The State of the Reader: 11/23/16

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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: 4

Title: The Mabinogion Tetralogy
Author: Evangeline Walton
Date Added: August 24, 2014
Date Started: July 31, 2016

Medium: Paperback
Progress: 39%

I’m actually further along in this book than Goodreads would like to believe.  The count is higher on the edition there, a little over 900 pages, but my copy only has 718.  I noticed something was off when I saw I was nearly halfway through, but the percentage only had me around a third.

I have one chapter left in the second “branch,” and since there are four of them, it makes sense I should be nearly halfway done.

Title: The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones
Author: George R R Martin
Date Added: January 7, 2015
Date Started: February 8, 2015

Media: Hardback
Progress: 87%

I’m rounding the final corner with this book and should hopefully finish next week.  I really want to read the section on Asshai by the Shadow.  There’s some dark truth to be garnered from there and where we see a great deal of GRRM’s Lovecraftian leanings.

Title: The Ghost of Buxton Manor
Author: Jonathon L. Ferrara
Date Added: August 16, 2016
Date Started: October 17, 2016

Media: Kindle
Progress: 48%

I reached an integral part in this novel.  We’ll say the term “necromancer” was looked up.  Now I know what that means, but I suppose 17 year old boys would be a bit clueless, although I think I was familiar with the term around that age…

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Series Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Date Added: June 15, 2016
Date Started: November 20, 2016

Media: Paperback
Progress: 8%

I’m hooked already, and need to thank Katherine McIntyre for recommending it.  The writing is lush and prosaic with a bite behind.  I’m also thankful to Ms. Maas for seamlessly tell the reading how to pronounce the main character’s name: Feyre.  I was saying/thinking “FAY-er” in my head, but it’s said “FAY-ruh,” which makes sense given the story’s subject matter.

Fanfictions Finished: 0

In Progress Fanfictions Read: 1

Title: I’m the Darkness, You’re the Starlight
Author: runicmagitek
Fandom: FFVI
Pairing: Celes Chere/Setzer Gabbiani

You have to love when a writer finally resolves the UST (unresolved sexual tension for the non-TV Tropes literate), though I felt bad that it took me so long to read the next installation after she’d updated it about a week ago.

Fanfictions Currently Reading: 0

Fanfictions Added to TBR List: 0

Books Added to Goodreads TBR List This Week: 6

Title: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Date Added: November 16, 2016

Two embarrassing confessions: not only have I never read this, but I didn’t realize it was written by the illustrious RLS of Treasure Island fame, but I’ve also never finished Treasure Island so there’s that.  I attempted it on numerous occasions, but it didn’t hold my interest.  I did enjoy the BBC’s Jekyll though (which you should all check out; it’s magnificent), so I figured I might be able to mange this one.  Besides, I need to read this as a precursor to the book below.

Title: The Jekyll Revelation
Author: Robert Masello
Date Added: November 16, 2016

Reviewed here by Kim of By Hook or By Book, this is the reason I (finally) now need to read the original classic above.  I am a fan of dual identity stories and unity of opposite motifs.

Title: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
Series Title: Wayfarers
Author: Becky Chambers
Date Added: November 16, 2016

This was one of the books I passed numerous times in my Goodreads newsfeeds, but as it was on a top five dystopian novels list by Cupcakes and Machetes described as a character driven space opera, I did a full stop and added it.  I’m becoming more  of a sci-fi girl by the second, and it’s really all thanks for FFVII for being sci-fi/fantasy fusion.  Haha, and I remember the time when I had no interest in that game for that very reason.  Memories.

Title: Hyperion
Series Title: Hyperion Cantos
Author: Dan Simmons
Date Added: November 17, 2016

Added this after a conversation with the creator of Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings on my last Question of the Week post about favorite dystopias.  It’s purported to be heartbreaking but uplifting, which is my preferred method to dine.

Title: The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon – The Story Behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World
Author: Steven L. Kent
Date Added: November 18, 2016

I’ve passed this book in bookstores quite a few times, picked it, thumbed through it, but never made the purchase.  Then I ♥ Old Games did a quick post on it, and I figured I might as well add it to my TBR list under “References.”  I’ll get to it eventually.

Title: The Secret Life of Souls
Authors: Jack Ketchum & Lucky McKee
Date Added: November 18, 2016

I usually wait until I’ve read a sample before adding a book to my “Really Want to Read” sublist, but I may make an exception with this one.  Reviewed by Kim of By Hook or By Book with a glowing five stars, the novel offers the unorthodox point of view in Caity, a dog who knows the truth about her haunting family.  I want to keep this one on my radar among the ever growing sea of additional novels.

Total Books on Goodreads TBR List: 523
Change from Last Week: +4

Books Added to Goodreads To Be Reread List This Week: 0

Books Purchased This Week: 0

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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15 thoughts on “The State of the Reader: 11/23/16

  1. Pingback: The State of the Reader: 11/16/16 | The Shameful Narcissist Speaks

  2. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is on my TBR list as well. It seems like it would be entertaining.

    I just finished reading Chapter 6 of a really powerful but well-written fan fiction. What was that novel called now…? 🙂

    I’m also still working away at Scrying for Summer. I’m loving the Jev/Liam dynamic so far. Jev is such a sarcastic badass and just plain awesome! I’m easily hooked on a novel if I love the characters, lol

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    • It took me a while to add that, but a fellow blogger wrote a stellar review and I thought a bit better of it! I like the disparate stories/characters coming together, so I figured what the heck.

      Aw *blushes* I think I’m going to work on editing Chapter 7 tonight after I finish editing the FFIV review so I can have it post tomorrow for Final Fantasy Friday. Since I’m off there’s no reason I can’t get a bunch of things done.

      I need to catch up on my reading of that! I started it, but then got distracted. I think once I finish the current story I’m reading on my Kindle I’ll go back to it. It’s not that long, so I should be able to breeze through.

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  3. How exciting that you’re nearly finished with A World of Ice and Fire! 🙂 I just absolutely love GRRM’s worldbuilding. Your book you added to your TBR list, The Ultimate History of Video Games, made me think of a movie you may enjoy if you haven’t seen it before. It’s called “Indie Game: The Movie”. (It has a sequel that I haven’t seen yet and thus can’t speak for, but the first is amazing.) It follows several indie game developers who made games like Super Meat Boy, Fez, and Braid. Seeing their journeys in creating something that are so passionate about is really inspiring and it was cool getting to know more about the creators behind the games.

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    • I just want The Winds of Winter so badly so I’ve got to find some Ice and Fire subject matter to entertain myself in the meantime lol. I follow a lot of theorists on YouTube, too, and eventually I’ll find the time to write more essays. I think after I finish my Final Fantasy Tarot series I’ll do something similar for Song of Ice and Fire. I’ve already figured out the Fool 😉

      I haven’t heard of this movie! But I have heard of Meat Boy. That’s made by the same developer who did The Binding of Isaac. I don’t even remember how I found that game, but it was equal parts, cool and creepy. I watched and Let’s Play of it for a while and of course refreshed myself on the Biblical story. So. Messed. Up. Sadly, I know people whose mothers were, while not that extreme, like that. In fact one of my friends just had her mom warn her against demon worship because she’s a self-proclaimed witch *sigh* Let me add this “Indie Game” to my list…

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      • Yeah, it’s crazy to think that there are people out there like the mom from Binding of Isaac. (That is a really fun game too!) I agree 100% about it being equal parts creepy/cool. 🙂 I feel your pain about Winds of Winter. I know it will be worth the wait, it’s just so darn hard doing the waiting! lol I think that is a really cool idea to do a GOT/ASOIAF tarot series when you’re finished with the Final Fantasy one. 😀

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        • It’s truly horrifying that people can abandon reason for something like that. I don’t want to rag on anyone’s faith/religion because I like to consider myself a true agnostic as in I really don’t know (though the past few weeks have nudged me more towards the non-believing end *sigh*), and if faith gets you up in the morning and gets you through tough times, I’m not going to deride that. But it’s when you use it to subjugate/hurt other people that I have a problem. Now I want to watch more of that Binding of Isaac lets’ play!

          I figure I might as well do something to pass the time! Heck I could even do a thing where I look at which character I use for which card from both Song and FF and compare them. Nothing is off limits 😀

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