Hope Swann (coffeebased) wrote,
Hope Swann

call it residual blues

Okay, this post is free of feels that aren't books-feels. I honestly thought that no one read my LJ posts, other than maybe two people (myself included), so I was surprised when people actually commented on my FB crosspost-y thing.

It's not that I don't want my LJ read, I wouldn't be posting publicly AND allowing cross-posting to my Twitter and FB if that was the case, but I literally assumed everyone just ignored the links :)) Mixed feelings: ooh, I have a mini-audience, and aah, I have a mini-audience.

Maybe I'll drive you all away! :D


Left the house early and squatting in the Starbucks in One Rockwell because the weather is way too conducive to hot beverage, good book, blankets, and gazing out of the window in a thoughtful manner reminiscent of music videos from the 90s. And since I'm seeing my advisor tomorrow, I can't afford to luxuriate in bed and sulk like a rock like I did yesterday. Ugh, I am such a terrible person. I did get some work done yesterday, but come on, some work isn't going to cut it.

There's a storm in the Philippines right now, fucking shocker, but it's not really hitting the NCR directly, despite the fact that it hasn't stopped raining since the night before AND the clouds are being pushed by at a terrific rate. Odette, the name of the storm, is a gusty lady!

Anyhoo, I'm taking a break for a bit. I'm jonesing to write some fiction, a little INNA, but I really can't afford to switch gears right now. Maybe later, when I've got a first draft that looks less like a high school investigative project, and more like someone my age made it. So much hate.

I blame my twin playlists of character feels:

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Danny on the top, Rinny on the bottom


Finished reading Ayako by Osamu Tezuka, Ringworld by Larry Niven, Lexicon by Max Barry, The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson, and Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.

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I was really unprepared for Ayako by Osamu Tezuka. The copy I got was an omnibus edition that contained all three tanks in one, and it was a bit unwieldy to read and nearly impossible to treat properly :c its poor corners and spine. sob. It's a really interesting post-WWII story, where you've got this traditional landed Japanese family, the Tenge, coming to terms with the effect of the war on Japan. It's a terrible family as well, and all their sins keep coming to light haha this isn't even a spoiler, trust me, because of all the social upheavals. I didn't think it would affect me so strongly, but Tezuka manages to make this creeping feeling of dread and weight just mess with your head. Y'all getting dragged down with the Tenge.

Ringworld by Larry Niven is one of those classics of sci-fi, a frigging pillar even, so I approached it with some trepidation. What if it felt crazy dated? What if I didn't get it? Haha, I laugh in hindsight. I did had some difficulty relating with ALL the characters, because out of the four mains, one is two hundred years old, two are aliens of contrasting culture, and one is a twenty year-old girl who I s2g is the strangest of the lot (That is kind of a spoiler, but you know nothing John Snow) but other than that the only problem I had with the entire novel was that it was so massive in so many ways. The scale of the settings, of the Ringworld itself, of the ideas, of the concepts? I felt as though Niven was just throwing things at me and assuming that I had the RAM to get it, and by goodness, I actually did. It was impressive and totally worth the now-stretched out corners of my mind. *sighs happily*

Lexicon by Max Barry is so fast-paced that I had to re-read the first two chapters twice so that I could make it stick. It may have been that I didn't give myself breathing space between Ringworld and this book, so yeah. There was a scaling problem, where I had to dramatically readjust my brain XD Novel had a cool concept, where there are people who can control others through carefully-chosen words that have to match a person's type, but so driven that I felt unsatisfied with what the author did with it. Every time I was beginning to sink into the story, the plot would kind of catch up with you and shake things up oddly. Would recommend it to friends, but not a must-read. Bit gory in some bits, but in a delightful way, imho.

The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson is completely different from all the other Winterson novels I have read. Most of them are these byzantine discussions of identity, gender and character study whose plots almost seemed incidental. It's set in Lancashire, during the Witch Trials, and there is a fair amount of violence, so yeah, TW, and it's fairly short, but Winterson gets a lot of punches in despite the length. I kind of missed the dreaminess I've come to associate with Winterson; but I'd already felt that her style was changing when I finally read The Stone Gods last year. I'm missing quite a bit of novels in between those two, so the drift'll prolly be more apparent if I get through those.

I read Fangirl last week, and enjoyed it so much that I decided to sneak Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell in despite it not being in my 20-to-read. It also helped that Bunny (whose birthday it was yesterday, yay Bunny!) had already started and told me that it was very good. And holy bananas, it was painful. This is YA that young adults should be reading, with characters who are less quippy, less shiny, and a whole lot more human. Character development! Love stories that that progress naturally in all their awkward glory! After reading it, I had to just sit down and breathe deeply for a bit, because I didn't think that it would hurt so much. BOTHER this book. Also, triggery for bullying and what is basically domestic abuse.


Now reading:
Mistborn: The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson (omg omg omg I am already in the second portion and it's still so good???)
Supergraphic by Tim Leong (Do you love superheroes? Do you love minutiae? Do you love charts and graphs, and slick designing? THEN THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU.)

Reading next
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Feed from the Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant, which I was supposed to read last week, but I had ebook problems, and then I got distracted by everything else, and another pillar of sci-fi, Neuromancer by William Gibson.

Next 20:
1. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
2. The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters
3. Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Natures Most Dangerous Creatures by Carl Zimmer
4. City of Thieves by David Benioff
5. Woke Up Lonely by Fiona Maazel
6. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
7. Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World by Mark Pendergrast
8. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
9. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
10. Horus Rising by Dan Abnett
11. Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis
12. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
13. City of Illusions by Ursula K. Le Guin
14. Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
15. The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
16. Manila Noir edited by Jessica Hagedorn
17. Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson
18. The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
19. Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson
20. Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch


Btw, guess who's finally got a level two paladin? Me, that's who.

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