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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.
Content Warning: Some discussions of rape as it pertains to narratives.
Books Finished This Week: 2
Authors: George R R Martin and Lisa Tuttle
Review will be forthcoming. Oddly enough the action and interest dipped and lifted like a flyer in a series of eddies. I wonder if that was done purposely or if it was just a happy accident of the wind.
Title: Paradise Lost
Author: John Milton
I’ll be honest with you. I didn’t finish the volume; I looked up the last two Books on the internet and read the summary there. I’m glad I did. I didn’t miss much excitement. I also didn’t find the direct reference I was looking for (the internet lied to me) about God taking one of Satan’s wings as punishment for rebelling (which if you’ve been paying any sort of attention would particularly interest a fangirl such as me), but I believe it may be something that readers/scholars could’ve interpreted from either the first or sixth book. I’m unsure, but regardless, Milton’s epic poem was still highly influential in the narrative of FFVII and my second favorite story ASOIAF.
I think I”m going to do the review for this differently though. Instead of posting a written one, I’m going to attempt to do a video one since I have an abundance of notes for this epic and could just talk/rant about it on camera. I don’t have the equipment for such right now, but the desire to do this might spur this process on.
Books Currently Reading: 3
Change from Last Week: 0
Title: The Mystical Qabalah
Author: Dion Fortune
Went up one percentage! Go me!! I’m still plugging away at this volume. Maybe I’ll finish it this year; it would be a decade long accomplishment. After this I want to find a good translation of the Sepher Yetzirah, so if any of you have any recommendations on that, I’d love to hear them.
Title: The Rape of Lucrece
Author: William Shakespeare
Date Added: December 11, 2015
Date Started: June 25, 2016
It’s going to be interest noting the progress for this once since I’m reading it from another book I didn’t technically add, The Sonnets and Narrative Poems: The Complete Nondramatic Poetry. There are many compendium books for great and classical authors so you must either choose adding their works one by one or as part of a particular volume. I decided to add Shakespeare’s works one at a time, which may inflate my finished “book” count, but I’m not overly worried about it. While A Midsummer Night’s Dream may not be a novel, I’d still count it as a finished book (Note: I’ve already read Midsummer…should probably make sure that’s on my read list).
It is exceedingly difficult to read a poem about rape, while editing a story about the same 😦 I actually haven’t read any more of this since starting my edit of The Broken Rose. It’s…just too much. Once I get far enough in my edit where rape is no longer directly forefront, I think I can pick this back up. I’m very happy I started reading it though. This is another one of my so-called “VII books” (books/stories I read because of FFVII), as the game makes a pretty important reference to Lucretia, though it’s ironically and tragically only discovered during a side quest. I also think ASOIAF is playing with and subverting the main motif the poem. I may post a meta on tumblr about this. I was quite excited about the revelation.
Title: The Slow Regard of Silent Things
Series Title: The Kingkiller Chronicle
Author: Patrick Rothfuss
Date Added: October 30, 2014
Date Started: June 25, 2016
Sometimes you find a book where the title itself speaks poetry. Thus is The Slow Regard of Silent Things. The moniker alone evokes both potential horror and poignant poetry. Sometime that both has time for silence and slow regard must be long lived in deed. It puts me in the mind of Lovecraftian horror, as if something dark and horrible is watching, watching, always watching and waiting for what we do not know.
I just realized something else this picture reminds me of: the first time you see the Emerald Weapon in FFVII. I’m not going to bother to put a link/picture, since I haven’t been able to find a screenshot of that particular moment, but the first time I played and saw it, it terrified me. You’re in a cave and you just see this great, slivered eye open, look at your characters, then close again. It’s…unsettling to say the least.