Happy Wednesday my lovely peeps!
Since it’s the middle of the week, that means it’s time for our reading check-in!
How is your bookish week coming along? Mine is starting to get a wee busy but hey, at least I’m somewhat ahead of my yearly reading goal still!
WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam over on Taking on a World of Words
What are you currently reading?
What have you just finished reading?
What are you going to read next?
(Click on the book covers for a link to their GoodReads page)
What are you currently reading?
The Monkey’s Raincoat by Robert Crais
I just finished watching the playthroughs for both Judgement and Lost Judgement from the Yakuza series and now I’m in a massive mood for PI books. PI books generally never make it onto my TBR, because I enjoy team settings and a lot of my favorite police procedurals satisfies that craving (calling in for backup, having a forensics team, etc.) and to me, PIs generally work alone, are kinda broke, and lack a lot of resources. I guess it never really occurred to me to just look for PI books with MCs that work as a duo. I’ve had my eyes on this series a few years back, but never got around to it. I totally missed it afterwards becauses, again, the series never made it into my TBR.
I read a little of this yesterday. It’s dated, and right away the MC strikes me as sexist (he literally says, in the first chapter, “as much as I’d like, to lick chocolate syrup off your body, I want you to shut up.”) I’ll see how it goes. Not looking great right now, but I’m not one to judge a whole series on a foul first chapter of the first book. I do at least want to see how “go find my husband and kid” can turn into a mess of a thriller.
Meet Elvis Cole, L.A. Private Eye. . . . He quotes Jiminy Cricket and carries a .38. He’s a literate, wisecracking Vietnam vet who is determined to never grow up.
When quiet Ellen Lang enters Elvis Cole’s Disney-Deco office, she’s lost something very valuable—her husband and her young son. The case seems simple enough, but Elvis isn’t thrilled. Neither is his enigmatic partner and firepower, Joe Pike. Their search down the seamy side of Hollywood’s studio lots and sculptured lawns soon leads them deep into a nasty netherworld of drugs, sex—and murder. Now the case is getting interesting, but it’s also turned ugly. Because everybody, from cops to starlets to crooks, has declared war on Ellen and Elvis. For Ellen, it isn’t Funtown anymore. For Elvis, it’s just a living . . . He hopes.
The Lost War by Justin Lee Anderson
My general reading habits are a book a week, but recently (starting with The City & The City) I’ve taken a liking to finding one read that takes a little longer (2-3 weeks to finish) while finding smaller or cozier/funnier books in the middle so that I’m still technically finishing a book a week. With The Monkey’s Raincoat as my “shorter read”, The Lost War by Justin Lee Anderson will be my longer read (~2 weeks, maybe 2½ because I like to savor world-builds and take my time). I received an ARC of the book (paperback, coming out in May 2023) and immediately started on reading it. I’m 7 chapters deep and there’s already so many page flags and little margin notes because I’m liking what I’m reading so far. Like, a lot.
The war is over, but something is rotten in the state of Eidyn.
With a ragged peace in place, demons burn farmlands, violent Reivers roam the wilds and plague has spread beyond the Black Meadows. The country is on its knees.
In a society that fears and shuns him, Aranok is the first magically-skilled draoidh to be named King’s Envoy.
Now, charged with restoring an exiled foreign queen to her throne, he leads a group of strangers across the ravaged country. But at every step, a new mystery complicates their mission.
As bodies drop around them, new threats emerge and lies are revealed, can Aranok bring his companions together and uncover the conspiracy that threatens the kingdom?
What have you just finished reading?
The City & The City by China Miéville
Last week, I finally finished reading The City & The City by China Miéville. It only took 3 weeks minus a day, but I’m finally done with it. It was such a good book full of world building and charm that I wanted to savor a few chapters every night until I finished and so, unlike some of the other books that I love (in which I end up inhaling them as quickly as possible) for this one, I wanted to drag it out for as long as possible. I drafted a whole review for it already, but I’m lazy on editing format and layout so…
But don’t you worry! It’ll be up as next week’s Thursday review! Stay tuned!
When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlú of the Extreme Crime Squad. But as he investigates, the evidence points to conspiracies far stranger and more deadly than anything he could have imagined.
Borlú must travel from the decaying Beszel to the only metropolis on Earth as strange as his own. This is a border crossing like no other, a journey as psychic as it is physical, a shift in perception, a seeing of the unseen. His destination is Beszel’s equal, rival, and intimate neighbor, the rich and vibrant city of Ul Qoma. With Ul Qoman detective Qussim Dhatt, and struggling with his own transition, Borlú is enmeshed in a sordid underworld of rabid nationalists intent on destroying their neighboring city, and unificationists who dream of dissolving the two into one. As the detectives uncover the dead woman’s secrets, they begin to suspect a truth that could cost them and those they care about more than their lives.
What stands against them are murderous powers in Beszel and in Ul Qoma: and, most terrifying of all, that which lies between these two cities.
Casting shades of Kafka and Philip K. Dick, Raymond Chandler and 1984, The City & the City is a murder mystery taken to dazzling metaphysical and artistic heights.
What are you reading next?
Dust & Lightning by Rebecca Crunden
I usually start my books on Mondays and with The Lost War being a 2 week read and having started The Monkey’s Raincoat a little late I may very well still be reading both by next week’s WWW Wednesday. However, I do have my eyes on Rebecca Crunden’s Dust & Lightning and seeing as it’s a shorter read than both of my current read, I may still make it in time! Regardless of the whens, Dust & Lightning will still be my next read, whether it’s for next week or the week after.
In the near future, humans have gone beyond simple space travel. By the year 4054, multiple solar systems are inhabited, and taking a spaceship is as commonplace as taking an aeroplane.
Unfortunately, not everything about the future is so advanced. The central planets, led by Earth, have risen high at the expense of cheap labour on distant worlds. Dissent is widespread and arrests are common. Sometimes prisoners are released; sometimes they disappear without a trace, sent to labour camps in other solar systems.
When Ames Emerys receives a letter telling him that his brother Callum has died en route to the remote planet of Kilnin, he takes the first ship he can off Earth, desperate for answers. But the secrets Ames uncovers prove far more dangerous than he could have imagined.
And trouble isn’t far behind.