April 1st, 2020

books - reading dreaming: coloryourdream

What I'm Reading Wednesday

WHAT I FINISHED

1. Strangelets: After realizing I'd left the book in the garage last week, I decided to just finish this one off. In the end, what a waste of time. The whole second half was ridiculous, and the ending was too pat. I should've just given up on it.
2. A Skeleton in the Family by Leigh Perry: A cozy mystery that read quickly. It's about single mom Georgia who moves back home for an adjunct job at her professor parents' university. Part of that is reuniting with the talking skeleton, Sid, who came into their lives when she was six. Sid has no recollection of who he was as a human, and Georgia decides to help him find out. I'm not usually a fan of cozy mysteries, though I keep trying them, because I find them too cute and coy (and I'm really not a fan of puns). This one, however, was oddly charming. The characterizations are a bit simplistic, and you have to suspend a lot of disbelief to accept a talking skeleton in a normal world, but it still worked for me. I wasn't keen on the overall resolution, but I'm going to try the next one in the series and we'll see how it goes.
3. We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory: This is the novella that was written before Harrison Squared which I finished a couple weeks ago. It's about a number of monster attack survivors, including Harrison, who take part in a therapy support group. I really enjoyed it. It was surprising and creepy and human. Totally worth it. I need to find some other work by this author.

WHAT I'M READING

1. The Passage. I. AM. NEVER. GOING. TO. FINISH. THIS. DAMN. BOOK. I still have 250 pages to go, but I have to finish it now. I didn't come this far to give up.

2. Edge of Survival. I'm almost done with this one. I would've been done if I didn't distracted by the other two that surprised me this week.

3. Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul: I just picked this one up, so there's no telling how long it'll last. This is a nonfiction tale of the Everleigh Club, a notorious brothel in Chicago in the early 20th century. It sounds like fun. I have high hopes.