eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
What I just finished reading

Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line. I enjoyed this in the same way I enjoyed the Burn Notice tie-ins by Tod Goldberg (which I've been thinking about rereading) -- it's a slice of the show. There were a few odd notes (see below) but by and large, I enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to more.

And before that it was Broken Homes, the latest of the Peter Grant books, a couple of days ago. I did not expect the thing at the end! I should have, but I didn't. Probably my second-favourite of the series, after the first book, and I'm looking forward to more.

What I'm reading now

Three Parts Dead, by Max Gladstone, on the recommendation of [livejournal.com profile] incandescens and [personal profile] bryant. I'm not far in, and enjoying it so far, although I nearly put it down in Chapter 1 when the book did the foreshadowing thing of "X did this thing, but little did they know it would turn out to be a terrible mistake". (That thing usually makes me totally unable to read any further.) This time I persevered, with a bit of page-skipping involved.

What I'm reading next

Probably Two Serpents Rise, if I finish and enjoy Three Parts Dead. Alternatively, The War That Ended Peace by Margaret MacMillan, about which I have heard good things.

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more about veronica mars, mildly spoilery for movie and book )
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
Well, today I finished Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch, the fourth Peter Grant book. I have really enjoyed the entire series, and loved the sense of place in all of them -- it's clearly written by a Londoner who is writing what he knows, which means that the sense of place is effortless rather than the writer working hard for it. (I remember an Oklahoma native saying that about the TV series Saving Grace, and my understanding of what they meant had always been academic until I read these books.)

Of course, now I don't have anything lined up to read next. I have a ton of books on my iPad, but none of them are really leaping out at me; I've been idly dipping into a whole bunch of memoirs but the fact that none of them are sticking rather suggests that I'm in a fiction mood. I've been thinking about trying the Demon's Lexicon series by Sarah Rees Brennan, purely on the strength of her fanfic, but I suspect that whatever I read next will have a hard time living up to the Peter Grant books.

Which is a problem, because I find I need books to make the workday bearable.

Any recommendations? I'm looking for stuff that's going to be readable in chunks and doesn't require a huge amount of brainpower, preferably with a good sense of humour and minimal angst. Preferably without stupid characters who do stupid things in the name of plot devices. :)
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
What are you currently reading?

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne Valente.

What did you recently finish reading?

Lots of Avengers fic (comfort reading and rereading), and the first two Fairyland books by Cat Valente: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making and its prequel, The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland - For a Little While. They're lovely fairytales with clever, self-aware narration, and their imagination and creativity is lovely. (As is the prose.) Highly recommended.

What do you think you'll read next?

If I enjoy the current Fairyland book, probably more of Valente's stuff. :)
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
What are you currently reading?

I'm in the middle of rereading Captain Marvel #10, so I can catch up on #11 and #12.

What did you recently finish reading?

Nothing since I last posted, omg. I've actually been quite busy lately, launching a new blog in collaboration with ze boyfriend, and getting that up and running (and generating the initial wave of content for it) has taken a reasonable amount of time. Plus I've taken the opportunity to teach myself InDesign to use in creating a lot of the content for it, which is rewarding but inefficient. None of which has anything to do with reading, other than to account for the fact that I haven't been.

What do you think you'll read next?

Captain Marvel 11 & 12, catching up on the last couple of Hawkeye issues, and - hooray! - my pile of Pratchetts arrived from Abebooks, so I shall be diving into those soon.
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
What are you currently reading?

Nothing. I just ordered the half-dozen Terry Pratchett books I'm missing, and I'm waitng for them to arrive. I decided to go with physical books in the end, and picked up hardcovers very cheap from abebooks. Oh abebooks, I love you so much. You enabler.

In the meantime, I wanted to finish the last Guy Gavriel Kay book, Under Heaven, but I can't actually find my copy. Rargh. I was hoping to read it over Easter, since his new one - which I believe is a followup to Under Heaven - is out next week.

What did you recently finish reading?
Nothing since last week - I seriously, seriously don't know where this week even went.

What do you think you'll read next?
The next Captain Marvel and Hawkeye issues, and either Under Heaven or Wee Free Men, whichever turns up first.
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
Sigh. I fail at posting, seriously, if this is the first time I've posted since last week's meme. To be fair, I've been busy. Also, I'm hopeless. :)

What are you currently reading?
Nada. I'm currently agonising over whether to buy Wee Free Men in ebook format or in hardcopy second-hand. I have nothing against ebooks and generally enjoy reading on my iPad, but I do actually have the first 30+ Discworld books in hardcopy and it would feel weird to stop now. I do have a non-legit ebook copy of Wee Free Men, but it has no paragraph/line breaks and is thus unreadable.

What did you recently finish reading?
I finally got through Lords and Ladies - it's a great book, but the first 20% or so pushes a whole bunch of my hate-buttons, so it took me a few runs at the book to get past that. And then I ploughed through Maskerade in a few hours, and Carpe Jugulum the next day. Now I'm running out of Granny Weatherwax books and that makes me sad.

What do you think you'll read next?
Wee Free Men and the other Tiffany Aching books, if I decide to bite the bullet and buy the ebooks. Otherwise, well, the next issue of Captain Marvel just hit the (electronic) stands, and I would buy that on principle even if I weren't loving it, which I am.
eleanorjane: Abby Sciutto looking cute (geek girl)
Well, technically it's Thursday now, but whatever, I do what I want. I'm a rebel that way.

What are you currently reading?
Still Lords and Ladies - I'm not sure where this week went, but wherever it was, there wasn't much reading time involved.

What did you recently finish reading?
The first ten issues of the current Captain Marvel series. It's awesome; Carol Danvers is a great character, it's loaded with other awesome women, and the banter pushes all my buttons. Admittedly, I don't love the art, mostly, but I can live with it for the quality of the writing. It's the first comic I've actually spent money on since buying a stack of Fables GNs six years ago - I just bought all the issues in the Marvel Comics iOS app. Gotta show Marvel there's a demand, yes?

What do you think you'll read next?
Hopefully I'll finish Lords and Ladies in the next few days. After that - well, maybe the next Discworld witches book; otherwise, I might make a start on my massive to-read list on Goodreads. The trouble there is that I've got so much to read that the choice is overwhelming and I run around in small circles while my decision-making gland short-circuits.

I've heard good things about Rivers of London, and it's on my to-read list. Maybe I'll give that a go next. We'll see!
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
Because I never met a meme I didn't like. (Okay, so it's actually Thursday here, but it's Wednesday for most of you, so.)

What are you currently reading?
Nothing - I am just between books right now.

What did you recently finish reading?
Witches Abroad, by Terry Pratchett. It's the third of the Discworld witches books, and you can tell Pterry's really hit his stride with the characters by this point. I've been rereading the Witches books, starting with Wyrd Sisters and now Witches Abroad; I like the former better, but I think the latter is a better book.

(I've also been reading a bunch of Avengers fanfic, because Darcy Lewis is awesomesauce.)

What do you think you'll read next?
Lords and Ladies, the next of the witches books - this one's about the elves. I'm also looking at Carol Danvers comics, but I'm not entirely sure yet where to start.

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