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What Moves the Dead
What Moves the Dead | T. Kingfisher
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From the award-winning author of The Twisted Ones comes a gripping and atmospheric retelling of Edgar Allan Poe's classic "The Fall of the House of Usher." When Alex Easton, a retired soldier, receives word that their childhood friend Madeline Usher is dying, they race to the ancestral home of the Ushers in the remote countryside of Ruritania. What they find there is a nightmare of fungal growths and possessed wildlife, surrounding a dark, pulsing lake. Madeline sleepwalks and speaks in strange voices at night, and her brother Roderick is consumed with a mysterious malady of the nerves. Aided by a redoubtable British mycologist and a baffled American doctor, Alex must unravel the secret of the House of Usher before it consumes them all.
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Rachiiebookdragon
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This was interesting kind of 🤨

Read for reading challenges.

3.75/5

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PuddleJumper
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A really enjoyable Gothic horror

RaeLovesToRead Hello cute ears 💕💕 3mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 3mo
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broughtyoubooks
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Loved this novella. Gothic mushroom based horror? Yes please. Plus the queer element is excellent.

BookmarkTavern I loved this one! And the sequel is just as good! 3mo
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vivastory
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T. Kingfisher's riff on Poe's iconic story begins with Alex Easton receiving a letter from Madeline Usher that she is sick. Easton travels to the dilapidated sprawling house, surrounded by a strange lake & animals who are acting unusual, that she shares with her brother Roderick. There were parts of this that I really loved, but I found Kingfisher's character work a bit off putting at times. It felt like a mashup between YA & adult, still a (CONT)

vivastory decent novella with some great horror elements. 3mo
Michael_Gee We got this recently at a Barnes and Noble. It was part of a $5 coffee + book deal. Could not not do it. 3mo
vivastory @Michael_Gee That's how I picked it up. Definitely a good deal 3mo
Branwen I liked this one a lot, but it's not my favorite Kingfisher book! 💕📚 Still a great read! 3mo
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bookwyrm7
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One of the best horror stories I've ever read. It easily surpasses Poe's “The Fall of the House of Usher“ and does something very unique with the parts that are based on that story. Truly creepy and horrible but also a pleasant, smooth read with wit and humour. And it even has a non-binary character. How marvellous!
Hob is also an extremely charming character.
What an incredible book!

#serieslove2024

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Meshell1313
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I absolutely loved this Fall of the House of Usher retelling! Our narrator Easton had such an amazing voice I found myself literally laughing out loud at his descriptions. I‘m hoping he‘s back in the next installment! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

DebinHawaii Loved this one and book 2!!! 😍 3mo
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bookwyrm7
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"But he used to put festive hats on his skulls depending on the season, and they all looked rather jolly."

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bookwyrm7
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"(...) if you don't make a fool of yourself over animals, at least in private, you aren't to be trusted. That was my one of my father's maxims, and it's never failed me yet."

Couldn't agree more!

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bookwyrm7
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"Hob, my horse, was grateful for the rest, but seemed annoyed by the surroundings. He looked at the grass and then up at me, indicating that this was not the quality to which he was accustomed."

Can't really blame him. If you have to carry a heavy monkey on your back through all sorts of rough terrain, the very least they can do is pay you back with a decent meal...

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Clare-Dragonfly
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That is the creepiest book I have read in some time. T. Kingfisher is a genius.

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Clare-Dragonfly
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I‘m so glad I read A Haunting on the Hill before reading this, so I can listen to “Hares on the Mountain” (I wasn‘t previously familiar with the song), in particular Fern Maddie‘s version, which Hand references in her author‘s note. I was already super into the song and Fern Maddie‘s music, and it‘s a perfect creepy accompaniment to this delightfully creepy book!

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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I loved this story. It was the perfect combination of creeping horror, dark humor, & suspense. I loved the characters & the atmosphere in equal measure, and the story managed to be believable in the end.

The creeping horror of the hares & the atmosphere created by the crumbling manor house surrounded by the pitting man against nature made for the best setting for a horror story. The characters' personalities shone through.

Book 61/100.

Lin3han If you liked this one, you should read Nettle and Bone it‘s SO GOOD 4mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @Lin3han My one colleague recommended that book. It‘s on my TBR list. 😊 4mo
Lin3han @Graciouswarriorprincess T. Kingfisher is one of my all time fave authors! Highly recommend 💜 4mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess @Lin3han Thanks. She is a local author for me as she lives in the area. 4mo
Lin3han @Graciouswarriorprincess omg that‘s so cool!! 4mo
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Patchshank
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I think I found a new series. I really enjoyed this one. Creepiest book I've read in awhile.

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Karkar
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This was great! Sheba was excited to have done couch time with Mom!

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Love T. Kingfisher 4mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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Of course Kingfisher writes an unputdownable retelling of Poe‘s The Fall of the House of Usher…one that will have you looking over your shoulder and maybe even leaving the lights on as the creepiness and horror is ratcheted up page after page after page in a story that is told with just the right amount of dry wit. A decrepit house with even more decrepit residents, intrepid visitors, and a rotten core make for a fabulous read. Loved it.

Patchshank This is my book club book for next month. I didn't know it was a retelling of house of usher. Pretty excited to hear that. 5mo
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DebinHawaii
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#ReadAway2024 #SeriesLove2024

I don‘t know why it took me so long to read this retelling of The Fall of the House of Usher, but it was worth the wait. Quick, creepy & atmospheric-an enthusiastic pick Along with Mexican Gothic (which the author speaks to in the acknowledgements) it‘s made me rethink how frightening fungi can be!🍄😱 I‘m happy there‘s a follow up in this Sworn Soldier series/duology but I‘m sad it‘s a 14-week hold time on Libby.

DieAReader 🥳Great! 😫I hate long hold times! 5mo
TheSpineView Fantastic! 5mo
Kitta Oh probably not for me, I‘m terrified of fungi 🍄 🙅🏻‍♀️ 5mo
Meshell1313 Just picked this one up- they get me every time at the Barnes & Noble cafe! $5 with a drink! Who can resist? Every. Single. Time. 5mo
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MarshmallowAdventures
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A brilliant and eerie novella with an unnerving atmosphere. Beautifully written and impossible to put down.

BookmarkTavern The sequel was published today! 🖤 5mo
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currentlyreadinginCO
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This sequel of What Moves the Dead, T. Kingfisher's novella retelling of The Fall of the House of Usher, goes in a slightly different direction, but brings back a great cast of characters and maintains the same mystical gothic overtones. I really enjoy this creepy little series & this author's books overall. I listened to the audio and what a treat this was during all of my little tasks. Y'all are going to love this one.

BookmarkTavern I‘m so excited for this one! 5mo
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vivastory
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PSA: My local B & N is selling paperback copies of Kingfisher's “What Moves the Dead“ for $5 with the purchase of any item from the café. I don't know if this is a nationwide offer, or specific to this location, but just wanted to put this info out there!

Meshell1313 They get me EVERY time with that! Every. Single. Time. 🤣 6mo
Aimeesue I liked this one! Creepy fun all over.The hares! (edited) 6mo
vivastory @Meshell1313 It's such a hard bargain to turn down! 6mo
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vivastory @Aimeesue I have read only one T Kingfisher & really enjoyed it, so I'm looking forward to checking out this one! 6mo
Aimeesue @vivastory It‘s a great reworking of The Fall of the House of Usher. I hadn‘t read the Poe in years, but this one hit all the right notes, I think. 6mo
vivastory @Aimeesue I meant to read it before watching the Netflix show last year, but it just didn't happen. Glad to hear your endorsement! 6mo
Branwen I enjoyed this one quite a bit! 6mo
vivastory @Branwen It sounds wonderful! 6mo
Branwen @vivastory I still think my favorite Kingfisher book is Nettle & Bone, although A House With Good Bones was also fantastic! 6mo
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WildAlaskaBibliophile
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1. Absolutely! Taking breaks with graphic novels (I realize GN's aren't a genre) and poetry helps me a lot.
2. I love Neil Gaiman and Matt Haig
3. I really enjoy T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon)
#WondrousWednesday @eggs

Eggs Thanks for playing along 💙🌟🩵 6mo
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BookmarkTavern
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The tagged book, and I highly recommend it for anyone that needs a quick read, and likes horror, retellings of Poe, and rotting Gothic manors.

#SundayFunday Have a great day, and don‘t forget to tag me in your posts!

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BookmarkTavern
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Easton travels to visit some old friends, only to discover that both of them are becoming ill & the house is rotting around them.

Such an excellent retelling of Poe‘s Usher! Atmospheric & spooky, with an insidious creeping horror as Easton learns more and more what‘s going on. The descriptions of the fungus gave me goosebumps. With fun characters & lots of twists, Kingfisher really knocked it out of the park. Can‘t wait for the sequel! 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌗

BookmarkTavern CW 👇🏻 6mo
BookmarkTavern General warning for body horror, animal death, and brief mentions of suicide throughout 6mo
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Blh87
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This was a little slow at first, but then the pace took a 180, and I couldn‘t put it down.

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Zbayardo
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A gothic sporror novella retelling of Edgar Allen Poe‘s THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER. A slow burn that turned out to be a pretty great read!

What is sporror = spore-horror - a subgenre where mycelia and mosscaps become a driving force of terror, death, and destruction. 🍄😱 I learned about that on TikTok! 😂

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GondorGirl Kingfisher is always a good choice... and that cover art is beautiful. 9mo
dabbe 🖤🧡🖤 9mo
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Sarahreadstoomuch
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Absolutely loved this novella retelling of Poe‘s Fall of the House of Usher! So delightfully creepy…. Excellent on audio. #scarathlon #spookyghostclub

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Lin3han
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I listened to this book and it was wonderful! I‘m a sucker for a retelling- especially an Edgar Allen Poe one. Truly a gothic horror with some deliciously gruesome imagery. 5/5! #scarathlon #creepinitreal #cir

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bunny
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T Kingfisher/Ursula Vernon is one of my favorite authors, hands down. Her books are always a delight, even as they are often (at least the horror novels) creepy and disturbing. What Moves the Dead, a re-envisioning of the Fall of the House of Usher, is no exception. I'll never look at hares the same way again. Loved Easton and ka manservant, Angus, and the inestimable mycologist, Miss Potter. There's a sequel coming next year and I can't wait!

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ImperfectCJ
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This was an interesting book to read immediately after Bunny. I know that hares and bunnies (or rabbits) are different creatures, but both are lagomorphs, and they're near enough for the connection to feel thrillingly odd. I wonder if the similarity between the name of the liquor (livrit) and the name of a young hare (leveret) is intentional? Overall I enjoyed the book, but it's a tad light. It has the feel of a short story rather than a novel.

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Aimeesue
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So. Many. Pumpkins.

#Audiocrafting

Deblovestoread They are adorable 😍 9mo
dabbe OMG; those are the cutest! 🎃🎃🎃 9mo
ShyBookOwl Yay!! 🎃 9mo
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merelybookish Sweet! 9mo
TheSpineView 🧡🎃🧡 9mo
Aimeesue @Deblovestoread Thanks! 🧡 9mo
Aimeesue @dabbe They‘re made from all thrifted or upcycled materials. I find a LOT of yarn at the thrift stores around here. 🧶 9mo
Aimeesue @ShyBookOwl 🧡🧡🧡 9mo
Aimeesue @merelybookish I love pumpkins - cute AND delicious! 😁 9mo
Aimeesue @TheSpineView 🧡🧡🧡 9mo
dabbe @Aimeesue You should sell them on Etsy! 🤩🤩🤩 9mo
Aimeesue @dabbe Oh my gosh, that sounds EXHAUSTING!!! 😁 9mo
dabbe @Aimeesue They'd sell like hotcakes, though. But I also know that crafting is supposed to be relaxing and not an extra job. Just so you know they are incredible! 🧡🎃🧡 9mo
Aimeesue @dabbe Awww, thanks! 🧡 9mo
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1: My favorite from last year was What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher

2: Cooler weather & seasonal coffee drinks

3: This is basically the one time every year I read horror, but I also like reading some paranormal romances to keep it from being too scary

4: I've been in a reading slump and scarathlon always motivates me to read more

5: Dress my toddler up in his costume, take some pictures, and eat some candy

#mischiefandmayhem #scarathlon

NikkiM5 Have you read Hollow Places by Kingfisher? That was one of the scariest books I‘ve read in a while. And book 2 from What Moves the Dead comes out early next year! (edited) 10mo
PuddleJumper It's a great motivation to read 10mo
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SpeculativeFemale
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I wasn't sure what to expect going into this book, how any author could have the temerity to take on a retelling of a Poe classic.

It turns out, not only can it be done well, it can be done so spectacularly that I had to sit in silence for a bit after finishing the book just to let it all settle in my mind.

If you are looking for something spooky and atmospheric, but also witty and engaging, to read this autumn, look no further!

mcipher A sequel is coming out soon too!! I‘m sooooo excited for it 10mo
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K.M.-Forester
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I have no idea what took me so long to read this book, but I absolutely loved it. The book is a retelling of one of Poe‘s most famous short stories. The author created something that I have never read before. The main antagonist of the story was refreshing and very imaginative. I recommend this book 100%. It‘s not too long either! A good suspenseful and thrilling read for the fall season coming up soon.

ShyBookOwl I love this author. Especially her contemporary horror (The Hollow Places and The Twisted Ones... so good!). She also has a great Beauty & Beast retelling, Byrony and Roses. I've been meaning to get to this Poe one, though! 10mo
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Kazzie
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Cool interpretation of what could have (in a sci-fi way) cause the reanimation of this old tale. The House of Usher comes alive in this story, and all the characters seem well fleshed out. Creepy and enjoyable

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Saknicole
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Reading during my construction wait. I live at the end of a 17 mile road, and we are currently enjoying construction season to repair. I loved Swordheart and am excited for this slim beauty.

#roadconstruction #mushrooms

Kimberlone Somehow I‘ve missed all of these posts…sending some likes! 12mo
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Cazxxx
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🍄 Borrowed my sons bookmark for this one. Does anyone else like the bookmark to match the theme of the book? 🍄

TEArificbooks Yes, I have a bee bookmark for my bee book 13mo
Cazxxx @TEArificbooks That is very cute ☺️ 13mo
kwmg40 That bookmark is perfect for the book! 13mo
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Cazxxx @kwmg40 It is but unfortunately I have to give it back 😂 13mo
Bookwomble I like it when it happens 📕🔖😊 13mo
Cazxxx @Bookwomble Me too 😊 13mo
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Cazxxx @Gissy 🙌🏻 13mo
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Breanne1
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I really enjoyed this gothic horror, a retelling of Poe‘s “The Fall of the House of Usher”. It‘s always the 🍄 🍄🍄🍄 Love this cover too!!

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Ladygodiva7
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Creepy, short and wonderful!! 🍄🐰

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the.bookish.valkyrie
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Thoroughly disturbing, this is a great horror read! T. Kingfisher does a great job of infusing Poe‘s classic, “The House of Usher,” with new life and perspective. This gothic horror was a fantastic short read that will stay with me.

Johanna414 I loved this one! 14mo
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EatSleepRead
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This was a retelling of The Fall of the House of Usher by Poe. Loved this Gothic horror novel. So unsettling and creepy. This author has an incredible way of making horror whimsical somehow. Hard to explain, but it works.

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TamTracy
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Very atmospheric and and very well written. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

TheLudicReader That cover. 1y
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kwmg40
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A creepy and compelling retelling of Poe's “Fall of the House of Usher“. T. Kingfisher (a.k.a. Ursula Vernon) is an excellent storyteller and captures the gothic feel really well.

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dabbe A retelling of the Usher story? #stacked!!! 😊 1y
Andrew65 Excellent 👏👏👏 1y
kwmg40 @dabbe I reread the Usher story right after, and I have to confess I like T. Kingfisher's version even better. 😄 1y
kwmg40 @Andrew65 Thanks for stopping by! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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Eeberst
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Absolutely terrifying. 10/10

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Johanna414
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Weird and creepy, but with a sense of humor… pretty much my favorite kind of book! I like that fungus horror is such a thing these days, and T. Kingfisher has become and auto-buy author for me.

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Angeles
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Kingfisher is beginning to look like an auto-buy for me. This novella was creepy and fun in equal measure. Loved the retelling of the house of usher and the surprise at the ending of who the villain of the story is.

ladym30 That cover!!😳 1y
Angeles Yep 1y
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suvata
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A retelling of Poe's classic "The Fall of the House of Usher." My impression throughout was that I would be rating it 4-stars at best. But, after I read the author‘s note at the end, it became a 5-star read. All of the questions I had and all of the concepts that bothered me were cleared up by those notes. Please, people, when you read a book, DO NOT skip the prologue, epilogue, or author notes. If you do, you may be missing more than you think.

Magpiegem I don‘t know if I love or hate that cover but I can‘t stop looking at it! 1y
suvata @Magpiegem I felt the same way when I saw it. It‘s creepy but I can‘t stop looking at it either. What‘s up with that? (edited) 1y
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TracyReadsBooks
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At $2.99 and $1.99 respectively, it was impossible to resist these Kindle deals. A Kingfisher book I haven‘t read and a blend of “dark romance and Korean Mythology?” Yes please!

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K.Wielechowski
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Panpan

I am not cut out for gothic horror. I hated it.

Objectively, it‘s very well written, the characters are well rounded, and it‘s a great example of its genre.

Just sooooo not for me. 💀