WWW Wednesday – April 3, 2019

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme run by Sam over at 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

Fragile ThingsI’m still chipping away at Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman. Reading has been consistently enjoyable, but admittedly some of the stories have been apparently forgettable. I say “apparently” because I just had to flip back through all the stories I read in the last week to fully refresh myself on what exactly I had read. Only one actually did little for me, so this is more indicative of the problem short story collections can have sometimes. Some stories just stand out a lot more than others. That being said, I do really like when he implies that a story has happened to him. It’s preposterous to seriously consider some events as having actually happened, but I do like the blending of reality with fiction.

The WonderI’ve also begun reading The Wonder by Emma Donoghue, just as I promised last week. I’m only about a quarter of the way through it and so far I’m intrigued but not completely drawn in. The writing is good, I just don’t quite have a good sense of the story being told yet. A nurse from England in the 1800s is called to Ireland to watch over a young girl who has gone four months without eating, a supposed miracle. The story is so grounded so far that I feel like making the girl’s condition authentic is unlikely, yet the main character is already so confident that it’s a con that I’m wondering what may happen to change her mind. I’m actually quite excited to not know going in which direction the story will take, not that I think on it.


Recently Finished

Batman White KnightLast night I finished reading Batman: White Knight by Sean Murphy. Though pulling from familiar continuity, this Batman graphic novel is its own self-contained world. The Joker has been cured of his insanity, becoming a very sane Jack Napier once again, who sets his sights on Batman and the brutal vigilantism that has been allowed to run amok in Gotham City for far too long. Though it sounded gimmicky on its surface, it was a surprisingly poignant story that examines the characters of both Batman and the Joker through a critical yet fair lens. I’m especially fond of how many references there are to the 90s animated series. I don’t usually review superhero comics, but since it’s a standalone volume I will likely write one up for this soon.


Reading Next

Witches AbroadHaving balanced out genres with The Wonder—and not sticking with Fantasy constantly—I think I will start the next Discworld book I need to get to once I’ve cleaned up what I’m currently read. That book is Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett, which is the third book in the “Witches” subseries. I love Granny Weatherwax, so I’m excited to see what it’s all about. I do hope the story is a little more focused on her in this book however. I thought the focus was a little too split in Wyrd Sisters.

Until next week, thank you for reading!

7 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday – April 3, 2019

  1. I’ve heard mixed things about Fragile Things, too. Short story collections really are hit or miss sometimes.
    Terry Pratchett! YES! Second person I’ve seen planning on picking up a Pratchett book in the next week. I love it. 😀 I should definitely read another Pratchett book week after next. Hmmm. I haven’t read many yet, and I haven’t gotten to Witches Abroad yet, but I love the ones I’ve read so far. Hope you enjoy!
    Here’s my WWW Wednesday post.

    • I’m slowly making my way throughout the whole series, so I’ve been reading them in publication order for the past couple of years. I only read a couple last year though, so I really want to push myself to get through more of them in 2019.

      Are you reading them in any particular order?

      • I think slowly is about the only way to make it through the series, as it’s pretty massive. xD I’ve been doing about the same.

        I started with the Death trilogy, because that’s what was originally recommended to me because I just love Death as a character in general. I’ve been looking at this guide to know where to start, and then just following it along: https://imgur.com/eK7BDdL

        I didn’t have Hogfather or Thief of Time when I read the Death trilogy, but I have them now, so I’m thinking I’ll go back and read those this year. 🙂

      • Death and his books are easily my favourite too. Sometimes I’m really tempted to just skip to his books, but I’m committed to going through them all as I have been, so I’ll just have to be patient and stay the course.

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