I can’t wait to dig into this list; thank you so much!
Last weekend I read Sennah Yee’s poetry collection How Do I Look? Yee’s poems are often short and always powerful. Here’s an example:
Lost In Translation (2003)
How come my alienation isn’t soft and beautiful?
Just finished reading The Fireman by Joe Hill. A decent beach read, plowed through it quickly although it didn’t hook me as much as his earlier book N0S4A2 did. Anyone who likes them some Stephen King really needs to pick up N0S4A2. The title is just awful but it’s a really great horror romp. As soon as I finished The Fireman I started re-reading it again, but I don’t know if I’ll finish it.
Also been working my way through a bunch of anthology books I’ve never gotten around to finishing. Got some Philip K. Dick I’m polishing off and I might finally get around to finishing The Chronicles of Conan.
I read The Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman because I never read these and so, why not. It’s alright.
I also read The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton which I enjoyed for the most part but ultimately was let down by the ending. It’s a time loop murder mystery, in which our protagonist lives the same day eight times as eight different people. (It is… more complicated than that, but that’s the gist.) The ending bugged me not because it’s an unsatisfying conclusion to the murder mystery part, but because I was all ready going into the final loop like ‘yes this is it time for everything to slot into place’ and then he spends the entire day unconscious or Having Things Explained To Him. Lost all momentum entirely.
It is also pretty appallingly fatphobic, frankly.
I like time loops a lot, and this was an interesting one.
i couldnt quite put my finger on why the end of the book fell flat for me but yeah you definitely got it like… i just felt sort of… deflated? the rest of the book is pretty fun i love Time Nonsense but yeah, fucked the landing lol
Me three who Seven Deaths didn’t quite click with! Couldn’t understand how it had gotten such rave reviews. It’s not bad and I enjoyed it but yeah, the ending fell flat, and It’s hard to explain but I found the writer seems to spend far too much time telling us what the main character wanted to do or was going through his head at any given moment. The protagonist seems to spend so much time thinking about doing things rather than doing things.
Also yeah, the body shaming stuff, what was that all about? I guess he was trying to say something about how different bodies can be it came across as rather mean spirited. There’s a way to do that without being so cruel.
I am current reading Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie. I highly recommend reading the First law trilogy if you like epic fantasy books. The highlight for me is Glokta. He is scheming, merciless, and will do anything to survive.
If you like Game of Thrones books, you will most likely enjoy the First Law books. There are also 3 standalone books.
Won’t your child be heading to college by the time you’re done?!
I started reading
The book starts with explaining the economic and cultural factors that gave rise to aristocratic merchants and how is tied to colonialism, before it goes into different strains of black radical thought and how they are more than just a response to colonialism. I’m still in the first third of the book. It’s well written, but I do need to have a certain level of focus to keep track of the information i just read.
To serve as an inspiration for my GMing I bought
The book is very upfront about the fact, that the framework and rules it sets up are not absolute, which I appriciate. There’s also some good humor throughout the book.
Once I’m done with Black Marxism I can’t wait to get into
Comic book writer and former games critic Kieron Gillen recommended the kickstarter to this book in his newsletter. I’m also a fan of Katie West’s writing and I’m very curious.
I recently finished “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote. I am going to law school next year and heard that it would be a good read for an upcoming student. The funny part was that I was not aware that it was non-fiction until after I had finished the book. Once I found that out I was totally blown away.
I thought Capote was just crafting a story with a lot of detail and suspense. I was more surprised when I realized that he took something that really happened and turned it into an amazing narrative work.
As many probably already know and have heard, it’s a really great book that I recommend reading.
Finished Space Opera, I bloody loved it although I think the pacing goes out the window towards the end. Last chapter kinda feels like “and now the story is over btw” rather than some kind of pay off for the build up.
Other than that one issue though, I loved it. Valente creates a bunch of really unique and awesome alien races with imaginative and distinct personalities and traits and goddamn it’s just so much fun. The story is pretty light and straight forward, it’s more about the world-building and the descriptions of each alien species. It’s positive, it’s bright, it’s flashy and above all it’s very very dumb. And Valente revels in it.
Next up I’m going to read Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik. Uprooted is one of my favourite books of recent years so I’ve got pretty damn high hopes for it.
Literally just finished Spinning Silver just fifteen minutes ago, it was fantastic! Went to it for the exact same reason, too; Uprooted was something genuinely special.
I’d heard of Uprooted but put it off for some reason until now, great read!
I’ve read fantasy books that had an evil, ominous forest before, but nothing like the Wood and Corruption as Novik has written here.
Also read Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel, which is actually the third in his Themis Files series. Parts of an ancient giant robot buried for centuries are discovered and reassembled by a secret organization. The entire series is written as if you are reading the story through interviews, case files, recordings and news clippings. Enjoyed all three books and have to say I agree with the protagonist about the human race in general, that we are basically children and giving us giant robots would not end well.
I recently learned that Denis Villeneuve is going to direct a new adaptation of Dune, and it got me excited so I’m gonna read it again. I last read it at least 15 years ago, so I’m jazzed to see what new things I take away from it.
Also, the new (to me) version of the cover art looks great:
This weekend I finished two books that I’ve been meandering through: Ronald Takaki’s A Different Mirror for Young People (for work) and Ottessa Moshfegh’s My Year of Rest and Relaxation (for fun). Has anyone here read Moshfegh before? I loved Eileen like nobody’s business, and though Homesick for Another World had a few stories that felt a little too shock-value-y, I loved most of that collection as well. RIYL: nihilism, post-modern feminist lit
I’m continuing to read Spinning Silver (I’m about a third of the way through it) and I’m enjoying it a lot so far. It starts very slow but not necessarily in a bad way? Like everything that happens is still interesting it’s just very…bitty. Anyway it has started to pick up a bit now and that’s just making me enjoy it even more.
In a completely unprecedented (well, since I was a teenager) move, i’ve also started reading a second book alongside this one. A slightly lighter read for my book podcast. The Strange Case Of The Alchemists Daughter by Theodora Goss
Also, i brought this up a while ago but there’s no Waypoint Goodreads group is there? There seems to be a specific Cyberpunk one but no generic “Waypoint community reading books” one. At the time I was pretty new to this community so I didn’t really feel like it was my place to make one but I’ve been here a while now so if one doesn’t already exist I might make one if people would be interested and would use it?
I’ve just started reading A Country of Ghosts by Margaret Killjoy. It’s an alt-history book about a 19th-century reporter from an imperial nation travelling to a mountainous socity of anarchistic people who are trying to defend themselves against the empire.
I’ve read Spinning Silver recently as well, enjoyed it, maybe more than Uprooted. Maybe because it has less magic, as in wizards casting spells and quaffing potions. It’s much more of a eastern european folklore kind of thing. Personal preference.
Also read Becky Chambers’ latest, Record of a Spaceborn Few. Takes place almost exclusively in the Exodan fleet (human diaspora from earth after environmental collapse). Written from multiple characters point of few which are introduced very quickly; this always throws me off when authors do it but I adjusted quickly.
There was a thread recently about media that tells a post apocalyptic story without being completely bleak, and this is definately one of them. Her whole Wayfarer trilogy fits the bill. Humans have had a hard time of it, but the underlying message is one of hope and understanding.
I’ve recently gone on a Comic’s binge. Read the first 4 trades of The Manhattan Projects by Jonathon Hickman, started reading Geoff John’s run of Green Lantern because I heard GL:Rebirth was good, and have started looking into a large list of other books to look into. Including catching up on Saga because they are taking a year break after Issue 54.
I just started The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.
I have only so far read the introduction and first chapter but early signs are good that this is definitely for me. This is from the end of John le Carré’s 50th anniversary introduction, written in 2013, I think.
“I mean, you can’t be less ruthless than the opposition simply because your government’s policy is benevolent, can you now?”
Today, the same man, with better teeth and hair and a much smarter suit, can be heard explaining away the catastrophic illegal war in Iraq, or justifying medieval torture techniques as the preferred means of interrogation in the 21st century, or defending the inalienable right of closet psychopaths to bear semi-automatic weapons, and the use of unmanned drones as a risk-free method of assassinating one’s perceived enemies and anybody who has the bad luck to be standing near them. Or, as a loyal servant of his corporation, assuring us that smoking is harmless to the health of the third world, and great banks are there to serve the public.
What have I learned over the last 50 years? Come to think of it, not much. Just that the morals of the secret world are very like our own.
Can’t wait to really dive in to this one.