Finished Temper by Nicky Drayden. She's a local author, apparently. This is her second novel. It did NOT go a direction I expected at the outset, which I appreciate. In the back half, I was so enveloped in the world that I was in danger of missing my bus stop. I'm going to have to look up her previous book, which won some awards.

Next up is An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard. I picked this up off the shelf in the book store on a whim and know nothing other than what the back cover said and I've already forgotten what that was. Something about magic, I bet.

Phew! OK. That was a long thread.

The next book I read, which I just finished this evening, was Artemis by Andy Weir. This is the guy whose debut novel, The Martian, was made into the movie with Matt Daemon. Context: I really, really liked The Martian (the book. The movie was pretty OK).

It's been a while! I finished Breaking Legacies by Zoe Reed and a whole other book (stay tuned for the next thread).

I have so many thoughts on this one, y'all. So it's gonna be a bit of a toot storm. Strap in and tighten your gas masks.

It's... that's a fart joke, y'all. Because toots.

Ahem. Anyway. Here we go.

Oh! Next up is Breaking Legacies by Zoe Reed. I don't remember why I bought this one, but there's a blue dragon inside a ring of flame on the cover all made of stone, which feels like a strong hint about the contents.

Finished the most recent issue of Jacobin entitled "Childhood". It was pretty good. A faster read them most issues, I felt, but not any thinner or anything. Some of the pieces were really affirming as a parent, some horrifying and sad. I need about 9 different people in my life to read different articles in this one.

Next up is a book my dad lent me that a long time family friend lent him: Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls.

Just finished Seven Surrenders by Ada Palmer. I really liked it. It has the same in-universe CW as the previous one, but it's not as... intense as that one was.

It has all the same problems as the first one in terms of gender. I'm still not sure how I feel about how that's handled in this book. And it's hard to explain. LMK if you want to talk about that part, I guess. I might have to get into spoilers.

Just finished Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer. It is... very good, IMO. After the copyright page, the book turns in-universe. It is a book that is a book by a person in the universe described by the book. And there is an in-universe warnings section up front that acts, in part, as a CW for the book. And readers should take it seriously. The stuff on that page is in the book and some of it is very alarming or distressing.

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