Hope Swann (coffeebased) wrote,
Hope Swann

we're so close to something better left unknown

Non-books first.

1) Sunshine will be leaving soon! :c We had a sleepover despedida thing last week, and we all watched The World's End and Hercules. We are boring despedida-ers.
2) I have a credible first draft for my thesis! I am not attached to it at all; this will help when I see my advisor tomorrow.
3) And in order to slap a credible first draft together, I missed Taftstuck 3.0, EKstuck/HSPH 2nd Anniversary, and the FFP Sci-fi Discussion. I am so disappointed, yet I feel accomplished! :D Yay me!
4) I've watched Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing and I will never, ever recover.
5) A lot of the shows my mother and I regularly watch have come back, and we are up to our necks in new episodes!

Yeah, that's as much as I want to talk about. I'm getting into this nice, hermit-y groove. I've just about convinced myself that everything else is an illusion. Feelings are an illusion of the mind. Also my mind screams a lot and tries to run off without me. It's such a quitter :( I am disappoint.


1) Eight days (give or take a timezone thing) until Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch!!!
2) I've gotten deadtree copies of the Mistborn Trilogy and The Alloy of Law! They're very beautiful.
3) Another Circle of Magic book, Battle Magic, will be coming out on 10.01! Tamora Pierce is one of those authors who I've grown up with, so I am pretty pleased to be getting a new novel, especially about Rosethorn, Briar, and Evvy's time in Yanjing.
4) Sarah Rees Brennan's Untold was officially released all over the world, and we get a lovely gift from her: a short story set between Unspoken and Untold, with ASH as the narrator. You can get that here for free and legitimately as well! :)


Finished reading Mistborn: The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson, and The Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant.

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The Well of Ascension managed not to avoid the sequel-itis most second novels suffer from. I'm not even sure avoid is a good word; can I say that Well just pretty much blew up all my expectations and tossed them to the uncaring wind? :)) It was such a wonderful read and I honestly spent most of the three days I was reading it just screaming into my iPad and vaguely updating Facebook and hoping I wasn't spoiling anyone. Shit got real. Kam read it as well! You can read her more coherent, but spoilery, review here.

Feed of the Newsflesh Trilogy was a lot more absorbing than I thought it would be. I was supposed to stop after the first book, and I moved on to Neuromancer and everything, and then boom, I was reading Deadline, and then I was reading Blackout, and I still haven't gotten a third through Neuromancer. Newsflesh's premise was a bit hokey for me in the beginning: bloggers of the zombie apocalypse, intrepid young reporters! but I got so invested in the main characters' lives that I was panicking all throughout the last book. I haven't read the three novellas that come in between and after the trilogy, but I have read Fed, the alternate ending to Feed! You can get it online, for free and LEGITIMATELY, wow, here.


Now reading:
Neuromancer by William Gibson (which is a bit wearying to read)
Supergraphic by Tim Leong (which is a really long book of charts and graphs, I am SAVORING it)


Reading next:
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Mistborn: The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
Perdido Street Station by China Mieville


Next 20:
1. The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters
2. Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Natures Most Dangerous Creatures by Carl Zimmer
3. City of Thieves by David Benioff
4. Woke Up Lonely by Fiona Maazel
5. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
6. Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World by Mark Pendergrast
7. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
8. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
9. Horus Rising by Dan Abnett
10. Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis
11. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
12. City of Illusions by Ursula K. Le Guin
13. Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
14. Manila Noir edited by Jessica Hagedorn
15. Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson
16. The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
17. Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson
18. Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch
19. The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
20. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

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