Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch is painful. I started out thinking that it would a sort of Doctor Dolittle-esque novel, but it turned out to be a Moby Dick + Life of Pi dealio where there is whaling (which I enjoyed!!!) and a fucking shipwreck which I did not. At all. It was stressful, and I wasn't prepared for how this book would devastate me.
Tam Lin by Pamela Dean made me feel like an unlettered savage. Right now, I've got four tabs open on learning ancient Greek and I am having terrible flashbacks to the summer before I entered university and I was so worried about how I wouldn't fit it with my peers because I hadn't read or accomplished enough (okay, you try reading the books I read as a child and not come out with strange notions about what university is like). Despite its length, it's a crisp and engaging retelling. I am pretty sure I still want to date a Classics major.
Prospero Lost by L. Jagi Lamplighter has an interesting enough concept: a continuation of Shakespeare's The Tempest in the modern day, blending together magic, religion, and a quest with a family drama. Miranda has a bunch of siblings and they are all terrible immortal people. I was so taken by it that I finished the two other books in the trilogy last night/this morning. Prospero in Hell is easily the best book of the three, which made Prospero Regained so much more disappointing. I am used to it being the other way around, where the second book is kind of meh, and the third one redeems the entire series' shortcomings, but not in this trilogy. It was heavy-handed in a lot of parts, and the dialogue was kind of terrible. It references Dante for majority of the latter books, and funnily enough, tithes to hell, something that is a major plot point in Tam Lin. :))
Now Reading: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Servant of the Underworld by Aliette Bodard and The Scar by China Mieville
1. S by J. J. Abrams and Doug Dorst
2. Parasite by Mira Grant
3. Babayaga by Toby Barlow
4. The Dragon Charmer by Jan Siegel
5. Happiness Like Water by Chinelo Okparanta
6. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
7. Blood, Bones, and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton
8. The Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh
9. The Glass Bead Game by Herman Hesse
10. The Magic Kingdom by Stanley Elkin
11. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
12. My Uncle Oswald by Roald Dahl
13. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
14. The Magic Kingdom by Stanley Elkin
15. Something More Than Night by Ian Tregillis
16. The Man Who Was Thursday by J. K. Chesterton
17. Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
18. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
19. The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan
20. The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
Current count: 6/100
I submitted my third draft to my advisor last Tuesday. I'll find out what happens to that this coming week.
We had our first HSPH meet-up yesterday, another Taftstuck thing. It was great seeing so many of my friends again: I'd pined during the holiday. Everyone seems to be doing fairly well, at least those who'd managed to come. We've still got Jacynthstuck next week, so I hope to see more of the others then. :)
I haven't slept yet, out of the desire to get the Prospero Trilogy out of the way, but I'm watching yet another handyman, so I'll probably catch up on sleep later.