WWW Wednesday – October 21, 2020

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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

Nothing at the moment, I’m between books.


Recently Finished

The Night Will Find UsMonday night I finished reading The Night Will Find Us by Matthew Lyons, my first Frighteningly Good Read for this year. It was quite the trip powering through it over the last week. By the end my feelings were a little mixed, though leaning more positively. Since the early chapters last week there were a lot of unexpected twists and turns in this book, which was one of its strengths. For a good while I really didn’t know where the story was going, though eventually it got a little meandering in this way. It did have some pretty creepy moments too, though the source of the horror was a little too nebulous for its own good, which became a big problem. I should have a full review up very soon.

Tremor DoseI also read through Tremor Dose by Michael Conrad and Noah Bailey last night, my second Frighteningly Good Read. I liked this graphic novel, it had some great ideas and very unique art, but the story kind of fell apart by the end for me. There’s a tantalizing afterword by the authors that discusses how every question the book raises can be answered by the content itself, but I’m not sure I actually care to reread and dissect it. I do keep thinking about doing it, so there’s a chance, but I don’t want to be dwelling on this one book too long. It’s not a very long read, though, so I still haven’t made up my mind. I should have a review up for this book too, regardless, within the next week or so.


Reading Next

I’m staying the course with my reading plans, so I’ll be starting Alien: Sea of Sorrows by James A. Moore very soon.

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

WWW Wednesday – October 14, 2020

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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

The Night Will Find UsSince last week I’ve started reading The Night Will Find Us by Matthew Lyons, though I’m only about 20 pages in. Between my birthday last Friday and the Thanksgiving long weekend, I didn’t have a lot of time for reading. The book has all been setup so far, though I am intrigued. There’s a good handful of characters to keep track of, but Lyons has done a good job of making them feel fairly distinct off the hop. The characterization of some of them feels a little cliched, but with a bit of a twist that promises something more interesting further along in the story. I want to try to have this finished as soon as possible, so hopefully I’ll be done by next week. Where has October gone?


Recently Finished

Nothing this week, I was just too busy.


Reading Next

Alien Sea of SorrowsI’ve got a lot lined up for the Halloween season, as I’ve said before, so for once I know a lot of what I’ll be reading next. Tremor Dose by Michael Conrad and Noah Bailey will be read any day now, I just need to buy a digital copy. As far as novels go, once I’ve finished with Lyons’s book I’m going to start Alien: Sea of Sorrows by James A. Moore. The more I’m thinking about this book and refreshing myself on the premise the more I’m hopeful that I’ll like this one. It sounds like it’ll be incorporating some of the good elements from the previous book, while not making the same glaring mistake.

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

WWW Wednesday – October 7, 2020

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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

Nothing! I’m between books.


Recently Finished

thermopylaeLast night I ostensibly finished reading Thermopylae by Paul Cartledge. I’m still combing through some of the appendices, but I don’t expect that to take me much longer. I got to the end of the epilogue, so that’s the text itself done, darn it. I enjoyed this book, but I have an issue with reading ancient history, namely all the names: places, people, peoples. It’s a lot that I’m not 100% sure I’m pronouncing correctly in my head, which makes recollecting important information harder for me as I go. I liked the book, it provided some interesting insight into the societies concerned with the battle and the politics around it, but I wasn’t in love with reading it either. A pretty middle-of-the-road experience. I don’t think I’m going to review this one either, since I’m much too eager to move on from it right now.


Reading Next

Tremor DoseSince it’s now October and I’m participating in Frighteningly Good Reads, I’ve got a nice handful of horror reads lined up. As I said last week, I’m going to read the ARC copy I have of The Night Will Find Us by Matthew Lyons next, about a group of teenagers tormented by cosmic horror while lost in a seemingly infinite forest. I’m hoping it will be quite thrilling. I’m also going to read Tremor Dose by Michael Conrad and Noah Bailey soon, which is a horror graphic novel I’ve had my eyes on for a while. It’s inspired by the “Have You Dreamed This Man?” hoax, which is such a creepy idea I’m eager to see fleshed out in fiction.

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

WWW Wednesday – September 30, 2020

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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

I’ve read another chapter of Thermopylae by Paul Cartledge since last week, but that’s it. Not really enough for me to comment any further on the book. I was much too fixated on reading what I recently finished.


Recently Finished

solutions-and-other-problemsOver the last week I spent most of my time reading through Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh, the follow up to Hyperbole and a Half. This is one of the funniest reading experiences I’ve had in a long time. Her art style is so abstractly evocative that so many relatable sensations come across through her illustrations alone. There are certain chapters and moments from the book that can still get me laughing just by thinking about them. It touches upon some rather heavy topics too, sometimes managing to find an appreciably humorous side to things like existential dread. There could occasionally be a bit of tonal whiplash between chapters, but I highly recommend checking it out. I should have a fully review up sometime soon.


Reading Next

The Night Will Find UsI feel I should go off of my to-read list a bit for October, since I didn’t actually add many horror novels to it, despite the fact that I love reading spooky books around Halloween. I guess I thought I’d have a better handle on this list.

In any case, I’ve decided that once I finish with Thermopylae I’m going to read The Night Will Find Us by Matthew Lyons, an ARC I recently received. I’m not familiar with any of the author’s work, so I’m excited to check out some new horror. I’m also going to check out Alien: Sea of Sorrows by James A. Moore, to give one of these new Alien novels a shot after I didn’t quite like the last one.

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

WWW Wednesday – September 23, 2020

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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

I’ve started reading Thermopylae by Paul Cartledge, though I’ve read very little of it so far; just the preface and the prologue, in fact. Getting to this point involved skipping over a fair amount of front-matter too, as I realized that out of a sense of obligation I could read through a timeline of significant dates that revolve around the history I’ll be told about, but I won’t really be able to retain that info in a meaningful way. It was oddly freeing to just admit that to myself and move on. Cartledge’s writing style is good so far, not too inaccessible, but just as with the science books I occasionally read, I can already tell it will require a little more mental legwork. I just hope I won’t be stuck on it too long despite its relatively short page count.


Recently Finished

Over the weekend I finished reading Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett, the 17th Discworld novel. I meant to have a review up yesterday, but life happened and I didn’t have the review finished in time. Just a minor bump in the road, I’m sure. I should have it up by Friday. I didn’t like this novel as much as I wanted to, but I’m still coming away from it pretty satisfied, especially for how it reintroduced Rincewind as a character to the series. It did a good job of tying events to what happened in the very first books too, which was appreciable. I was surprised to find it ended by setting up his next book, which takes him to yet another strange locale. I’m intrigued to see how that will play out, if only for the fact that he wound up there by chance this time.


Reading Next

I hopefully won’t be on Thermopylae long, but in typical form for me I haven’t actually decided which novel I’ll be reading next. What I do know, is I’m definitely going to read through Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh as soon as I can. The author is known for her Hyperbole and a Half webcomics and book, which came out a number of years ago now. I’ve been eagerly waiting for this book to release, the date of which had been unknown for a while. All of a sudden I learned the date and found it was coming quite soon, so I preordered it and now it’s finally in my grasp.

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

WWW Wednesday – September 16, 2020

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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?

Goodness, I am running behind today.


Currently Reading

I didn’t make as much progress with Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett as I would have liked, but I’m right smack in the middle with hope that I can get it finished by next week. Since arriving in a strange land, Rincewind’s travails have amounted to a lot of running away and being put on a pedestal as something he’s not. It’s been amusing character stuff, but I’m waiting to see what it’s all building toward. I had higher hopes at the beginning, and so far I’m not sure if he’s just going to bumble his way to success or if he’s going to develop into a somewhat better version of himself. It has still been an enjoyable read, at any rate, Pratchett is nothing if not consistent, so I’m just waiting to see if this novel is among the higher pedigree.


Recently Finished

Over the weekend I read Fangs by Sarah Andersen, the author better known for her Sarah’s Scribbles webcomic. This book was another collection of strips, though of a different style and tone about a vampire and a werewolf in a relationship. I had read a lot of these online as they were coming out, but when I found out such a gorgeous hardcover was going to published, I decided to wait until I had it in my hands before I finished them. They’re cute, funny, and more adult that her usual strips, so much so that I was actually craving a plot line. There is a continuity, but story developments are typically contained within a strip. It’s a wholesome, macabre little collection worth checking out if it strikes a chord with you.


Reading Next

I’m still planning to read Thermopylae by Paul Cartledge next, it’s just a matter of finishing up Interesting Times. I’m also considering starting The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America by Matt Kracht as a little supplemental read, though that will invariably become something I have to power through so it’s not hanging around forever. It just looks cute and funny and I want to actually read it rather than occasionally peak at a page or two.

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

WWW Wednesday – September 9, 2020

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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

The other day I started reading Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett, the 17th Discworld novel. I’m just over 20% of the way in, and so far it’s feeling like it might be above average in the series. After 16 books patterns do emerge, so it’s good to see things mixed up. It’s kind of dizzying how long it’s been since Rincewind was a lead character. The faculty of the Wizard’s College has been so well-defined for so many books, but here it dawned on me that Rincewind had never interacted with Archchancellor Ridcully. That was quite enjoyable. There is a good balance between Rincewind acting exactly like his old self, while still giving the sense of all the development he’s had in the past. He is a seasoned adventurer, after all, even if he’s always running away.


Recently Finished

Over the weekend I finished reading Kong Unbound, a collection of essays about the 1933 King Kong film, and I was simply elated to get it finished. It wasn’t awful, but the fluff problem persisted throughout most of the book. Also, if I ever have to read about what someone thinks of Kong ripping off Ann’s dress again it’ll be too soon. One essay by Joe DeVito started like many others, just an old guy reflecting on his childhood love of the film, but fortunately developed into talking about a Kong book series he made that I’d never heard of before. I’d certainly like to check those out, so the experience isn’t a total loss if I come away with some new books. Alan Dean Foster had a good essay too, but I’m still pretty adamant about not reviewing this. I have little else to say.


Reading Next

I want to stay on top of things better, with time being of the essence for completing my reading list, so I’ve decided I’m going to try and quickly read Thermopylae by Paul Cartledge, a history book about the titular battle between Greece and Persia, known by many for the famous 300 Spartans who held the position for so long, despite the odds. I read another book about Spartan history by the author many years ago. I meant this to be a companion read to that, but I didn’t actually crack it open in a timely fashion. Better late than never.

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

WWW Wednesday – September 2, 2020

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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

I’m just over 40% of the way through Kong Unbound, a collection of essays by a number of writers. Have you ever started reading a book and just known in your heart that you have zero desire to review it? It’s rare for me, but I feel it so strongly with this book. It’s interesting enough, but it’s a lot of fluff. Perhaps it’s easy to see why, since this book came out specifically in time for Peter Jackson’s King Kong back in 2005. It even has an emblem that says “Official Movie Merchandise” on the cover. As a result, it has amounted to a lot of repeated information between the different essayists, really just talking about why they like the original film so much. It’s fine, but it doesn’t inspire critical assessment.


Recently Finished

Last week I finished reading The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. I continued to enjoy this novel a lot, though I must admit that it could have used a stronger plot thread throughout. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I guess it comes down to wanting a continual sense of conflict; that something concrete and apparent throughout the book need be resolved. That’s not to say there weren’t some great story branches with their own unique tribulations, but something underlining it all, you know? I’ll get more in depth with this when I review it, I’m sure. The character stuff was absolutely golden, though. So much so, that I actually reread that section I gushed a little about last week. I never do that, which says a lot.


Reading Next

To keep up properly with at least some of my goals for the year, I need to finish a Discworld novel before this quarter of the year is over. So, I will be reading Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett next. Looking at this being the 17th novel in the series it’s just sunk in how many of these I have read. Goodness. It’s been a while since a book has featured the wizard Rincewind as well, and even longer since it was a full-length novel. I’m excited to see if and how his return from almost certain death back in Sourcery will be addressed.

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

WWW Wednesday – August 26, 2020

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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

I’ve made a lot of nice progress in The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers since last week; I’m 69% of the way through. I was hoping to have it done, but aren’t I always? The novel is really character driven, almost to a fault sometimes with how much time Chambers spends building people and places instead of plot, but I’m really enjoying the almost episodic travails of the crew as they make their journey. Evidently all of Chambers’s hard work has paid off too, as last night two crew members became involved with one another, which I had foreseen to an extent, yet I was embarrassingly flustered and giddy about it. I wouldn’t mind a stronger plot, but goodness am I invested in these people.


Recently Finished

Over the weekend I read through Venus in the Blind Spot by Junji Ito, which you can read my full review for here. I’m always excited to dive into a newly released Ito collection, but I was regrettably a little disappointed with this one. It didn’t exactly live up to its claim of being a “best of”, though it certainly does include one of my favourite stories of his. It did have the odd effect of having me utterly fixate on one story that didn’t resonate with me the way I’d hoped, though. I just couldn’t stop trying to puzzle it out after the fact. It even became a major focus in my review, as both a point of criticism and praise. Worth checking out, at any rate, just not among my favourites.


Reading Next

I expect I’ll be finished with The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet soon, so I suppose I ought to have my next book lined up and ready, which I of course do not as I write this. So, eyeballing my to-read list to see what jumps out at me, I have settled on Kong Unbound, which is a collection of essays from a plethora of writers about the iconic behemoth of the silver screen. I’ve owned this book for many years, having bought it at an HMV for about $3, so it’s high time I actually read it. I’m hoping I can plough through it relatively quickly so I can strike yet another book from my list soon too—I’m still sweating about getting that done.

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

WWW Wednesday – August 19, 2020

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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

The Long Way to a Small Angry PlanetRegretfully, I haven’t read much more of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers since last week. Not a big week for reading overall, really. A lot of energy was being put into my review of Into the Unbounded Night, which took longer than I thought. Nevertheless, what I did read of Chambers’s book continued to be enjoyable; I got a firsthand account of what creating a tunnel in space is like, which sounds like a trippy and horrifying non-Euclidean experience. I also got to meet the last crew member finally, who seemed surprisingly mellow considering the unique way their brain works. As a final aside, the way the food is described in this book continually makes me hungry for the strange space delicacies described. It’s not fair.


Recently Finished

Nothing this week, I’m afraid. See above. Also, new WP editor is the devil.


Reading Next

Venus in the Blind Spot

I’ve procrastinated reading any Star Wars comic books this past week, and they’re likely going to have to wait a little longer, because Venus in the Blind Spot by Junji Ito has come out this week. It’s finally another English collection of his short stories, and I expect to be picking up my copy later today. I’m not sure which stories are included in this collection, except for “The Enigma of Amigara Fault”, which was included in Gyo. I’m really excited to get this book read and reviewed soon. Maybe I’ll squeeze in some Star Wars after all too, to make up for a lackluster week.

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