WWW Wednesday – 2018/07/18

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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

MyYearOfRestAndRelaxationI’ve been reading My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh, though I’m only just getting started with it. My reading plans took a slight detour. Though I’m still within the first chapter, I have read until the first section break. It was a bit of a whirlwind so far, giving a lot of information on the narrator’s daily life such as it is and her dysfunctional friendship with a college friend named Reza. The style is rather fast paced, though I haven’t exactly gotten a hold on what the story is about yet. I’m a little wary with how much I’m being told rather than shown, but that may just be Meshfegh setting the scene. I’m still optimistic.

Recently Finished

MovingPicturesOver the weekend I finished reading Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett! Please check out my review here. I enjoyed it well enough, though it went pretty much as I expected it to. Though it hasn’t been the case every time, there is a general skeleton of a story that Pratchett seems to use when he has more of an idea he wants to explore than a specific story he wants to tell. Gaspode the Wonder Dog did not entirely take over the role of protagonist, but he was one of the most complex characters in the story, torn between his resentment for how humans mistreat him and his innate nature as a dog (a Good Boy). I was thrilled to learn that he becomes a recurring character throughout the series.

TheAshesofJedhaI also read The Ashes of Jedha by Kieron Gillen et al, which has caught me up on all of the available volumes of the current Star Wars series by Marvel. This is the first book with Gillen taking over from Jason Aaron and the difference was a little staggering. Maybe I just prefer something about Gillen’s style, but I was vastly more intrigued with the story here than I was with most of Aaron’s stuff. There was some weird stuff with the Force in it, which is always a win for me, but the book was mostly about a Rebel operation yet it still had me hooked. It bodes well for me for the series going forward.

NecronomiconThough this is not a completed book, I also read “The Shadow over Innsmouth” by H. P. Lovecraft from my massive tome of his stories. I’ve been playing the video game Bloodborne recently and a friend of mine told me to read this—basically a homework assignment—before I begin a specific portion of the game. I enjoyed it quite a bit, though I had absorbed more about it through osmosis than I realized, since much of it didn’t surprise me. I will likely have a review up of it soon.

Reading Next

AftermathI know I gab a lot about Star Wars, but I’ve got a list with five of the newer novels still on it that I want to get to this year. So, it’s high time I started the first Aftermath novel by Chuck Wendig, which is following the Galactic Civil war after the deaths of the Emperor and Darth Vader. I’ve been wanting to read this trilogy for a long time and I’m not putting it off any longer (once I’ve finished up with Moshfegh’s novel).

Until next time, thanks for reading!

13 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday – 2018/07/18

  1. I’m excited to read something from Terry Pratchett. My mom said our elder neighbor gave her their old books because they know mom has a daughter who reads a lot aka me. Pratchett was on the list of authors mom told me of the books. Have you read many of his works? any recommendation? 🙂

    • I’ve been making my way through the Discworld series in order of release for the past couple of years, so Moving Pictures was actually the tenth book of his I’ve read since the start of 2016! Of them I would highly recommend Mort, which is the first sub-series that focuses on the character of Death (who appears in all of the books anytime someone dies).

      • I must admit I’m not that familiar of Pratchett and i think the first time I heard about Discworld (which I learned a famous series) is through your blog.. You usually mention it on your lists. anyway, thank you, I’ll read the whole series. 🙂 And character of Death? I’m in. hehe.

    • While some have been stronger than others, ten books in Discworld is consistently pretty great. Definitely worth checking out if you like well thought-out Fantasy that also makes fun of Fantasy.

  2. Terry Pratchett is such a fascinating author! I love the sound of a dog sort of character who feels caught between his nature and his environment… I’m never really sure where to start with such a prolific author as if I start with the wrong book I’ll never be able to pick up another book by them again. I also like the sound of your comic! The force is so fascinating, any story that features that sounds like fun! 😀 This is my first www and it was super fun to write my post, more than I thought it would be.

    • The beauty of the Discworld books is, for the most part, you can just start wherever you want. I just got fixated on the whole thing so much, which is why I’ve committed to just reading them all in order. My first book was actually the 16th novel, and while there were some passing references to previous stories it was perfectly accessible. Maybe check out some of the sub-series about the Witches, or Death, or the City Watch to see what appeals most to you.

  3. Love that you’re reading Star Wars lit. One of my reading goals for this year was to read Star Wars lit (as I’m a huge fan of the films/TV shows) though I’ve only read one book so far. Must try and get on that.
    A friend of mine just got done with My Year of Rest and Relaxation and seemed to enjoy it so I hope it’s a good one for you!

    • I’ve only read A New Dawn as a preamble to binging through Rebels. I’ve since just fallen into the trap of continuing to buy more of the books that I likely won’t get to for a bit since I already have several others I mean to read first. Which one did you read?

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