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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

Nation

Nation - Terry Pratchett It was interesting. A bit predictable and not terribly gripping, but certainly interesting. Pratchett intentionally left some open-ended questions for the reader to ponder about the role of religion in our society, as well as certain "what if's" concerning our history. While reading, my main question was the setting -- I couldn't figure out if it was some thriving culture in the far future, after an apocalypse of some sort had scoured our world and forced us to start anew, or if it was a parallel universe. Pratchett clears up this question in the afterword, or "author's note," but it's never made quite clear (although hinted at) in the actual story. This isn't a major detraction, but it did annoy me a little.