The State of the Reader: 1/15/20

<–The State of the Reader: 1/1/20         The State of the Reader: 1/29/20–>

A biweekly 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


Books Finished: 2

Title: Star Trek: Picard – Countdown #1
Series Title: Star Trek: Picard – Countdown
Author: Kirsten Beyer
Artists: Mike Johnson & Ángel Hernández
Date Added: January 5, 2020
Date Started: January 5, 2020
Date Finished: January 8, 2020

Star Trek: Picard - Countdown #1 coverMedia: eBook/Kindle

I don’t know if this is common knowledge, but I try to live my life in a way that Captain Picard would be proud.  He is best captain (don’t even @ me), my favorite one (sorry Steve Rogers, you’re second though), and only the most English man to ever English playing a French man.  I’m so stoked for the Picard series and this comic is a precursor to that.  If you’re into Star Trek and are planning to watch the Picard series, I highly recommend.

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The State of the Reader: 1/1/20

<–The State of the Reader: 12/18/19         The State of the Reader: 1/15/20–>

A biweekly 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 Finished: 1

Title: The Nutcracker Curse
Series Title: Cursed Fairy Tale
Author: Margo Ryerkerk
Date Added: May 24, 2019
Date Started: December 9, 2019
Date Finished: December 25, 2019

The Nutcracker Curse by Margo RyerkerkMedia: eBook/Kindle

Blatantly obvious conclusion but still an oddly enjoyable novel.  It’s not the type of story I’d gush about, but it was interesting enough to keep me reading.  I do think it would benefit from some better editing, nor do I think I’m going to rush to get the author’s next book, but I wouldn’t necessarily say no to reading another.

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The State of the Reader: 12/18/19

<–The State of the Reader: 12/4/19         The State of the Reader: 1/1/20–>

A biweekly 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 Obtained: 5

  • Air Awakens by Elisa Kova (Air Awakens) – $0.00 @ Amazon
  • The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon – $1.99 @ Amazon
  • Extracted by R. R. Haywood (Extracted Trilogy) – $0.99 @ Amazon
  • The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke by Arthur C. Clarke – $0.00 @ Amazon
  • Mirrorstrike by Benjanun Sriduangkaew  (Her Pitiless Command) – $4.99 @ Amazon

Books Finished: 3

Title: Winterglass
Series: Her Pitiless Command
Author: Benjanun Sriduangkaew
Date Added: March 3, 2019
Date Started: November 21, 2019
Date Finished: December 5, 2019

Winterglass coverMedia: eBook/Kindle

The second book came out merely days after I finished this, and not only is that awesome because I can complete the duology, but it also proved me kind of right.  Let me explain…as mentioned in the last update, one of the main characters, the general Lussadh, uses she/her pronouns, but her titles are stereotypically masculine e.g. prince, lord, etc.  Later in the novel, Nuawa, the other MC mentions that she’s neither a man nor a woman (which means she’s non-binary or genderfluid I suppose), and in my head I’m seeing her as sort of a cross between my two favorite generals: Celes from FFVI and Sephiroth from FFVII who are female and male respectively but also super beautiful.  Lussadh is on the cover of the second book, and I WAS KINDA RIGHT.

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The State of the Reader: 12/4/19

<–The State of the Reader: 10/23/19         The State of the Reader: 12/18/19–>

A biweekly 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 Obtained: 7


Books Finished: 1

Title: Vita Nostra
Series: Метаморфозы (Metamorphoses)
Author: Marina & Sergey Dyachenko
Date Added: December 22, 2018
Date Started: September 23, 2019
Date Finished: November 20, 2019

Vita Nostra by Marina & Sergey DyachenkoMedia: eBook/Kindle

Most of my notes for this are in my Kindle copy, but this book was fantastic.  It’s described as similar to Harry Potter, but the only similarity is that both books are about going away to school.  While Rowling’s series certainly has its positives (and negatives, mostly due to the author not knowing when to just stop), Vita Nostra is an existential masterpiece that shares more paradigms with time loop narratives than HP, but I hesitate to compare it fully to any of those either.  It really is unique and shows why it’s so important to experience media from different cultures.  I’m sad none of the other books in the series have been translated, and I really hope that happens soon.

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The State of the Reader: 6/20/18

<–The State of the Reader: 6/6/18          The State of the Reader: 7/4/18–>

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: 4


Books Finished: 2

Title: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Vol. 2
Series Title: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Author: Akira Himekawa
Date Added: August 5, 2017
Date Started: June 1, 2018
Date Finished: June 14, 2018
Reading Duration: 13 days

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Vol. 2 coverMedia: Paperback

I really like this novelization of the game.  I’ll be looking for the next installment.

Title: The King of Elfland’s Daughter
Author: Lord Dunsany
Date Added: June 16, 2016
Date Started: May 16, 2018
Date Finished: June 15, 2018
Reading Duration: 30 days

The King of Elfland's Daughter coverMedia: eBook/Kindle

This was dry, but strangely interesting enough to finish.  The pace was plodding with particular lines repeated over and over and over again, yet you’re drawn into wondering how it will end.  It’s definitely a “be careful what you wish for” story.

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The Editing of Northern Lights – The Psychology of Chapter 8

These are the Editing Notes for my FFVII fanfiction Northern Lights (which you can find at the end of that link).  I will be discussing a myriad of topics along with my frequently tangential and harried editing process.  You should be able to garner some enjoyment and insight from this without having read the story and/or without prior knowledge of the original game, but if you’re a fan of paranormal romance and/or dark fantasy, you may find it to your liking.  The story will be spoiled in this editing examination, though I will do my best to mark spoilers for any other narratives I mention.  Thanks for your interest and enjoy!

<–Chapter 8 and the True Story          Chapter 8 Should Bring Happiness–>

10/18/14
Jumping right in because I want to try to get to Chapter 9 tonight.  I also think I had a dream about the story because I woke up with a conversation in my head, one that isn’t yet in the narrative.  It had to do with Aeris telling Sephiroth that he was the gentlest man to ever touch her (which I believe is somewhere in here, but I couldn’t find it today on my phone), and then Seph jumping to the ridiculous conclusion that Zack had been rough with her to which Aeris assures him is not remotely the case.  It was really the former general going to extremes because of his self-loathing i.e. if he’s the gentlest, anyone prior must’ve been terrible and rough, because he (Seph) is a monster.  I’d imagine Aeris would be in a sort of amused but poignant state, because Zack was way too much of a puppy to ever do anything awful, probably more awkward, silly, and a little clumsy whereas Sephiroth is more graceful and reserved.  Soooo I totally lied about jumping right in hehe.

One final thing (final? Ha…)  I was having a conversation at work today with my friend Andrew (who I’ve mentioned before) about Les Misérable, because that’s what we do; that’s what we talk about.  I was schooling him on some of the intricacies of the story that aren’t showcased in the musical, which we both love; however, Andrew is not quite up and up on the original tale.  So I was telling him how Gavrôche was Thénardier’s child along with Éponine, and both of them were killed upon the barricades.

It was a sad juxtaposition at least with Éponine because prior to Valjean’s arrival, Cosette was the drudge and Éponine and her sister Azelma (who isn’t mentioned in the musical at all along with two younger sons) were pampered and favored.  Then the roles reversed with Cosette living as a young lady of the bourgeoisie.

Andrew was trying to understand how Thénardier knew that Valjean was a convict, and they don’t really explain that, but I figured the former innkeeper probably saw the chain scars on his wrists whereas our other friend believes it might’ve just been “criminal intuition” aka you know your own.  He also might have found about about Valjean’s past in between him collecting Cosette and later.

As fore mentioned Les Mis is a huge influence for this story with the redemption arc, and I started thinking that Sephiroth in Northern Lights is a cross between Jean Valjean (redemption and penitence), the 10th doctor (forlorn with godlike powers), and a weeping angel (pretty obvious). There are many other inspirations, but these are major ones.

Oh kind of random, but I was totally attracted to Hugh Jackman in that role in the latest iteration.  I had this as my background for a while.  Yep, it topped Sephiroth…for a bit 😉

Les-Miserables-poster-Hugh-Jackman-and-Isabelle-Allen

Future Narcissist here.  So speaking of Les Mis, I’ve been listening to it for the past few days because I found this video of Gaten Matarazzo who plays Dustin in Stranger Things (ll be talking more about that later oh best believe…) singing “Bring Him Home,” and he has the voice of an angel.  He plays Gavroche in the Broadway play, and “Bring Him Home” is sung by Valjean, but omg, I can’t even.

He’s too good for this world, too pure.  I can’t wait for Season 2, which has just been announced.  So.  Fucking.  Excited.

I needed to move a part from this chapter to Chapter 10.  The location was really bothering me.  I LOVE the exchange, but the placement seemed forced.  It was Aeris almost having a flashback to the slums and what might’ve occurred had she tried to traverse Sector 2 alone.  She starts trembling in his arms, and Sephiroth reassures the flower girl that he’ll never let anyone hurt her.  I adore the sweetness of it, so I moved it to Chapter 10 where she’s already having a nightmare, and it just makes more sense.

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