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Wednesday reading — worlds enough and time

What I've been reading

I read The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones. Actually, I read it the week before last, but I accidentally left it out of my last Wednesday reading post. Whoops. Anyway, I love fake history and fake historiography, so I really enjoyed it. Although everyone is right, the first part (which is arranged chronologically) is good, and the second part (which is arranged geographically) is less good. Also, I would have liked for it to have been written after the series was finished, partly because I would like to read the future historians' version of the events of the books and partly because that would mean that the series actually was finished. But then it probably wouldn't have been written at all because GRRM wouldn't be using it to procrastinate on writing said books, so.

I read A Cloisters Bestiary, which contains text mostly adapted from T. H. White's Book of Beasts, enhanced with bits that the compiler fancied from other bestiaries and illustrated with items in the Cloisters' collection. It is great, of course, since either of those things separately is great.

I read Petty Theft, which is a Québecois cartoonist's story of how while reeling from a breakup he tried to strike up a relationship with a woman on the basis of the fact that he had seen her shoplifting one of his books at a bookstore.

I read The Darkest Part of the Forest, Holly Black's new YA book. I am so there for both the main character and her brother each hooking up with hot fairy dudes. I am easy, okay.

I read Time Regained, and I just want to make a public service announcement to anyone else who might be thinking of reading Proust, which is something I endorse, incidentally: do NOT let yourself get bogged down by the claustrophobic jealous misery of The Captive & The Fugitive. At the end of The Fugitive Proust has pretty much mined that vein out and kicks into another gear entirely, to mix my metaphors. Time Regained is practically action-packed, not that you read Proust for the plot exactly but it's nice to change up what hooks those digressions are hung from.

I read The Just City, which is a book that I have been wanting to read since Jo Walton posted about The Republic and eventually decided that she was going to write a new version of one of her earliest novel ideas, about what would happen if someone tried to implement Plato's republic. I loved it and I'm so glad that the sequel is coming out in June and the third book is currently being written.

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Wow. That Jo Walton post is intriguing, and I will read the hell out of that. I have her Lifelode on my shelf, a signed copy; it's still the only prose of hers I've read, although I love her verse.

(I wanted to say here, too: thank you so much for that lovely comment on the fic I posted last week. It was unexpected; as tiny as that particular fandom is, I didn't expect much response at all. I added a cap-off to it yesterday for good measure, i.e. another 5k, and still find my mind circling in you-never-thought-to-poke-this-before,-self? disbelief. Consider it bonus material for the faithful ;)
Ah, would it be less unexpected if I revealed that I am pinchofnutmeg on tumblr? :D I waited too long to jump on the tumblr bandwagon for 'mayhap' to be available, and then my tumblr took on a personality of its own because it's so convenient for curating art and other interesting pictures.

I adore Lifelode, especially the worldbuilding. I was not quick enough to acquire a copy of the first edition, although I see that there is now a second edition which looks like a good answer to my brother's question about what he should get me for my birthday.
" do NOT let yourself get bogged down by the claustrophobic jealous misery of The Captive & The Fugitive." oo, thanks for the heads-up!
I also recommend the newish revised version of the Modern Library Classics, both for the translation and because the physical books are nicely printed. They even come in a handy box set (although after having it out for so long I had a hard time wedging Time Regained back into the box).