What I Just Finished Reading

What Your Financial Advisor Isn't Telling You – Liz Davidson
I'm still searching for the book that will convince me retirement plans amount to anything more than state-sponsored gambling. That said, the gambling Davidson peddles is far less injurious than most financial advisors', and she includes a truly fascinating section on the psychology of habits that I wish had gone on for far longer.

Fortunately, the Milk – Neil Gaiman
When reading Gaiman's ouerve, I often find myself asking a) Could I have written this, and b) If so, would Harper Collins have published it in a handsome hardcover edition? At least 80 percent of the time, the answers are yes and no, at which point I get cranky.

This book made me cranky.

The Wasting of Borneo – Alex Shoumatof
Shoumatof's conservation message would be more convincing if he weren't also a priveleged ecotourist whose globe-trotting contributes to the very environmental destruction he decries. He's also cringe-inducingly oblivious in other areas, such as his rendering his Malaysian guides' speech in “me talk good” pigdin English and his reaction upon meeting a highlander in traditional garb (“the most authentic-looking Penan we've met”--I guess the ones in Western clothing were imposters?), or his risible contention that sexual violence was unknown on Borneo prior to contact with multinationals. It's a shame, because the opening chapters on Shoumatof's youth in the woods and fields of New England were lyrical.

What I Am Currently Reading

The Windfall – Diksa Basu
I'm still very much enjoying the foibles of the main characters as they try to navigate status and class in Delhi and the Indian expat community in the US.

The Infidel Stain – MJ Carter
I enjoyed the opening chapters the first time I read this and am enjoying them again now. What remains to be seen is if my opinion of the rest of it improves on the second read-through.

10% Happier – Dan Harris
Still loving this one, and will probably purchase next time the ebook goes on sale.

Tarot 101 – Kim Huggens
After a nigh-fifteen-year absence, I dipped my toe back into the online Tarot community and promptly went o.O. I signed out this book in an attempt to find out where some of these trends are coming from.

The Souls of China – Ian Johnson
Still truckin'.

Arkham Asylum – Grant Morrison & Dave McKean
For: McKean's artwork is stunning, Morrison understands that creepiness resides in what you don't show, was written in 1989.

Against: Oh look, women being tortured to death so's the menfolk can have something to do.

The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom – John Pomfret
Still truckin'.

Deathless – Catheryne Valente
Still truckin', although with a POV shift to a new character this week.

What I'm Reading Next

Gah, I don't know. I exceeded my owned-but-unread ceiling this week, triggering a mandatory massive unloading of volumes into neighborhood Little Lending Libraries from which I am still smarting.

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From: [personal profile] i_am_zan

Arkham Asylum is gorgeous!!! I loved it. The only Batman I am a fan of are the Dark Horse comics. Not a great fan of the newer films though I have to admitting to enjoying elements of Michael Keaton's efforts. I have watched episodes of the series Gotham, and though I think they're sort of good, it isn't on a priority list of the 'must watch'.

Malaysian guides' speech in “me talk good” pigdin English and his reaction upon meeting a highlander in traditional garb (“the most authentic-looking Penan we've met”- ugh! when I was at Uni all those *ahem,kof,ahem* decades ago ... the line 'Oh my Uncle/Godfather/brother/Father/whatever was stationed there with the RAF/Army or whatever" was something thrown at me frequently - they still hadn't completely cast off their colonialism I guess too. It really used to make me seethe when they would then try 'pick-up'lines in Malay ... I once had someone come up to me blatantly saying "Oh just come with me, I know you like us big English types." True story. I WAS HORRIFIED,SPEECHLESS. Thankfully I was with friends and they guided me away slowly before any blood (his) could be spilt. I was so ready to glass him. I just couldn't believe the gall of it.

It is something that people might tell others to joke, and it is sort of funny after all these years, but the sheer *insert expletive loaded adjective* ... of it still makes me cringe thinking about it. I think the world has moved on since, but still though.

Hmm unfortunately the milk ... something I read to my nephews, but I didn't pay for it so it was ok. I think mY son enjoyed the books because then again Chris Ridell did the artwork (If I'm not mistaken) and he had done some of the David Walliams books. Read those instead. They really are funny. Short too. Yes really ... ^_^


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