Reading project, week ending 27 Mar 2022

What have I read this week? It’s late, sorry.

The Thief on the Winged Horse by Kate Mascarenhas

This is a fantasy novel about a young woman named Persephone, who is part of a family of magical doll-makers, but who isn’t allowed to share in the magic. I enjoyed this. I liked the characters, the world is fascinating and the plot was interesting. I would definitely read more by this author.

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Reading project, week ending 13 Mar 2022

What have I read this week? It’s really late, sorry! I totally forgot.

The Wisdom of Crowds by Joe Abercrombie

This is a fantasy novel, the last in The Age of Madness trilogy. It is about a society struggling with the move to industrialisation. I really enjoyed this, and it felt like a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. I will definitely read more by this author.

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Reading project, week ending 6 Mar 2022

What have I read this week?

The Trouble with Peace by Joe Abercrombie

This is a fantasy novel, the second in The Age of Madness trilogy. It is about a society struggling with the move to industrialisation. I really enjoyed this, particularly the way that all the characters are complex. I will definitely read more by this author.

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Reading project, week ending 27 Feb 2022

What have I read this week?

Bestiary by K-Ming Chang

This is a novel about a mother and daughter. I wasn’t sure about this one; I found it hard to follow because of the style, which was confusing to me. There was a lot of interesting stuff in this, but I couldn’t make sense of it. I might read more by this author.

The Affinity Bridge by George Mann

This is a steampunk novel, part of the Newbury & Hobbes series, about Sir Maurice Newbury and his assistant Veronica Hobbes, who are investigators for the British Crown. I enjoyed this; it’s an interesting world and I like the characters. I would definitely read more by this author.

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Reading project, week ending 20 Feb 2022

What have I read this week?

Three Moments of an Explosion by China Miéville

This is a collection of short stories. I quite liked these, and would definitely read more by this author.

The Patient Assassin: A True Tale of Massacre, Revenge and the Raj by Anita Anand

This is a nonfiction book about Udham Singh, who spent his entire life trying to get revenge on the two men most responsible for the massacre in Jallianwala Bagh in 1919. I found this really interesting, and I would read more by this author.

Death in Daylesford by Kerry Greenwood

This is the latest in the Phryne Fisher series, about a female detective in Australia in the 1920s. I quite enjoyed this; the plot is pretty interesting even if I’m not all that interested in the characters. I might read more by this author.

Twelve Motives for Murder by Fiona Sherlock

This is a murder mystery about Elizabeth Chalice, a detective called in to investigate the murder of one of her acquaintances. I did not like this and did not finish it. I disliked all the characters, and didn’t like the transcript-like style of the book. I probably wouldn’t read anything else by this author.

Kisses For Jet: A Coming-of-Gender Story by Joris Bas Backer

This is a graphic novel about Jet, a teenager living in the Netherlands who is struggling with their gender. I enjoyed this although the graphical style didn’t really work for me. I liked the story and the characters though. I would probably read more by this author.

The Library of the Unwritten and The Archive of the Forgotten by A.J. Hackwith

These are fantasy novels about the Unwritten Wing of Hell’s Library and the people who work there. I really enjoyed these. The world is really fascinating, and I really liked the characters and the story. I would definitely read more by this author.

The Left-handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix

This is a fantasy novel about Susan, a young woman who goes to London to find her father. I really enjoyed this. I liked the characters, and the world, and the story was really interesting. I would definitely read more by this author.

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Reading project, week ending 13 Feb 2022

What have I read this week?

The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison

This is a fantasy novel about Thara Celehar, a prelate and Witness for the Dead, who is investigating the deaths of two women. I enjoyed this a lot; the characters are interesting, and I really liked the world it takes place in. I would definitely read more by this author.

Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process by John McPhee

This is a nonfiction book about the craft of nonfiction writing. I found it very interesting, even though not really applicable to me.

The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison

This is a Holmesian fantasy about Dr J.H. Doyle, who returns with a war injury and becomes roommates with an angel named Crow, who is a detective. I really enjoyed this. Crow and Doyle are really good characters, and it was a nice take on the Sherlock Holmes mythos. I would definitely read more in this series.

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

This is a science fiction novel about a woman named Elma York, a pilot and mathematician, in an Earth where a large meteorite has landed on Earth in 1952. I really enjoyed this, although Elma was a much more complex character than I expected, which really made the book more interesting. I definitely intend to read the next one.

A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

This is a fantasy novel about Robin Blyth who gets a new job is the Civil Service as the liaison between the British government and magical society, and Edwin Courcey, his counterpart on the magical side. I really loved this book. The world is fascinating, the characters are really interesting and the plot really drew me in. I would definitely read more by this author.

The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie

This is a fantasy novel about the Raven, god of Iraden. I really enjoyed this. The characters are really interesting, and I liked the world a lot. I would definitely read more by this author.

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Reading project, week ending 6 Feb 2022

What have I read this week? This is so late, sorry! I wrote it and forgot to actually publish it.

No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters by Ursula K. Le Guin

This is a book of nonfiction writings. I found these really interesting, although I didn’t agree with all of them. I would definitely read more by this author.

Moving Heavy Things by Jan Adkins

This is a nonfiction book about methods for moving heavy objects. I found it interesting: the illustrations are very helpful and the writing style is clear and simple. I enjoyed this and would read more by this author.

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Writing project, January 2022

This month’s word is sound, meaning “the sensation produced by stimulation of the organs of hearing by vibrations transmitted through the air or other medium” or “mechanical vibrations transmitted through an elastic medium, traveling in air at a speed of approximately 1,087 feet (331 meters) per second at sea level”.

It’s a bit late, sorry.

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So loud! I clap my hands over my ears, but the sound gets through anyway.

The sound pushes at me, an almost-solid weight to it. I recoil from the door of the club, backing away from it, ignoring the annoyed murmur of those waiting to be allowed in.

They can’t understand why I’ve queued all this time only to walk away. I don’t quite understand it either. Somehow the sound didn’t seem so bad further back in the queue. I could hear the loud pulse of it every time the door opened, naturally, but I thought I could handle it.

Now that I’m at the front of the line, it’s transparently obvious to me that I can’t.

“You coming in, mate?”

“No, no,” I stammer, and back away further, then turn and walk away, ignoring the glares of those waiting in the queue. Once I’ve turned the corner I start running, as fast as I can, in the direction of away and home and safe.

I’m never doing that again – I don’t care if they call me antisocial or boring or weird. It’s just… not my thing.

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