What are you reading right now?


    One of the Co-Creators, Michael Dante DiMartino, released the first book in his new solo project. A novel series called "Rebel Genius". I'm terrible at describing things so here's a blurb from the official tumblr.

    "In twelve-year-old Giacomo's Renaissance-inspired world, art is powerful, dangerous, and outlawed. A few artists possess Geniuses, birdlike creatures that are the living embodiment of an artist's creative spirit. Those caught with one face punishment akin to death, so when Giacomo discovers he has a Genius, he knows he's in serious trouble.

    Luckily, he finds safety in a secret studio where young artists and their Geniuses train in sacred geometry to channel their creative energies as weapons. But when a murderous artist goes after the three Sacred Tools--objects that would allow him to destroy the world and everyone in his path--Giacomo and his friends must risk their lives to stop him."

    Read the first few chapters. Very interesting so far, very much his style. Also if you're wondering what the other half of the ATLAB duo is up to Bryan Konietzko is working on a graphic novel series called "ThreadWorlds"

    Hope one day they make something together again but until then these both seem like great reads.

  • Right now I'm reading 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami and really enjoying it. I had tried reading some of his other books before, but I could never get into them. This is the first one that's hooked me right from the beginning, and I just love his style.

    If people want fantasy suggestions, I highly suggest The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss. I read the first two books over the summer and absolutely loved them. The wait for the third and final book in the trilogy is absolutely excruciating, though. If you want a series that's already finished, you can always check out Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. The first book in that trilogy is super good, followed by a pretty meh second book, and a third book that's okay until the last act when it becomes fucking awesome. So it's a bit of a rollercoaster, but if you know that going in I suspect it'll be easier to read.

    I also recently read The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker, and I absolutely loved it. It's great if you want a more grounded fantasy novel. It's set in late 1800s/early 1900s New York, and takes its fantastical elements from Jewish and Islamic mysticism, which I think typically go underutilized. Absolutely give it a read if you're curious.

    Finally, I also read The Gone Away World by Nick Harkaway, and thought it was one of the most insane books I've ever read. Harkaway (who, by the way, is the son of freaking John Le Carre), is a master world-builder. I went in blind, so I don't want to spoil anything about the plot. All you need to know is that it's a first person sci-fi novel that starts in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Throughout the course of the book, it literally touches on almost every genre, including the martial arts epic. It's just bonkers, and everyone should check it out.

  • @Olf_Himself I read the first chapter of Peace Talks and it was pretty great. Should be a good one!

  • I'm almost finished with Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. It had been something I've wanted to read for a while now. Took some time, even after I picked up a copy, but I eventually was able to squeeze it in-between all the reading I have for my college courses. I have about 50 pages to go and I am not disappointed. Definitely one of the best novels I have read in a while. I'm trying to extend it as long as possible because after I finish this I have to read Around the World in 80 Men as a result of a lost bet. I really wish I was joking about that last part.

  • @Caleb_Aranda I think a lot of people kind of stop reading in college because they get overwhelmed by coursework. I had to make an active effort to start reading again this spring, and that was only because I was coasting for my final semester. Glad you got back into it with a good one! I'm terrified to google your next one.