Wednesday Reading Meme

What I Just Finished Reading

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson, AKA The Bloggess. I think B&N had a special a while back that had the book for free or cheap and I picked it up. There’s some really funny stuff in there, including the infamous post about Beyonce. If you can’t stand her blogging style, you’re not going to enjoy this book. It’s understandably similar. But it makes a great book to have in your ereader if you need a quick giggle while eating lunch at work. Only downside of the ebook version was that the photos showed up very small (and black and white since I’ve got an old Sony ereader) and sadly a lot of the detail was lost.

What I’m Reading Now

Deep Wizardry, New Millennium Edition by Diane Duane. The author has decided to take the books, written over the last 2 decades, and update them to fix the wildly disparate technology described in them matches the same error. So no longer do the characters go from having Apple IIEs in the early books to iPods and cellphones in later books. It was something that never really bothered me, but I also grew up during that era and know what all of those things were. Someone young starting the series now would probably be rather confused. I do think she went a bit far and made the tech a bit too now specific (like brand names) and may end up still having the dated problem sooner rather than later. Much like the Myspace reference in Iron Man.

That said, this book is a runaway favorite of mine. I didn’t even read this series until my 20’s and it’s definitely in my top five. This book in particular is my favorite in the series, and not just because it has fish in it. The particular way it deals with sacrifice really hits all of my narrative buttons. Reading it in this updated version makes me pay closer attention to the text again and I’m enjoying it that much more.

What I’m Reading Next

Man, I have no idea. These days I’m not doing a lot of book reading because I stopped commuting via Metro. What reading I do tends to happen if I go to lunch by myself. So it’s going to take a while to finish Deep Wizardy. I have a copy of The Seduction Hypothesis by Delphine Dryden that I picked up because of the fantastic review from Dear Author. Perhaps that will be next, although erotica reading depends on the setting. I may end up reading the next Young Wizard book instead.

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