I currently have open browser tabs to Instapaper, Calibre, and the reMarkable 2. I should probably go for a walk.
I always like Jason Kottke’s end-of-year books recommendations. His list for this year has a few that I’ve read, a few I have wanted to read, and several that weren’t (yet) on my list.
Revised my /now page over the weekend. I’ve been replacing the old notes entirely, but wonder if I should keep it as a running log, instead.
I finished my listen of Harrow the Ninth today. Its predecessor novel, Gideon the Ninth, was a sort of haunted house puzzle box body horror costume drama comedy of manners; Harrow maintains much of that, but sharply changes the narrative structure, shifting between narrators, perspectives, and points in time, in addition to stretching out to a massive, universe-wide scale. It’s disorienting and byzantine and I think it’s kind of brilliant, not only in its own right, but in the abrupt pivot in style that Tamsyn Muir pulls off in writing it.
edit: Oh! How could I have forgotten to call this out? The reading of both novels, by Moira Quirk, is absolutely wonderful.
Today I learned that Libby has this fantastic sync feature that lets you copy library cards and info to another device. I wanted to read a book that Libby can’t send to Kindle, and this worked elegantly to make it available on an iPad.
📚 The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. Often gory adventure in a mysterious fantasy world that reminded me of the Dishonored setting. CW for violent treatment of women in particular that makes me reluctant to recommend, even though I enjoyed the intricate heist-like plots.
📚Finished The Stars are Legion. It’s a wild, inventive story of warring factions of women aboard giant living spaceship-worlds, weird organic everything (including monsters and cephalopod cannons), and an intriguing plot.
📚Finished Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches by John Hodgman yesterday. A fun set of essays on being an adult and figuring out grown-up friendships. Hodgman balances these with touching, insightful passages about grief and learning to say goodbye on the early passing of his mother.
📚Finished The Changeling by Victor LaVelle. Compelling (maybe a little long) read mixing family legacy, race, social media and … monsters.