So after asking opinions this morning, I ended up read/skimming the 2nd W&P Epilogue - meaning I didn't purely skim it - as he introduced and idea I'd read more closely for a few paragraphs, but then as he ran off with an extended metaphor to explain the idea (often the 2nd or 3rd extended metaphor for the same idea, or sometimes retreading a metaphor he'd already used for it before), I'd skim it to get the gist. And then I read the Appendix. And now I am DONE.
So, if we include that, finished three books this week:
111. Dragon Dawn by Deborah O'Neill Cordes - Weird alien on Mars, time-travel and sentient dinosaurs. In the end not completely explained, but I think there are sequels. There were quotes from other writers at the beginning of each chapter which I have to say may have emphasized to me ways in which the writing of this book came up short. It wasn't bad writing, just not great writing. For the Dinosaur square. 2.5 stars.
112. Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See (audiobook) - This one started out as okay for me, but it went in directions I did not expect, and handled the two narratives better than I thought it might, and I ended up liking it more as it went on. I also got to learn a lot about tea. For the Set in Asia square. 4 stars.
113. War and Peace! - Hard to rate this one. I really liked parts, and then there were the overly long sloggy parts. Not that I don't find Tolstoy's musings interesting at all, it's just that he kept repeating them over and over and over in slightly different ways. I liked Anna Karenina better. But I am very glad I read it, and it was way more fun doing it with all of you! Overall, I guess 3.5 stars.
And I get to use it for the Opera square.
- El capitán Alatriste by Arturo and Carlota Pérez-Reverte - This one is growing on me. I had heard 'meh' things about this book in comparison to his others, but I needed a book for the "En garde!" square, and what could be better. The book went up in my estimation when I read that he had started the series as he was disappointed with the lack of treatment of the history of the Spanish Golden Age in the school textbook of his teenage daughter Carlota. He commissioned Carlota to gather documentation for him (hence, she is billed as co-author of the first novel) and developed the stories. The homeschooler in me can't help but love that. I am glad I am reading this in the original Spanish - he's using a lot of period-appropriate language, and I'm not sure how that would translate. Someone mentioned that in English there was some cursing that seemed jarring; that is definitely a translation problem, as it doesn't come off that way at all in Spanish. It is also helping me to know there's an educational purpose behind this book - the incorporation of 17th century poetry, a real poet as the central character's friend, lots of name-dropping of other artists of the age, all in addition to the central historical event which I heretofore knew pretty much nothing about.
- Into Thin Air (ebook) - quite enjoying it, but reading slowly as other books need to be finished by the end of October.
- Something Wicked This Way Comes (audio) - My 2nd Spooky read. I have been looking forward to listening to this in October all year, and I have to say I'm a bit disappointed in the narrator. He seems to be my only audio option other than an audio drama version, which I had been planning on listening to until I realized it was just that - a dramatized version without any actual reading of the book (1 hour vs. 8-something). As I listen to it more he's annoying me a bit less. At least he does voices okay.
- The Imitation of Christ - technically I've been 'reading' this for ages, but I suspended it until it was the last book in the Bingo row, and now that I've finished "Set in Asia", it is, so I'll try to finish this this week.
Empress of Mars is the 2nd book for my SciFi book club, and I'm planning on Agatha Christie's Seven Dials Mystery for Opal (I hope it actually has an opal in it as one blurb suggested...) if not, it'll still be my Agatha Christie square. And Die Verwandlung/The Metamorphosis for one more spooky-ish? Hm, those are all hard-copy, and all are fiction. My next audio will be either Of Mice and Men or Love Among the Chickens. Not sure about an ebook or a non-fiction...
For BigBingo, I've got 9 rows done, 8 more with one book left, 3 with 2 books left. If I finish those plus another 4 rows that have 3 books left, I'll be at 24 rows, which is half the rows, and that would be nice. Don't think I'll manage more than that!
Edited by Matryoshka, 15 October 2017 - 05:01 PM.