The Book of M

The Book of M

Set in a dangerous near future world, The Book of M tells the captivating story of a group of ordinary people caught in an extraordinary catastrophe who risk everything to save the ones they love. It is a sweeping debut that illuminates the power that memories have not only on the heart, but on the world itself. One afternoon at an outdoor market in India, a man?s shadow di Set in a dangerous near future world, The Book of M tells the captivating story of a group of ordinary people caugh...

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Title:The Book of M
Author:Peng Shepherd
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:The Book of M
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:485 pages pages

The Book of M Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Nov 24, 2018
    This novel of apocalypse and memory had interesting characters, but I felt it was too long and really suffered from a lack of explanation of how the abilities work. I need more reality in my apocalypse. But I went ahead and finished it since it is on the Tournament of Books longlist. ...
  • Elyse Walters
    Jul 23, 2018
    Library- ebook - overdrive I seldom read dystopian novels, but in the past few years - having read a few other wonders: ?Station Eleven?, ?California?, etc., I had a hunch this book might be ?one-of-the-special-one?s?.....?It was?!!!! For starters, the firs...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Jun 26, 2018
    An interesting apocalyptic story that uses Indian mythology and lots of magical realism. As people lose their shadows, they also begin to lose their memories. At 17 hours, though, this audiobook was a bit long, and the story probably could have been pared down without losing the centra...
  • Marialyce
    Nov 13, 2018
    It's the day of the festival of Lost Shadows and a young man loses his shadow in an Indian market. And then others do as well as this phenomena travels the world. And then the horrendous happens, for in losing one's shadow, one loses their memory. It is frightening and eerie signifyin...
  • Will Byrnes
    Jun 24, 2018
    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me? --- Psalm 23But what if you were walking through the valley of the death of shadows? Who or what might be with you then? If, as Macbeth proclaims, life?s but a walking shadow, ...
  • Ana
    Jul 14, 2018
    Best debut I've read in a long, loooong time! - 153 pages in - ?Did you know that the word that means a group of elephants together is memory?? he asked. ?A memory of elephants.? I am so loving this book! 85 pages in and - for someone who researches identity and me...
  • Dianne
    Jul 23, 2018
    ?The Book of M? is a dystopian apocalyptic novel that is, at its essence, a love story about Ory (a man) and Max (a woman). Peng Shepherd has based her debut novel on a real life event called ?Zero Shadow Day,? which occurs annually in India. On this one or two days, at noon...
  • Adam Dalva
    Mar 16, 2018
    Shepherd has crafted a gripping, multi-faceted debut here, a dystopic future novel that goes well past the expectations of the genre. I admired the textual experimentation of this measured book, as various symbols, fonts, and perspectives try to get across the lives of the characters, ...
  • Jenna
    Jan 18, 2019
    "A thing does not have to be said to be real. It just has to be remembered." Who would you be without your memories? Would you still be you? How much do your memories define who you are? A Goodreads friend recently dubbed a new genre of books -- "quiet books". These, they sai...
  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    May 30, 2018
    The Book of M by Peng Shepherd is a very highly recommended, unique dystopian novel. This is a noteworthy debut. An epidemic called the Forgetting first starts in India when Hemu Joshi lost his shadow. Soon it spreads and a large part of the population succumbs to the phenomenon. Wh...
  • Emer
    Jun 06, 2018
    Bumping this book up to a five star read because I can't stop thinking about the fantastic story in the months since I've read it. And I've also treated myself to a hardback copy of it too...IT LOOKS GORGEOUS!!! Definitely among my fav reads of 2018. ------- Happy UK Publicatio...
  • Krista
    Jun 18, 2018
    Where did the shadows go? Ory wondered. He didn't even care about the why any more. Only the where. The why was inexplicable. Ory didn't believe in magic, but he knew in his heart that what had happened was nothing that could be understood by humans. It was no natural disaster, no dise...
  • Emily B
    Jan 06, 2019
    3.5 rounded up. I greatly admire the imagination of the writer. The whole concept of the book is wildly creative and full of fascinating little details. I enjoyed the style of writing, I love it when each chapter or part are told from a different character?s perspective. While ...
  • Bam
    Sep 19, 2018
    *4-4.5 stars. A very imaginative fantasy set in the near-future world where human shadows begin to disappear. At first, it's rather a lark but then memories begin to disappear as well. Incredibly quickly, society begins to fall apart. There's a vague hint of something more happening he...
  • Katrina
    Dec 15, 2018
    "No one escaped?either because they were someone who lost their shadow, or because they were someone who loved someone who lost their shadow." I'm giving this 5 stars for the sheer uniqueness of the concept. Wow! In this debut book Shepherd takes us to a dystopian world where peop...
  • Karen’s Library
    Jun 17, 2018
    This book deserves ALL the stars!! ALL!! It?s brilliant, beautifully written, and one of the most hopeful post-apocalyptic books I?ve ever read. The Book of M is by far my favorite read so far of 2018. Whenever I think of my favorite all time epic books in this genre (The Stand, Th...
  • jessica
    Dec 30, 2018
    goodness me. its safe to say that now i will never be able to hear the phrase ?blue, fifty-two? without getting all kinds of emotional. if you know, you know. sigh. this story gave me massive ?station eleven? vibes. it poses similar questions about the meaning of humanity in...
  • Tori (InToriLex)
    Aug 03, 2018
    Content Warning: Graphic Violence The Book of M was weird, memorable and engaging. The story will break your heart and shock you in ways your not expecting. In this world people begin to lose their shadows and then gradually lose all of their memories after. Ory and Max set out...
  • Zoeytron
    Sep 09, 2018
    New York City lies in ruins, Chattanooga is burning, Washington DC is a war zone. Power grids are down. People are losing their shadows, and with them, their memories. New Orleans beckons. A one-eyed amnesiac, the power of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, lakes that come and...
  • Janelle
    Jun 07, 2018
    Review to come... ...
  • Adah Udechukwu
    Jan 04, 2019
    The Book of M started well. It was compelling and the plot of the novel was nice. The plot was nice for a while but the novel soon became increasingly boring. The length of the novel is uncalled for. If the novel was shorter my rating would have been higher. ...
  • Emma
    Jul 02, 2018
    Just like Peter Pan, the people in Peng Shepherd?s novel, The Book of M, are having trouble with their shadows. For reasons that never become known, shadows are disappearing, sometimes from an individual, sometimes whole cities at once. Told by four linked characters, with a multitud...
  • Kate
    Aug 13, 2018
    5/5stars okay its been a few hours and I think I'm ready to write a real review. So, this book was seriously incredible. I was so SHOOK after finishing it i literally got on the wrong bus NICE and I'm legit like BLOWN AWAY by the ending even a few hours later so. it was fucking a...
  • Frank
    Jul 04, 2018
    For me it was The Book of Meh. On paper (pun intended) this should have been the perfect book for me. When I read the description I thought, "Have I just stumbled upon another post-apocalyptic favorite? Could this be a book to squeeze onto the shelf with The Road, Oryx and Crake, T...
  • Kaitlin
    May 29, 2018
    The first half of this book was a solid 5 stars for me. The plot was so gripping I couldn't put the book down. But then....it took a turn. The latter half of the story just didn't do it for me. It was all over the place and confusing. The phenomenon of shadows disappearing was never fu...
  • Hannah
    Jun 08, 2018
    I love books that are not easily classifiable ? and this is just that. It is speculative fiction but also incorporates a feeling of magical realism, it is a romance (and it is really not), it is just absolutely lovely. I adore the premise above all else: at some point in the not so d...
  • Lou
    Jun 16, 2018
    I am really into apocalyptic novels of late and this is an innovative and extraordinary one. It is a truly outstanding debut for an author that I will be putting on my "ones to watch" list. Peng Shepherd, I salute you! After reading the synopsis, I got unbelievably excited about the...
  • Resh (The Book Satchel)
    Jul 08, 2018
    This book was AMAZING. Set in a post apocalyptic world, a strange phenomenon is taking over the world. People lose their shadows and in due time their memories one by one until they die (might forget how to open door/eat food/breathe). Inspiration: inspired by Zero Shadow Day, an as...
  • Emily
    Jul 17, 2018
    I really enjoyed this. The Book of M is set in a world similar to our own, until suddenly certain people's shadows start disappearing. With the disappearance of a person's shadow comes the slow deterioration of their memory. And with this memory loss comes magic. If someone forg...
  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    Jul 03, 2018
    THREE STARS Audio production: Outstanding! Story: hmmmm. Loved the first half, major Bird Box vibes mixed with a good dose of Station Eleven. Around the 50% mark, I realized I wasn't even connected to the characters and I was forcing myself to keep reading/listening. I think dy...