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Avox in Arcadia

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Oh Hello It's Books Lately

Audiobook: I had Side Jobs going the whole 5-hour ride home from Endgame, but was so exhausted and sick for most of it that I have no idea what the stories were. And somehow I still have a few left to go, so I decided it's going to accompany my yoga while I'm waiting for more Welcome to Nightvale (or to discover a new podcast; anyone want to put in a rec?).

Nonfiction: When we realized we had to put off the dog acquisition I lost interest in the training book I'd been re/reading, and I don't think I've read any other nonfiction since then. Guess it's time to go back to it, since the doggo is now scheduled for late summer, after all the house guests are gone for good and we're back from our Eurotrip.

Can't remember if I mentioned I finished The Genius of Birds. Rather academic, it took me a long time to get through, but interesting.

Fiction: The Gathering Storm was pretty good and Towers of Midnight is downright excellent; Sanderson occasionally throws me out of Randland by not replicating Jordan's style of dialogue, but otherwise I have no complaints. The way it's gearing up for the Last Battle is thrilling. Loose ends from thousands of pages ago are being tied up. I can't wait for the TV series.

Reread: Finished The Subtle Knife but haven't yet picked up The Amber Spyglass.

Kindle: Moby Dick was about what I expected, Uncle Tom's Cabin was surprisingly gripping. I think I mentioned that for some classics, all I know about it comes from some weird snippet of pop culture? Well, I'm pretty sure that I've actually been to the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, but the one thing that was lodged in my brain was Spike calling Angel an Uncle Tom. All this time I've been thinking it meant something akin to "traitor" and I kept waiting for the titular Tom to sell out his fellow slaves.

Turns out Tom was a heroically righteous pacifist and the label refers to someone who accepts mistreatment meekly. I find that a little unfair, since Tom was acting on true moral conviction, not a ploy for leniency. But apparently I missed the boat on the expression altogether, so what do I know.

After that one I read Even the Wingless by MCA Hogarth, the indy author with the Peltedverse. I knew in advance (as everyone should, so take this as your warning if you needed one) that this one and its sequels are the "dragon rape" series and that it's darker and more mature than anything else she's written. Totally true and can't be emphasized enough, but she had a straightforward approach to it that I appreciated deeply. The explicit scenes aren't written to appeal to a kink, and there's no stating the obvious about how awful rape is, so it's never disrespectful and never condescending. That's honestly kind of amazing, since it's still, you know, a book about dragon rape. I'm definitely interested in continuing.

But for now I'm reading David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. I know this one from an 80s cartoon movie where the characters are cats and Aunt Betsey sings a song about how she hates boys.

Oh, and I finally read the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. It was okay. I'm glad I didn't have any of my own headcanons for the next generation.

Comics: Still nothing! I'm way behind on Saga. Thinking of getting Marvel Unlimited again, now that I've got a job.

Poetry: Close to the end of the sleepy doorstop. Not sure what comes next but it's gonna be awesome to move on.

Think that covers everything. I wish I could say I'll do a rundown on recent TV or movies next, but that's still too overwhelming.
Tags: a book i read, a movie i saw, a podcast i heard, buffyverse, harry potter, poetry, randland
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