After a few weeks of being in a reading slump, I feel like I’m finally back into my regular pace of reading. I’ve read some books that, while not amazing, were interesting enough to keep me going, and things have also calmed down a little at work, which leaves me with more energy to read when I get home in the evenings. Now that I am back in the game, let me tell you what I’m up to this weekend!
Well, I finished Black Mad Wheel by Josh Malerman…it was an incredibly strange reading experience. One of the reasons Bird Box was so great was that the writing style created a profound sense of unease in the reader. What worked so well in Bird Box felt odd and out of place in Black Mad Wheel. Malerman kept moving back and forth in time, using present tense regardless of when events were happening in the chronology of the story, and I was confused for a good chunk of the book. Yet for all the confusion, I was pulled into the world of The Danes and the mystery sound, and it kept me reading, wanting to know what exactly was going on (which I never really figured out…).
My main read this weekend is Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. This is our book for our July pairing of Ancillary Justice and “Nier: Automata,” and it starts with a bang. It’s the first in a series, and deals with artificial intelligence and space craziness. I’m not going to share too much here, since I’ll be talking about this book plenty in the next three weeks, but suffice to say I am transported to another world…
In other weekend reading news, Jordan brought me Queen of Swords by R.S. Belcher and I will be picking this up between weird space chapters of Ancillary Justice. I love the Golgotha series from Belcher, and I’ve been looking forward to Maude’s book for a VERY long time. This is a fantastic series with some seriously bad ass ladies, and Belcher has such weird ideas, which work perfectly in his weird western world.
I’m having a weird book moment, with AI and space and weird westerns and mortal sounds, and I’d love to know what you think of any of these books! If you’ve got thoughts or more recommendations, let me know in the comments or over on Twitter.
Until next time, happy reading!