WWW Wednesday – December 18, 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!

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

StardustCurrently a good ways into reading Stardust by Neil Gaiman. Of course, this means that I came up short on my little challenge to myself from last week. Can’t say I’m too surprised, but it did motivate me, so it had its intended effect. 67% of the way through in a week’s time, with other books along the way, feels pretty good. That all being said, I’m actually surprised with how much I’m enjoying it, which is saying something since I had no misgivings about it. It’s a more whimsical, lighter read, while still brimming with Gaiman’s imagination. I’m most surprised with how naughty the book is. I don’t think it’s especially explicit, but there’s a lot more sex and risqué descriptions than what its YA-fairy-tale appearance suggested to me.


Recently Finished

Saturday night I finished reading Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn. I enjoyed it as a more character-focused novel (as the title suggests), but all the same I do wish the narrative through-line had built up to something a little more climactic. I should have a review up soon.

Marley's GhostI also read through Marley’s Ghost by Harvey Kurtzman et al, which actually has a much more complicated history than I realized. Kurtzman had the idea of adapting Dickens’ story as a comic book back in the 1950s, when the idea of a “graphic novel” was inconceivable. Kurtzman’s adaptation notes were expanded into a full graphic novel for publication in 2017 by Gideon Kendall, Josh O’Neill, and Shannon Wheeler. The result is really lovely. It’s an adaptation of A Christmas Carol, so most of us already know the story, but it appears to use writing lifted right from the original book. The art is also gorgeous. It made me realize why I love this story too: not just for its messages, but also the fact that it’s a ghost story. Hadn’t quite thought of it in such terms so consciously before.


Reading Next

Lords and LadiesDespite the incoming holidays, and my usual brief interlude from reading, I am determined to read one more Discworld novel, Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett, before the decade is out. The trick with this is it will really bother me if I don’t get it finished before midnight on December 31st. With the holidays keeping me busy, this may be difficult. This will likely being my last book for the year, period, as well. I’ll save cracking open another graphic novel until 2020 (maybe). Let’s see if I can pull this off, friends.

Until next week, thank you for reading! Feel free to share your own post, or what you’re reading, down below.

12 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday – December 18, 2019

  1. Have to confess I was not a fan of Stardust, it’s one of those rare occasions where I think the film is actually better. It was probably a mistake for me to watch the film first though.

    • Difficult to say. No shame in the preference though, despite the old “the book was better” cliche. I never wound up seeing it. I hadn’t read any of Gaiman’s stuff when it came out, and it just looked like another movie trying to catch the wave of fantasy novels turned film, following Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. Certainly tempted to give it a look now though.

    • It really is a lovely adaptation, though admittedly I haven’t read the original text so I cannot speak to how thoroughly faithful it is or not.

  2. I’ve always been a huge fan of Thrawn, but I couldn’t get into the book. I may have to try it again; it may have been a case of wrong time, wrong book instead of just not liking it.
    Happy reading!

    • I can understand that. While I did really like it, I am hoping plot takes more prominence in the sequels, now that his origin is out of the way.

    • I agree! It seemed much more fanciful like a typical fairy tale than his usual stuff. Thinking about it, I suppose many such stories actually do have more suggestive themes in their history than modern versions, so it’s not out of nowhere.

  3. You did get quite a good way through Stardust! I’m surprised to hear that there’s sex scenes and such in it, though. I wouldn’t have guessed from the description and such. I guess I just assumed it was a kid’s book, more along the lines of Coraline and The Ocean at the End of the Lane, but I suppose I was wrong. xD Terry Pratchett is a *fabulous* way to end the year, if I do say so myself. Which … I just did. Obviously.

    • Yeah, it’s been a rather surprising book in many respects, with all said and done now lol Many have labeled it “Young Adult” on Goodreads too, but I’m not sure that that’s fitting.

      Pratchett certainly is a high note to end the year on, especially now that I’ve started it. Just need to get around to finishing it before the new year.

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