Making my way through Min Jin Lee's Pachinko. It is a very interesting, captivating read. It's also far away from my comfort zome of Sci-Fi-literature or even genre literature for that matter, which makes it doubly rewarding. As a writer, I'm also learning a lot here. The pacing is impeccable and Lee knows exactly, when to tell more and when to tell less of what's going on. It's the longest book on my September TBR, but I think I'm going to make it.
4. Wings; by Terry Pratchett
First read this trilogy at the end of 2000, just re-read it for the first time since. Got the books for free from a really nice bookshop owner in Montello, WI who saw I had an interest in fantasy novels. They're the British versions too. Wish I could've gone back to that bookstore, but it was gone when I checked in 2005.
For the first (ish) time, I'm missing the birdsite - because I've just finished the most incredible book, and in the past I could have tweeted the author to tell him how much I appreciated it. And I can't now. But I can still shout about it here. Every teacher in every type of context should read "I Heard What You Said" by Jeffrey Boakye - about being a black teacher in the UK. It's astounding. #Books #AmReading #JeffreyBoakye #Education #EduTooter @edutooters
Winding Up the Week #345
This week we look at books read and reviewed, discover some of the best writing about literature on the blogosphere, announce Novellas in November 2023, prepare for German Literature Month XIII and highlight fascinating features from across the Internet. #bookstodon #amreading #books
3. I'm The Man; by Scott Ian
Been trying to read this one off & on since it came out in 2014, and kinda wish I hadn't. It's not bad, but it sort of ruins the mystique of Anthrax finding out a lot of John Bush era songs are about industry bullshit. (Also dude was kind of a douche bag for the first half of his life. He might be better now?) But Anthrax is still my shit so...eh. Whatayagonnado?
Reading a long series of books by different authors, fiction, and I am considering skipping these four in the series. The author tries so, so hard to be hyper-detailed about every imaginable thing taking place that he ends up saying nothing at all. I never thought I would find myself reading anything, fiction or non-fiction, and think that it was too detailed, but it is too much. Slows the story down exceedingly. #AmReading #bookstodon
So I did a thing and listed the remaining autographed copies I have of My Name is Magic over on Kofi. This seems a much easier/secure way to sell my books to people I don't know in person, so if you're interested, you can head over here: https://ko-fi.com/s/2a78206feb
Exercising my right to read at the Harold Washington Library.
A Texas teacher was fired for showing this book to eighth graders. Fascism is on our shores, and growing.
It's time for #FlashFriday! Here's a piece of very short fiction for you to devour in one mouthful.
"War of the Clowns" by Mozambican author Mia Couto.
A hint of surrealism builds but never hampers the clear and engaging prose. Enjoy!
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"Life is not a rerun, we don’t have stunt doubles or understudies, we’re it. The universe doesn’t happen to us, we are the universe happening. It actually matters what we do."
📖 Ruby Wax (And Now For The Good News...: The much-needed tonic for our frazzled world)
"[F]or one man to abound in wealth and pleasure when all about him are mourning and groaning, is to be a gaoler and not a king." (from "Utopia" by Sir Saint Thomas More)
Started a bunch of books this week. “The Internet Con” and “Red Team Blues” from @pluralistic which I backed on Kickstarter. Also “Rescued from the Nation” by Kemper which has been on my list for years (I love stories of activist anti-colonial monks!). Enjoying at Blue Bottle Kyoto ☕️📚
With more news on the risks of the brain implant technology from the #elsonmusk #startup #neuralink, I am reminded of my novel NO HARD FEELINGS which discusses the unintended consequences/misuse of technology from a fictional startup in the same space Neurostimix.
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More about the book here:
I started reading the new Emily Carroll graphic novel,” A Guest in the House,” and like all Carroll comics I can't read it fast enough and also don't want it to ever end.
Carroll's awesome website: https://www.emcarroll.com
Link to the book: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250255525/aguestinthehouse
The lovely people
have made Boudica: Dreaming the Hound *really cheap*
So if you know anyone who enjoyed Eagle and Bull - this is number 3 (of 4)
Between the novels #LaDimensiónDesconocida by #NonaFernandez (which I just read) and #InésDelAlmaMía by #IsabelAllende (which I'm reading) and the film #ElConde by #PabloLarraín and #GuillermoCalderón (which I'm watching), I feel like I'm in an intensive about #Chile.
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#books #quotes #bookquotes #reading #amreading What a penetrating insight: "Mankind in its entirety has always yearned to arrange things so that they must be universal...the higher these nations stood, the unhappier they were, for they were more strongly aware than others of the need for a universal union of mankind. Great conquerors, Tamerlanes and Genghis Khans, swept over the earth like a whirlwind, yearning to conquer the cosmos.." from #TheBrothersKaramazov by #fyodordostoevsky
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The latest film trailer made me cave and finally pick up the book. No spoilers, since it's apparent from the first pages, but it's nice to see a villain-focused story, without any intention of retroactively redeeming them or portraying them under a more sympathetic light. Especially when it comes to characters with the cruelty and lack of remorse of Coriolanus Snow. He is still very much a younger version of himself.
Not that tragic villain origin stories aren't interesting when done right, but not every bad person needs a tragedy behind them to make them that way, and not every tragedy creates a bad person either. So it's refreshing to see storytelling explore a different approach beyond those tropes.
Just finished The Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss. A very powerful short novel exploring family violence and bigotry in modern and stone age contexts. The opening pages brought to mind the brilliant Bog body poem Punishment by Seamus Heaney about a flaxen haired young woman sacrificed to the gods.
#Heaney #reading #AmReading
I'm re-reading this police procedural from 2013, Bitter Wash Road by Gary Disher. Awesome characters, landscapes, perfect descriptions of rural South Australia where my family came from. I can almost smell the dust. The plot is a little contrived, but the story feels emotionally true, which makes up for it. Highly recommended.
The lovely people
have made Boudica: Dreaming the Hound *really cheap*
So if you know anyone who enjoyed Eagle and Bull - this is number 3 (of 4)
Why period drama TV crews love famous Yorkshire hall backdrop
#Permaculture: a route to total systemic change - healing our relationships with ourselves, each other and the living web.
Artefacts belonging to the #Bronte siblings to go on show
#amwriting panic stations. I have gotten The Date. By 27th Sept the platforms wants my latest book, Stainless Steel Souls, so they can have it definitely by October 1st, to satisfy all their (my) preorder customers.
I had 2 weeks and 2 days for edits from the day I learned of the date, but since then:
-I got conjunctivitis, as did my child-bot and feminine companion
-we got better, hers got worse
-my car died
-her car died
-my car is better
-I do not know what day it is, because Monday is usually grandparents visit day but we've been sick, so "events of the week" are totally out.
I woke up today, Monday, and honestly felt like it was Wednesday. It's a sheer force of effort to know where my mind is, let alone the day.
Excuses, right? No, just what's been going on while I've been trying to settle into good, 4-hour long edits of my book. So far I have managed exactly 0 of these.
Honesty gets you square with yourself. I have filled out 2 chapters with character descriptions that were lacking in my earlier edits, but I need proper chunks of time to write the missing chapters, needle the chapters that will hint at fun for the next book(s), and otherwise make sure it's fluffy and reader-friendly.
This has also meant not reading that book I saved for #amreading time, Andujar, the Robot Gentleman, but I guess now it's a reward book for after everything is actually submitted.
Support me, I love Mastodon and will keep writing whether I get wondrous sales or not. The link to the presale (.99c) of Stainless Steel Souls is in my profile, as well as to books 1 and 2, "The full life of a robot" and "A machine of blood".
Love you all, feel free to post your own promo too.
The best film, TV and literary locations to visit this summer
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For fun, my Libby archive so you can randomly see what books I'm reading! https://share.libbyapp.com/data/f681fa06-7e17-41b8-a20e-d351b024783f/libbytimeline-activities.html #AmReading #Libby #LibbyApp #Books
We love #Matilda she's one of our favourite fictional heroines. She loves books, is strong minded, determined and feisty. And all these attributes lead her (against all odds) to find her own happy ending 📚
#amreading #RoaldDahl #ChildrensBooks #StorySnug #Bookstodon
Have you heard of #cozy #fantasy novels? They are often low stakes stories about fantasy characters doing everyday things and folks like me love them. The flagship novel for cozy fantasy is Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree. He mixes magical themes with found family in a way that is just such a great comfort read. There is a sequel coming you can find here https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250886101/bookshops-bonedust if you haven’t read the first book I highly recommend it. #amreading #cozyfantasy
At the beginning of the school year and while I am yet to drown in marking, managed to read a whole book this weekend that one of my new Year 9s proffered into my hands last week - The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino - which I gather loads of people already know about, but had completely passed me by. Gripping, really interestingly structured, and a fantastic crime thriller. I'm so happy I'll be able to discuss it with that student next week! #Books #bookstodon #AmReading #CrimeFiction
I #AmReading by recommendation of @BrianTheGleeman , The First Binding by R.R. Virdi
All legends are born of truths. And just as much lies. These are mine. Judge me for what you will. But you will hear my story first.
My name is Ari.
And this is the story of how I let loose the first evil.
In theory, I really like the idea of Little Free Libraries (little boxes - often converted newspaper boxes - maintained by volunteers and filled with books by the community) but in practice I’m usually disappointed by the selection. The books are good enough for someone to have bought in the first place, but not good enough for them to want to keep? I guess?
However, the most recent book I got is really good so far! War Cross by Marie Lu. (A down-on-her-luck bounty hunter hacks into a championship video game event and is offered a mysterious job by the billionaire game developer.) It’s exciting, I’m enjoying it!
Winding Up the Week #343
This week we look at books read and reviewed, discover some of the best writing about literature on the blogosphere, announce the 2023 Christmas Reading Challenge and highlight fascinating features from across the Internet. #amreading #bookstodon #books
As Summer fades and Autumn moves in, you have to ask yourself if you have enough #ScienceFiction books on your TBR pile.
Tell all your friends The Dent in the Universe is on sale. Only $2.99! Less than a cup of joe.
#Bookstodon #AmReading #SecretSciFiNetwork