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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

JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL

JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL - Susanna Clarke This is an interesting book, not merely because of the plot (which is very well conceived in and of itself), but because of the style in which it is written.If you like literature from a specific time period, such as Austen or Dickens, and you like fantasy, then this book is for you.Clarke, much like writers from before instant media, takes a long time to develop the storyline and characters. She uses spelling, phrasing and terms from the Napoleonic era, such as, "surprizing" and "chuse."The most unique thing about Clarke's method of writing this book is that it was not published back then, it was published in 2004. She consciously chose such a device as a furtherance of the plot. I confess, I was often jolted out of the plot due to my admiration of her mastery of such a forgotten style of writing.So it's a good story, with a nice plot and an interesting device in conveying the plot, but it is a bit slow out the gate.