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allhailgrimlock

Grimlock ♥ Ultra Magnus

I'm a well read grad student who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.   

Currently reading

Jurassic Park
Micheal Crichton
Progress: 141/480pages
All New Fathom Vol. 5
John Ercek, Erick Arciniega, Mark Roslan, Alex Konat, Beth Sotelo, David Wohl
Pocket Apocalypse
Seanan McGuire
Progress: 54%
Apex Magazine Issue 99
Allison Mills, Rebecca Roanhorse, Pamela Rentz, Mari Kurisato, Raymond Sturgis, Jason Sizemore, Daniel Heath Justice
Provenance
Ann Leckie
Progress: 148/432pages
Transformers Robots in Disguise: Where Crown City Comes to Life
Caroline Rowlands
Progress: 3/32pages
Avengers: Absolute Vision - Book Two (Avengers (1963-1996))
Brian Garvey, Jimmy Akin, Roger Stern, Steve Ditko, Carmine Infantino, Al Milgrom, Prentice Hall
Progress: 98/360pages
Deadpool Classic Vol. 20: Ultimate Deadpool
Kelly Doudna, Mark Bagley, Brian Michael Bendis
Altered Carbon
Richard K. Morgan
Progress: 67/516pages
Batman (2016-) #40
Stephen King, Jordie Bellaire, Joëlle Jones

Reading progress update: I've read 46 out of 242 pages.

The Mount - Carol Emshwiller

I'm both fascinated and like 'man, this is so hard for me to read!'  I think part of it is just being infuriated at how Charley - hah, Charley Horse! which didn't get for an embarrassingly long time - is so indoctrinated into the Hoot way of thinking, that it's good that he's enslaved, and on and on. 

 

Part of it is what I call flow.   It's something I can't really describe, but it has to do with how easy the book is to read - as opposed to how well written.   Like this is well written, but the flow doesn't work for me.   Technically, all the sentences are fantastic, and the author has a very good sense of what to tell, when to tell it, plot, characterization.   But the flow is off. It's partly poetry, partly how the sentences flow, and partly something indefinable for me.   But it all affects how I interact with the book. 

 

It seems unfair to me that I can't define this better.   I can try, partly by pointing out that some of the parts of this novel are composed of very short, precise sentences that are fine - but feel a bit overused.  

 

I think, though, that underlying all this is a deep discomfort, especially since I'm finding it hard to relate, or really care about, any of the characters right now.   I'm not sure I'm supposed to like them, but without liking something about them, I can't really care about them.   That there is a deep problem.  So I think I'll read this ten to twenty five pages a day - and see how it goes.