Jun. 24th, 2015

tellitslant: (bond - bond/m - i miss the cold war)
what I just finished:
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Martel. This had been mentioned in my vicinity several times before I finally picked it up and absolutely devoured it/cried about it. In my defence, no one who rec'd it to me bothered to mention that it treats the following themes: Canada, Shakespeare, Star Trek, comic books. I MEAN REALLY. I'd like to read Martel's previous books, but looking them up on amazon etc reveals a lot of reviews that say "this is almost brilliant" - Station Eleven seems ot be her first where there are few critical reservations. So I will probably not buy her previous books, but may grab them from the library first. Anyway, this is a post-apocalyptic novel, but a truly fascinating, occasionally disturbing, and quite touching take on the genre. I would like more people to read it.

what I'm reading now:
Hild by Nicola Griffith. I re-read Griffith's Aud books recently and tried to dive into Hild immediately thereafter, but came up hard. The writing style is very similar, though Hild is, suitably, much more lush. Even when Aud is being poetic, it's still an almost utilitarian level of sensory awareness. It's also interesting to see Hild herself grow up to become somewhat more Aud-like. The two of them are definitely on a continuum.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I wanted something a little quicker than Hild (GOD I miss having reading time; can't wait to have a commute again) and so I picked this up earlier today. I'm almost finished it and it's delightful. Novik's Temeraire books were good for not being my thing; this is good AND it's my thing and I'm very pleased to have listened to the chatter about it.

what I'm reading next:
No idea. I got a lovely bunch of book recs last time I asked, so I will probably mine those. I'm off to Victoria this weekend till Canada Day, so I will need some decent reading material. I might start a re-read of Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad series with an eye to offering them for Yuletide...

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