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August Prather is Not Dead Yet

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Katherine Garnet is a writer who has never cared much about much, making it awfully difficult to create new content. Despite the fact she has the “edge” of being trans (according to her cis male editor) she is not looking to capitalize on her own personal story. Garnet tries to sneak a peek at her rival, August Prather’s, latest fantasy manuscript about a quest for the elixir of life. While reading, Garnet gets accidentally dragged into a bizarre cross-country road trip that may or may not have a purpose and begins to see parallels in the story of the manuscript and the reality of their journey. Along the way, they encounter a parade of equally troubled individuals, including ghost-hunting priests, a robot magician, a discarded piece of furniture, a runaway teenager, and a Japanese rock star. As Garnet confronts her past, she begins to understand why someone might want to live forever.

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First published August 7, 2018

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Danielle K. Roux

4 books33 followers
Danielle has been writing fiction since she was nine, after getting tired of reading from the perspective of white, straight male characters in fantasy novels. Her first written story involved a group of middle school girls who find necklaces used by a dead witch that give them supernatural powers. It was written in notebooks in purple and green gel pens that are currently housed in a box in her linen closet. She is inspired by travelling to new places and reading about the stories tied to landscapes. She has at least three novels building in her brain (or wherever novels come from) and wishes she was writing them all right now.
Danielle lives with her wife and two orange cats in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has added a lot of young adult fantasy fiction to her bookshelves recently, and regrets nothing. Her dream library would be accessed through a secret door and look something like the library in the animated Disney Beauty and the Beast, although it would also have a cute barista or sentient coffee machine that once was said barista.
When she isn’t writing or thinking about writing, Danielle is building houses in the Sims, listening to podcasts, or taking Buzzfeed quizzes to find out what kind of tree she is based on her hair color. She has recently been watching lots of old BBC period pieces, and some of them are good. She has begun to drink Diet Coke and is worried this might be a real problem. Coffee and tea are still her primary beverages of choice.

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Profile Image for Candace Robinson.
Author 45 books972 followers
January 11, 2019
Oh, yes, my favorite type of books are those that are character driven, where I still think about those characters afterward, just as I did here. I loved Roux’s writing and the diversity within the book. Plus, can you say, road trip!

Seriously, this one was incredibly unique with wonderful dialogue and a beautiful cover to match! Can’t wait to see what the author has up her sleeve next!!
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Author 5 books137 followers
July 27, 2019
Weehoo!! This week’s read was a weird and wonderfully wild ride. It was everything and nothing like I expected, all at once. 🤣 August Prather is Not Dead Yet, by Danielle K. Roux, is a positively divine and entertaining read. It takes you on a journey with unexpected twists and a whole heck-of-a-lot of heart. But the even cooler part? It’s kind of like you’re getting two stories for the price of one. And neither of them failed to delight.

This is one of those reads where I’m not quite sure how to describe it without risking spoilers. I went in blind and would highly encourage every reader to do the same. Having no expectations beyond the knowledge that Roux has a gorgeous voice thanks to her #writeLGBTQ posts, I found my jaw quite literally dropping more than once. The unexpected uniqueness kept me riveted, and Roux has a knack for dialogue and witty banter that’ll have you falling for each and every character she brings to life on the page.

I can’t say enough how much fun this read was. It truly does take you on two very different journeys—a story within a story—yet their parallels are fantastic and the effortless way Roux marries the two will make you quiver with readerly thrill. I absolutely cannot wait to read more by this author!

Overall, I would recommend this to any lovers of fantasy and unique world building/storytelling. Roux knocks both outta the park.
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153 reviews53 followers
September 18, 2018
(Trigger warning and mature content warning to readers who want to read the book)


An e-copy of the book was sent by the publisher Parliament House in exchange for an honest review.

First off, trust me when I say I’ve conflicted for so long whether I should give a 4 or 3 star. Personally, this book does mean something to me and I do like it really much. But there are also certain things I’m kind of disappointed, luckily not too disappointed. Overall, this book is a good surprise.

Let’s just start with the main and biggest theme in the book - lgbt. The author has included really diverse sexuality characters including pansexual rep, gay rep and also as well as transgender rep and non-binary rep. I haven’t had a chance to pick up a book that included any trans or non-binary characters so this book is really a new try for me!

Also, this book did have a very strong sense of feminism. The idea was brought up several times during the book. However, the idea was mostly “told”, but not entirely “shown”. I think it would be better if it includes actions in showing the idea of feminism rather than just saying the idea out. Nevertheless, I’m still glad the idea of female empowerment was included in the book.

Moving on to the characters-
I have to say not all characters are perfect but there are definitely a few characters that I think are pretty well-written. Lyosha definitely has the most pop-out personality and his character is pretty well shaped also.

Then let’s talk about the plot.
I won’t say the plot is my favorite thing in the book. The point of views are slightly confusing and the ending is not as strong, or I mean weak. But, I have to say, the pacing is really nice and the characters did definitely save the plot.

Overall, I’d definitely recommend this book to someone who wants to read some cute lgbt relationships or if you’re finding a book with trans rep or non-binary rep, you can try out this book!
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Author 32 books102 followers
June 2, 2019
Short version: Buy this book.

Long version: When I saw the blurb, I knew I was in for something special. That’s why I signed up to review this gem in the first place. My expectations were high, and Roux exceeded them by leaps and bounds.

When you read August Prather Is Not Dead Yet, you’re actually getting two stories. It’s a little more complicated than that, but I wasn’t expecting the duality there and it threw me for a loop at first. The thing is, both stories are equally fascinating. I found myself getting annoyed every time we dropped out of one story to attend to the other – and it didn’t matter which story we were switching to. I loved them both, and it’s a good thing I did. I’d elaborate, but it would be a spoiler and it would be a sin to spoil one minute of this amazing book.

The characters themselves are complex, with identities that absolutely cannot be put into a single box. Some of them are occasionally abrasive, and I loved them all.
The only moment when I had trouble suspending disbelief was the Prius. They had four adults, sometimes more, and a bizarre number of oversized objects in that thing. The physics didn’t work. It was a minor hiccup.

This book relies on the bizarre, and it won’t be to everyone’s taste. There are some difficult moments, which may be triggering for some readers. I didn’t get the sense that they were in there for titillation or “inspiration porn,” but it was a part of the plot and should be acknowledged.

This book is one of those books that sticks with you long after you’ve put it down, and that you feel better for having put into your life. I received a free ARC for my own reading pleasure, but I loved it so much I’m going to buy a copy and give it to another reader. It’s one of those books I’ll come back to on bad days, curl myself around, and let it cleanse my mind and spirit.
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Author 31 books229 followers
January 17, 2020
Garnet is a trans woman who is a diehard fan of August Prather’s books – so much so that she breaks into her car to read her unfinished manuscript of her next book before it’s even been published. Being the quirky and unpredictable person that she is, August isn’t even mad when she finds out either. Before Garnet knows it, she’s dragged into a road trip and an adventure that helps her put her life and goals into perspective.

First of all, this book is experimental. You can tell from the structure and from the plot that this story is different from most other books on the shelf. If you’re looking for a book that has a single, easily understood storyline, you probably won’t like this book. There are three different timelines going on concurrently throughout this book, and one of them you don’t understand who the narrator is until the end.

That said, this book explores some big topics. From gender identity, to mental illness, to trying to figure out your place in this big hamster wheel of life, this book will change your perspective. I can feel the characters reaching for purpose, I can feel the juxtaposed glossy sheen that is so opposite from the rawness of our characters.

Garnet’s apathy and floating through life makes little sense until you understand what all she’s been through. Each stop they take on their road trip lets you see a little bit behind the curtain. Each incident helps you understand your ragtag group a little bit more.

Also there is a lot of explicit sex, assault, and dark moments of mental illness in this book. Just a heads up if any of that makes you uncomfortable.

Also that ending! I never saw it coming but it just so fits!

Even three months later, I can still confirm that this book is still just as good at getting under my skin as it was when I first read it. When I’m asked what’s a recent book I’ve read that has made me think, this one immediately comes to mind. I’m so looking forward to reading more of Roux’s work!

My overall rating: 5/5
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93 reviews10 followers
June 5, 2019
From the moment I read the synopsis, I was extremely excited for this story. And It did not disappoint!

This is a special book. So much diversity in sexuality is represented in this book. I enjoyed this so much. From each character's personality to the crazy road trip and dual stories. We switch from one story to the other.. which I absolutely loved. I feel like I can't say much about this specifically without actually spoiling anything. Just.Read.This.Book.

An interesting ride, or maybe beautifully bizarre might be the right descriptor. Some content might be strong or trigger feelings for some. I felt that they were all truly needed for the story. Something like this may not be for everyone... but I'm glad this book found me. I'm definitely in a book hang over right now. These characters will stay with me for a very, very long time.

An eArc for this book was gifted to me by the publishing house for an honest review. And I literally can't thank them enough. I needed this story.

Go read this book!

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27 reviews
September 16, 2018
This was such a fun read!
The characters are so relatable, the story is brilliant. I had no other choice than to like this book, it has great LGBT characters, a crazy road trip and a beautiful historical background with some fantasy, what do you want more?
I don't want to say much more about the story because it would be to easy to say too much. Which bring me to the only thing that "bothers" me. I guess the end too soon but it is a great one so it doesn't really matters.
I'm really looking forward to reading more from this author! And maybe more about these great characters (I already miss my sweet ghost-hunters priests!)
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Author 4 books33 followers
January 1, 2019
Can an author review their own books? Apparently they can! I loved writing this one, it really gave me a chance to work through some intense things back in the day and grow my voice. All the characters are my precious babies, but I am partial to Lyosha (shhh... don't tell the others). It's a bit different and weird and does not quite fit... is it romance, fantasy, or just a strange journey into madness? Who knows?
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Author 8 books327 followers
September 13, 2018
As soon as I found out this was a book about a group of LGBT kids on a road trip I knew I had to check it out. I thought this was a strong debut novel. It was a character-driven story with crazy twists and turns. It offered interesting inner monologues from Garnet and cool banter among the colorful cast of characters. A unique and fun read.
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Author 24 books233 followers
March 9, 2019
Looking for a fun road trip book? Look no further! I was in a bit of a reading slump before I started this, and it really helped pull me out of it. Character driven novels are my jam so how could I not love one with such great characters and banter?
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85 reviews1 follower
September 18, 2018
I'm so unsure what rating to give this.
There were loads of things I didn't like and some I did, but it wasn't an awful book so I honestly don't know
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Author 9 books203 followers
September 19, 2019
My Review
I’m not sure exactly what to make of AUGST PRATHER IS NOT DEAD YET. There’s a quote by one of the protagonists that says a good book is one that leaves the reader to figure out what it’s about, and I kind of feel like the author was letting us know that it’s up to us to decide what her novel is about. To say I was confused for much of the book would be an understatement, but at no point did I want to put it down. I needed to know what the heck was going on. And because the characters are so fascinating, I was hooked on their fates from the beginning. But if I had to tell you what this book is about, I’m not sure I can easily sum it up the way I normally do for a book review. It’s about letting go and finding yourself, it’s about exploring all the sides of yourself, it’s about friendship and camaraderie, doing the right thing for no reason other than it��s the right thing to do, and the quest for immortality, but it’s also none of those things and a thousand things more. And yet the story is riveting as author Kate Garnet sets off on a cross-country trip with fellow author August Prather along with two “priests”, a table, and a dead body in a Prius. And that’s not even the strangest part.

The plot unfolds haphazardly with as many detours as the group takes on their road trip. Kate gets herself accidentally kidnapped when she sneaks into August’s car to read her latest unpublished manuscript. We alternate between the two stories as Kate reading the book is interspersed with their adventures. August’s manuscript is the story of a two individuals on a quest to find the elixir of immortality, but there are so many parallels between the book Kate’s reading and what’s unfolding in her real life, she soon discovers what she thought might be a lighthearted road trip with a group of free spirits might be something much more deeply personal.

The characters are, simply put, brilliant. August is a quirky bohemian who befriends anyone and everyone she meets. Kate is complex as a trans woman who is still on a journey of self discover. Mitya and Lyosha, the Russian ghost hunters, posing as priests, are both irreverent and the cutest couple ever. Everyone they meet along their way is somehow larger than life, but in a completely believable way. it’s not that they’re necessarily caricatures, but we view them through Kate’s lens, and she notices the more obscure oddities more than most people would, so that’s how the reader gets to experience them. Even the characters in August’s book have depth. These are the types of people who not only temporarily occupy my mind as I read about them, but take up space in my brain for a long time after I finish the book.

1. August. If she mentioned a road trip, I’d be strapped into the shotgun seat before the “p” popped on her lips.

2. Quirky Characters. Everyone who populates this story is unique and a delight to read.

3. Witty Banter. The dialogue is among the best I’ve ever read, whether they’re dropping off a dead body at the hospital or discussing a murder that August witnessed, everything uttered is pure gold.

4. Road Trips. Setting off on a cross country trip with no itinerary not only makes for a fantastic story, but it’s a metaphor for what life should be.

5. True Love. Mitya and Lyosha are so freaking adorable. One of my all-time favorite fictional couples.

Bottom Line
An unusual tale with compelling characters that is impossible to put down.

I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for Shari Sakurai.
Author 7 books67 followers
June 7, 2019
*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review*

When author Kate Garnet unintentionally joins fellow author and rival August Prather and her friends on a mysterious road-trip she finds herself on a wonderfully, crazy journey of a lifetime.

What I enjoyed most about this novel was the diversity and richness of the characters. All of them had traits to like, dislike and that made them really leap out of the pages and feel alive. You could really connect with them and their experiences, and getting to know each one of them was a delightful journey in itself.

Speaking of journeys, I really enjoyed the exciting and sometimes insane road-tip that August and her friends took, and especially the sometimes random and strange ‘passengers’ they encountered on their way. All of which were cleverly linked into the story and had a part to play.

The only thing for me as the ending fell a bit flat. I can see what the author was trying to do but I would like liked perhaps for something more for these wonderful characters that I had come to love so much throughout the novel. This may have been just me and I certainly recommend you checking out this unique, fun and at times poignant read.
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499 reviews2 followers
October 16, 2020
I would give this a 6/5 if I could. I really reaaaalllyyyy enjoyed this book. I honestly think Roux is now one of my new favourite authours. Her characters are just so real and human and I fell in love with all of them. Her writing style is so poetic and beautiful. There’s some great feminist quotes in this book as well. This book seemed like a satire of American stereotypes and beliefs related to women and gender roles, racism, religion, child marriage, and more. Some parts were a bit disturbing to read because of how realistic they are in today’s society. This book has lots of TW and mature content so keep that in mind before you read it, but it is definitely an amazing book that will stick with you long after you finish reading it. Also Alexei and Dmitri were so precious 😍
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581 reviews58 followers
June 24, 2019
Sorry, this one just wasn’t for me.
Warnings: coarse language, rape, LGBTQ themes, sex scenes.
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