oracne - Victoria Janssen (oracne) wrote,
oracne - Victoria Janssen

Vacation Reading

My vacation reading has been lovely. That is the good part. The bad part is that I haven't been to the gym all week. I made sure to walk a bit each day, but that is not even close to the same. I am pretending I will be all refreshed to start some more intense weightlifting after this break. That might even be true.

Monday, I read Holly Black's White Cat, which was really good; not just her usual complex and interesting moral dilemmas for her characters, but some lovely skilled plotting and thematic depth as well.

Tuesday, I read Sarah Monette's Corambis, last in the Doctrine of Labyrinths series. That was bittersweet, since it was the last, and I found myself wanting just one more book with the characters, who had grown and changed so much over the series that I was still curious about where they will go in the future. Also, I had prurient interest in their future romantic entanglements.

Wednesday, I read Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold, which
I believe is meant to be the last Miles Vorkosigan book. Again, this was a bittersweet experience, even more so than Corambis, since I've been reading this series for over twenty years. (!) It tied up as it had to tie up...but I still feel like wailing. I lent the book to a friend the next day, who hadn't realized there was a new one, so that helped assuage my feelings a bit.

Thursday, I started reading a YA that I couldn't get into; I skimmed the last half or so and moved on to another in C.S. Harris' Regency mystery series, Where Serpents Sleep. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't as satisfying to me as some of the earlier books in the series. It felt less complicated, and needed a bit more relationship-stuff, I think, to make it truly grip me. Instead, a major character relationship is currently in a sort of stasis, which was frustrating and interfered, I felt, with a different relationship plot Harris began to build.

Today, Friday, I've pulled out the newest Naomi Novik, Tongues of Serpents. Yay more Temeraire!
Tags: mystery, reading, sf/f, ya

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