Sunday, May 05, 2024

Reading March / April 2024

March and April reading, not including a 500 page unpublished novel, and a few dozen hours of online training, which I generally throw in there because it's definitely a trade off with reading.

The Eyes and the Impossible recommended by Sarah Morris. Kids' book, but absolutely wonderful. I'd recommend it for anyone.

Bookshops and Bonedust the prequel to Legends and Lattes. I liked Legends better, but it was a good read. I always tell people that, so far, Baldree is in that spirit of books around constructing family, not big antagonists. Becky Chambers is in that same vein imo. There IS an antagonist, but they're not the core of the book.

What Moves the Dead and What Feasts at Night. I read them in backwards order, but I strongly recommend. The first one [in proper order] reminded me very much of a different book, and then Kingfisher addressed that exact book in the afternotes.

The Daughter of Time. Considered to be one of the best historic mysteries written. Although I had to ask Christopher Crowhurst to try and clarify a bit of British 1950s habits for me. All about a laid up cop investigating the murders of the two princes in the tower by Richard III. The outcome made me laugh. Great book if you're a Tudor/Stuart history major like I was. Probably a much harder read if you're not as it can get convoluted was regards the royals and nobility.

Graphic Novels: The Good Asian and Stamped standout. Both of those were amazing. Stamps was a hard read. So dense with history and the impact of racism on black self-perception. If that's what they're outlawing in various states, they're doing students a disservice. That GN is good for the brain. The Good Asian was noir with a ton of history behind the story.

Amongst our Weapons - I've loved the Rivers of London series. I'm sad I'm catching up to "now" [Amongst was published in 2022].

Oathbringer - the Stormlight series is solid, although the women can be a little male attached despite clear efforts to make them not. There's a term for that that's associated with the Bechdel Test, the Mako Mori Test. A fun bit of literary criticism to know:

I didn't address the Dan Ariely book, Misbelief. I'd skip it if I were you. More like a blog imo, where he's thinking out loud for a few hundred pages.


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