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message 1: by MrsJoseph *grouchy*, Bad Girls Deadlift (new)

MrsJoseph *grouchy* (mrsjoseph) | 5312 comments The June 2019 Death Magic book of the month is the Fantasy Scythe by Neal Shusterman.

This book has been in print since November 2016 so there should be many different editions available. Please check your local library and/or favorite book retailer.

This book is the first entry in a trilogy that has not completed.

Please remember to use spoiler tags < spoiler > < /spoiler > when discussing.


message 3: by Becky, Modderific (new) - rated it 1 star

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) | 2997 comments Mike (the Paladin) wrote: "How about:
Those Who Walk in Darkness"


The nomination and vote already took place and this is the thread for the winning book - Scythe


Mike (the Paladin) (thepaladin) | 1381 comments Oops.... sorry.


message 5: by Becky, Modderific (new) - rated it 1 star

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) | 2997 comments Mike (the Paladin) wrote: "Oops.... sorry."

No problem. Just letting you know. :)


message 6: by Felina (last edited May 28, 2019 09:34PM) (new) - added it

Felina | 821 comments I put in for this one at the library and it has 13 holds ahead of mine. Probably not going to happen but I remain optimistic.


message 7: by MrsJoseph *grouchy*, Bad Girls Deadlift (new)

MrsJoseph *grouchy* (mrsjoseph) | 5312 comments I need to get started on this...but I doubt I'll finish it as I'm a wuss and it is a bit grim.


message 8: by Becky, Modderific (new) - rated it 1 star

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) | 2997 comments Just requested from the library. :)


message 9: by colleen the convivial curmudgeon, Not a book hipster! (new) - rated it 3 stars

colleen the convivial curmudgeon (blackrose13) | 2974 comments I have a copy from the library, but I need to finish at least 3 books ahead of it because of due dates.


Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods* (marcthedarc) On hold at the library but some inconsiderate person has it out overdue since April 14. Grrr.


message 11: by Becky, Modderific (new) - rated it 1 star

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) | 2997 comments Marc wrote: "On hold at the library but some inconsiderate person has it out overdue since April 14. Grrr."

UGH... I hate that. >_<


message 12: by Felina (new) - added it

Felina | 821 comments Well it just came through at the library so I’m guessing system error. Win for Felina.


message 13: by Felina (new) - added it

Felina | 821 comments Unless I read it as 12 holds but really it was 12 copies available.


message 14: by MrsJoseph *grouchy*, Bad Girls Deadlift (new)

MrsJoseph *grouchy* (mrsjoseph) | 5312 comments Felina wrote: "Well it just came through at the library so I’m guessing system error. Win for Felina."

Woot! for getting it early, though.


message 15: by Chris , cookie guilt (new) - rated it 4 stars

Chris  (haughtc) | 2450 comments I started today, audiobook.

Liking it through two chapters.


message 16: by Becky, Modderific (new) - rated it 1 star

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) | 2997 comments I picked it up from the library yesterday and I'll be starting as soon as I finish Shrill.


message 17: by Chris , cookie guilt (new) - rated it 4 stars

Chris  (haughtc) | 2450 comments Becky wrote: "I picked it up from the library yesterday and I'll be starting as soon as I finish Shrill."

Ok, So I see you're doing the "One Word Title Beginning With S" challenge.


message 18: by Becky, Modderific (new) - rated it 1 star

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) | 2997 comments LOL Pretty much!


message 19: by Becky, Modderific (new) - rated it 1 star

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) | 2997 comments OK I'm starting this now. :D


message 20: by Becky, Modderific (new) - rated it 1 star

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) | 2997 comments So I started this last night, and I didn't make it far at all (12 pages), but already I'm getting the impression that there's no actual magic associated with the death in this book.

There seems to be magic, or technology, or something regarding the Scythes themselves (essentially immortality?) but their kill methods have nothing to do with it. The first kill (or "glean") we know of used a regular knife.

Soo... OK.

Also, not sure if I really like the style of the writing so far. It seems weirdly formal/archaic at times, but maybe I'll get used to it, or it will smooth out. I'm literally one chapter in. LOL


message 21: by Becky, Modderific (new) - rated it 1 star

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) | 2997 comments Anyone making progress on this or is it just me so far?
I'm up to chapter 13 around page 125.


Jenny (jennyc89) | 63 comments I picked it up on ebook and I plan to start in the next day or two. The premise sounds promising.


message 23: by Ruby (new) - rated it 3 stars

Ruby | 9 comments Hi! I’m new to this group and I’m up to chapter 18. The writing style also snagged my attention, although I interpreted its starkness as juvenile (probably because of the age of the characters), rather than archaic. There’s definitely something there to talk about.


message 24: by MrsJoseph *grouchy*, Bad Girls Deadlift (new)

MrsJoseph *grouchy* (mrsjoseph) | 5312 comments *shame face*

I havne't started yet...


message 25: by Ruby (new) - rated it 3 stars

Ruby | 9 comments Don’t get me wrong though, I am still finding plenty of stuff to enjoy. You may even like the style!


message 26: by Becky, Modderific (new) - rated it 1 star

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) | 2997 comments Welcome Ruby! Glad to have you. :)


message 27: by colleen the convivial curmudgeon, Not a book hipster! (new) - rated it 3 stars

colleen the convivial curmudgeon (blackrose13) | 2974 comments MrsJoseph wrote: "*shame face*

I havne't started yet..."



I still probably won't get to it for another week or two. *shrugs*


message 28: by Becky, Modderific (new) - rated it 1 star

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) | 2997 comments I'll be long done by then... it's a quick read. I knocked out almost 50% yesterday.


message 29: by MrsJoseph *grouchy*, Bad Girls Deadlift (new)

MrsJoseph *grouchy* (mrsjoseph) | 5312 comments colleen the convivial curmudgeon wrote: "MrsJoseph wrote: "*shame face*

I havne't started yet..."


I still probably won't get to it for another week or two. *shrugs*"



Makes me feel MUCH better, lol.


message 30: by Becky, Modderific (new) - rated it 1 star

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) | 2997 comments Slackers. :P


message 31: by Ala (new) - rated it 2 stars

Ala | 469 comments I'll be honest. I completely spaced and didn't realize it was time for a new monthly read.

I'll get to this tonight or tomorrow.


message 32: by Becky, Modderific (new) - rated it 1 star

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) | 2997 comments I've been taking a lot of notes as I went along on my phone... So here are some of my thoughts... All spoiler-marked and paged (from the 435 page hardcover from my library.)

Page 124: (view spoiler)

Page 128: (view spoiler)

Page 203: (view spoiler)


message 33: by Becky, Modderific (new) - rated it 1 star

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) | 2997 comments Ala wrote: "I'll be honest. I completely spaced and didn't realize it was time for a new monthly read.

I'll get to this tonight or tomorrow."


You'll still finish before me. O_O


message 34: by Ala (new) - rated it 2 stars

Ala | 469 comments Chapters 1-2 (view spoiler)


message 35: by Becky, Modderific (new) - rated it 1 star

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) | 2997 comments Ala wrote: "Chapters 1-2 [spoilers removed]"

Right. I question the same thing.


message 36: by Ruby (last edited Jun 05, 2019 05:53PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Ruby | 9 comments I enjoyed reading your notes, Becky. I'm going to expand on the same thoughts, because I share many of them.

Page 184: (view spoiler)

Page 128: (view spoiler)

Page 203: (view spoiler)

I try to always give credit for things that work for me as well; otherwise I tend to spiral into quibbles. In this case, (view spoiler)


message 37: by Becky, Modderific (new) - rated it 1 star

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) | 2997 comments Ruby, those are great points.

Regarding your 184 spoiler: (view spoiler)

Re your 203: (view spoiler)

Regarding your positive - I agree with you. I really like that aspect as well.


message 38: by Becky, Modderific (new) - rated it 1 star

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) | 2997 comments Page 286: (view spoiler)


message 39: by Ala (new) - rated it 2 stars

Ala | 469 comments Chapter 3-8 (view spoiler)

I dunno what page numbers correspond to what chapters so I'll wait to respond to yalls post until I'm done.


message 40: by Chris , cookie guilt (new) - rated it 4 stars

Chris  (haughtc) | 2450 comments Finished through Chapter 4, so can't click a whole lot.

I like the narration, the tone really comes out in it. Pretty enjoyable and all.

Yes, that's not much but when I read with speedreaders I do what I can. At least my little comments should keep me from getting gleaned...


message 41: by Becky, Modderific (new) - rated it 1 star

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) | 2997 comments Ala, click my 124 spoiler. :)


message 42: by Becky, Modderific (new) - rated it 1 star

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) | 2997 comments Chris wrote: "Finished through Chapter 4, so can't click a whole lot.

I like the narration, the tone really comes out in it. Pretty enjoyable and all.

Yes, that's not much but when I read with speedreaders I d..."


LOL Chris...


message 43: by Ruby (new) - rated it 3 stars

Ruby | 9 comments Spoiler through chapter 19: (view spoiler)


message 44: by MrsJoseph *grouchy*, Bad Girls Deadlift (new)

MrsJoseph *grouchy* (mrsjoseph) | 5312 comments Chris wrote: "Finished through Chapter 4, so can't click a whole lot.

I like the narration, the tone really comes out in it. Pretty enjoyable and all.

Yes, that's not much but when I read with speedreaders I d..."



EXACTLY, Chris! Exactly this. They come in here, speedreading all over the place. :-P


message 45: by Becky, Modderific (new) - rated it 1 star

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) | 2997 comments Ruby wrote: "Spoiler through chapter 19:"

(view spoiler)


message 46: by Ala (new) - rated it 2 stars

Ala | 469 comments Becky wrote: "Ala, click my 124 spoiler. :)"

I should've just put "what becks probably said" :P

Through Chapter 22 (a little over 50% total) (view spoiler)

Overall, so far this book is at 3 out of 5 stars. Readable, decent, but nothing special.


message 47: by Becky, Modderific (new) - rated it 1 star

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) | 2997 comments LOL Ala, I agree with everything you said.


message 48: by Ala (new) - rated it 2 stars

Ala | 469 comments Oh hey, I can reply to yalls spoilers now.

I agree with everything you both said.


message 49: by Ala (new) - rated it 2 stars

Ala | 469 comments Becky wrote: "LOL Ala, I agree with everything you said."

God damnit, stop posting what I'm gonna post before I even think about posting it


message 50: by Becky, Modderific (new) - rated it 1 star

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) | 2997 comments Well I agree with your agreement. Thank you for being so agreeable. :D


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