packetcat reads 2022 Week 25 – The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki

Pages: 638
Purchased from: Kobo

I picked this book up because I saw it on sale on the front page of the Kobo store and I am glad I did. A fantastic tale of magical realism combined with dealing with the issues of mental health, parenting, trauma and just being a teenager. The author handles all these issues with the care they deserve and some of the scenes in this book definitely made cry.

Oh and also this book is a bit of a meta narrative about books, I won’t spoil further but it is very well done.

packetcat reads 2022 Week 24 – Circe by Madeline Miller

Pages: 473
Purchased from: Kobo

Exactly twelve weeks after I read The Song of Achilles, I have come back to Madeline Miller for my Greek mythology fiction fix. And I am mildly disappointed. While this particular story is also very well written and there wasn’t anything I particularly disliked, it just wasn’t as fun to read as the The Song of Achilles. Circe being able to hold her own against the big leaguers of the Greek pantheon is wonderful, love me a nice underdog story.

All of that said, I am down to read more of Madeline Miller’s Greek mythology fiction work, she is quite good at it. Maybe some time next year though, I’ve had my fill for now.

packetcat reads 2022 Week 23 – After Steve by Tripp Mickle

Pages: 540
Purchased from: Kobo

My second non-fiction of the year and I liked this one even more than the first one. A unique look at how Apple’s company culture slowly morphed after the death of Steve Jobs and what Jony Ive’s role was. It left me feeling a bit sad about the state of Apple now and since I was reading this during the same week as WWDC 2022 happened, I felt a lot of mixed feelings about the stuff that was announced there.

Especially the Continuity Camera which is quite possibly the least Jony Ive thing I’ve seen Apple announce in a while.

packetcat reads 2022 Week 22 – The City of Brass by S. A Chakraborty

Pages: 650
Purchased from: Kobo

It was nice to return to some fantasy set in Middle Eastern mythology after last week’s sci-fi jaunt. I loved the characters in this one, especially the main character Nahri. The complicated dynamics amongst the djinn was also very interesting and I’m sure that plays a major role in the sequel which I have added to my wishlist for a later date.

This book is now the longest I’ve read this year at 650 pages, it mostly doesn’t overstay its welcome despite its length. There is a significant amount of it that is worldbuilding which I didn’t mind since this is the first book in the series. I hope the sequel focuses more on the character dynamics though.