It’s Monday, What Are You… 4/23

…Reading?

I’m on the fence about Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon on Saturday. It’s the same day as league finals, so I won’t be able to even attempt 24 hours. But on the other hand:

So, I feel like I could contribute to the event a little in a fun way. I don’t have a game until 2pm which means I could get maybe six hours of reading in before finals. Probably nothing after—games go until 9:30. Even though my team will probably only play two games, I’m likely to stick around and revel.

What am I reading this week? I’m mostly finishing a few things:

The Valley of Fear Hombre The Three Impostors
  • The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle – Over halfway. I love that fairly ridiculous cover.
  • Hombre by Elmore Leonard – Started on Friday; it’s going down easy.
  • The Three Impostors by Arthur Machen – Maybe a third of the way through. Machen is a bit dense at times.
  • A Corner in Sleep by E. E. Kellett – A potential favorite discovered while working on the automaton anthology.
  • “The Neanderthal in the Garden” by Guido Eekhaut – For Deal Me In.
  • “Scandle in Bohemia” by  Arthur Conan Doyle

I’m still holding out hope that Meddling Kids will become available before the end of the month. If it does before Saturday, I’ll definitely readathon.

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading, hosted by Book Date!

Advertisements

Down the TBR Hole 12

TBRHole

This is a meme started by Lia at Lost in a Story. The “rules” are:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books.
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

I’m modifying this a little since my to-read shelf is a mess of books that are mostly in storage. Instead, I’m going to look at my wishlist—all those books I add on a whim during my travels around the book blogging community—and weed out the ones that don’t quite sound as good now. The “keepers” I’m going to look for at online libraries or add to my Amazon wishlist.

Cover: Ratcatcher by James McGee Ratcatcher by James McGee

I’m still a little intrigued by a story of Regency era crime, but will I actually ever get to it? Probably not. GO.

Cover: The First Psychic by Peter Lamont The First Psychic: The Peculiar Mystery Of A Victorian Wizard by Peter Lamont

I’ve only read two books by Peter Lamont (The Rise of the Indian Rope Trick and Magic In Theory), but he’s one of my favorite writers on magical subjects. KEEP.

Cover: Extraordinary Beliefs by Peter Lamont Extraordinary Beliefs: A Historical Approach to a Psychological Problem by Peter Lamont

Same as the above. KEEP. Alas, these two books are “out of print”-ish. Extraordinary Beliefs is available in a Kindle edition for the scholarly price of $21.49.

Cover: Pantomime by Laura Lam Pantomime by Laura Lam

At a certain point I added a lot of circus novels to my pile. None have stuck around, but I’m KEEPing Pantomime. It feels like the kind of YA I enjoy every once in a while.

Cover: Fadeout by Joseph Hansen Fadeout by Joseph Hansen

There are two things that led to my adding this book in the first place: the main character is “an insurance investigator who is contentedly gay.” Emphasis is mine. An investigator who isn’t police (or a not-related-to-investigation profession)  and a gay character who isn’t tortured by it. KEEP.

Only one cut. Slow week. Anyone have any experience with any of these? Any arguments for KEEP or GO?

It’s Monday, What Are You… 4/9

…Reading?

I’m reading this book and that book and that other book over there…

Due to a research tangent I ended up reading The Castle of the Carpathians by Jules Verne last week. It was…probably not Jules’ best work. And I finished The Greatcoat by Helen Dunmore. On tap this week, after my trip to the library:

The Deep The Life and Many Deaths of Harry Houdini The Fifty Year Sword
  • The Deep by Nick Cutter – I’ve been inspired by Spring into Horror… …Inspired to leave my TBR behind!
  • The Fifty Year Sword by Mark Z. Danielewski – See above. It is, of course, printed upside-down and backwards.
  • The Life and Many Deaths of Harry Houdini by Ruth Brandon – Actually planned on reading this in April and I’m way behind on reading it now due to the above.
  • And short stories!

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading, hosted by Book Date!

…Doing?

April is off to a hot start. Highs have been in the 90s. Been reading, organizing and formatting Our Past in the Uncanny Valley, playing some ultimate frisbee. All the usual stuff. And along those lines, I’m trying to decide on a plan for the upcoming 24-hour readathon. League finals are that day, but maybe I’ll do an unofficial 24-in-48 readathon that weekend (since I missed *that* for New Year Fest). I have two hobbies which shouldn’t overlap…

What Was I Doing?

April TBR & Spring into Horror

I wasn’t sure if I was going do Michelle’s Spring into Horror Readathon because I don’t have any horror on my set TBR list! But who needs to follow set lists, right? For that moment, this is what I plan on reading for Spring into Horror:

The Greatcoat The Valley of Fear Meddling Kids

I might add other titles if I end up doing something readathon-y later in the month.

I also have two books scheduled for my other challenges:

The Life and Many Deaths of Harry Houdini Harrigan

Down the TBR Hole 11

TBRHole

This is a meme started by Lia at Lost in a Story. The “rules” are:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books.
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

I’m modifying this a little since my to-read shelf is a mess of books that are mostly in storage. Instead, I’m going to look at my wishlist—all those books I add on a whim during my travels around the book blogging community—and weed out the ones that don’t quite sound as good now. The “keepers” I’m going to look for at online libraries or add to my Amazon wishlist.

The Candle Man by Alex Scarrow The Candle Man by Alex Scarrow

I seem to remember a reader I respect recommending Alex Scarrow, though I don’t remember who it was. In any case, the combination of the Ripper murders and the sinking of the Titanic still seems compelling. KEEP (even though it seems very out of print).

 

Seduction by M.J. Rose Seduction by M.J. Rose

This is book five in a series. I’ve sworn off fiction books with historical characters. Yet… Victor Hugo and séances. KEEP.

Delia's Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer Delia’s Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer

I have an overage of historical fiction that I want to read (see above) or that I already own. GO.

The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley

“But when his friend’s beautiful older sister enlists him as the unwitting messenger in her illicit love affair, the aftershocks will be felt for years.”

Honestly, this doesn’t seem like my type of novel. GO. (But at least the cover features a whole face, if not a whole head.)

Parlor Games by Maryka Biaggio Parlor Games by Maryka Biaggio

And this is why Delia’s Shadow had to go: yet another historical, but with a female con artist. KEEP.

So, what do YOU think? Any arguments for KEEP or GO?

Mini Reviews, Vol. 12

alt text The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E. T. A. Hoffmann

E. T. A. Hoffmann wrote some weird stuff. This is his most well-known work (written in 1816), though most people are more familiar with the ballet than the original story. The ballet smooths out some of the weird, like the seven-headed rat king, to present a more family friendly fantasy. The original is a little darker and a lot bloodier. Definitely worth revisiting come Christmas time!

alt text The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum

I have a confession to make: I don’t really like the movie version of The Wizard of Oz. As a movie it’s always felt big and loud to me, even though I can appreciate that it’s quite good for 1939. So, as a kid, I never read the Oz books. Since the Tin Man is more or less and automaton, there are other clockwork men further in the series, and the first one was kinda fun, I’ll be dipping in and out of the series for a while.

alt text The Chronological Man: The Monster In The Mist by Andrew Mayne

Man, the beginning of the month was rough for me DNF-wise. I dumped a couple books off my TBR challenge list. But I settled on The Monster in the Mist. It’s was a mostly fun, steampunk-ish adventure that ran a little too long with its action scenes. The next in the series sounds way over the top, so I’m going to pass on it.

alt text Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

If I had a time machine, I would go back and tell myself to go see this at the theater. Arguably, the best thing about the original Blade Runner is its setting and this sequel, despite some apprehensions, nailed the setting. Plus, it’s the film for which Roger Deakins (my favorite cinematographer) finally won an Oscar. I really should have seen it on the big screen.  I’m not sure I buy the plot and I didn’t care for Jared Leto as the villain, but Ryan Gosling was spot-on in the role of K. (I seem to prefer Gosling in roles where his character is fairly unemotional. See also, Drive (2011).)

hosted by Roof Beam Reader

It’s Monday, What Are You… 3/19

…Reading?

The Chronological Man: The Monster In The Mist The Infamous Harry Hayward: A True Account of Murder and Mesmerism in Gilded Age Minneapolis All the Crooked Saints

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading, hosted by Book Date!

…Watching?

At this very moment, Deception:

So far (about half an episode in), it’s what I expected: not terrible, not great, but enjoyable. Although, if you didn’t like the Now You See Me movies (and there were plenty of magic aficionados who didn’t), this probably isn’t for you. Also, I had forgotten that Vinnie Jones is in it.

…Doing?

Pretty ordinary week planned…except that I might have jury duty tomorrow. I have to call in tonight to see if they need my pool. I’ve never done jury duty before.

What Was I Doing?

Apparently, I don’t do much on the 19th of March…

  • 2013: Review ~ Behind the Scenes with the Mediums
  • 2010: Nattering about disc – As an addendum, it was only last summer that I actually figured out a better technique for my backhand. If I move the heel of my left foot forward when I pivot for the backhand (or step for my forehand), it keeps my right shoulder down which leads to a more controlled, more powerful throw.
  • 2009: (More about ultimate) – Apparently, I realized the value of punting on a high stall count years ago, yet did not learn the lesson…