What I’m reading this weekend

Ah, weekends. Aren’t they wonderful things

I finally finished listening to George Saunder’s Lincoln in the Bardo, after working my way back to the top of the library wait list, a month and a half later. I’d been a little iffy about wanting to finish it, but the last 20% turned the whole book around for me. I have to say, though, the audiobook works much better than print for this story. Flipping through the paper book in the store, the jumping from voice to voice didn’t work as well in print as it does when dealing with a full-cast recording. I definitely recommend the audiobook for the story, which ended up completely different from what I expected.

So, my new audiobook is Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: The Mavericks Who Plotted Hitler’s Defeat by Giles Milton. I’ve listened to the first chapter, and I’m looking forward to the rest. After all, I’ve really enjoyed other books about the stories of WWII that you don’t hear every day.

My current bathtub reading is another Executioner novel, 430: Deadly Salvage. This one includes Russian nukes and a sadistic billionaire with plans. Cheesy fun.

I’m about to finish a book of essays from NetGalley. Giant Creatures in Our World: Essays on Kaiju and American Popular Culture tackles a trope that has been around for more than a half-century, if not a century: the Kaiju. Giant creatures that can be bad guys or good, depending on the story. And like Zombies, Kaiju movies can cover a multitude of commentaries on modern society, and the essays in this volume cover the gamut. I do have some problems with the writings, but I am enjoying the book as a whole.

And the other NetGalley book I’m reading is Girls Made of Glass and Snow by Melissa Bashardoust. It’s a fantasy novel with a new twist on Snow White.

And on the horizon from NetGalley are The Emerald Circus (short stories by Jane Yolen), Paradox Bound (a new novel from Peter Clines, a fantastic writer) and the book that made me do a happy dance when I was accepted, Artemis, the second novel from Andy Weir, author of The Martian.

What I’m reading (the summer doldrums)

It’s summer time, and my reading has slowed down a fair bit. And this week I was on vacation, which leads to even less reading. I know this goes against the usual wisdom, but that’s the way it is in my world. Well, with one exception. When my brain is looking for fluff, I read fanfiction.

Still, I am reading.

I am currently *nearly* finished The Massacre of Mankind. At over 500 pages, it has taken me a while, but I’ve been really enjoying it. Certainly, in the last 150 pages, it has really cranked into high gear as the Martians move on the rest of the world, not just England.

I didn’t finish Lincoln in the Bardo before it went back to the library, but I’ve reserved the audiobook again to find out how the last 15% of the story ends. I’m still not sure I enjoyed it, but I want to know what happens in the end. Instead, I am now listening to an audiobook version of The War of the Worlds as a companion to The Massacre of Mankind. I’m two thirds of the way through, and it’s interesting seeing some of the characters from the Baxter sequel turning up.

I’m about halfway through Walking on Lava from the Dark Mountain Project, via NetGalley. It’s interesting, but I do find elements of it annoyingly intent on ‘technology bad, back to the land good’. The old ways were just as damaging to the world as modern ways, plus the fact that the population would have to drop drastically to make it work hasn’t been addressed.

I did finish the Stony Man book, so my new paper book for the bathtub is Run by Blake Crouch. He is the author of the trilogy that became the TV series Wayward Pines. Crouch started out as a self-published author before being picked up as part of Amazon’s publishing wing, focusing on mostly sort of SF horror thrillers.

But I have to get cracking, because I have a huge lineup of NetGalley books to tackle. I certainly can’t request any more until I get through them. Besides the two I am currently reading, I’ve got Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust (coming out in September), Tomorrow’s Kin by Nancy Kress (coming out next week), The Emerald Circus collection by Jane Yolen (coming out in November), Giant Creatures in our World (a non-fiction book about Kaiju coming out in November) and Pardox Bound by an old favorite Peter Clines (coming out in September).

I also have a few blog posts/reviews to actually write. I should have one out tomorrow, with any luck.

What I’m reading this Weekend

This is going to be a quiet weekend for once. In the last three weeks, I cheered for my younger niece to do well at Destination Imagination Global finals, then went to my older niece’s dance recital, and then last weekend the younger niece got her black belt (juvenile version). Being a spinster aunt can be busy!

My audiobook for walks and knitting: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, with a full cast. This is a weird one, in that the production is well done, the idea is interesting, but for some reason it isn’t entirely working for me. I’m about 1/3 through.

My paper book for the bath: Stony Man 104: Extinction Crisis by Douglas P Wojtowicz. The Stony Man/Executioner universe is my go-to for a bath book when I don’t have anything else. This one involves an enemy using robots to sabotage nuclear plants in Isreal, Egypt, France and the US for as yet unknown reasons.

Current ebook: The Massacre of Mankind by Stephen Baxter. This is a sequel to War of the Worlds, including some of the characters from the original. After an alternate version of WWI that came after the first Martian War (Germany ended up taking over because no one was interested in fighting them, really), the Martians come again, and they’ve learned from the last time. I got this one from NetGalley, since it won’t be out until late August. I’m about 1/3 through, and enjoying it greatly.

On the horizon: I’ve got two more books from NetGalley: Walking on Lava from the Dark Mountain Project (releasing in July), and Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust (releasing in September).

Weekend Reading – the last weekend of May

Heading into another weekend (and remotely cheering for my niece who is competing at the Destination Imagination Global Finals in Tennessee). Since my sister is with the Isobel in Tennessee, my brother-in-law is taking the other kid to Niagara Falls for the weekend, so it will be a quiet weekend. So, what am I reading?

My audiobook for walks and knitting: The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston. It’s non-fiction, and sounded really interesting, so I reserved it from the library/overdrive. Conveniently enough, it hit my account the same day that I finished The Geek Feminist Revolution audiobook (I plan to write a review this weekend)

My paper book for the bath: Fractured: Tales of the Canadian Post-Apocalypse edited by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia. I read a previous anthology in the line, Dead North, which was Zombie stories. I definitely plan to read another anthology from the line, Those Who Make Us: Canadian Creature, Myth, and Monster Stories. There are plenty of excellent short story writers in Canada.

My ebook of the moment: The Ship from Antonia Honeywell. This is a YA novel that was originally published two years ago, and is now get publication in the US. Dystopia on a ship after the world collapses under (not very defined) climactic and economic disasters. I got this from Netgalley,

Waiting in the wings: From Netgalley I have The Massacre of Mankind by Stephen Baxter, a sequel to War of the Worlds. I’m also waiting to see if I’ll get the go-ahead from Netgalley for The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch, which sounds like a time travel horror thriller. It’s coming out next winter, and I am crossing fingers, since it sounds really intriguing.

I’ve also got some new ebook purchases (gotta love ebook sales): The Burial Hour by Jeffrey Deaver (mystery), Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar (literary sf), Reenu-You by Michele Tracy Berger (an sf novella around issues for women of colour), and a bunch of Agatha Christie mysteries.

What am I reading this weekend?

After good weather for several days this week (oh blessed sunshine), we are heading back to rain this weekend (boo, hiss). Seriously, there were a couple of days this week where people who live on the other side of the Ottawa river were told not to come to work (I work at a government office) because of the number of roads closed due to flooding in Gatineau. Seriously, the last thing we need is more rain.

So, with more rain coming, I’ve got my reading lined up.

My eread right now: The Executioner 447: Missile Intercept. Yep, this is a ‘men’s adventure’ novel published by Harlequin Books. The series started up in the late sixties, and has been going since then, although after Harlequin bought the rights, it went to being written by other people (to see who wrote a book, check the copyright page. The line near the top where they thank someone for their contributions, that’s the author). Basically, these are the book equivalent of an action movie (and there have been efforts by various parties, including Vin Deisel, and the most recent is Warner Bros, with Bradley Cooper planned to play the lead), and on a rainy day, that’s right up my alley.

My paper/bathtub read right now: The Librarians and the Lost Lamp by Greg Cox. As mentioned before, I thoroughly enjoyed The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase, which I got through NetGalley. As a result, I got the first book from the library, and I am enjoying it greatly so far. This time it’s a chase for Aladdin’s Lamp, going up against the Forty Thieves.

My audiobook listen right now: I just got to the top of the list at my library for Kameron Hurley’s The Geek Feminist Revolution. Essays are great for audiobooks, since they are more digestible bites. As a result, I returned the audiobook I had been listening to unfinished (It was an omnibus audiobook of the first two Hamish Macbeth mysteries by MC Beaton. I’d listened to the first book, but I’d put off the second one, since I found the character unlikeable in unlikeable ways. This was push I needed to write it off). This will be great for listening while knitting.

What am I reading now

As usual, I am working on multiple books

  1. Library book: Echoes in Death by JD Robb. I’ve been reading this series for more than a decade. I usually can’t hang onto a series that long. I eventually get tired of a series, with the same characters over and over again. And while this series has had a few stinkers, I keep grabbing the latest volume from the library when it is released. Halfway through.
  2. NetGalley: Behind the Mask, an anthology of superhero stories from Meerkat Books. I went for this mainly based on Seanan McGuire (and her story was fantastic), but I’m enjoying the majority of the stories so far. One third done.
  3. NetGalley: The Cloud Versus Grand Unification Theory, a book of poems by Chris Banks coming out this fall. This part of my plan to expand my readings. Poetry is something I haven’t read much of since it was inflicted on me in high school. This one looked interesting, and as I read, while it isn’t what I traditionally think of as poetry, it is creating definite feelings as I go on. About one quarter done.
  4. Library Audiobook: Death of a Gossip/Death of a Cad by MC Beaton.  This is another long-running mystery series, but one I’ve never tried before. And since the library had a downloadable audiobook of the first two volumes, I thought I’d give it go. Just started.