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Currently Reading, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas

Staying with the Discword series, and really looking forward to this one.

I’m sad to say that I didn’t love the last Discworld book, Sourcery. There were a few reasons for my disappointment, although one particular assumption the author made stood out for me. This is what I wrote about it on Goodreads:

Not his best effort. For the record, the scientist who discovered the shape of DNA was a she, not a he, and her name was Rosalind Franklin (although two male scientists did go ahead and take the credit).

Not that authors (especially ones as prolific as Pratchett) aren’t entitled to make mistakes or have an off book here and there, but the Rosalind Franklin thing seemed like straight laziness from him and his editors (the editing in general on this book wasn’t great, actually). Hopefully Wyrd Sisters and future Discworld books will get things back on track.

What are you reading these days?

Cheers,

Aspasía S. Bissas

Currently Reading

Currently Reading, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas

Back to Discworld…

I also wanted to comment on This Charming Man, now that I’ve re-read it.

Currently Reading, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas

In my post where I shared that I was about to re-read this book, I said I’d forgotten a lot of the details since I last read it. Well, it turns out I’d forgotten almost everything about it. I remembered This Charming Man as being mostly fun with a satisfying ending. I’ve since learned I can’t trust my memory. Like, at all. The book is well written and compelling, and there’s humour too, but it’s actually quite dark and difficult to read at times because of that. It goes into painful detail on violence against women, abusive relationships, and alcoholism (all important topics, but emotionally draining, to say the least*). I also noticed there was a fair bit of fat shaming (ugh), and some less-than-enlightened comments about “trannies.” It was published in 2008 and parts of it have clearly not aged well. It did have a satisfying ending, though, so at least I got that right.

What are you reading these days? Have you ever re-read a book and realized it was completely different from what you remembered? Share in the comments…

Cheers,

Aspasía S. Bissas

(P.S. If you want to see what else I’ve read, check out my Goodreads page.)

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This one’s actually a re-read. This Charming Man by Marian Keyes.

Currently Reading, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas

I loved it the first time I read it and knew I’d read it again. My favourite part is probably the end; a lot of books don’t have a really satisfying ending– this isn’t one of them. The best part is it’s been a long time since I’ve read it, so I’ve forgotten a lot of the details. Looking forward to discovering it all over again…

What are you reading these days?

Cheers,

Aspasía S. Bissas

(P.S. If you want to see what else I’ve read, check out my Goodreads page.)

 

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I used to share what I was reading on my Tumblr blog, but since Tumblr has flagged Love Lies Bleeding’s cover one too many times (nothing more scandalous than 19th-century statue nudity, you know), I’ve decided to switch to posting about my current reads here.

I just finished Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie. (A good alternate title might have been “Be Grateful You’re Not Royalty.”)

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Next I’m starting Mort by Terry Pratchett (Discworld #4), which I’m very much looking forward to.

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What are you reading these days?

Cheers,

Aspasía S. Bissas

(P.S. If you want to see what else I’ve read, check out my Goodreads page.)