Khadaji’s Whatcha Reading Thread - September 2022 edition

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