Netflix Sandman is so good.
This was so good. It took me a little while to really get into it because she throws you right into this unfamiliar place but by the end I couldn‘t put it down. Part Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell and part House of Leaves. I hope it doesn‘t take another 16 years for her next book.
Some light reading before bed.
This one of my favorite books. I read the physical version years ago, own it on ebook because it‘s lighter to carry and I‘ve been digitally borrowing the audio book from the library for a few years because it‘s great and super relaxing. The loan just expired and the wait time to borrow it again is up to ~14 weeks. So I broke down and finally bought the audiobook too. I might have a problem. 😆
I really liked it. I read The Iliad in college but wasn‘t really sure what to expect from this. It‘s actually a pretty brutal version of the Trojan War that avoids glorifying the violence of that time or the original story in any way as it is told from the point of view of the woman given to Achilles as his “prize”. Barker even finds a way to include the gods and goddesses in a realistic sort of way which I appreciated.
I‘m only reading books written by women this month and I‘m excited to finally start this.
I didn‘t hate it! but I‘m still anxious to check out more Johnson. For some reason I got kind of a The Sun Also Rises vibe from it. But instead of expatriated American writers moving recklessly through Europe it was an expatriated NATO agent and a mercenary moving recklessly through Africa. I don‘t know if that was Johnson‘s intent but it fits better than if I kept waiting for it to become a Robert Ludlum novel or something I think?