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What'cha Reading?

Okay, so I DNF'd that last book, so instead I finally finished Secrets of the Force, a very good oral history of Star Wars. Few downsides were the authors interviewed Ray Morton way too much. Even though his opinions were valid, he came off sounding too much like Comic Book Guy. I was also a bit disappointed Rogue One and Solo were glossed over.

Then, I finished Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote. It was alright, nothing too special. I feel accomplished I managed to read it.

Now, I'm reading Stephen Sondheim: A Life by Meryle Secrest
 

Adrenaline

Post Reader
(He/Him)
I finished The Dagger and the Coin, a five book fantasy series by Daniel Abraham. It's much more of a traditional western fantasy series than Abraham's Long Price Quartet, but it still sticks with his strengths in focusing on the personal lives of a few individuals who have important roles to play in the story rather than trying to be as epic as possible.
 
Well, I'll definitely continue on with that series. Now, seeing as how we're into the holiday shopping season, I thought it was appropriate to read Everything: Grand Opening by Christopher Cantwell
 
I gave it eight chapters and lost interest, unfortunately

With the passing away of Sondheim, I'd thought I'd continue on with Ethan Mordden's series on the history of the Broadway musical with One More Kiss: The Broadway Musical in the 1970s
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
Part 2 of my Johannes Cabal re-read continues with Johannes Cabal The Detective which held up very well, and I liked a lot more than the original. This is mainly because the two returning characters from the first book both got a real big boost to their personalities which made them both much more likeable. At least one of them has an actual justification for behaving differently, but both are trade-ups.
 
And now, probably have to wait another year like the rest of you for Volume 10. And now, time to return to the Tower with The Hod King by Josiah Bancroft
 

lincolnic

can stop, will stop
(he/him)
Forgot to mention it at the time, but I recently read A Calling for Charlie Barnes by Joshua Ferris, and it was one of the highlights of 2021 books for me. I didn't love the last short story collection he put out, but this novel absolutely floored me.

About to start: Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket, which I finally got in from the library after Violentvixen's recommendation a couple of weeks ago. Looking forward to it.
 
Starting The Brothers Karamazov for my Classics book club which meets in December. The leader of the club made it very clear that this is a large book which was amusing. Definitely one that's been on my to-read list for quite a while.
Book club is tomorrow and not even 25% of the way through so definitely not finishing this in time and likely DNF'ing it. I am enjoying it which surprises me since so much of the book is the discussion of religion and the role of church in life which is something I'd normally peace out on. But there's just so much of it and it's dense so I can't read it for long periods of time. Glad I finally tried to read it though.

I've been seeing Afterparties by Anthony Veasna So written up in a lot of lists this year and put it on my hold list a couple months ago. It's finally available so just starting that.

The stories in here varied a lot more than I expected but in a good way, the characters and the different narrators are incredibly distinct and complicated. I recommend it. After I finished I looked up the author and learned he died of a drug overdose just before this debut book was published, so sad to hear that.

About to start: Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket, which I finally got in from the library after Violentvixen's recommendation a couple of weeks ago. Looking forward to it.

I hope you like it!
 
Getting my spooky on by reading The Patience of a Dead Man by Michael Clark (I bought the trilogy bind up, so most likely will just binge it) and Horror Movies of the 1980s by John Kenneth Muir
 

Adrenaline

Post Reader
(He/Him)
Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke is a novel about a crew of astrunauts exploring an empty space vessel and I was interested the entire time.
 

lincolnic

can stop, will stop
(he/him)
Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke is a novel about a crew of astrunauts exploring an empty space vessel and I was interested the entire time.
Oh man, I read this series as a kid and I forgot all about it. I should look these up again.
 

Olli

(he/him)
Angela Y. Davis's Women, Race and Class. It's really current despite being written in the 80s. I had no idea the abolition of slavery and the women's rights movement were so tightly intertwined.
 
Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian. About a college girl in a program assessing her and other psychopaths... then someone in the program is murdered. Very well done, not too gory (but still hella trigger warnings) and Andre is a brilliant character and I was rooting for him to make it out safe the whole time. I don't read thrillers much so can't comment on how typical or not this is for the genre but I really liked it.
 
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