Listening, er, reading, no, working!

Really, I am working. It’s been slow going, but going. Total time so far: 649 hours, skeins used: 107.

Recently read: The Vanished Ones, by Donato Carrisi. I can’t say I like this as much as The Whisperer, the first Mila Vasquez book. In the first book, Mila goes through a number of major changes. In the end, I think Carrisi preferred his character the way she was prior to the changes, because that’s what happens in The Vanished Ones – it’s as if the events in The Whisperer didn’t happen at all. The second book is true to Mila’s character, but it’s jarring, having her back at square one. Also, the way the second book finishes, I have a feeling that Carrisi is going to stretch this whole thing out (the particular villain) into tissue thin absurdity. That would be a shame, because The Whisperer was an excellent and highly enjoyable read, even if you do guess some bits. The Vanished Ones was not as enjoyable, but a solidly entertaining read.

Binti, by Nnedi Okorafor.  Oh, what a fantastic story! Nothing but love for this short (just under 50 pages), the main character is wonderful, and there’s a lot of learning to go around, for all involved. And even though this is slightly spoilery, gotta say, with glee: tentacles!

Envy of Angels, by Matt Wallace. Loved this novella, about a rather special catering company, Sin du Jour. This one involves the Christian mythos and clowns (shudder). I’m looking forward to the next novella, Lustlocked, which will be out later this month. (Must remember this is 2016. 016.)

Currently reading: The Fifth Season, by N.K. Jemisin. A compelling read, all the way. I have to say that it’s absolutely brutal, and it can be a very tough read for those who have dealt sexual abuse, and abuse of any kind, as well as those who have had to deal with bigotry. That said, it’s also brilliant. As always, the world building is exquisite, and a joy to read and revel in, even when it’s brutal. The long term effects of a great social evil is explored, unflinchingly. I’m definitely looking forward to the next book.

To be read: Planetfall by Emma Newman.

Listening:  Sound of Silence, Disturbed. Powerful, passionate, fabulous. Mein Land, Rammstein. What can I say? Rammstein never disappoints. A sharp, on point song, and the cheerfulness of the first part of the video is in high contrast to the lyrics. Radioactive, Lindsey Stirling and Pentatonix. Oh, nothing but love. Love, love, love. Also, lots of Pentatonix, Kevin Olusola, Five Finger Death Punch, Steve Vai, The Piano Guys, and The Piano Guys with Alex Boye. And no one should go through life without the best ever cover of Happy Together (The Turtles). Okay, back to work.



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