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Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente
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Aug 10, 12

bookshelves: american, best, russian, world-lit, feminist, fantasy, folklore
Read in August, 2012

excellent stuff. it started out a little slowly at first, and i have to admit, i wasn't marya's greatest fan for the first hundred pages. i wasn't entirely sure if valente was subverting traditional gender roles or condoning them and it did nettle me at first.

but! this book absolutely picked up and in an incredible way. masha's character development was outstanding — one of the most rounded and relateable characters i've read. the way the story wove between the real and the unreal, between russian mythology and the very real and cruel story of early 20th century russian history was beautiful. i'd never heard of rusalkas or domovye or any of the creatures mentioned in this book before i read it, but i think they're wonderful now i do know them.

i just enjoyed this very much. i was also interested to see just how heavily themes of domination and submission featured in this. valente could teach ms james a trick or two about how to write such things in a way that isn't degrading to everyone involved.

i'm not really doing this book the justice it deserves! i was just taken aback by it. i really hadn't been expecting anything like this and i would thoroughly recommend it to anyone. beautifully written, beautifully composed. a very well-deserved 5 stars from me.
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message 1: by Miss (new)

Miss knew you'd love it! \o/ don't mind me, i'll just be here doing the dance of successful book recommendation joy

Kiran =DD i shall be keeping an ear out for future book recommendations of yours!

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