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Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark

themiketre's review against another edition

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dark emotional tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

the_glendon's review

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adventurous dark mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.25

paulalog's review

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adventurous dark tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

taimoirai's review

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adventurous dark emotional tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

blkladyofwonder's review

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dark emotional mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

bellahtrix's review against another edition

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adventurous dark medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

nevaeh_not2's review against another edition

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I don't know how I could possibly be bored of KKK demons but I am. In my eyes it's one thing to finish a book you hate just to make sure that it's bad all the way through. But when I'm just bored of a book no one is getting anything out of it. Ao yeah 

bobaa_frog's review

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adventurous dark emotional tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

A very quick read! Finished it in less than 24 hours! 

Lovecraftian take on the horror of racism and hate.

kkouh's review against another edition

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adventurous dark tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

leahslibrarycard's review

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4.75

P. Djèlí Clark explores the concept of hate eloquently. He delves into the ideas of artificial vs. justified hate. What kind of hate is real? What type of hate has more power? Artificial hate is the only real type of hate. It is potent and infectious, though, you may never understand why it begins. Artificial hate eventually envelopes groups creating monsters, as seen with the KKK here. Justified hate is something different. Is justified hate even hate at all, or is it just suffering?

Clark weaves in folklore, history, and culture respectfully and effortlessly into this novella. It was harrowing, yet poetic at times. I will be reading more from Clark in the future. 

One of my favorite parts of Clark’s writing was his use of metaphors. While talking about the liver, Dr. Bisset says, “‘For it is here we keep our secrets hidden’” (130). Everything we ingest into the body has to pass through the liver. The liver sees who we are by what we eat. It sees our distastes, addictions, pleasures, everything. It is our one of many secret keepers of the human body, private and honest. 

lines :
“‘Girl, every choice we make is a new tomorrow’” (115). 
“The wound I made of her is still there, but it don't pulse raw like it used to. Its mending too, even if it might never fully heal” (136).