Look at this terrible photo of two terrible people. I haven't got any makeup on and I basically look like a tuber with sparkly glasses on. Sunshine looks wonderful as usual. We're both attempting ironic duck faces and sort of succeeding. I do not think the human mouth is meant to mimic an avian beak.
ANYWAY, CRUZ is going off to live in Japan for six months to teach people medical English, and ride bicycles across the countryside and fucking freeze her ass off as she is basically weak against all cold and is still going there from autumn to winter like she wants to suffer. So mum and I went with her to go and buy thermal things. My contribution was to sit outside the dressing room and read hurtful books and make pained noises. Yes.
She's leaving at the end of the month. I hope she can't help but think of anime the entire time and maybe hum opening themes to herself as she bikes the twenty minutes from her flat to the school because come on.
Finished reading Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner, and it was brutal. The high stakes feeling of the events in the narrative (if I sound stupid it's because I haven't slept yet, I will explain later) was heightened by the fact that this is the last book of the Queen's Thief series that has been published. I've been nosing around on to-be-published lists for 2014 and supposedly there's another one in the offing but COME ON, there isn't even a title or a cover yet. Anyway, what else can I say about this series that I haven't said before, copious amounts of praise for the characters, the sparse writing style, the tendency of the author to spear you through the chest while you aren't paying attention. You know the basic stuff. UGH.
Started the Mistborn trilogy (+1 so really, it should be Mistborn quartet, but there's this sort of insistent terminology thing going on, and I suppose I will understand it when I get to The Alloy of Law but until then, weird) by Brandon Sanderson with the first book, The Final Empire and spent a happy two days alternating between texting and messaging the DM the saddest and most uninspired commentary anyone could have ever made. My respect for Brandon Sanderson is a bottomless chasm where no light can penetrate, and no man can ever hope to plumb the depths of. Basically, it is a baller novel, I don't know why I spent my early twenties reading contemporary non-genre fiction like it would earn me points in book reader heaven when I could have been unabashedly reading sci-fi and fantasy and enjoying myself and shaking my head less.
Finished The Good Man Jesus, and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman in the haze following TFE and by gum it penetrated that haze. I finished it in less than an hour and was assaulted by feelings about Jesus Christ, as well as nearly twenty year-old memories of me reading different Bibles and highlighting things like a fiend. I really enjoyed that book as a child, and although Pullman didn't include all my favorite parables, he really had the flavor pinned down? It reminded me of how impressed I was by his retooling of Grimm's Fairytales. Anyway, I found out that this book is one in a whole bunch of retold myths and legends and now I have to read them all. Damn it.
Decided to end the evening with Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, thinking that it would be a fairly simple read. I keep thinking that the next book will be less painful, but lord. Anyway, this one's a keeper, more about family dynamics and healing than you'd think. There's lots of nods to fangirl culture, nods, hells, there are whole parades and obeisances to fangirl culture, but the author manages to balance things very cleverly. Some moments of it felt very on the nose, but mostly it is an earnest and interesting novel that made me care about the characters and believe that they were growing. Unlike some young adult novels I have read and felt too detached from to enjoy.
1. Ringworld by Larry Niven
2. Feed from the Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant
3. Neuromancer by William Gibson
4. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
5. The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters
6. Lexicon by Max Barry
7. Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Natures Most Dangerous Creatures by Carl Zimmer
8. City of Thieves by David Benioff
9. Woke Up Lonely by Fiona Maazel
10. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
11. Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World by Mark Pendergrast
12. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
13. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
14. The Daylight Gate by Jeannete Winterson
15. Horus Rising by Dan Abnett
16. Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis
17. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
18. City of Illusions by Ursula K. Le Guin
19. The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
20. Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
I started reading Ayako by Osamu Tezuka when I was testing our newly-renovated master bath and the bathtub, and I'm about a third through it. Hakkai gave me this lovely omnibus dealio that has all three volumes in one. Will talk about it when I'm done.
I'm going to be reading the first book of the Ringworld series by Larry Niven, one of those pillars of sci-fi, followed by Feed of the Newsflesh trilogy by Mira Grant, which I heard about on Mark Reads. I'm probably going to read The Well of Ascension at some point as well; Brandon Sanderson writes crack. Highly addictive crack.
I missed Taftstuck 2 because a patch of cement in our outside wash area began to heat up and now half the house hasn't got electricity and we have to rewire everything, and house renovations are their very own circle of Hell. I am grateful that we can afford to fix our lovely sheltering house but it has been one thing after another since April or May. BLUH.
ALSO, I AM headed off to the Manila International Book Fair, my yearly attempt to drown in books and embarrass myself bibliographically. I've been going for most of my life, and I find it so convenient that it comes during my birthday month! I shall be seeing Kam and Bunny there, and we will have a proper bookish debauch. Think Dionysus, maenads, EOIOIOIOIOIOIO, look 20% off.
SIGNING OUT TO GET READY FOR BOOKS. I haven't slept out of sheer excitement. :))
Also!!! my friends are having their oath-taking today, making them actual doctor-doctors who will be held liable for their errors by a regulatory commission hehe, no pressure. Was informed at 230AM that one of them will be wearing a barong and another friend was ill and barely moving as of yesterday. So good luck to them and the rest who haven't touched base and have disappointed me forever <3