Reading Wednesday 5 October 2016

What I just finished reading

Authorpreneurship by Hazel Edwards (library book) – Read for uni. Nothing new to me, very little about treating your writing as a business, and read more like barely expanded notes than a decent non-fiction reference. Also, a lot of repetition of Edwards’ thoughts on speaking engagements.

The Perfumer’s Secret by Fiona McIntosh – It’s very rare I read a book of mainstream fiction and think ‘this would be better with more incest’. I wanted this book to be something different than it was and only finished it out of a feeling of obligation. It did make me think about what kind of infodumping I will accept in different genres and how much it annoys me when authors create suspense by having characters withhold information from each other for no valid reason.

Leviathan Wakes by James S A Corey – At the beginning I was really enjoying this (and I’m not sure how much of that was because I was reading the above books at the same time and it was improved by comparison), then in the middle it draaaagged, and then the end redeemed the book. I may or may not get the next book. Miller falling in love with the idea of a woman he’d never met was a bit of a tired, sexist cliché, even if it ended up being plot-relevant. After a while, Holden seemed frustratingly naive. Nonetheless, I like the idea of space opera that bridges the time period between people beginning to leave Earth and far out space adventures (which is probably why I’ve watched Gundam Wing so many times). I also like ridiculous space politics, looks into everyday life on space stations and really imaginative fantasy monsters. And the end was really cool.

The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan (library book) – I wasn’t enjoying what I’d read of Milan’s regencies all that much because I’m not into regencies, but I read the previous two in this series so I figured I’d give this one a go. IT WAS AWESOME. Violet and Sebastian were delightful. Obviously, this is a bit of a fantasy version of the regency (but aren’t all regency romances a bit fantastical?), but Violet is like the awesome fantasy regency version of many nerdy women I know. Some strange pacing at the start, that didn’t dampen my enthusiasm. I enjoyed this very much.

What I’m reading now

More writing guides for uni and the current issue of Elle Australia at work. And the partially read pile of books next to my bed is embarrassingly large.

What I’m reading next

I’ve been planning to get on to reading Cam Girl so I could talk to a friend about it for ages, so I should probably get on that.

Short reviews

Not That Easy by Radhika Sanghani – (Netgalley ebook review copy) Did Not Finish. I liked the idea of a story about an intern who decides to try out casual hook ups facilitated by dating apps and gets roped into writing a column about it, but the actual attempts at hooking up veered into grotesque and a little gross, rather than funny.

My Name Is Meledandri (Vampire City book one) by Mariana Lewis – I’m not entirely sure what to make of this one. A vampire in a city plagued by monsters sleeps around and gets a crush on a slayer. It’s weird but funny and compulsively readable. Unfortunately it also ends on a cliff-hanger. For all I know it’s part of a serial but if so I didn’t know that when I bought it.