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Every River Runs to Salt

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  75 ratings  ·  17 reviews
The Pacific Ocean is a big thing to steal, and Quietly's roommate Imani never does anything small. But then Imani goes and dies, and Quietly is left to travel to the Under-Ath (the underworld beneath Athens, Georgia), with angry gods at her heels, to clean up the mess Imani left behind and try to rescue her friend. ...more
Paperback, 86 pages
Published August 14th 2018 by Fireside
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Meg Elison
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don’t want to tell you too much about it, because it’s so utterly original that everything I say about it sounds like I’m talking in my sleep. A woman who is part glacier steals the Pacific Ocean and keeps it in a jar. California, Oregon, and Washington show up to try and get it back. Listen, I’ve lived in each of these three states and Jones is exactly correct about who they are, what they look like, and how their gifts are really curses. This is a novella and takes no time at all to sli thro ...more
Zig Claybourne
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This slender novela does more in its opening line than a lot of 6-book sagas ever manage in their entirety, and I love it for that. It's a fable that turns into a fantasy that was always a love story, with so many perfect lines you'd think you were looking at a borealis. Even its lightning pace was a treat; I love a brilliant sky show to dust away the cobwebs in my brain! ...more
Oct 12, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This novella contained so many beautiful sentences, and I would highly recommend it for the prose alone. At times, I felt like the narrative got lost in the near-poetic structure. Perhaps that was the point? Excited to see what else this author has written and will write.
Iris Marsh
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Every River Runs to Salt is a fun, short read, perfect for spending a day or two while enjoying the summer sun. It's imaginative, and despite being short, it still touches on some important themes, such as pollution and drowning in desires. Only in this story, someone literally becomes an ocean. It's great for lovers of New Adult fiction taking place at a university, where a whole lot of crazy fantastical things happen.

Quietly's roommate Imani, is a bit of an enigma. She can do magic, claims to
Kelso Kappel
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I drank this novella up in one delicious gulp. The story is about a woman named Quietly. Her roommate one day captures the entire Pacific Ocean in a mason jar and at this point, your either in or out at this point. I hope this isn’t lazy reviewing, but the author’s writing style instantly brings to mind Neil Gaiman.
I was in for the entire ride. I loved the writing, the not-down-your-throat eco messaging and imagination. My one complaint was things get a tad crazy towards the end but overall the
Merc Rustad
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this so much. This story has a stunning voice, a gorgeously rendered picturesque setting, full of creepy underworld monsters and people just trying to get by; vivid prose so sharp and sweet you can taste the afterimages on your tongue and behind your eyes; epic and personal, funny and frightening and full of friendship. Absolutely marvelous work! Jones has created a masterpiece of myth, a story that will stick with you like the memory of the oceans and rivers that have always been. Highly ...more
Adri Joy
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm a bit picky about UF slipstream-type reads, so it's very considerate of this novella to be perfectly relevant to my interests so I can point it out to anyone who asks what I'm into.

Water! Ladies! Weird but cool internal mythology! Quest-y stuff! Characterisation! Glacier-based romance! Also, it's BEAUTIFULLY written - lush and poetic without ever compromising on readability. You'll want this one.
Elena Morales
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is not my typical read and I gobbled this novella down quite ferociously! I honestly couldn’t put it down from the moment I started. Rachael K. Jones sucks you into such a vividly original world that you are left with bated breath as each chapter ends. This is a powerful novella with a beautiful voice that I highly recommend.
Jun 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
I don't even know why I read this. ...more
Corey White
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant and unique slice of fantasy Americana, with west coast states made flesh, a stolen ocean, and a city of trash populated by human monsters.
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Perfectly, incandescently weird af. I loved it.
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
A modern legend, Neil Gaimanesque with a Southern drawl, and if it were a movie, Tim Burton would sell his soul to direct it.

Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Miss Banana
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
holy cow I would have highlighted every line if I could. it is so beautifully frank and poetic at the same time, and I just love how the words came together to form the story.
Susie Munro
Captivating novella with a mythic quality, a deep sense of wonder and yearning, realised in vivid prose. It's also almost impossible to describe so go read it yourself! ...more
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this. Don't see too many stories set in Georgia. ...more
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Rachael K. Jones grew up in various cities across Europe and North America, picked up (and mostly forgot) six languages, and acquired several degrees in the arts and sciences. Now she writes speculative fiction in Portland, Oregon. Contrary to the rumors, she is probably not a secret android. Rachael is a World Fantasy Award nominee, Tiptree Award honoree, and winner of Writers of the Future. Her ...more

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