#WWW Wednesday – 27 January, 2016

My Internet connection is being a bit dodgy tonight, but hopefully I will be able to get this posted.

First up today is WWW Wednesday, hosted by Sam over at A World of Words. Click on her blog and go to today’s post to add your own link. All you need to do is answer the three questions.

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Apparently this guy is known on the Internet as Unpopular Opinion Puffin. He is appropriate here.

  • What are you currently reading?

I’m just under 100 pages away from the end of Illuminae and I have dissenting opinions about it! Like, it’s probably only going to get a 3.5-4/5 from me and the rest of you have all been giving it five stars kind of dissenting opinions. Mostly my issues extend from it being a cool idea in theory, but being actually kind of hard to read in practice, and some character stuff that I’ve found irritating.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

I read The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter last week. I enjoyed it though I wasn’t always sure exactly what message she was going for.

I also finished The Book of Shades by K. C. Finn. It ended up being quite different from what I expected, but I still enjoyed it for the most part. I definitely want to read the rest of the series.

Upon realising that I was only 45% of the way through it and feeling like it had been going on forever, I actually gave up on Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters. It just wasn’t as funny as I expected it to be, and there were things that made sense in the original story that were altered in such a way to not make sense in this. It was really bizarre just how much time people spent at sea, or in the presence of the sea monsters given how deadly they are.

I do still want to get through Pride and Prejudice and Zombies before the movie comes out next month.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Probably The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris. Of the three books I have from the library, that’s the one I’m keenest to try. Books that I randomly pick up because they are on display and have pretty covers get less time to impress me than books I’ve had on my TBR though, so we’ll see if I get into it or not.

I think I might leave it there today and not worry about WIPpet Wednesday this week. I want to finish Illuminae and also I am really tired. And I haven’t been writing much this week because I’ve been trying to actually make sense of the timeline for Worlds Apart. However, if you are a fan of encouraging writers who share snippets of their work, you should click the little blue guy up to the right regardless, and go shower some praise (or constructive criticism) on the other WIPpeteers.

20 thoughts on “#WWW Wednesday – 27 January, 2016

  1. Claire | Art and Soul says:

    Sounds like Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters was a wasted opportunity 😦
    I don’t think you’ll be alone with having dissenting opinions about Illuminae. I did wonder about taking off half a star because some of the formatting is just a bit silly and makes it very hard to read the book. I think I was in a particularly magnanimous mood with it coming up to Christmas and decided to overlook this!
    Here’s my WWW: https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/www-wednesday-27th-january-2016/

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    • Emily Witt says:

      Haha, that’s fair enough. I ended up giving it a full four stars in the end. I need to make some notes about it because I probably won’t get to write the actual review for a while and I do have a lot to say about it. There were some pages (mostly the “AIDAN’s Core” records) where I had no idea which direction to read in and so I just skipped the pages entirely. Though AIDAN did end up being my favourite character in the end.

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    • Emily Witt says:

      That’s fair enough. I am glad I read it as it is quite unique, but its uniqueness did make it a bit difficult to enjoy at times. And also made it quite hard to get into the characters.

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  2. Yvo says:

    I had some small problems with Illuminae as well… It’s very original, but sometimes the creative prose and layout is really hard to read comfortably, especially when you have to read it on a kindle. 😉

    Happy reading! Here’s my WWW.

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    • Emily Witt says:

      I can definitely imagine it would have been hard to read on a Kindle. That was part of the reason I was happy to wait for it to come in at the library, rather than buying the ebook. And I ended up not being in the queue for as long as I expected, so that was good.

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  3. xxertz (Fiction is My Addiction) says:

    Oh no! I’m sorry to hear about both Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters and Illuminae. I have heard mixed reviews on Illuminae, but am curious to see the character annoyance you have. (Maybe I’m just twisted in that sense lol. )

    Happy Wednesday and wish you the best with getting through Illuminae and (hopefully) receiving better Internet connection.

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    • Emily Witt says:

      lol, my main issue was that the main characters didn’t have a lot of depth, other than “hardened”. And they were totally justified in being hardened, but it would have been nice to see some nuance in there. And also the narrative only worked because they made some bad decisions.

      Thank you! The Internet seemed to be behaving itself this morning, so I think it’s back to normal.

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  4. Nicole Groshek says:

    I thought Illuminae was hard to read at times too. I really liked it in the end, but I felt that certain pages were only done in that artsy fashion because the authors wanted to be cool and unique, not because it helped out the story in any way.

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    • Emily Witt says:

      I totally agree! I ended up giving it four stars, because it did tell a good story, though there were full pages that I skipped at times (usually the ones where the text was in wiggly lines and I could never tell how I was supposed to read it).

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  5. Sam says:

    I have dissenting opinions on a lot of books so no worries about not liking Illuminae! It’s best to be honest. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

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    • Emily Witt says:

      I am getting better at being honest about my opinions. I gave The Martian three stars just because so many people love it that I was scared of only giving it two, even though that was what I wanted to rate it. But after all, they are all “just books” in the grand scheme of things.

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