Khadaji’s Whatcha Reading Thread - September 2022 edition

I was probably one of those folks, and, yes, I thought it was an excellent read!

Well, thank you for the recommendation! I will try it despite the blurb from King. :slightly_smiling_face:

Finished Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything, by Philip Ball, which was okay.

Now I’m reading The Downstairs Girl, a YA historical mystery by Stacey Lee.

I finished This Doesn’t Happen in the Movies by Renee Pawlish last night. It was light potato chip kind of mystery, no murder but there were a couple instances of assault.

Finished The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee, which was okay.

Now I’m reading The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, by Elisabeth Tova Bailey.

I’ve kinda bogged down on Kaiju Preservation Society… Wil Wheaton’s over the top, over enthusiastic narration has gotten on my nerves. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for an inexpensive used copy.

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void Mary Roach

A light-hearted take on the science of sustaining human life during space flight, with a lot of focus on the more prurient challenges - motion sickness, bodily functions, sex…

I enjoyed it as much for the snarky humor as for the science.

I agree that Henry James’s The Beast in the Jungle really is that bad - I forget which critic said that reading James is like eating a pillow - but I enjoyed Towles’s A Gentleman in Moscow.

There are certainly no gun battles or car chases in it, but as a character study of an interesting (to me, at least) person, and as an exploration of a particular community (a luxury hotel) and its members over the span of decades of Soviet history, I found it very engaging.

Finished The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, by Elisabeth Tova Bailey, which was quite interesting.

Now I’m reading The Listeners, by James E. Gunn.

I finished a new edition of The Wall by Marlen Haushofer, which was first published in German in 1963.
A woman finds herself alone in the world (apart from a dog, a cat & a cow!), imprisoned in an Alpine valley behind an invisible wall. Everybody else appears to have died.
Not a lot happened and, tbh, I preferred the film of it that came out a few years ago.

And now I’ve just started Paul McAuley’s latest book, Beyond the Burn Line. SF set on Earth in the far future where the Anthropocene is merely a minor geological band in the rocks… Not very far in, but enjoyable so far.

Finished The Listeners, by James E. Gunn, which I enjoyed.

Now I’m reading Population: 485–Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time, by Michael Perry.

Finished Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King. A totally unbelievable premise with totally believable characters.

Next up: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn.

I finished The Plot. It was a decent read, but unfortunately I guessed the twist! I was discussing the book with my librarian and she said I was “too genre-savvy”. So I’ve got that going for me, which is nice. :slight_smile: The very end was a bit surprising.

Now I’m reading Gallows Hill by Darcy Coates, which is a really over-the-top horror story. It seems at this point that all hope is lost for our heroine. Oh, you want to keep the lights on? Well, you can’t, because [reason]. You want someone else to stay with you? Well, you can’t, because [reason]. You want to leave? Well, you can’t, because [reason]. You want to at least talk about what’s happening? Well, you can’t, because [reason]. FFS. Is she allowed to kill herself?

I started Patrick O’Brian’s last complete Napoleonic naval adventure novel, Blue at the Mizzen, over the weekend, and have already raced through more than half of it. Capt. John “Lucky Jack” Aubrey is off to South America aboard his beloved frigate Surprise for an oceanographic expedition which is actually, and more importantly, a cover for his friend and ship’s surgeon - and Royal Navy spy - Dr. Stephen Maturin to help Chilean rebels against their oppressive Spanish overlords. It’s very good, although my enjoyment is tinged with regret in knowing that after this there is only O’Brian’s incomplete final novel, titled in some editions 21, remaining in the series.

Finished Gallows Hill. This is not a ghost story, it’s a zombie story. Also, the main character is an idiot. And once again, I figured out part of the mystery as soon as it was introduced. It wasn’t a major plot point, but apparently it kept folks in the novel guessing for over two hundred years. I don’t know what to think about this author. She writes well, and writes the kind of stuff I like, but manages to miss the mark somehow. I’ll no doubt give her another chance when I’ve forgotten this one more.

Finished Population: 485–Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time, by Michael Perry, which is excellent. It’s one of the best nonfiction books I’ve read this year.

Now I’m reading Prince of Annwn, by Evangeline Walton.

Jealous! That’s the only one I lack in that series!

I finished Glitterland by Alexis Hall a couple days ago. It was… good, but didn’t keep me glued to my kindle, reading way to late into the night, like Boyfriend Material did.

Finished Amanda Harper Paranormal Detective by Steve Higgs on my lunchbreak today. It’s the third book in the Blue Moon Detective Series, the running joke of the series is that none of the mysteries are paranormal, but the people who engaged Blue Moon Agency think they are. It’s light fast reading, perfect for a lunch break at Zhang’s.

Finished Prince of Annwn, by Evangeline Walton, which was very good.

Now I’m reading The Immense Journey, by Loren Eiseley.

Next month: Well that’s a wrap on September