I am amused - and pleased - at the headlines about the Mets' rookie pitchers Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler after they won both games of a doubleheader yesterday in Atlanta - 'pair of aces' and 'dynamic duo'. I didn't see Harvey's game (he took a no-hitter into the seventh, and only a mistake by the first baseman kept it from going longer) but Wheeler managed to get over some early wildness and work through a couple of tough innings to get the win in his first major league start. I try never to get my hopes up when it comes to the Mets, but this could be the start of something good. Not this season, which is pretty much done for already, but next year and the year after that.
In other sports news, I guess it's good that the Rangers hired Alain Vigneault? Maybe they will actually learn how to play offense again, especially on the power play? I guess we'll see.
Reading Wednesday!What I've just read
Since last we spoke, I finished When You Reach Me
by Rebecca Stead, which I enjoyed immensely, possibly because I was 9 years old in 1979 when the story was set, and also obsessed with A Wrinkle in Time
(okay, no, technically it wasn't until 1980 that I read/loved/used the L'Engle books for all my book reports etc. but close enough for these purposes) so Miranda felt really familiar to me. It reminded me more of The Young Unicorns
in terms of L'Engle's books, and also From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
, so I think nostalgia plays a large part in loving this book, but I think it does a good job with a young narrator, so that you as the reader know stuff she obviously doesn't. So the big twist isn't really a surprise? But still, I liked the book a lot.
I also read Emilie and the Hollow World
by Martha Wells, which was also highly enjoyable, though I was shocked when Emilie said she was 16, because she comes across as no older than 13 at most, and the book reads more like a middle grade than a YA to me, and she spends a little too much time eavesdropping and tagging along before she really gets in on the action, but still, enjoyable steampunk hijinks, and recommended if it comes into your hands.
And as I mentioned the other day, between books, I reread Devil's Cub
, which is my favorite Heyer. There are certainly some iffy things in it - not just the class issues, but also Vidal's treatment of Mary early on (he forcibly abducts her and there is some violence involved) - but ( spoilers I guess ) What I'm reading now
Kim Stanley Robinson's The Years of Rice and Salt
, which became available (along with three other books) from NYPL almost immediately after I said I had no more library books out. *snerk* I'm about halfway through and I find it a really enjoyable/fascinating thought experiment - it's an alternate history where 99% of Europe was wiped out by the Black Plague, so China, India, and the various Islamic empires are the major powers in the world. I'm not particularly emotionally invested in the characters, mostly because ( spoilers )
I'm enjoying it but we'll see how it goes, since I'm only halfway through.What I'm reading next
Well, in addition to The Years of Rice and Salt
, I also have Tell the Wolves I'm Home
by Carol Rifka Brunt, Along for the Ride
by Sarah Dessen (as recced by one of you), and The Age of Miracles
by Karen Thompson Walker from the library, since they all became available at once. Oops? And The Ocean at the End of the Lane
by Neil Gaiman, which I had forgotten I'd pre-ordered, but which doesn't have a due date, so it'll have to wait.
I'll let you know how that all goes. *snerk*
I feel like it is time for a wsip roundup, even though I don't think much has actually changed.
Right now, I'm currently paying attention to four stories, though there is a fifth that rotates through when I think about things that I want to happen in it, so:( I'm cutting because I feel weird about talking about these right now. Idek )
There's a few others on the list, but these are the ones I'm actively working on now.