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What Moves the Dead

I really love this book, and being a Poe girly, I think T. Kingfisher did a great job.

As a rewrite of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher, the story opens with Alex (ka/kan, but I may use ’their’ in this review sometimes), who is going to visit their friends, the Ushers, because of a very pressing letter.

First of all, let’s hear it for this cover! I’m such a sucker for a good cover, and all of Kingfisher’s are really, really good.

I love the representation in this book. Neopronouns are something you don’t normally see, and to have neopronouns that Kingfisher has created to exist in this world is also neat. I like the history of Alex’s people, and there was just enough exposition to be informative without also being info-dumpy.

There were a lot of points where the writing and the story reminded me of Mexican Gothic, but come to find out, the reason this book was published now, rather than before, was because Kingfisher also read Mexican Gothic and put their book on the backburner because come on! It’s Mexican Gothic!

This book was such a quick read too. I had to suffer through the Fall of the House of Usher for a class, which I feel like I would’ve eventually read on my own (I love Poe), but because it was for class, I didn’t enjoy it. I hardly even remember it.

The nice thing about Kingfisher’s book, though, is that you don’t need to be familiar with Poe to understand what’s happening. You don’t even have to know who Poe is to have a good time. And with the next installment in the Haunting of Hill House show rumored to be Poe, it’s a great time to read this book.

Anyway. I had a great time with this book. Please go read it.

Trigger warnings: war, death, illness

Did I like? Uh, yeah.

Recommend? Absolutely, especially for fans of the gothic and Poe.


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