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Wednesday Rapid Reading

I'm behind on books and things because of poor time management, so here is a super-quick roundup of What I Have Been Reading:

Finnegans Wake is a river of puns and a river of rivers, and I don't know exactly what to make of it but I think I like it. Or maybe I just have James Joyce Stockholm Syndrome; who knows?

The Secret Country and Lud-in-the-Mist are both really good. I hope to have something more to say about them next week, but so far: <3

The next-to-last Most Comfortable Man in London book, An Old Betrayal has brought AN INFIDELITY SUBPLOT into the sanctuary of Team Comfortable, and I cannot tell you how much I want it to go away. I hope Charles Finch is essentially cozy enough not to do this to me and it will all turn out to be a hilarious misunderstanding. I mean really cozy, not Agatha Christie Cozy where every fuzzy cardigan hides a nest of serpents and every face is just a skull that isn't being honest with itself.

And I picked up a Doctor Who novel called The Wheel of Ice, which is pretty good so far, though heavier on the phonetic dialect that I would have expected from a book published in 2012. It feels a lot like a Doctor Who story, which is all I could ask -- though it also feels a little odd to have the Doctor and the Tardis without their characteristic theme music and sound effects.

I didn't get any further in Life Mask but I did start reading The Power and the Glory, a 99 Novels selection for 1940. So far it's about an English dentist in Mexico, and I don't like him a bit, but suspect I'm not supposed to.


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May. 13th, 2015 05:05 pm (UTC)
The Power and the Glory! I had to read that for a class once, but I've pretty much forgotten everything about it. I hope it proves more memorable for you!
May. 15th, 2015 06:22 am (UTC)
It's hard to tell right now whether it will or not! I think it's pretty good in some ways, but it's not really shaping up to be my thing -- loads of heavy-hearted unheroism and humidity and women seen opaquely at a distance. It might be one of those books I admire more than I love. But it's too early to say for sure.
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