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I've been writing since I could first hold a pencil, and by all accounts I didn't limit myself to paper. Walls, tablecloths and the occasional sibling were all fair game, and it shouldn't be surprising to learn that markers were banned in my home with all due haste. Although I now content myself with inconveniencing electrons, the desire to bring the stories in my mind to life hasn't waned. In my spare time, I read, putter in the kitchen, and relax on my terrace or at the lake, weather permitting, with my corgi who strives to be part muse, part food disposal. I'm also addicted to coffee and have a close relationship with my Keurig.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Withered + Sere (Immemorial Year, #1)Withered + Sere by T.J. Klune
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am not at all adverse to reading dark things, but very few authors have been able to hold my attention the way TJ Klune did in this book. It's not terribly long, but it's so powerful, I'm not sure I could have borne it were it longer.

The characters are all damaged--Cavalo, BadDog, SIRS, and the young Dead Rabbit, Lucas. There is a bitter, biting wit in how they all see their damage: bees and breaking rubber bands. Love is a luxury, and emotions are as dark as the world they inhabit, a world where hope and any notion of a future are faint recollections of a fabled Before.

This is not a love story. It is not a romance. It is not even remotely uplifting. But it is powerful, captivating, and ultimately unforgettable.

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