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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

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games  - Suzanne  Collins This is that sort of dystopian futuristic steampunk fantasy that's becoming so popular lately. It's a great book. Tight, clean writing that's still descriptive and pulls the reader in. The characters are beautifully drawn -- so perfectly written I could picture each one, and I liked them, loved them or hated them -- but I was rarely ambivalent about them. I felt their motivations, the story moved me, and I genuinely cared about what happened next.The best thing, in my opinion, is that the main storyline for this book is completely wrapped up in this book -- no cliffhanger. There's an overarching storyline for the series, yes, and it's set up -- but there's no cliffhanger. Instead, the book is wrapped up and the next book is set up -- but this book could work as a standalone, if need be. If something unexpected happened (which didn't, all the other books are out), and the author couldn't finish the series, life got in the way (or death got in the way), or any number of things. The publishing industry got in the way, I don't know.The point is, the book works as a standalone, it's not an egotistical mind-warp of a cliffhanger that screws over the reader until the next book may or may not get published.