taelle: (cosy)
So I finished Broken Homes and read Foxglove Summer in the last week. In fact, I finished Foxglove Summer like ten minutes ago... The ending feels kind of abrupt and makes me impatient for the next book, but I was glad to see Peter out of London and more or less on his own.

The magic in those books is more or less traditional 'Renaissance' magic (unlike HP magic) which anyone can learn having worked enough - and Peter did say in this last book; but what about Lesley? Didn't Zach once say that she got magic after dealing with Punch and all that stuff?

... so I don't really know yet what I'll be reading next. I mean, I have some non-fiction lined up, but nonfiction-wise I still haven't finished the Companion to Modern Japan (it's funny about the different authors - I finished the article about school culture very quickly, and now there's one about work culture which is so dense, I have difficulty with it. A lot of difficulty). I am also reading Jan Morris's Oxford a little. But I do want to start some fiction too, not sure what yet. Maybe I shall go look at Rivers of London fic at AO3.

Oh, and I also reread Hamlet for the FL course. It's weird how most of my thoughts about that are kind of fanfic-shaped - about the characters' background and reasoning; not all, though.
taelle: (books)
What I have read recently:

Nightwatch by Sarah Waters: one of those writers I always hope to like but don't manage to. I took up this one because I am interested in WWII, and actually finished it. Found it well-written, but tiring because of not one of the main characters ever being happy.

What I am reading now:

Shadow Roses by Natalya Rezanova: a story collection based on Shakespearean plots - sort of like AUs intertwined with alternative versions of Earth history. Difficult to describe but interesting. I think my favourite was the story where Benvolio and Rosaline meet again many years in their future.

Pigeon Post by Arthur Ransome: I was curious because it seems to be popular, and it (and another book from this series) popped up in a nearby second-hand bookshop. I am not much of a fan of children's books, but this, even though the plot seems to be rather Enyd-Blytonish, is much better written (though I am not sure why they decided Timothy must be an armadillo).

Fanning the Flames, ed. by William Kelly: a collection of essays of Japanese fans and fandoms. Not about Takarazuka, but feels kind of recognizable, and also some interesting thoughts on fannishness in general (I don't read academic fan theory that much, I came to this mostly from Japanese modern culture angle)

Citizens, by Simon Schama - a Very Long book about French revolution. I have read Carlyle fairly recently - it's interesting to see a more objective angle, but I think after this I should look for something more pro-revolution, for comparison.

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