• What are you currently reading?Authority
by Jeff Vandermeer. This is the sequel to Annihilation
, which was interesting to read but rather baffling. Authority
takes up where the previous book left off, and makes sense of some things, while making others even weirder. I'm digging it.
I had started Broken Harbour
by Tana French, not really gotten far enough in to be sure what I think and now my car CD player has done the thing again where it swallows the CD and won't give it back. I have to take my car in for a state inspection this week and I hope they can at least get the CD out but idk if I should spend money to get the sucker fixed AGAIN (who really needs CD's?) but it will make a difference in my audiobook accessibility and habits. So I DON'T KNOW I'LL FINISH THIS ONE SOME DAY PROBABLY, DON'T TELL ME WHO DID IT. It probably is not going to end up being all about Scorcher Kennedy and Frank Mackey going on benders so I'm not in a huge hurry, though the mystery seems well-constructed.Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy
by Karen Abbott. About 4 women during the American Civil War, this is the kind of popular nonfiction where I get sort of annoyed by the way it's framed and presented, but the primary sources it's regurgitating are interesting enough (and I know I'll never read them on my own) so I'll probably keep with it for the sake of having something to play on e audiobook.All the Birds, Singing
by Evie Wyld. I picked this up because it's on the 2015 Tournament of Books List
(so are Annihilation
and The Paying Guests
, but that was just a coincidence.) I deliberately didn't have any idea what it was about when I picked it up, but it's short and the library had it -- it seems to be about a woman who is hiding from her past and working as a sheep farmer, fairly minimalist but interesting so far. • What did you recently finish reading?The Paying Guests
by Sarah Waters. This is my first Waters, and I really liked the setup with the setting (post-World War I London, a genteel spinster and her mother who have moved down in the world and have to take in lodgers, sexual tension ...) though there's a point where the story takes a turn that I was expecting but ... had hoped would happen in a more unexpected way, I guess. I don't want to say more than that. It's a well-written book and I liked the way things resolved; I'm curious to explore the rest of Waters' work now.Faithful Place
by Tana French. French's crime novels are told in first person, each by a different narrator who appeared as a supporting character in a previous book. Her narrators tend to be various degrees of unreliable, and I am fascinated by the particular ways in which Frank Mackey is unreliable. This book got to a point where I was absolutely thrilled with where it seemed to be going and -- then didn't quite go there. I still liked it a lot, but I wonder about things. • What do you think you’ll read next?
The next Vandermeer? Something else off the Tournament of Books list?