Other than the Star Wars one, because I read a whole bunch of Crucible reviews for a post the other day and I am just done with that horrible book, here’s all the stuff I’ve been reading! And actually enjoying!
Abaddon’s Gate by James S.A. Corey is the third book in The Expanse series. It’s not the last one – they just finished writing a fourth – but it does work as a satisfying trilogy with the first two, so go ahead and read ’em all. No, seriously, read them. Great space opera series that tilts more towards the sci-fi side of things without sacrificing actual characters.
That one I read before Origins. After Origins, two books I picked up at The Book Loft in Columbus. I have a kind of hit-or-miss trend with books generally, so that I bought two books that were a) outside my usual genre and b) actually satisfying is pretty damn amazing. Maybe I just got lucky, but MAYBE THE BOOK LOFT IS MAGIC. I have one book left out of this batch. It’s nonfiction. DON’T FAIL ME, BOOK LOFT.
I’ve actually been eying Rules of Civility by Amor Towles for a while, but I wasn’t intrigued enough to buy it in hardcover. I figured it would be a bust. But it turned out to be an oddly introspective book about an era (the late 30’s in NYC) that I haven’t actually read much about. Try it, why not.
Playing Dead by Julia Heaberlin is another odd choice for me. It takes place in modern-day Texas, it’s more or less a mystery novel (but not a MYSTERY novel) involving mistaken identity (sort of,) the Chicago mob and family. I just picked it up off the shelf, never having heard a word about it. And it turns out the author used to work at my paper, which is just the kind of random detail I didn’t expect. It kept me up until 3 a.m. last night before the words started blurring, so there’s that. Finishing it was my reward for the extra time/brain cells spent on Crucible yesterday.
Soon: Kenobi, which I will be at worst apathetic about. But hopefully not.