WWW Wednesday according to pooks (April 11)

A weekly meme from shouldbereading:

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?

• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

First, I’m dipping back into steampunk with The Doomsday Vault: A Novel of the Clockwork Empire by Steven Harper. According to the cover copy, In a clockwork Brittania, Alice’s prospects are slim. At 21, her age and her unladylike interest in automatons have sealed her fate as an undesirable marriage prospect. But a devastating plague sends Alice off in a direction beyond the pale-towards a clandestine organization, mad inventors, life-altering secrets, and into the arms of an intrepid fiddle-playing airship pilot. Well, now. What’s not to love?

In nonfiction, I’m devouring  All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew.

He was an engineer and efficiency expert who had never gardened until he retired, and then turned his expertise on the backyard garden. If you’re an experienced gardener you may immediately roll your eyes, but I’m telling you, this not only makes sense but it’s easy. Much easier than tilling and plowing and raking and weeding. I wish I’d read the book before I got started, actually. I thought I could follow the various videos on youtube and learn enough, and I did, as far as that goes. But there are certain things I would have done differently had I actually read the book first.

What did you recently finish reading?

Dissolution The first in a mystery series set in the time of Henry VIII, with Matthew Shardlake sent by Cromwell to root out papist sin and debauchery (plus straighten out some financial issues that should result in more money for the Crown, natch) from a problematical abbey. This was been highly recommended to me and I think it was an excellent mystery and historical setting. I figured out one part of the mystery fairly early but there were so many twists and turns, a complex story and world which made for a fun reading/listening experience. It had an excellent reader.

Half a Crown by Jo Walton. Having finally read the third in Jo Walton’s “Small Change Trilogy,” I have to say I loved the trilogy as a whole even though the ending of this one was satisfying on a story level but felt rushed on an emotional level. I have no reservations about recommending it to those who love alternate history, and/or an exploration of “what ifs” that tackle the British class system and prejudices and how they might have evolved post WWII had they not outright won the war (along with the Allies). Hmm, that sounds rather dry, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not at all. Love the series. Check it out.

I also had a fast, fun read of International Kittens of Mystery by Chris Dolley. Chock full of darling kitten adventures and photos! Too cute!



What do you think you’ll read next?

I read samples of several books before I found one that kept me involved this week with Doomsday Vault. Oddly enough (maybe not so oddly?) non of them were the ones below that I listed last week. Maybe I should try one of them next. Stay tuned until next Wednesday to find out which book shouldered its way to the top of the stack!

What about you? What are your WWWs? If you post on your blog, leave a link below! Otherwise answer here.

Pooks (aka Patricia Burroughs) is an award-winning screenwriter and novelist, dreamer and lazy cow.  She currently has a book and script available together for download at Book View Cafe.  You can also find her at planetpooks where this entry is cross-posted,


About Patricia Burroughs

Patricia Burroughs [aka Pooks, and yes, people really call her Pooks] is a fifth-generation Texan who loves books, football, dogs, movies, England, and traveling in her [email protected] camping trailer. She lives in Dallas, Texas with her high school sweetheart and believes in happily ever after, if you understand that it takes work, compromise, and sometimes just being too stubborn to quit. Visit her bookshelf at the BVC Ebookstore.


WWW Wednesday according to pooks (April 11) — 17 Comments

  1. I did it! It’s here.

    Hmm, I’d go for Blackout next. I really enjoyed it (though I enjoy most Connie Willis, even if it freaks me out, like Passage). I didn’t like the Gemma Doyle trilogy enough to make it past the first book (it felt fake the whole way through – the characters too American Teenager, the magic poorly thought out and presented as an infodump, and I couldn’t invest in any of the relationships. 🙁 ) And though Soulless was funny and frothy, there really wasn’t anything else there, nothing to make me want to keep going.

    • I think I agree with you on the Gemma Doyle series. I listened to the first book as an audiobook and wasn’t interested in hearing more. But that was a few years ago and when I saw Rebel Angels at the library I thought maybe I should give it a try reading instead of listening… but couldn’t get into it.

      I have really enjoyed the Soulless series but for some reason haven’t even begun Timeless.

      Connie Willis is fabulous. I haven’t read Passages. Doomsday Book is one of my faves, though.

      • If you’re looking at Connie Willis, I’d go for To Say Nothing of the Dog (which leaves me ROFLOL every time I read it) in lieu of Blackout. The underlying story of WWII Britain in that book and its sequel All Clear is great, but the two books should have been cut back to one, and that one should have been shorter than either.

    • I adore the Scott Westerfeld Leviathan trilogy. Steampunk plus alternate history–WW I era. Thanks for dropping by!

  2. And thanks for the tip about the new Square Foot Gardening. I’ve got the original (somewhere in my boxes of books that remain unpacked), but I think the new one would be worth my time. I’ve got a huge garden plot that already exists, but I’ve got to divide it up into workable size.

    • The new one is the only one I’ve read, but seeing the list of 10 improvements to the old version, I’d have to say it’s definitely worth buying again. Having a huge garden plot is a good thing; breaking it into workable pieces that are more efficient is great.

      Seriously, give it a read. I think you’ll be inspired. Also, check out some of the youtube videos.

  3. My daughter has been pressing things on me to read (much as her sister did at the same age). So I’m finishing up Louisa May Alcott’s Work, and will be reading Kevin Brooks’ Lucas next. I just finished reading Readwood and Wildfire by Andrea Hairston, which is this year’s Tiptree Award winner.

    And I’m loving my Nook, on which I’ve read two of the three books. Finish one? Never at a loss for something to read!

    • Ereaders have shocked me. I was reluctant, but once I finally broke down and got my Kindle, I have read more than ever before. I think there are numerous reasons including being able to adjust the font.

  4. What am I reading?
    Well, I recently discovered that my local library has a fair bit of Terry Pratchett, thanks to my recent volunteer work there. After finally remembering to take my library card along, I’ve brought home ten books by him. I’m currently on ‘Going Postal’. I’m enjoying it a lot
    I’m also reading ‘Never Let Me Go’ by Kazuo Ishiguro, which I’ve only just started and know nothing about, but which I’m enjoying.
    I’m rereading ‘The Cry of the Icemark’ by Stuart Hill, which I bought at a book sale at that selfsame library.
    In nonfiction I’m currently reading ‘The Principles of Learning and Behaviour’, which is a psychology textbook, but which I’m reading for leisure.

    What did I recently finish reading?
    Most recently ‘Wyrd Sisters’, by Terry Pratchett, but also ‘Starship Troopers’ by Robert Heinlein (that one’s a reread), ‘The Cat Who Had 14 Tales’ by Lilian Jackson Braun, ‘The Family Frying Pan’ and ‘Tandia’, both by Bryce Courtenay, ‘Firebirds Soaring’, which is an anthology, and ‘Boat People: Personal Stories from the Vietnamese Exodus 1975-1996’.

    What do you think you’ll read next?
    Endless Terry Pratchett! I’m thinking of buying ‘Welcome to Bordertown’ as well.

    • I love Terry Pratchett! I’m holding back and not reading as many as I could, making them last longer. Which in his case is not hard because he’s written so many. I loved Going Postal. Mort is one of my faves, too.

  5. Coming out of a cocoon (which includes a massive list of resources on Napoleonic times) so that’s been my main reading, but now just poking my head up to see what’s out there. Have Walter Jon Williams’ PRAXIS (space opera) begun, and like it very much, Guenter Grass DAS TREFFEN IN TELGTE, which is funny, and full of Thirty Years’ War in-jokes. Also have two funny mysteries recommended by my brother, TRIGGERFISH TWIST, and DEAL BREAKER. I haven’t delved much into the mystery world as I really hate serial killers, and I am a wuss about forensic grottiness.

    Tried the SOULLESS first book, but kept bouncing off period oopsies. Will try something else by the author that isn’t set in that period.

    • I have to say, I wouldn’t expect the author of Soulless (Gail Carriger) to go authentic with other work, if this series is typical. Although I read that she actually had written more serious work that couldn’t get published, and wrote Soulless on a whim, so… maybe I’m wrong.

      I’m eager to see JK Rowling’s new adult mystery.