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mephistia

attempting obscurity

I mess around with writing, but deep down I'm pretty sure I'll never actually get published because I treat it like a hobby and not a passion -- I write when I have time, instead of making time to write.

 

When I read, I prefer YA sci-fi/ fantasy as my go-to fiction reads. I tend toward this genre because I read fiction as an escape from the daily drudge of life. YA sci/fi-fantasy usually has more upbeat/ hopeful endings, while adult fiction of any genre (except romance) tends to have more depressingly realistic endings. Sometimes I read romance novels, but I really prefer the type with plot/ character development between sex scenes, and I don't like having to hunt for them.

 

In non-fiction, I prefer history, biographies, psychology, gender studies, social/applied sciences, and law/ public policy.

Currently reading

Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow Into Troublesome Gaps -- And What We Can Do About It
Lise Eliot
White by Law: The Legal Construction of Race
Ian F. Haney López

His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik Unabridged CD Audiobook (Temeraire, Book 1)

His Majesty's Dragon - Naomi Novik, Simon Vance I love this, because despite being (in a sense) an alternative history, the author didn't take that status as carte blanche to run around changing every little historical detail that annoyed her. She does a great job of incorporating dragons naturally into the world, and at several points I found myself thinking of how the presence of dragons would have changed history in other respects.For instance, if dragons were real, there would have been no need to invent the aeroplane, and our modern society most likely wouldn't have the airplanes, jets and helicopters we have today. If dragons were real, the preference of some breeds to have only female Captains would have pushed the women's movement (and the presence of women in all branches of the military) drastically ahead. If dragons did exist, many important and world-changing battles throughout history would have the aerial warfare component, and might have turned out stunningly different. Countries that were ahead in dragon-breeding would obviously be the most feared. Eventually, society would recognize dragons not as mere warbeasts, but as intelligent, personable being in their own right, just as deserving of rights and citizenship.This is an insanely fascinating book.