Sunday Sum Up

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas. Really. It’s been hot this week. I’m sitting here with a big fan about three feet from my face. The high temperatures might be part of the reason I devoured Jo Nesbø’s The Snowman in two days. Thinking of a snowy Norway helps keep my mind off the oncoming summer.

On the bright side, I’m taking a pottery class starting this week. I haven’t touched clay since I was in college, so I’ll be brushing up on some very rusty skills and maybe come out of it with a cup or bowl or two. I’ll keep you posted!

In addition to The Snowman, I finished up Conn Iggulden’s Bloodline and Jacqueline Carey’s Miranda and Caliban.

 


I am currently reading three books, and I’ll have to start another one pretty soon. I have several eBooks on hold from my library, and they usually auto-download when they come available, so I’ll be minding my business and all of a sudden a book shows up on my phone. The books I’m working on are The Black Company by Glen Cook, The Glass Universe by Dava Sobel, and The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. Roshani Chokshi’s The Star-Touched Queen is the most recent download.

 


I’ve read fifty-three pages of The Black Company, and I’m still not sure what I think about it. The characters are certainly interesting, but the plot is flitting around a little, and it’s hard to get a sense of exactly what’s going on, what with all the “that sucked, so we’re going over there. But we found out that it sucked over there, too, so now we’re going here”. I could do with a little more description of the events and the world, honestly, but I’m probably going to give it to page one-hundred before giving up on it.

The Glass Universe is as interesting as Sobel’s other books, but there are so many names to keep track of! Also, I’d thought it would revolve around the women of the story, but there is a lot to do with the men. It makes sense, given that it’s the men who are running the program that hired the women to process and interpret all the information they gathered, but still.

I haven’t really started on The Bear and the Nightingale yet. I glanced at the first page, was intrigued, and then decided that I should work on The Glass Universe on my lunch break today. I haven’t started The Star-Touched Queen at all. I don’t mind being in the midst of four books at once, but I’d like to get my mind made up about The Black Company and get closer to finishing The Glass Universe.

In other news, I ended up with two free tickets to see A Quiet Passion tonight, so I’m taking a friend out for a movie and drinks. Neither of us knows much about it besides the facts that it’s about Emily Dickinson and it’s been very well reviewed.

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New Acquisitions and Some Weird Cover Art

It was my day off, and I had a book waiting for me at the used bookstore, so off I went.

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I have Danielle at Books, Vertigo and Tea to thank for recommending Glen Cook’s The Black Company. It’s the first in a fantasy series that I can’t remember for sure now if I started or not. Either way, I’m going to give it a shot (again?).

The other two are mysteries in one way or another. The Club Dumas  is about a book detective hired to authenticate a manuscript who is drawn into a plot involving witchcraft and the adventures of people who bear an eerie similarity to the characters in the manuscript he’s been hired to authenticate. As the sticker says, it’s the book the movie, The Ninth Gate, was based on. I didn’t like the movie very much, so I’m hoping the book is better.

The Dictionary of the Khazars is the imaginary book of knowledge of the Khazars. It eschews the traditional plot set up, involves the texts of three of the world’s major religions, and features among other people, three unruly wisemen. It’s compared to Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose, and if that’s the case I’m going to like this book.

 

While I was at the store, I found this:

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What?