WWW Wednesday – May 8, 2019

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme run by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. Check out her post and others over on her blog! Feel free to leave a link to your own down below as well.

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

On Earth as it is in HellI’m only a quarter of the way through On Earth As It Is In Hell by Brian Hodge, but that’s a fair amount more than where I was at last week. As a Hellboy novel I’m enjoying it quite a bit. He’s taking his time to set the stage for something a little more intricate. I love reading about Hellboy clobbering monsters as much as anybody, but he’s more than just a brute. I did have a moment where I laughed at this book really hard though. You may or may not be familiar with posts going around social media poking fun at male authors clumsily writing female characters. I’ve encountered an example in the wild with this book and it had me in stitches for a good 5 minutes. Otherwise the writing has been pretty good, so I’ll try not to hold this against it.

On Earth As It Is In Hell Excerpt
Mystifies men, wears a choker, has periods…you know, a woman. Duh.

Planting Gardens in GravesI’ve also started reading Planting Gardens in Graves by R. H. Sin. I’ve only read about 50 pages, which is especially little considering it’s a poetry collection that I could power through quickly if I chose to do so. Reading it has been enjoyable so far; Sin’s style is very accessibly. The only misgivings I have about the book are what these poems collectively seem to be about. In a broad sense it so far seems to be capturing the feelings of investing yourself in people romantically who let you down. I don’t mind this necessarily, but so far there has been a weird line in the sand drawn between the sexes, when I feel most of these sentiments are pretty universal.


Recently Finished

Hellboy 1955Over the weekend I finished reading Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1955 by Mike Mignola et al. I enjoyed it a lot more than 1954. This book managed to balance episodic adventures with a connective narrative really well. There were also some great little characters moments that helped this time in Hellboy’s life feel more distinct. Despite his appearance he’s only about 10 years old, after all, and his relative inexperience with life grates against his teammates in interesting ways. Despite this, he’s demonstrating how much he excels at his job as an agent too. I’m actually pretty excited to see what 1956 has in store for the characters now.

Witches AbroadI also finished reading Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett and I enjoyed this novel quite a lot. I should have a full review up soon. Discworld novels often have at least one moment that makes me burst out laughing, and I’m happy to report that this novel was not an exception. He just has such a way with words sometimes that it strikes such a cord with me. I know Lords and Ladies is not far off in my reading lineup, which is another Witches novel, but this book has got me excited to revisit these characters again so soon. The trio of Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat Garlick might just be my favourite, second only to Death himself.


Reading Next

TheAmazingScrew-OnHeadI’m afraid I’m at a bit of a loss again regarding what novel I’d like to read next. I may deviate from my list for the year for my next one, but I’ve made no decision yet. I have finally gotten more digital Star Wars comics, at any rate, so it’s likely I read some of those next. I’d also like to read The Amazing Screw-On Head by Mike Mignola, which is a collection of stories by the creator of Hellboy. One story in particular is “The Magician and the Snake”, which he co-wrote with his daughter and I’m happy to have a physical copy of. It’s a lovely little story.

Until next week, thank you for reading!

9 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday – May 8, 2019

  1. I love Hellboy. I grew up reading comics and graphic novels and the BPRD and that Right Hand of Doom hold a special place in my heart. Your post make me want to read them all again. Thanks for sharing

    • I’m glad 🙂 I’ve become a big fan of the Hellboy comics over the past few years too, but I still haven’t started the BPRD series yet.

  2. I saw your post on Twitter and cringed…hard…but I didn’t know quite which part you were “oh NOing.” The whole paragraph was a little “yikes” for me but I hope the rest of the book is more enjoyable?

    I can hardly wait to get into the Witches books in Discworld – I have heard so many good things.

    • Yes, the rest of the book has been pretty good so far, which was why that paragraph struck me so hard. I thought he was doing a good job of writing form Liz Sherman’s perspective too (the character narrating that part) until that anomalous moment. I just started laughing hard at it, wondering where the hell that came from. Even without the cringy examples brought up, I have no idea why he felt the need to say anything beyond generally saying “I may be different, but I look like any other person. I don’t know what it’s like to look inhuman.” Like, what, was he afraid I was going to believe him?

  3. Okay, that quote about being a woman had me dying. Dang it, I guess I fail in the checklist. I’ve got the first, but I seem to have misplaced my choker and who the frig knows what’s going on with my cycle on any given month. Well, shucks. Do you think I should break the news to my husband? xD

    The Amazing Screw-on Head sounds so interesting. Hope you enjoy!

    • Well if you’re not wearing the choker he might already suspect, so best to get it ahead things before he feels he needs to confront you about it lol

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