Hope Swann (coffeebased) wrote,
Hope Swann

Come with me, go places

Non-book stuff!
1) Sunshine is still in the country. Beginning to suspect that despite large amount of winter clothing bought, the long trip is a PLOY. JK, I am sure she will leave eventually. And then she can call me "cray" across an ocean.
2) Went to the first day of Cosmania! Hung out with my Homestuck friends! :D I am super delighted about that. I have little to no pictures to share with you! :D
3) I spent majority of this week in some kind of emotional doldrums??? It was very sad, and embarrassing, but I think I am over it because I am finally free of being infatuated with someone! Blow the fucking trumpets, mama don't give a crap about you except as a friend. BRILLIANT.
4) Seeing my advisor later.

Book stuff!

As I mentioned in number three, I was in a terrible bother all last week, and tbh Neuromancer, for all that it is interesting and mildly impenetrable (two of my favorite things!) was really difficult to focus on so I ended up re-reading all the five (unfinished) parts of The Turn of the Story again and again. And when that wasn't enough, I ended up re-reading Untold, just to drive the emotional pain in all the way.

Thankfully I managed to read other books, even if I haven't quite finished Neuromancer ._. which I am more than halfway done with.

Finished reading: Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch, Trese: Tales of the Diabolical by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo, Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce, and Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

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Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch drove me to drink. It was a more personal story than the previous ones, due to [spoiler], coincidentally the proper name of the spoiler also starts with an "s" and contains seven letters (Also is on the image up there^), and while I did miss the high stakes nature of the first and second Gentleman Bastards novels, I feel as though Republic was this perfect plateau of pain. Some interesting stuff relevant to the over-arching plot of the series was revealed as well, but I feel as though this book was a healing moment for Locke and Jean, and us, the hapless readers. I figure some people will be a bit disappointed after the wait, but I truly enjoyed it and it's made me feel sated and less rabidly excited for the next book.

Trese: Tales of the Diabolical by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo was released last September 7, but I'd only managed to get a copy last week when I got my copies of the Mistborn Trilogy +1. It isn't a comic, which surprised me, but a selection of illustrated short stories. Some interesting ideas in there, more fleshing out on the nature of the world, but nothing I was really excited to read ^^;.

Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce brings us back to events before the first two books of the Circle Reforged quartet. I was happy to read it, especially since it's been a while since the last book (2007!) and I wasn't all that attached to Melting Stones, which I should probably re-read with this book in mind. It was good to be back with Briar, but I definitely am anticipating the next novel in the series, with Tris, set after The Will of the Empress, so that I can finally pick up the plot threads set-up in that novel.

Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson was BRILLIANT. I was really worried about how the trilogy (+1) would end after reading Well but Sanderson managed it! I read it this morning, and I spent most of the time just muffling my giggles, screams, and heartbroken murmurs. I'm really excited to read Alloy of Law now, to see what happens after the time-skip! I love this trilogy dearly. :'D

Supergraphic by Tim Leong is beautifully done. I couldn't get through it all in one go, because a book of graphs and charts, no matter how elegantly designed and full of interesting facts, is still a book of graphs and charts. A+, even if the colors do have a tendency to just pile on up after a while. :)

Now STILL reading:

Reading next:

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Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters

Next 20:

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

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