Currently Reading: Grimdark Fantasy, Japanese Mystery, & Queer Contemporary

Happy Saturday morning, Chums! I hope that your week has treated you kindly and that you shall be able to find time to unwind this weekend. My week was rather average for the most part, until Thursday and Friday. Those two days were quite thrilling and wonderfully exciting for me. So, I suppose in the grand scheme of it all, I can’t complain.

Aside from working on my manuscripts, my goal for the next two to three days is to get as much reading in as I possibly can. My reading shenanigans have been going at a slow and steady pace during September. Normally, this sort of thing makes me feel depressed and shoves me into the pits of a slump. However, with my focus being on mental health wellness this month, I’ve grown to appreciate this more sluggish devouring of books. It’s an odd feeling, but a comforting one and I’m going to enjoy it while it lasts.

I’m currently reading three novels and all of them are remarkably spectacular in their own ways. When I inevitably get back into doing book reviews (either in mid-October or November), I know I’m going to love chatting about at least two of them. They are all pretty different from one another in terms of genre and it’s reminded me how much I miss book polygamy. Monogamy was nice and helped me through a difficult reading rut. Nevertheless, with my ADHD waking up from its hibernation, multi-booking is back in the works for my brain.

Anyhoo, that’s enough random prattling. Check out them out down below and let me know if you’ve read them before or if they seem like something you’d want to pick up in the future!

Half the World (Shattered Sea #2) by Joe Abercrombie

Half the World is the second instalment in Abercrombie’s Shattered Sea adult grimdark fantasy series. It’s quite an interesting novel because it follows a completely different set of main characters than book one. I’m about halfway finished with it. The protagonist from book one, Yarvi, definitely makes an appearance and has a special role to play in the story, but the focus is not on him at all. I feel so intrigued by this because aside from the Dune saga, which spanned thousands of years in between the instalments, I’ve never read a fantasy series that employed this narrative tactic. By that token, I’m curious if book three will do the same thing, and if so, how it shall tie the whole series together by the finale. Please don’t tell me if book three has a different set of characters! I want to be surprised. Thank you.

Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Red, White, and Royal Blue is an adult Queer contemporary novel (not #OwnVoices that I know of) about the First Son of the United States who’s a biracial Latino and the Prince of England, who go from individuals that loathe one another to a pair who end up formulating a very special friendship (and possibly more) that than impacts their public appearances and the political climate involving the families of both young men. I’m about one-third of the way finished with this one. I fucking love the sass! Alex (our Latino First Son of the US), his sister, and best friend have so much sass that my heart swells with pride. It’s like reading about an interaction between me, my best friends (Sir Besty and Meow Bro), and my cousin. It’s fantastic. The romance is slow-burning and equal parts cute and hilarious. Plus, there is plenty of bisexual representation to make my heart melt.

The Early Cases of Akechi Kogorō by Edogawa Rampo

The Early Cases of Akechi Kogorō is an #OwnVoices Japanese mystery novel that collects some of Rampo’s earlier short stories on his most famous character, Akechi Kogorō. I decided to pick this book up (in eBook format) again after many years as a way to refresh and supplement my watching of the anime series, Kitan Rampo: Game of Laplace. I adore Edogawa Rampo’s work. The man was a fucking genius. His brilliance at using detective narratives as social commentary and for examining some of the dark interests that he has is incredible. Considering this is my second or third reading of the book, I feel like I’m catching things I missed my first time around, and I wholeheartedly cannot wait to read his work in Japanese one day. I’m about one-fourth of the way finished with it.

Those are my weekend indulgences. If I had to choose a favourite, or a novel that I was enjoying more than the others, it’s hands-down going to be Edogawa Rampo’s work. The other two are tied for second place. When I think about all the books that I’ve DNF’d this year, I feel lucky to have a series of readings that I’m equally infatuated with across the board. Now, if only it would rain. Then this weekend would be near fucking perfect. ♥

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