Apr. 5th, 2017

muccamukk: Sam Wilson and Redwing (Marvel: Falcons)
What I Just Finished Reading
My Mother's Wars by Lillian Faderman, narrated by Suzanne Toren
Pretty brutal, but also a fascinating look at pre-WWII NYC and the Jewish community there. It's meant as a memoriam to the author's mother and her family, most of whom died in Latvia in the Shoah, and it's written very effectively and emotionally. I'm sure there are more comprehensive looks at that period, but this was certainly the most evocative that I've read.

(No, seriously I was not expecting graphic depictions of Holocaust in this book. I knew her extended family died, but this was on page. I'd be interested to read the follow up about Faderman's own youth, which she wrote about fifteen years before this one.)


The Elite (The Selection, #2) by Kiera Cass
Is this series good? Not really, no. Is it moderately addictive popcorn fluff? You bet! Would it be improved by adding lesbians? Wouldn't everything?


Penric and the Shaman (World of the Five Gods #1.6) by Lois McMaster Bujold, narrated by Grover Gardner
Just as enjoyable as the first one. I liked watching Pen having grown into his skills and his role and his more settled relationship with Des. He's filled out a bit, but is still the character we first met. I liked the mystery and the road trip plot, for which the alternating PoV worked really well. It's been long enough since I read Hallowed Hunt that I don't remember how all that went, but the story stood well without too many background details. Looking forward to the next one.


What I'm Reading Now
Library: Tecumseh and Brock: The War of 1812 by James Laxer, which I'm about half way through. Brock is about to get it, which means Tecumseh is also about to get it not long after, and the latter half will be sans title characters.


What I'm Reading Next
Maybe the next Penric novella, or the Civil War one for audio. Probably the next Selection one for reading.
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