WWW Wednesday 3-6-13

WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading.

Hallo, all – Pati Nagle here. My turn to play WWW Wednesday.

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

• What are you currently reading?

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim.  I have loved the movie based on this book for many years.  Own it, watch it when I’m feeling blue.  Recently I nominated the book for my historical fiction book club, and it was chosen as our next read, so I’m currently enjoying the author’s version of the story.  Von Arnim’s prose is as lush as the flowers of the Italian countryside.  Having a lot of fun with it, and will probably look into her other titles. Bonus: her work is in the public domain, so free and inexpensive ebooks are available.

• What did you recently finish reading?

Also for the HF book club, our last selection was I, Jane: In the Court of Henry VIII by Diane Haeger.  This is a fictional memoir of Jane Seymour, Henry’s third wife.  Not bad but a few anachronisms kicked me out of the story now and then (the click of silverware on china … um …).  Haeger portrays Anne Boleyn as rather a harridan, which given other accounts seems a little unfair.  Had it not been a book club title, I might have set this one aside.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

Probably Steven Gould’s Reflex.  There was recently a special on the ebook of his newest title, Impulse, so I snatched that up and picked up Reflex so I could read them in order.  Steve is a great science fiction writer and a good friend, and I’m remiss in having waited so long to catch up on the adventures of Davy from Jumper. For those unfamiliar with the series, or who only know the film based on Jumper, go grab the books and start reading. Excellent stuff – reminiscent in some ways of Heinlein’s earlier novels.

What about you? What have you been reading lately? Put the link to your WWW Wednesday entry in comments, or just tell us!

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WWW Wednesday 3-6-13 — 8 Comments

  1. Oh, I am looking forward to Reflex. Jumper is a fave of both the spouse and self.

    Otherwise, I’ve been so busy I’m in process with about nine books, ranging from a reread of the Wynne sisters’ diaries (I’m up to 1803) and a bio of Emma Hamilton to some books on Eastern Europe during WW II, to the new Elizabeth Moon Paks novel.

  2. Still slogging through Les Miserables (76% done, yay!). I’m also reading The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth, Asimov’s The Caves of Steel, and an urban fantasy anthology called Hex Appeal.

  3. Just finished Seanan McGuire’s short story collection Velveteen vs. The Junior Super Patriots. I believe these have all been published online, but I picked up the book and thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m not good at reading online — just don’t get immersed the same way. I guess I’m on a Seanan kick. Her new InCryptid novel just came out, and I’m reading that now: Midnight Blue-Light Special.

    Every Monday night or Tuesday morning I’m reading the lastest installment of Scalzi’s The Human Division. This latest one raised the hair on the back of my neck at just how dangerous the modified Colonial Defense Forces soldiers could be.

    Looking at Goodreads, I see that makes 6 books in a row that are SF&F. I think I should shake it up with my next book. I went to a talk by Stephen Greenblatt last night, and if his books about Shakespeare and the Renaissance are half as accessible and interesting as his talk, then I might be tempted to read some nonfiction.

    • Yes, they are all online. And more. In her LJ, you can follow the story to its conclusion before the next collection comes out.

      Then, I found this out after I picked up the collection myself. It’s good.

  4. Few of us manage to read all the books we want to read, much less the books we want to read that were written by friends. Fortunately most of us also understand that about one another. I have so many on my TBR pile that I’m dying to read but just haven’t matched current mood to TBR book yet when I actually had time to do it!

    I loved the movie Enchanted April, and later bought the audiobook which was also enchanting. I have yet to actually read the book. Clearly, my TBR stack is growing (as always happens on Wednesdays).

    My list this week: http://planetpooks.com/www-wednesday-3-6-13/

    • You did comment before — it’s there now — but for some silly reason both your comments got caught in the spam filter. I just found them.

      Your blog goddess at work.

  5. Read: The Clairvoyant Countess by Dorothy Gilman. Reviewed it here
    Reading: The Fellowship of the Ring for the umpteenth time.
    To read: Two Towers — what a shock!