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April Books 
30th-Apr-2005 06:26 am
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April has, as expected, seen my reading rate drop somewhat, but I still ended up only five books behind what it would have been had I managed to continue at the same speed as March. Some of that was because I was reading longer books and some was because of stuff in "real life" interfering ( Filing my taxes, for example ). There were times, however, when it was simply that none of the books I had initially picked out for the month appealed to me at the moment I was deciding what to read next. Right now, after two months of concerted reading, my "to be read" shelves have about two hundred fifty books on them. I went through at the beginning of April and pulled out a stack that I hadn't read before ( that being the theme for the month ), and that sounded interesting at the time, but what I feel like reading tends to be very influenced by the mood I'm in. Several of the ones that had been "Hmm, that sounds interesting," at the beginning of the month when I was making the stack were kind of "meh" by the end. This last week it occured to me that the "series" theme for May has more than enough books in it to overflow into both months on either side, so I've started reading ones that fit both criteria: series ( or continuations thereof ) that are not re-reads. Before this, because of the fact that the fact that I don't think there will be enough on the shelf to fill the theme for July ( New authors/First books ), I had kind of gotten into the mindset that I couldn't read it this month if it fit the category for some other month. I've thrown that idea out -- which doesn't help me now that April is over, because for May I'll be looking for ways to exclude things, not include them. Even taking out the series for which: a.) some of them are hardbacks ( June ) or b.) they were written by authors new to me ( July ), I still have over four dozen books for May, and my best month so far I have only managed thirty-nine, so I don't think I'll run out.

Only twenty-five books this month;

61. The Paths of the Dead, Steven Brust Apr 2
62. The Lord of Castle Black, Steven Brust Apr 3
63. Sethra Lavode, Steven Brust Apr 3
64. ReVisions, Julie Czerneda & Isaac Szpindel, ed. Apr 4
65. Rusalka, C. J. Cherryh Apr 6
66. Chernevog, C. J. Cherryh Apr 7
67. Yvgenie, C. J. Cherryh Apr 7
68. Space Stations, Martin H. Greenberg & John Helfers, ed. Apr 8
69. The Mysterious North, Dana Stabenow, ed. Apr 9
70. Sirius: The Dog Star, Martin H. Greenberg & Alexander Potter, ed. Apr 10
71. Knight Fantastic, Martin H. Greenberg & John Helfers Apr 10
72. Interstellar Pig, William Sleator Apr 10
73. The Chronoliths, Robert Charles Wilson Apr 11
74. The Changeling Plague, Syne Mitchell Apr 12
75. The Seeds of Time, Kay Kenyon Apr 15
76. The Rapture Effect, Jeffrey A. Carver Apr 18
77. The Lathe of Heaven, Ursula K. LeGuin Apr 19
78. The Thread that Binds the Bones, Nina Kiriki Hoffman Apr 19
79. The Fata Morgana, Leo Frankowski Apr 20
80. The Burning Land, Victoria Strauss Apr 23
81. Rimrunners, C. J. Cherryh Apr 25
82. Far Edge of Darkness, Linda Evans Apr 26
83. The Magnificent Wilf, Gordon R. Dickson Apr 27
84. Buried Deep, Kristine Kathryn Rusch Apr 28
85. Memory of Fire, Holly Lisle Apr 30

[ The list starts at 61 because the rest is in a previous post. ]

High points were The Thread that Binds the Bones, The Chronoliths, and The Changeling Plague; low points were Far Edge of Darkness, and the overall treatment of women. For some reason, this month seemed full of books that made me uncomfortable in one way or another about the way the characters -- or the author -- treated women. Gordon R. Dickson's The Magnificent Wilf, for example, lists a publication date of 1996, but the way the wife is treated ( and acts ) felt to me like something straight out of the fifties, aside from the fact that she gets to travel to alien planets with her quasi-Ambassador husband. Although I enjoy most of Dickson's work, the number of times she is treated condescendingly made me want to punch him. Strangely, even Rimrunners, written by a woman about a female Marine, felt misogynistic, as though even the character herself didn't think much of women; maybe it was just me.
11th-May-2005 10:18 pm (UTC)
I liked Changeling Plague a lot lot, though it was weird. :->

In other news, you're still winning, but I'm managing to keep your dust plume firmly in sight. I'm not sure if it's fair that I'm also keeping up with two weekly and four monthly magazines (i.e. reading every issue within a week or two of them arriving at my house), but I refuse to count magazines.

In re your gender ... issue, check out my comments on Tunnel in the Sky</a>.
12th-May-2005 01:38 am (UTC)
I should tick over into triple digits this weekend, although for some reason my head doesn't seem to be in the right space for reading The King's Peace right now. I've been reading a couple of chapters at a time, then switching over to one of the Smith/Goldin D'Alembert series when I start to get restless with alternate-history-Arthuriana. I have almost cleared off two whole shelves of my "pile," and already surpassed my total for 2004, and we're not even half-way through 2005 yet.

No, I haven't been counting magazines, either, though I've thought about it. For some reason, reading a book seems like an accomplishment, while a magazine feels like slacking off. I'm only following four or five monthlies, though.

As far as Heinlein's treatment of gender, I'm with you that he was fairly progressive "for his day." To me it often seems that those who complain about how chauvinistic he was are reading into it what they want to find -- but then I suppose you and I are probably doing so, too, it is just that our expectations are somewhat more positive. A lot of the English language is open to interpretation, and there are always those who want to stretch an interpretation as far as it will go to make it fit their own agenda, which is a particular peeve of mine.

12th-May-2005 09:12 am (UTC)
I force myself to keep up with the magazines so I don't end up locked away in a bubble. My work sched is bizarre enough that it's possible for me to totally lose contact with the outside world for weeks at a time -- so I read Newsweek and the Economist, and my monthlies when they come, to remind me that, y'know, Chile and Canada and Kazakhstan all still exist and that there's life out there.
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