Khadaji’s Whatcha Reading Thread - October 2022 edition

Piranesi by Susanna Clark

I don’t post often in the reading threads, but this was an amazing book and I recommend it to everyone. I absolutely loved it from beginning to end. It’s not a super long book and I was gripped the entire time. It kind of took me by surprise.

Best to go in knowing nothing. I had zero clue what it was about and it was amazing.

For sure, don’t worry.

Oh, I’m so glad you liked it! I felt the same.

It was just absolutely gripping and just the right length. I was very happily with the resolution. I don’t know why, but I found it profound and touching. Loved it.

I went to the library today for printing services and decided to cast my eye on the new releases shelf. They had The Grief of Stones, the new Katherine Addison book! I promptly yoinked it, picked up my printout, and left.

And then when I got home I checked my email and found out my hold was in. :woman_facepalming:

Here’s my thread on the book, for those who haven’t seen it: Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (open spoilers)

Inhibitor Phase Alastair Reynolds

Space opera. A ragtag group of humans are hiding from an alien menace on a small planet. A lone human ship wanders into the system and turns everything upside down…

Set in the Revelation Space universe, but readable as a standalone work. Lots of action and world building, rather too much techno babble, and not enough character development.

Recommended if you really like this sort of thing.

Finished How Carrots Won the Trojan War: Curious but True Stories of Common Vegetables, by Rebecca Rupp, which I enjoyed a lot. Lots of great historical anecdotes.

Now I’m reading Dovey Coe by Frances O’Roark Dowell.

I read this several months ago (and posted about it on the Dope). Fascinating weird book.

Started today on Little Eve by Catriona Ward, a novel about cultists on an island off the coast of Scotland. I’ve read one novel by this author that I really liked, and tried another that I found unreadable, but this one seems good so far.

That’s where I found out about it! (I was trying to remember.) Thanks!

Finished Dovey Coe by Frances O’Roark Dowell. Meh.

Now I’m reading The Kew Gardens Girls by Posy Lovell, a historical novel.

I finished my audiobook of Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile (1937), read by David Suchet, who played detective Hercule Poirot for many years on TV, and does the voices of the many characters here (including Poirot), male and female, mostly convincingly. I foresaw who the murder victim on the river cruise was going to be, but not how and by whom that person would be done in. A fine whodunnit.

Next up: The Trials of Harry S. Truman: The Extraordinary Presidency of an Ordinary Man, 1945-1953 by Jeffrey Frank, which I like so far. It seems to be a more balanced portrayal than David McCullough’s more-famous bio, but Frank isn’t nearly as good a writer as McCullough.

So I gave up on ** The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires** by Grady Hendrix.

I just can’t. The misogyny, domestic abuse, racism and hinted at animal abuse just doesn’t work for me. I have the same feeling as I had for “The Shining” it was a dull plodding mess of domestic abuse and male control, horrifying if you’re living it but boring as hell to read. Life is too short to be bored to death by a vampire…

I re-read all of Robert Crais’ Elvis Coke and Joe Pike novels in order, then reread the extras. Demolition Angel was especially good; the Carol Starky story.

His new book will be out in a few days……my timing was off, but that was a bunch of books. ETA: 23 novels. All worth reading in order.

Finished. The Kew Gardens Girls by Posy Lovell. Meh.

Now I"m reading Dying Inside by Robert Silverberg, which is SF.

Finished The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Set in the summer of 1922, it is the definitive novel about the Jazz Age. Deservedly considered a classic. But sales when it came out were disappointing, and at the time of Fitzgerald’s death in 1940 it had all but disappeared. He would never have guessed how highly regarded it would become.

I have a volume of Fitzgerald’s short stories to take up, but it will have to wait. We’ll be hitting the casinos and Vegas soon, then traipsing around here with friends from Thailand. This will be a very busy month.

Next Month: The end is near!

The widespread distribution of the book during WWII in a special Armed Forces edition is credited by many historians with giving the book a second chance.

Mel C The Sporty One. Its not bad.