It’s WWW Wednesday, a tag hosted on Taking on a World of Words It’s easy to do, just answer the three questions below!
What are you currently reading?
I committed the cardinal book sin and watch The Expanse TV show before reading the books, but I’m rectifying that now. I’m about 75 percent through Leviathan Wakes and really enjoying it so far. It’s almost exactly what I was expecting: funny, fast-paced and completely bingeable. I’m also trying to squeeze in one more book for the month, so I picked up The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle, a Lovecraftian horror novella that I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews of.
What did you recently finish reading?
I had a surprisingly slow reading week last week. Work is busy while we deal with the election which means less lunch break reads, but I also watched more TV than I typically do, so that ate away a few hours.
This is the second book in The Abhorsen trilogy and it’s set 14 years after the events of the first book, following two different characters while Sabriel and Touchstone take a background role. At first I was enjoying this story more that I had Sabriel; I found Lirael to be such an interesting character and I liked the problems she was facing. But I did not enjoy Sam’s storyline nearly as much. As soon as the perspective would shift I’d start zoning out until Lirael came back. It picked up near the end again, but for now, I’m putting this series on hold. I’ll probably pick up the third in December. (Audio via Libby)
Record of a Spaceborn Few (★★★★★)
This is the third book is the Wayfarers series (started with A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet) and it follows five different perspectives in the Exodus fleet (the humans who escaped earth and still live in their ships rather than settling on another planet). I’m posting a full review of this book soon, but just know my 5 star rating should be taken with a grain of salt. I absolutely loved the characters and the themes of the future and death that are examined in here. But if you’ve had trouble with the pacing and lack of plot in the first two books in the series, it won’t be solved here. If anything this book has the least plot of all; it really is a “record” of these people, a snapshot into their lives. I just so happen to have liked that picture. (Audio via Libby)
The Silence of the Girls (★★★★☆) :
After reading and loving Madeline Miller’s Circe in August, I’ve been wanting to pick this story up. I picked it as my September Book of the Month but didn’t get the audio until this week. I really loved the parts of the book from Briseis’ point of view. It showed the stark brutality of the Trojan War through, but not of the battlefields, but of the enslavement and mutilation of women. There’s no love story between Briseis and Achilles like the movies would have you believe. She was his sex slave, simple and horrible as that.
Where this book started to lose me was when it introduced a third-person point of view (which in the audio was narrated by a man, making it the sudo male POV). Most of these chapters just move the plot of the war along and give little else that I cared about. We’ve already heard Achilles’ side of this story; I didn’t need or want to hear him mourning for Patroclus. I wanted this to be Briseis’ story. But in the end, it was still Briseis just trying to escape Achilles’ story. (Audio via Libby)
What do you think you’ll read next?
Tomorrow starts my Nonfiction November adventure. I put a ton of books on hold weeks ago, and some of them are already available. (For my full-ish TBR, I wrote about which books I was reading to complete the challenges yesterday.) But the first few I’m going to be picking up are Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking, which is a science/physics read, and She Wants It by Jill Soloway, which is about smashing the patriarchy and dealing with self-realization.
I’m not swearing off all fiction books for the month, so I’ll probably continue on with the second Expanse novel (Caliban’s War) as my buddy read for the week.
What I’ve acquired: I had nothing to add to this section until I walked out of my apartment this morning and saw one of my Book Depository orders came in. I got The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson (which I listened to in August), so my Sanderson collection is expanding out of the Cosmere.