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update dec 3, 2019I m really sad about it, but I m setting this aside at the 40% mark It s such an incredible premise, but I m not enjoying the actual writing much at all and I m hoping it s just the mood that I m in I ll give it another try later and hopefully it ll work better for me I love mer people, I love clipping., and I love every single speck of the premise for this I need this SO BAD Also, if you haven t already, check out the song that inspired Rivers Solomon to write this update dec 3, 2019I m really sad about it, but I m setting this aside at the 40% mark It s such an incredible premise, but I m not enjoying the actual writing much at all and I m hoping it s just the mood that I m in I ll give it another try later and hopefully it ll work better for me I love mer people, I love clipping., and I love every single speck of the premise for this I need this SO BAD Also, if you haven t already, check out the song that inspired Rivers Solomon to write this 3.5 stars rounded up What the heck did I just read This novella is so unique The feeling Gah I can t even describe it When I first finished this book, I was blown away, but also didn t really understand what I had read Newsflash, I still don t.As far as content, I didn t really retain much just the feeling It s too bad I didn t retainbecause it is such a different reading experience and I believe, from what I understand, the creation of this novella was quite unique as well.Whils 3.5 stars rounded up What the heck did I just read This novella is so unique The feeling Gah I can t even describe it When I first finished this book, I was blown away, but also didn t really understand what I had read Newsflash, I still don t.As far as content, I didn t really retain much just the feeling It s too bad I didn t retainbecause it is such a different reading experience and I believe, from what I understand, the creation of this novella was quite unique as well.Whilst reading, I was overwhelmed with feelings that I was being told some wise and ancient lore, unfortunately I think the true meaning of it sailed well over my head With this being said, the audiobook is still a beautiful experience.I do appreciate the creation of this story and I would even read it again someday, it s just a hard one to grasp Absolutely moving though, even if you don t fully understand why it is slowly ripping your heart out of your chest.In short, I would need to read this again before I can providethoughts Something I would most definitely be willing to do Thank you so much to the publisher, Saga Press, for sending me a copy to read and review I truly appreciate the opportunity Giveaway win 5 Stars isn t enough Water dwelling creatures who are the descendants of African slave women How could I not read this book The Deep is filled with flowery poetic language that I normally hate Flowery language often comes off sounding pretentious and it usually leaves me rolling my eyes But that flowery type of language fits The Deep just perfectly The Deep is a modern day take on African folklore The same folklore that was brought to America on slave ships and passed down to Giveaway win 5 Stars isn t enough Water dwelling creatures who are the descendants of African slave women How could I not read this book The Deep is filled with flowery poetic language that I normally hate Flowery language often comes off sounding pretentious and it usually leaves me rolling my eyes But that flowery type of language fits The Deep just perfectly The Deep is a modern day take on African folklore The same folklore that was brought to America on slave ships and passed down to each new generation The Deep is strangely beautiful and a strikingly impactful story of coming to terms with the savage and barbaric history of slavery and the ability to move past that and find inner peace A MUST MUST MUST READ This novella explores the themes of generational trauma, memory, belonging, and history using the folktale of the babies of African slaves thrown overboard turning into mermaids This small book packs a big thematic punch. Whelp I can t stop thinking about tierlistsso here s another video ranking all my January Books Now that you know where this one stands, check out the video to see the rest The Written ReviewWhat is belonging we ask She says, Where loneliness endsYetu is the only one out of her mermaid tribe that knows their history.Decades ago, pregnant African slave women were thrown into the ocean and their children are what formed Yetu s people The deep will be our sibling Whelp I can t stop thinking about tierlistsso here s another video ranking all my January Books Now that you know where this one stands, check out the video to see the rest The Written ReviewWhat is belonging we ask She says, Where loneliness endsYetu is the only one out of her mermaid tribe that knows their history.Decades ago, pregnant African slave women were thrown into the ocean and their children are what formed Yetu s people The deep will be our sibling, our parent, our relief from endless solitude Down here, we are wrapped up Down here, we can pretend the dark is the black embrace of another The tragedy, so real and raw, even years later was deemed too much for those people to handle and thus all of the memories were bound up into one individual who will hold onto them until their untimely and early death.And despite knowing how important Yetu is to her people, she decides that she can no longer endure She will find a way out from under the murk one way or another When not properly fortified, a legacy is noenduring than a wisp of plankton Ahhh I m not sure what to think I m still on the everelusive hunt for a wonderful and compelling mermaid book On the one hand, the concept caught me right away but on the other hand, I often found myself puzzled, lost or confused.Much of the book had a spoken history vibe to it where we get fragments of stories, wisps of legends and a scattered narration throughout.And while I liked that at the beginning, by the middle end I was just frustrated with the lack of clarity.There were so many incredible concepts introduced, interesting side stories and and they were only told in snippetsleaving me feeling like the story was unfinished and I was left in the dark.Also, and this may just be me, but I had some serious The Giver vibes with the whole collective memory in exchange for a functional society thing It kind of worked and kind of didn t.All I know is that I m still on the hunt for that truly excellent mermaid book rtc I have mixed feeling about The Deep by Rivers Solomon.First, I LOVED the premise of a merpeople originating from pregnant african slaves being thrown overboard it s what really drew me into reading to book.The story however not much happens and the pacing is very slow Now this is not necessarily a problem to me, but coupled with a very vague worldbuilding and a very blank slated main character, whose perspective the story is told from, I ended up spending 6 days reading this 176 page novel I have mixed feeling about The Deep by Rivers Solomon.First, I LOVED the premise of a merpeople originating from pregnant african slaves being thrown overboard it s what really drew me into reading to book.The story however not much happens and the pacing is very slow Now this is not necessarily a problem to me, but coupled with a very vague worldbuilding and a very blank slated main character, whose perspective the story is told from, I ended up spending 6 days reading this 176 page novel.I liked the historical part of the story, reading about the merpeople s origin, how they found a language and how their culture and society came to be And I was very pleasently surprised to discover that this is a very LGBT friendly book lesbian human mermaid ship hell yeah The writing was also really great.If you want a different take on mermaids, then you should definitely give The Deep a chance Wow, this book is amazing As a fan of Clipping and their Hugo nominated song that this book is based on, I was already excited for this one plus it s written by Rivers Solomon, author of An Unkindness of Ghosts But wow, this book is intense I won t give away any spoilers except to say that Yetu, the hero, is a unique character who is forced to make some tough choices to find herself, and ends up making a really beautiful and unexpected friendship as a result I m going to be thinking and dr Wow, this book is amazing As a fan of Clipping and their Hugo nominated song that this book is based on, I was already excited for this one plus it s written by Rivers Solomon, author of An Unkindness of Ghosts But wow, this book is intense I won t give away any spoilers except to say that Yetu, the hero, is a unique character who is forced to make some tough choices to find herself, and ends up making a really beautiful and unexpected friendship as a result I m going to be thinking and dreaming about The Deep for a very long time Yetu s journey kept surprising and inspiring me, even as it plunged into deeper and deeper waters that raise questions about identity and the weight of history This is the strange, beautiful, transforming story that we all need in 2019 Full disclosure I received an early copy of this book for review purposes, and also Clipping vocalist Daveed Diggs kindly gave a quote for my novel The City in the Middle of the Night I ll read any book that Rivers Solomon puts out because their ideas are always unique, creative, and poignant While An Unkindness of Ghosts follows atraditional narrative, The Deep readsas an atmospheric and conceptual piece, which makes it harder for me to rate since I prefer the former Considering Solomon s intentions with writing this novella, and how much I appreciate the allegory for intergenerational trauma in a mermaid fairytale, I ll round it up to 4 stars I wish the story I ll read any book that Rivers Solomon puts out because their ideas are always unique, creative, and poignant While An Unkindness of Ghosts follows atraditional narrative, The Deep readsas an atmospheric and conceptual piece, which makes it harder for me to rate since I prefer the former Considering Solomon s intentions with writing this novella, and how much I appreciate the allegory for intergenerational trauma in a mermaid fairytale, I ll round it up to 4 stars I wish the story wasfleshed out into a full length novel with a plot, but I understand that was not their goal Still such smart ideas should be expanded `READ DOWNLOAD ☔ The Deep ⇵ Octavia E Butler meets Marvel s Black Panther in The Deep, a story rich with Afrofuturism, folklore, and the power of memory, inspired by the Hugo Award nominated song The Deep from Daveed Diggs s rap group Clipping Yetu holds the memories for her people water dwelling descendants of pregnant African slave women thrown overboard by slave owners who live idyllic lives in the deep Their past, too traumatic to be remembered regularly is forgotten by everyone, save one the historian This demanding role has been bestowed on Yetu Yetu remembers for everyone, and the memories, painful and wonderful, traumatic and terrible and miraculous, are destroying her And so, she flees to the surface escaping the memories, the expectations, and the responsibilities and discovers a world her people left behind long ago Yetu will learn than she ever expected about her own past and about the future of her people If they are all to survive, they ll need to reclaim the memories, reclaim their identity and own who they really are The Deep is a tour de force reorientation of the storytelling gaze a superb, multilayered work, Publishers Weekly, starred review and a vividly original and uniquely affecting story inspired by a song produced by the rap group Clipping