WWW Wednesday – 2018/09/12

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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

AftermathLifeDebtI started reading Aftermath: Life Debt by Chuck Wendig, though I’ve only really just started. My impressions about these books have shifted a little bit since finishing the first one, due to some personal reflection and encountering how other people feel about these books. I stand by my review of the first one, but it is a little telling that my favourite parts of that book were the interludes. It seems this book will be just as focused on the characters introduced in this series. I’m not sure how I feel about that. At any rate, it has started out all right so far, though I’m noticing some negative points someone made about Wendig’s writing style I hadn’t noticed myself before. I shall maintain optimism, at an rate.

Ed the Happy ClownI’ve also been reading Ed the Happy Clown by Chester Brown, which came a little out of left field. A friend of my showed me their copy and offered to let me borrow it, which I accepted. Shortly after last week’s post I started reading it and it’s really bizarre. Apparently, Brown’s idea was to take the story in random directions with each strip, though there are twisted threads the story is following along at the point I’ve reached. It’s not completely non-sequitur throughout. I’ve read two books of his before this, though they were a biography and a memoir respectively, so this is quite a dramatic shift in content.


Recently Finished

Hellboy Bones Of GiantsOver the weekend I finished reading The Bones of Giants by Christopher Golden, which you can check out my review for here. Unfortunately I didn’t not quite live up to my admittedly arbitrary expectations. I really liked the lore the novel introduced into the world of Hellboy, but a lot of the story ended up meandering, the characters dwelling on concern for one another repetitively without the plot escalating these issues much. I still liked it for what it was, since the novels are really only side stories to the series proper, but I’m starting to wonder if Golden is the negative x-factor for me.

Yon & MuI also finished reading Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu. I absolutely loved this book. The art was great, the stories in each chapter were well told, and most importantly it showed that Ito’s got surprisingly good chops as a comedy writer. It was just the right length too; not overdoing it yet short enough to leave me wanting more without being disappointed. I should have a review posted of it soon.

 


Reading Next

I’m really not sure what to read next. I’m starting to suspect Life Debt will take me longer than I think it will. It’s not a dense read, but it’s still 500 pages long. With October only a few weeks away I’ve started to think more about horror books to read, though I’ve no idea what I’ll start with just yet. I do think I should start one before September is over though so I can spread some reviews throughout the month.

Until next time, thank you for reading!

6 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday – 2018/09/12

  1. I haven’t read any of Chuck Wendig’s Star Wars books, although I did enjoy his Heartland trilogy. I’ve heard many different opinions of his SW stuff though, some good, some bad, some crazy. I will say that I am very much a fan of his website and his books on writing.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Hope you have a great week!

    • With people criticizing his SW books I think there is an understandable level of disappointment with the story he decided to tell (I would prefer more of a focus on established characters for a trilogy literally called Aftermath) mixed with the unfortunate vitriol that the fandom is well known for. I could relate to one review’s points on Goodreads to an extent, but the reviewer made the writing sound far worse than I think it really is.

    • I’ve got a few horror books in mind, I just don’t want to end up biting off more than I can chew. Last year I wasn’t properly prepared and spent the first week of October finishing a fantasy book too, so I didn’t to one of the books I wanted to read until November. Still bugs me to this day lol

      • I kept my goal pretty low this October, as I really just wanted to get through my first Stephen King and chose one of his short stories collection as well instead of one of his really daunting novels like The Stand.

      • The Stand is intimidatingly long. I don’t know when I’ll ever get to that. Which short story collection are you going to go with?

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