So, I don't post enough and I don't feel active enough/like I'm writing enough in any form. Also, I never had the time/mental energy to read a lot of books during the school year (or, I do read a lot of books but they're things for my courses, not things I read out of pleasure or interest), so I usually read a lot during the holidays. I keep track of the books I read personally, but I wanna start writing about them here.
Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
This is one of the Tiffany Aching/Wee Free Men books, one I hadn't read before. I enjoyed it, since Pratchett is always enjoyable and funny and clever. Plus, Tiffany Aching books heavily feature the witches (this is the first one with Nanny Ogg) and they're always extra funny and clever. Some of didn't have very clear follow-through (like, the "accident" that makes the whole plot get moving doesn't really have a reason to occur, it just does, which bothered me). But I bought this at a second hand book store in Glasgow to celebrate my exams being over and it was just what I needed to finish the year. Good fun.
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
No, I didn't realise I'd read two "nounsmith" books in a week, but there you go. This was good? in parts? Someone recommended Sarah Waters to me, so I just went and got the only book by here in the library and like, man, this could have been so much better? It's a crime drama set in Victorian London and there's a double-cross which becomes a triple-cross which *I think* becomes a quadruple-cross. There are lesbians, but their storyline is incredibly unsatisfactory and boring. Like, how do you make a lesbian victorian crime drama boring???
Anyway, it had some conceits that were originally interesting and then became boring. The book's in three parts and the first two tell relatively the same story chronologically but from two different characters points of view. It helps clarify the different elements of the double-cross but after a while they're just telling the same story with different vocab and it got boring. Also, it's got a lot of sentimental novel-esque parts, which I guess some people like, but it means there's lots of swooning and shrieking and nervous shaking and the story loses weeks and weeks to characters being confined to bed as mad and things. Good but boring and the reveals of the multiple deceptions are not very satisfying.