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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

Leviathan

Leviathan (Leviathan #1) - Scott Westerfeld, Keith Thompson I really enjoyed this. Westerfeld is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I still don't like his habit of ending the first book in a series as a cliffhanger, instead of wrapping it up as a standalone that also works as part of a series, but hey. It's apparently the new trend in YA and I alone am not going to be able to stop it.I think it's a horrible trend, though, and I hate it.Anyway, other than that minor detail, the book was great. It had enough closure that I didn't want to just throw the blasted thing against the wall in frustration and scream a lot (like some other cliffhanger-ending YA's I've read recently). It was also beautifully illustrated and had some incredible concepts and ideas -- I was really in awe of his imagination and how he was able to come up with such an amazing story out of such a teensy and seemingly insignificant historical fact.