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  1. Kat Kat says:

    this book was so small but had so much to take in i gotta think about it for a second for a final rating but i will tell u that feelings are positive y’all need to give this a try

  2. Cindy Cindy says:

    I'll read any book that Rivers Solomon puts out because their ideas are always uniue creative and poignant While An Unkindness of Ghosts follows a traditional narrative The Deep reads as 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 was fleshed out into a full length novel with a plot but I understand that was not their goal Still such smart ideas should be expanded

  3. Erin Erin says:

    Giveaway win5 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

  4. megs_bookrack megs_bookrack says:

    35 stars rounded upWhat the heck did I just readThis novella is so uniue There's an overriding feeling that comes from reading it that I cannot describeWhen I first finished The Deep I was blown away but also didn't really understand what exactly I had read Newsflash I still don'tAs far as content I didn't retain much; just the feeling It's too bad because it is such a different reading experience and I believe from what I understand the creation of this novella was uite uniue as wellWhilst reading I was overwhelmed with feelings that I was being told some wise and ancient loreUnfortunately I think the true meaning of it sailed well over my head With this being said the audiobook is still a beautiful experienceI do appreciate the creation of this story and I would even read it again it's just a hard one to grasp the full meaning of Absolutely moving though even if you don't fully understand why it is slowly ripping your heart out of your chestIn short I would need to read this again before I can provide thoughts 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

  5. Samantha Samantha says:

    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

  6. Melanie Melanie says:

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  7. Iben Frederiksen Iben Frederiksen says:

    I have mixed feeling about The Deep by Rivers SolomonFirst I LOVED the premise of a merpeople originating from pregnant african slaves being thrown overboard it's what really drew me into reading to bookThe 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 novelI 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 humanmermaid ship hell yeah The writing was also really greatIf you want a different take on mermaids then you should definitely give The Deep a chance

  8. Miranda Reads Miranda Reads says:

    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 restThe Written Review “What is belonging” we ask She says “Where loneliness ends” Yetu is the only one out of her mermaid tribe that knows their historyDecades 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 deathAnd 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 no enduring than a wisp of plankton Ahhh I'm not sure what to think I'm still on the ever elusive 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 confusedMuch of the book had a spoken history vibe to it where we get fragments of stories wisps of legends and a scattered narration throughoutAnd while I liked that at the beginning by the middleend I was just frustrated with the lack of clarityThere 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 darkAlso 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'tAll I know is that I'm still on the hunt for that truly excellent mermaid bookYouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat mirandareads

  9. Bookishrealm Bookishrealm says:

    Make sure that you listen to the song The Deep by clipping as well as the group Drexciya How does a book under 200 pages stump me in terms of writing a review I'm sitting here at this moment in my chair attempting to figure out how to summarizeexpress my feelings about this book I think that it's probably going to take than just a written review but I'm going to try I liked to preface my thoughts by saying that if you only read this book as a fantastical mermaid tale and don't dig deep into the core of its purpose this book will make no sense to you It will feel nonsensical It will feel as though you're sifting your way through pages of nonsensical ramblings set against the back drop of a mermaid tale It's so much So if you didn't get it the first time around I implore you to read it once Dig deep and try to see the connections The Deep explores so many themes that personally made me feel like this book was written for me I'm sure everyone is familiar with the premise pregnant women who were captured and made into slaves were thrown overboard during the transatlantic journey to the Americas and the Caribbean These women then gave birth to children who turned into mermaids known as the Wajinru in this book While the mermaid aspect of this book may be fantastical the historical reference point of the massacring of slaves prior to reaching their final destination is true This book specifically focuses on Yetu who is classified as the Historian She carries the history of the two legs and the Wajinru who came before her The process is taxing and overbearing and Yetu wants nothing than to uit My first thought in reading this was related to the constant generational trauma that is inflicted on Black people Our history is tricky It's one that we aren't supposed to forget yet it's one that is so traumatic that uite often we beg to forget to be something other than this long history of pain and violence I understood the need the desire for Yetu to forget Solomon takes this concept and RUNS with it From that point forward we are exposed to a discussion related to the rebuilding of identity Black people have had to build their culture from scratch because it was torn from us through the Transatlantic Slave Trade gender identity there are non binary and lesbian characters mental health Yetu struggles with the trauma of the history which is closely related to the mental health of the Black community the juxtaposition of how all Black people don't handle trauma the same the importance of Oral traditions collectivism vs individuality there were sections that reminded me of Rastafarianism and why the term of I and I is so important and even ecological destruction After reading this book I literally sat down and just thought How can such a small book address everything that I feel as one person How can I feel so seen and so heard in a FANTASY book I lost my great grandmother almost two years ago now She was the matriarch of my family My great grandmother also couldn't read or write Everything I know about my family everything that I know about who I am and where I come from is through oral tradition Like so many Black families our history is documented or contained within history books We've had to collectively carry our history and pass it down from generation to generation Each one of us carrying the burden and passing it off to our offspring But there is joy and beauty in the burden I'm often reminded of J Coles lyrics there's beauty in the struggle A lot of what we carry is pain but a lot of what we carry is beauty and joy We just have to remember to carry it together I like Yetu know that we can't forget our history and where we come from because it's what ingrained in who we are right now in this moment You take away our history whether good bad or both and then who do we become Who are we I could literally cry writing this review This hands down is the best book I have read in a very long time and I won't stop screaming about how important it is to me and so many others I hope that this review even makes sense The emotional impact that it's had on me the spiritual impact it's had on me is one that is very difficult to translate into words

  10. Charlie Jane Anders Charlie Jane Anders says:

    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 uniue 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 uestions 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 uote for my novel The City in the Middle of the Night

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The Deep [Reading] ➼ The Deep By Rivers Solomon – 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 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 gazea superb multilayered work” Publishers Weekly starred review and a vividly original and uniuely affecting story inspired by a song produced by the rap group Clipping.