First off: CritRole episode 57: WHAT THE FAAAAAAAAAA--( Read more... )
Okay, so I was going to talk about other things I read.Lagoon:
This was a weird one for me. It's fascinating, but I felt kind of at sea most of the novel, not really feeling what was going on with the plot. It was incredibly atmospheric and rich and interesting and I recommend it, but it was also meandering.1491:
History of Americas before Columbus. Very good, very interesting, very brisk read. A lot more focused on South America than I would have thought (which is a little annoying because I'm mostly interested in civs around where I grew up,) but still really informative and cool.The Conclave of Shadows trilogy:
Okay, my dad has been trying to get me to read this one for a few years, and he was pretty into it. I was... not. I mean, it was kind of cute and fun, and I enjoyed reading it. Tal was kinda neat. But the third book, which had the most interesting initial premise, also was kind of the most of a letdown. And the way the books treated women felt seriously retrograde. On one hand, friendly wenches. On another hand, Evil Schemers. On a third hand, Noble and mostly not saying much. Also, it really felt like he only had one protagonist, and he wasn't nearly as interesting as Zelazny's protagonist.
Like, look, it's charming, it's fine, it's fun, but high fantasy's gotta give me something more if I'm going to get invested in more trilogies and more serieses and tons of backstory and different planes and gods and *skkzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz*Revisioning History:
Collection of essays on historical films, and History on Film/Film on History:
a book on the same subject by the editor of the first. The argument the author is making is that a movie about a historical subject is a legitimate method of portraying historical information which is subject to a set of biases that are real and that we should be cognizant of, but which are no more delegitimizing than the biases and exceptions/faults of book history. I'm not sure how much I buy the argument, but it certainly gave me a list of movies to check out!
I'm in the middle of Matt Ruff's Lovecraft County
(I'm about a tenth of the way in), and it's cool so far but it also really feels like it's written for a white audience, rather than something written by and for a black audience. (This is notable because all the main characters are black and it's set in the 50s--the uncle of the main character writes and produces the Green Book.) I couldn't say how it reads to a black audience, and it's not bad or anything, it's just a little bit more explain-y and obvious about the race stuff than it necessarily needs to be. I'm looking forward to getting further into it.
Ahhhhh, of course, now I'm back at work and TAing and grading and one of my students is being obnoxious, and I'm not going to be able to read anything that isn't chemistry for the next four years.
I'm also in the middle of a book on the election of 1800, it's pretty fun. Mostly it's so far about the politics of the 1790s as backdrop, and by now I'm pretty familiar, but it's always nice to get a refresher.