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Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente
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Nov 18, 14

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Read in April, 2012

I actually didn't know anything about this book when I first picked it up, nor was a familiar with Russian fairytales or mythology, but after getting used to the way the book is written, I very thoroughly enjoyed it. I haven't read through a book so quickly since first reading The Hobbit. It was very good. The world is strange and the vision put to page by Valente is at once terrible and beautiful, which is really what you want from a good fantasy book.

I was most intrigued by the seeming helplessness of all the characters. I didn't really like the knowing of what was coming, though not how it would come, but it turned out the be a good addition to the flow of the story. This sort of futile path that all the characters have to take because it's what they did before and nothing ever really changes. The idea that, if given the chance, people would play out their lives over and over in the hopes...distant, useless hopes...that somehow they'll be able to change something.

I will read this book again in the future.
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