What I Happen to Be Reading At the Moment

"A thirteen-year-old is a kaleidoscope of different personalities, if not in most ways a mere figment of her own imagination. At that age, what and who you are depends largely on what book you happen to be reading at the moment.”

 

While not 13 anymore, the desire to read almost anything and everything in order to read for fun and for experience is still around. I'm currently working on my PhD in a physical science, but I love to read and books are one of my non-science hobbies.

Life After Life - Kate Atkinson I like Kate Atkinson's style, I like the myriad of ways that a character can live their fictional lives plausibly, and I love the way that Ursula ends up trying to make the best of her life time after time. However, as a (somewhat) rabid Doctor Who fan, I have seen this before. The beautiful literary premise about how choices affect someone gets caught up in the muddle of a somewhat sci-fi evolution of the story. It's kind of fun discovering who these historical side characters are, but at the same time it seems like a little overdone sci-fi story. Seriously, it is the plot of "Let's Kill Hitler" complete with a character who has foreknowledge of the situation who is manipulating it for her own ends, and even that who rebirth/regeneration thingSo, the conceit is fascinating but the execution reminded me of a hybrid of a video game and a Choose Your Own Adventure where, no matter how hard you try, you keep dying. When Ursula would get herself into a variety of different situations (abusive relationships, death of pets, death of loved ones--there are a lot of possibilities when one gets to live their life over and over) I definitely felt for the character and was invested in how Ursula would end up. Atkinson was successful in creating and capturing a character who at least had me as a reader interested for the length of the novel. It should really be four stars but it's three because, if you consume as much sci-fi as I do, you've seen this plot before.

Currently reading

Native Son
Richard Wright
The Great Glass Sea
Josh Weil
The Elder Edda
Anonymous, Andrew Orchard