WWW Wednesday – 2018/07/04

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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

MovingPicturesOver the weekend I finally started reading Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett, the tenth Discworld novel. This is another book in the series that follows a new cast of characters, parodying a specific concept in its own Discworld-y fashion. This time around it’s Hollywood (“Holy Wood”) and the film industry, which has made its way onto the Disc in a roundabout, fantasy sort of way. The protagonist is not particularly remarkable so far, but I really like the notion that something Lovecraftian is at play giving people “Holy Wood dreams.”

Recently Finished

JourneyToTheCentreOfTheEarthSaturday morning I finished reading Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne. Check out my full review here. I liked it well enough, but it ended rather abruptly when the real sense of adventure and discovery had finally started taking off for me. There’s only so long that characters can wander deep underground, perilous though that can be, before it becomes played out. I can respect the book for trying to be as scientific as possible in dealing with the seemingly impossible things the characters do come across, but I wanted them to more directly confront the more startling discoveries they did make.

StarWarsOutAmongTheStarsI also read Out Among the Stars by Jason Aaron et al, the sixth volume in the current Marvel Comics run of Star Wars. I rather liked this volume, despite its focus on the core crew of the Millennium Falcon (which hasn’t been stellar in this series as of late). Each issue of this volume was dedicated to different pairings of characters, telling brief self-contained stories that had some well done little character moments. One chapter followed the SCAR squadron of elite Stormtroopers, a perspective I especially enjoyed in this book. The RD-D2 story was a little silly. I have trouble with the little astromech running circles around supposedly trained soldiers, but it’s not too big of a bugbear for me.

Reading Next

MyYearOfRestAndRelaxationOttessa Moshfegh’s new novel My Year of Rest and Relaxation should be arriving any day now, so I’ve decided to get the jump on that net while it’s newly published. The only thing I know about it in a roundabout sort of way is that it deals with feelings of apathy and depression in an otherwise privileged life. I really enjoyed her last book, so I’m really looking forward to checking this one out.

Until next time, thanks for reading!

10 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday – 2018/07/04

    • A lot of the new canon books and comics are pretty good, though they play it a little too safe sometimes in terms of plot. I highly recommend the Darth Vader series written by Kieron Gillen that ran from 2015 to 2016. It takes place between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back and I loved it.

  1. Discworld is one of those series that I def want to read, it just seems like such a commitment, that I’m like… maybe in a few years, when I’ve pared down my current TBR list some. What’s been your experiences with Discworld?

    This description of the Jules Verne makes me think of the Hobbit, negl. I was like ‘the beginning is good, the ending is great, but so much of the middle is the EXACT SAME THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN WHYYYYY’. Which, I vaguely think that was just how journey fiction was Done at the time, but, still.

    That next novel sounds really interesting, I’ve added it to my TBR to get pile! Along with 700 other books or so BUT STILL, thanks for that!

    • There are like 40 books in the Discworld series and I’ve been reading them in release order. Some are stronger than others, but there’s a consistency of quality between all of them so far. Most importantly, they’re the only books that have made me put the book down for a minute because it made me laugh out loud so much.

  2. Need to get started on the discworld series! Have got a couple on the shelf, but just never pick them up. Soon, though!
    And sad to hear Journey to the centre of the world was dragging a bit at the end! Good to hear it was still okay, though, haha x
    Great post!

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