WWW Wednesdays 3-13-13

A weekly installment of WWW Wednesdays prompted by Should Be Reading. You should be reading that blog too. 

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

 Currently I’m reading Grimspace (Sirantha Jax, #1) by Ann Aguirre. It’s another sci-fi series I found thanks to Goodreads friends, and so far it’s not terrible. Jax is a fairly interesting character and it’s a pretty quick read. That sounds much more negative than it should- I’m simply not a huge sci-fi reader, despite my love for Star Wars etc.

 I recently finished Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep by David K. Randall. It wasn’t nearly as good, or overall insightful as I’d hoped, but it did touch on some intriguing concepts, namely that “normal” sleep patterns may have once involved going to bed as the sun went down, sleeping 3-4 hours, then waking again for a few hours, then sleeping again for a few hours. Apparently, in the absence of artificial light our bodies naturally fall into this routine and experience more satisfaction from sleep than when we try to get 608 straight hours of shuteye. Who knew?

 Next will be Revenge: Stories by Yoko Ogawa, a collection of short stories all connected by a common thread. Supernatural, possibly, and suspenseful. It’s sitting on my desk at home, we’ll see how it goes. I thoroughly enjoyed the last collection of shorts I read, which is atypical for me.

 

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WWW Wednesdays 3-6-13

This weekly event from Should Be Reading gives us a chance to share what’s we’re reading and often find new treasures we might have otherwise missed. Join in the fun!

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m still working on the same books I had open last weekVampires in the Lemon Grove, by Karen Russell and Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep, by David K. Randall. I’ve also started Grimspace, by Ann Aguirre.

 In between continuing those titles I picked up and finished Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles #1) by Kevin Hearne. I have to say, I nearly put this one down before I was halfway through. I loathe being unable to finish a book, but I didn’t feel like this was very well written. The dialogue seemed a bit clunky, too forced at times. The characters though, are intriguing. I’m also a huge fan of mythology and it’s well represented here. The book is a pretty quick read, so I finished it and you know what? I’m going to give the next in the series a shot. Hearne has something here to build upon and I’m hoping I enjoy the other “Chronicles.”

 Kevin’s titular druid, Atticus, reminded me a lot of a character I’ve met before and really loved, which may be why I’m giving that series a chance. The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #1) by Michael Scott is one of my favorites, the first installment in one of my favorite series ever. If you’ve not found Scott’s books yet, I highly recommend them. I may read this again next.

 Hexed (The Iron Druid Chronicles #2) by Kevin Hearne will be coming up soon too.