WWW Wednesday April 3, 2019

ARGH! It’s WWW Wednesday and I forgot earlier.

That sometimes happens when your day starts at 3:42 am. *yawn* My back was hurting too much to sleep. That happens…far too often, unfortunately, but such is life.

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam from Taking on a World of Words.

The three W’s are as follows:

The Three Ws are:

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

Let’s get this show on the road!

What are you currently reading?

I haven’t read Neil Gaiman since reading Coraline with my son back in like 2007 or 2008, and I haven’t read any mythology since…freshman year of high school? (So. much. reading. from Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton.) I’ve always wanted to learn more about Norse mythology, and Gaiman’s retellings are making it far more accessible than anything I’ve tried before.

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey is up next and I’m SO excited about reading this!!!! Check out the premise of this book:

In the early 20th Century, the United States government concocted a plan to import hippopotamuses into the marshlands of Louisiana to be bred and slaughtered as an alternative meat source. This is true.

Other true things about hippos: they are savage, they are fast, and their jaws can snap a man in two.

This was a terrible plan.

Contained within this volume is an 1890s America that might have been: a bayou overrun by feral hippos and mercenary hippo wranglers from around the globe. It is the story of Winslow Houndstooth and his crew. It is the story of their fortunes. It is the story of his revenge.

Is that not completely nuts?!?!?? I heard about this on a back episode of All the Books a few weeks ago and was floored (plus it counts as an alternative history for Book Riot’s 2019 Read Harder Challenge, so YAY!). I can’t WAIT to read this!!!

What are you reading this week???

7 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday April 3, 2019

  1. Hippos in Louisiana? That’s insane! I might just have to read that book. Crazy.

    Sorry about your back pain. I’ve been having severe shoulder pain that’s keeping me up at night. It’s awful. I had it x-rayed today, so hopefully, I can get some answers — and relief — soon. I hope you find a solution to your pain as well. Sleep is important!


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    1. I should get started on River of Teeth today and I’m SO excited. I cannot believe anyone ever thought that was a good idea!!!!

      Argh, sorry about your shoulder pain! That’s no fun. (And if they tell you that it showed nothing, don’t be surprised; there are a lot of things that don’t show up on x-ray but will show up on MRI. I had that happen to me once; I ended up having to switch docs after my one doc did an x-ray, said it showed nothing, and told me to get a back massager from Bed, Bath and Beyond. On a friend’s recommendation, I called her doc’s office, and the nurse practitioner gave me the biggest ‘you’ve GOT to be kidding me’ look I’ve ever seen when I told her what the doctor said. She immediately sent me for an MRI, since I’d been struggling to walk that entire summer, and the MRI showed a herniated disc. So don’t be afraid to keep pushing for answers!) I’ve got degenerative disc disease and sacroiliac joint dysfunction, and nothing for pain control, so sleep isn’t always something I can manage- today started at 4 am. *yawn* I hope you get some answers and relief soon. Constant pain is awful. 😦


  2. River of Teeth was definitely interesting. I need to see if there are sequels. I kind of forgot about it as I read it when it came out. I like the sound of the Gaiman book, I adore mythology. If you like Norse mythology you should check out the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne. The audiobooks are fantastic.

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    1. I started River of Teeth today and it is indeed interesting! There’s a sequel, called Taste of Marrow (and there are books that include both novellas, called American Hippo). My library doesn’t have that one, though, so I’d have to order it via interlibrary loan.

      I never feel like I can get the same mental grasp of Norse mythology as I can with Greek, probably because the Greek stories were hammered into my brain all throughout my childhood, whereas I never even came across the Norse stories until I was in my mid-20’s. I’ll definitely check out the Kevin Hearne books, thank you!!!


  3. Confession time, I have NEVER read a Neil Gaiman book gahhh. I contemplate reading American Gods all the time though, only so I can buy a copy with Ricky Whittle on the cover hahah. River of Teeth was definitely interesting! Though I daresay I wanted more hippos? I’ll be interested to hear what you think of it! I need to read the sequel sometime!

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    1. I too would like to read American Gods! It seems like so many people LOVE Neil Gaiman, and I just haven’t squeezed his books into my life yet, really.

      River of Teeth is definitely interesting! There are a lot of unlikable characters, and more violence than I generally like reading, and the idea of feral hippos in the rivers is seriously freaking me out, but the tame(r) hippos seem kind of…adorable? I had a stuffed hippo that I loved as a child, so that might be coloring my opinion here, haha!


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