More recent reading

So yesterday I had a cyst the size of a walnut removed from my scalp, which served as the catalyst for the rather enthusiastic bandage job posted last night.  The combination of restless nerves, a long wait in the surgery, and the complete inability to sleep due to the bandages constricting my jaw meant I spent a lot of the day reading.

Changeless, the follow-up to the Gail Carriger novel I blogged about on Tuesday, was a fun read that didn’t really have the zomgawesomesauce feel of Soulless. Which is not to say that it isn’t full of Steampunky goodness and a readable book, just that I missed the added frisson of enjoyment that came from the intertextual Austen-esque moments that made the first book so much fun. Austen-esque doesn’t work when you’ve got happy, sexually active couples in the opening pages. I found myself missing that.

Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist, however, was the exact kind of comfort reading I was looking for around 1 AM. I picked this book up after listening to the DVD commentary by authors David Levithan and Rachel Cohn on the film adaptation (which is a gently charming coming of age story that I bought largely on the strength of the awesome commentary track featuring the novel’s authors, the director, and the screenwriter). It’s a sweet coming-of-age love story with all sorts of cool stuff happening around the edges (punk music, New York, characters who are gay as opposed to gay characters), and it’s nearly impossible to hate anything that includes the line I’m the nonqueer bassist in a queercore band on the first page. My inner sixteen year old has such a fierce crush on this book. My exterior thirty-three year old kinda digs it too, although he’s far more reserved about his crushes.

Now if you’ll excuse me I’m off to lie very still and wait for the stitched up hole in my scalp to stop hurting. At least the doctor downgraded me to a more sedate bandage today…

  2 comments for “More recent reading

  1. 12/06/2010 at 10:08 AM

    Hope you're feeling better! And glad it was a cyst and not a lobotomy, or part of some supervillain's plot to use your formidable writing brain for nefarious purposes. 🙂

    I loved the Nick and Norah movie, and think I need to go read the book. I loved David Levithan's other book, Boy Meets Boy, and actually see Levithan as the iteration of something new in queer literature, unique to a younger, more open and fluid generation. And his writing has a similar appeal to spec fic, with all that fun stuff at the edges that appeals to the kid inside of you, whatever your age.

  2. 13/06/2010 at 10:02 PM

    Yeah, I suspect there's going to be a bunch more Levithan novels in my book-buying future (which, sadly, isn't going to happen until after I've paid for Worldcon).

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