WWW Wednesday (01-23-13)

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? “Dispossession” by Chaz Brenchley.  Normally I don’t read thrillers I’ve been burned by too many that ping pong from disaster to disaster without doing anything for plot and characterization.  Artificial adrenaline rushes.
But this one?  It’s about a man who wakes up in hospital to find himself married to a woman he doesn’t know, working for a man he despises and three months of his life missing.  Yes there is violence and adventure but they all add to the sense of displacement, of not owning your own body or mind.  I have to take it in small chunks because it is… intense.  Chaz has a way of looking inward and twisting the emotions of both the character and the reader so that I have to stand back and think a bit.


• What did you recently finish reading? “Grace Interrupted” by Julie Hyzy.  This is a cozy mystery, #2 in a series.  I missed #1 but didn’t need it to understand characters and relationships.  Cozies are my comfort food and I tend to gobble them like popcorn.  This one involves a Civil War reenactment group.  I’ve spent a lot of time over the years hanging out at Renn Faires, Highland Games, SF/F conventions and fully empathize with role playing and dressing in character.  The mystery itself was obvious in some places and twisted and surprising in others.  I’ll go back to the first book when I see it available and pick up new ones as they come.

• What do you think you’ll read next?  Not quite sure.  “Black Swan” by Mercedes Lackey is calling me.  But I’m writing high fantasy at the moment and don’t like to read the same sub genre during the rough draft process because the two tend to bleed into each other.  I have some Denise Swanson cozies on my Nook as well as a new biography of Churchill.  We’ll see how my mood strikes me when I come up for air from “Dispossession.”  I think I’ll need something lighter to shake loose the lingering darkness.



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About Phyllis Irene Radford

Irene Radford has been writing stories ever since she figured out what a pencil was for. A member of an endangered species—a native Oregonian who lives in Oregon—she and her husband make their home in Welches, Oregon where deer, bears, coyotes, hawks, owls, and woodpeckers feed regularly on their back deck. A museum trained historian, Irene has spent many hours prowling pioneer cemeteries deepening her connections to the past. Raised in a military family she grew up all over the US and learned early on that books are friends that don’t get left behind with a move. Her interests and reading range from ancient history, to spiritual meditations, to space stations, and a whole lot in between. Mostly Irene writes fantasy and historical fantasy including the best-selling Dragon Nimbus Series and the masterwork Merlin’s Descendants series. In other lifetimes she writes urban fantasy as P.R. Frost or Phyllis Ames, and space opera as C.F. Bentley. Later this year she ventures into Steampunk as someone else. If you wish information on the latest releases from Ms Radford, under any of her pen names, you can subscribe to her newsletter: www.ireneradford.net Promises of no spam, merely occasional updates and news of personal appearances.


WWW Wednesday (01-23-13) — 10 Comments

  1. At the climax of Tom Simon’s The End of Earth and Sky, epic fantasy with a sly sense of humor, but doesn’t stint on the Epic. Love it.

    Finished Gender Reversals, Gender Cultures, which I thought a good introductory set of essays about the world’s various ways of looking at gender.

    Began beyond sexual Dimorphism in Culture and History, Gilbert Herdt.

    Also reading Janie Hampton’s How the Girl Guides Won the War. This goes into the history of the Girl Guides in England–mostly how it helped girls from poor backgrounds especially gain all kinds of skills. These girls were working for M15 in WW I–the badges they earned included mechanic, electrician, telegraph operator…

    The Maker’s Mask by Ankaret Wells, really fun space opera set in a wildly imaginative world.

    Reich Beute Cora Buhlert, another self-publishing writer whose comic criminal tale is short and fun so far.

  2. Just Read: Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
    Reading: Darkship Renegades by Sarah A. Hoyt
    To Read Next: The Hermetic Millennium by John C. Wright

  3. current: “Invisible Armies” Max Boot
    just finished: “Bring Up the Bodies” Hilary Mantel

    next: “The Riptide Ultra-Glide” Tim Dorsey

  4. Finished: Category romance set in Singapore between Australian hero and Chinese heroine – Her Singapore Fling by Australian author Kelly Hunter. Last in the Bennett series and a level above the average Harlequin category contemporary. She does great scene setting, dialogue and characters.

    currently: After ten or 15 years I’ve started a reread of Nora Roberts’ Chesapeake Bay Saga – contemporary romance with a focus on brothers. I’m also dipping into the English translation of Dott’s wonderful Travels on the side.

    future: most likely the rest of the Chesapeake Bay books.

  5. current: “Skeleton Crew” by Cameron Haley
    just finished: “The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There” by Catherynne M. Valente
    future: “At Canaan’s Edge (America in the King Years, Vol. 3)” by Taylor Branch