09 April 2014 @ 06:16 am
Wednesday Reading  
Oh yes, there has been reading. (I have some thoughts trying to make the switch from image to words re The Goblin Emperor and the female gaze . . .
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whswhs: pic#67542548whswhs on April 9th, 2014 02:18 pm (UTC)
I just read Terry Pratchett's Raising Steam, which has a curiously valedictory feel, as if it were intended to be read as the dénouement of the entire series. There is conflict, but the obvious conflict is simpler than usual, and seems a bit of a distraction from the main action, which is Moist von Lipwig doing the negotiations to get the Ankh-Morpork and Sto Plains Hygienic Railway up and running. The railway map frontispiece is beautiful.

I'm making my way through Sharon Shinn's Mystic and Rider series, which I lately discovered by reading the fifth volume.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on April 9th, 2014 03:26 pm (UTC)
Is the Pratchett good?
whswhswhswhs on April 9th, 2014 03:39 pm (UTC)
I read it straight through, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. But it's maybe a bit sweeter than most of Pratchett. If that's going to bother you you may not like it as much.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on April 9th, 2014 03:45 pm (UTC)
I don't mind sweet and funny. In fact, I like it. I don't like dark, ranting, and grim.
marycatellimarycatelli on April 9th, 2014 11:17 pm (UTC)
I'm going to be giving a whirl -- though I skipped Snuff.
jorrie_spencerjorrie_spencer on April 9th, 2014 02:24 pm (UTC)
I have to read The Goblin Emperor soon! Everyone who's read it seems to like it a lot.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on April 9th, 2014 03:46 pm (UTC)
I really loved it.
Margaretgwyneira on April 9th, 2014 11:27 pm (UTC)
It was fantastic! I almost read it again right after I finished it. (My TBR pile said no, though.)
Nicole: [btws] kidsnocoward_soul on April 9th, 2014 03:52 pm (UTC)
I'm almost done reading Gone With the Wind for the first time. Rhett is a huge jerk. Well, so is Scarlett, but in a different way.

The part where Mrs. Meade asks Dr. Meade what Belle's brothel looks like made me laugh.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on April 9th, 2014 04:22 pm (UTC)
They are, aren't they? (Jerks, I mean.) But even the minor characters have such presence. (like the Meades.)
serialbabbler on April 9th, 2014 04:16 pm (UTC)
Not long ago I read Terry Pratchett's Snuff while also reading The Psychology of Genocide, Massacres, and Extreme Violence: Why "Normal" People Come to Commit Atrocities by Donald G. Dutton. It was an interesting contrast. Heh.

More recently I have read:

Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined by Scott Barry Kaufman (I don't think he really managed to redefine intelligence.)

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick (I think I liked The Invention of Hugo Cabret better from an artistic standpoint. The way he wove the two storylines together in Wonderstruck was pretty cool, though.)

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Mostly for the artwork. Stories about coming to terms with a loved one dying of cancer are kind of common.)

Currently I'm reading: More Minds by Carol Matas and Perry Nodelman (1990's fantasy where people can change the world by imagining it to be different, but they aren't supposed to because that would screw up the "balance". It's a sequel and I haven't read the first book, but it's entertaining enough so that I don't mind.)

Atlantic Narratives: Modern Short Stories edited by Charles Swain Thomas and published in 1918. (The bit in the introduction about why women are so great at writing short stories when they've made hardly in showing in painting, drama, sculpture, etcetera is a riot. ;) )

and Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men by Mara Hvizstendahl (Which is about uneven sex selection in Asia and parts of Eastern Europe that has resulted from modern technology. Some areas have as many as 150 boys for every 100 girls.)
Sherwood Smithsartorias on April 9th, 2014 04:23 pm (UTC)
That's a wide range! "More Minds" sounds interesting.
asakiyume: Em readingasakiyume on April 9th, 2014 10:37 pm (UTC)
I've got a number on the go… trying to just wrap up Zahrah the Windseeker (which I've marked as finished because I'm *almost* finished), which I love for its imaginativeness (though every now and then it pushes a leeetle close to whimsy for my tastes--but not mainly)--the richness of its world, so full! Then I've also got Open Mic an anthology with the subtitle Riffs on Life Between Cultures--only on the first story of that, but am really looking forward to all of them. Then of course Laura's Wolf, which is my relaxation-and-pleasure read. Plus a wonderful draft novel by Shveta Thakrar, which I'm also luxuriating in, in slow time. … And I should go pick up my book-group book, and that'll be another.

… And I don't even have much time to read! So I advance slowly.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on April 9th, 2014 10:40 pm (UTC)
The nice thing about books is that they are not fish, they do not spoil!
asakiyume: holycarpasakiyume on April 9th, 2014 10:45 pm (UTC)
true :-)
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