WWW Wednesday – February 16, 2022

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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 Last ContinentLast night I started reading The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett, the next Discworld book I need to read, though unfortunately I was far too tired and struggled to get a meaningful amount of pages into it. Nevertheless, the 20 or so pages that I did read introduced some unexpected stakes to this book, as the Librarian of the Unseen University is apparently deathly ill, with the other faculty members concerned that he is not long for this world. I’m assuming that this won’t be the end for the character, but I’m immediately intrigued about what could possibly be threatening his well-being in such a way. I was so sleepy while reading all this, however, that I think I’m going to have to go over it one more time before I move forward.


Recently Finished

We Were LiarsOver the weekend I surprisingly finished reading We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I had a feeling it was going to be a fast read, but I didn’t expect how much I would power through it over those two days. Overall, I liked the book quite a bit. The characters and mystery kept me intrigued and there was an energy to the writing that kept me propelled through the narrative. As far as the twist is concerned, I wish I could say I was really surprised by it, but it was within a predictable ballpark. Credit where it’s due, however, I like how Lockhart seemed to commit to a certain aspect of it not being up to interpretation. I will try to get a review up of this fairly soon, but I’m a little behind at the moment, so it may be a bit before it gets up.

Scott Pilgrim Color Edition Digital OmnibusI also took some time to power through the rest of the Scott Pilgrim: Color Edition Digital Omnibus by Bryan Lee O’Malley yesterday, which I’m happy to have finally completed. It was a really enjoyable reread that reinvigorated my love for a story I hadn’t engaged with for over a decade. I haven’t got much more to say about it as a whole, except that I continue to appreciate how much more nuanced this book is than the film adaptation. The more I think about it, the film really doesn’t do it justice. Though stylized, it’s ultimately about relationships and growing up, especially the ways that we stumble and/or fail along the way. The film really did just adapt the style while leaving a lot of the substance behind.


Reading Next

My possibilities feel a lot more open now that I’ve finished up with Scott Pilgrim, since that was a much longer graphic novel than I usually pick up. I’ve still barely started The Last Continent, so I’m not in the mood to commit to a specific novel to read next just yet, but I will definitely start getting into more of my graphic novel selection soon. I actually just brought home a bunch of comic book issues from my parents’ house, many of which were left unread, so I might finally get around to some of them. We’ll have to see, as reading issue by issue wasn’t quite my cup of tea with physical comics.

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

WWW Wednesday – February 9, 2022

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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

We Were LiarsLast night I finally started reading We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, and I got to the end of the first section of the book. Picking up this book was more of a whim than is normal for me, so I was afraid I might immediately dislike it, but fortunately I’m pretty into it so far. It hadn’t really occurred to me before (or I’d forgotten) that this is a YA novel, and the writing certainly has a YA way about it, though I don’t mean that negatively. The first section was a lot of establishment, so I’m really intrigued to see what the advertised mystery and suspense will entail. So far we have the lead character having suffered injury under unusual circumstances, but that hasn’t developed into a full mystery just yet. I’m intrigued to see where things go.

I’m still in the middle of the Scott Pilgrim: Color Edition Digital Omnibus by Bryan Lee O’Malley too, and as this reread continues I feel like I have less to say about it. I’m much better appreciating how this story navigates the ups and downs and complications of relationships than I did the first time around, though.


Recently Finished

Thrawn TreasonOver the weekend I managed to finish up reading Thrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn, finally capping off this trilogy among the new canon Star Wars books. I think I like this book about as much as the second book overall, but for different reasons. The story was a lot more solid all around, but it was also less interesting than some of the directions the previous book went in. I did really like the greater emphasis on strategy and engagements between capital ships, with a lot of focus on the command bridge, but it was a little stale at times too. It really is a shame that the Rebels TV show stops this story from going any further, because there are a lot of threads I’m really interested in seeing continued. Thrawn was so much more interesting as an anomaly within the Empire. Who knows, maybe things will continue in some form. I’ll try to have a full review up soon.


Reading Next

The Last ContinentI don’t know why I feel compelled to choose my next novel as soon as I’ve started a new one, but here we are. Since it’s technically a leftover from last year, grandfathered into one of this year’s lists, I’ve decided I will read The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett next, which continues the story of Rincewind after being accidentally transported to the Discworld’s version of Australia. It’s been a little while since I read Interesting Times, the previous book in this sub-series, and though Rincewind isn’t my favourite character, I am looking forward to seeing what he gets up to next.

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

WWW Wednesday – February 2, 2022

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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

Thrawn TreasonI’m still slowly making my way through Thrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn; I’m about 70% of the way through now, so hopefully I can get it finished by next week. As I was reading it last night, the thought occurred to me that this novel, perhaps this trilogy as well, is the most that Star Wars has felt like Star Trek for me, with a darker twist considering the nature of the Empire. It considers a lot of the crew dynamics on their Star Destroyer with their admiral, Thrawn, at the top, who inspires a lot of loyalty and is great at solving military problems. The focus is much more on the perspective of the command bridge as well and their solving of strategic dilemmas. I’m still waiting for one of these to really hook me though, as I’ve still not really felt like what they’re coming up against is truly a threat, even contained within these little skirmishes. I can’t deny that I’m enjoying it all the same, though.

Scott Pilgrim Color Edition Digital OmnibusI’m also still slowly making my way through the Scott Pilgrim: Color Edition Digital Omnibus by Bryan Lee O’Malley. I haven’t really got much more to say about it at the moment, except that I continue to be a little in awe of how much more in-depth the story is here vs. the film, the latter being what I honestly remember more than the first time I read the comics. The amount of time spent dwelling on Envy Adams, Scott’s ex, for example, was really surprising during my readings this past week. The book itself even breaks the forth wall about how much time it spends just at her concert. Scott continues to have many more redeeming qualities here compared to the film, where he honestly comes off a bit sociopathic rather than selfish and absentminded.


Recently Finished

When I Arrived at the CastleI decided that each of these weeks was starting to look far too much alike for my liking, so I decided to pick up a rather short graphic novel for a quick read last night. That book was When I Arrived at the Castle by Emily Carroll. The story is about an anthropomorphic cat-woman arriving at the castle of a deadly vampiric countess with the intention of killing her. The story is very folkloric rather than plot-heavy, leaving things a little more up to interpretation than I would prefer, but the gothic visual style and unsettling body horror are fantastically realized, blending violence and eroticism between the two central figures into something really compelling.


Reading Next

I still plan to start We Were Liars by E. Lockhart soon, and with any luck I will have started by next week. Since I’m getting this up so late today, I won’t agonize over what I might read next any further.

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

WWW Wednesday – January 26, 2022

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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

Thrawn TreasonI’m still in the middle of Thrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn,  just over halfway through in fact. I haven’t gotten any great amounts of reading time in the last week, but I have managed to chip away at it a little anyway. I’m finding that I’m enjoying it a lot as a comfort read, but at the moment I’m still really not sure what the core conflict of this book is. Their little skirmish with the Grysks is interesting, but they feel more like an obstacle than something the characters are sincerely struggle against. I suppose questions of treason will have to come into things, I’m just not entirely certain what that will be yet. Knowing Thrawn’s ultimate fate, I wonder what sort of balancing act that might entail or if he will betray his own people for the Empire. At any rate, I am enjoying this book for the writing and its characters, at least, but I hope it doesn’t disappoint.

Scott Pilgrim Color Edition Digital OmnibusI’m slowly making my way through the Scott Pilgrim: Color Edition Digital Omnibus by Bryan Lee O’Malley, which continues to be a fun nostalgic romp. Although I knew how much longer the comics are than the movie, revisiting it is really highlighting just how truncated the film is. It works, but it really isn’t the ideal way to experience this story. I’m loving the slower moments and how they contrast with the over-the-top action and cartoony elements. I’m especially wondering this time around just how literal we’re meant to take the more absurd elements of the story too, though I’m sure I’m thinking about it too much. One shouldn’t always search for perfect sense, it can spoil the fun.


Recently Finished

Nothing, again! 💀


Reading Next

We Were LiarsI still plan to read We Were Liars by E. Lockhart next, but think that is still a way’s off since I’m only a little over halfway through Treason. In the meantime, I really ought to pick another graphic novel or something to stay on top of my reading challenge; I’m two books behind schedule already. I know that’s not the end of the world, but it feels like an inauspicious start to the year.

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

WWW Wednesday – January 19, 2022

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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

Thrawn TreasonSince last week I’ve gotten nearly another 100 pages into Thrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn, and I continue to enjoy the book quite a bit. This trilogy has been great for presenting a more nuanced look at the Empire and its politics, especially the shades of grey that exist in this otherwise oppressive regime. The Grysks from the previous book are making a return as a threat to the Empire, and I’m really enjoying this look at other worlds and alien species being a more sizable external threat, rather than having the Empire grapple with rebels or outlaws, as they typically do. It’s almost a shame, knowing how Thrawn’s story ends (for the time being) on the Rebels TV series, because I would really like to see more of him thanks specifically to how he is depicted in these books.

Scott Pilgrim Color Edition Digital OmnibusI also finally started reading the Scott Pilgrim: Color Edition Digital Omnibus by Bryan Lee O’Malley, and goodness it is making me a little nostalgic for the 2000s. It’s also making me a little homesick, as I grew up in Toronto and haven’t been able to properly visit the downtown core since the pandemic started. Another surreal element is that Amazon is referred to as “that online bookstore.” That didn’t take long to drastically change, eh? When I first read this book I was younger than Scott, so reading it as a 30-year-old certainly colours things differently, though I like that it does do the work to make him sympathetic too. I’m really glad I finally started this, I’m really looking forward to continuing through it.


Recently Finished

Nothing! 💀


Reading Next

We Were LiarsI’ve finally cemented my reading challenges for the year, as outlined in my post from yesterday, so I’m now more confident thinking about what I want to be reading next. In that respect, I’ve decided to pull from my scrappy to-read list and read We Were Liars by E. Lockhart next. The only reason I picked this book up was some slight buzz I heard that there’s something messed up about the story. I expect I won’t be as phased as other people about it, but I’m open to being surprised. I won’t start it until I finish with Treason, but I expect I’ll be starting it relatively soon.

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

WWW Wednesday – January 12, 2022

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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

Thrawn TreasonSince last week I’ve had an unexpected amount of free time again, and I used some of that time to get a start on Thrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn, the third book in his trilogy of Star Wars novels focused on the titular character. I’m only about 86 pages in, so I haven’t exactly powered through it or anything. I haven’t had a lot of motivation to do so, as it seems is often the case this time of year. I am enjoying the book just fine so far, at any rate, though it’s not clear where the story is heading as of yet. I really like Thrawn as an anti-villain, which is unique to these books compared to his depiction in the Rebels TV show, so with hints to his continued use in the franchise from some other media I have to wonder whether he will be given a more villainous twist if he appears again.


Recently Finished

The Legends of Luke Skywalker The MangaOver the weekend I read through The Legends of Luke Skywalker: The Manga by various. This was meant to be the last book I read in 2021, but I didn’t end up having enough time. In any case, I actually liked this book a lot more than I was expecting. I’m not sure how canon it is meant to be, especially with my least favourite story playfully retconning some circumstance behind the events at Jabba’s palace in Return of the Jedi, but most of them were nevertheless a lot of fun and allowed themselves to be more experimental than I was expecting. I especially liked that a few of them seemed to conspicuously take place after the events of the original trilogy, really capturing the idea that these are the further adventures of Luke.


Reading Next

Scott Pilgrim Color Edition Digital OmnibusI still don’t quite know what I’m going to be reading next in a broad sense. I’ve almost got a list together for my challenges in 2022, but I haven’t fully cemented it yet. There should be a post up detailing everything soon, though. In the meantime, perhaps I will finally start reading the Scott Pilgrim: Color Edition Digital Omnibus by Bryan Lee O’Malley, which I’ve been meaning to start for months. That doesn’t necessarily mean I will start it soon, but I can try to try, can’t I?

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

WWW Wednesday – November 3, 2021

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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

Salems LotWorking two jobs took a particular toll on me this past week for some reason, but I did manage to sneak in a little bit of reading ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King anyway. I’m 117 pages in now, so I’ve managed to more than double my page count since last week, but I’ve still got a long way to go. This book has got me continually wanting to nod my head and say “vintage King” aloud with approval. I’m loving the small town setting and cavalcade of small town people. The horror factor is insidiously burrowing its way into these peoples’ lives too, and I wonder if I will slowly behold the undoing of all of them. I’m especially enjoying how much certain facets of the plot are reminding me of the plot of Dracula. I wonder how closely it will follow those lines, or if it’s only lightly referential.


Recently Finished

Nothing this week, sadly. Even my Halloween was bogged down with work. 💀


Reading Next

Scott Pilgrim Color Edition Digital OmnibusI still intend to start A Gathering of Ghosts by Karen Maitland next, but obviously that will still have to wait for at least another week. In the meantime, I do have a lot of comic books that need reading, many of which are from the two Star Wars: The High Republic series that I’ve been following. I’m way behind on those, and I’m already hearing about “phase one” of The High Republic ending soon. I think, by next week, I will make a concerted effort to start Scott Pilgrim: Digital Omnibus by Bryan Lee O’Malley as well, so I can read it again in colour. I really ought to continue Hope is the Thing with Feathers too… 😓

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

WWW Wednesday – September 22, 2021

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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

JingoSince last week I’ve started reading Jingo by Terry Pratchett, the next book I need to read in the Discworld series, though unfortunately I’ve only gotten about 40 pages in. It has been an even more eventful and busy week than I was expecting, so progress on all things other than work was limited. No progress on the collection of Dickinson poems either. Nevertheless, I am enjoying this latest book in the City Watch sub-series so far. Pratchett’s lampooning of jingoism is transparently humorous so far, and I’m really more interested in where exactly this story will be going. I actually know very little about this book and being so far along in the series, it’s nice to have some unpredictability.


Recently Finished

Oh goodness, I finished so many books this week, you wouldn’t believe it…

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Reading Next

Scott Pilgrim Color Edition Digital OmnibusI’ve got some books lined up that I intend to read for the Halloween season, but that’s not quite upon us just yet. In the meantime, I’ve been continually thinking about reading the Scott Pilgrim: Color Edition Digital Omnibus by Bryan Lee O’Malley. I haven’t read through this series in well over 10 years, and back then I only had the black and white paperbacks. I think it’d be a lot of fun to revisit this series and enjoy it in glorious colour. Since it’s a bunch of volumes packed into one place, I’m sure it’ll take me longer than graphic novels normally do, but I’m really keen on reading it anyway.

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

WWW Wednesday – January 16, 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

Age of Reptiles Omnibus 1I’ve taken it upon myself to read more books concurrently than is normal for me at the moment. The first, and lightest, of these is the Age of Reptiles Omnibus Vol. 1 by Ricardo Delgado et al. It is an omnibus collection of stories about dinosaurs told completely visually. No word bubbles, narrative boxes, or even text sound effects grace the pages whatsoever. It is all completely visual storytelling and so far I think it’s done very well. The style is very evocative, perhaps giving these colossal creatures more expression than they were capable of, but it’s artistic license I can more than accept. The only place I’ve stumbled with it so far is that some packs of dinosaurs, with members who are at times distinct, can also be hard to tell apart.

star wars aliensI also started Tales From a Galaxy Far, Far Away: Aliens by Landry Q. Walker. It is a collection of short stories written for younger audiences about some of the aliens that appear as background characters in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I wanted to start this as a supplemental read to my primary book, and so far I am finding it a fair breeze to get through. While the writing definitely reads easier, I’m surprised at some of the content considering the intended audience. The second story involved a sous chef being found butchered and strung up in a meat locker. I enjoyed it fine, but that’s a bit dark for a “kids” book isn’t it?

fire & bloodLastly, I decided to start Fire & Blood by George R. R. Martin, the latest book published related to the Song of Ice and Fire series. I forgot to put this on my scrappy list for the year, but since I’ve made better progress than I thought I would I decided to take the plunge with it now. I knew it was an account of the past in this narrative world, but I did not know that it was written like an in-universe historical text. This had made the prose a lot more dry than I was expecting. Martin’s writing is still strong, but I was hoping for more of a narrative. I really hope another big red book doesn’t slow down my reading progress this year. 2019’s only just started!


Recently Finished

lost at seaOver the weekend I finished two books, the first being Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O’Malley. Despite being a fan of the author/artist’s work for a long time, I’ve never gotten around to this one, his first ever graphic novel. The blurb says the main character Raleigh believes she has no soul—that it was stolen by a cat—it’s a much more grounded story than this suggests, intimately exploring the character’s state of mind as she takes part in a road trip from California to British Columbia. She’s at a turning point in her life, confused and with no sense of direction. I loved the way that O’Malley captured this in his quirky style without diminishing the weight of her emotional situation.

The Saturday Night Ghost ClubI also finished The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson, which I posted a review of yesterday. I enjoyed this novel a lot, though it was much more of a coming-of-age story than I expected going in. The mystery around Uncle Calvin became too predictable for me, but it was still effective in the end. I simply loved the characters in this novel; Davidson crafted them into such living, breathing people that the familiar formulas at play hardly mattered. I especially found that I could relate to the main character, finding a lot in common with myself when I was that age. I think this has become my favourite of his novels that I’ve read.


Reading Next

With as many books as I’ve got on my plate at the moment I really don’t know what’s next, except I definitely want to veer back onto my scrappy list so I can continue getting it done. I started strong getting two books crossed off, but now I’ve picked up two deviations from the plan, so more fool me.

Until next week, thank you for reading!

Comic Book Review – Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley

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Seconds is a 2014 graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley, well known as the author of the Scott Pilgrim series. The story follows Katie, a young woman in a transitional stage in her life. She is a talented chef who has worked at a successful restaurant —Seconds — for the past four years. Wanting to take her talents to greater heights, she currently works toward opening and co-owning her own restaurant. One night she is visited by a strange girl who gifts her the opportunity, in the form of a magic mushroom, to right her mistakes. As things start to fall apart on a particularly bad day Katie takes advantage of this gift, starting her down a path to not only make her life better, but perfect — disregarding the rules in the process.Read More »