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Reading Thursday

It can be Reading Thursday if I want it to.

What did you finish reading?
I just reread the first volume of East of West. A non-spoilery summary: In a wildly divergent near-future, three horseman of the apocalypse want to start the apocalypse; the fourth horseman, Death, has abandoned ship for reasons of his own, and they can't start without him; their allies are seven rulers of various parts of the Americas, including one Xiaolian, once the warlord daughter of the house of Mao. It's a large cast that takes some time to get to know, but there are a lot of colorful characters in it. Meanwhile the art is gorgeous; limited, dramatic palettes, and Dragotta can draw both faces and startling architecture with ease.

When I first bought and read it a year ago, I didn't care for it much, but as I did buy it and therefore had it sitting around, I thought I'd try it again, and I like it much better now. I think this is partly due to having read a lot of bad comics since then and therefore refining my sensibilities about what good ones look like, and also because I have plenty of comics now featuring people I like and am sympathetic to, and so I'm a little more open to books with less sympathetic characters.

I have now ordered the second volume from the library.

What are you reading now?
A bunch of things, including stuff previously mentioned, but I also just started Kristin Lavransdatter, a trilogy which promises to be "a great story of a woman's passion, sin, and nobility - set against the color, the earthiness, and the violence of Medieval Norway." Yes. As written by a Norwegian in the 1920s. I really have no idea what to expect here, but the books were $.69 a piece at the thrift store, and hey, I like Norway and female characters and sagas. Although, the back cover says the trilogy won a Nobel prize, so perhaps I should have heard of it before.

Nothing to say about it yet; I'm only 11 pages in.

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thursdaysisters
Sep. 5th, 2014 01:43 am (UTC)
I'm rereading Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy, excellent stuff if you're into modern Lovecraft :-D
snickfic
Sep. 5th, 2014 03:15 am (UTC)
Neat! I've read only a very little Vandermeer, although I think I did read part of an anthology he co-edited.
geckoholic
Sep. 5th, 2014 12:36 pm (UTC)
Ohh, I've been eying East of West for a while, maybe I'll reconsider and give it a go.
snickfic
Sep. 5th, 2014 04:49 pm (UTC)
Well, libraries are always a good choice if they're available to you! But yes, if you do read, I'll be interested to hear your thoughts.
geckoholic
Sep. 5th, 2014 05:54 pm (UTC)
Sadly libraries aren't an option for me, since I'm living in a small-ish town and the chance of getting non-translated comics over here approaches zero so it's buying or, errrr, acquiring by other means for me. XD
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