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What I'm Reading
A.S. King, Glory O'Brien's History of the Future - Still, yes. I'm increasingly annoyed that the horrible future Glory sees is just an update of The Handmaid's Tale for the 2010s, and increasingly irritated at people who write first person narratives that are horribly undescriptive of everything in the book including the characters. John Green, who blurbed this book, is clearly a pernicious idiot.

Natsume Soseki, Kokoro - "Everyone loves Kokoro," my advisor told me. "Except maybe you." My expectations are low.

What I've Read
C.S. Pacat, Captive Prince and Prince's Gambit - These books are so good, and Pacat subverts so many tropes, I love them so much, you should read them, the end.

Megan Whalen Turner, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, and A Conspiracy of Kings - Someone on tumblr remarked that these books are similar to Pacat's, and I devoured three of them on my plane back from Japan, and that tumblr person was right. I'm not sure I'll be able to take it if there's never a fifth one. If you haven't read them, you should read them, but start with the first one, The Thief, and don't read the backs of any of them. They are amazing.

Fran Wilde, Updraft - All the reviews say the worldbuilding is interesting but the plot and characters are predictable and paper-thin, respectively. All the reviews are right. I don't plan to read any of Wilde's future books; I for one didn't find the worldbuilding interesting so much as frustrating. They live in bone towers! Cool! BONE TOWERS OF WHAT?? NO ONE KNOWS OR CARES. ARGH.

Marie Rutkoski, The Winner's Kiss - Yes, this is the third book in a trilogy, no, I haven't read the first two. I liked Rutkoski's Cabinet of Wonders books quite a lot, and while this story seems more ambitious I'm not sure I was sold on it. On the other hand I stayed up til 2am and read it in four hours, so.

What I'll Read Next
Hopefully something I actually enjoy.

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Date: 2016-04-07 05:21 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thistleingrey
I didn't love Kokoro, FWIW, though I respect the writing (at least as it comes across in translation).

Good to know about the Wilde--I'd been curious but haven't gotten there yet, and I do want some character fiber alongside good worldbuilding.
Edited (um) Date: 2016-04-07 05:42 (UTC)

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Date: 2016-04-07 13:48 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] okrablossom
I enjoyed the Wilde book but I had to forceably suspend disbelief on most of the worldbuilding bits, so I'm thankful to hear others had issues with that too. I appreciate knowing I'm not the only one iffy. Thanks.

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Date: 2016-04-12 11:16 (UTC)
okrablossom: (Default)
From: [personal profile] okrablossom
> We are not alone!

:)

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Date: 2016-04-12 11:20 (UTC)
okrablossom: (Default)
From: [personal profile] okrablossom
Oh, wait, I read that first review.

>> how do the bone towers sustain themselves in an agricultural sense? What about water-
>> capturing systems? Are there significant ethnic or linguistic differences between the
>> towers? How come nobody ever flies down to find the earth?

Yes. Especially that last question. These are exactly what bugged me.

Thank you so much for pointing me to this.

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Date: 2016-04-07 15:04 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lnhammer
I was DNF on Kokoro, though I could see why it has classic status. Botchan was much more my thing.

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Date: 2016-04-12 16:30 (UTC)
lnhammer: lo-fi photo of a tall, thin man - caption: "some guy" (Default)
From: [personal profile] lnhammer
Heh. I'm especially bad on the early modernists. To my surprise, however, I liked both Mishima novels I tried -- The Sound of Waves especially.

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Date: 2016-04-07 16:14 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] melannen
I may read the next Updraft book because I am a sucker for flying and also, it looked at the very end like they were laying hints that the next book will actually start explaining the bone towers and stuff. But yeah, plot was super-ya-formulaic and characterization was not great. (I read it after the nebula noms and I was like '...why this, it's interesting, but it is not standout, also why does nobody have enough siblings' and then I saw it came out of Viable Paradise and was like, oh, that explains why all the sfwa writers have read it.)

On the other hand I might just finally acquire myself all three books of Zilpha Keatley Snyder's Greensky instead.

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Date: 2016-04-07 21:14 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lizbee
There is a fifth Attolia book coming out! But it's been seriously delayed because Turner has had health problems, now thankfully resolved.

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Date: 2016-04-12 05:49 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lizbee
Her Tumblr is very active! Although she mostly just posts landscapes, and then sits back and smirks while readers try to figure out if they foreshadow a twist. I assume.

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Date: 2016-04-09 15:50 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] snickfic
There are bone towers and they don't even talk about where the bones are from? What even is the point??

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