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A History of Glitter and Blood

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I ended up DNF'ing this book because the stream-of-consciousness writing style is not one I can easily read and comprehend, although I do recognize that Moskowitz is very good at it. It simply isn't my cup of tea.
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This is certainly an interesting take on fairies and other paranormal creatures. What is most unusual is the narrative style, which takes some time to click, but is very clever once it does — the characters are writing the story together later, hence the almost steam of consciousness feel and random asides.

This is also a brilliant use of an unreliable narrator!
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I finished A History of Glitter and Blood yesterday and I'm still so exasperated that I wasted my time on it. I read an excerpt of this book about four years ago and I thought the writing style seemed so fun - it's third person present tense, with regular interruptions as though the author is correcting themselves as they write - but after reading more than a couple of chapters it gets old very quickly. Gnomes eating chunks of fairy prostitutes, mysterious creatures called tightropers vomiting up ropes and trying to emancipate the fairies... Yeah, none of it makes sense, and it's definitely not well written. The only good thing is that the pacing improves drastically in the second half of the book (I managed to read 50% in one day, after struggling through the first 50% over the course of a week or so).
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It pains me to say this, but A History of Glitter and Blood is officially the worst book I’ve read this year, and one of the worst novels I’ve read in my entire life. The only reason I didn’t DNF it is because I got it for review way back when it was new, and I already felt guilty for taking so long to read it.
Now this is what I call pure mess. It is an apocalyptic, post-war mix of fantasy and dystopia, with NA characters and side story.
There were a lot of whore shaming that I didn’t like, but the worst part was how messed up in a stupid way these faeries and gnomes were.
They were in war and gnomes (tbh I’m not even sure if they were gnomes in the first place or some other creatures, so don’t quote me on that) ate faeries, but they were still somehow alive. Like, there were faeries with parts missing, or just parts of bodies that were considered as faeries, and everyone slept with everyone, even gnomes with faeries.
The only thing I liked about this book were some photos in the book, and that is it.
I don’t recommend this book to anyone!
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A post-modern classic. It's written from the perspective of one of the characters writing it down. If you don't take a few pages to figure that out before deciding that it MUST not have been edited thoroughly, then I don't know what to tell you. It's lovely.
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I keep reading a chapter of this and not liking it, convincing myself that no, I really will like it if I keep reading it, and making myself read another chapter. It's taken three years to admit defeat but I have to accept that I really don't like this book. Even if I really want to.
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This was weird and didn't make much sense. I will not be finishing it.
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Crazy, messy and strange. If you try to read the book with any kind of logic and/or rationale, you would be hard trialed to read on. So let's just leave logic out. Using just emotions, it gets better - as you fast-forward any weird environment props and concentrate just on feelings - but the feeling you get maybe is not the feeling the author is trying to bring on - as the feeling is sadness. Deep sadness. I don't feel like reading the story of intimacy and love, but the one about abuse, sexual one. 
Maybe it is the (over)use of sex here - almost everyone is having sex with almost everyone (not in the dirty way, but as a distorted way to distorted intimacy), but there is a very little hope and safety present. Yes, the description of the emotion I am getting from the book is the sadness of abuse. 

The saving grace and the only reason for even 1 star is the bond and trust in friendship presented here.
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this book was brutal, bloody, and beautiful. it was hard to turn the pages but i couldn't stop. i loved the prose, it was really inspiring to read. i hope there is more.
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A great fantasy books that I enjoyed reading immensely.
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Sorry, requested but didn't find the time to read.
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I was lucky enough to acquire an advance copy of this book at the Texas Library Association conference. I brought it with me on the flight home, planning to read a few chapters and then catch up on my sleep.

I did not sleep. I swallowed this book whole, marrow and meat, every uncomfortable beautiful crunchy bit of it. 

The book is like all my favorite people: complex and curious, never quite what you expect, a little uncomfortable but only because it's pushing at your boundaries, trying to make your world a little bit larger. A little bit stranger. Sometimes you're not even sure you want to keep hanging around with them, because they make things so HARD sometimes, but it's the right kind of hard, the kind that pays off.

I can't wait for this book to come out so I can buy a proper copy, the one with the glittery cover.
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