Hope Swann (coffeebased) wrote,
Hope Swann

I try to imagine a careless life

I've only read two books since the 13th: Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik and The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson.

I finished Blood on the same day I got it! It's one of those releases that have to be devoured immediately upon receipt, well for me anyway. It's the penultimate book in the Temeraire series, and since I've been following it since I was in uni, I was pretty excited to sink my teeth into it. Lots more stuff happened in this novel, but it feels mostly like set-up. This isn't a negative, because it's so goddamn meaty and full of amazing details about the world (we finally get a look at Japan's and North America's dragons, something my friends and I have been speculating on since we read the first book!!!) that I didn't feel anything but anticipation for the final book. Which will come out next year holy fuck. :))

AND speaking of waiting for books, The Way wasn't in my ten books I'm reading next list, but my DM recommended it, he was the same one who recommended Warbreaker, by the same author, to me, and he was so enthused and excited and full of feelings about it that I skipped right to it. I thought that I'd be able to knock it out in a day or so but I didn't know what the fuck I was getting myself into when I said that I'd read it. The blasted book is 1377 pages on iBooks, and it's the first book of a ten-book fantasy series and is basically this introduction to this new universe and all these amazing characters and societies. So yeah, it took me roughly a week to finish it (there were extenuating circumstances as well, but yeah, basically a week). It is so dense and beautiful I could kiss it.

It is an amazing foundation for what I hope will be an epic of a fantasy series! I completely understand why DM was so insistent on finding /anyone/ to read it, because I could discuss it for ages. I peppered his inbox with my incoherent flailings.

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Yeah, he brought all of that on himself. Next thing I have to do is drag other people into this series.

The thing is, other than the fact that it is a damn good book, I have to admit that I am tickled by the novelty of someone recommending me a book that basically gouged my brain out because people so rarely rec me things? :)

I've begun reading The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites and Partners by Rob Dunn in an attempt to help my brain restructure after all that fantasy.

Next ten books!!! :D

1. The King of Attolia from the Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner
2. The Good Man Jesus, and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman
3. Love Minus Eighty by Will McIntosh
4. The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
5. The Word for World is Forest by Ursula K. Le Guin
6. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
7. Ringworld by Larry Niven
8. Feed from the Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant
9. Neuromancer by William Gibson
10. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville


Okay, the extenuating circumstance I mentioned: there's been a tropical storm brooding over the Philippines since Saturday! As of my last mori-boring post, Sunshine's been stuck here since Friday night. She meant to go home on Sunday, then Monday, then well, it's 3AM on Tuesday morning and the rain hasn't stopped in a meaningful way, and most of the city, and the cities around it, are flooded, so she hasn't been able to leave! Mum and I haven't been able to go to the hospital either as the weather is so bad that even hospitals in offices have been shut.

I haven't seen my advisor either, and most schools, unis, and government offices had already announced, last night, that they would be closed today. Wednesday is a National Holiday as well, so everyone's gotten this inadvertent five-day long weekend.

It's been terrible for so many people since the drainage in this country is FUBAR, and people have been getting stranded, having their houses and property damaged by the flooding, and losing electricity and water. It is horrible, but as per usual, all we can do is wait the storm out, and then rebuild and help everyone we can.

Since we are rained in and helpless, I've been making Sunshine catch up to all the shows and movies she's missed out on. She's caught up to Suits, Downton Abbey, and a bunch of movies. There's been very little sleep, and many loud exclamations about how the rain won't fucking stop.

The dogs are unhappy, if dry.

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