Yet another year is coming to an end, and traditionally it is time to summarize past twelve months and make some resolutions for the next cycle… here we’ll cover blogging and reading.
Piotrek: Re-enchantment has changed a little. There are less posts – 71 vs 103 in 2016. Were we (and especially I) lazy? A bit, maybe, but as most of the traffic is generated by a limited number of most successful texts, I don’t think it’s a problem that we gave up on our previous two-posts-per-week schedule. We update regularly, and there are more two-shots, conversations that seem to be more popular, and certainly fun to make, but also more time consuming. So – I’d say the blog fares well.
Ola: I didn’t check it, but it also seems to me that our entries keep getting longer, turning into small essays 😉 We also seem to have less “meta” posts – something that we should focus on remedying in 2018.
Should we mention the Gallery ;)?
Piotrek: We should 🙂 I’m unable to contribute, although my nieces start to show some promise in this area… but I’m a big fan.
Reading… I’m quite happy with myself. The plan was to read Shadows of the Apt, to advance either Cook or Erikson, and to read more non-fiction. I’ve posted two texts on Czajkowski, annoyed by the ending of his otherwise great saga. Cook is regularly reviewed by Ola and I have nothing interesting to add, but I’m more and more in awe with Black Company. Non-fiction… well, it’s mostly non-genre, let me just say I’ve managed to expand theoretical foundations of my recent disregard for the Polish nation, by re-evaluating its post-1466 history. It’s a serious accomplishment, as most Poles would say it was all nice and pretty till about 1650… how I learned to stop worrying and love the post-colonial studies. Well, not totally, but that’s another story. Take everything my more enthusiastic compatriots claim about Polish history with a grain of salt.
Ola: Aw, come on! Jagiellonian rule was very good, especially in comparison with the rest of Europe! I’d go even as far as defending Batory, so at least to 1586 😉
Piotrek: Have some winged hussars:
Ola: That’s a low blow 😛 I’d love to know, once and for all, whether they really had those wings or not. I think the consensus for now is that it changed in time 😉 Still, religious freedom and tolerance at the hight of Counter-reformation are not something to be scorned.
Piotrek: Genre book of the year – Air War, probably, with Chiang’s anthology and The Player of Games close behind. Yes, I need to write about Ian Banks, and soon. Genre non-fic… Joseph Campbell’s Hero With a Thousand Faces, not the latest in anthropology, but still very inspiring. Overall, Goodreads claims I’ve read 12 pages, and 9 whole books less than in 2016 – but 2017 was supposed to be more substantial, not bigger, and in this I have succeeded.
Ola: Genre book of the year – that’s a tough decision. I need to divide this category into fantasy and SF 😉 Assassin’s Fate and Bleak Seasons are the ultimate winners in the Fantasy category, whereas Hyperion/Hyperion’s Fall – in SF. I plan to write a review for Hyperion/Hyperion’s Fall when I find enough time to cover that topic 😉 The worst book of the year – definitely The City of Mirrors. As Piotrek, I’ve read more non-fiction this year, sociology, philosophy and history books, and my favorite among them was sir Moses Finley’s The World of Odysseus. A classic, thought-provoking read.
Piotrek: Politically it’s getting worse, all the time, and GRRM probably won’t finish Winds of Winter, again, so I’ll keep my spirits high by finishing Cook, and Banks, and at least re-starting Erikson. And perhaps with some poetry.
Hmm, and just to match my mood – but with a pinch of optimism – I’ve found this text in my daily notifications, with some great verses from Longfellow and Brontë.
Ola: I don’t think I’m waiting for any special book to be published this year. Well, I’ll definitely read the new Czajkowski when it comes out ;). A Song of Ice and Fire lost most of its allure around A Storm of Swords, and that’s putting it gently 😉 To me the best book in the series was A Game of Thrones, and no other GRRM’s book has matched it since. You just can’t play the same tricks over and over again and hope the readers don’t notice.
I plan to finish The Black Company series (only two books to go! ;)) and start on Erikson’s The Kharkanas Trilogy. I’ll keep looking for some good SF books as well, so all recommendations in this field are welcome!
Piotrek: There will be genre movies aplenty to watch, with Deadpool 2, Black Panther, Infinity War, Ant Man 2… maybe even Han Solo: the Movie won’t suck too much… 2018 should be, at least, survivable.
So, Happy New Year 2018! 😉