WWW Wednesday (01-09-13)

BVC members have picked up this 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?

Fred Vargas’s AN UNCERTAIN PLACE.  It’s a murder mystery, set in Paris, featuring Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg.  I’m making an effort this year to read more translated works, and non-USA-based writers, in all my preferred genres.

There doesn’t seem to be an author’s website, but here, have a publisher link

• What did you recently finish reading?

SHADOWLANDS by Violette Malan.  This is the second of the Mirror Lands novels, but I didn’t realize that until I was well past the first chapter.  Fortunately, they’re stand-alone books, so once I figured out the worldbuilding and politics of both words (which took me much of the first few chapters) it flew along nicely.  Ms. Malan does interesting things with the “fairyland” idea (and the connection between human and fey worlds),  and the myths of the Wild Hunt.  Plus, she explains vampires in a perfectly logical and non-blood-related way, which I always appreciate.

(continuing the theme, she’s Canadian.  I suppose I need to read an American next, to avoid cries of antifavoritism or treason, or something…)

You can check her work out at http://www.violettemalan.com/

• What do you think you’ll read next?

*eyes Mount TBR cautiously*  Whatever falls off and hits me on the toe next, probably…..


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About Laura Anne Gilman

Laura Anne is a recovering editor-turned-novelist, with an Endeavor Award, a Nebula nomination, another Endeavor award nomination and a Washington State Book Award nomination under her belt. Her most recent series is the award-winning "Devil's West" trilogy, starting with SILVER ON THE ROAD, and her same-universe story collection, WEST WINDS' FOOL, AND OTHER STORIES OF THE DEVIL'S WEST. The novella GABRIEL'S ROAD was published by Book View Cafe on April 30th, 2019. Her Patreon, featuring original fiction, writing advice, and original Rants, is at https://www.patreon.com/LAGilman Learn more at www.lauraannegilman.net, where you can sign up for her quarterly newsletter.


WWW Wednesday (01-09-13) — 14 Comments

  1. Current: The Sorcerer’s Plague by David B Coe. ( And Corpus Delicti by Elias Palm, which is… a lesson in why Infodumps are bad. I am reading it purely as a lesson in writing craft.)
    Just Finished: Bitten by blood by Laurie London
    Will read: Serafen’s vingar by Ola Wikander ( a swedish library book, I read the first 20 pages, and liked it. )

  2. Currently reading: Leaving Everything Most Loved – Jacqueline Winspear
    Just finished: The Snow Child – Eowyn Ivey
    Reading next: The Intercept – Dick Wolf

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  4. Right now I am reading the latest Mary Russell novel, GARMENT OF SHADOWS, by Laurie R. King.
    I just finished a reread of THE VOR GAME, by Lois Bujold, and propose to go on to CETAGANDA. However, I am adhering to the rigid and necessary rule of only one Vor novel a week. Without this brake, you zip through them too fast and then become grouchy that there are no more.

  5. In process:

    The End of Earth and Sky by Tom Simon–epic fantasy, and such a marvelous, wry voice!

    Die Schoensten Beethoven Briefen (the loveliest or nicest of Beethoven’s letters) chosen by Erich Valentin. Much has been said in recent times about Beethoven’s more lamentable habits and doings. I thought this might be interesting, and I’m always one for old letters.

    The Avengers: A Jewish War Story, by Rich Cohen. As grim as one would expect, so I can only take it in bits. Vivid and excellently done, though.

    Just finished:

    H.M.S. Surprise, third Patrick O’Brian novel, for a discussion group. As stunning as ever.

    Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity by Julia Serano. This book ses out to debunk many of the myths and preconceptions (and misconceptions) about transsexual women–and about gender in general. Part of an ongoing reading into gender issues.

    Confessions of a Prairie Bitch, by Alison Arngrim (Nellie Olson)–a much-needed hoot. I used to work a couple sound studios away from Little House on the Prairie, and later, when I left the film world, I watched episodes on a ten inch black and white TV while recovering from an emergency C-section. So, though usually I have little interest in stuff about actors, this one stood out as funny and insightful.

    What next?

    What Laura Said.

  6. Currently reading: Tanya Huff’s The Silvered – (don’t get to attached to anyone in the first hundred pages except for the two people on the front cover, it seems to me). Gripping stuff and I wonder how a twist to the good for the country under attack is even possible.

    Recently finished: Michelle West’s Battle (in the House War/Essalieyan book series) – it’s a short time span but a great pay off volume for fans of these books. However it would majorly enhance the experience to have read all the Sun Sword books first – and some of those are out of print and not all in e yet.

    TBR: Your review and the fact that I discovered Malan with her first book (the Dhulyn and Parno series is also very good) means I am eying my ecopy of Shadowlands.

    Aside: A recommendation to your intention of reading more translated works in your fields of interest (and it has a strong folklore and history aspect): translator Malve von Hassel has translated one of the few classic German fantasy novels (or trilogy, depending on which version one was able to get) written by a female and with a middle grade female protagonist. Die wunderbaren Abenteuer und Fahrten der kleinen Dott is now called Rennefarre (while the original illustrations couldn’t be licensed, from what I gather, Monica Minto does some lovely black and white ones that are included in the ebook edition).

    Von Hassel based her edition on the one-volume version which was released in 1941 (Ramsay had written a three volume original, which was later released in the 50s – the book has been in print ever since) but written in 1938.

    A bit like Nils Holgerson Dott falls under a spell on Midsummer’s Eve and travels with the help of some animals through the folklore and history (! from the ice age through the middle ages, etc.) of the Mark Brandenburg – that’s the area where Berlin is situated.

    • I downloaded the sample to compare to the German. The English is not nearly as beautiful as the German, but also not as formal. Very clear and readable. So I second this recco.

      • It’s on my TBR pile, but what I saw from browsing through it, I thought it was a valiant effort at least – and I really like the historical glossary added at the end to introduce non Germans to some of the historical and folklore bits.

        By the way, the German edition you have is the three volume edition (albeit in the first volume one book and second+third volume one book duology) – so there must be changes in the original text as well. In that edition there is no reference in the first few lines to the story taking part “between the two great wars” (I looked it up in my 50s edition of the trilogy edition), for example.

        Von Hassel based the translation on the 1965 edition of the one volume version, she told me.

  7. Read Rambunctious Garden by Emma Marris
    Reading Draw One In the Dark by Sarah A. Hoyt
    Will Read Gentleman Takes a Chance by Sarah A. Hoyt