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Vicious Circle, Ghost City and the Reading Itchies: October 12, 2008

October 12, 2008

I did end up reading last night, finishing Vicious Circle (which was less of a horror story than the game). Although it ended with Felix having lost everything, it still finished on a hopeful, satisfying note. I couldn’t tell if there were going to be any more Castor novels — the way Vicious Circle ended, it could have been the end of Felix’s stories. Happily, a third Castor novel, Dead Men’s Boots, has been published in England (where the first two were first published), and two more (Thicker Than Water and The Naming of the Beasts) are scheduled for 2009. I will be keeping my eye out for all of them in the US.

When I closed Vicious Circle, I picked up The Ghost City: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic–and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World . I’m not sure I’m in the mood for an examination of a terrible cholera epidemic in London in 1854, even if it did change modern cities and our understanding of how disease spreads. If I’m not in the mood for that, I’m not sure what I’m in the mood for.

I’m feeling some restlessness, which means I’m probably about to start a mad scribble. The urge to write is one thing that drives the reading itchies — not the only one, mind, but I feel ideas bubbling up, so it’s the most likely suspect. It’s not like I have nothing to read; it’s that I don’t really want to read.

We’ll see.

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