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Old 08-03-2020, 11:02 PM   #2941
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I tore through the Ryira Revelations pretty quickly, enjoying them clear through, but they fully satiated the comfort food jag I had been on since shortly pre-lockdown.

Casting around for something with a little more bite, I saw Max Gladstone put out another Craft Sequence book last year, so that was an easy call. I'm almost done with Ruin of Angels, which is mostly a heist/caper, and like the other books, the city where it takes place is as much a character as the people (and other sentients). Cindy Day's reading is for the most part stellar, with great character voices, pacing and intonation. She does cover a wider dynamic range than most, which sometimes made it hard to find a comfortable volume where everything was intelligible and nothing was shouted.

It does feel more like Gladstone is zeroing in on a formula in this volume, and this city struck me as less allegorical, more grounded in his world than a riff on ours. The earlier books were clearly alt-NYC, alt-LA and alt-Honolulu, and this one is probably alt-San Francisco, and it's not like any of them were full-tilt allegory, but this city, Agdel Lex, seems the least tied to its counterpart in our world. Maybe I just don't know enough about San Francisco.

I'm also listening to a Great Courses lecture series from the Audible sale, How Great Science Fiction Works. I'm 3 or 4 lectures deep, and the one I heard tonight, about the intersection of historical fiction and SF, did a number on my TBR list. I suspect there will be more of that, going forward.
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I tore through the Ryira Revelations pretty quickly, enjoying them clear through, but they fully satiated the comfort food jag I had been on since shortly pre-lockdown.

Casting around for something with a little more bite, I saw Max Gladstone put out another Craft Sequence book last year, so that was an easy call. I'm almost done with Ruin of Angels, which is mostly a heist/caper, and like the other books, the city where it takes place is as much a character as the people (and other sentients). Cindy Day's reading is for the most part stellar, with great character voices, pacing and intonation. She does cover a wider dynamic range than most, which sometimes made it hard to find a comfortable volume where everything was intelligible and nothing was shouted.

It does feel more like Gladstone is zeroing in on a formula in this volume, and this city struck me as less allegorical, more grounded in his world than a riff on ours. The earlier books were clearly alt-NYC, alt-LA and alt-Honolulu, and this one is probably alt-San Francisco, and it's not like any of them were full-tilt allegory, but this city, Agdel Lex, seems the least tied to its counterpart in our world. Maybe I just don't know enough about San Francisco.

I'm also listening to a Great Courses lecture series from the Audible sale, How Great Science Fiction Works. I'm 3 or 4 lectures deep, and the one I heard tonight, about the intersection of historical fiction and SF, did a number on my TBR list. I suspect there will be more of that, going forward.
It sounds interesting. Back in the late 70's, there was a series on older books that influenced modern fantasy - Eric Brighteyes, The Well at the World's End, The King of Elfland's Daughter. The Worm Ouroboros. One can find a lot of interesting books that way. Some of them can be difficult for the modern reader to get into, simply because of the different style and different attitudes. I have the Worm Ouroboros in audiobook, but it's still in my to be listened to list.

I have Tim Curry reading Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth. It's excellent. It would be pretty neat to get some of Verne's books done by really top notch voice actors. There are a lot of Verne books on audible, but a lot of times, I don't recognize the voice talent. A lot of the early audiobooks aren't all that great, it took a while before they figured out the best way to do audiobooks.
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Old 08-07-2020, 01:34 PM   #2943
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Since my library offers the audio of Pym's A Glass of Blessings, I decided to try it. Is the dubious Mary Sarah an American, trying for an English accent? At one point she read the word clerk as an American would (not "clark"). However, once used to her I wouldn't call the experience a complete failure, but more "OK, if not great." I feel she does men fairly well. What I thought at first native vocal fry seems to be that she pauses too thoroughly at many commas in text.
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Since I last posted, I listened to Mrs Bradshaw's Handbook by Terry Pratchett and narrated by Penelope Keith, Michael Fenton Stevens. It's a travel log while traveling on the Diskworld train. It's funny, but not hilarious.

I both read and listened to The Relic by Douglas Preston and Lee Child (Prendergast series) and narrated by David Colacci. I very much enjoyed it. FBI agent from the South comes north to investigate murders that match up to some he had in cold case files.

Finished my relisten of Side Jobs by Jim Butcher narrated by James Marsters. Loved every story.

Currently listening to Jarka Ruus by Terry Brooks (Shannara series) narrated by Scott Brick. I skipped a couple of months, so back to this series. I hate to do too much of a series in a row, most times, because all the stories blend together. I have not read/listened to this trilogy before so all new to me.
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Finished up Mage Provocateur by Glynn Stewart, narrated by Hillary Huber. Huber did a much better job than did the duo in book one. Now to decide if I want to listen to Peace Talks, or give it another week or two and listen to something else first. I leaning towards something less serious. Maybe Red Pyramid or Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan.
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Now to decide if I want to listen to Peace Talks, or give it another week or two and listen to something else first. I leaning towards something less serious. Maybe Red Pyramid or Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan.
I bought Peace Talks but I keep changing my mind when to listen to it. Right now, I decided mid-September.
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