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?
I’m a good 100 pages into The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood now, and I’m getting a much better sense of the characters. The plot is jumping between two characters surviving after “the Flood” pandemic has wiped out most of humanity, and their time before the Flood as members of God’s Gardeners, an eco-focused religious group. The most striking thing about getting back into this trilogy is being reminded just how bleak this world is. There’s actually an odd purity to the world after the pandemic. Prior to it, corporations run everything and the worst crimes against humanity are rampant. I like the focus characters well enough so far, but I wish I didn’t expect the worst from nearly everyone else.
I started reading No Longer Human by Junji Ito over the weekend, which is adapting the Osamu Dazai novel of the same name. I’m having some mixed feelings about it so far. It’s not an unenjoyable read, but I guess I just don’t feel completely hooked yet, despite having read five chapters now. It’s primarily concerned with the misadventures of a young man, Oda, who feels intrinsically disconnected from other people, using buffoonery as a child to escape this by constantly keeping others entertained by his antics. Tonally, it’s a decidedly dismal story thus far. I like how Ito’s art informs us of the character’s perspective, though. He uses a lot of his usual foreboding style, but I see it as more reflective of how Oda sees other people than actual reality.
Over the weekend I finally finished The Book of Forgotten Authors by Christopher Fowler. You can check out my full review here. I say finally, not because I didn’t enjoy it, but just that I was particular about getting it done. I really liked this book and would definitely pick up a follow-up if Fowler was inclined to write one. I’d likely read that more as a supplemental book though, so I can take my time and enjoy it more slowly. I was ultimately able to restrain myself from adding more and more books to my TBR while reading this book, which is probably for the best. That figurative shelf is crowded as it is without a bunch of books that will be difficult to find.
I’ve not decided on a novel I’d like to read next, but to keep the graphic novel train going I’ll likely crack open Jenny Finn by Mike Mignola et al. Though a Lovecraftian tale by the author—not outside his wheelhouse—it seems different from his usual pulpy style of uncanny lead characters like Hellboy or the Amazing Screw-On Head. I don’t know much more about it than that; with Mignola’s name on a horror graphic novel I’m pretty much sold every time.
Until next week, thank you for reading! Feel free to share your own post down below.
13 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday – January 22, 2020”
Enjoy your reading!
You as well!
I’m really curious to see how you’ll feel about No Longer Human in the end. I do love it when the art(style) itself portrays some kind of message, so that sounds great!
I’m optimistic, but I feel it’s also showing that Ito doesn’t usually tell stories like this. I feel like I ought to be more connected to the main character, but it’s also a story about disconnection, so maybe I’m just not getting it. It’s actually gotten me more interested in checking out the original novel sometime down the road, though.
I haven’t read any of Junji Ito’s work yet. Which one do you like best of the ones you’ve read? That’s interesting, when the book gives off the same feeling that is the main focus of the book. I wonder if that was the intention. I’ve also been considering checking out the original novel!
Uzumaki is easily one of his best works, though I think Tomie is great too. I’ve found his shorter stories hit and miss, though his art is always spectacular. I’d say the best collection of his short stuff is Shiver.
Thanks for the recommendations!
Happy to help 🙂
I always enjoy Margaret Atwood’s craft when I actually read her books, but I find her worlds too grim sometimes. It’s like… well, like you said, you expect the worst of people.
Here’s my WWW post!
I’ll definitely finish the book, but I’m hoping somebody introduces some non-suspicious positivity, otherwise I’m afraid I’ll start to suffer from “darkness induced audience apathy” before I’m done.
Oh, No Longer Human has a creepy cover that sort of just reaches out and slaps you all at once. xD I didn’t even realize at first. Jenny Finn looks interested. I’ll be looking forward to what you think of it! I’m wanting to read more graphic novels this year, so I’ve been on the lookout for some good ones. 😉
There are so many great graphic novels out there. Which sort are you looking to check out?
I don’t even know. I’ve been trying a little of everything. I’m getting back into manga. Reading Monstress and A Shade of Magic graphic novels. I don’t like anything too gorey, and I don’t tend to read, like, Marvel/DC things.