A weekly post updated every other Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list. Title links go to Goodreads, and if you have an account there feel free to friend me! I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.
Books Purchased: 2
- Corsets and Cogs: A Steampunk Fiction Collection by Various Authors – $0.99 @ Amazon
- The Prose Edda by Snorri Sturlson – $0.99 @ Amazon
Books Finished: 0
Currently Reading: 4
Title: Preludes &Nocturnes
Series Title: The Sandman
Author: Neil Gaiman
Date Added: August 24, 2014
Date Started: April 5. 2018
A bunch of mystics attempt to summon and trap Death, but wind up with his younger brother Sleep or rather the titular Sandman. In caging him for 70 or so years, they screw up numerous peoples’ lives as well as endangering their own. It’s really hard to ignore that the Sandman looks a hell of a lot like the author. I don’t know if he’s supposed to be an Author Avatar or self-insert. Either way, I’m enjoying it so far. The character I most sympathize with is one of the ones affected by the occultists’ actions, a woman who’s been asleep the entire time. She was raped and impregnated without even knowing about it (so a Sleeping Beauty motif), giving birth to a daughter (so a Kill Bill motif). Really curious to find out what happens to her.
Title: The Habitation of the Blessed
Series Title: A Dirge for Prester John
Author: Catherynne M. Valente
Date Added: September 28, 2012
Date Started: March 26, 2018
This is more of a series of vignettes than one cohesive plot, but all the little stories involve the titular character’s adventures in a strange land and what he found and read there. It’s very similar to Valente’s other books (The Orphan’s Tale series) but this one involves multiple storytellers instead of just one.
Title: The Bone Doll’s Twin
Series Title: The Tamir Triad
Author: Lynn Flewelling
Date Added: June 9, 2016
Date Started: March 22, 2018
The only issue I really see with this book is how they name the months/seasons. The author decided to give them different ones from what we’d typically use, and it’s hard to keep track. Granted, you can generally tell from context so it’s not that big of a deal. I think Flewelling was attempting to make the world seem more foreign and fantastical, but I don’t think it’s used often enough with familiar connecting concepts to really stick.
Series Title: Dune Chronicles
Author: Frank Herbert
Date Added: September 4, 2013
Date Started: March 6, 2018
I’m all in for this now. Herbert is definitely setting up his pieces to heighten the intrigue. I’m going to try to read two chapters a session instead of just one.
I went out to dinner with my brother, his wife, and their friends to celebrate her completing initiation for an academic sorority, so it’s a bit too late to talk too much about the kitties. I will say that every morning Cid lays on my husband’s pillow, waiting for me to wake up. Then once he sees I’m conscious (and checking my phone), he flops over it so I’m obliged to put it on top of his fluff if I’m going to continue. I’ll need to get a picture of this for next week, but here are some beautiful toe beans.
What have you been reading lately? Have you been able to pet any cats? Comments. Discuss. Meow.