What are you reading?
Hello blogosphere, we thought – since we are a book blog – we should let you all know what books we are reading! We read a lot of books that we don’t necessarily have a chance to comment on, so this will be our venue. We read for various reasons and we read various materials that might not fit into the month’s theme, but we’ll make sure to comment on that too.
Steph is reading…
1. Rule of Three by Eric Walters – I’m reading this for Canadian Materials, so I got it from the publisher. It will be released in January 2014 so I am motoring through it to get the review in by mid week. If you don’t know, Eric Walters is a prolific Canadian author who has written more than 50 books in a variety of genres, for a variety of audiences about a variety of topics. Most are good, some are wonderful and some are just not good – what what does Mr. Walters care? He’s like the Canadian Stephen King.
Anyway, this one is not the best. First, let me lay it out. All the computers and power are turned off – they just stop (at this point, I don’t think I’ll get an explanation for this). Some stuff still works, for instance our protagonist, Adam, drives an old car that doesn’t have computers so it still runs, as do tractors, generators, windmills etc… Adam’s father is a pilot and stranded in Chicago, his mother is the police chief and in charge of the town and his younger siblings are twins (self sufficient and often absent, and annoyingly different from each other in a very obvious “I’m trying to break the stereotype” way). However, it is his neighbour, Herb, that is really taking over the story. Herb is an ex-diplomat and a little heavy handed with the lessons about how the world works and the baseness of humanity and how to survive etc… Also, the plot (thus far) is pretty transparent, Adam has a crush which, along with survival, preoccupies his mind and actions – I’m sure by the end they will be together. Herb and Adam are working together with the police to keep their area safe and maintain a sense of community (cue community unravelling and drama ensuing). Herb is an overly didactic father figure who I’m sure we’ll find out is incredibly flawed (but it’ll be ok because he’s so wonderful at doing what he does). Adam and his father were building an airplane, which I’m sure will be part of the resolution. Adam’s crush has a horse farm, which I’m sure will play a part. I can just, see it all happening.
As for food – there isn’t much worry of that this early on because, luckily, Herb is a bit of a horder and mum just did a ‘big grocery shop’…
I’m waiting to be surprised. I suppose that’s where I am at the moment. I want something to jump out at me, a twist of some sort, because right now it’s a straight and narrow path through the plot of the book. Adam is such a solid character I wonder how he will change by the end of the book, and I feel like my answer lies in Herb – which is a little disappointing, I want Adam to grow on his own and not be told how the world works and how he should act through Herb. I don’t like Herb. >.>;
Anyway – I’ll be sending in my review soon – so I’ll link y’all to it when it’s up!
2. Scraps of the Untainted Sky by Tom Moylan – This one is for my thesis and for those of you who enjoy a good dystopia out there this is a nice and interesting critical book on the subject. He basically discusses the dystopia in terms of historical context and all that has been written on the subject, considering utopian studies, the genre of science fiction and historical context. He goes over all of the discussions surrounding Utopia, Dystopia, Anti-Utopia and the Eutopia, with a focus on Frederic Jameson, Darko Suvin, and Lyman Tower Sargent’s arguments, which he critiques and comments on and converges. It’s a great read – which I am almost all the way through, and will be invaluable in my thesising!
Nafiza is reading…
too many books at the same time. Is that even possible?
Okay, I confess, my reading material at the moment is slightly (fine, a lot) more adult-ish than children’s lit. but I still want to talk about these books because they’re so fantastic.
- The Book of Imaginary Beings – Jorge Luis Borges
I am reading this under the guise of doing research for my thesis but it’s mostly for fun. It still gives snippets of mythical beings (fictional too, actually) that have existed in different religions and cultures. It’s rather dry though and there is not unifying tone pulling the collection together but still, it is informative.
- The Real Inspector Hound and Other Plays – Tom Stoppard
I really loved Stoppard’s Rosencratz and Guildenstern are Dead and I’ve wanted to try out his other plays for a while. So far I am not as impressed as I had thought it would be. I think I’d have more fun watching the plays than I am having reading them.
- A Literate Passion – Anais Nin and Henry Miller
This collection contains the letters that Miller and Nin exchanged throughout the decades spanning their tumultuous love affair. The language is out of this world and makes me sad about the lost art of letter writing.
- The Tough Guide to Fantasyland – Diana Wynne-Jones
This has me chortling all the time. Colour-coding may just be one of the most brilliant things ever.
- The Well of Ascension – Brandon Sanderson
Book 2 of the Mistborn trilogy. I’ve been in the mood for some dense, epic fantasy and well, Sanderson’s the go-to person for stuff like that, no?
Yash is Reading*:
- Jane, the Fox and Me by Fanny Britt (Story), Isabelle Arsenault (Illustration), Christine Morelli (Translation), and Susan Ouriou (Translation): For now, because I am literally on page three, all I can say is that the art is gorgeous . Although, I am kind of thrilled that the protagonist likes and identifies with Jane Eyre.
- Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo (Story) and K.G. Campbell (Illustration): Where do I begin with this one?! It’s absolutely brilliant and so, very funny! A geeky girl who loves comics comes in contact with a real life superhero … except, he’s not quite what one would expect. I adore that the prose breaks into comic panels and speech bubbles at times, but the voice of the story is unchanged. So far, so good!
*I don’t actually want to include my thesis material. It’s all good reading, but I am just utterly bored of writing/talking about it. Sigh.