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What I Just Finished Reading
Rising Sun and Tumbling Bear: Russia's War with Japan by Richard M. Connaughton
Aahahaha. I finished it! It took me a month, but I read the whole thing.

The topic was actually quite interesting, but the author was vastly more interested in the minutia of troop movements than I ever will be. (I perked right up for the naval section.) I feel like almost all of the "At 2pm the seventh battalion charged Feature 1701-D and was repulsed by the second battalion" stuff could have been used for more cultural context of biographies of the major players. Prose was often clunky.

Anyway, I learned quite a bit about the war. Also troop movements.


Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman (Goodreads Author), Jay Kristoff
Gave up after two hundred pages or so. The plot and characters weren't grabbing me, and while the format was creative, it didn't add to my investment. The incessant low-level slut-shaming irritated me.


Wonders of the Invisible World by Christopher Barzak, narrated by Michael Crouch
Theoretically I should love queer YA with supernatural elements, but the plot was just so dreary. The majority of the book just plodded in circles, which I guess was thematically appropriate or something, but didn't make for exciting reading. The romance was basically One True Love and once the trope stuff dropped off didn't really add much. The female characters were a couple of antagonistic mothers and... that was it, really. After setting up an interesting magic system, everything was reduced to handwavium, more or less.

Prose was a bit breathless and run on.


What I'm Reading Now
Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin by John D'Emilio, in which I'm up to about WWII. Interesting to read the pacifist movement from his perspective, rather than about people like Lindberg.

What I'm Reading Next
I'm still dithering on an audiobook. It'll probably be either Their Eyes Were Watching God of a history of the Black Panther party.
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