Aug. 31st, 2016

muccamukk: Dot and Phryne looking at each other and smiling, pretty hats. (MFMM: Companions)
What I Just Finished Reading
After The Ending (The Ending #1) by Lindsey Pogue and Lindsey Fairleigh
I read about a hundred pages of this and then gave up in disgust. I liked the centre of the story being friendship between two women, but I didn't actually like either of the women. I'm fine with unlikable heroines, but I think I was supposed to like them? They were both selfish, judgemental and cruel, and... why would I want to read 400+ pages about them?

Also the only person of colour was immediately slut shamed, and the heroine didn't understand why the group of survivors wanted to stop and look for their own families, instead of going straight to hers. Yay!

On the bright side, the book was free.


The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth #2) by N.K. Jemisin
I didn't love this one as much as the first, but I'm still enjoying this series immensely. Watching Jemisin put all the worldbuilding and character bricks in place as the story continues is breathtaking. I'm absolutely dying to find out what happens next, and what twists will hit along the way. Could live with a bit less mass murder.

Also, my e-reader just kicked it, so I finished this on my laptop, which show some commitment to Sparkle Motion, I think.

What I'm Reading Now
Still on Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention that Launched the Military-Industrial Complex by Michael Hiltzik, had to go back to the library, but has been reordered.

Audio: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi, which is a South Asian secondary world fantasy about a princess who doesn't want to have an arranged marriage, which is sort of an old theme, and not one I'm fond of, but it's carried on pretty decently so far.

Library: On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes by Alexandra Horowitz, a non fiction book about attention and how our outlook affects what we pay attention. Mom really liked it, but I haven't really gotten into it yet. Worried it may be twee.

What I'm Reading Next
Audio, idk. Hopefully I'll get Big Science back. I want to read the webcomic O Human Star for the imzy comics group, which is also doing something something Neil Gaiman I don't care. Library probably The Food of a Younger Land: A Portrait of American Food from the Lost WPA Files.
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