Marissa reads on in 2024

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Marissa reads on in 2024

1Marissa_Doyle
Jan 1, 12:31 pm

Happy New Year! I'm looking forward to much exchange of friendly fire this year.

I saw the new year in last night re-reading Fugitive Telemetry in preparation for System Collapse, which I hope is not an omen for 2024.

2Bookmarque
Jan 1, 12:35 pm

I've had to do that a couple times this year as well - play catch up for a new series installment. It's pretty fun, but can be time consuming.

3Marissa_Doyle
Jan 1, 12:38 pm

>2 Bookmarque: Ah, but I have lots of time for Murderbot. Fortunately the next series release I'm looking forward to this month, Relight My Fire,
won't need it as I just read the first three this past fall.

4Narilka
Jan 1, 1:14 pm

Happy reading in 2024!

5jillmwo
Jan 1, 2:08 pm

Glad to know you're keeping busy and reading good stuff! Happy new year!

6catzteach
Jan 1, 3:22 pm

Happy New Year!

I have read a couple of series where they do a nice reminder of things in the first books without being super obvious about it. That’s always a bit nice when there’s been lots of time between books.

7pgmcc
Jan 1, 3:38 pm

Happy New Year!

8clamairy
Jan 1, 4:39 pm

Happy New Year. Many thanks for the recommendations in the past, and I expect more!

9Sakerfalcon
Jan 2, 7:34 am

Happy New Year and Happy New Thread! I look forward to the hail of bullets that you'll undoubted fire with deadly accuracy!

10Meredy
Jan 2, 11:18 pm

Happy new thread and a busy, happy, and productive new year, featuring plenty of hanging out with us.

11Marissa_Doyle
Jan 6, 6:10 pm

Finished System Collapse, which I enjoyed very much (I mean, how could I not? It's Murderbot!) The concept of a construct with PTSD and how it might deal with it was intriguing. I wonder if it will continue to struggle with it in future books?

It's hard to follow up on a Murderbot story with more fiction, so I'm reading the first non-fiction of the year--Mercies in Disguise: A Story of Hope, a Family's Genetic Destiny, and the Science that Rescued Them. The author's previous book about the 1918 Flu Flu was excellent, so I have high hopes for this book, about a family's struggle with a rare, strange inherited disease.

12Alexandra_book_life
Jan 7, 3:41 am

>11 Marissa_Doyle: System Collapse was excellent! I love Murderbot's character arc, and I am glad this series exists.

13libraryperilous
Jan 7, 10:26 pm

Happy New Year!

14Marissa_Doyle
Editado: Jan 9, 1:08 pm

I thought the pub might find this interesting: https://wapo.st/3TWXvkD

It's an article in the Washington Post about American reading habits, broken down six ways to Sunday. :)

15clamairy
Jan 9, 2:21 pm

>14 Marissa_Doyle: That's fascinating, and a bit depressing. I subscribe to The WaPo, and I'm not sure how I missed that article, so thank you!!

16MrsLee
Jan 9, 3:55 pm

>14 Marissa_Doyle: Interesting stuff there. All I can say is that I should be making a lot more money. Guess I don't have time because I'm reading books.

>15 clamairy: What did you find depressing? The fact that so many are reading so few books? I wonder if that is a bit skewed though. I don't think it necessarily means that information is not being shared and learned. My husband and sons read a variety of essays and articles daily online. While these are not "books" they are certainly educational, so I wonder how many others do this and simply don't fit in the category of "book" readers? My fellas read articles and blogs on history, economics, health, science (and pseudo-science *eyeroll*), plus a lot more from cooking, to cocktails to child care and well being. So I can't say they don't read, they just don't read books (one son also reads and owns lots of books).

17clamairy
Jan 9, 5:04 pm

>16 MrsLee: Yes, I know a lot of people are much too busy. My son for example only reads books occasionally because he's working full-time, he's in a band, he's a gym rat and he's working on a master's degree. I was also depressed about the households with no books in them. Or with just one book.

18MrsLee
Jan 9, 7:05 pm

>17 clamairy: Oh yes, that makes me sad too. To me, a house feels lonely and empty without books to visit with on my shelves.

19jillmwo
Jan 9, 8:05 pm

>14 Marissa_Doyle: >15 clamairy: >16 MrsLee: I don't think the Post was particularly careful in how it asked the questions. The concepts covered in the phrase "reading a book" represent different things to various sectors of the population. Because the survey lumps every kind of reading – purposeful, immersive, deliberative, analytical, etc. – into the same bucket, Different kinds of books demand different degrees of attention. They didn't say anything about fiction vs. non-fiction. My issue is that the investigators were using a REALLY big umbrella phrase. (Note: I like that I'm one of the 1%. But in responding to any survey that these guys did, I'd be more particular in describing what kind of reading my reading experience of 50+ books involved.)

20Marissa_Doyle
Jan 10, 4:31 pm

Finished Mercies in Disguise, about prion diseases in general and one family's battle with an inherited one. It was both fascinating and heart-rending, and I deeply appreciate the family's openness with the author. I might have liked a little more info on how prions do what they do, but this was published some years ago (2015, IIRC?) so there's a research gap.

I needed something NOT heart-rending after that, so am happily reading The Windsor Knot a cozy mystery featuring Queen Elizabeth II as the sleuth. It's a clever conceit--as is pointed out in the story, she spends (spent) a great deal of time observing, so it doesn't feel too far-fetched--and her character has a brisk sort of sweetness. I'm about halfway through; if it continues as enjoyably, I'll look out for the others in the series.

21jillmwo
Jan 10, 7:55 pm

>14 Marissa_Doyle: More on that Washington Post story mentioned up there in #14
https://countercraft.substack.com/p/who-is-reading-what-and-why

Thought you might find it interesting as a follow-up.

22Meredy
Jan 11, 3:47 am

>20 Marissa_Doyle: Whoa, you got me with a BB right there. As an unrepentant anglophile, I've just ordered the Kindle edition of The Windsor Knot, which for some reason cost $0.

23Marissa_Doyle
Jan 11, 11:07 am

>22 Meredy: I picked it up on sale for .99 on Barnes & Noble, which is how I find a lot of new-to-me authors. Still enjoying it, three-quarters of the way through. It's lacking in any cutesiness, which I deeply appreciate. I hope you'll like it.

24Meredy
Jan 11, 6:37 pm

>23 Marissa_Doyle: Absence of cutesiness is a major plus for me. I'm reading Phantom of the Opera right now but will probably pick up that title right afterwards. I've been having a heavy dose of vampires recently.

25Marissa_Doyle
Jan 16, 1:44 pm

>24 Meredy: My patience for vampires is limited; 2-3 in a series and I just can't read any more for a few years.

After The Windsor Knot I've been reading Paladin's Grace, which is pleasant enough about a third of the way through, but the romantic angst is wearing a bit thin. If the rest of the series is similar, I may not want to continue. I'll finish this one, though, and then it's on to the next Emily Wilde book, Emily Wilde's Map of the Otherlands which landed in my Nook today. Wheee!

26Sakerfalcon
Jan 17, 4:38 am

>25 Marissa_Doyle: Ooh, I'm eagerly waiting to see what you think of the second Emily Wilde book!

27Marissa_Doyle
Jan 17, 7:02 pm

>26 Sakerfalcon: I, er, was a trifle side-tracked by a collection of haunted house stories, House of Fear, but Emily Wilde will be next.

28Sakerfalcon
Jan 18, 4:58 am

>27 Marissa_Doyle: I understand completely! I am always being hijacked by books I did not intend to read ...

29Marissa_Doyle
Jan 18, 6:44 pm

>28 Sakerfalcon: I'm quite glad I was side-tracked. There are some very good stories in this collection--much creepier than the usual ghost story anthology, without involving a lot of blood and gore.

30clamairy
Editado: Jan 19, 11:22 am

>29 Marissa_Doyle: Thank you. I will put that on my wishlist, and save it for next October!

31Meredy
Jan 23, 2:15 am

>25 Marissa_Doyle: I have indeed moved on to The Windsor Knot, which I'm hoping will be a palate cleanser after all the vampires and other weirdities. I've never been into vampires before this sudden recent spate of them, incuding a lesbian vampire novel that wandered in from somewhere. I'm wondering now what a normal novel might be.

32Marissa_Doyle
Jan 24, 2:37 pm

>31 Meredy: I hope your palate is pleasantly cleansed. :)

I'm back from my unexpected detour into House of Fear; like any anthology it has its stronger and weaker entries (I get the feeling that some of the contributors were a bit strong-armed into writing their stories, and it shows), but the good ones were especially good, I thought. Worth picking up if you like haunted house stories.

Now I'm happily reading Emily Wilde's Map of the Otherlands, and 40 or so pages in, it's shaping up nicely as a sequel to the first. Emily and Wendell are a hoot together, and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens to them in Austria.

33Marissa_Doyle
Jan 26, 4:31 pm

Not much reading yesterday as we were busy welcoming a new family member:



Her name is Penelope--Penny--because the fur on the back of her head and neck is just the color of a new penny. She is settling in nicely, as you can see.

34MrsLee
Jan 26, 4:37 pm

>33 Marissa_Doyle: What fun! Enjoy getting to know Penny, she is beautiful.

35clamairy
Jan 26, 5:08 pm

>33 Marissa_Doyle: Oh, what a beauty. I just want to pet her. That fur is magnificent. Do you still have any others, or will she be an only?

I have come to appreciate all of the hard work & pleasure that goes with owning (or being owned by) buns. (My daughter has two, and is currently bunny sitting for a third, which may soon become hers.)

36catzteach
Jan 26, 9:25 pm

>33 Marissa_Doyle: she’s so cute! Do you have her use a litter box? I’ve always wondered what it would be like to have a bunny.

37Alexandra_book_life
Jan 27, 2:37 am

>33 Marissa_Doyle: Oh, she is beautiful! So cute.

38Marissa_Doyle
Jan 27, 11:49 am

>34 MrsLee: Thank you! I think she's going to be a fun bun.

>35 clamairy: We're getting her settled before we decide that; she's still recovering from her spay surgery, so that needs to happen first. While we were at the HRN shelter she did have a bit of a meet and greet with another bunny, and the signs were positive that they might take to each other, but we'll see. She has to go back up for her RHDV vaccines and I hope she can have another couple of meetings with him.

>36 catzteach: Yes, she's completely litterbox trained. Bunnies are very tidy as far as that goes. They're wonderful pets; I'm a cat person but my husband is allergic to them, so we tried bunnies, and he's fine with them. They're very different to cats and dogs--you have to learn a whole new "language" to understand them--but they're so much fun.

>37 Alexandra_book_life: Thank you! She is a lovely girl.

39littlegeek
Jan 28, 7:05 pm

Aww bunny! I'm terribly allergic, but wish I could have one. They are fun.

40Sakerfalcon
Jan 29, 5:34 am

>33 Marissa_Doyle: She is beautiful and looks so comfortable!

41Marissa_Doyle
Jan 30, 3:35 pm

Finished Emily Wilde's Map of the Otherlands; while not as good as its predecessor, it was still very enjoyable. There were a few too many maneuverings of characters into doing things that ran counter to their characters for the purpose of furthering the plot, which always bugs me on a "professional" level, and I hope that the promised third book in the series can avoid them.

On to Relight My Fire, the next in the Stranger Times series. There's something so relaxing about starting a book that you know will be good...

42pgmcc
Jan 30, 4:15 pm

>41 Marissa_Doyle:
I am reading Relight My Fire too, as is MrsLee. McDonnell is reliable for a bit of fun.

43Narilka
Jan 31, 9:48 am

>33 Marissa_Doyle: Penny is absolutely adorable!

44Marissa_Doyle
Jan 31, 10:32 am

>43 Narilka: Thank you! She's now quite comfortable here now, and is expressing her ardent desire to get out of my office and go explore the rest of the house. After I bunny-proof some electrical cords, we'll let her venture forth this weekend.

45Marissa_Doyle
Fev 6, 5:03 pm

Finished Relight My Fire, which was an excellent addition to the series...and very happy to note that more appear to be coming if the epilogues are to be believed. I do wonder if Pilgrim and his "organization" will be reappearing down the line, perhaps drawn in as an ally to the bad guys.

On to What Happened in London; I'm liking it better than the other books by this author that I've read, but not convinced that I'll be reading any more of her. :(

46pgmcc
Fev 6, 5:48 pm

>45 Marissa_Doyle:
I trust Brian will be in future adventures.

47Marissa_Doyle
Fev 6, 11:42 pm

>46 pgmcc: I hope he is!

48MrsLee
Fev 6, 11:54 pm

>45 Marissa_Doyle: I was seeing the Pilgrim More as something like the Auditors in Discworld, but there is also something very fishy about him that makes me wonder if he is who he says,etc.

49Marissa_Doyle
Fev 7, 1:01 pm

>48 MrsLee: Yes, me too! Definitely something fishy with him.

50Marissa_Doyle
Fev 8, 11:48 am

Finished What Happened in London. It was okay, but something of a slog toward the end--too many words and not enough plot. I don't think I'll read more by this author. On now to Starter Villain, which was not so much a book bullet as book grapeshot. I think it will perk me up, because Scalzi.

51Marissa_Doyle
Fev 13, 12:00 am

Well, Starter Villain was great fun, even though I could tell where it was going. But the journey is often better than the destination, at least in reading.

On to The Spellman Files, which is hard to categorize--a funny, often tongue-in-cheek story about a dysfunctional private investigation firm which happens to be a family. More on it when I finish.

52Alexandra_book_life
Editado: Fev 13, 8:24 am

>51 Marissa_Doyle: Yes, Starter Villain was very nice, and I laughed a lot. The dolphins were cool. One of my favourite scenes was the Zoom call with one of Charlie’s uncle’s “acquaintances”.

53clamairy
Fev 13, 8:19 am

>51 Marissa_Doyle: I enjoyed this one quite a bit. I would love a cat who could communicate! And those dolphins were hilarious.

54jillmwo
Fev 13, 10:24 am

>50 Marissa_Doyle: too many words and not enough plot *snort* Too many books that may be described that way...

55Marissa_Doyle
Fev 14, 12:08 pm

Had to come back and say how much I'm enjoying The Spellman Files--very funny (I mean, how could a dysfunctional family of private investigators not be?) but there's a lot going on under the humor and crazy situations. I'm glad there are more books to follow this one.

56libraryperilous
Fev 14, 11:06 pm

>33 Marissa_Doyle: Penny! She's delightful!

57Marissa_Doyle
Fev 16, 10:16 am

>56 libraryperilous: She really is! We've never had a bun as light-hearted as she is--she's constantly binkying and having zoomies.

58Marissa_Doyle
Fev 17, 3:37 pm

Finished The Spellman Files and have moved onto the next in the series, Curse of the Spellmans, which is delivering more of the same craziness as the first book. I can see these stories not being for everyone--most of the characters roll as chaotic neutral, so to speak, so even the main protagonist/narrator, Izzy Spellman, is not always sympathetic. But they're very much worth a try.

59catzteach
Fev 18, 10:29 am

Do bunnies snuggle like kitties?

60Marissa_Doyle
Fev 18, 11:24 am

>59 catzteach: Yes, but like kitties, some are snugglers and some are not. Not yet sure if Penny will become a snuggler. She definitely likes to hang out near me.

61clamairy
Fev 19, 9:57 am

>57 Marissa_Doyle: I had to Google binkying. What a delight that must be to see. I'm glad she's such a happy bun.

62Marissa_Doyle
Fev 20, 11:02 am

>61 clamairy: It really is--both hilarious and heartwarming.

63Marissa_Doyle
Fev 22, 6:35 pm

Finished both the second Spellmans book, Curse of the Spellmans as well as the third, Revenge of the Spellmans, and am on the fourth, The Spellmans Strike Again. Still enjoying these very much as light entertainment.

64Marissa_Doyle
Fev 25, 8:45 pm

Finished The Spellmans Strike Again and enjoyed it very much, but am going to put off reading the last two books for a bit as they're rather like a strong-flavored food--delicious, but best not consumed for multiple meals in a row. So now I'm on to the newly-released next book in Laurie R. King's Russell and Holmes series, The Lantern's Dance. I hope it's more in the vein of the earlier books in the series with a serious mystery and not just a sort of historical travelogue as the last few books have been.

65MrsLee
Fev 25, 11:27 pm

>64 Marissa_Doyle: I will be interested to hear what you think about The Lantern Dance. This is another series I have fallen behind in. I remember reading the one with Holmes and Russell in Japan, not sure if I've read any since.

66jillmwo
Fev 26, 12:00 pm

>64 Marissa_Doyle:. Like >65 MrsLee:. I too have dropped behind on this particular series (although I loved the many of the titles appearing early on). I don't remember when I stopped automatically buying them. I will look forward to hearing your feedback, Marissa!
;'

67Marissa_Doyle
Fev 27, 12:33 pm

>65 MrsLee:, >66 jillmwo: Will report back. I'm enjoying it so far. It refers back to a couple of earlier books, but it's not really necessary to remember (or have read) them.

68Marissa_Doyle
Editado: Ontem, 4:18 pm

I enjoyed Lantern Dance, though not as much as the earlier books in the series. These last few books have featured lower stakes, so the tension is less...but so is their un-put-downable-ness (no, that is not a word, but it should be.) That doesn't mean they aren't good--simply that they're not as compelling and lack the exciting mystery elements that characterized the first ten or so books in the series. Just as The Murder of Mary Russell told Mrs. Hudson's backstory, so does this book tell the story of Sherlock Holmes's mother...and make it clear how he became who he is. Always fun to return to this world.

Also read The Uninvited, which was also enjoyable--a bit depressing as it deals with the autumn of 1918 in small town Illinois, when the Spanish Flu was beginning to hit hard and when paranoia about people of German ancestry was at its height. But it was very well written and with a heck of a twist toward the end, which I won't even reveal behind a spoiler, but will say that the author did an excellent job of lacing signs and clues through the story so that the twist was fully believable even while being unexpected. Don't go in to this looking for a cheerful read, but the ending IS satisfying. I'll be looking into more of Cat Winters's books.

69MrsLee
Ontem, 8:47 pm

>68 Marissa_Doyle: Thank you for that report on Lantern Dance. I would like to pick these up again, but have to figure out where I stopped. I enjoy King's view of the world of Sherlock. It rings true for me.