"A half finished book is, after all, a half finished love affair"
                 - Robert Frobischer (Cloud Atlas)

Reading progress update: I've read 132 out of 268 pages.
Space Opera - Catherynne M. Valente

The key to a happy life, Capo devoutly believed, was never giving much of a damn what happened in any given day so long as you got in a nap, a kill, and a snuggle, and the snuggle was optional. When Oort and Justine had adopted her from that shelter and taken her to a nice house where she was to be expected to be civilized, well-behaved indoor cat despite the whole joint lacking anything like a population of murderable sparrows, field mice, bunnies, and whatnot, she hadn´t run around making grand speeches and crying and questioning the meaning of it all. She ´d just carried on and contented herself with spiders, pieces of lint, and occasionally scratching or biting one of the kids just to keep in practice.

The nap was the really important thing. The nap was all.


I love the cat!


This book is so bonkers, Capo is going to be a part of the band. Or she might save the world in the end.  



Reading progress update: I've read 105 out of 268 pages.
Space Opera - Catherynne M. Valente

No matter how mad, bad, and dangerous a civilization gets, unto every generation are born the lonely and the uncool, destined to forever stare into the candystore window of their culture, and loneliness is the mother of ascension. Only the uncool have the requisite alone time to advance their species.


This is beautiful. Btw, I´ve been one of the uncool kids. I didn´t try to advance our species, though, but still. I love how the uncool kids get recognition.


And so it was that, eventually, between drawing meatship schematics in the dirt and dreaming of a world where she didn´t hate literally everyone, the shiest and most sensitive of Yurtmaks began to plan the most ambitious massacre in the history of the galaxy: the murder of stupidity.


I like the idea behind this plan. It´s going to be difficult to achive this (and I might not be okay with the inevitable bloodshed), but good luck with it.

Reading progress update: I've read 41 out of 268 pages.
Space Opera - Catherynne M. Valente

"[...] I don´t even know why you would bring up the Internet. The xeno-intelligence officer responsible for evaluating your digital communication required invasive emergency therapy after an hour´s exposure. One glance at that thing is the strongest argument possible against the sentience of humanity. I wouldn´t draw attention to it, if I were you. [...]"


First off, I would say the xeno-intelligence officer doesn´t know which sites to visit on the internet. Clearly he isn´t familiar with Booklikes. Other than that, he might have a point.

Reading progress update: I've read 24 out of 268 pages.
Space Opera - Catherynne M. Valente

For his part, little Danesh inhaled a heady, unleavened diet of science fiction films, despite his grandmother´s insistence that they were neither halal nor anywhere near as good as Mr. Looney of the Tunes, as she called her favorite American programme. He had spent many afternoons, surrounded by siblings slaloming through the furniture, trying to convince his nani, the very one who would drop lemons in Piccadilly Square years later, that Alien was far, far better than Elmar Fudd and Bugs Bunny, far more serious and meaningful than a goofy, dumb cartoon, only to be hushed by a wave of her hand and a brief lecture on her personal philosophy of pop culture criticism.

"Jee haan, but they are the same! One hunts, one runs; one chews the carrot, one chews the Sir John Hurt. One makes Egg that go BANG! One makes Acme traps that go BANG! See? Sameful. Only Mr. Looney of the Tunes is more actual, on account of how aliens live in your big Danesh-head and bunny rabits live in Coventry. Also, mine is bright and happy and makes a colorful noise, so I put it on top of yours that is droopy and leaky ands makes a noise like a dishwasher [...]"


Hahaha. Nani is awesome!


Reading progress update: I've read 11 out of 268 pages.
Space Opera - Catherynne M. Valente

On Enrico Fermi´s small, watery planet, it could be generally agreed upon, for example, that a chicken was not people, but a physicist. Ditto for sheeps, pigs, mosquitoes, brine shrimp, squirrels, seagulls, and so on and so forth on the one hand, and plumbers, housewives, musicians, congressional aides, and lightning designers on the other. This was a fairly easy call (for the physicist, anyway), as brine shrimp were not overly talkative, squirrels failed to make significant headway in the fields of technology and mathematics, and seagulls were clearly unburdened by reason, feeling, or remorse. Dolphins, gorillas, and pharmaceutical sales representatives were considered borderline cases.


Lol. I have to think of this the next time I talk to a pharmaceutical sales representatives.

Reading progress update: I've read 333 out of 333 pages.
Circe - Madeline Miller

I´m not impressed.




It´s the second book written by Madeline Miller I have read and contrary to everyone else (there are tons of five star reviews on goodreads), this book didn´t work for me. It´s not a boring story, it´s just completely bland and uninteresting.



Reading progress update: I've read 68 out of 374 pages.
The Killing Kind: A Thriller - John Connolly

Immediately after finishing the second book in the Charlie Parker series, I had to pick up book number three. And I never read one book after another in a series. But Connolly´s books are so compelling, I just have to know what happens next.


This time around Charlie Parker gets hired to investigate the alleged suicide of Grace Peltier and there is a lot of hinting at bad things to come. In the prologue there has already been a creepy death caused by spiders *shudder*.

Reading progress update: I've listened 335 out of 539 minutes.
Artemis: A Novel - Andy Weir

Yep, this is still awful. 


Jazz is from Saudi Arabia. When she gives herself a fake identity, she chooses an Indian name, because, according to Jazz, a clerk at a cheap motel can´t tell the difference between an Arab and an Indian. And this isn´t the first offensive and disparaging comment regarding different cultures and races. 


And I wonder why every male in this book wants to be friends with Jazz. She is awful. Admittedly, I´m not a man, so she might be your everymans dreamgirl. Who knows.


Reading progress update: I've listened 136 out of 539 minutes.
Artemis: A Novel - Andy Weir

So far this isn´t good. It´s kind of boring and Weir´s technical explanations feel like the worst kind of infodump.


It seems that Jazz and Mark Watney, Weir´s main character from his first book, share the same kind of personality. And they have a personality that can annoy other people really fast.

I have to admit, though, that I liked Mark Watney a lot as a character. Mainly because his personality is aimed at himself, being alone on a planet without any contact to the outside world. His quirky sense of humour helps him pull through and it added a whole lot of fun to the book. Jazz on the other hand is downright annoying and not a very likeable character to begin with.


I´m listening to the audiobook version narrated by Rosario Dawson and it might be that I´m spoiled by Stephen Fry as a narrator, but I don´t particularly like her as a narrator. A lot of the characters sound the same to me and some of the dialects sound weird.



Reading progress update: I've read 21 out of 387 pages.
Dark Hollow  - John Connolly

Billy Purdue was poor, poor and dangerous with some bitterness and frustration added to spice up the pot. The threat of violence was always imminent with him. It hung around him like a cloud, obscuring his judgement and influencing the actions of others, so that when he stepped into a bar and took a drink, or picked up a pool cue for a game, then sooner or later, trouble would start. Billy Purdue didn´t have to pick fights. Fights picked him.

It acted like a contagion, so that even if Billy himself managed to avoid conflict - he generally didn´t seek it, but when he found it he rarely walked away - five would get you ten that he would have raised the testosterone level in the bar sufficiently to cause someone else to consider starting something. Billy Purdue could have provoked a fight at a conclave of cardinals just by looking into the room. Whichever way you considered it, he was bad news.


John Connolly is so good at describing the personalities of his characters (even if they are only minor characters). And I have to admit, the fighting cardinals made me giggle.

Reading progress update: I've read 246 out of 290 pages.
The Blunderer - Patricia Highsmith

Men who Stretch the Law


Seriously, Walter. That booktitel isn´t suspicious at all.



Reading progress update: I've read 180 out of 290 pages.
The Blunderer - Patricia Highsmith

"Mr Stackhouse," Corby said, "you don´t deny that Kimmel´s actions were in your mind when you followed the bus your wife was on, do you?"

"When you say Kimmel´s action ..."

"We´ve discussed that," Corby said sharply.

"Yes," Walter said, "I do deny that." In the last seconds a sympathy for Kimmel had sprung up in Walter so strong that it embarrased him, and he felt he should try to conceal it.


Kimmel evidently intended to reveal as little as he could to Corby. Suddenly it seemed so heroic and generous on Kimmel´s part that Kimmel appeared a shining angel in contrast to a diabolic Corby.


Wait .... What? Oh, Walter...




KYD Green Round: Victim card collection - Team MbD / TA / Lillelara
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling, Stephen Fry

Claiming the "Severus Snape" card from the red game play. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire fits all three tasks.


KYD Green Round: Crime Scene card collection - Team MbD / TA / Lillelara
Cocaine Blues - Kerry Greenwood

Claiming the "Green Dragon Pub" card from the yellow game play. 


Task: Read a book set in Australia or New Zealand.


Reading progress update: I've read 100 out of 290 pages.
The Blunderer - Patricia Highsmith

She had told Walter about two men who had been in love with her before. She had an affair with each of them for about a year, and they had wanted to marry her, but she had refused. Walter was sure, from what Clara had told him, that both men had been on the weak side. Clara liked weak men, she told him, but she didn´t want to marry them. Walter suspected that Clara considered him the weakest of all, and that was why she had married him. It was not a pleasant suspicion


Dear Walter, I think you might be right. And Clara might have married you, because you might have been the easiest one of them all to manipulate.


Good grief, these people make me nauseous.


Reading progress update: I've read 80 out of 290 pages.
The Blunderer - Patricia Highsmith

But he had a cool, rational moment when he wondered if anyone had ever made love to her as well as he.


Walter is disgusting.

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