Heaven’s River by Dennis E. Taylor 📚

Loved the Bobiverse series at the outset, and was still mostly entertained through to #3. I could hardly follow this one. And it was full of filler.

I’ve learned to set books down when I’m not enjoying them. Why didn’t I do that this time?

Finished reading: The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth Book 3) by N. K. Jemisin 📚

Now I’m reading explanations of the book. I kind of rushed through the audio (before it returned to my library), and following the narrator around via audio was a bit challenging.

The Greatest Salesman in the World is not a book about sales, but about habit formation. I believe strongly in the power of habit, but I’m hesitant to read this the way it was meant (1 chapter at a time, 3 times a day, for 30 days). Has anyone out there actually done this?

Finished up The Revenge of Analog by David Sax, featuring @patrickrhone and @rohdesign. Good eats!📚

Finished reading: Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert 📚

From Dobby Gibson’s “Ode to the Future”, published in Little Glass Planet:

so let’s make America a set of problems
we can admit exists again, and still have the will
to solve

📚 God of Nothingness (2021) by Mark Wunderlich & Against Heaven (2022) by Kemi Alabi

I quite enjoyed the former and … worked my way through the latter.

god of nothingness mark wunderlich

against heaven kemi alabi

🦹 Criminal: The Last of the Innocent (2011)

This is volume 6 in the Criminal series by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Though great, I can get burnt out on these crime stories. This one was amazing.

📚 Head On (2019) by John Scalzi

I appreciate the things Scalzi is accomplishing in this universe. This one was just a little too procedural for me.

Scalzi Head On

🦹 Ascender (2021)

Ascender is a fascinating series with beautiful watercolor art. I liked its predecessor, Descender, a bit more, but still very entertaining.

The story of Mark Wunderlich’s poem Cuthbert rolls along so well. I didn’t realize until the last stanza that it was a rare poem that I’ve read recently that actually has rhymes! I think it’s pretty clever to include suprising rhymes in a poem about a lamb.

📚 Fish: a tap essay (2012) by Robin Sloan

What an interesting experiment. It has some things to say.

📚 The Obelisk Gate (2016) by N. K. Jemisin

I read this with audio. It’s a book two that found my attention straying, but certainly did well in setting up an exciting conclusion (I hope).

🦹 The Immortal Hulk

This has been a wild ride. A horror comic with many surprises. Volume 8 found me mostly confused, though. Volume 9 brought it back into focus a bit. I need to get my hands on volume 10.

The poetry books I’m currently reading have quite the titles. Will see if these bring out my angst or if they are just clever irony. 📚

🦹 Eternals (2006)

Neil Gaiman lends his considerable talents to revisit Eternals. The book felt like there was more to come, but I don’t think there was?

📚 The Dream of Reason (2018) by Jenny George

Lots of poems about animals. I didn’t jive with this one so much, but it had it’s moments.

📚 Lucky Man by Michael J. Fox (2003)

I may be 20 years late, but this is a good celebrity memoir. Some interesting stories backing a tale of the metamorphosis of a man.

📚 Prognosis by Jim Moore (2021)

Now this is what I meant when I wrote about mixing with my mind by reading poetry. This is a collection I will come back to, grabbing from the shelf and reading random bits.

🦹 Hawkeye: My Life as a Weapon (2013)

This through volume four is roughly the basis for the Marvel Hawkeye show. I’ve read through volume six. Good stuff!

Hawkeye: My Life as a Weapon

📚 The Maze Runner (2010)

I’ve tried to read along with each of the kids on at least one book series (RE: The Hunger Games and Found), and now it’s time to read with the youngest. This one was a particularly brutal dystopia.

From Jenny George’s collection The Dream of Reason (I could find no place to link to, so this is printed without permission):

Spring

Speckled egg, brown egg, or sky blue with black marks –

Having broken once, the world re-forms
in miniature.
Over and over, in the nest
between two limbs; in the hollow of grass
at a marsh edge.

It’s relentless, the way it keeps trying
to return.
Joy
Joy
Joy

🔗 Unsolicited Advice to Minnesota Children by Neil Hilborn

I shouldn’t quote the whole thing because that would be inappropriate, so I’ll do something worse and excerpt a poem:

and you ingrate children of the snow
spend all your time in “classes”
learning about “things” that will teach you
nothing about ice skating on the bones
of your enemies or lighting moose
on fire or felling fir trees

Anyway, I love it!

📚 Where the Deer and the Antelope Play (2021)

I like how Nick Offerman writes. It inspires me to be more playful with my scribbles. Maybe I can be a little janky, leave some words out, and use a fancy phrase or five for fun. There’s definitely a schtick to it and he can spread it too thick at times. One of the themes in the book is “nuance,” which makes it striking when Offerman paints 40% of the American population with a pretty obese brush. The dual focus of describing our beautiful land right next to lamenting our ugly politics doesn’t really do a lot of favors to either discussion.

📚 Dune (1965)

I never read Dune as a kid. I tried to read Dune just out of college, but it didn’t catch. Yes, I’m one who read Dune (1984 movie tie-in edition) after seeing the movie (2021), and for me this worked. The movie, along with a conversation with a friend after the movie, gave me enough background to enjoy the ride.