What have I read this week?
Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers
This is a SF novel set in the same universe as The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and A Closed and Common Orbit. It has several viewpoint characters, all of whom I found interesting. I liked this a lot, but then I liked the previous two books also. I will admit that this one made me cry a little. I’d definitely read more in this universe, or more by this author.
Serpentine by Laurell K Hamilton
This is the most recent novel in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series. I’m not sure why I still read these – I find them to be the Cheetos of books: you know you shouldn’t, but somehow you find yourself picking it up and consuming the whole thing, then you feel vaguely guilty about it afterwards. I originally started reading these for the vampire/monster hunting, but now it’s 95% sex and relationship issues, and I’m less than sympathetic to someone whose main problem seems to be how to juggle the 87 different incredibly hot people they’re having sex with. Also, the writing in these books is pretty repetitive – in the way of repeating the exact same thing a chapter or two later; it’s almost like these were written as serials. Also, it turns out I hate the phrase “body English” and she uses that a lot. I will probably end up reading the next one, though.
Far From The Tree by Andrew Solomon
This is a non-fiction book about parents raising children who are very different from them: e.g. straight parents raising gay children, hearing parents raising deaf children, and so on. I really wanted to like this book, because the topic interests me, but I just couldn’t get into it and I didn’t even get past the second chapter, despite having had it out of the library for months.
The House of God by Samuel Shem
This is a novel about doctors. I struggled with the introduction by John Updike and gave up partway through the first chapter. I just did not like this.
This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay
This is an account of the author’s time as a junior doctor in the UK. I really enjoyed it, partly because I’ve worked in healthcare myself. I guess if you’re easily squicked, it won’t be funny, but I’m not. It was a good read, and I’d definitely read other books by this author.