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:496 pages pages

The Book of M Reviews

  • Elyse
    Jul 23, 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, ...

    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, ...

    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...

  • Sharon
    Aug 07, 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, ...

    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, ...

    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...

    Happy UK Publication Day to this brilliant dystopian! Wow. This book was a revelation. From the start I did not know what was happening, how the story would develop or where it would end... BUT I WAS 100% HOOKED!!!! From page one I was thoroughly ensnared and did not want to put t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    Review to come... ...

    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...

    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...

    Best debut I've read in a long, loooong time! RTC - 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 a...

    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...

    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...

    I think this is my second 5 star book of 2018, so that should tell you something. When I get done editing my current manuscript I'm going to have SO many reviews to catch up on, and this is one of those books I will definitely write a review for. I will say, the ending is not what I...

    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...

    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...

    The Book of M uses a simple premise: sometime in the future, the population is afflicted by "The Forgetting" - a phenomenon where people lose their shadows, and with that their memories. It seems like a far-fetched idea, but as the story unravels, it becomes (almost) believable that th...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher. It does not impact my review. The Book of M is certainly an ambitious debut. Covering multiple characters, countries, and time in painstaking detail, it explores a new dystopian world where the loss of memories results in dangerous...

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Harper Voyager in exchange for an honest review. I also read a large part of this book via audiobook, which was purchased through my own Audible account. The Book of M is a one of the best post-apocalyptic fiction I have read in recent...

    I'm not sure how or when I added this to my "to read" queue. But I saw the audiobook on Hoopla one day, recognized it as in my "to read" queue, and downloaded all 17 hours. It was entertaining! From start to finish. Good post-apocalpytic world-building, interesting characters, powe...

  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Jun 26, 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, ...

    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, ...

    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...

    Happy UK Publication Day to this brilliant dystopian! Wow. This book was a revelation. From the start I did not know what was happening, how the story would develop or where it would end... BUT I WAS 100% HOOKED!!!! From page one I was thoroughly ensnared and did not want to put t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    Review to come... ...

    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...

    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...

    Best debut I've read in a long, loooong time! RTC - 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 a...

    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...

    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...

    I think this is my second 5 star book of 2018, so that should tell you something. When I get done editing my current manuscript I'm going to have SO many reviews to catch up on, and this is one of those books I will definitely write a review for. I will say, the ending is not what I...

    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...

    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...

  • 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

    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, ...

    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, ...

    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...

    Happy UK Publication Day to this brilliant dystopian! Wow. This book was a revelation. From the start I did not know what was happening, how the story would develop or where it would end... BUT I WAS 100% HOOKED!!!! From page one I was thoroughly ensnared and did not want to put t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    Review to come... ...

    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...

    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...

    Best debut I've read in a long, loooong time! RTC - 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 a...

  • Aentee
    Jun 13, 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, ...

    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, ...

    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...

    Happy UK Publication Day to this brilliant dystopian! Wow. This book was a revelation. From the start I did not know what was happening, how the story would develop or where it would end... BUT I WAS 100% HOOKED!!!! From page one I was thoroughly ensnared and did not want to put t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    Review to come... ...

    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...

    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...

    Best debut I've read in a long, loooong time! RTC - 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 a...

    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...

    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...

    I think this is my second 5 star book of 2018, so that should tell you something. When I get done editing my current manuscript I'm going to have SO many reviews to catch up on, and this is one of those books I will definitely write a review for. I will say, the ending is not what I...

    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...

    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...

    The Book of M uses a simple premise: sometime in the future, the population is afflicted by "The Forgetting" - a phenomenon where people lose their shadows, and with that their memories. It seems like a far-fetched idea, but as the story unravels, it becomes (almost) believable that th...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher. It does not impact my review. The Book of M is certainly an ambitious debut. Covering multiple characters, countries, and time in painstaking detail, it explores a new dystopian world where the loss of memories results in dangerous...

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Harper Voyager in exchange for an honest review. I also read a large part of this book via audiobook, which was purchased through my own Audible account. The Book of M is a one of the best post-apocalyptic fiction I have read in recent...

  • Dianne
    Jul 23, 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, ...

    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, ...

    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...

    Happy UK Publication Day to this brilliant dystopian! Wow. This book was a revelation. From the start I did not know what was happening, how the story would develop or where it would end... BUT I WAS 100% HOOKED!!!! From page one I was thoroughly ensnared and did not want to put t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

  • Mary
    Jul 14, 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, ...

    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, ...

    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...

    Happy UK Publication Day to this brilliant dystopian! Wow. This book was a revelation. From the start I did not know what was happening, how the story would develop or where it would end... BUT I WAS 100% HOOKED!!!! From page one I was thoroughly ensnared and did not want to put t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    Review to come... ...

    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...

    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...

    Best debut I've read in a long, loooong time! RTC - 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 a...

    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...

    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...

    I think this is my second 5 star book of 2018, so that should tell you something. When I get done editing my current manuscript I'm going to have SO many reviews to catch up on, and this is one of those books I will definitely write a review for. I will say, the ending is not what I...

    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...

    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...

    The Book of M uses a simple premise: sometime in the future, the population is afflicted by "The Forgetting" - a phenomenon where people lose their shadows, and with that their memories. It seems like a far-fetched idea, but as the story unravels, it becomes (almost) believable that th...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher. It does not impact my review. The Book of M is certainly an ambitious debut. Covering multiple characters, countries, and time in painstaking detail, it explores a new dystopian world where the loss of memories results in dangerous...

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Harper Voyager in exchange for an honest review. I also read a large part of this book via audiobook, which was purchased through my own Audible account. The Book of M is a one of the best post-apocalyptic fiction I have read in recent...

    I'm not sure how or when I added this to my "to read" queue. But I saw the audiobook on Hoopla one day, recognized it as in my "to read" queue, and downloaded all 17 hours. It was entertaining! From start to finish. Good post-apocalpytic world-building, interesting characters, powe...

    Check out my book review on my blog here: https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress... Gripping, intriguing, fantastic! Three words to describe this book. This book was seriously amazing! I loved how it was very intriguing from the very beginning and draws you into the unknown and unfat...

    What Shepherd has done with this book is unlike ANYTHING I have ever read? dystopia, science fiction, magical realism, a mystery, a love story, a beautiful weaving together of so many characters you just can?t help but root for, all while you?re just as confused as they are about...

  • Adam Dalva
    Mar 16, 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, ...

    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, ...

  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    May 30, 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, ...

    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, ...

    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...

    Happy UK Publication Day to this brilliant dystopian! Wow. This book was a revelation. From the start I did not know what was happening, how the story would develop or where it would end... BUT I WAS 100% HOOKED!!!! From page one I was thoroughly ensnared and did not want to put t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    Review to come... ...

    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...

    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...

  • Samantha Allen
    Mar 07, 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, ...

    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, ...

    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...

    Happy UK Publication Day to this brilliant dystopian! Wow. This book was a revelation. From the start I did not know what was happening, how the story would develop or where it would end... BUT I WAS 100% HOOKED!!!! From page one I was thoroughly ensnared and did not want to put t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    Review to come... ...

    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...

    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...

    Best debut I've read in a long, loooong time! RTC - 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 a...

    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...

    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...

    I think this is my second 5 star book of 2018, so that should tell you something. When I get done editing my current manuscript I'm going to have SO many reviews to catch up on, and this is one of those books I will definitely write a review for. I will say, the ending is not what I...

    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...

    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...

    The Book of M uses a simple premise: sometime in the future, the population is afflicted by "The Forgetting" - a phenomenon where people lose their shadows, and with that their memories. It seems like a far-fetched idea, but as the story unravels, it becomes (almost) believable that th...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher. It does not impact my review. The Book of M is certainly an ambitious debut. Covering multiple characters, countries, and time in painstaking detail, it explores a new dystopian world where the loss of memories results in dangerous...

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Harper Voyager in exchange for an honest review. I also read a large part of this book via audiobook, which was purchased through my own Audible account. The Book of M is a one of the best post-apocalyptic fiction I have read in recent...

    I'm not sure how or when I added this to my "to read" queue. But I saw the audiobook on Hoopla one day, recognized it as in my "to read" queue, and downloaded all 17 hours. It was entertaining! From start to finish. Good post-apocalpytic world-building, interesting characters, powe...

    Check out my book review on my blog here: https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress... Gripping, intriguing, fantastic! Three words to describe this book. This book was seriously amazing! I loved how it was very intriguing from the very beginning and draws you into the unknown and unfat...

    What Shepherd has done with this book is unlike ANYTHING I have ever read? dystopia, science fiction, magical realism, a mystery, a love story, a beautiful weaving together of so many characters you just can?t help but root for, all while you?re just as confused as they are about...

    Mysterious! Mystical! Jaw Dropping Thrills! Darkness and death are both valleys we must stroll through in living our lives. Which will you choose? Who we are as a living being is not merely a construct of a bowl of memories carefully slipped together. What shall happen if I lose s...

    Soooo I ended up enjoying this book for the most part. I had a few minor issues with it, but as a whole it was a really enjoyable reading experience. I put a spoiler warning on this review because I wanted to mention that (to me) there?s an awesome twist at the end. One thing I didn?...

    I admit I found out about this fabulous debut after meeting the author at Phoenix Comic Con and sharing a drink with her amid a group of other fellow authors. I could see how thrilled she was to have her book coming out soon and so I in turn was excited to see what she had done. I boug...

    I was lucky enough to be given an advanced copy of The Book of M in exchange for an honest review. So to sum it up, go buy this book as soon as it comes out, because you won?t find a more engaging and refreshingly original dystopian story anywhere out there. And believe me, I?ve lo...

  • Emer
    Jun 06, 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, ...

    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, ...

    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...

    Happy UK Publication Day to this brilliant dystopian! Wow. This book was a revelation. From the start I did not know what was happening, how the story would develop or where it would end... BUT I WAS 100% HOOKED!!!! From page one I was thoroughly ensnared and did not want to put t...

  • Krista
    Jun 18, 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, ...

    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, ...

    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...

    Happy UK Publication Day to this brilliant dystopian! Wow. This book was a revelation. From the start I did not know what was happening, how the story would develop or where it would end... BUT I WAS 100% HOOKED!!!! From page one I was thoroughly ensnared and did not want to put t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    Review to come... ...

    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...

    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...

    Best debut I've read in a long, loooong time! RTC - 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 a...

    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...

  • Brian Durfee
    Jun 04, 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, ...

    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, ...

    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...

    Happy UK Publication Day to this brilliant dystopian! Wow. This book was a revelation. From the start I did not know what was happening, how the story would develop or where it would end... BUT I WAS 100% HOOKED!!!! From page one I was thoroughly ensnared and did not want to put t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    Review to come... ...

    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...

    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...

    Best debut I've read in a long, loooong time! RTC - 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 a...

    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...

    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...

    I think this is my second 5 star book of 2018, so that should tell you something. When I get done editing my current manuscript I'm going to have SO many reviews to catch up on, and this is one of those books I will definitely write a review for. I will say, the ending is not what I...

    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...

    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...

    The Book of M uses a simple premise: sometime in the future, the population is afflicted by "The Forgetting" - a phenomenon where people lose their shadows, and with that their memories. It seems like a far-fetched idea, but as the story unravels, it becomes (almost) believable that th...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher. It does not impact my review. The Book of M is certainly an ambitious debut. Covering multiple characters, countries, and time in painstaking detail, it explores a new dystopian world where the loss of memories results in dangerous...

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Harper Voyager in exchange for an honest review. I also read a large part of this book via audiobook, which was purchased through my own Audible account. The Book of M is a one of the best post-apocalyptic fiction I have read in recent...

    I'm not sure how or when I added this to my "to read" queue. But I saw the audiobook on Hoopla one day, recognized it as in my "to read" queue, and downloaded all 17 hours. It was entertaining! From start to finish. Good post-apocalpytic world-building, interesting characters, powe...

    Check out my book review on my blog here: https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress... Gripping, intriguing, fantastic! Three words to describe this book. This book was seriously amazing! I loved how it was very intriguing from the very beginning and draws you into the unknown and unfat...

    What Shepherd has done with this book is unlike ANYTHING I have ever read? dystopia, science fiction, magical realism, a mystery, a love story, a beautiful weaving together of so many characters you just can?t help but root for, all while you?re just as confused as they are about...

    Mysterious! Mystical! Jaw Dropping Thrills! Darkness and death are both valleys we must stroll through in living our lives. Which will you choose? Who we are as a living being is not merely a construct of a bowl of memories carefully slipped together. What shall happen if I lose s...

    Soooo I ended up enjoying this book for the most part. I had a few minor issues with it, but as a whole it was a really enjoyable reading experience. I put a spoiler warning on this review because I wanted to mention that (to me) there?s an awesome twist at the end. One thing I didn?...

    I admit I found out about this fabulous debut after meeting the author at Phoenix Comic Con and sharing a drink with her amid a group of other fellow authors. I could see how thrilled she was to have her book coming out soon and so I in turn was excited to see what she had done. I boug...

  • Karen
    Jun 17, 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, ...

    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, ...

    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...

    Happy UK Publication Day to this brilliant dystopian! Wow. This book was a revelation. From the start I did not know what was happening, how the story would develop or where it would end... BUT I WAS 100% HOOKED!!!! From page one I was thoroughly ensnared and did not want to put t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Stephanie
    May 19, 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, ...

    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, ...

    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...

    Happy UK Publication Day to this brilliant dystopian! Wow. This book was a revelation. From the start I did not know what was happening, how the story would develop or where it would end... BUT I WAS 100% HOOKED!!!! From page one I was thoroughly ensnared and did not want to put t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    Review to come... ...

    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...

    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...

    Best debut I've read in a long, loooong time! RTC - 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 a...

    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...

    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...

    I think this is my second 5 star book of 2018, so that should tell you something. When I get done editing my current manuscript I'm going to have SO many reviews to catch up on, and this is one of those books I will definitely write a review for. I will say, the ending is not what I...

    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...

    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...

    The Book of M uses a simple premise: sometime in the future, the population is afflicted by "The Forgetting" - a phenomenon where people lose their shadows, and with that their memories. It seems like a far-fetched idea, but as the story unravels, it becomes (almost) believable that th...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher. It does not impact my review. The Book of M is certainly an ambitious debut. Covering multiple characters, countries, and time in painstaking detail, it explores a new dystopian world where the loss of memories results in dangerous...

  • Chihoe Ho
    Jun 05, 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, ...

    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, ...

    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...

    Happy UK Publication Day to this brilliant dystopian! Wow. This book was a revelation. From the start I did not know what was happening, how the story would develop or where it would end... BUT I WAS 100% HOOKED!!!! From page one I was thoroughly ensnared and did not want to put t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    Review to come... ...

    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...

    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...

    Best debut I've read in a long, loooong time! RTC - 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 a...

    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...

    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...

    I think this is my second 5 star book of 2018, so that should tell you something. When I get done editing my current manuscript I'm going to have SO many reviews to catch up on, and this is one of those books I will definitely write a review for. I will say, the ending is not what I...

    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...

    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...

    The Book of M uses a simple premise: sometime in the future, the population is afflicted by "The Forgetting" - a phenomenon where people lose their shadows, and with that their memories. It seems like a far-fetched idea, but as the story unravels, it becomes (almost) believable that th...

  • Jenny
    Jun 30, 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, ...

    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, ...

    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...

    Happy UK Publication Day to this brilliant dystopian! Wow. This book was a revelation. From the start I did not know what was happening, how the story would develop or where it would end... BUT I WAS 100% HOOKED!!!! From page one I was thoroughly ensnared and did not want to put t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    Review to come... ...

    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...

    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...

    Best debut I've read in a long, loooong time! RTC - 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 a...

    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...

    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...

    I think this is my second 5 star book of 2018, so that should tell you something. When I get done editing my current manuscript I'm going to have SO many reviews to catch up on, and this is one of those books I will definitely write a review for. I will say, the ending is not what I...

    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...

    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...

    The Book of M uses a simple premise: sometime in the future, the population is afflicted by "The Forgetting" - a phenomenon where people lose their shadows, and with that their memories. It seems like a far-fetched idea, but as the story unravels, it becomes (almost) believable that th...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher. It does not impact my review. The Book of M is certainly an ambitious debut. Covering multiple characters, countries, and time in painstaking detail, it explores a new dystopian world where the loss of memories results in dangerous...

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Harper Voyager in exchange for an honest review. I also read a large part of this book via audiobook, which was purchased through my own Audible account. The Book of M is a one of the best post-apocalyptic fiction I have read in recent...

    I'm not sure how or when I added this to my "to read" queue. But I saw the audiobook on Hoopla one day, recognized it as in my "to read" queue, and downloaded all 17 hours. It was entertaining! From start to finish. Good post-apocalpytic world-building, interesting characters, powe...

    Check out my book review on my blog here: https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress... Gripping, intriguing, fantastic! Three words to describe this book. This book was seriously amazing! I loved how it was very intriguing from the very beginning and draws you into the unknown and unfat...

    What Shepherd has done with this book is unlike ANYTHING I have ever read? dystopia, science fiction, magical realism, a mystery, a love story, a beautiful weaving together of so many characters you just can?t help but root for, all while you?re just as confused as they are about...

    Mysterious! Mystical! Jaw Dropping Thrills! Darkness and death are both valleys we must stroll through in living our lives. Which will you choose? Who we are as a living being is not merely a construct of a bowl of memories carefully slipped together. What shall happen if I lose s...

    Soooo I ended up enjoying this book for the most part. I had a few minor issues with it, but as a whole it was a really enjoyable reading experience. I put a spoiler warning on this review because I wanted to mention that (to me) there?s an awesome twist at the end. One thing I didn?...

    I admit I found out about this fabulous debut after meeting the author at Phoenix Comic Con and sharing a drink with her amid a group of other fellow authors. I could see how thrilled she was to have her book coming out soon and so I in turn was excited to see what she had done. I boug...

    I was lucky enough to be given an advanced copy of The Book of M in exchange for an honest review. So to sum it up, go buy this book as soon as it comes out, because you won?t find a more engaging and refreshingly original dystopian story anywhere out there. And believe me, I?ve lo...

    I just couldn?t make myself finish this book, and I ALWAYS finish books, no matter how painful. So this is a first for me. I bought this book because of all the favorable reviews and the premise of the story, a post apocalyptic world where memories are tied to shadows and purple begi...

  • Janelle
    Jun 07, 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, ...

    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, ...

    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...

    Happy UK Publication Day to this brilliant dystopian! Wow. This book was a revelation. From the start I did not know what was happening, how the story would develop or where it would end... BUT I WAS 100% HOOKED!!!! From page one I was thoroughly ensnared and did not want to put t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    Review to come... ...

  • Kara
    Jun 21, 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, ...

    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, ...

    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...

    Happy UK Publication Day to this brilliant dystopian! Wow. This book was a revelation. From the start I did not know what was happening, how the story would develop or where it would end... BUT I WAS 100% HOOKED!!!! From page one I was thoroughly ensnared and did not want to put t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    Review to come... ...

    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...

    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...

    Best debut I've read in a long, loooong time! RTC - 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 a...

    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...

    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...

    I think this is my second 5 star book of 2018, so that should tell you something. When I get done editing my current manuscript I'm going to have SO many reviews to catch up on, and this is one of those books I will definitely write a review for. I will say, the ending is not what I...

  • Emma
    Jul 02, 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, ...

    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, ...

    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...

    Happy UK Publication Day to this brilliant dystopian! Wow. This book was a revelation. From the start I did not know what was happening, how the story would develop or where it would end... BUT I WAS 100% HOOKED!!!! From page one I was thoroughly ensnared and did not want to put t...

    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...

    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...

  • Frank
    Jul 04, 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, ...

    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, ...

    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...

    Happy UK Publication Day to this brilliant dystopian! Wow. This book was a revelation. From the start I did not know what was happening, how the story would develop or where it would end... BUT I WAS 100% HOOKED!!!! From page one I was thoroughly ensnared and did not want to put t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    Review to come... ...

    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...

    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...

    Best debut I've read in a long, loooong time! RTC - 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 a...

    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...

    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...

    I think this is my second 5 star book of 2018, so that should tell you something. When I get done editing my current manuscript I'm going to have SO many reviews to catch up on, and this is one of those books I will definitely write a review for. I will say, the ending is not what I...

    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...

  • Michelle
    Jun 29, 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, ...

    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, ...

    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...

    Happy UK Publication Day to this brilliant dystopian! Wow. This book was a revelation. From the start I did not know what was happening, how the story would develop or where it would end... BUT I WAS 100% HOOKED!!!! From page one I was thoroughly ensnared and did not want to put t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    Review to come... ...

    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...

    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...

    Best debut I've read in a long, loooong time! RTC - 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 a...

    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...

    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...

    I think this is my second 5 star book of 2018, so that should tell you something. When I get done editing my current manuscript I'm going to have SO many reviews to catch up on, and this is one of those books I will definitely write a review for. I will say, the ending is not what I...

    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...

    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...

    The Book of M uses a simple premise: sometime in the future, the population is afflicted by "The Forgetting" - a phenomenon where people lose their shadows, and with that their memories. It seems like a far-fetched idea, but as the story unravels, it becomes (almost) believable that th...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher. It does not impact my review. The Book of M is certainly an ambitious debut. Covering multiple characters, countries, and time in painstaking detail, it explores a new dystopian world where the loss of memories results in dangerous...

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Harper Voyager in exchange for an honest review. I also read a large part of this book via audiobook, which was purchased through my own Audible account. The Book of M is a one of the best post-apocalyptic fiction I have read in recent...

    I'm not sure how or when I added this to my "to read" queue. But I saw the audiobook on Hoopla one day, recognized it as in my "to read" queue, and downloaded all 17 hours. It was entertaining! From start to finish. Good post-apocalpytic world-building, interesting characters, powe...

    Check out my book review on my blog here: https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress... Gripping, intriguing, fantastic! Three words to describe this book. This book was seriously amazing! I loved how it was very intriguing from the very beginning and draws you into the unknown and unfat...

  • Kaitlin
    May 29, 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, ...

    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, ...

    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...

    Happy UK Publication Day to this brilliant dystopian! Wow. This book was a revelation. From the start I did not know what was happening, how the story would develop or where it would end... BUT I WAS 100% HOOKED!!!! From page one I was thoroughly ensnared and did not want to put t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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, ...

    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, ...

    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...

    Happy UK Publication Day to this brilliant dystopian! Wow. This book was a revelation. From the start I did not know what was happening, how the story would develop or where it would end... BUT I WAS 100% HOOKED!!!! From page one I was thoroughly ensnared and did not want to put t...

    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

    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, ...

    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, ...

    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...

    Happy UK Publication Day to this brilliant dystopian! Wow. This book was a revelation. From the start I did not know what was happening, how the story would develop or where it would end... BUT I WAS 100% HOOKED!!!! From page one I was thoroughly ensnared and did not want to put t...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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, ...

    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, ...

    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...

    Happy UK Publication Day to this brilliant dystopian! Wow. This book was a revelation. From the start I did not know what was happening, how the story would develop or where it would end... BUT I WAS 100% HOOKED!!!! From page one I was thoroughly ensnared and did not want to put t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    Review to come... ...

    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...

    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...

    Best debut I've read in a long, loooong time! RTC - 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 a...

    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...

    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...

  • Donna Hines
    Jul 21, 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, ...

    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, ...

    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...

    Happy UK Publication Day to this brilliant dystopian! Wow. This book was a revelation. From the start I did not know what was happening, how the story would develop or where it would end... BUT I WAS 100% HOOKED!!!! From page one I was thoroughly ensnared and did not want to put t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    Review to come... ...

    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...

    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...

    Best debut I've read in a long, loooong time! RTC - 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 a...

    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...

    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...

    I think this is my second 5 star book of 2018, so that should tell you something. When I get done editing my current manuscript I'm going to have SO many reviews to catch up on, and this is one of those books I will definitely write a review for. I will say, the ending is not what I...

    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...

    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...

    The Book of M uses a simple premise: sometime in the future, the population is afflicted by "The Forgetting" - a phenomenon where people lose their shadows, and with that their memories. It seems like a far-fetched idea, but as the story unravels, it becomes (almost) believable that th...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher. It does not impact my review. The Book of M is certainly an ambitious debut. Covering multiple characters, countries, and time in painstaking detail, it explores a new dystopian world where the loss of memories results in dangerous...

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Harper Voyager in exchange for an honest review. I also read a large part of this book via audiobook, which was purchased through my own Audible account. The Book of M is a one of the best post-apocalyptic fiction I have read in recent...

    I'm not sure how or when I added this to my "to read" queue. But I saw the audiobook on Hoopla one day, recognized it as in my "to read" queue, and downloaded all 17 hours. It was entertaining! From start to finish. Good post-apocalpytic world-building, interesting characters, powe...

    Check out my book review on my blog here: https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress... Gripping, intriguing, fantastic! Three words to describe this book. This book was seriously amazing! I loved how it was very intriguing from the very beginning and draws you into the unknown and unfat...

    What Shepherd has done with this book is unlike ANYTHING I have ever read? dystopia, science fiction, magical realism, a mystery, a love story, a beautiful weaving together of so many characters you just can?t help but root for, all while you?re just as confused as they are about...

    Mysterious! Mystical! Jaw Dropping Thrills! Darkness and death are both valleys we must stroll through in living our lives. Which will you choose? Who we are as a living being is not merely a construct of a bowl of memories carefully slipped together. What shall happen if I lose s...

  • Emily
    Jul 17, 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, ...

    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, ...

    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...

    Happy UK Publication Day to this brilliant dystopian! Wow. This book was a revelation. From the start I did not know what was happening, how the story would develop or where it would end... BUT I WAS 100% HOOKED!!!! From page one I was thoroughly ensnared and did not want to put t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    Review to come... ...

    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...

  • Meekachii
    Jul 12, 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, ...

    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, ...

    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...

    Happy UK Publication Day to this brilliant dystopian! Wow. This book was a revelation. From the start I did not know what was happening, how the story would develop or where it would end... BUT I WAS 100% HOOKED!!!! From page one I was thoroughly ensnared and did not want to put t...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    Review to come... ...

    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...

    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...

    Best debut I've read in a long, loooong time! RTC - 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 a...

    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...

    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...

    I think this is my second 5 star book of 2018, so that should tell you something. When I get done editing my current manuscript I'm going to have SO many reviews to catch up on, and this is one of those books I will definitely write a review for. I will say, the ending is not what I...

    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...

    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...

    The Book of M uses a simple premise: sometime in the future, the population is afflicted by "The Forgetting" - a phenomenon where people lose their shadows, and with that their memories. It seems like a far-fetched idea, but as the story unravels, it becomes (almost) believable that th...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher. It does not impact my review. The Book of M is certainly an ambitious debut. Covering multiple characters, countries, and time in painstaking detail, it explores a new dystopian world where the loss of memories results in dangerous...

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Harper Voyager in exchange for an honest review. I also read a large part of this book via audiobook, which was purchased through my own Audible account. The Book of M is a one of the best post-apocalyptic fiction I have read in recent...

    I'm not sure how or when I added this to my "to read" queue. But I saw the audiobook on Hoopla one day, recognized it as in my "to read" queue, and downloaded all 17 hours. It was entertaining! From start to finish. Good post-apocalpytic world-building, interesting characters, powe...

    Check out my book review on my blog here: https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress... Gripping, intriguing, fantastic! Three words to describe this book. This book was seriously amazing! I loved how it was very intriguing from the very beginning and draws you into the unknown and unfat...

    What Shepherd has done with this book is unlike ANYTHING I have ever read? dystopia, science fiction, magical realism, a mystery, a love story, a beautiful weaving together of so many characters you just can?t help but root for, all while you?re just as confused as they are about...

    Mysterious! Mystical! Jaw Dropping Thrills! Darkness and death are both valleys we must stroll through in living our lives. Which will you choose? Who we are as a living being is not merely a construct of a bowl of memories carefully slipped together. What shall happen if I lose s...

    Soooo I ended up enjoying this book for the most part. I had a few minor issues with it, but as a whole it was a really enjoyable reading experience. I put a spoiler warning on this review because I wanted to mention that (to me) there?s an awesome twist at the end. One thing I didn?...