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What Moves the Dead
What Moves the Dead | T. Kingfisher
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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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. 2d
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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! 1w
TheSpineView Fantastic! 1w
Kitta Oh probably not for me, I‘m terrified of fungi 🍄 🙅🏻‍♀️ 1w
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. 1w
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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! 🖤 2w
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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! 3w
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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. 🤣 1mo
Aimeesue I liked this one! Creepy fun all over.The hares! (edited) 1mo
vivastory @Meshell1313 It's such a hard bargain to turn down! 1mo
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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! 1mo
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. 1mo
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! 1mo
Branwen I enjoyed this one quite a bit! 1mo
vivastory @Branwen It sounds wonderful! 1mo
Branwen @vivastory I still think my favorite Kingfisher book is Nettle & Bone, although A House With Good Bones was also fantastic! 1mo
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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 💙🌟🩵 2mo
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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 👇🏻 2mo
BookmarkTavern General warning for body horror, animal death, and brief mentions of suicide throughout 2mo
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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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Nessavamusic
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GondorGirl Kingfisher is always a good choice... and that cover art is beautiful. 4mo
dabbe 🖤🧡🖤 4mo
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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 😍 5mo
dabbe OMG; those are the cutest! 🎃🎃🎃 5mo
ShyBookOwl Yay!! 🎃 5mo
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merelybookish Sweet! 5mo
TheSpineView 🧡🎃🧡 5mo
Aimeesue @Deblovestoread Thanks! 🧡 5mo
Aimeesue @dabbe They‘re made from all thrifted or upcycled materials. I find a LOT of yarn at the thrift stores around here. 🧶 5mo
Aimeesue @ShyBookOwl 🧡🧡🧡 5mo
Aimeesue @merelybookish I love pumpkins - cute AND delicious! 😁 5mo
Aimeesue @TheSpineView 🧡🧡🧡 5mo
dabbe @Aimeesue You should sell them on Etsy! 🤩🤩🤩 5mo
Aimeesue @dabbe Oh my gosh, that sounds EXHAUSTING!!! 😁 5mo
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! 🧡🎃🧡 5mo
Aimeesue @dabbe Awww, thanks! 🧡 5mo
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sebrittainclark
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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) 5mo
PuddleJumper It's a great motivation to read 5mo
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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 5mo
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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! 6mo
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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! 7mo
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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 9mo
Cazxxx @TEArificbooks That is very cute ☺️ 9mo
kwmg40 That bookmark is perfect for the book! 9mo
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Cazxxx @kwmg40 It is but unfortunately I have to give it back 😂 9mo
Bookwomble I like it when it happens 📕🔖😊 9mo
Cazxxx @Bookwomble Me too 😊 9mo
Gissy 🙋🏽‍♀️ 9mo
Cazxxx @Gissy 🙌🏻 9mo
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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! 9mo
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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. 10mo
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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.

#AwesomeApril @Andrew65
#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

dabbe A retelling of the Usher story? #stacked!!! 😊 10mo
Andrew65 Excellent 👏👏👏 10mo
kwmg40 @dabbe I reread the Usher story right after, and I have to confess I like T. Kingfisher's version even better. 😄 10mo
kwmg40 @Andrew65 Thanks for stopping by! 10mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 10mo
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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!!😳 12mo
Angeles Yep 12mo
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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! 12mo
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) 12mo
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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. 💀

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K.Wielechowski
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“An old French woman told me I had no poetry in my soul. I recited a dirty limerick at her and she threw a lemon at my head.”
🤣💀

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K.Wielechowski
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“Sometimes it‘s hard to tell if someone is insulting or just American”
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BookBr
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On sale at Kindle today! I loved Nettle and Bone so much that I thought this was worth grabbing…

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AbstractMonica
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Based off The Fall of the House of Usher. Kingfisher writes about a decrepit, gothic manor and the nearby tarn. The area seems to have an abnormal fungal growth. Alex Easton gets a letter from his childhood friend, Maddy, about her deteriorating health. Easton then visits Maddy and Roderick that live in the manor, to try and figure out what is making Maddy so sick. Really enjoyed this one!

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AbstractMonica
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Starting this one.

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BookMaven9
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🌟this one didn‘t work for me. What should have been read in one sitting took days due to boredom. Stick to the original, now that‘s a story.

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currentlyreadinginCO
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A very fun retelling of The Fall of the House of Usher that gives greater breadth and depth to the creepy tale. I really enjoyed it, as I really enjoy the cover 💕

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Buchbeeg
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Randomly grabbed this while at the library. Fast, and creepy and wonderful. A retelling of the Fall of the House of Usher.

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Buchbeeg
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Just a little light reading before church. . .

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Clwojick
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This was a trip! 🖤

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Soubhiville
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First #AuldLangSpine Book finished 😁📚

A retelling of The House of Usher (which I have not read so I can‘t really compare.) Definitely has the gothic horror feel I‘d associate with Poe.

I enjoyed the creepy hares, and the pacing of the story. I did this on audio and thought the narration was good. If you‘re in the mood for a short dark book that might give you chills, this is a good bet!

KristiAhlers I‘ve gone to pick this one up and I always put it down. I may need to finally commit! 14mo
Soubhiville @KristiAhlers I‘d say it‘s creepy not scary, and there‘s gross factor, but it‘s a fun quick read! 14mo
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ElleMNOpe
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A short reimagining of Edgar Allen Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher with some seriously creepy vibes & an atmosphere that really sells the story. I wish there would have been more exploration of the plot, but this retelling was still quite vibrant. The representation is really well handled and I think the Gothic style comes through brilliantly. High creepy/gross out factor, so be forewarned, but I'm just a big fan of T. Kingfisher all around.

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YvonneMarie
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So was definitely not expecting to like this one. The first couple chapters had me questioning my choices. However I was pleasantly surprised that I really enjoyed this story and the writing. Super creepy and interesting!

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MysticFaerie
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4⭐️/5⭐️

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Bookwomble
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An interesting take on Poe's Fall of the House of Usher, locating it in late 19th century Eastern Europe, and with a convincing non-binary MC. Fleshing out (if you'll forgive the term) Roderick and Madeline Usher, and the previously unnamed narrator, and introducing the fictional aunt of a prominent Victorian/Edwardian writer/illustrator. These are all nice touches. I found the writing style and language a little too modern for a Poe adaptation⬇️

Bookwomble ... but then that might have fallen into pastiche, so perhaps the successful author's opinion in this regard might be wiser than my own. Good gothic fun 3.5🐇 1y
batsy This sounds good! I'm always up for gothic fun. And because of my (admittedly bizarre) fear of rabbits, that mug seems a suitable companion 😆 1y
Bookwomble @batsy How do you feel about hares? They feature prominently in the story, and not in a fluffy, cuddly way! 😱 1y
batsy @Bookwomble Hares we don't really get in these parts so perhaps that's why they seem OK, lol. They look like they belong in the wild. Rabbits have that deceptive cuddliness... Then you see their eyes! 😱😂 1y
Bookwomble @batsy The Myxomatosis Stare! 🐰😨 1y
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Bookwomble
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"The mushroom's gills were the deep-red color of severed muscle, the almost-violet shade that contrasts so dreadfully with the pale pink of viscera." ?

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

CBee Now THAT is a first line 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
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