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Fever Dream
Fever Dream | Samanta Schweblin
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A wonderful nightmare of a book: tender and frightening, disturbing but compassionate. Fever Dream is a triumph of Schweblin s outlandish imagination. Juan Gabriel Vasquez, author of The Sound of Things Falling and Reputations A young woman named Amanda lies dying in a rural hospital clinic. A boy named David sits beside her. She s not his mother. He's not her child. Together, they tell a haunting story of broken souls, toxins, and the power and desperation of family. Fever Dream is a nightmare come to life, a ghost story for the real world, a love story and a cautionary tale. One of the freshest new voices to come out of the Spanish language and translated into English for the first time, Samanta Schweblin creates an aura of strange psychological menace and otherworldly reality in this absorbing, unsettling, taut novel."
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Angitron
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Read this a few months ago, but I‘m waaay behind on my reviews. This book was astonishing. The reader is just thrown into the story and, at first, things make very little sense. But as the narrative develops, what emerges is a strange and haunting story about the environment, illness, and our relationship with the planet. Really loved this one!

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batsy
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#AlphabetGame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Letter F

A taut novella full of suspense and dread. This book rattled me to the core. The title is so apt and the horror story feels increasingly like reality.

Other Fs I think fondly about are Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Akwaeke Emezi's Freshwater, and Margaret Laurence's The Fire-Dwellers.

vivastory #Manwakans unite! 👏 4mo
Graywacke And Fever Dream again! Noting. Have you read Frankissstein? 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 4mo
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BarbaraBB Such a good choice! I was hesitating between this one and 4mo
batsy @vivastory Yesssss! 4mo
batsy @Graywacke No, but I have it on my list because of you I'm pretty sure, and also @Lindy 🙂 4mo
batsy @BarbaraBB Thanks! Whenever I think about it I still feel that chilly, eerie vibe. 4mo
Lindy @batsy @Graywacke It‘s been 5 years since I read it so I had to go back to see my review : “Weird & creepy. A brief novel set in Argentina that riffs on the horrors of industrial agriculture. You‘ve got to be in the right mood for it, I think. It left me rather mystified and unsettled.” 4mo
Graywacke @Lindy thanks! 4mo
batsy @Lindy Yes, it's very much a "mood" book! I also should have been clearer—was referring to @Graywacke 's comment on Frankisstein. I remember your positive review, as well, if I'm not wrong? It's been on my list since then. 4mo
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Michael_Gee
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A suspenseful, disturbing, non-stop nightmare of a novella. Read it in one sitting (well, from the bathtub to the bed). A good one to go in knowing little about.

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Sapphire
Fever Dream | Samanta Schweblin
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I read two books for the February prompt of #Argentina in #foodandlit #foodandlit2022. Fever Dream and Ficciones. Tonight I made Empanadas. I googled a bunch of filling recipes and just made my own combination. I was very pleased with the result. Now I want to go to Buenos Aires.

Texreader Yay!!! Those look amazing! 10mo
Catsandbooks Looks so tasty! 10mo
vivastory I love empanadas. Those look delicious! 10mo
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Sapphire
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Mehso-so

This was not the psychological thriller that the coverlet reviews made it out to be. No “mood”.

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nelehelen
Fever Dream | Samanta Schweblin
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What a ride! Such a weird and unsettling but addicting book.

Full review: https://www.instagram.com/p/CXqwYLKFwdW/?utm_medium=copy_link

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AlizaApp
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A short novel where the tension and dread keep increasing. A woman is in the hospital with an unknown illness, and a young boy who is not her son guides her through her recent memories, trying to figure out what happened.

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ImperfectCJ
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"Why do mothers do that?

What?

Try to get out in front of anything that could happen---the rescue distance.

It's because sooner or later something terrible will happen. My grandmother used to tell my mother that, all through her childhood, and my mother would tell me, throughout mine. And now I have to take care of Nina.

But you always miss the important thing."

I find this the most terrifying passage in this book. Literal goosebumps.

BkClubCare Oh! I do remember that concept from that story! “Rescue distance” 1y
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ImperfectCJ
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Whoa, was this good! I listened to the audiobook then went back and read most of the hardcover, all in just a couple of hours. Schweblin captures parental fear terrifyingly well, this feeling that something's wrong but we can't see it because we're distracted by something else, something that seems vitally important but that's just holding our attention while the story plays out. It's a simple, bizarre story with no clear moral.

ImperfectCJ Despite being awesome, this isn't a theme read and only took two hours to read/listen to, so just 65 pts for #TeamSlaughter #scarathlon #screamathon #LittenListen #bookspinbingo 1y
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kathytrithardt
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Question of the Day: What book kept you up late? #QotD

Whether it was "one more chapter please" or "can't sleep, clown will eat me" - I want to know.⁣

Tag me in your responses!
#OneMoreChapter #HorrorBooks

[ID: top down view of the daily question text over a cup of black coffee on a yellow background.]

TheKidUpstairs In terms of "can't sleep, must check locks and doors and windows for the millionth time": 1y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled In terms of “can‘t sleep because now I‘m afraid of my own bathroom” - 1y
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Bindrosbookshelf
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This is a 150 page book that does horror very well. You are left with an unsettled feeling. I had to keep turning the pages to find out what happened. A woman is in hospital with a boy by her side asking her to recount what happened, so they can find the part with the ‘worms‘. He determines what is important to the story. 4/5 stars

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Liz_M
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It starts near the end with young David guiding Amanda through events that end with her lying in hospital bed, dying, asking for her daughter. But the actual plot is inexplicable. There are two story lines, both of which are frightening, told by unreliable narrators, and nonlinear. Neither is logical. I reread it immediately and had more questions. A day later, I can barely remember the stories or the questions, just the sense of growing dread.

BookishMarginalia Good review. I think I‘ll pass. Real life gives me enough of a sense of growing dread! 2y
sarahbarnes I loved this one too! So creepy! 2y
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batsy I thought this book was just pitch perfect in creating an atmosphere of dread. I can still remember how I felt reading it. 2y
Liz_M @BookishMarginalia My first three reads of 2021 are very much not dealing with reality in my part of the world. I don't know what I was thinking! 😂😂😂 2y
TheAromaofBooks Sounds like the book was aptly named!! 2y
BarbaraBB Fab review. I remember that feeling too and nothing much about the plot except for a pool?! 2y
Liz_M @TheAromaofBooks That was the first sentence of my review that I had to cut when I exceeded 451 characters! 😁 (I like the character limit forcing succinctness and enjoy getting each review to 445-451 characters 🤓 ) 2y
TheAromaofBooks I admire your ability to keep your reviews concise. Mine seem to end up involving a lot of downward pointing arrows as I spill into the comment section 😂 2y
arubabookwoman This was one of my better reads from last year. 2y
Billypar Great review! I should have done what you did and just reread it after I finished - I kept rereading sections out of order, so it might have been the equivalent of a full second read, lol. It did help though with unraveling some of the developments. 2y
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Billypar
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Is there a better time to review one of my favorite books of the year than Christmas day? Well, possibly, but I think this qualifies as a Christmas post in a year like 2020...
This one is best to go in knowing as little as possible, so I won't spoil anything. Although it's definitely a strange book, I thought from the title it might be completely nonsensical, without any clear narrative, but that's not the case 👇

Nute I enjoying reading what you have to say on all days including Christmas Day.🙂 I had heard that this is a strange little story. 2y
Billypar The reading experience for me was like entering a dark room and having your eyes slowly adjust. For the first half I was as scared as I ever get from books, which is strange because little overtly scary stuff happens. Schweblein crafts this mounting urgency that unnerved me due to being in the dark as to the reason. When you discover what's going on, it also doesn't break the spell with explanations. A haunting, instant classic. 2y
Billypar @Nute Aww, thanks! Yeah, it's strange in the best way. Even though it's not for everyone, it's also pretty short, so not a huge investment. 2y
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vivastory First off, happy holidays. Second, what a picture! You perfectly nailed it with this review. I now feel like rereading this. I've also heard great things about her story collection. I think I'll read that one soon. I was a bit disappointed by Little Eyes, but you're right. This is a classic. 2y
Billypar @vivastory Happy holidays! The picture is a homage to the cover: I don't want to mislead prospective readers expecting flying horse heads...it just has horses in the story, that's all 😅 I can't wait to read her story collection: I think its memorable title is what drew my attention to Schweblein in the first place. 2y
BarbaraBB Great post!!! 2y
Suet624 Merry Christmas!! 2y
batsy Great review! I love the analogy of eyes adjusting to a dark room and I also instantly loved this strange, menacing book. Happy holidays! 2y
readordierachel This is my favorite holiday picture of the day :) 2y
sarahbarnes I loved this one, too! And great pic. 😁 2y
Reggie I loved the mounting dread in this one and this pic!!! 2y
Billypar @BarbaraBB Thanks! 🙂 2y
Billypar @Suet624 Merry Christmas- hope yours was nice! 🎄 2y
Billypar @batsy Thanks! 'Menacing' is a perfect descriptor, especially in the first half. I like how Schweblein subtly shifts the mood as it goes, without ever fully 'turning on the lights.' Happy holidays! 2y
Billypar @readordierachel Ha- thanks! In truth, only the book and the Christmas decor was staged. The horse mask is a Halloween decoration we left out, worn by a zombie baby, sitting next to my reading chair 😅 2y
Billypar @sarahbarnes Thanks! 🙂 2y
Billypar @Reggie Such good mounting dread! Not something I see too often, though I remember that feeling in the tagged book too. 2y
Liz_M How did I miss this post? That is truly a disturbing photo you have there. I'm not sure if I'm amused or concerned that you just happen to have a horse mask and a zombie baby. Great review, like your use of dark room/adjust. 2y
Billypar @Liz_M Lol - honestly I still find it kind of disturbing when I walk in the room 🙂 2y
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AlizaApp
Fever Dream | Samanta Schweblin
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Thank you @WriterAtHeart for this amazing package for #HauntedHollowSwap! I have not read any of these yet and the sour gummies are one of my faves! Everything smells amazing. Also I did not have space to include a photo of the wrapping paper but it also looked great!

@wanderinglynn thanks for organizing! 🎃🖤📚

wanderinglynn Great box! 🎃🖤🧡☠️ 2y
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stretchkev
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A living ghost story, so strange. Confusing from the start but comes together I'm the end. Eco horror is very much fitting for this one.

#Scarathlon2020 #Teamharkness

@StayCurious

daisyheadmaesie I have this on my shelf, waiting to be read. So curious about it, as I've heard a bunch of people say it's like a book on acid. 2y
stretchkev It's a trip for sure. Not at all a straight forward linear narrative, especially since both perspectives are a bit unreliable at all times. 2y
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Karkar
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Wow that was not what I was expecting as an ending. This was right up my alley. I wish I would not have waited to read it.

Trashcanman 👁👁 2y
BookwormM It is a great book 2y
Karkar @Trashcanman 👋🏻 2y
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stretchkev
Fever Dream | Samanta Schweblin
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Think I found a pretty good spot to read.

Diamond Point, West Virginia.

MsMelissa Wow! That‘s a beautiful spot. 2y
stretchkev Yeah, a little distracting the view. 2y
Cathythoughts Lovely spot. I have this one stacked already 2y
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paulfrankspencer My first thought seeing the picture was somewhere near Ohiopyle, PA. 2y
stretchkev Wow, yeah Ohiopyle looks very similar! Never been up that way, looks like another incredible place to visit. There are quite a few waterfalls associated with the New River Gorge as well. 2y
Graywacke Beautiful! What at those rocks? 2y
stretchkev @Graywacke Massive fine Sandstones, 60 to 80 feet thick. Popular among rock climbers. Did the stupid geologist thing of hanging over the cliff edge for a closer look, you know just in case they look different. 2y
Graywacke @stretchkev well, you have to be sure...and see the bedding...well, if there is any. 2y
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Sg1224
Fever Dream | Samanta Schweblin
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An eerie sickness immediately settled in and from that moment I couldn‘t stop turning the page of this eco thriller. Such a perfect way to kick of the fall season. I suspect people with kids will find this read even more anxiety inducing.

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WhatWouldJaneDo
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Not sure I've as many translated works from the Americas as other parts of the world but one of my fave authors, translated or otherwise, is Argentine author Samantha Schweblin. She's an auto-read for me; I loved her latest Little Eyes and found it absolutely haunting. The tagged book is a wild ride; I started reading it in bed one night and stayed up for hours reading it in one sitting. Her work is dark and fascinating.

#integrateyourshelf

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Liz_M
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The post tag is for my most anticipated, not yet read, acquisition. The read and recommended Women-of-the-Americas-in-Translation are tagged in the comments.

#IntegrateYourShelf @ChasingOm @Emilymdxn

Liz_M An astonishing novel with unique syntax and a fear-factor climax: 2y
Liz_M After her daughter's disappearance, an ex-pat actress returns to Quebec, accepting the role of Winnie in Beckett's “Happy Days“, to facilitate her stay and confronts her past and present: 2y
Liz_M Lush, magical-realism story of three generations of women in Guadeloupe: 2y
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Liz_M Dreamy, I. Calvino-like iterations of travels to other civilizations/plants: 2y
Liz_M I've enjoyed all of Allende's books, but this one has the most swashbuckling fun: 2y
ChasingOm Oooh, so many good ones!! 2y
BarbaraBB Those upper three are all TBR for me. I enjoyed Fever Dreams when I read it last year. 2y
WhatWouldJaneDo Fever Dream is fantastic; I love all of Schweblin's books. 2y
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Vansa
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Bit late to this, but fun prompt, so decided to post! #ThankfulThursday @Cosmos_Moon
The tagged book was extremely surreal, and fascinating ,in a supremely weird way.
1. I would love to visit Peru! No plans to travel for at least ...2 more years though, till a proven vaccine is invented!
2. I'm grateful just to get through each week!

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elizabethlk
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This is short, under two hundred pages, but it packs such a punch. The opening line had me acutely aware of how ominous this book would be: "They're like worms." It had me so on edge in the best way and I didn't know what was going to happen next until it was hitting me in the face. The writing was brief but powerful and evocative. It was disturbing and I loved it deeply. An instant favourite.

elizabethlk I would highly recommend it with the caveat that if creepy children or children in peril upsets you, it is unlikely to be something you would enjoy. 3y
batsy Great review. I felt the same. So gripping and unnerving. 3y
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PirateJenny
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A creepy book that will stay with me for a very long time. The reader suspects what is going on but oh it can't possibly be true.

This is important. Those words will always carry a chill.

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merelybookish
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This slim volume, winner of the 2018 Tournament of Books, is intense, mesmerizing and strange. Reading it is an experience! You finish it unsure what happened and how on earth the writer pulled it off.
#fever #MOvember @cinfhen

readordierachel An experience for sure! I could never get my bearings. 3y
Cinfhen @Reggie had to really help me through this book!! I knew I loved it but had no idea what I had just read 3y
merelybookish @cinfhen @readordierachel It's definitely a "what the hell?!" read! 3y
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cathipink Oh gosh I think I need to check this out now! Most of my favorite reads this year have had a fair dose of WTF in them 🙂 3y
Reggie @Cinfhen ☺️ 3y
merelybookish @cathipink Then yes, you definitely need to read this! 🙂 3y
batsy @cathipink I loved it! Such a disturbing WTF book 3y
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amma-keep-reading
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Have you ever read a book that was beautifully written but obscure? So many questions and the sum isn't satisfying but instead of feeling frustrated, I was more intrigued. I may need to read this again.

Bklover I had the same response, although I have yet to reread it. 😉 3y
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Soubhiville
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Here are the books #LitsyATXReadersSociety chose for this month‘s theme of “something spooky”. We had a little bit of everything from horror to suspense to bizarre and nonfiction haunting debunking. Fun topic!

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Taylor
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Mehso-so

Okay...

It‘s mostly plot driven—(you are NOT gonna tell me it‘s character driven)—and yeah it‘s creepy but there aren‘t many ideas being expressed.

I did read up on the background, and the issue she‘s writing about is major, is necessary, but still this book needed more.

The story might‘ve gone nutso crazy, in a good way, but she didn‘t ramp it up enough.

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EricaReads
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1. So weird and good!
2. Black
3. Saw a production of Cats the musical, by a British theatre company, in Haikou, China (it was in English with Chinese subtitles on screens beside the stage and it was fantastic!)
4. Yes, not super well but can whistle a tune and snap my fingers
5. #friyayintro

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strandbookstore
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Happy #WomenInTranslationMonth! 🥰 See some of our top (mostly fiction) picks at the link: https://www.strandbooks.com/strand-blog#/entry/entry234-18-mu...

saresmoore Just send me the stack, please and thank you! 3y
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Liberty
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August is Women in Translation Month! I‘m going to attempt to post about a different book each day. 📚
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This book knocked me down, went through my pockets, took my phone, and texted my exes. I have read it seven times, and I still don‘t understand it, but I am obsessed with it. It simultaneously makes me so happy and makes my brain want to throw up, which also makes me so happy. #womenintranslationmonth🖤📚🖤

OwenBanner Quite possibly one of the best reviews I've ever read 😂 3y
merelybookish Brilliant! 3y
ONH HAHA great review 😂 3y
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RealBooks4ever You mean it read like a fever dream? 💜 3y
saresmoore Seriously the best review ever and now I MUST read it! 3y
batsy It's so good ❤️ I still think about it every so often and feel so disturbed. 3y
CaroPi It makes more sense for people in south America. These are the consequences of the fumigation glyphosate. Great book. She published this year a new book called The Kentukis also a great book. 3y
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WellReadCatLady
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Really weird book and does read like a fever dream but kind of hard to understand what is going on and the point of the book.

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Chiperskee
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Mehso-so

Nerve racking but I felt the payoff at the end could have been better.

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sarahbarnes
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This book is so wild and disconcerting. The structure of the narrative kept me off-kilter, blurring the past and present and placing my understanding of events in the hands of two narrators who are ... poisoned? dying? already dead? All the while, horrifying things have happened, are happening, are going to happen any moment. It really is like a fever dream. #LitsyAtoZ

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AnneCecilie
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My third book finished for #24B4Monday.

I‘ve no idea how to rate this book. That probably has something to do with that I‘ve no idea what I just read. Amanda is telling David a story, and David is interested in hearing about the worms (?)

Kalalalatja I felt the same way. It is so weird, but I really liked it anyway 😄 4y
Siri_reads 😂 Kommunikasjonsproblemer? 4y
Siri_reads For de i boka altså. Ikke du. Den kommentaren min kan kanskje misforstås ? 4y
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AnneCecilie @SiriK ??? regnet med at du mente det. Har brukt litt tid på å tenke. Det er en veldig kort bok (ca. 100 sider) så den er veldig fokusert på selve fortelling. Til tider er det litt vanskelig å henge med fordi den som forteller refererer til andre samtaler. Så det er ikke alltid like klart hva som et hva. Den som forteller ligger på sykehus etter en forgiftning (?) og den som stiller spørsmål er en ung gutt som er sentral i handling. ⬇️ 4y
AnneCecilie @SiriK Jeg tror egentlig at de forstår hverandre veldig godt. Begge kjenner til hendelsesforløpet som det fortelles om. Vet ikke om jeg gjorde det noe klarere? 4y
Suet624 😂😂😂 4y
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AnimalRiotPress
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WhatWouldJaneDo This is my favorite of 2019 (so far)! I got into bed one night and started reading it and ended up staying up and reading the entire thing in one sitting. Such a rush! 4y
AnimalRiotPress @WhatWouldJaneDo same! Read it in one sitting 💫 4y
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ShannonColleen
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Just read this book in one sitting and I am left feeling so unsettled. I don't know how Samanta did it, but each and every page had me getting more and more tightly wound. If you are looking for a read that is confusing and unsettling - this is definitely the one!

wordzie Super 😎 4y
BookwormM Brilliant book 4y
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GatheringBooks
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#TimbitTunes Day 22: This is a fairly short book that can be finished in one reading. It is a tightly-wound thriller that builds up, gradually in the beginning, then unspooling mercilessly in the end, until the reader feels a choking sensation in her throat, unable to breathe with anxiety. There is Amanda, a woman lying in a hospital bed, ostensibly dying. #MonsterHospital indeed. My full review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-iUU

Cinfhen That cake looks delicious 😋I thought this book was fantastic even though I was confused for all 102 pages 😂 @Reggie was kind enough to explain it all to me 4y
GatheringBooks @Cinfhen i had to read @batsy ‘s Goodreads review for some of the aspects of the novel to make sense to me too!! 😭🤣😂 thanks to litsy people for providing illumination!! 4y
Cinfhen So true !!! 4y
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AnimalRiotPress
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teafetish
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This is purely, perfectly lynchian, ominous as heck, and a tug on maternal instinct I'm sure...if you like your reading dark, with abundant dream logic, and full of slowly creeping menace, this is most def worth your time

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Expandingbookshelf
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This eerie novella is one of the creepiest things I‘ve ever read. I finished it in one sitting, trying to force myself to slow down and savor each line. I don‘t want to say what “Fever Dream” is about (could I even describe what “Fever Dream” is about?) but the book envelops you in a gradual sense of dread. I was unsettled the whole time I read this books, even when I wasn‘t sure what was going on.

mcctrish Sounds good in the reading sense ( that drink looks delish) 4y
BilboBookends This book was so bizarre and I kinda loved it 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4y
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teafetish
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Actually going to listen to this short audiobook before I dive into the new short story collection by the same author...

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Suelizbeth
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I read this haunting book in one sitting. It is at once horror story and allegory. If you need your books to be straightforward and clear, this is not the book for you. It is compelling and frightening and filled with a vague evil. Is this how the world ends? Is it too late to reverse course? #pageonebooks ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

LauraJ Nice review! 4y
Cathythoughts Sounds great. I see I already have it stacked ♥️👍🏻 4y
batsy Great review. I loved this. 4y
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Suelizbeth @LauraJ Thank you. It‘s not easy to write a review for a book like this. 4y
Suelizbeth @batsy Thank you. 4y
Suelizbeth @Cathythoughts Thanks. It‘s worth the read. 4y
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CleverGirl
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Car line read time!

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shelf-devoted
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I just started this eerie read by Samantha Schweblin & translated by Megan McDowell. It's my second non-English language book in a row (I finished The Vegetarian last night) & I've been thinking about the challenges of translating fiction, particularly the difficulty of choosing between literal translation & a more creative translation that attempts to capture the tone & spirit of the original.

Are there any translations you strongly recommend?

Ericalambbrown I really enjoyed this book. It‘s nifty little collection of five stories about precocious octogenarian Maude. “Up to no good” is a wee bit of an understatement 😂 It‘s translated from Swedish. (edited) 4y
shelf-devoted Thanks for the recommendation, @Ericalambbrown - it sounds like a delightful book! 4y
LiteraryinLawrence My favorite book in translation was (edited) 4y
shelf-devoted I've heard good things about that one! Thanks, @LiteraryinLititz 4y
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CaroPi
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placebeyondthespines
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This short, searing novella was unlike anything I‘ve ever read. I devoured it in almost one sitting and that‘s really the only way to do it. Let it envelop you. The weirdness, the creepy sense of dread that lurks throughout the novel, the unsettling, and at times disorienting, dialogue between this mysteriously dying woman and a young boy. It all begins with worms and takes a turn from strange to menacing very quickly and unravels from there.

rmaclean4 Loved this one! 4y
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nosferatoos
Fever Dream | Samanta Schweblin
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When your Boxing Day book outlet order comes in the day before your birthday 🙌🙌 (they had ocean of minutes in paperback literally how 😯)
#bookhaul #bookoutlet
(I‘m buying more books tomorrow and my botm is gonna be here on the 9th I am fully out of control🤣)

Well-ReadNeck Nice haul!!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 4y
hermyknee Happy Birthday!!! Treat Yo Self! 4y
Reviewsbylola Woo hoo! Happy birthday! I got Emergency Contact from BO recently too. The Animators and Marlena were two of my favorites from 2017. 4y
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nosferatoos @Well-ReadNeck @hermyknee @Reviewsbylola have any of you ever had to send something back? My copy of Madame Zero is really beat up and that wouldn‘t bother me normally but there is a giant book smashed in the front cover of it and that‘s too gross for me to live with 😬 4y
Reviewsbylola No I haven‘t. I would contact them and see what they say. They might just refund you and have you keep it. 4y
hermyknee @nosferatoos I haven‘t ever ordered from BO, but maybe you can contact their customer service? 4y
Well-ReadNeck @nosferatoos Yuck! Nope, I‘ve never returned, but am curious about how their service goes for you. Good luck! 🍀 4y
Chelsea.Poole Happy birthday 🎊 4y
shelf-devoted So many I'm keen to read in that stack!! 4y
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BilboBookends
Fever Dream | Samanta Schweblin
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I have no idea what just happened, but I liked it.

ohyeahthatgirl I felt the same way! Her new book comes out next week and I hope it's just as weird and great. 4y
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Bookishgal71
Fever Dream | Samanta Schweblin
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This book was awful, IMHO. I had very high hopes, given its place in the Tournament of Books, but for the life of me, I could not ever figure out what was going on.

Ruthiella Wasn‘t my favorite either. I was rooting for White Tears to win! 4y
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LauraJ
Fever Dream | Samanta Schweblin
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Pickpick

I read Fever Dream while sick and feverish and it made sense to me. It was also my favorite book of October. I read 13 books and these were the best.
#wrapup