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Wednesday: A Reading Meme

This Wednesday Reading Meme has been good for me in that it forces me to actually talk about the things I read instead of just letting them run over me like water, but possibly bad in that I keep switching books based on what I think I can finish by Wednesday. Oh well?

What I've Just Finished Reading

it's so pretty

But now he saw that truths were as innumerable as falsehoods-- that for sheer teeming chaos, the world of man could only be matched by the world of the divine.

The Golem and the Jinni took forever to finish because it's such a nice velvety trade paperback with a beautiful cover. Normally I read at work while drinking large quantities of coffee and/or eating chips and sandwiches, and it doesn't matter because 90% of my books are cheap mass-market paperbacks with the covers missing. This book I tried to protect from my sloppiness and it meant I had to make appointments with myself to read it when I didn't have anything on my fingers and couldn't spill anything on it or accidentally set it down on something grimy. I succeeded! I made it all the way to the end without ruining it.

This is a historical urban fantasy, set in New York City at the end of the nineteenth century, and my favorite thing about this book is how gracefully it wears its research. It also does a good job of handling the magic elements, most of the time. It doesn't burden itself with overly complicated explanations or labored skepticism: like unhappy marriages and illicit desires, magic is largely kept quiet for the protection of its sufferers and the comfort of their neighbors. Sometimes I wished the story was actually The Golem, With Occasional Appearances by the Jinni, but it isn't actually fair to expect every writer to cater to my love of sentient automata and their free-will problems. I wasn't thrilled with [spoilery non-coincidence redacted], but it turned out all right anyway for the most part.

You should give this book a try if you haven't already. Even if you don't like it, you can put the book in a frame and look at it all day long and it will still work out to a pretty good value.

What I'm Reading Now

CANON REVIEW FOR YULETIDE. This is the first year I've matched on a non-five-minute fandom, so I am in Canon Review Overload. I matched on something I love a lot but haven't read all the way through in a long, long time. I won't talk about it, because it's bad Yuletide practice (even though I'm pretty sure no one's listening) but I probably couldn't talk about it anyway, because I would just end up quoting basically the whole thing to you and posting hundreds of giant pictures of [location redacted] all flanked by hyperbolic emoticons and poetry. No one needs that.

Also reading: supplementary research for Yuletide, plus The Locked Room, and Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie, which is so, so great. Nice young people buy a house, which turns out to be the same house one of them spent a short time in as a child. She begins to have disturbing memories and to ask disturbing questions, eventually leading them to investigate a decades-old murder. Miss Marple comes down to help out of sympathy. They're so naively excited about having a murder mystery of their very own, and she tries to warn them in the kindest way possible that murder investigations are really quite nasty dark things on the whole and they might not like what they find out, but they dismiss her. Everyone dismisses Miss Marple until it's too late. Of course she was right and everything's going to fall apart at all the seams they didn't even know were seams, and nothing will ever be right again and all their happy memories will be stained -- and they were such nice young people, too! I don't know what you can do with nice young people except try to tell the truth.

*shakes head sadly*

*resumes knitting*

The Locked Room is just ok. I haven't gotten very far. I don't dislike it yet.

What I Plan to Read Next

All I know right now is that there will be A LOT more canon review. And eventually I have to give Hercule Poirot a chance, I GUESS.

Comments

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osprey_archer
Nov. 6th, 2014 01:57 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed the Hercule Poirot television series, but I'm afraid to read the stories because I hear that Hastings becomes very annoying in them. Which I could totally see happening, because he's rather dim most of the time, and without a charming actor to sell him he might be unbearable.

And Hastings was my favorite and I don't want to be annoyed by him.
evelyn_b
Nov. 6th, 2014 02:25 am (UTC)
I don't necessarily mind annoying characters (I don't know who Hastings is, but I guess I'll find out?). I'm just concerned that I won't love Poirot as much as I love Miss Marple. Which is a silly concern, because how likely am I to love ANY character as much as I love Miss Marple? Not very! Yet I go on reading other things all the time.
ramasi
Dec. 12th, 2014 01:35 pm (UTC)
I got The Golem and the Jinni, but as an EBook, so I won't get anything out of it if I don't like it!
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