I just finished all of the published books in The Expanse series, and am currently going through the novellas, which should be finished in the next day or two. From there, I’ll be picking up Fool’s Assassin on Friday, to finally finish off the Fitz and the Fool Trilogy.
Oh yeah, I will be going all the way with it lol
Speaking of Murakami, Norwegian Wood was the last book I finished. Phew that was a woozy, took me out of action for a bit. Planning to go for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle next.
Also thanks to the disappointment that is Mass Effect Andromeda, Alastair Reynolds’ Revelation Space ended up on my shortlist too.
It’s very much written in 1994 because it references Joe Isuzu and Bart Simpson saying eat my shorts. But it’s still a good read.
I’m slowly working my way through A New History of Western Philosophy by Anthony Kenny. Fiction wise, I’m reading Independent People by Halldór Laxness. He’s an Icelandic author, and it shows. It’s about an icelandic farmer who buys a farm which is believed to be cursed (the first chapter is about the legend of the witch who lived on the farm and ate children). That doesn’t stop him though! As you can imagine, things don’t go very well.
It’s a very dry read. There are parts where the characters do nothing but discuss the merits of different breeds of sheep for several pages at a time, and the sentences tend to go on and on. But it also does a very good job of integrating the Icelandic poetic tradition into its story telling. For example, there is a part where the main character, Bjartur, has to deliver some bad news. Unable to do so clearly, he does it in the form of a short poem.
Like much of Laxness’ work, it is also a sociological novel. He was clearly influenced by socialist ideas of the time, and (so far) it deals a lot with how striving to be self reliant can damage relationships to other people.
The translation I’m reading (which is a Swedish translation from 1949) feel almost archaic in its language and I think that helps setting a very “Icelandic” tone, but also adds to the dryness of the text. Hopefully I’ll find time to finish it before summer.
Finished Blood Meridian last month for the first time and was absolutely entranced. McCarthy is such a master of language it’s incredible to enjoy his sentences out of context, when within, so much of that book is completely repugnant. Became one of my favorites instantly.
cool to see Haraway’s book on the Chthulhucene in here! Would love to hear some impressions of it—I bounce off a lot of her writing on interspecies/transhumanist thinking so I haven’t read it yet, but have been hearing good things
for people that like thinking the chthulhucene, also strongly recommend:
really wonderful book by a Romantics professor on ecology, ontology, and how things that are too big to be apprehended (like climate change) are physically represented and spatialized
Just picked up Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys.
Billed to me as a more modern approach to the otherwise pretty racist Lovecraft mythos. Not far in, but I’m always willing to explore new ventures into madness. So far, so good.
I am currently reading ‘Demokrasi - Indonesia in the 21st century’ by Hamish Mcdonald. I’m not originally from Indonesia, but I’ve been studying here for 9 months now. Currently I’m doing an internship that hopes to instill people with an anti-corruption mentality, so my inspiration to read this book was simply to learn more about modern Indonesian politics. It’s definitely worth reading for anyone with an interest in the country.
I will absolutely add this to my reading list. It sounds very much up my alley. I actually really enjoyed A Cyborg Manifesto back in grad school, but I only managed to get one chapter into Staying with the Trouble before I had to put aside for work. I’ll be picking it back up in a couple of weeks.
I just finished Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki a few hours ago. I love Murakami, but I was a bit underwhelmed. Structurally it’s all over the place, and by the end it ends up feeling a bit too mawkish. Murakami’s perspective on gender and sexuality is kinda problematic at times too, which is more pronounced here than in his other books because relationships are at the core of the story. Not a bad story all in all, but I didn’t love it.
Sick! Let me know what you think. It’s a pretty fun read in ways that were sometimes surprising—Morton is a really wonderful writer.
Just started Gödel, Escher, Bach after months of being intimidated by it. Wish me luck, folks.
It took me four years to read this book, three of which were spent on the first chapter. But its an excellent book
If there are any libraries in your county/service area at all, hit them up. Even if it’s far, you should really only needbto go the one time to set to everything up. Most of the audio books downloads are handled online. I get several a week to listen to at work and I haven’t been to the physical library in months. You can turn the books in when you’re done or they turn themselves in when they expire. It’s amazing. No late fines or hassle.
Working through The Great War by John Keegan (I think) and Inverting the Pyramid by Jonathan Wilson.
My reading habits are trash and all over the place, here are the books I’m barely reading at a fragmented pace:
I’ve just picked up Out by Natsuo Kirino. It’s great so far, but it will likely take me a while. It’s a bout these female factory workers who end up having to cover up a murder. It’s quite "real life"y if that makes sense.
I was looking for something Japanese, and as I usually end up seeing male Japanese authors come up, wanted to read a female Japanese author instead. Kirino seems to come up on a lot of lists for top Japanese authors in general.
If anyone has any Japanese recommendations let me know! Though I’m a slow reader these days so it will take me a while to move on from this.
Finally getting around to reading Handmaidens Tale.
Just finished Vol 1 of Ta Neishi Coates’s Black Panther.