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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

Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, Book 1)

Dead Witch Walking  - Kim Harrison I actually rather liked this -- enough that I'm mildly interested in reading more of the series. Admittedly, I'm not interested in the, "I will go to the bookstore and scour the bookshelves for it," sense. Not even in the, "I will look for this at the library," sense. Okay, I'm not even interested enough to type in her name at the library website and put her books on hold.But! If I found a book of hers while browsing through a second-hand bookstore, I'd probably buy it. More than that, I might buy a few of them -- if it they were a good price, or there was a sale going on.The plot was good, the premise of her world was intriguing and mildly amusing, and the only flaw was that her writing felt . . . rough. Like this was her first book, but I got the impression from the blurb that it wasn't. It's just not immersive, magical writing, is all. I kept surfacing from the story and thinking to myself, "Wait, that doesn't make sense . . . " then flipping back a couple pages to double-check stuff. And my attention would start drifting (which is odd, when books have always been the only thing to completely focus me), then snap back when a bright gem of a sentence or paragraph surfaced. She has moments of illustrative, beautiful writing . . . but it's all interspersed with chunky, boring stuff.