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The thickness of the pages before and after your current place in a printed book is more intuitively grasped than an exact percentage or a progress bar on an ebook screen.

But I do like full text search!

I an actual *paper* book at lunch for the first time this calendar year. (Les Mis took about 6 months & then I read a couple of shorter ebooks). Scalzi's , which is proving to be just as good as the first book. An interesting mystery, fun characters, and a full exploration of the societal impact of both large scale lock-in and the technology used to deal with it.

While I finished reading last month, I'm still listening to a podcast about the book. The podcaster is a French professor who uses the book in her class, and each week she discusses a few chapters of the book. She's a little way into Part Three at this point, up to the introduction of the ABC society.

Its been fascinating to listen to, and I'd recommend it to anyone else who's a fan of the book or is interested in reading it and wants more context.

What apps do you use for DRM-free audio books on Android? I don't need a full audible subscription for files I already have, but music apps don't quite fit & the basic built-in mp3 player isn't going to cut it.

Sneaky foreshadowing in Prisoner of Azkaban Show more

River of Teeth, ch5 Show more

Also for contrast: I finished Space Opera in a week, rather than 6 months!

Fun, though it's got some dark moments. Less "everything is awful" and more "everything is messy" and you can find the sublime in chaos.

For max contrast to Les Miserables, I Space Opera by Catherynne Valente. It's an absurd tale of first contact/alien invasion in which a washed-up glam rocker is drafted to save the world by competing in the galactic equivalent of Eurovision. Absurdity, social satire, lots of music references, & a fast read that still feels like a wall of words at times. In the same vein as Hitchhiker's Guide & Year Zero (though in this case humans are the *worst* musicians in the galaxy)

"... and everything's horrible and there's nothing we can do."
"Hold on," she said. She stepped off the path to pick up a discarded water bottle.
"What are you doing?" he asked.
"There's a recycling bin a bit further up."
"Oh. Anyway, we're so powerless-"
"Let's do what we can."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

I've been posting more on birdsite than here, and collecting my thoughts on my blog. For the previous read-through I ended up doing way too much plot summary, but this time I managed to keep focused on reactions and (some) analysis

Recent posts include Javert's breakdown and the way Valjean's ending tracks with a descent into depression.

No one accused it of being a happy book.

I finished today.

6 months' worth of lunch hours as I found, time and again, that a 150-year old book set 200 years ago on another continent continues to be relevant in ways I wish it wasn’t.

I wish everyone had the time and patience to read it. I think a lot of people would gain valuable perspective from it. Or maybe not. There are people who read & watch superheroes & take the use of power as the lesson, not the efforts to help the powerless.

Speaking of Marvel stuff, I recently read 2 issues of the current : No Surrender and the first issue of his 1990s series.

I'm really enjoying "No Surrender." Good art, interesting character study, interesting superhero action, interesting concept...

The 90s series, not so much. It's too wrapped up in other Marvel stuff (Wundagore, the High Evolutionary, etc) that I'm not familiar with and it doesn't feel *focused*.

Also ended up trying to sort the major characters from (having watched it & then moved onto reading Harry Potter right afterward).
Yellowjacket's obviously Slytherin
Hank: Gryffindor
Hope: Ravenclaw
Scott: Hufflepuff

Almost finished reading & the Chamber of Secrets as storytime for the kid. I'd forgotten how early the wizard racism analog was established for Slytherin & Voldemort. And how nasty it gets, and how quickly.

Les Mis/sewers Show more

Les Mis/barricade Show more

I was hoping to have finished reading the barricade section of in time for , but the last few days have been packed & I don't think I'll have much time to read at lunch today.

There's not much plot from where I left off to the last stand, but it's dense.

#LesMis & unexplained decisions Show more

Kiddo has asked to pick up again for storytime. is my least favorite of the series, but it's interesting seeing things set up for what we know now. We're up to the polyjuice potion - it's been kind of fun doing alternate voices for everyone.

Also: Someone clearly did renovations on the Chamber entrance prior to Tom Riddle opening it, but during the 20th century. Who?

Thoughts on Saga, Flash & Speed Buggy Show more