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What have you finished reading recently?

Ms Marvel, Vols 1 & 2: I thought I'd read these previously, but I think it was actually only Vol 1. I enjoyed them, but I liked them most when Kamala was interacting with her friends and family, and tended to get a little bored (and also confused) during the action scenes. This has been the case in most of my other (very, very limited) experiences reading superhero comics. But I own Vols 3 and 4, and I've heard Vol 5 is excellent, so I'll keep on at least through that.

The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo by Zen Cho: a romance novella (novelette? I'm not sure how long it was) set in 1920's London. Everything Zen Cho writes pulls me in immediately, and I become invested in her characters within a few pages. I loved this just as I loved The Terracotta Bride and Sorcerer to the Crown -- my only complaint being that I wanted more time, especially more time with Jade and Ravi.

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor: Many probably know this book since it won a Hugo last year, but briefly: it's a novella about a young Himba woman who is the first of her people to attend an elite university on another planet (where only 5% of the students/faculty etc are human). Things go horribly wrong on the voyage to the university. Binti, the main character, provided a strong and compelling narrative voice, and I really liked that mathematics and technology was deeply rooted in her people's knowledge and traditions. The resolution was interesting in how it handled negotiations between peoples with different power and ideologies. I do wish it had been longer, that there had been more time to spend with the characters and to let relationships develop. And I was very distracted by all the description of ideas and technologies with no real explanation of them, but that is more of a personal quirk. (See also below, but x10.)

What are you currently reading?

Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee: I'm only in the second chapter. The first chapter was horribly violent and contained A LOT of references to concepts, technologies, and institutions that were not explained. It was an extended battle scene, and wanting to see how things turned out kept my interest, even though the lack of explanation meant I couldn't actually imagine the scene. If this book hadn't been praised all over Booktube and on Fangirl Happy Hour I might not keep going with it. But it has been praised all over, so I'll keep reading.

I'm still listening to Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English by John McWhorter. Illness and other things have kept me from walking to work, so I'm going slower now than I was.

on 4/2/17 08:48 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] jetpack_monkey
I've also found the action sequences in Ms. Marvel to be the least interesting thing about the series, enough that I really haven't kept up with it.

on 4/2/17 09:36 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] lightbird
Yes, Zen Cho is 100% amazing.

on 4/2/17 09:44 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] isis
I'll give you the same advice I gave others: read the (very) prequel The Battle of Candle Arc (written after, but takes place long before) which I think is a clearer and more self-contained introduction to this universe than the novel. It does a great job of showing both the character of Shuos Jedao (who you probably haven't met yet! The first chapter is really...not representative of the book) and the way magitech/doctrine/heresy works in this series.

on 6/2/17 02:57 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] isis

Hooray, glad it helped.

on 4/2/17 10:09 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] falena
Lots of interesting books. Adding them to my to-read list.

on 5/2/17 02:56 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] dolorosa_12
I am so happy you liked The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo. As far as I'm concerned, Zen Cho can do no wrong in terms of writing, and I loved that novella a huge amount.

on 5/2/17 09:12 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] tinny
I loved Ninefox Gambit.

Parts of the technology are explained - but not too much, there is still a lot unclear (but how do you explain a universe in which a people's belief in a calendar influences physics?). It is very gory indeed, and that doesn't change throughout the book - that's the only aspect of it I didn't care too much for, either.

I hadn't heard about Binti or the Cho book, those go onto my list.

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