Whatcha Reading, Trixie Paprika?

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Trixie Paprika is a company member of the delightful Noveltease Theatre (we've written about them before. She's playing John Thorpe in Noveltease Theatre's adaptation of of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, which is running November 15th and 16th at the Auditorium at U-Heights. You can find more information here on their site, or if you're ready to to buy tickets to a literary burlesque show, then you can fetch them here. Don't miss out!

What are you reading now?

The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin. A friend of mine recommended her work, and I have absolutely torn through it. Jemisin's sci-fi/fantasy world building is phenomenal, and she manages to make her social commentary clear without hitting you over the head with it. I've been blown away by how different her characters are from one another, as well. So far The Fifth Season is as emotional packed and riveting as the rest.

What did you read last?

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. Honestly, I didn't expect to like this book at all, as war stories aren't really my thing. But the attention to detail in the characters and the central question of destiny vs. free will was compelling, and I appreciated an historical gay love story that didn't map modern identities onto the characters.

What are you reading next?

A little unconventionally, my next book is a collection of original Wonder Woman comics that I've had for a while but haven't delved into. After seeing the movie Professor Marsden and the Wonder Women, I was curious about these original comics, and from a first glance through, they are definitely full of scenes that in another context could be considered kink. And that's fascinating. So I'm looking forward to reading more.