Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett was an odd experience, mostly because almost only good things happened in this book. I kept waiting for something terrible(r) to happen, like the other shoe to drop or something, possibly because all the books I've been reading as of late are horrible for the heart. It was great having another Moist book, especially one where Ankh-Morpork seems so complete, this is probably not the right word. It just felt more cohesive because we've got some old plotlines from previous Discworld books come back and be important (so many), as well as a more varied cast??? Like, less Moist, more city. We've got new characters of course, but I just really feel it is such a well-rounded book that makes a reader draw on their entire Discworld experience. Everyone seems to have settled down into their roles, and that makes me nervous on a meta-level. I've discussed this with Kay, how the Discworld seems like it's all about passing the torch now, and it makes us sad.
Kuragehime Vol. 12 by Akiko Higashimura started slow, but I didn't think that it would end like that. I'd really hoped that there'd be another solution available to the cast, and we really won't know about the effects of the climax until the next volume and it is sad because so much stuff can set-up only to make us hurt :c
Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes by Cory O'Brien is a super quick, super hilarious read. It goes through some major Greco-Roman, Norse, Egyptian, Mayan, Judeo-Christian, Hindu, Mesopotamian, Japanese, Chinese, Native American, and United States of American myths in a truly informal style that one would recognise from the Internet. Great for those who need a primer, and hilarious for those who grew up on myths legends. :))
Hellboy: the Midnight Circus Mike Mignola, Scott Allie, and Duncan Fegredo is beautiful and too short. :c I've always wanted more stories from Hellboy's youth, but I was hoping for 'pamcakes' not Pinocchio-esque (fuck -esque, it's full-on Pinocchio) levels of terrifying. BUT IT'S HELLBOY so IDK what I expected. I'm pretty sure that the main villains of this oGN will come back in succeeding Hellboy books, especially since Hellboy in Hell is suddenly becoming calm??? so shit's going to happen it is GUARANTEED. Did I mention it was beautiful??? Because hot damn.
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon is a definite must-read. It took me a while to get through it because of RL stuff, but I got to spend around eight hours in the hospital yesterday so I got to concentrate and finish it and bite my hand so I wouldn't exclaim loudly in a crowded emergency room. It's a beautiful, well-constructed novel that is totally magical realism, I stand by this diagnosis, and is also totally going to punch you in the face with the layering and the plot structure. I am so sorry for you in advance, should you want to read this.
I'm lemming Woke Up Lonely. I got halfway through and I gave up trying to care about it. I'll probably give it another whack in the future, because why not, but so far, it's not my thing and that's pretty much it. :/
Now reading Uncommon Grounds by Mark Pendergrast. I'm only the second chapter and so far it's proceeding fairly quickly and teaching me a lot of stuff. :)) History of coffee, so it's something I'm fairly interested in. :))
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
Next 20 reads:
1. Horus Rising by Dan Abnett
2. Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis
3. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
4. City of Illusions by Ursula K. Le Guin
5. Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
6. Manila Noir edited by Jessica Hagedorn
7. Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson
8. The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
9. Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson
10. Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch
11. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
12. Tam Lin by Pamela Dean
13. Prospero Lost by L. Jagi Lamplighter
14. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
15. Servant of the Underworld by Aliette Bodard
16. The Scar by China Mieville
17. S by J. J. Abrams and Doug Dorst
18. Parasite by Mira Grant
19. Babayaga by Toby Barlow
20. The Dragon Charmer by Jan Siegel
Nearly done with second draft of thesis. Going to submit it no later than this Wednesday.