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.
Samples Read This Week
- The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins: Kept – I had this on my RWTR list, but I bumped it off of that. It’s interesting, but I’m not chaffing at the bit to read it. I put it on my library shelf though, so I’m sure I’ll get to it soon due to that marvelous resource.
- In the Eyes of Madness by Michael Pang: Passed – I can’t get into the writing style, and the poor editing job doesn’t help. I also read a review that said it was heavy handed in religion. Since the sample showed the main character seeming to be exasperated with the concept, this is probably going to be a “come to Jesus” type of novel where he realizes the error of his ways in being a Doubting Thomas, and stories like that just don’t interest me. 3 Gates of the Dead is by one of my very devout Catholic author friends where the main character has the Doubting Thomas mien, but by the end of the book, he still has his doubts and is trying to come to terms with everything. He’s not completely throwing away his belief in God, but doubts don’t just disappear, and it makes the MC more human and relatable. The premise of In the Eyes of Madness seems like something that would really draw my interest since I believe it starts off with the MC having some issue with his mother, and then he doesn’t know what’s real anymore before horror ensues (I’m probably simplifying it too much, but you get the gist of why this would pique my interest), but I have to pass.
- King’s Folly by Jill Williamson: Kept – I have a great fondness for main characters in command, control, or a leadership position who don’t abuse their power and authority. I don’t recall the captain’s name, but when an earthquake strikes right before he pulls his ship into port, his actions and the way his men react to him clearly show he’s worthy of their respect. While he doesn’t go down with his ship, he is the last to leave after making sure everyone else escaped. He also notes that many of his men can’t swim. The fact that he knows this means he cares enough to find out,; therefore, I care enough to read more.
- The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan: Kept – I really thought I wasn’t going to like this because on the surface it seems a bit too Harry Potter like (especially with the first sentence mentioning “half bloods”), but there’s a distinctive difference in style and mien. While both this and J. K. Rowling’s series have a young, white male protagonist with special powers, the source of magic and the reason humans can wield it is never fully outlined in HP’s world. It appears to just be genetic with no particular progenitor. Percy is the son of Poseidon, which means this book/series is going to utilize, at least on the surface, classical mythology.
- The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey: Kept – It’s hard for me to turn my back on winter tales. I’m quite obsessed with that season. What also drew me to this were the wife’s depressive thoughts and suicide ideation.
- Mirror Image by Michael Scott: Passed – It’s a mystery, horror thriller about an evil mirror, but it just didn’t grab me.
- Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone: Kept – A dead god and a young woman who was thrown out of her hidden school to crash to earth in a heap. Sounds like there’s some Paradise Lost influence going on with this, and I’m all about that.
- Curse of the Thirteenth Fey by Jane Yolen: Kept (RWTR) – I missed downloading this one when I was going through my list. It’s from 2013 and I’m downloading ones from 2016. I’m glad I noticed it as I was going through a new batch of book samples. I’ve read Jane Yolen before. Her Briar Rose is one of the most haunting fairy tale reworkings I’ve ever read.
- The Last Wish by Andrej Sapokowski: Kept – This is the book The Witcher game series is based on. I was going to say game devs love people with white hair, but it’s not just them. We could blame Michael Moorcock for this but it’s one of those tropes that’s older than dirt or as old as religion.
- Moon Called by Patricia Briggs: Kept (RWTR) – Holy shit, this one surprised me. I expected to give it a pass, because it’s urban fantasy and takes place in modern times, and this is exactly what I said in my latest State of the Gamer post about not discounting genres/formats. I like Mercy. I like that she’s a female mechanic and no one seems to give her shit for that. I’m actually hyped to read this book.
- Never Never by Colleen Hoover: Kept (RWTR)/Purchased – I had to force myself to stop reading this sample. I’ve read, seen, and played many stories about amnesia. It’s a trope so common it’s become trite, but this take on it is utterly new. Bounced between two points of view, both characters lose all memory of who they are including their names while they’re in the middle of their school day. It would be like you’re just going about your business, and all of a sudden all memory of your past just vanishes. You have to pretend you know people whose faces you don’t recognize (you don’t even know your own), because how would someone that’s known you your entire life react if you said you didn’t remember them? They’d think you were mocking or making a joke. When I saw how much the book was on Amazon, it was an easy purchase.
Books Purchased This Week: 4
Title: The Daemoniac
Series Title: A Dominion Mystery
Author: Kat Ross
Date Added: October 13, 2016
Date Purchased: July 3, 2017
Title: The Metaphysical Detective
Series Title: Riga Hayworth
Author: Kirsten Weiss
Date Added: October 22, 2016
Date Purchased: July 3, 2017
Title: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Date Added: November 16, 2016
Date Purchased: July 3, 2017
Title: Never Never
Series Title: Never Never
Author: Colleen Hoover
Date Added: August 26, 2016
Date Purchased: July 5, 2017
Average Price: $0.50
Books Finished This Week: 3
Title: Stone & Iris
Author: Jonathan Ballagh
Illustrator: Ben J. Adams
Date Added: May 25, 2017
Date Started: July 1, 2017
Date Finished: July 5, 2017
Reading Duration: 4 days
I think I may have to reread this, but I’m not 100% sure what happened. I’m wondering if it’s a meta-simulation. It’s only 32 pages, so it shouldn’t take me too long to reread. It’s also possible it’s supposed to be up for interpretation. Either way, the story definitely reminds me of SOMA and The Matrix.
Title: Saga, Volume 7
Series Title: Saga
Authors: Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples
Date Added: June 11, 2017
Date Started: June 24, 2017
Date Finished: July 2, 2017
Reading Duration: 8 days
I can’t. I just have no words for the end of this volume, and not just because it would utterly spoil the installment. There was something I knew was going to happen, and that was a gut punch on its own, but the way it ended…the final scenes were just harrowing. If you are a fan of fantasy/sci-fi, space opera and the like and you are not reading or planning to read this graphic novel, you are doing yourself no favors.
Series Title: Talon
Author: Julie Kagawa
Date Added: May 24, 2016
Date Started: June 10, 2017
Date Finished: July 1, 2017
Reading Duration: 21 days
The end of this book is a whirlwind, roller coaster ride that I shotgunned through last Saturday morning. I knew at some point Ember and Garrett would find out the truth about each other, and I pretty much guessed how it would happen. I was a bit sad to see all the negative and disparaging reviews about this book. While it didn’t do anything particularly new in the genre of YA (at least in terms of the love triangles and teenage angst), I did like the dragon shifting angle in addition to the book’s statement on why just doing things by rote and not ever questioning authority is so dangerous and detrimental.
Adults pass their mores on to the next generation, and they also attempt to instill in them the fear of questioning. In a totalitarian government, which is what both Talon and St. George are, adherence to authority is absolutely necessary in order for that society to continue on as it is. They follow the rule of teaching children what to think instead of teaching them how. If you can indoctrinate them with your propaganda, they’ll do the same to the next generation and the next one into perpetuity. Until someone dares to break the cycle.
I’ll talk more about it when I review of course.
DNF/Unfinished Books This Week: 1
Media: Hardback (Library)
Final Progress: 28%
I really liked the premise of this story, but there was something about the writing style that just put me off. It’s not bad or poorly written, yet I can’t put my finger on what just didn’t jive with me. Hopefully, I’ll figure it out by the time I review, and I’ll more than likely check some other reviews and see if someone else can articulate it.
Even though this is YA there were some very heavy ideas in it. Minister Killdeer, the authoritarian dictator of the Catacombs led a Bloody Coup that killed off a good portion of the rats who drove him out in the first place, and many of the ones who survived died later in the second Great Flood. Killdeer then instituted the Kill Army, forcefully impressing any male rats of age and murdering any that refused. That’s what the main characters Vincent and Victor Nightshade are fleeing from in the beginning of the book.
Then there’s Clover, the niece of one of the resistance leaders Juniper. She’s been pretending her grandfather is still alive and therefore can serve as her guardian, since unguarded female rats are forced to do what too many females in history have endured, and Clover is a special case, since she’s been picked as one of Killdeer’s “Chosen Ones,” ugh. It’s the equivalent of a teenage girl being forced to marry a sixty year old man.
I’ll definitely be discussing this and other things in my review.
Books Currently Reading: 6
Title: Locke and Key: Welcome to Lovecraft
Series Title: Locke and Key
Authors: Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez
Date Added: September 28, 2016
Date Started: July 3, 2017
This book has some big shoes to fill, since the last graphic novel I read was Saga. I was being very judgmental about the art style. It’s not bad, but I’m so used to Saga’s oddly realistic one even in a science fantasy setting that seeing some of the characters here look a bit cartoonish was off putting. I’m used to it now, and I’m very curious about what the MCs are going to find in the house.
The beginning was a bit confusing with how it went back and forth between the then and the now, but I’m pretty sure I have a good idea of what happened and the timeline.
Title: Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain
Author: David Eagleman
Date Added: May 7, 2017
Date Started: July 2, 2017
Let me tell you how this book isn’t helping my feeling of duplication aka living in the Matrix. This book is literally about the brain and how perception lies to you. You’re not actually seeing reality; you’re seeing your brain’s interpretation of it. Sounds like a game I can’t stop talking about…no the recent one, although that other one could fit that bill, too, in some parts.
Title: Gaslight Hades
Series Title: The Bonekeeper Chronicles
Author: Grace Draven
Date Added: June 11, 2017
Date Started: July 2, 2017
I’m enjoying the Steampunk setting of this, and yeah, I’m not going to try to deny the cover art didn’t draw me. Though I think I like the author’s Wraith Kings series a little bit more.
Title: The Scorpion Rules
Series Title: Prisoners of Peace
Author: Erin Bow
Date Added: April 18, 2016
Date Started: June 29, 2017
I like how this book has minimal dialogue and how slowly, but surely, the horrible truth of the Children’s existence is being revealed. Think I, Robot if VICI had won.
Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Series Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Date Added: May 26, 2017
Date Started: June 12, 2017
Please, please, please, let this have a happy ending. I know there’s no guarantee of that, but dear god, I just want them to live happily ever after like the true fairy tale story this isn’t.
I’m still eating crow for my judgment of the first book, though really I shouldn’t be. I saw through Tamlin like a window, but fell through the ruse of Rhys. The latter is what the author wanted, and now in this book, Tamlin is acting like the complete asshole ex who’s slut shaming the woman who doesn’t want to be with him. It’s truly laughable that he’s trying to hold onto the idea that Rhys did something to her mind. I read a fanfiction that had a similar motif where the so-called hero was trying to rationalize why his “ex” (but not really) was now involved with the “villain.” I never laughed so hard at someone’s misfortune. It gave me ideas for a similar jealousy mien of my own >:)
Title: The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes
Date Added: June 19, 2016
Date Started: May 8, 2017
Not much more to read with this one.
Fanfictions Finished: 0
Fanfictions Currently Reading: 2
No update and dammit, I still haven’t checked tumblr where she tagged me.
Title: I Will Call You Home: A Recounting of the Fifth Blight
Fandom: Dragon Age
Progress: Chapter 23
I figured it would just be easier to take a note of my progress, so I’m not going back through chapters I’ve read or ones I haven’t. I can’t wait to read the sexy time scenes between Leilana and Renya.
Books Added to Goodreads TBR List This Week: 5
Series Title: Winterspell
Author: Claire Legrand
Date Added: June 30, 2017
I believe I said above that if you tell me a story of winter, I’ll forever be entranced. This is a retelling of The Nutcracker Suite, and if you really thinking about it, retold fairy tales and just fairy tale fanfictions. I guess because these stories are considered public domain, no on bats an eye when they’re reworked, but it’s just as much someone else’s work even when you don’t know who that someone else is and/or if it was first conceived centuries ago. Just because it’s not a wholly original idea, and let’s be honest, there is no such thing. There are degrees of originality, and there are different ways to put story elements together, but there is no entirely original story, and there probably hasn’t been once since human history first started to be recorded.
Title: Something from the Nightside
Series Title: Nightside
Author: Simon Green
Date Added: July 1, 2017
One of my IRL friends mentioned this book at the 4th party I attended on Saturday, and I swore I already had it on my TBR list. I’ve certainly heard of it and the author, but apparently I forgot to add it. It makes me think of Welcome to the Nightvale, probably due to the same number of syllables where the last word begins with “night,” and it has that same “weird, dark town” vibe to it. I’m also getting some inklings of Dresden Files.
Title: Saga: Volume 8
Series Title: Saga
Authors: Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples
Date Added: July 2, 2017
I don’t think I need to say anything about why I’m adding this. It’s not going to be out until January 2018. That’s a long time to wait 😦 Brian K. Vaughn did say that this installment would be a bit lighter than the last one, because they don’t want to have two depressing volumes in a row.
I’d seen this book before, but didn’t add it because I’m very picky about my angel novels, and this one didn’t really fit the bill. It reminds me of another one I either added or sampled a little while ago, but damned if I can remember the same. The female MC in that wound up shooting an angel in the face during the annual, heavenly kidnapping of people in their town.
This book has something similar without the shotgun. MC Penryn is determined to get her sister back even if she has to make a deal with an enemy angel. Like I stated, this is not my normal angel read. I much prefer contrite dark or fallen angels (as I’m sure you all well know), but one of my Goodreads friends recommended it o me through the site, and it’s at least worth a (sampled) shot.
Author: Terry Maggert
Date Added: July 3, 2017
When I was adding Angelfall above, this popped up, too. No wait *smacks forehead* it was when I was downloading a sample of another story called Moonborn, by one of my blogger friends D. F. Lovett. I should really just buy his book, because even if I don’t like it, I want to support a fellow writer (not that I’m thinking I won’t like it, but regardless I’d rather buy it to support, and then leave a review as to why I don’t like it). The other Moonborn had an angel wing on it, so I was naturally interested. Turns out it’s the second book in the series (though neither Goodreads nor Amazon indicates a series). This book is the first, and it’s about a guardian angel who didn’t fall from Heaven, rather he was pushed. I really hope he’s beautiful in the way I picture angels. That’s going to play a big part in whether or not I read it #nolie
Total Books on Goodreads TBR List: 467
Change from Last Week: -2
Books Added to Reread List 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!