I like this meme a lot, I just don't do it very much because I have enough trouble making time for my monthly round up of books!What are you reading now?
Re-reading The Thief
by Megan Whalen Turner. violetisblue
mentioned buying a copy, and I was overcome with the desire to read the whole series again.
I appreciate how Gen is, as Ambiades puts it, "not exactly stalwart". He's a great big whinger, and as much as I cringe a bit, I also like that he has no intention of being the Stoic, Brooding Hero.
I missed the actual get-together, but I put The Thief
in my RL book club's hat, and no one liked it. *shakes head*What did you just finish reading?
1. Avatar: the Last Airbender - The Search (part 1)
-- actually, I cracked and read a scan last week, but I finally managed to buy the last copy in Melbourne last night, and it turned out the scan had missed a bunch of pages, so there was stuff I hadn't read yet! IT WAS VERY EXCITING.
Basically, after I read the scan last week, I had feels-related insomnia, and then I had FEELS all the way from Tokyo to Melbourne. Feels, not feelings, because they weren't articulate enough for that ings
. Mostly they are Ursa feels, but also Zuko and Azula feels, and my usual vague desire to set Ozai on fire. Although I really like the way Gene Luen Yang writes Ozai and fleshes him out without softening him, like the secret chamber that's full of artifacts from other cultures. If it was Iroh, you'd think he was interested and wanted to learn, but because it's Ozai, it's more like a serial killer's souvenirs, only his victims are entire cultures.
I haven't sought out the general fannish reaction, because unjapanologist
said it was stupid, and I have enough problems with Doctor Who
fandom at the moment. Remind me to make a post about how not liking a writer's tropes doesn't mean it's okay to decide he's a paedophile.
2. Doctor Who/Star Trek: The Next Generation - Assimilation2
-- I accidentally bought volume 2 instead of volume 1, 'cos I'm an idiot. But I read half of volume 1, so I knew that the Borg and the Cybermen had formed an alliance, and the TARDIS had turned up on the Enterprise-D for wacky crossover shenanigans.
I found the writing pretty clunky and exposition-heavy -- I strongly feel that if the heart of the TARDIS inhabits Data, that should be a crowning moment of awesome, not an afterthought -- and there was this weird thing where Starfleet officers addressed Amy as "Miss Pond" if she was on her own, but Amy-and-Rory were "Mr and Mrs Williams". Which mostly takes me back to the time in 2000 when I caused great offence on a mailing list by suggesting that women would have stopped automatically taking their husband's names by the 24th century.
On the other hand, the art -- hand-painted, although some of the photo references were a bit too identifiable -- was amazing, and completely justified the purchase. And I would happily buy some of the covers as posters. What do you expect to read next?
The next three Queen's Thief books, and then I have some more Japanese crime fiction to read. I didn't love The Devotion of Suspect X
, but I'm optimistic!