oneiriad: (Default)
( May. 9th, 2020 04:24 pm)
I have chosen to stop trying to keep this fic post updated. Instead, you can find a full, updated look at what I've written at my AO3 account.
I keep being a bit late with this meme. Bad me.

Apart from reading, well, there's life. I went on the summer work excursion with my department today. We headed back home to my old town of Elsinore, had a very nice lunch at a couple of centuries old restaurant, then headed out to Kronborg, where a former colleague now works and gave us a short tour. It was nice.

Apparently they now have free-ranging actors in Shakespeare mode wandering around Kronborg. Including Andrew Jeffers as Polonius (I did not immediately recognize him - my brain went: "You look exceedingly familiar. Have I threatened you before?", but it took me a bit to place him. Guess I'm used to seeing him in a dress). Guess that's one thing the Crazy Christmas Crew gets up to during the times that are not Crazy. (Which reminds me - I should make a post with a doodle soonish, shouldn't I?)

Also still playing Pokemon Go. Keeping an eye on all those new gyms that seem to be getting ready for - something. (I'm a little annoyed that the pokestop that I could reach from my work desk is now a gym, because that means I can't spin it right now...) I'm not entirely convinced I'll love the raids and legendary stuff, from what I've been reading. Eords like "most dedicated players" (or something similar) makes me less than enthusiastic.

Anyway, this was supposed to be a reading meme.

What I've recently finished reading

Gerður Kristný: Drapa
The story of a woman who was murdered by her boyfriend, retold in the strictest of old Norse poetry forms. Not as engaging as I'd hoped, but interesting.

Marjorie Liu: Monstress: Awakening
Pretty and pretty horrible. I'm not quite sure I'll remember to look for the next volume, though...

Marie Brennan: In the Labyrinth of Drakes
Cute. Not deep literature - and I think I've managed to spoil myself for something that's going to happen in the final book - but cute and fun and an easy read.

Martin Jensen: Kongens thegn
And so it ends. Hmmm. That series had its ups and downs, and I found myself disliking Winston more and more as we went along. But it's well-written and has an excellent image of the England of Knud the Great. Now - to pick a new medieval mystery series to read, because I'm not quite medieval mysteried out (actually, already decided I want to try the one set in Elsinore.)

Robert Venditti & Van Jensen: The Flash: Savage World
Why does everybody want to eat Barry?

Hans Gregersen: Mads Lange - kongen af Bali
I thought I should read something about Bali before going there, and since a Dane played a brief, but important role in their history, I thought I'd read about him. Maybe I should have picked one of the newer biographies - this is one is pretty dry and illustrated with black-and-white photos from the author's vacation to modern (well, mid-90s) Bali - and I was still left wanting a tv series.

Mike Mignola: BPRD: The Warning
And we're back in the present - I liked the former volume's trip to post-war Berlin better.

What I'm reading now

Siri Pettersen's Råddenskab, which now has Hirka Tailless running around in our world, The Long Utopia by Stephen Baxter and Terry Pratchett (mostly Stephen Baxter, I suspect), and Eifelheim by Michael Flynn.

What I'm reading next

Probably A Borrowed Man by Gene Wolfe. Probably.

Total number of books and comics read this year: 109
Which it seems I completely forgot to do last week.

Apart from reading things, what have I been doing? Hmmm. Well, this weekend I hung out with [personal profile] blnchflr, [personal profile] lysanatt, [personal profile] ximeria and the lovely [personal profile] dancing_serpent. Both Wonder Woman and a nice boat trip to Flakfortet were involved. Both are recommended. It was a very nice weekend. Must do again. Though maybe not Flakfortet - it's nice, but it's not very big.

What I've recently finished reading

Daniel José Older: Shadowshaper
You know, if I had not picked this up at the library at the same time I picked up Half-Resurrection Blues, I wouldn't have touched it, because that book was so generic and uninspired. Which would have been a great shame. I very much enjoyed this story about aspiring street artist Sierra Santiago and her journey of discovering that her family is part of a magical community, the birthright of which she has been denied for various reasons. It's a very nice book.

Anne Rice: Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis
Well - that involved a lot more aliens and a lot less mermaids that I hoped for back when the title was announced.

Michelle Sagara: Cast in Honor
The more I read these books, the more convinced I get that the things I like about them are not really the things the author likes to write about. I mean, mysterious intuitive magic is all well and good, but I'm more interested in the draconic bungling at attempted courting. For instance.

Félix J. Palma: The Map of Chaos
So, this is the third book in a Spanish science fiction(?) trilogy starring H.G. Wells. The first book played with putting him in a time travel story, and in the second the Martians invaded - so, in this one he's getting chased by an invisible man. Except, as it turns out, the two previous books have each been set in different alternate worlds and oh, time travel isn't possible. What the first book had as time travel is actually jumping between different alternates, which do not match temporally. And there's a bit about a dog.

I enjoyed Wells and his wife Jane (the Wellses and the Janes, I should say), I enjoyed the general weirdness of this universe - and I hope Mrs. Lansbury got to spend her twilight years somewhere nice with her dog.

What I'm reading now

I've just started on The Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan - so, all the dragons.

What I'm reading next

Probably Drapa by Gerður Kristný.

Total number of books and comics read this year: 102
oneiriad: (Default)
( Jun. 1st, 2017 09:17 pm)
Apparently, Netflix has decided to cancel Sense8.

Assholes. You can't just stop it there, you already skipped so many scenes, and Wolfgang is still captive, and you only just started opening up the wider Sensate world...
Another week gone by, another pile of books read. All my shows are ending - well, their seasons. Goodbye Lucifer, goodbye Prison Break, I'm catching up on Agents of Shield (I'll at least be finishing this season - not sure I'll care to go back next year, though I do find the way the show very loudly proclaims "Hydra are Nazis" ironic/amusing compared to the current official comic book line...)

What I've recently finished reading

Sara B. Elfgren & Mats Strandberg: Nøglen
Danish translation of the Swedish Nyckeln, being the third and final book in the series. I very much enjoyed this. It's a fairly standard town with a mystical connection, chosen group of teens must save the cheerleader world stuff, right up until it isn't. It's very dark and has some very well developed characters (one of the things that I really liked about the first book was that the chosen one don't instantanously bond), and then they turn everything upside down.

Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman: War-Torn
On one hand, I like that they step back from the heavily Greek Myth urban fantasy storyline, and I did enjoy watching Diana struggle with multiple heavy responsibilities and finding the right balance. On the other hand, it greatly annoys me that they hit the canon re-set button by having the Amazon men massacred. I mean, Themyscira is the island of women only, canon can't change that much, but damnit...

Satoshi Kon: Opus
It's a very nice bit of smashing-the-fourth-wall-to-bits-and-pieces bit of metafiction, but I must admit, the entire telepathic police manga that the manga artist main character is making/falls into isn't quite my thing.

Patricia Briggs: Silence Fallen
American Urban Fantasy's general image of Europe continues to puzzle me in many ways. Like - why do they keep thinking that a European supernatural community would be statically stuck in a power system from some Medieval/Renaissance period all the way up to today? In Europe? Continent that spent the last few centuries reinventing revolutions and inventing world wars? You really think the supernatural world would go untouched? And this book is nowhere near the worst offender - really, apart from how apparently the most powerful vampire lord of Europe lives in Italy, it's not that bad. Just - sometimes I wonder if anybody's done a study of the portrayal of Europe in US Urban Fantasy (possibly contrasting with the portrayal of the US in European Urban Fantasy), you know?

Shadows over Bögenhafen
Boring. Usually, Warhammer rpg books has this macabre gallows-humour thing going on that makes them an entertaining read, but not so much this one.

Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti: All-Star Western: Man Out of Time
This was fun - but then, the story of Jonah Hex stuck in the present feeds directly into one of my favourite story kinks, so it's not that surprising that I found it fun.

Mike Mignola & Joshua Dysart: B.P.R.D.: 1946
I think I like the flashback stories of the Hellboy universe better than the present day BPRD stories...

Daniel José Older: Half-Resurrection Blues
This was a very disappointing read. It's a very generic story - urban fantasy noir-ish with a main character who has to stop an evil sorcerer from breaking down the walls between the lands of the living and the dead - and frankly, the main character in question is an asshole. He's - basically a zombie - and works as a hitman for the ruling council of ghosts. So they send him out to kill a bad guy and he turns out to be the first other zombie Mr. Protagonist has ever met, and with his dying breath, other zombie asks Mr. Protagonists-who-just-killed-him to protect his sister - which Mr. Protagonist interprets as find her, put the moves on her and get into a sexual relationship with her without mentioning the awkward I-killed-your-brother bit. I think the story might have worked better if it was more willing to acknowledge that the main character is a very shady and probably a villain character himself, but seeing as he's also the first-person narrator - yeah, no. Not a particularly good book.

What I'm reading now

Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older, which I wouldn't even be reading except that I picked both of his books up at the same time, and this one is so much better than HRB, and Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis by Anne Rice. I assume it needs no introduction?

What I'm reading next

Probably Felix Palma's The Map of Chaos - excellent Spanish science fiction/steampunk/time travel/pastiche something trilogy.

Total number of books and comics read this year: 98
I just came home from seeing Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

It was - okay, I guess. I'm possibly being unfair to it - I might have liked it far better if I'd never seen the first movie, or maybe if I had merely liked The Curse of the Black Pearl, the way audiences are supposed to. If I hadn't been fannish about it.

There were things I liked - Salazar was a surprisingly cheerful villain, the island of stars was quite pretty, and having a character with my name, well - I liked her a bit, though maybe not as much as she might have deserved in a different movie (and I found the constant witch accusations tiresome and not particularly amusing, though I suppose that's what they were meant to be - even in the chronological hodgepodge of the PotC movies (the guillotine would make it late 18th century, yes?) , to have a woman who shows an interest in basic astronomy immediately decried as a witch by every passing stranger? The only part more tiresome was the horologist "joke".)

Cutting for length and a few spoilers )
The new Pirates movie is premiering this week - today, actually, if I remember correctly. I'm thinking of going to see it after work Friday. I doubt I'll be pulled back into the fandom, I very much doubt that, but I do want to see it (and apparently get to hear a lot of people mispronounce my name. So there's that.

Apart from that? I got to see Captain Cold re-appear once more in an episode of the Flash (he's still dead - but it was okay). And I'm reading about something Danske Bank has made called June, wondering if I should try it. I'm leaning towards probably.

What I've recently finished reading

Lauren Beukes: Zoo City
This was at once an excellent and an okay book. The okay part is mostly the crime mystery plotline, which ends up with a mostly okay ending. The excellent part, though, that's the world building. Zoo City is an urban fantasy set in Johannesburg, South Africa, and it's a darker twist on the idea of bond animals a la The Golden Compass. Basically, since a bit before the turn of the millenium, people have become animalled, acquired Animals and mystical magic powers along with them (in the novel they use the word shavi, but I suspect other parts of the world uses other terms and we just don't get to see it.) The price is that you can never be very far from your animal and if something kills it, you'll die screaming from dark demonic forces called the Undertow.

Oh, and then there's the fact that the only confirmed way to get an Animal in the first place is to kill somebody. Unsurprisingly, a lot of society disapproves.

Of course, the main character is an Animalled - Zinzi's got a Sloth and a talent for finding lost things - also, the guilt of her brother's death and a giant drug debt to some very bad people who make her help in pulling online scams to pay it off. I liked Zinzi (and her Sloth) and I found the world that the book is set in intriguing (according to Wikipedia, somebody was working on a movie, but that was three years ago, so maybe not anymore) - I like the setting of Johannesburg, which feels dystopic, though I suspect that's more realistic than because of anything genre fic related, so to speak - and it's certainly different from the US and English-speaking world most of the urban fantasy I've read has been set in. The runaway teen pop star plotline that devolves into an evil murderous magic plotline didn't really engage me, but the world! Damnit, I want a tv show of this world. Or just a pile of AUs and fanfics exploring the implications of Animals.

What I'm reading now

Nøglen by Mats Strandberg and Sara Elfgren (I weren't kidding when I mentioned that they like to write long books), Shadows over Bögenhafen, Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel José Older (not off to the strongest start), and Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

What I'm reading next

I suspect I should focus on finishing some of the ones I am reading right now.


Total number of books and comics read this year: 90
So, as usual - what's going on apart from reading? Well, summer seems to be getting closer to reality today. Nice and warm.

Oh, and I just read that Fenar Ahmad (the guy who made that Underverden movie) is going to be making a live-action Valhalla movie for his next project. "Imagine if Pan's Labyrinth, The Brothers Lionheart and The Revenant had a child together," is how he describes it. I could go for that.

What I've recently finished reading

Siri Pettersen: Odinsbarn
This is a delightful fantasy novel and I very much enjoyed the story of Hirka the Tailless, her friend Rime and this entire world. I mean, the main plot isn't that original, but it's very well-written and vivid, and I am looking forward to reading the second book, and I am happy to have read that they are making a movie out of it.

Also, I like the troll ninjas. Ahem

Genevieve Cogman: The Burning Page
This - was a less delightful fantasy novel. It felt like a bit of a mess, plotwise, and honestly? I think I might step back from this series. I like the idea of it, but the actual books aren't quite what I had hoped.

Phil & Kaja Foglio: Girl Genius: Agatha Awakens
Colourful and fun and I'll probably keep reading it online - since it's conveniently a webcomic. Though I could have used less of Agatha running around and sleepwalking in her underwear...

Martin Jensen: Ærens åg
I enjoyed this more than the last couple of books in the series - maybe because it focused fairly narrowly on the murder mystery plot. Also, at this point it's getting pretty obvious that the series protagonist is just Halfdan - between this and the last book, he's the one actually solving mysteries, while Winston is either busy illuminating or getting himself a nasty case of bad back. Poor baby. Anyway, one more book to go in this series and then I think I'll try that medieval mystery series that's set in old Elsinore.

G.D. Falksen: The Transatlantic Conspiracy
So, this is a tiny steampunk novel that never quite manages to make up its mind as to what it wants to be. Does it want to be steampunky comedy of manners set on the first transatlantic train in the world? Does it want to be a murder mystery? Does it want to be international espionage? Does it - actually, yes to all of the above, and it's just not long enough to do any of those plotlines justice. As is, it never quite managed to engage me.

What I'm reading now

Lauren Beukes Zoo City, which is a dystopic/urban fantasy take on companion/spirit animals a la The Golden Compass's Dæmons, and Nyckeln (well, Nøglen, by Mats Strandberg and Sara Elfgren, who obviously do not believe in short books.

What I'm reading next

Probably Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis by Anne Rice. I expect crack, though whether she'll continue the glorious cracky ridiculousness that was "Prince Lestat" or go back to her weird what-am-I-reading? style crack - we'll see.

Total number of books and comics read this year: 89
So - apart from reading, this past week I watched the new season of Sense8. Which is probably not a surprise to anybody at this point. When is season three coming out again?

What I've recently finished reading

Jens Riise Kristensen: Barbariet tur/retur
Which is an interesting, but short book, about an Icelandic priest who - along with most of his tiny community - got abducted by Barbary corsairs back in the day and ended up going all the way to Algier and then all the way back. It mostly left me wondering how life was for the slaves who got stuck in North Africa, especially the women - I mean, you always hear how, oh, white woman were made concubines etc. I really could use - details. Not sordid, just - can't have been all of them, okay?

Sydney Padua: The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage
This was a little disappointing. And heavily focused on maths above my pay grade. I had been hoping for it to be alternate universe steampunk silliness, and there's a little of that, but mostly there's footnotes and more notes and - I like the tiny original comic better.

What I'm reading now

Odinsbarn by Siri Pettersen, which is an excellent fantasy novel, and The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman, which is - a less excellent fantasy novel.

What I'm reading next

Probably the next of Martin Jensen's mystery novels featuring Halfdan and Winston.

Total number of books and comics read this year: 84
oneiriad: (Default)
( May. 6th, 2017 07:32 pm)
I am not saying that I bingewatched it, but I finished watching the last new episode early this afternoon....

I very much enjoyed the new season. Unlike the Christmas special, where very little happened, there's plenty of forward motion on all the different sensates' plotlines.

And putting the rest behind a cut, because there will be spoilers ahead )
oneiriad: (Default)
( May. 3rd, 2017 10:44 pm)
Just watched The Dark Tower trailer and find myself ridiculously excited. I mean, I can already tell it deviates a lot from the books - perhaps it's more of a sequel? - but it looks promising.
Back on it's usual day! No cinema trips this week. On the other hand, I watched the pilot episode of American Gods, which is gorgeous - Bryan Fuller was an excellent choice for that show.

What I've recently finished reading

Greg Van Eekhout: California Bones
I must admit, reading this was a very up and down experience. Sometimes it annoyed me - mostly because, while the worldbuilding you get is intriguing - it's urban fantasy in a world where magic is acquired by eating the recovered bones of extinct mythical creatures. Well, and eating other magicians - which is our hero's father's fate and thus our hero - sorry, our protagonist's tragic backstory. But on the other hand? It keeps hinting a connections to the real US in a way that leaves me wondering how much magic the rest of the world really has and what happened. Which I suppose the next books might provide.

Anyway, it's a heist novel - our protagonist, Daniel Blackland, leads a band of merry magical freaks to infiltrate the Hierarch's ossuary to steal bones and a magic sword that contains bits of Daniel. Because that's how this world's magic rolls. It's fun and I enjoy the grim bloody world and I liked Daniel and his friends. On the other hand, I'm hesitating at requesting the next book, because the description is all about a 10 year time skip and it looks suspiciously like a first person pov narrative from Daniel's adopted son, which - I'm not sure I'm up for that.

Henrik Cavling: Det danske Vestindien
This is basically a collection of short texts written by journalist Henrik Cavling during his visit to the Danish West-Indies in 1894. It's - unsurprisingly somewhat racist a lot of the time. Mostly, though, I found myself really missing a decent foreword or notes or something. All this book has apart from a reprint of the original text and pictures is a two page summary of Wikipedia's article about the islands. A foreword explaining the situation when Cavling went, perhaps delving into stuff like, say, the boy he apparently bought while in the islands - though, to be fair, this book was published in 2015 and that news story broke in 2017, so probably not that story. But still. A foreword.

That said, while it's obviously not the world's most trustworthy piece, I do find myself less and less surprised that Danish history managed to mostly forget the islands. This book makes them feel - incredibly far away, even for the late 19th century - three weeks by boat and the boat left from Germany, not Denmark - and how few people went: officials and a few soldiers and the occasional ultra-rich planter, several of which weren't even from Denmark - if this is even halfway accurate, it really weren't a lot of Danes who went to visit. And having read other books about the people who came to Denmark from the islands - those weren't exactly numerous either. You're just left with the feeling that Denmark might have ended up forgetting the islands less out of feeling guilty and/or embarrassed about our slave owning history, and more because there was so very little contact.

Thit Jensen: Stygge Krumpen 1.
This is an incredibly sex obsessed book. I mean, typical florid Thit Jensen historical novel writing, A+ for that, but the entire story has so much - well, not sex scenes. It's from the 30s, not sex scenes, just - this overwhelming narrative about how sex is natural and inevitable and how it is evil and unnatural for women to be denied sex and the joys of motherhood. Which - well. I'm sure you can see why I might not be too keen on finding it a universal evil. Also, I really hope the Cybele nunnery is not supposed to be a feminist utopia, considering them murdering children who dare to not smile and fit in.

(Also, I just noticed I forgot to put Hannu Rajaniemi's The Quantum Thief in my last post. It's cyberpunk pretending to be space opera, and while it has some intriguing world building, especially of the Mars socity, I never quite found myself liking anybody in it.)

What I'm reading now

I just started reading Odinsbarn by Siri Pettersen, the first novel in a celebrated Norwegian fantasy trilogy. So far, so good.

What I'm reading next

And I will be starting Barbariet tur/retur by Jens Riise Kristensen, a non-fiction work about an Icelandic priest who ended up in Algeria after being abducted by pirates. As you sometimes did in the 17th century.


Total number of books and comics read this year: 82
17. Legends of Tomorrow season 2.
I think I liked the first season better. And not just because Wentworth Miller was in it. It's just - they've replaced two cardboard hero types with a couple of suspiciously similar cardboard hero types, but no more Captain Cold. Just poor Mick being depressed and eventually betraying the team for a chance to get Len back, and - (Okay, I'm invested, but I'm still mad at the show.) (It doesn't help to have showrunners giving interviews about how they fixed the stuff that was wrong with the show, when to me it feels as if the stuff they've "fixed" was the stuff I liked. And yet I'll keep watching. I'm a sucker for time travel shows. (Just stumbled across a Spanish one the other day, which I'll need to sit down and watch.))

18. Escape from New York
Well, at least now I know what the references are about?

19. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
I must admit I was a little disappointed in this movie. I mean, it's got lovely effects, but the story - how do the Peculiars even have more children if all their kids are kept forever in time loops? For that matter, the villains were the most disappointing - you're really telling me that a bunch of adult Peculiars wouldn't have the skill set to fight other Peculiars?

20. The Accountant
I think this movie would have been far better as a tv show. I think - it wanted to do too much. It has a hero who is austistic, had a terrible childhood with a military dad who insisted the son learn martial arts and a mother that left, is now an accountant for the mob and secretly a superhero - or something. It's just - too much and not enough, you know? A tv show could have taken it's time, but this is mostly a mess.

21. La Jetée
Well, that was creepy

22 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Somebody please tell me: why would you build an computer server library on a tropical ocean planet???? Why??? They've got entire ice planets and they build the library on the sea??? Where there's salt and sand and heat and - why???????????

23. The Magnificent Seven
I'll give it points for aiming at diversity, but sadly, this was a very boring movie. It never really manages to surprise, you know? Or be properly funny? Mostly I found myself nostalgic for the tv show (well, and the old movie and the Samurai movie, but mostly the tv show.) (Also - did Red Harvest's facepaint give anybody else associations to the Confederate flag?)
As mentioned, I went to see Guardians. It was fun. It started a bit slow at first, but once it got properly rolling, well - it was silly and sad and fun. Pure entertainment. A little spoilery beyond this cut )

What I've recently finished reading

Rachel Aaron: The Spirit Rebellion
Rachel Aaron: The Spirit Eater
The first book in this series was great fun. The next was okay, and so was the third, but I'm not exactly sad that the Danish library don't have the last two. They've been moving from mostly light-hearted fantasy heist stories to a bigger, we need to save the world from the Demon (and probably the Shepherdess as well, who is creepily obsessed with Eli Monpress, our protagonist thief and mage) fantasy cliché plotline. And also, while I do think the author is deliberately working on a "neither Light nor Darkness is exactly good" kind of thing, then her main antagonist of our "heroes" - a wizard repeatedly hunting the band of thieves and trying to bring Eli back for trial - well, I'm, not entirely sure whether the author realizes that she had her basically waterboarding Eli for a bit in the last book.

What I guess I'm saying is that the series started as fun, but is moving in directions that I am not left feeling that I need to keep reading it for.

What I'm reading now

Greg Van Eekhout's California Bones, which I'm almost done with (and this one I am sad that the Danish libraries don't have the sequel to - I might need to make a special request for it), Henrik's Cavling's Det danske Vestindien, which could have used a foreword, but which is also making me get a grasp of exactly how far away from Denmark those islands were even as late as that, and the first volume of Thit Jensen's Stygge Krumpen.

What I'm reading next

Decisions, decisions


Total number of books and comics read this year: 78
oneiriad: (Default)
( Apr. 26th, 2017 10:39 pm)
Your regularly scheduled wednesday reading meme will, in fact, not be happening today, on account of the fact that I just came home from seeing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

It might possibly happen tomorrow.

Spoilers: I am Groot.
So, what's going on in my life. Well, I spent the Easter weekend with a group of highly suspicious individuals. And thinking that I might want to go see Guardians of the Galaxy on wednesday.

Also, I should probably get around to doing a doodle, seeing if there's any weekend this summer that people would be interested in dropping by.

What I've recently finished reading

Shirley Jackson: The Haunting of Hill House
I found myself very much liking Eleanor - the spinster who finally does something a little rebellious and then everything ends up going - less than well. She deserved so much better. And I was a little fascinated by Hill House itself - I ended up with a mental image out of German expressionist films.

Johan F. Krarup: Styrelsen

Rachel Aaron: The Spirit Thief
Another result of my need for high fantasy heists, and this one's okay. Not nearly as good as Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom (I suspect few books are), but Eli Monpress is a charming scoundrel - all the spirits of pretty much everything seems to agree - and it's a very light read.

What I'm reading now

Rachel Aaron's The Spirit Rebellion, which is still quite relaxing entertainment, and Hannu Rajaniemi's The Quantum Thief, which is - I think I might have liked it better if I'd read it when it was published and not now that I've read newer space opera.

What I'm reading next

Rachel Aaron's The Spirit Eater - mostly because it's an omnibus edition.


Total number of books and comics read this year: 76
In not reading news, I just watched the second episode of the new Prison Break. I'm quite enjoying it, though I yearn for whenever we'll finally get that Michael Scofield/Lincoln Burrows hug. I've got a craving, okay?

Also, I might have bought my summer vacation.

What I've recently finished reading

Bernard Cornwell: The Empty Throne
I'm a little sad that the book didn't stick with Uhtred the Younger's pov beyond the prologue. Uhtred Senior is starting to feel a bit - same-ish? Oh well, there's only a couple more books in the series currently.

Andrzej Sapkowski: The Last Wish
I found this surprisingly enjoyable. I mean, it's a fairly standard fantasy world - a bit worn, civilization gaining on the wild lands and monster hunters not as needed anymore - and I quite liked the random fairytale narratives popping up everywhere and the faintly Eastern European feel to some of it. That said - I am hesitant to request the second book, though partly, that's because that would mean switching from Danish to English, and I don't know if the English translation would lose the feel of the story as it was in the Danish. I mean, I could wait and hope for the second book to be published in Danish, but I checked Gyldendal's website and there's not even a hit of a publishing plan, so...

Speaking of English translations - am I correct in guessing that the word witcher is not to be found in the Polish original text? Because the translator used witcher and among all the Danish words for supernaturals, many drawn from folklore, it felt jarring, and I can't help but suspect it's all the computer game's fault, that Gyldendal wanted to draw in the gamer audience by keeping that (the book cover references the game, so that's a no-brainer, really), and it annoyed me, because it just doesn't fit with the rest of the text, and otherwise the translation felt quite good, so I can't help but suspect that the translator was given an order as far as that went.

Makoto Yukimura: Vinland Saga book 5.
I still find reading about the viking age through Japanese eyes interesting, and I still think this manga's version of southern Jutland would make more sense in the deep Swedish forests.

G.D. Falksen: A Long-Awaited Treachery
I must admit, this series - I loved the first book and greatly enjoyed the second, but this one? Not so much. I mean, I like the characters, it just felt - maybe too straightforward? Too small, somehow? And not a single werewolf in sight, and I missed them.

J.M. DeMatteis: Justice League Dark: Lost in Forever
And done. Seriously, reading Vertigo characters stuffed into a DC superhero team never stops being odd. It just - everybody feels wrong.

What I'm reading now

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, which I might sit down and read a bit more of after I finish this post, and The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi, which I can so far only say starts well.

What I'm reading next

You tell me: science fiction anthology, viking werewolves, high fantasy thief or noir superheroes?


Total number of books and comics read this year: 73
oneiriad: (Default)
( Apr. 8th, 2017 11:53 am)
I'm trying to decide whether to:

A) deleted my LJ entirely

B) continue what I've been doing and crosspost the DW posts I make to LJ. Possibly disable commenting over there, so as only to get comments on DW.

C) leave my LJ as is, but stop crossposting

Decisions, decisions

(I backed it up on DW during one of the earlier panics. All that's purely on LJ are a number of comments on posts made after that. And honestly? My LJ experience hasn't been lively in years).
.

Profile

oneiriad: (Default)
oneiriad

Syndicate

RSS Atom

Most Popular Tags

Powered by Dreamwidth Studios

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags