The State of the Reader: 5/4/16

The State of the Reader: 5/11/16–>

A weekly post updated every Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and where I am with them in addition to what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list.  Title links go to Goodreads to make it easier for interested parties to add any books that might strike their fancy.  I attempt to use the covers for the edition I’m reading, and I’ll mention if this is not the case.  If you have a Goodreads account feel free to friend me!  I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.

Books Currently Reading: 6

Change from Last Week: +1

Title: The Light of the Fireflies
Paul Pen
Translator: Simon Bruni

Light of the Fireflies, TheMedium: Kindle
Progress: 13%

This is the newest edition to my reading repertoire and why my count has risen to six.  My BFF texted me about this book with a comment about how she believed she’d finally found her reading niche in “creepy as fuck.”  I looked it up and was instantly intrigued by the “what’s really going on” paradigm.  I love a good mystery and an eerie, potentially human experiment centered one always lifts my ears.  There are no names given to add to the almost inhuman and definitely inhumane atmosphere of this tale concerning a family locked away and/or hidden underground.  Besides “the boy” whom we follow as the protagonist, his other family members have been severely burned by an unknown cause.  When his sister gives birth, everyone begins acting strangely (especially considering there are only two possible fathers…her own and her and the boy’s older brother *shudders*), and the boy clings to the hope brought by fireflies that wander into their basement making him want to escape to find more of that light.

The chapters are fairly short, and I breeze through about three every night.  I’ve even taking time out from working on The Broken Rose to read this.  It is extremely hard to put down and is only around 340 pages.

Title: Windhaven
Authors: George R R Martin and Lisa Tuttle

WindhavenMedium: Paperback
Progress: 28%

I’ll be honest; I haven’t picked up this book in a while.  It started out really strong with such high stakes, but once I got to the middle portion titled “One-Wing” (which you’d think would completely capture my attention), my interest fell off.  The potential loses won’t be nearly as devastating to our protagonist Maris, and the conflict is more of a rivalry than anything else.  I do intend to finish it, but (like most things and my eternal excuse) writing has taken more of a priority than reading.

Title: Paradise Lost
: John Milton

Paradise LostMedium: Paperback

I’m sorry I haven’t had time to read this one.  I’m on Book IX and it’s finally gotten interesting again after two boring books of Adam, Eve, and Raphael talking about the war in Heaven, SNORE.  We all knew how that was going to end.  Eve and her consort (see what I did there) are such goody two shoes, that I’m actually glad the most fallen of angels arrives to stir things up.  This may (also) make me the basest of blasphemers, but the most interesting parts are with Satan.  He has the best lines and is the most sympathetic character.  I’ll have a lot to say about this paradigm and many others when I write my extensive review.

This is one of my prerequisite reads for many essays such as ones about FFVII (of course since that narrative is the reason I’m reading PL anyway), ASOIAF (thanks to my favorite YouTube theorists for pointing me in the direction of the connection with that), and general fantasy examinations.

Title: Taggerung
Author: Brian Jacques

TaggerungMedium: Paperback
Progress: 50%

This is a reread for me.  I discovered the wonderful Redwall Series many years ago when I was a wee, young lass.  I remember seeing Martin the Warrior in a bookstore and laughing aloud at the absurdity of a mouse with a sword and armor, but the friend I was with at the time informed me it was quite a good series, and it’s not like I hadn’t read animal-centric fiction/fantasy before so I gave it a try starting with the firstI’ve read nearly all of them, but had trouble getting into Rakkety Tam and abandoned the series not long before Mr. Jacques sadly left us.  While I’m not averse to a formula (I use it myself…hell all writers do), it just became too trite with not enough mixing around of the elements, but I’ll have more to say on this in my review.

I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why my subconscious was goading me to reread Taggerung, but then I remembered it’s about *spoiler* a happy reunion between a mother and son, *end spoiler* I looked at my favorite narratives in addition to the time of the year and realized I needed that light in my life.

Title: Dreamsongs Volume II
Author: George R R Martin

Dreamsongs Volume IIMedium: Paperback
Progress: 40%

Mr. Martin takes the illustrious honor of being on here twice; however, I’m struggling through the one story in here “Shell Games.”  It just doesn’t hold my my interest and I’m just plugging through.  I think the issue is lack of an identifiable/sympathetic main character.  Besides the Tuf Voyaging excerpts, this volume is less enjoyable to me so far.  I’m hoping it will pick up with later tales.  I wasn’t particularly intrigued by the screenplay section possibly because it was in that style instead of story narrative.  I’m not giving up yet, but Dreamsongs more than likely won’t be read again until I finish Rose.

Title: The Mystical Qabalah
Author: Dion Fortune

Mystical Qabalah, TheMedium: Paperback
Progress: 62%

This is another of my “I’m reading this because of FFVII” volumes.  It concerns the Tree of Life and Holy Sephiroth.  I’ve been attempting to finish Dion Fortune’s magnum opus for about a decade now, and this is the farthest I’ve ever gotten.  It’s one of the best books published about Western Qabalistic traditions and is also one of the prerequisites for the essays I mentioned above.

Books Added to Goodreads This Week: 5

Title: The Passion of Dolssa
Author: Julie Berry
Date Added: May 3, 2015

Passion of Dolssa, TheOne of my favorite bloggers The Ink Garden posted a review of this book yesterday and was so passionate about it that I had to add it to my list.  I’m not usually one for historical fiction, but the power of a good review can change the most stubborn of minds.  I also don’t want to utterly discount any genre, especially since the majority of things I really love I had no interest in at first due to some other aspect I thought unappealing. FFVII was too sci-fi; ASOIAF or rather the first book A Game of Thrones wasn’t about what I thought it was; Harry Potter was YA (yes, really); Frozen changed too much of the original story, and so on and so on.

Title: Warbreaker
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Date Added: May 4, 2016

WarbreakerStaying in the vein of listening to a respected source, one of my favorite bloggers Bar de Porto recommended this book in her weekly Game of Thrones Q and A with Tony Teflon.  I’ve read Sanderson before, and he was not to my liking as I expressed in my review of Mistborn.  However, I’m willing to give him another chance.  Hell, I may even give The Wheel of Time another turn (pun intended) since they’re making it into a TV series now.  I managed to finish the first one, but not even five pages into the second I called it quits.  Here’s to taking a second look.

Title: The Sword of Maiden’s Tears
Author: Rosemary Edghill

Sword of Maiden's Tears, TheI don’t even remember why I added this.  I believe I was going through my WordPress reader and came across a review of it.  It intrigued me enough to add it to my list.  I usually keep Goodreads open while I’m scrolling through my updates just in case of such contingencies.

Ah!  I know exactly why I added it!!  This description:

“It was Beltane Eve and student librarian Ruth Marlowe’s thirtieth birthday when she stumbled over New York City’s latest mugging victim. He was tall, with long silvery hair, catlike eyes…”  SOLD.  If you’ve been following this blog for any time whatsoever, it should be beyond obvious as to why.

Title: The Dog Who Spoke with Gods
Author: Diane Jessup

Dog Who Spoke with Gods, TheI started reading this book years ago in my late teens/early twenties mall working days.  I used to go to the bookstore at my lunch break and partake in the free reading it provided.  Since I was consistently low on disposable income at that time in my life, I had to pick and choose when and what books I would spend it on, and they were mostly of the fantasy genre.  While this story was intriguing, I just didn’t have the cash at the time to dole out the $20 or so necessary for the hardback it only came in.  I’m not even sure what reminded me of it, but it popped into my head a few days ago so I threw it on my list.  It’s was an absolutely fascinating account of a dog who’d do anything to better communicate with those strange “godlike” beings known as humans.

Title: Outcast
Adrienne Kress
Date Added: April 28, 2016

OutcastOne, the story is about angels snatching people away, and the main character (who’s female) catches one.  Second, the author’s name is Adrienne, and us Adriennes have to support one another!  It was additionally cool that I added this book on my birthday.  Also…angels ♥♥♥

What are you currently reading and/or what’s on your radar to read next?  What would you recommend based on my current and recently added?  As always I look forward to your comments and suggestions!

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6 thoughts on “The State of the Reader: 5/4/16

  1. Eeeks, I’m flattered by the mention. Now that I’ve gushed so much about Dolssa, I hope it’s to your taste. *fingers crossed* Though if not, it would still be interesting to hear your take. 🙂

    That Sword of Maiden’s Tears does sound awfully “familiar.” O.O You’ve got some other interesting things on your list too. *takes notes* I don’t have a Goodreads yet (I do read reviews on it but some of the drama has scared me away at times), but I’ll look you up if I ever take the plunge!

    My current reading pile is all non-fiction for research, as I’m trying to focus on writing this month, but hopefully I can find some new fiction at the library here (or failing that, re-read some favorites). I’m in a very small town at the moment, and they often don’t have what I’m looking for. I lucked out with Dolssa.

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    • Oh my god, don’t tell me there’s drama on Goodreads, too??! Ugh, luckily I’ve never had to deal with it. I did comment on this one review years ago, and I’ll often get updates on it when other say something. It was pretty intense, but Goodreads doesn’t have the best interface so I didn’t really see exactly what was being said; I just knew things had been said. I thankfully avoid the majority of the drama, and I really only use to it keep tracks of books I want to read. I believe you can block people or change your preferences to have to accept friendships. But believe me I understand avoiding drama…I just had my taste of it this past week, but that’s something email worthy and not for a happy conversation like this lol. Pinterest still remains mostly drama free 🙂

      Aw happy to give a mention! I can’t say when I’ll read Dolssa, but it’s on my list, and I’m going to try to update the State of the Reader every week along with a post called State of the Writer that I’m going to start for Saturdays. I’m SO close to being done the WIP. It’s maddening, and this always happens. I always feels like it takes forever to finish a story, but I think that’s only because I have the idea in my head that I’m “almost done,” when there’s really much more to do.

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      • Re: Goodreads drama: It’s just something I’ve seen occasionally. Sometimes with so many reviewers and authors mixing, feelings get hurt. It’s a great site, and nowhere is really free of drama, but sometimes it’s a bit too intense for me.
        Sorry you’ve been dealing with drama. 😦 If it’s anything you want to talk about, feel free to shoot me an email. *Hugs*
        Re: State of the Writer: Ooh, I’m excited for your updates! And congrats on being so close to finishing your WIP! From the word count it seems like it has been a pretty herculean task (and I am so looking forward to it when it’s edited and ready for release).

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        • *nods about Goodreads* Sounds like a similar problem with Amazon with troll reviewers purposely leaving low ratings and bad reviews. I’m all for critiques. It’s part and parcel of the writing/publishing process, and critiques can definitely sting, but when people are just purposely mean, that saddens and angers me. I remember Anne Rice speaking about this a few months ago. She said that it didn’t really matter to her, since she’s an established writer, but for an up and comer, it could be devastating. I’ve lucked out in not seeing too much of it since I just use the site as a repository for things I want to read/reread. I’ve posted a couple of reviews on there, but it’s not my primary source of that. I’ve yet to find a drama free site either, but I’m sorry you found such a intensity of it there.

          I’ll shoot you an email in a bit! It was quite a life lesson hehe.

          I just posted one! I’m going to start working on Rose in a bit actually. So close!

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