Dave McKean

Wednesday reading — through the wardrobe

What I've been reading

I read Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan Maguire's novella about a boarding school for kids who have returned from portal fantasies, because I liked the idea so much that even though most of the non-spoilery reactions I'd seen were pretty neutral on the execution, I thought it couldn't be all that bad, and anyway, it was short. I definitely did not expect to hate it as much as I did.Collapse )

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Mai Yamani

Wednesday reading — essays on Bujold

What I've been reading

I read Lois McMaster Bujold: Essays on a Modern Master of Science Fiction and Fantasy. I felt like a lot of the essays tended towards bland summaries with the occasional dash of critical namechecking without ever actually saying much. There is some good stuff in the essays on disability, and I liked the essay about the use of alternate history in the Five Gods books. The essay on the Sharing Knife books maybe does the most to really dig into them and see what makes them tick, maybe because they are relatively unpopular.

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hairbrush

Wednesday reading — explorations

What I've been reading

I read Girls Standing on Lawns, which is a sort of multimedia collection containing vintage snapshots from MoMA's collection, paintings inspired by said photographs, and bits of text by Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket). I'm not sure how much the latter two elements really add to the original photographs, but I like the idea of the collaboration anyway. I scanned a bunch of old family photographs of a similar vintage and girls standing on lawns were everywhere.

I read Bertram Cope's Year, which caught my eye when lysimache read it. It's so odd to think that it was actually published in 1919—self-published and to a pretty cool reception, from the sound of it, but still. Without being explicit as such it's very frank about its gay characters, especially their various foibles. I could personally have done with a little less of the A-plot of single girls hopelessly throwing themselves at the hapless Bertram Cope and a lot more of the tensions among the various male characters, but so it goes.

I read The Worst Night Ever, the sequel to Dave Barry's middle grade book The Worst Class Trip Ever. Owing to not being set during a class trip, it returns to Miami, which is where Dave Barry's work comes closest to approaching realism, and it made me laugh muliple times.

I read Sex with Shakespeare: Here's Much to Do with Pain, but More with Love. You might recall that Jillian Keenan wrote that Modern Love column about her spanking fetish; this is the much longer version of that story, with a lot more imagined conversations with Shakespeare characters. I related pretty hard.

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Junie B.

Wednesday reading — amphibians and dragons

What I've been reading

I read The Frogs and Toads All Sang, a collection of silly poems written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel for private distribution among his friends, which were rediscovered and published a few years back with the illustrations remastered by his daughter, Adrienne. They are super charming and fun.

What I'm reading now

The new Temeraire book, except slowly because I don't really want it to end.

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shoulder reading

Wednesday reading — family problems

What I've been reading

I read Birds, Beasts and Relatives and Fauna and Family, the second and third volumes of Gerald Durrell's memoirs about his childhood on Corfu, which I had to request as interlibrary loans. As the introduction to the second book promises, he left a lot of the best stories out of the first book; both of these books lean more towards funny stories about his family and funny stories about his various animals with a little less rhapsodizing about nature, which is about where my sweet spot is.

I read My Sister Rosa, which is the followup to Liar that I've been wanting Justine Larbalestier to write which she has failed to provide for me until now. I mean, it doesn't do anything like that particular narrative thing that Liar does, but it's another ridiculously gripping, ridiculously creepy book, this time about a boy trying to keep the world safe from his little sister, who he clearly sees is a sociopath (which is also set in contemporary New York, so it's not like they have nothing in common). Loved it, couldn't put it down, definitely would recommend.

I reread "There are Rocks in My Socks!" Said the Ox to the Fox to make sure that I still thought it was readaloud-worthy before I inflicted it on a friend as a baby shower gift. I remember we acquired a copy somewhere when I was long past the age of being read to but I used to read it repeatedly to my little brother, in spite of the fact that it was pretty beat up and a previous owner had scribbled in pen throughout. It's too bad it's not in print.

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shoulder reading

Wednesday reading — still lifes

What I've been reading

I read Matters of Taste: Food and Drink in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Life and Art. I've always loved 17th c. Dutch still lifes with food, which comprise the majority of the selection of paintings. There are also period recipes that you can try yourself to go with it, but they are in a separate companion pamphlet.

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#nerdworldproblems

The Royals play the White Sox, who are currently sitting two games ahead of them in the central division, at the same time as the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee tonight. I'm going to have to try to watch them both at once.

Edit: well, the game is officially postponed, so this is one problem that I don't have anymore. At least I didn't get hit by a tornado.

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