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Not so much a blog; just lots of books

Currently reading

A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century
Barbara W. Tuchman, Nadia May
Progress: 696/1718minutes
Conservation of Shadows
Yoon Ha Lee
Progress: 22%
Le premier jour
Marc Levy
Progress: 180/496pages
Moby-Dick: or, The Whale (Penguin Classics)
Herman Melville
Manifold: Time
Stephen Baxter, Chris Schluep
Progress: 99/480pages
The Long War
Stephen Baxter, Terry Pratchett
Progress: 68/501pages

Reading progress update: I've read 304 out of 432 pages.

The Yiddish Policemen's Union - Michael Chabon

I've only gotten this far by skimming a lot of paragraphs. Not so much the dialogue, just a lot of the long descriptive info-dump portions. The book has an insanely high number of those. Guess what? You can mostly just skip them.


And what's with the random use of the second person pronoun instead of the passive voice in the middle of the narrative? This is the second time I remember noticing it:

"You reach the loft by a steep companionway at the back, next to the kitchenette."

The other instance was on page 131:

"You come into a wainscoted hall, a door at the far end, on the left a wooden stair leading up to the second floor."