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Recom-Monday-tions! Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

“You will always fall in love, and it will always be like having your throat cut.”

This is a beautiful (and strange) retelling of the Russian folk tale Koschei the Deathless and his young bride, Marya Morevna. It’s not an easy book to describe and it not completely clear what is happening all of the time, but it doesn’t matter. This book has prose on a level way above any other. It’s just so beautiful. It’s ridiculously beautiful. The fact that such beautiful words came from a person’s brain just boggles my mind. I frequently would read a passage of this and have to put it down for a moment and be like “how the hell did someone write this?”  have never read anything like it and I doubt I ever will again.


“I do not tolerate a world emptied of you. I have tried. For a year I have called every black tree Marya Morevna; I have looked for your face in the patterns of the ice. In the dark, I have pored over the loss of you like pale gold.”

Just read it? Promise? Okay.

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  1. Cait @ Paper Fury says

    I literally just added this!! I think it was because of you but I have a horrible memory and can’t remember. BUT STILL. It looks incredible and I want to try it. 😉


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