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 #amreading 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 #HeadOn, 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 #LesMiserables 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
When the Dementors search the Hogwarts Express, Prof. Lupin derisively says none of them in the compartment are hiding Sirius Black in their robes.
But Ron has Scabbers in his robes, not knowing his "pet rat" is the actual murderer who committed the crime Black was wrongly imprisoned for!
If they were looking for the fugitive mass murderer, they were in the right place after all.
River of Teeth, ch5 Show more
Ok, this isn't the kind of thing I usually read (but when it comes to killer hippo westerns, that probably goes w/o saying), but it's oddly compelling.
I do wonder just how many niches hippos fill in this world: cattle AND horses AND Bond-villain alligators? What else?
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 #amreading Space Opera by Catherynne Valente. It's an absurd #scifi 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) #books
"... 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 #LesMiserables 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 #Quicksilver: 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*.
Les Mis/sewers Show more
Today was some light lunchtime reading about the history of the Paris sewers. 😱
They're particularly awful until a dangerous multi-year exploration starts in 1806. Slightly improved by 1832, much better by 1862.
And I kid you not, Hugo insists that Paris has the best *sewage*. While complaining about how we flush all that fertilizer out to sea, he actually describes "Parisian guano" as "the richest of all."
Les Mis/barricade Show more
I finished the June Rebellion chapters of #LesMiserables early afternoon on June 6, the same time that the barricade fell in the book. That was kind of weird.
Lots of commentary and philosophy on revolution & urban/civil warfare, presented as supporting for the story, but I realize now it's the other way around.
#LesMis & unexplained decisions Show more
One thing about #LesMiserables that always seemed odd: at times we see the start of someone's inner turmoil in great detail, but the POV pulls away before we can see how they actually *make* the decision.
Ex: When Valjean heads to the barricade to...save Marius? Make sure he dies? Who knows?
This time through, I understand: he hasn't decided, but he can't let fate take the responsibility away from him.
More at my blog: https://www.hyperborea.org/les-mis/book/hidden-decision/
Kiddo has asked to pick up #HarryPotter again for storytime. #ChamberOfSecrets 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
Read some #comics today:
#Saga #52: The more innocuous the cover, the more apprehensive I am about the story. Interesting character bits, quick reversals and a nasty cliffhanger.
#TheFlash #47: Everything and the kitchen sink that's missing from the current book, but playing out oddly disconnected.
Flash & Speed Buggy: Over the top.