WWW Wednesday

Posted June 13, 2018 by Nicky in General / 4 Comments

My exams are over, and all is freedom and binging on books! The three ‘W’s are what are you reading now, what have you recently finished reading, and what are you going to read next, and you can find this week’s post at the host’s blog here if you want to check out other posts.

Cover of The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home by Catherynne ValenteWhat are you currently reading?

Far too much, as ever, but most actively I’m finishing up rereads of Howl’s Moving Castle and The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home, plus a first-time read of The Templars by Piers Paul Read — I am finding the latter interesting, but I doubt it’ll ever be a book I’d read over and over again! I think I originally picked it up because of my interest in learning the actual history behind the Assassin’s Creed games, but honestly it’s amazing how little Robert de Sable or the Assassins actually figure into it. It seems more like a general history of the Crusades than specifically focused on the Templars.

What have you recently finished reading?

Cover of Against Empathy by Paul BloomI just finished Against Empathy, by Paul Bloom — now, I know the kneejerk reaction is to go “what the hell? Against empathy?“, but it really is worth a read, pointing out that in many cases, empathy is a poor guide of moral decisions. At its best, it can focus the spotlight of our attention on something worthy — but it’s also true that then the spotlight isn’t focused on something else equally worthy. Bloom isn’t saying there’s anything bad about compassion (in fact, he advocates it), only that the idea we’ll attain moral perfection by feeling each other’s feelings seems to be a little unfortunate.

Cover of Starless by Jacqueline CareyWhat will you be reading next?

Goodness only knows. I might pick up Jacqueline Carey’s Starless (blog tour post for that coming later today!) or I might just go completely off-piste. I’ve been tempted to read The Prisoner of Zenda, to get the proper background for reading K.J. Charles queer rewriting of it — maybe it’ll be that! I don’t know.

What are you reading?

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4 responses to “WWW Wednesday

  1. Hooray for the end of exams!

    I’ve just finished my second grimdark in a month (it didn’t agree with me. I know I don’t particularly like grimdark, and two in a month is definitely bad for my digestion, if good for developing my jaw muscles with all the grinding of teeth) and am moving on to some literary SF which sadly isn’t so far reducing the impact on my molars. I should book in with a dentist.

    …in other news, I’m really looking forward to finishing up the Subjective Chaos reading lists and reading from the heart for a bit …although ironically, this will still be Subjective Chaos inspired because I really really want to finish the Broken Earth trilogy!

    I thought I’d left myself enough books that I really wanted to read at the end to navigate the reading lists, but ooph there’s nothing like knowing you ‘have’ to read a book to diminish my enthusiasm for reading it NOW.
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    • Oh dear! I think I’ve said before this is why I couldn’t do a thing that had required reading lists. I’m just too darn contrary.

  2. I really hope you get the results that you want! I haven’t really been reading recently but I’m getting back into it with short stories and a few serial novels clogging up my ereader!

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