpiece “ ❄️💙

TrishB There is plenty of frozen in this one 👍🏻 11mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB 👍🏻♥️❄️ 11mo
Tamra I have this waiting for me too! 11mo
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batsy I want to read this... Someday 😉 11mo
Cinfhen Sounds good!! #stacked 11mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra @batsy @Cinfhen yes yes & yes ! Someday ..... 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 11mo
LeahBergen It‘s a fun read! 👏🏻👏🏻 11mo
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Melissa_J
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Reading by e-reader tonight so I can bask in the full glory of my lit Christmas garland 🎄📚

LeahBergen Lovely! 12mo
AshHisson Jealous of your bookshelves! 12mo
Cathythoughts Gorgeous.... 💫💫💫 12mo
janeycanuck Oh good, I‘m not the only one that does this! My SO makes fun of me for doing it. 12mo
BiblioLitten Wow❤️ 12mo
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Melissa_J
Thin Air | Michelle Paver
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Next up! It‘s a mountaineering ghost story (yes, I know this probably would have been a good choice for an October read 🤷🏻‍♀️).

Cathythoughts On my Shelf... look forward to your review 👍🏻❤️ 12mo
LeahBergen I liked this one. 👍🏻 12mo
RadicalReader @Melissa_J I‘m currently reading and it as an audiobook is out of this world entertaining and awesome because David Spade himself is reading it 12mo
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Cathythoughts
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@kathedron #jbuk I am really looking forward to this one , I loved Dark Matter ! Thankyou Kate for this lovely post & for organizing this #jbuk book group ...it really warmed my heart to come home to your package in my postbox. So nice ... tea & chocolate & book - gifts from the gods ❤️thankyou X

kathedron Yay, it got there! Hope you enjoy it, my dear. ❤ 1y
trioxin_sematary I just got this one, sounds great! 😊👻 1y
Cathythoughts @kathedron yes, it‘s here ! & thankyou again XX 1y
Cathythoughts @trioxin_sematary yes it sounds great. I‘m looking forward to it ... 1y
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trioxin_sematary
Thin Air | Michelle Paver
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Bookmail! 📚

In the 1930s, an expedition sets out to summit Kangchenjunga, the third tallest mountain in the world, following in the footsteps of a previous ill-fated expedition, in which all but two men died. Once they get on the mountain, they discover that a restless spirit may be shadowing them.

It just sounded good so I had to gets it! 😃

Cathythoughts Yes, we both have it now 👍🏻👍🏻. Did you read Her other book ? It‘s very good 1y
trioxin_sematary @Cathythoughts 😁 I've not read any of her books....yet! 😌 #stacked ^ 1y
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aimelou26
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This story is similar to another of Michelle Paver‘s works called ‘Dark Matter‘ but it makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up so I‘m not complaining. It‘s not gory or violent, the fear slowly grows page by page until the suspense is unbearable. There are no out and out shocks, just a steady sense of foreboding which speaks volumes about the quality of the writing. This is a proper ghost story that made me reluctant to turn out the light.

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TrishB
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Mehso-so

Nice writing. Ghost story was ok, mountain climbing was ok. Overall so-so. I also think I‘m suffering a bit of a Sylvia hangover and maybe that‘s why it didn‘t engage me fully!

Moray_Reads I liked this one better 2y
TrishB @Moray_Reads I may investigate that one as a couple of people have said that. 2y
BiblioLitten Oh my! What a cool bookmark 2y
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ValerieAndBooks That bookmark 💙💙!! 2y
TrishB @BiblioLitten @ValerieAndBooks I love it too 💕 my daughter got me it for Christmas! 2y
Cinfhen OMG!!! You stayed Sylvia in record time🤪 2y
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TrishB
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Serendipity- picked this one off the pile this morning and it fits today‘s #ghost prompt.
#getmovin
Set in the Himalayas in the 1930s, so far it‘s interesting but only read on my 25 min commute this morning so far!

Cinfhen I like the sound of this one! I‘ll be waiting for your review🤗 2y
kathedron I read it a couple of weeks ago. It was a so-so for me, but only because I preferred her Dark Matter. 2y
Melissa_J Oh, I like the sounds of this one! 2y
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Weaponxgirl @River_Voice I loved dark matter and have been hoping this was as good. Damn 2y
eanderson Oh gosh.... you post so many books that get my interest!!! 2y
kathedron @Weaponxgirl It is strikingly similar to DM but, for me, didn't have the same impact. Maybe if I'd read them the other way around I'd feel differently about it. 2y
LeahBergen I thought this was a really fun read. 👍🏻 2y
KateFulfordAuthor That was a great read - so atmospheric 2y
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kathedron
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It would have been a pick had I not already read her "Dark Matter": same story, different location. There's the vague unease that builds to paralysing terror (she's great at that!); there's a "heroic" expedition; there's upper class machismo (emotional repression, inability to empathise, unquestioned superiority, sense of entitlement) galore; there's a misfit on the team; one guy is secretly in love with a team-mate; even the adopted dog is there!

Nikki15 I quite liked this one but it‘s the first one of hers I‘ve read so I found it quite different to what I normally read. 2y
Tamra Dark Matter was quite atmospherically spooky, have you read it? 2y
kathedron @Nikki15 @Tamra "Dark Matter" properly creeped me out at times. I like her a lot (I've also read her kids' series "Chronicles of Ancient Darkness"). I was disappointed that "Thin Air" was so similar to DM but with less of an impact. ? 2y
Tamra @River_Voice too bad. 😐 I don‘t know she had a kid series, I will check it out. 2y
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JillR
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This was really good. A ghost story, yes, but also about mountaineering, survival and siblings. It was short, well written and just the right amount of atmosphere/creepiness/claustrophobia (I can‘t do properly scary). A great palate cleanser ⛰

LeahBergen Oh, good! I‘m glad I didn‘t steer you wrong. 😆 2y
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Nikki15
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Like Exit West, this was a whole new genre for me. I was intrigued by the ‘ghost story‘ element and I must say I couldn‘t put it down! Pavers‘ description of nature and especially the mountain was beautiful. There were hints all throughout that something wasn‘t quite right but I just couldn‘t put my finger on what exactly! Really great suspense.

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GatheringBooks
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Wheeee! So happy with my #HalloweenGoesPostal loot! Thank you @scripturient and @BookishMarginalia for making this happen! This is awesomesauce!

Tamra Want to read both of those! 2y
GA_Bookworm07 Omg love the owl paper. Too cute. 2y
scripturient Wohee! I‘m glad you like it. You have so many books that finding something was a bit of a challenge. 😁 The Paver book is actually signed - got it at the Edinburgh book festival. 😊 And I saw that you like marzipan so I thought I‘d send you some to tide you over till your next trip to Germany. 😋 2y
eraderneely Such cute wrapping paper! 2y
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tricours
Thin Air | Michelle Paver
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Mehso-so

Certainly not bad, and Paver is good at writing unpleasant scenes, but Thin Air lacked something. It was difficult to care for any of the characters, and the build up was just a bit too slow.

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tricours
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This book has been terribly neglected due to The Blind Assassin and The Historian, but the Historian was too big to bring for my work trip to Stavanger, so I‘ll finally be able to finish Thin Air!

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tricours
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Next up! Even though everyone seems to be disappointed by this one... (And my nail polish matches the book 😀)

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Moray_Reads
Thin Air | Michelle Paver
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Mehso-so

While it relies on similar themes to the spine-tingling Dark Matter; cold, dark, danger (natural and supernatural), isolation and crippling fear and doubt, Thin Air didn't work as well and I think the problem was the characters. The narrator was less interesting and the others half-formed. The group itself, and much of the plot were a weaker reflection of the earlier work. There are plenty of chills but they were easier to spot & made less impact

MrBook Nice review! 2y
scripturient I felt exactly the same! 2y
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scripturient
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I really liked this book. It wasn't as super creepy as the author's 'Dark Matter' but it still gave me lots of goosebumps. If you like a good ghost story, this is the book for you!

Magpiegem I love that cover😍 2y
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scripturient
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I've turned #SockSunday into #SockSaturdayNight. 😊 So this is my entertainment on this cold and stormy evening. Perfect! Sorry for the bad picture. My phone is charging and my old Ipad's camera obviously isn't the best.

Rachellynnwright Those socks are absolutely adorable! I love them! 2y
Cathythoughts Loving the sound of that cold & stormy night 💫🌚 2y
Jinjer Sheepies!!!! 2y
Laalaleighh Socks are my second most favorite thing in life. Especially fuzzy ones. 2y
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scripturient
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Starting this book right now. Yay! I loved Paver's 'Dark Matter' (not to be confused with the Blake Crouch novel) and look forward to being spooked again. #autumnghoststories #RIPxii

tricours I'm also excited about this one! Dark Matter was very eerie. 2y
bedandabook I really loved this one. Perfect to curl up with on a chilly evening as the seasons change. Enjoy! 2y
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Bookworm1988
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Having read most of the horror books in my local library I was glad when I came across this one, couldn't put it down. It's one of those books that just grabs you from the start took just over a day to read

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scripturient
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#TBRtemptation: I was barely able to pass this at Waterstones this morning. Anyone read this one yet?

BekahB Yes I really enjoyed it! I think her book Dark Matter was better, but she packed in the same slow build of dread and terror. 😀 3y
Moray_Reads Haven't read this one but I thought Dark Matter was really good 3y
LeahBergen Oh, I want this! 3y
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bedandabook
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Library reservations day! ❤ Really looking forward to all three of these, but In a Dark, Dark Wood might just have to be my next read thanks to all the Litsy recommendations.

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OutsmartYourShelf
Thin Air | Michelle Paver
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I enjoyed this book about a fictional mountaineering expedition in 1935. It had a real sense of creeping menace. Rating: 4/5.

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BekahB
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I absolutely loved this book! Paver is a master of the slow-burn method of building from unease to terror. There is a weight to the dread she invokes. Her style falls in line with gothic ghost stories, but instead of a creaky old house, her hauntings exist in the freezing, harsh expanse of nature. Thin Air is about an expedition up Mount Kangchenjunga set in the 1930s. I didn't find this book to be quite as eerie as Dark Matter, but it came close.

tricours Ooh I must read this! 3y
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BekahB
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Katniss isn't doing the #24in48 readathon so she's been napping. I, however, have jumped back into Thin Air. I love how Paver mixes horror, nature, and the supernatural.

It's about a terrifying expedition up Mount Kanghchenjunga. The book begins with an excerpt from the leader's published account saying that despite their losses, it was a successful journey. It's followed by a journal entry from one of the survivors who has a different opinion.

8little_paws Omg Katniss!!! What a stunning little critter 😍😍😍 3y
Joybishoptx Such a beautiful kitty 💕😻❤ 3y
Bookzombie Katniss is so cute and fluffy!!💕🐱 3y
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shanebeth such a pretty little reading buddy! 😻❤️💜❤️💜 3y
DebinHawaii She is so gorgeous!! 🐱❤️ 3y
Bette ❤️🐱 3y
BekahB Thanks @8little_paws, @Joybishoptx, @Bookzombie, @shanebeth, @DebinHawaii, and @Bette! I tried to get her son Cinna to join us on the couch, but he was sleeping in his cat tower and doing his best to ignore me. 😸 3y
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BekahB
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I finally settled on a TBR stack for the #24in48 readathon! I know I won't get through all of these, but I like a to have a variety.

I'm probably going to start out with Thin Air. If it's anywhere near as creepy as Paver's Dark Matter, I'll be a happy reader. 😄

fmcgeough I'm totally getting the better too many than too few! Options! I really liked Monstress too. 3y
Librariana I'm a variety girl, too, so I am totally there with you! 😄 3y
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Demelza
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Michelle Paver once again manages to rekindle the sublime uneasiness she mastered in 'Dark Matter'. The ultimate in suspense and eerie atmosphere. Literally unputdownable. I urge you to read this - and Dark Matter if you haven't already! A very worthy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ vote!

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CJEskriett
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This seems a bit of a leap to me! Not enough to put me off though, loving this so far

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CJEskriett
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I went looking to see if this was based in truth. Could be based on Fanny Bullock Workman, a mountaineer who was photographed with a votes for women newspaper on a Himalayan peak?

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CJEskriett
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This is my #scaretober read. Rainy Sunday forecast tomorrow so hoping to start it then. Can't wait!