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Jeez, it's been awhile. My reading of actual printed books has fallen off dramatically the last few months. Partly that's due to the croweded #99 bus being not terribly conducive to reading; partly it's due to being ridiculously busy. But a couple of weeks ago I pulled out a physical book and started reading, and I immediately felt so much more relaxed than I had in ages. Worth remembering.

What are you reading?

Fire On the Mountain, Terry Bisson's alt-history novel wherein John Brown's 1859 attack on Harper's Ferry is successful. Now it's 1959 and astronauts from Nova Africa (f/k/a "the American South") are about to land on Mars, while back on Earth the journal of a man who fought with Brown and Harriet Tubman is being delivered to Harper's Ferry for the centennial of the raid.

I'm enjoying it so far. Partly that's a combination of familiarity (it's set in Appalachian Virginia), partly it's the well-done unspooling of the alt-history combined with decent prose. Interested to see where it goes from here.

What did you just finish reading?

The Incrementalists, by Steven Brust and Skyler White. First reread. I'm more fond of it this time around: on first go I was expecting some sort of world-shaking plot to go with the potentially world-shaking setup, and came away disappointed I'd not gotten it. Knowing that it's a relatively small and well-contained story makes it easier for me to enjoy the story that's there. And it's well-written (of course) and well-characterised, and just generally fun. I'm glad I kept it.

What do you think you'll read next?

The Skill of Our Hands, sequel to The Incrementalists. I'm quite looking forward to it. After that, who knows?

Date: 2017-03-02 01:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shanaqui
I have the same thing with reading; my mood tracks my reading time really closely, in my case. Cannot. Do. Without.

I need to read more Steven Brust, I really do.

Date: 2017-03-02 12:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] davidgoldfarb.livejournal.com
I had rather the same reaction to The Incrementalists the first time round. I own Skill and also plan to re-read the first one beforehand. Right now, however, I'm re-reading Too Like the Lightning in anticipation of Seven Surrenders coming out next week.

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