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Wednesday Reading

I have a new Kindle Paperwhite, which I seem to have mostly figured out. Except why it comes on so fast when I was sure I had turned it off, and how this might affect the battery (I realized the manufacturer's estimate of battery life is based on reading - get this - 30 minutes a day. Bwahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!).

I've been catching up on electronic galleys, and got a couple of previews turned in. Another galley turned out to be extremely pedestrian, all tell no show, so I declined to write about it (previews are supposed to focus on a thing the book does well).

Over the last week, I finished At Your Pleasure by Meredith Duran, which is not my favorite of her works. I enjoyed it, and I respect what she did with it, but I never connected really strongly with the characters. I suspect others might like it a lot more than I did. Maybe it was the Jacobite-era setting, maybe it was the "we were once in love, but now must be enemies," plot, but it had a very Old School Romance feel to me. I'm not sure if that was intentional genre meta commentary or not.

I also read Hot Pursuit by Suzanne Brockmann, the second-to-last Troubleshooters novel, which makes it number 15. I enjoyed the book, but I think for a new reader, it would have suffered because it had too many characters. Having a lot of familiar characters appear was fun for me, who read the series from the beginning and is interested in what happened to everyone, but I admit the book might have felt tighter, with more tension, if it had been more focused on less material. I am not sure if I am truly interested in the final book of the series or not. I think, given a break, I will be; plus there's the whole completist thing, given that I've been reading this author since she wrote category romance.

I'm about to get back to Untamed by Anna Cowan - I hope eventually to do a blog post about it, but am not sure how soon that will happen. Or if I can get myself organized to do it.

I'm partway through a comics collection, New Avengers Vol. 11: Search for the Sorcerer Supreme, and am still reading About Time 3: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who (Seasons 7 to 11), very slowly (I just reached season 9).

I'm not sure what's up next for me. I was having an urge to read mystery/suspense, which I satisfied with the Brockmann; I also want to read some specfic, but I am not sure which of the TBR books I will choose. The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi? The Maker's Mask (Books One Of Requite) by Ankaret Wells? The Neon Court by Kate Griffin, third in the Matthew Swift series? Griffin is already writing a new series, and I'm only halfway through this one. Any votes on what I should read next?


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Jun. 12th, 2013 01:59 pm (UTC)
Haven't read The Maker's Mask so can't judge. The problem with The Neon Court is that by the time you get to it, you realize that Griffin's writing the same novel over and over. I was in raptures over the first one (so much so that I think my editor actually cut out some of the raptures), liked the second one, but was kind of irritated by the third one. The new series takes place in the same universe, I understand, just with different characters. But, you know, you might be okay with that.

The Quantum Thief is a lot more cerebral, but is worth it, if you're in that kind of mood. The sequel (http://lareviewofbooks.org/article.php?id=1206&fulltext=1#comments) is a bit weaker, but I'm willing to see what he does in book 3.
Jun. 12th, 2013 02:31 pm (UTC)
You're the second person who's told me Neon Court is pretty weak - other person said book 4 improved some, though. I don't notice the sameness as much if I have a long gap between each one! Have you tried her new series yet?

I've been meaning to read QUANTUM THIEF since it came out - Gardner had recced one of his short stories to me a while back, so I am expecting great things! Maybe that will be next.
Jun. 12th, 2013 02:38 pm (UTC)
I have not read the new series. As far as I can tell, book 4 seems a lot like the other 3. Matthew is a decent person covered by layers of jerk, and he inefficiently uses his magic to draw the wrong conclusions, but eventually solves the problem, incidentally getting severely injured along the way.
And lately I don't seem to have the time to read anything that someone isn't paying me to read. I have my own long list of stuff I've been meaning to get to, but haven't had the chance.
Jun. 12th, 2013 02:53 pm (UTC)
TBR of Doooooom. I know that feeling....
Jun. 12th, 2013 02:27 pm (UTC)
They all base their specs on 30 minutes a day. Ha. And ha.

FWIW, the biggest power drain on my Kobo Glo equivalent is switching books. If I read straight through one file at a time, it lasts a lot longer (long enough I've never managed to fully test how long) than when I jump about, looking for something to match my current mood. The larger the book I switch to, the more drain, too.


Edited at 2013-06-12 09:26 pm (UTC)
Jun. 12th, 2013 05:01 pm (UTC)
After you mentioned her in a recent post, I bought a Duran (A A Lady's Lesson in Scandal), which I am enjoying so far, but that doesn't mean much, since I felt compelled to switch immediately to Untamed, which, wow.

So now the Duran seems terribly mundane.

Oh, and my Paperwhite lasts more than a week, and probably two, even with a good two hours a day of reading.

Edited at 2013-06-12 05:02 pm (UTC)
Jun. 12th, 2013 05:43 pm (UTC)
I would be fascinated to hear more of your thoughts on the Cowan. After I finish it, though.
Jun. 17th, 2013 02:56 am (UTC)
Is the Paperwhite significantly better than the regular? I've been debating an upgrade, because the not-being-able-read-in-the-dark thing is really driving me nuts. FYI, the battery life is exponentially higher when you turn the WiFi off, though I expect you probably know that already.
Jun. 17th, 2013 12:19 pm (UTC)
I've been keeping the wifi off. So far, to me it seems the battery life is less than my keyboard Kindle, but I am getting used to the touchscreen, and in some respects (putting books into collections) the menu seems more efficient. Being able to adjust the light is very useful!
Jun. 17th, 2013 07:08 pm (UTC)
Cool. Thanks for the review!
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