Reading Wednesday

Wed, Jul. 31st, 2013 11:09 am
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What I've read: Woe, didn't manage to finish anything this week. At least it was mostly because I was being social!

I did forget to note that I read Sampson Davis' Living and Dying in Brick City: An E.R. Doctor Returns Home. I really wanted to read about the medical cases intermixed with personal knowledge of the intersections of health and race and poverty. In the end, the book was too didactic for me. Each chapter is about a specific thing (HIV, obesity, drugs, history of medical experiments on black people, etc.), and each ends with a list of resources. I'm sure it is helpful for people, but I wanted something much more complicated than an introduction to the myriad problems of the US healthcare system and/or personal health issues and what to do about them. I was especially put off by the PSA on obesity, where he focuses on a woman he portrays as grotesquely obese (examples of how she can't be strapped to the gurney, fungus growing in folds of flesh, etc.). This is too bad, because the bits on his own life and history in Newark and how they intersect with his doctoring were really interesting, especially since he was one of the few doctors there who had grown up in and still lived in Newark, as opposed to commuting there from another, more affluent town.

I also forgot to mention Carolyn Jewel's novella Moonlight last week. It unfortunately is not particularly notable. There is some emotional stuff going on there re: a younger man in love with the slightly older women he grew up with and trying to not be seen as a goofy younger brother, but most of it focuses on the sex without tying it in to the conflict.

And I forgot Courtney Milan's A Kiss for Midwinter. Wow, I read a lot the week before. Anyway, I don't dislike it to the same extent [personal profile] coffeeandink does, but the noted discrepancy between what people say about Lydia's cheerful disposition and what we actually read on the page is very disconcerting. I also thought Jonas never quite gelled as a character to me; he read more as a collection of traits—blunt and socially awkward doctor who shows compassion to underserved populations—than an actual person. Definitely not one of Milan's better works.

What I'm reading: I still haven't finished Spillover. So of course I started Mira Grant's Feed, which is one of those "everyone was talking about it when it came out and I am only now getting around to reading it" books. So far, it is entertaining and easy to read—too easy, given how I lost track of time at bedtime! I'm not terribly caught up in the characters yet; they are very snarky and capable, but there's no real emotional hook for me to grab on to. Also, it is interesting reading this in 2013 when the presumed zombie apocalypse is in 2014 (the book was published in 2010). I'm not sure I would have fully bought into Grant's projection of how blogging grows increasingly important even back then, but now it's even odder to compare to what has actually been happening.

What I'm reading next: Er, hopefully Hiromi Goto's Half World, because I keep meaning to read it and then forgetting that I do when it comes time to select a book.

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Wed, Jul. 31st, 2013 07:47 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] umadoshi
So of course I started Mira Grant's Feed, which is one of those "everyone was talking about it when it came out and I am only now getting around to reading it" books.

Oh. Oh, oh, oh. *_* My heart. You're meeting Georgia.

Feed takes a while to click with some people (and of course, doesn't work for everyone, so I have no idea whether it'll wind up working for you). Opinions are all across the board on how each of the books stacks up against the others, and personally I think Feed is my favorite of the trilogy, but some of the things that are a bit weak in it get stronger as it goes.

I'll tell you the same thing I've said to a couple dozen people over the past year, given how hard I rec the series and how excited I get when people read it: if at any time you want to have someone to react at (good or bad), my inbox is always open. (Someone I know on Twitter was emailing me basically twice per CHAPTER when she was listening to Blackout, and it was one of my favorite fangirl weeks ever.) And I've gotten extremely good at discussing it while not spoiling anything past where someone is in the story at any given time. (Soooo much practice.)

(That's not an expectation of email! Just making sure you know. ^^;)

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Wed, Jul. 31st, 2013 09:08 pm (UTC)
umadoshi: (Newsflesh - box of zombies (kasmir))
Posted by [personal profile] umadoshi
I embrace this responsibility with pride. ^_-


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