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So I've given up on reading The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly. It's awful. And you know a book is awful when you're avoiding all reading in order to escape from a bad book. This book was a bad rip-off of Jurassic Park, but set in China, and using dragons instead of dinosaurs. I remember how tightly written Crichton's Jurassic Park was and how bad this is in comparison. The dialogue is so bad. I hate not finishing books, but I'm going to pass on completing this one.

Instead, I'm going to read A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, which is the first in a series of urban fantasy novels set in London. I don't always like urban fantasy, but the back of the book really intrigued me, and the clerk in the bookstore was very positive about it; she was reading the second in the series at the time.

I'm continuing to make my slow way forward in The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukerjee. It's fascinating reading. I'm only reading a bit at a time because my brain can only process a little science in one go, but it is excellent, terribly informative without being incomprehensible. I highly recommend it.

My reading trend is to be reading something fictional, with short bursts of non-fiction a few days a week. I'd like to start reading Les Miserables bit by bit in the same way I do with non-fiction, but it's still sitting there on the coffee table gathering dust. I think I might try The Hunchback of Notre Dame instead; I am determined to read all the big fat classics before my eventual death. Hopefully that's decades away because there is so much left to read!

Date: 2017-04-27 02:38 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] this_ascension
Oh, Les Miserables. The character Javert is one of my most favorites in literature. ♥

Date: 2017-04-27 04:36 am (UTC)
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I really enjoyed A Darker Shade of Magic, so I hope you'll like it! *g*

Date: 2017-04-27 07:09 am (UTC)
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I really want to read Jurassic Park and this post reminded me to, so thank you!

Date: 2017-04-27 01:52 pm (UTC)
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I have "A Darker Shade of Magic" in my TBR. I've heard good things too, but haven't gotten around to it yet.

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