WWW Wednesday – 2018/06/27

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WWW Wednesday is a book meme run by Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

JourneyToTheCentreOfTheEarthI’m still getting through Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne, though I’m a fair amount past the halfway point in the story. I’m a little disappointed I’m not finished with it, but I’m not going to dwell on that too much. It won’t be much longer. I’m enjoying the book well enough, though I’m finding it a little odd as far as adventure fiction goes. This really is more the journey to the centre, rather than time spent in the centre itself. Much of it has been the Professor bullishly pushing forward and his nephew Axel, our narrator, complaining about how much he doesn’t want to be there.

Recently Finished

GyoNot long after last week’s post I finished reading Gyo by Junji Ito. I’ve written a review of it, please check it out here! It was a heck of a strange trip by the end, which I actually had to reckon with for a little while. I’m still a little disappointed with the way it turned out (I just really prefer supernatural sources for horror), but the more I look back on it the more positively I consider it. It’s not one of my favourites of his regardless. There are still a few things I raise my eyebrows at, but it’s more fun to view as a “B movie” type of story that I shouldn’t scrutinize too heavily. It did have some great visual and conceptual moments of body horror too, context notwithstanding.

Reading Next

ZeldaEncyclopediaI still have every intention of continuing with the Discworld series next, but as a supplemental read I think I will start gradually making my way through The Legend of Zelda: Encyclopedia, which I got my copy of late last week. Apparently this has some information that contradicts the timeline established for the games in Hyrule Historia, which I’m both intrigued and irritated by.

Until next time!

11 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday – 2018/06/27

  1. Oh, I was actually holding a copy of journey to the centre of the world at the library today! Might have to pick it up now that you say it’s good! 😊😊
    And I’m awful at horror, but I’m intrigued by your point to look at a book “b-movie-glasses” and not look too far into it!
    Happy reading! x

    • Journey to the Centre of the Earth is a little dated, but definitely a pretty good read. Not a huge commitment in terms of pages either. I’m always up for checking out seminal works too, even if people have done better things with the idea or sub-genre since then.

      The b-movie glasses were more for some of the inconsistent or questionable developments in the plot, which I decided to brush aside so I could better enjoy a story about walking fish invading the land. If you’re no good at horror Gyo will likely be nightmare fuel though lol Ito doesn’t mess around with his art, and what’s really going on in the story is a lot more bizarre and messed up than the initial premise sounds.

  2. I didn’t really like Journey to the Center of the Earth, but I also read it when I was, like, 9 so most of it probably went over my head haha. Hope you enjoy the rest 🙂

    • It’s certainly a lot more Journey than it is Centre of the Earth too, if you get my meaning. A lot of time spent walking in the dark with nothing remarkable being encountered.

  3. I’ve got to be honest that I started Journey to the Centre of the Earth a long time ago and never finished it. I think Axel constantly complaining was a bit part of that! Good luck pushing through with it.

    • Axel certainly isn’t one of the most compelling characters lol I do love Hans though, for being so stoic a man that nothing about the journey phases him. It’s so ridiculous its endearing.

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