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What have you just finished reading?

Busy week!

C.J. Cherryh's Russalka, which had a more interesting and touching ending than I remember. As is common with Cherryh, I could see ideas and issues that she has tried again or previously in other works, which doesn't bother me: they're interesting ideas.

Also, vol. 8 of Ooku by Fumi Yoshinga. This is still a cool series, and beautifully drawn, but I want more slice-of-life Yoshinaga (like Antique Bakery and Flower of Life) or yaoi Yoshinaga (like Ichigenme … The First Class Is Civil Law). I wonder whether she'll ever go back to her roots that way?

Then I read the first volume of the manga version of Durarara!. My reaction is basically "What the hell was that?" The story thus far has seesawed back and forth between cheery high school comedy and urban dark fantasy. I imagine it will take a couple more volumes before I can even tell whether I like it or not.

Volume 2 of House of Five Leaves was interesting, although the mangaka's distinctive drawing style is beginning to wear on me a little. Although it couldn't be more different in style from Fruits Basket, I'm having the same sort of difficulties telling characters apart.

Finally, I just finished Ashes of Honor by Seanan McGuire, the sixth October Daye book. I really liked it. I think it's partially because it is now definitely an ensemble cast. Given that it's written from Toby's POV, she has to be the center, but she has collected an extended family-of-choice that I very much like. So now there's only one more book available: Chimes at Midnight, which just came out a few weeks ago. And then I'll have to wait for one volume a year, according to her website: three more volumes, coming out 2014 - 2016.

What are you currently reading?

And still limping through The Wouldbegoods by E. Nesbit. I only read bits of it when I have nothing else to read, but I am determined to finish it.

I downloaded the first Marjorie Liu "Dirk & Steele" book, Tiger Eye. It's my first straight paranormal romance (as opposed to Liu's harder-edged urban fantasies about demon hunter Maxine Kiss), and for about the whole first chapter I wanted to thrown it against a wall for what I assume were romanticism elements. As an example, when Our Heroine is retreating through a crowd, and the whole scene has been from her POV, she's suddenly described as getting through the crowd "gracefully." Because, you know, when someone is worried about retreating from potential danger, she of course spends time thinking about how gracefully she does it. (Mary Sue, phone home.) But I'm getting much more interested in it as we get into the heart of the book, including everything from the comedy of trying to make a very tall exotic-looking man inconspicuous in Beijing (and trying to find normal 20th century cosmopolitan clothes to fit him, since he showed up looking like an extra from a Conan story) and the family-of-choice aspects of the firm. And the constantly broken-off almost-sex scenes aren't any more over-the-top than a lot of fanfiction. It's like Liu was really unsure of what she was doing for the first couple of chapters and then got into it more whole-heartedly.

What do you think you'll read next?

Uhhh … another problem for another day. I do have two novels in hand that I got off the bring one-take one shelf at work, but I'm not itching to start either one: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, which was recommended by a colleague. Anyone have opinions on either of them?


Date: 2013-09-26 03:11 am (UTC)
umadoshi: (InCryptid - true love)
From: [personal profile] umadoshi
And then I'll have to wait for one volume a year, according to her website: three more volumes, coming out 2014 - 2016.

I believe that's the number of volumes she's under contract for right now, not necessarily the end of the series, so only the end of the series if her publisher doesn't sign her on for more. (Last I heard that was definitely the state of things with the InCryptid series, where she's currently under contract for five books but has at least ten planned.)

Date: 2013-09-26 03:41 pm (UTC)
theskywasblue: (Default)
From: [personal profile] theskywasblue
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close had a very interesting style to it, and a pretty good story...I'm not sure if I actually enjoyed it though. I walked away not really feeling like I wasted my time reading it, but not feeling satisfied, exactly, either.

The Night Circus is still in my "To Read" pile, so I can't help you there. (My stepmom really hated it...but she read it for a book club, and I'm pretty sure it's not the kind of book she would just choose to read on her own - not to her taste, you know what I mean?)

Date: 2013-09-26 07:23 pm (UTC)
oyceter: teruterubouzu default icon (Default)
From: [personal profile] oyceter
Dirk and Steele! I think my favorites are Shadow Touch (angst!) and The Eye of Heaven (circus! big cats! possible assassin!).

Date: 2013-09-30 04:38 pm (UTC)
oyceter: teruterubouzu default icon (Default)
From: [personal profile] oyceter

They don't really have to be read in order... there's some bigger plot happening in the background, but it does't seem to be going anywhere, and it's not particularly coherent. So a few reveals will make a bit more sense in order, but honestly, I don't think it matters all that much.

Date: 2013-09-27 06:48 pm (UTC)
ar: "It's a lot easier to tell the truth usually." - Elliott Smith (Default)
From: [personal profile] ar
I'm still mad that Foer thought it was in anything but extremely poor taste to include a short flipbook of photos of actual people jumping from the towers on 9/11 in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I'll admit that I've never actually read the book because of that choice.

I've heard mixed reviews of the Morgenstern. Either it's fantastic or it's incredibly boring--from what it sounds like, it depends on your tolerance for a heavy focus on setpieces.

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