In addition to the two books I mentioned in my last post, I’ve managed to read the first four installments of Meljean Brook’s The Kraken King serial. I feel like maybe my reading mojo is returning? *looks around furtively and whispers the words*
I like the serial very well, although I do not love the format. That’s just personal taste, and I can live with it. The only substantive criticism I have is a couple of typos and that the book/serial does not stand alone very well. I’ve read the first of Brook’s steampunk books but nothing more, and I feel like I’ve missed a lot of worldbuilding and relationship establishment. One can read the serial without that and enjoy it (I certainly am) but I get the feeling that I’d be enjoying the installments just a little bit more if I had the full background.
Now on my Kindle: The Game by Ken Dryden. I’ve read raves of this as The Best
Hockey Sports Book Ever, so… Except. Except I’m a little disappointed by Dryden’s piece on PK Subban and Carey Price; it kind of reinforces (I think) some ugly racial stereotypes that have been hockey blog fodder during the Montreal/Boston series after some of the fan and player behavior by Boston.
Paris is looming large on the horizon and my few words of French are terrible. “Je mange des fraises rouges” is probably not the most useful thing I could have learned in advance of my trip, no? But I’ve got some more useful phrases down (Ou est la gare? and the like) and have a pocket phrase book. I have not yet decided which paper book I shall pack for airplane reading.
Below the cut for random personal stuff unrelated to reading.