At long last, I have finished the books from my last what i’m reading, what you’re reading post. Two went by in the snap of my fingers, while the third, John Michael Greer’s Apocalypse: A History of the End of the World, I had to restart from the beginning because I could no longer remember fuckall about what had come before my bookmark. Now I’ve got a whole new pile of lusty books, and I can finally come back and ask you the question I most love to hear answers to: what are you reading?
Seriously, please, go to the comments and tell me. I love hearing what people are reading.
As for me…I always read a handful of things at once.
This is one of those books that is taking me a lot longer than it should. It is a classic of German fantastic literature, and written by the author of The Neverending Story (which I will also read, if I can ever manage to finish Momo). It should be awesome, but it is filled with so many tangential stories—the kids play a lot of make-believe games, the plots of which are described in detail—and the back and forth has kept me from getting attached. It is supposed to be about time travel and time thieves, but apparently that comes after page 52, where I am currently marooned. Potential solution: take the audio book out of the library and listen to it instead. That should help slide me by the boring bits and get me to the time travel and intrigue.
In my quest to dive into the German science fiction scene, I wrote to the publishers of phantastisch!, one of Germanys biggest SFF mags, and asked them to send me a few copies for review. I almost never read magazines, so having a few on my pile has been fun. The content so far has been much wider than my own tastes go, which means that this magazine is going to be good for stretching those tastes into new places. Always a good thing.
The Unwritten: War of the Words by Mike Carey and Peter Gross
I have recently become—to put it mildly—rather obsessed with this series. Though reading all three collected volumes of Saga—which is pretty much the best fucking thing ever—almost ruined it for me, I’m back in my Unwritten fury. This volume is a nice fat one too. Oh what wonders await!?
How to Cook a Wolf by M.F.K. Fisher
This is another one of those books that has sat on my currently-reading pile for far too long. Originally discovered as a recommendation from Julia Pistell of Literary Disco, I ordered it during my last trip to the United States over a year ago and have made very little progress since, though not for lack of interest. The title could be Game of Thrones fan fic, but it is the subject matter that got me: cooking during times of scarcity (originally written during WWII if memory serves). I am putting it on this list with the express goal of kicking my ass into finally finishing it. It is out of print, so you’ll have to do some digging on the used book sites if you want to get a hold of it yourself.
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
The Raven Boys Cycle has taken me by storm. All the summaries and all the reviews I have read about these books over the past couple of years, and I never stopped to consider that I might like them. But Erika kept telling me that I should try them, so I put them on my phone and waited. One night I couldn’t sleep, and so I sighed, opened up my reader on my phone, and started The Raven Boys. And finished The Raven Boys. And immediately started reading The Dream Theives. Usually I need a break between segments of a series, but in this case, I cannot be stopped. Just last night I got my hands on a copy of Blue Lily, Lily Blue, and despite the fact that it is going to kill me to read this and not be able to immediatly start the next book, I am plunging in face first.
Journal of the Plague Year: A Post-Apocalyptic Omnibus including Orbital, Decay, and The Bloody Deluge
The nice folks behind the Abaddon Books stand manage to sell me a bag full of books at every convention where our paths cross. Gorgeous covers, interesting authors and stories, a whole lot of apocalypse, and passionate, kind salespeople. Gets me every time. These three novellas promise some good world-ending fun. I’ve just barely started it, but as The Raven Boys Cycle derailed my Sci Fi November all-sci-fi all-the-time reading plans, I started this to get myself back on track.
Now how about you? What are you reading right now?