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What'cha Reading?

Vaeran

perfect world
(he/him)
I've managed to break my low-attention-span dirtbag streak of reading nothing but comic books for months on end and am actually reading A God Damned Book for once. It's YA fiction, but it's still a book!!! No pictures or anything! It's The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, the Hunger Games prequel, soon to be a major motion picture not starring Jennifer Lawrence (they'll probably find some way to wedge a cameo in there anyway)

Working titles:
The Peckish Games
The Feeling Kinda Snacky Games
The "I Kind of Already Ate, But If You're Getting Something I Might Steal A Couple of Your Fries" Games

anyway it's pretty good
 
With this month in social media not only being March Mystery Madness and Middle Grade March, for my reread this month, I'll be revisiting my favorite required reading book of junior high, and one of the books that made me want to be a reader, The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
 

Rosewood

The metal babble flees!
(she/her)
I've managed to break my low-attention-span dirtbag streak of reading nothing but comic books for months on end and am actually reading A God Damned Book for once.
This was my reading while under the influence of Isolation Brain. Couldn't read more than a few pages of anything remotely complex or serious. "Simple and/or sexy only!"

My most recent finished book was Pratchett's Pyramids. Glad to have it behind me, and I won't be reading it again. Discworld is taking longer to get really good than I'd initially thought.
 

Adrenaline

Post Reader
(He/Him)
I've read a bunch of Elmore Leonard books and they're kind of all the same, but that's fine because they're all good. Maximum Bob now.
 

Paul le Fou

ShrimpCerealTopangaHusbandIsAMeTooMilkshakeDuck
(He)
I haven't been able to pick up a new book to start lately. I grabbed The Labyrinth of Dreaming Books off the shelf since I stan Walter Moers, but I haven't actually picked it up to read yet. Too many video games. I also opened a few different ebooks but didn't read more than a few pages of each for this reason or that (all of which I do still intend to read though). I'm spoiled for riches and don't know what to do with myself!
 
I was browsing the library's graphic novels and came across Cheshire Crossing, which is written by Andy Weir and illustrated by Sarah Andersen which got my interest. Then I looked at the synopsis and it's about Alice, Dorothy and Wendy teaming up and having adventures across England, Neverland, Oz and Wonderland.

So uh yes please.
 
Part of me wants to say this was my favorite of the three, but like Tonie, it kind of lacked a conclusion. I wonder why it was so short compared to the others? Anyway, reading something a but lighter, Gil's All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez
 
That was a fun story. Mr. Martinez will definitely be staying on my radar. Moving on to my next read. The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. was one of my favorite books of 2017, so I'm hoping the sequel, Master of the Revels by Nicole Galland will be just as good
 

Falselogic

Techno-Threadcromancer
(they/them)
I just finished Jill Lepore's If Then, a history of the the Simulmatics Corporation a largely forgotten corporation of the 60s that basically modern Silicon Valley sixty years ago and how our government and we as a society failed to deal with the questions and issues around data then and now. How all the problems of Silicon Valley today existed then and there is nothing new under the sun.

It was fascinating read, if a little depressing I fully recommend it.
 
Starting Klara and the Sun, a large number of people I know have been excited about this book since last fall and kept telling me about it. I've never read anything else by Kazuo Ishiguro so curious to try a new author.
 

lincolnic

can stop, will stop
(he/him)
Finished up Susanna Clarke's new one Piranesi over the weekend. It was a quick read, but very satisfying. She doles out new bits of information and intrigue at a pretty steady clip, which makes it easy to just keep turning the pages.

And, almost a month after the book club ended, my hold on The Only Good Indians finally came in from the library, so I started that last night. I'm only about 30-40 pages in so it's not very clear what's going on, but I'm enjoying the style.
 

Paul le Fou

ShrimpCerealTopangaHusbandIsAMeTooMilkshakeDuck
(He)
My girlfriend turned on the audiobook for The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, and I got intrigued. It's nothing too inventive or mold-breaking, but so far it's a fairly well-written "memoir" about generations of historians tracking down the history and folklore behind Dracula/Vlad Tepes, with some library-thriller mystery and intrigue reminiscent of The Name of the Rose. I also like that each "generation's" sections are narrated by a different reader, which has helped mix things up (and keep them straight).

Speaking of audiobooks and readers, I despise the audio book for Dune, which we've also been listening to on and off. It has a full cast, with each character having a different actor/reader doing their voice. Which is great! Except... they don't do this for the whole book. It's only certain scenes. The main narrator/reader just does all the voices the rest of the time. There have even been times where it seems to switch back and forth within a single scene! The various actors are great, and I like the cast and their readings; I wish they'd done character voices all throughout—but if they couldn't do them for the whole book, I think I'd rather they hadn't bothered at all.
 
Speaking of audiobooks and readers, I despise the audio book for Dune, which we've also been listening to on and off. It has a full cast, with each character having a different actor/reader doing their voice. Which is great! Except... they don't do this for the whole book. It's only certain scenes. The main narrator/reader just does all the voices the rest of the time. There have even been times where it seems to switch back and forth within a single scene! The various actors are great, and I like the cast and their readings; I wish they'd done character voices all throughout—but if they couldn't do them for the whole book, I think I'd rather they hadn't bothered at all.
That is bonkers and would drive me crazy. Also I still need to read Dune...
 
Finished No One is Talking About This in my car during lunch and cried. It might be pretty inscrutable if you haven't been on twitter recentlyish.

Also read almost all of Octavia Butler's books this year. Incredible!
 

karzac

(he/him)
Masterthes, do you just spend all of your free time reading books? And even if that's true, how do you have that much free time?
 

Paul le Fou

ShrimpCerealTopangaHusbandIsAMeTooMilkshakeDuck
(He)
Ooh, I really liked The Buried Giant, I should check this out. (And probably some of his more famous books too)
 
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