In Medias Res: Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

As the title implies, I’m in the middle of this book, so this is not a review, just some thoughts mid-way through.

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Fleishman Is in TroubleFleishman Is in Trouble

by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

This is going to be a tough one to write about when I finish, unless the last half is significantly different than the first (a possibility I’m open to).

It’s not the writing. The prose is delightful, there are turns of phrase that I’ve stopped to re-read. Brodesser-Akner has a sharp wit and an equally sharp eye for observation/social commentary.

But man, I’m just not enjoying this book at all. I don’t like the protagonist (I admire the lessons he gives his residents at the hospital)—and he’s easily the most likable character in the book. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve almost DNF’d this.

Here’s why I’m sticking with it—I’m curious. Partially to see what the fuss is about (if I can). But more than that, I’m curious about the ending—I’ve heard it’s a killer. And there are two things I want to see where Brodesser-Akner is going with (we might get the answers to all 3 simultaneously). I may not enjoy the book but she’s doing everything right to get me to keep reading. Still, I’m afraid this is going to end up being in The Best of Adam Sharp or The Heart of Henry Quantum territory, however–well-written books that I only remember suffering through.

Has anyone out there read this thing? Any encouragement for me?

WWW Wednesday, 16-October-2019

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! Lotta time hanging out in a hospital room resulted in a little more reading time than I expected (everyone’s okay, don’t worry). So…

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words — and shown to me by Aurore-Anne-Chehoke at Diary-of-a-black-city-girl.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Easy enough, right?

What are you currently reading?

Currently, I’m listening to the audiobook of Back of Beyond by C. J. Box, Holter Graham (narrator) and I’m reading Erica Wright’s Famous in Cedarville.

What did you recently finish reading?

Today I finished Don’t Get Involved by Richard Roper, Simon Vance (Narrator) on audio and yesterday I finished both Flying Alone: A Memoir by Beth Ruggiero York and Anbatar: Legacy of the Blood Guard by Anne Dolleri.

What do you think you’ll read next?

My next book will probably be Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language by Gretchen McCulloch, it’s due back at the library soon, so I’ve got to juggle the TBR.

Hit me with your Three W’s in the comments! (no, really, do it!)

WWW Wednesday, 10-October-2019

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! I haven’t been able to get as much finished as I’ve wanted to since Thursday, so why not try something simple?

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words — and shown to me by Aurore-Anne-Chehoke at Diary-of-a-black-city-girl.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Easy enough, right?

What are you currently reading?

The current thing I’ve got going is listening to the audiobook of This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper, Ramon De Ocampo (narrator).

What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished Don’t Get Involved by F. J. Curlew and will be posting both my take on the book and a Q&A with the author next week.

What do you think you’ll read next?

My next book will probably be The Dead of Winter by A.B. Gibson, an Appalachian Trail Murder Mystery.

Hit me with your Three W’s in the comments!

WWW Wednesday, 2-October-2019

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! It’s been a while since I’ve done this, I figured it was time to dust this off.

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words — and shown to me by Aurore-Anne-Chehoke at Diary-of-a-black-city-girl.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Easy enough, right?

What are you currently reading?

I’m a little over one-third done with the audiobook for Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie, narrated by Steven Pacey. I read this a few years ago, and have forgotten almost all of it (I remembered most of the first two volumes). I’m having a blast with it. I’m also about 80 pages away from finishing System Failure by Joe Zieja. This Sci-fi comedy trilogy is one of my favorites from the last few years, and it’s going out strong.

What did you recently finish reading?

Monday, I finished Justice Gone by N. Lombardi Jr and Ghosts of You by Cathy Ulrich. I’ll be posting about these both over the next couple of days.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m not sure what my next audiobook will be, I should probably figure that out before my commute tomorrow. My next book will probably be A Bloody Arrogant Power by Malcolm J Wardlaw, a near-future dystopia seems like a good follow-up to a comedic space opera.

Hit me with your Three W’s in the comments!

September 2019 in Retrospect: What I Read/Listened to/Wrote About

7,577 pages over 25 books, most of those good books, too—not counting the ones I haven’t decided on, I’m looking at a 3.63 average, can’t complain about that. Sure, there was a 2-star, but it only took me a day to get through, so it wasn’t that bad. Also, this was a month of small additions (and smaller subtractions) to Mount TBR. Yay for restraint? It was a pretty good month, basically. I felt like I was behind most of the month, but I don’t think that was really the case. I’ve got big plans for October, hopefully in a month, I’m feeling as bullish about it as I feel about this month.

So, here’s what happened here in September.

https://wordpress.com/stats/irresponsiblereader.com

Faith vs Faithfulness: A Primer On Rest The Editor Dachshund Through the Snow
3 Stars 4 Stars 4 1/2 Stars
Bloodline The Blade Itself Gluten Is My Bitch
3 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars
Irony in the Soul Fletch Reflected The Unkindest Tide
3 Stars 3 Stars 4 Stars
Have You Eaten Grandma? Sea This and Sea That Appetite for Risk
4 Stars 3.5 Stars 3 Stars
The Chain Before They are Hanged Relief by Execution
4 1/2 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars
The Princess Beard I'm Sorry...Love, Your Husband Hire Idiots
3.5 Stars 2 Stars 3.5 Stars
Land of Wolves Cradle to Grave My Plain Jane
4 1/2 Stars Still Deciding 3 Stars
 Grace Worth Fighting For Beyond Authority and Submission: Women and Men in Marriage, Church, and Society Justice Gone
5 Stars 4 Stars Still Deciding
Ghosts of You
Still Deciding

Reformed Dogmatics, Volume 5:Ecclesiology, the Means of Grace, Eschatology Last Argument of Kings

5 Stars 1 2 1/2 Stars 0
4 1/2 Stars 3 2 Stars 1
4 Stars 7 1 1/2 Stars 0
3.5 Stars 3 1 Star 0
3 Stars 7
Average = 3.63


Physical Books: 4 Added, 2 Read, 29 Remaining
E-Books: 0 Added, 0 Read, 24 Remaining
Audiobooks: 0 Added, 1 Read, 2 Remaining

2019 Library Love Challenge

2019 Library Love Challenge

  1. The Chain by Adrian McKinty
  2. Land of Wolves by Craig Johnson
  3. I’m Sorry…Love, Your Husband (Audiobook) by Clint Edwards, Joe Hempel
  4. The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie, Steven Pacey
  5. Gluten Is My Bitch: Rants, Recipes, and Ridiculousness for the Gluten-Free (Audiobook) by April Peveteaux
  6. Have You Eaten Grandma?: Or, the Life-Saving Importance of Correct Punctuation, Grammar, and Good English by Gyles Brandreth (link forthcoming
  7. Before They are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie, Steven Pacey
  8. My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows, Fiona Hardingham (link forthcoming

While I Was Reading 2019 Challenge

Nothing this month.

LetsReadIndie Reading Challenge

#LetsReadIndie Reading Challenge

  1. Hire Idiots by Professor I.M. Nemo
  2. The Editor by Simon Hall
  3. Bloodline by Pamela Murray
  4. Irony in the Soul: Nobody Listens Like the Dying by Pete Adams
  5. Appetite for Risk by Jack Leavers
  6. Cradle to Grave by Rachel Amphlett (link forthcoming
  7. Ghosts of You by Cathy Ulrich (link forthcoming
  8. Justice Gone by N. Lombardi, Jr. (link forthcoming
  9. Faith vs Faithfulness: A Primer On Rest
  10. Relief by Execution by Gint Aras
  11. Sea This and Sea That by Jeremy Billups
2019 Cloak & Dagger Challenge

2019 Cloak & Dagger Challenge

  1. Hire Idiots by Professor I.M. Nemo
  2. The Editor by Simon Hall
  3. Dachshund Through the Snow by David Rosenfelt
  4. Bloodline by Pamela Murray
  5. Irony in the Soul: Nobody Listens Like the Dying by Pete Adams
  6. Fletch Reflected by Gregory McDonald, Dan John Miller(link forthcoming
  7. Appetite for Risk by Jack Leavers
  8. The Chain by Adrian McKinty
  9. Land of Wolves by Craig Johnson
  10. Cradle to Grave by Rachel Amphlett (link forthcoming
  11. Ghosts of You by Cathy Ulrich (link forthcoming
  12. Justice Gone by N. Lombardi, Jr. (link forthcoming
Humor Reading Challenge 2019

Humor Reading Challenge 2019

  1. The Princess Beard by Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson
  2. I’m Sorry…Love, Your Husband (Audiobook) by Clint Edwards, Joe Hempel
  3. Hire Idiots by Professor I.M. Nemo
2019 Cloud of Witnesses Reading Challenge

2019 Cloud of Witnesses Reading Challenge

    Nothing this month.

How was your month?

August 2019 in Retrospect: What I Read/Listened to/Wrote About

August in a Thumbnail: 7294 pages (500 more than July), 24 books (same as July, and given the amount of time Dark Age took I’m happy about that), Average Rating of 3.9—which is not shabby. But 6 5-Star books??!?!? I’m either getting really soft, or I had an incredible month (my reflex is to guess I’m getting soft, but I’d defend every one of those).

Here’s what happened here in August.
Books Read/Listened to

Teen Titans: Raven The Bitterest Pill Not Home Yet
3 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars
The Lord's Supper: Answers to Common Questions Chances Are . . . A Dangerous Man
3.5 Stars 4 Stars 4 1/2 Stars
Heaven on Earth Shady Characters Dark Age
3 Stars 3 Stars 5 Stars
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Life of Christ Black Summer
5 Stars 3 Stars 5 Stars
Kings of the Wyld (Audiobook) Fletch, Too The Swallows
5 Stars 3 Stars r5 Stars
Gilmore Girls: A Cultural History Finding God in the Ordinary Reformed Dogmatics, Volume 4: Soteriology
3.5 Stars 3 Stars 5 Stars
Cause and Effect: Vice Plagues the City Chimes at Midnight A Time Traveler's Theory of Relativity
3 Stars 4 1/2 Stars 3.5 Stars
Son of Fletch Brotherhood of the Worm
3.5 Stars 4 Stars

Still Reading

The Blade Itself The Editor

Ratings

5 Stars 6 2 1/2 Stars 0
4 1/2 Stars 2 2 Stars 0
4 Stars 3 1 1/2 Stars 0
3.5 Stars 4 1 Star 0
3 Stars 8
Average = 3.89

Reviewish things Posted

TBR
Physical Books: 7 Added, 4 Read, 27 Remaining
E-Books: 1 Added, 0 Read, 21 Remaining
Audiobooks: 1 Added, 3 Read, 3 Remaining

2019 Book Challenges

2019 Library Love Challenge

2019 Library Love Challenge

  1. Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia, Gabriel Picolo (Illustrator): An Updated Look into the Empath’s Past
  2. Chances Are . . . by Richard Russo: Russo almost writes a Crime Novel, but manages to avoid it.
  3. Shady Characters by Keith Houston: This geeky look at symbols and punctuation is as informative as it is fun.
  4. Dark Age by Pierce Brown: The blood-dimmed tide is loosed… / The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity.
  5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling, Jim Dale
While I was Reading Challenge

While I Was Reading 2019 Challenge

Nothing this month. I’ve got the rest of the list picked out, just need to find/make the time.

LetsReadIndie Reading Challenge

#LetsReadIndie Reading Challenge

    Finding God in the Ordinary

  1. Cause and Effect: Vice Plagues the City by Pete Adams: It’s some effort, but readers will be amused by this
  2. Brotherhood of the Worm by M. T. Miller (link forthcoming)
2019 Cloak & Dagger Challenge

2019 Cloak & Dagger Challenge

  1. Cause and Effect: Vice Plagues the City by Pete Adams: It’s some effort, but readers will be amused by this
  2. A Dangerous Man by Robert Crais: A Routine Errand leads to a Rescue Mission for Joe Pike
  3. Black Summer by M. W. Craven: A Good Detective Faces Off with a Brilliant Criminal for the Second Time
  4. Fletch, Too by Gregory McDonald, Dan John Miller (link forthcoming)
    Bitterest Pill
  5. Son of Fletch by Gregory McDonald, Dan John Miller (link forthcoming)
Humor Reading Challenge 2019

Humor Reading Challenge 2019

    Nada.
2019 Cloud of Witnesses Reading Challenge

2019 Cloud of Witnesses Reading Challenge

  1. Heaven on Earth by Thomas Brooks (link forthcoming)
  2. Life of Christ by J. Gresham Machen
  3. Reformed Dogmatics: Soteriology by Geerhardus Vos, Richard B. Gaffin Jr. (Translator) (link forthcoming)

How was your month?

August 2019

Library Haul 8/3/19, My Eyes are Bigger than My Stomach

Sometimes it really hurts when most of your Library Hold list becomes available at the same time.

Case in point:

That’s my library haul for today. 1,654 pages of reading ahead of me—1,410 pages of which are due back on 8/17. Sure, that’s a very doable number, but at least a thousand of those pages are going to be slow work. Oh, and there’s the new Robert Crais book that should be arriving in my mailbox Tuesday (and you know I can’t let that sit around unread).

Honestly, it’s not that big of a problem (and a great problem to have!), but man…I look at that stack and just feel tired. Anyone else ever do this to themselves?