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Last week’s Not Pictured selections included the usual number of X-Men comics. They feel horribly relevant right now.
I love it when I ask the library to buy a book and they order a bunch of copies that a bunch of other patrons check out as soon as they're available. Guess I wasn't the only one eager to see how Ciere's story continued.
Emily Lloyd-Jones's DECEPTIVE [Amazon] is the sequel to ILLUSIVE, a book I sought out because I saw it recced on Twitter as X-Men meets Oceans 11 and I love both those things. It was an accurate comp, and it fits this book, too, with the caveat that DECEPTIVE's got a lot more stuff on the fed side of the equation. While it took me a little bit to readjust to this the world after my time away, I was hard into the book by the end and was sorry to say goodbye to all the characters.
So sorry, in fact, that I popped right onto Lloyd-Jones's website to see if there was any chance of a third book somewhere down the line. Alas, she's got ILLUSIVE and DECEPTIVE tagged as a duology. While it's easy to read Ciere's storyline as concluded (with enough dangly bits that she could enjoy more adventures down the line), I feel like both Devon and Daniel have a middle book thing going on. Shit gets dark for them, and the ending puts them in position for the traditional third book Lightening Of Burdens. It's not the worst possible conclusion to their storylines, but I'm still sad we'll never get to see where they go from here.
Sometimes my phone flat out refuses to focus on Murchie's fuzzy face, and I get fed up and quit trying.
As I’m sure is the case with many people, I learned about Margot Lee Shetterly’s HIDDEN FIGURES [Amazon] from the recent film adaptation. I spent a Hoopla credit on it and dove in as soon as I’d finished Yaa Gyasi’s HOMEGOING, and it’s been wonderful so far. Shetterly blends scientific facts with personal stories about the black women who were integral first to war-era aviation research and later to the space race. The result is an affecting examination of what life was like for them, personally and professionally, with plenty of science history for them what wants it.
Now I’m even more excited to see the movie. Too bad I suck at actually making it to the cinema.
I tried and tried and tried to settle in with serious fare last week, but I couldn’t concentrate well enough to enjoy any of it. Rather than go entirely without books and/or end up abandoning something I’d normally get a lot out of, I figured I’d finally read Sarah J. Maas’s second Throne of Glass novel, CROWN OF MIDNIGHT [Amazon | Scribd]. As previously stated, I expect this series to be something mildly fun at best, without the sort of nuance and diversity I look for in my best-beloved books, so the enjoyment stakes were much lower than with anything else on my library stack.
As I write this, I’ve been reading it for three days and I’m less than 20% in. It was probably a good pick for my current mood, which I hope will have faded by the time I finish it and start something else.