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T. Kingfisher's  What Moves the Dead,  is a retelling of Edgar Allen Poe's, The Fall of the House of Usher.  I've never read anything by T.Kingfisher before, I couldn't resist the temptation offered by this ARC from NetGalley. I'm a longtime Poe fan, and The Fall of the House of Usher is my favorite. Alex Easton, a retired Gallacian soldier, receives a letter from his childhood friend, Madeline Usher. The letter is urgent, she doesn't have long left to live and now her brother's health is failing as well. He rides out to the House of Usher, to find the manor decrepit; its occupants too poor to maintain it, and too sickly to leave it. An American surgeon, Dr. James Denton, has been called to treat the Ushers' strange malady, but admits to not knowing what it is or how to help them. As Alex tries to help his friends, he begins to realize there is more to the mystery than meets the eye. Out on the heath, the animals are acting strangely... The first two par

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by  That Artsy Reader Girl , today's topic is Top Ten Bookish Characters (these could be readers, writers, authors, librarians, professors, etc.) I quite like when writers write books with bookish characters and plots, so I'm super excited about this topic. 1.  Liesel Meminger in  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak . An orphan growing up in Nazi Germany, Liesel covets books above all else. 2.  Clay Jannon in  Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan . Clay's just been hired to work at the 24 Hour Bookstore, where strange customer ask for even stranger books. 3.   Mori Phelps in  Among Others by Jo Walton . Mori is the daughter of a witch, who finds refuge from her family tragedy with science fiction novels. 4.   Zachary Ezra Rawlins, a college student, discovers a strange book at his school's library. As he tries to uncover the book's secret's he is eventually led to an ancient library hidden below the earth as we know it. 5.   

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“It had become one of the defining truths of my life that, no matter how I tried to keep them flattened, two-dimensional, jailed in paper and ink, there would always be stories that refused to stay bound inside books. It was never just a story. I would know: a story had swallowed my whole life.” The "final installment" of Miss Peregrine's was a surplus of ebb and flow. There were moments of high anxiety action and moments that dragged sleepily onward. The photographs were fewer and less quirky than in the previous two books, and when they appeared, the dialogue had to go out of its way to include the photos. This book probably could have been improved upon by removing the photos and all descriptions of them. Jacob and Emma are racing against time to save all their friends, the ymbrynes, and all of Peculiardom... But the story of Jacob and Emma, heroes of a children's book, seemed at odds with the story of Jacob and Emma the-mutant-teenage-couple. Ransom couldn't r

Quotable Thursday

  "It showed me him–a miserable little piss-ant trying to make himself feel bigger by hurting people who couldn’t fight back. He wasn’t small in stature, but he was small inside, where it counted. His very soul was shriveled as a raisin and about the same size."- That Which is Hidden , by Julie Frost That Which is Hidden  by Julie Frost, is kind of an unusual story. I liked the idea: a werewolf seeks justice for a murdered loved one. It was a little bit of a cheesefest here and there; in the end, I appreciated the moral of the story. What are you reading this week? * Thursday Quotables  hosted by  Bookshelf Fantasies .