I have a lot to talk about

d5e81d8f642ce63634e689903d613712I mean, just off the top of my head:

  • The escape room I went to in Indianapolis on Saturday, which was insanely awesome even though we didn’t get out;
  • The pants-shitting terror that ensued while dropping my son off at my parents’ for the day and happening to check Twitter at the exact minute everyone in Hawai’i got the “You’re about to die!” message on their phones;
  • The subsequent boneshaking rage at the discovery that the thing supposedly in charge of the country did not even bother to interrupt its round of golf while that was happening;
  • The ongoing success of the “draw each day” initiative, which is only four days old but, hey, I haven’t quit yet!;
  • The outstanding stupidity of my day at work today, which featured three different sales that were closed and then cancelled within half an hour;
  • The economy’s about to crash, by the way– ask how I know;
  • The fact that I’ve begun two different writing projects this week and am pretty happy with the development of both so far;
  • My annual “Shut the fuck up about Martin Luther King, white people; you’d have hated him” post;
  • Begging for reviews from the person using Kindle Unlimited to work through a couple of my books this week;
  • Whatever the hell else happened to cross my mind.

Instead of doing any of those things, I’m going to go to bed early, because I feel like hell.  This is about all I can manage in terms of coherent thought right now.  So pretend I wrote as many of those posts as you like and feel free to respond to whatever you think they might have said below.

blech

So I finally gave up and bailed on Oathbringer last night, after trying to read an online synopsis to see if the book was going to get any more exciting.  I couldn’t even get through the damn synopsis. I’ve never had a series I enjoyed go this bad this fast, and I’m still kind of shocked by the whole thing.

I’m aware that I’m probably overreacting just a little bit to the idea that I wasn’t going to finish reading a book, by the way, but still.  I had really been looking forward to this one.

Yesterday there was probably still a foot of snow in my front yard.  This morning when I got up it was gone, every last flake, and it was rainy and in the mid- to high fifties all day today, which probably represents the fastest I’ve ever seen this place switch seasons.  I mean, the joke about northern Indiana is and always has been that if you don’t like the weather you should wait a week, but holy shit.

I dunno.  I’ve kinda been in a haze all day; I took a three-hour nap this afternoon for no better reason than I couldn’t come up with anything else to do.  Hopefully tomorrow will be more interesting.

Oh so that’s what’s bugging me

xhss9So I’m reading this book right now.  It’s the third book in a series that I think is going to be seven or ten books long, it’s 1200 fucking pages long, and the two books before it were both also over a thousand pages long.  I started it right around the first of the year and I’m barely a quarter of the way through the thing.  I feel like I sailed through the first two, and I really enjoyed reading them.  That said, it’s been a while, and I read so much that my recall is not always great.  At first, I thought that was the reason that this book felt like a slog– that I just didn’t remember the story well enough from the previous books and it was holding me back.

There really shoulda been a goddamn recap chapter in the front.  I mean, shit, your book is already twelve hundred pages long, maybe you give me another 15 to recap the previous 2200 pages in the other two books?  It’d be nice.

Something hit me about this book last night.  The big conflict in this one (so far) appears to be that the race (fantasy book, remember, so literal non-human race) that humans have basically been using as slaves since time immemorial have, for lack of a better word, woken up.  They were basically big strong mute servants until recently and now they’ve got their minds back.  And they are, rather understandably, somewhat pissed about the whole centuries of slavery thing, and so there’s a bit of Kill!  All!  Humans! going on out there.

The book expects me to be on the side of the humans in this conflict.  All of the main characters are human.  There’s been at least one, maybe two POV characters from the other side in previous books but he’s either dead or just hasn’t shown up; I literally don’t remember.

I am not on the side of the humans in this conflict.

There are hints that one character is going to take the side of the newly-awakened slave race, but those same hints imply that he is going to lead them, and I kinda don’t feel like a white savior narrative is going to improve this book any.

Oh, and the series has always explicitly associated blue eyes with social status, which I was willing to ignore the implications of previously but now is kinda looking upsetting given recent developments.  Like, characters’ eyes literally change color to blue if they achieve certain abilities.

So right now I’m at war, with my 2500-page investment along with a healthy dose of “give the rest of the book a chance; this may not work out the way it seems like it’s going to” on the one hand, and literally ten other books that I’d like to start reading and nine hundred more pages of this one to slog through on the other.

Feel free to provide advice if you’d like.

(Also: I’m not a hundred percent sure why I’m effectively subtweeting the actual book here; my Goodreads feed isn’t exactly a hidden thing.  But that’s how the post came out.  I dunno.)

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On things I’ll never actually do

51AEI3isFiL__SX327_BO1_204_203_200_Let me be clear about something, in case any of you were wondering: I have absolutely no intention of reading this book.  This is true regardless of how I acquire it, in fact; if anyone happens to give it to me I’m going to throw it away.  Until this person’s taking residency at the White House I was somewhat proud of the fact that I owned at least one book about or by every US president; I have now amended that to every legitimately elected US president, and this person does not get to dirty my bookshelves.  I don’t say his name and his stupid face does not get to appear on my website any longer.

It is clear from the excerpts I’ve seenI act that there’s nothing remotely surprising in there, anyway.  It was abundantly clear from the beginning that this person was manifestly and obviously unfit for the presidency in literally every way one might be except for being a natural born US citizen and over 40 years of age.  At this point I need no further evidence. There is nothing any book about him can do to add to my understanding of him; nothing has changed and everything was obvious from the very beginning.  So, no.  I’ve got enough bullshit in my life, and one of my plans for 2018, such as they are, is to spend less time letting other peoples’ bullshit into my skull.  So I won’t be reading this book.


I actually had a brief conversation with my wife earlier today about what might happen were I to try and eliminate paying attention to politics from my life, even on a short-term basis.  I’ve said this before; there would be a lot more political content on this site were it not for Twitter, which is where most of my politics talk has landed– which is probably better for everyone, as Twitter is better for spur-of-the-moment venting and I’ve already done the World’s Angriest Man blog, back during the Bush administration.

You know, the Golden Age.

I hear talk from people about how they’ve Decided to Unplug for a certain period of time; sometimes for a couple of weeks or a couple of months or much longer than that– usually this is in reference to social media in some way or another but sometimes it’s in reference to some topic, like politics, that is causing stress.  I genuinely don’t think I can do that; I feel like paying attention to this shit is something I have to do as an American citizen, and “unplugging” or “shutting off” for a while feels less like self-care and more like an abdication of responsibility.

I dunno.  I’m mostly free-associating.  I might do such a thing if I thought I were capable of it; I don’t think that I am.