Weekend Reads: Chinese Mystery, Science-Fiction & Josei Manga

Holy shite, chums, it is raining up a storm over here right now! I am a bit mind-blown by this because of how sunny it was yesterday, and I don’t really live in an area where it’s prone to rain much, especially by chance like this. Also, I’m not complaining because I absolutely love the rain. This was just a very pleasant surprise for me on this Saturday morning.

The books that I’m tackling going into the weekend and through the following week will include a familiar face or two as I barely got any reading done this past week. I’ve been super focused on writing and watching anime that I haven’t felt like reading. Nevertheless, I am starting to miss it, so I’ll take the plunge back into it starting today (hopefully… *insert awkward chuckle*).

I am on the verge of DNFing one of the books because I’m not having fun with it. It’s taking such a long arse time to get going. In fact, this book may be the reason I took a break from reading, which isn’t a good sign now that I’m thinking about it. I’ll give it a second chance during the weekend and if it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t work out. The others are anticipated reads so I know the enthusiasm is there with caffeinated pizzazz (do people still use this word?).

Guns of the Dawn by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Guns of the Dawn is a stand-alone fantasy book that I mentioned in last week’s post and is the book that has me feeling so bored out of my mind. Don’t get me wrong, the premise still sounds interesting, and the writing is good, but it’s excruciatingly particular. Fantasy can be a slow-to-start genre. I totally understand that, but when you have chatted for over a hundred pages about things that literally could have been expressed with half that length, I feel like there is going to be a problem. On the other side of it, I may just not be in the mood for a slow-burn fantasy book (my money’s on this one, to be honest). If I do put this book aside, I definitely plan on returning to it when I have more patience and the proper mood needed to digest narratives of this calibre.

Only Human (Themis Files #3) by Sylvain Neuvel

Only Human is a science-fiction novel that I also shared last week. This is on my list again for one simple reason: I haven’t started it yet. I was so focused on the above title that I didn’t allow myself to begin reading Only Human. This is a book that I know I will binge the fuck out of. Sunday is my lazy potato day, so that will be the day to ignore everything and everyone for this babe.

In Clothes Called Fat by Moyoco Anno

In Clothes Called Fat is a josei drama manga about women who are living their day-to-day lives as they struggle with challenges pertaining to identity and sexuality. One of my favourite people in the world had fantastic things to say about this manga, so I knew I had to read it. I also really like josei more often than not but haven’t read nearly as much of it as I would like. When this fell before my eyes at the library, I grabbed it without hesitation.

Flower Net (Red Princess #1) by Lisa See

Flower Net is a first instalment in an older #OwnVoices Chinese mystery series authored by one of my favourite writers. This is See’s first time writing a narrative like this one as she mostly specialises in cultural historical fiction, and because I’ve read nearly everything else she’s written, I figured I needed to read through this series as well.

It begins with the death of an U.S. Ambassador’s son in the city of Beijing. At the same time, another dead body is discovered out at sea aboard a ship, the body of a Red Prince, who is the progeny of China’s most-political elite. The governments of both nations believe that these deaths are somehow tied to one another, and in effort to seek out deserved justice, they make the choice to work together to solve its mysteries as soon as possible.

Those are the titles to keep me thoroughly occupied this weekend and hopefully by the end of Friday I shall have at least one or two of these completed! Please, let me know if any of these titles sound especially intriguing to you. Have a beautiful weekend, my mates!

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