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mid-week reading meme

What are you currently reading?

Late Eclipses by Seanen McGuire, the fourth book in the October Daye series. I almost quit reading this series after the second one, and I'm glad I continued, because the third one was good and I'm enjoying this one a lot.

Lilith's Brood, Octavia Butler. I don't know any other writer who can creep me out so much and make me keep turning the pages at the same time.

What did you recently finish reading?

Bears Discover Fire, short story collection by Terry Bisson. The titular story broke my heart. In a good way. I guess I'm not the only one because it won the Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and Locus awards. My other favorite in this collection is "England Underway." I also liked "Over Flat Mountain," "George," "Canción Auténtica de Old Earth," "Partial People," "Carl's Lawn and Garden," "The Message," and "The Shadow Knows."


What do you think you’ll read next?

I'm having a hard time picking my next audiobook. I tried and rejected Deborah Harkness' A Discovery of Witches. I liked some things about it but several other things irritated me and it goes really slowly. Then I tried and rejected Richelle Mead's Succubus Blues, after I'd listened to something like 10 scenes in a row involving the protagonist being cajoled or threatened by men—it's not that I object to such scenes on principle but that was the only thing that was happening for pages and pages. Then I tried Linda Fairstein's Final Jeopardy. I found out the author was behind the conviction of the Central Park Five and that kind of made me uncomfortable. But I decided to give up after these two scenes coming one right after the other made my head explode. Scene one: The protagonist (female, white) is an assistant District Attorney in charge of sex crimes. An FBI agent tells her rape jokes, and she thinks about how tiresome it is that that happens all the time. Scene two: The protagonist is talking with a (white) colleague, who refers to people of Indian descent using the phrase "dot and a knot." The protagonist thinks about how great it is that people in her office aren't PC.

I would really like to find a good procedural series that isn't sexist, classist, racist, or fat-phobic and that doesn't rely on sexual violence against women for every single plot. Recommendations welcome.

So now I'm listening to Charlaine Harris' Grave Secret, the fourth and last in the Harper Connelly series, which is paranormal fantasy/mystery.

I want to read An Exchange of Hostages by Susan R. Matthews because she was a guest of honor at FogCon.

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sarahmichigan
Apr. 5th, 2013 11:16 am (UTC)
I read "Discovery of Witches" because it was given to me as a gift, but I was really NOT a fan and wont' be reading the rest of her series. My biggest beefs: a) She changes viewpoint irregularly and without warning (mostly from whats-her-faces but sometimes from Matthew's). b) She obviously tries to work in her knowledge of food and wine into the book (she also has a wine blog) but crams it into the novel un-artfully,and c) The ending was super unsatisfying and felt very much like the set-up for the second novel.

I found certain things intriguing about her world building rules, but overall, I just felt sort of irritated with it.
firecat
Apr. 5th, 2013 06:04 pm (UTC)
That validates my decision to stop reading it, thanks! The viewpoint changes were sloppy, but I didn't mind that terribly. The endless blathering about wine really bored me though. And I hate it when books don't wrap up nicely.
sarahmichigan
Apr. 5th, 2013 11:18 am (UTC)
I think the Tess Gerritsen series (which I started reading before the TV series Rizzoli and Isles came out) does have a fair number of female victims (unfortunately, like real life) but not all of them. I generally like them though some are better than others. Two strong female characters is nice. Not great literature, but good brain candy.
firecat
Apr. 5th, 2013 06:07 pm (UTC)
Looks like the first one has all the sex-crimes-against-women tropes that I'm currently bored by, but I'll keep her in mind for when I feel less annoyed by that. :)
starcat_jewel
Apr. 5th, 2013 04:36 pm (UTC)
IMO the second Toby Daye book is by far the weakest in the series. After that, McGuire finds her stride and they just keep getting better. But Toby is uncharacteristically dumb in the second book.
firecat
Apr. 5th, 2013 06:08 pm (UTC)
Toby is uncharacteristically dumb in the second book.

Yes, that was exactly my problem.
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