This week, I was looking at NPR’s list of Top 100 Science-Fiction & Fantasy Books, and it reminded me that I still haven’t read The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. It was on my wish list for at least two years, and I finally bought a copy last fall, only to discover that OMG it’s over 600 pages. I think I read three pages before I decided that I was not up for what was, by my standards, the equivalent of two books in one cover. So I put it aside, intending to read it at some point in the future when I had more time.

But I’ve been at loose ends with my reading material the past few weeks — I needed a break from Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamourist History novels after reading three of them in a row, but I haven’t really been satisfied with my selections since then. So I figured maybe it was time to give Rothfuss’s doorstopper novel a try.

I consulted my 2015 reading challenge progress and confirmed that I’m ahead of schedule by virtue of reading some short story collections, a novella, a few short novels and a book of poetry. If there was ever going to be a good time to tackle a monster book, this is probably it.

So I’m giving it a go. I started it mid-week and I’m 5% in. I can’t really say I understand what’s happening yet, but I’m interested and curious to know more, which is a good sign. Hopefully it’s as good as my friends have said! And if not, I’ll probably let you know. 🙂

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Lady Sif has arrived.

After months of seeing my friends post photos of their Funko Pop Marvel figures and feeling a teeny bit jealous since I totally wanted one myself, I finally did it: I got a Sif bobblehead. She’s been on my Amazon wishlist for at least six months, but I kept hesitating; even though the Funko Pop figs are adorable, it felt really frivolous to buy one for myself. But August has been kind of rough, so when I saw that she was on sale, I figured it was time.

She arrived today and is standing guard on top of my computer. Who knows, in time I might even get her a friend or two…

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I know I haven’t posted much lately (sorry)… but maybe this video will make up for it. I adore otters, and this video gives you some really close-up shots of them. (Otters are clearly very curious, at least where cameras are concerned.) Enjoy!

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I haven’t managed to do much reading this year, mainly because I’ve had a very hard time finding books (new or old) that excite and satisfy me. I re-read an old favorite (Taltos, by Steven Brust) and one of last year’s acquisitions (The Paper Magician, by Charlie Holmberg), and while they were marginally satisfying, I’ve really craved new material. But so many of the new books I’ve tried have disappointed me. Swordpoint by Ellen Kushner seemed popular with a lot of people, but I ended up turned off by it; the pace was a bit slow for my taste, plus I had difficulty liking some of the main characters, given the way they behaved. Add in an abrupt ending and I found myself wondering why everyone thought it was such an amazing book.

Speaking of abrupt endings, you should avoid The Falconer by Elizabeth May like the plague. I thought I would love that book, but it concluded with no resolution whatsoever, as if you would turn the next page and continue the climatic scene… only there was no next page, no continuation, no real ending at all. I’ve never wanted to throw a book against a wall before, but this one left me that frustrated and annoyed. I will not buy the next volume, or anything else by Ms. May, ever.

But there is some light at the end of the tunnel. I recently won two new books in separate contests, and I feel like I’ve finally found some books worth my time. I just finished reading The Mad Apprentice by Django Wexler, and despite not being in the target age group, I enjoyed it thoroughly. (Check out my Goodreads review if you want more details.) I’m now partway through Loose Changeling by A.G. Stewart, and I’m finding it fun and compelling; I’d gotten burned out on urban fantasy, but I’m pleased to find that this one doesn’t fall prey to the tropes that drove me away from the genre.

So that’s the state of my bookshelves at the moment! Please use the comment section to let me know what you’re reading these days. Whatever it is, I hope it’s something you enjoy.

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