WWW Wednesday 4-10-2013

WWW Wednesday. This meme is 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?

Currently reading: Charles de Lint’s Muse and Reverie: A Newford Collection. I love de Lint’s work. A couple of paragraphs into each story, some undefined tension in me sighs happily and lets go. I suspect it’s the effortlessness of his craft, or maybe just that I read his prose with a different part of my mind than I write my own. I’ve long given up trying to analyze why this is so.

I’ve been overworking these past few months, so I crave refreshment of the spirit. At bedtime I’m slowly savoring my way through The Book of Words: Talking Spiritual Life, Living Spiritual Talk by Lawrence Kushner. Kushner (there are two – the other is Harold) was my introduction to Jewish mysticism. I re-read Honey From the Rock every few years and get even more out of it. I find I sleep better and am kinder and yet stronger during the day if I enrich the gentle transition to sleep. I read a little in Hebrew to signal to my brain that this is now a time of rest, a sacred time. Then I switch to English because although I can sound out the words in Hebrew, I’m very, very far from fluent in it. I read:

Blessings give reverent and routine voice to our conviction that life is good, one blessing after another. Ven, and especially when life is cold and dark. Indeed to offer blessings at such times may be our only deliverance.

… and my spirit gives that sigh of relief, just the way my writer’s mind does when I read de Lint. No matter what sorrows the day has brought, in this moment they are over. I can rest easy. Tomorrow I will begin the struggle anew.

Recently finished reading: For fun and delight: Sherwood Smith’s Blood Spirits; Kage Baker’s The Garden of Iden (which I think is the first Company novel), a novel-in-beta-form by Juliette Wade, a rising star in science fiction, For Love, For Power. And at night, Ethics for a New Millennium by the Dalai Lama. It took me a long time to read the latter, as I wanted to let each thought sink in; small bites, small moves.

What I’ll likely read next: I’m up for more Molly Gloss, who is a terrific writer; maybe The Jump-Off Creek or rereading The Hearts of Horses. I’ve been saving Carol Berg’s The Soul Mirror and now’s a great time. I have the next Dobrenica book, also several Caitlin Brennan/Judith Tarr novels. And if life gets too crazy, I can always dive into the next Sookie Stackhouse. For bedtime, maybe rereading Jonathan Sacks To Heal A Fractured World: The Ethics of Responsibility or Elyse Goldstein ReVisions: Seeing Torah Through A Feminist Lens. Or Mary Oliver’s poetry, which always speaks to me.

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WWW Wednesday 4-10-2013 — 3 Comments

  1. Rosemary Auchmuty A World of Girls, looking at school stories, specifically four long-running series by British authors. She looks at what’s good about them, as there is enough scorn and dismissal out there, while not losing sight of a modern female viewpoint.

    Andrea K. Host (insert unlaut over the o, which I don’t know how to do while typing online), Hunting. She specializes in taking a female character and throwing her into new circumstances, which is one of my favorite story hooks. A fun romp of a fantasy, though there are signs that it is an early piece in somewhat simpler characterization clues.

    The School by the River, by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer. A sort-of Ruritanian written in 1930, about a music school for girls. Strongly focused on music. Interesting plot twist, there is a revolution, but it is kept firmly off-stage, the attention on the girls as they react in entirely human ways, and wonder helplessly what is going on, until they can get back to their music.

    Medair, by Andrea K. Host, again, a female alone in weird circumstances: Medair, a Herald, finds herself vanishing and brought back to her world 500 years later. So the magical artifact she was sent to fetch to end an invasion is problematical at best. Really enjoyed it. I love her female characters especially, and her worldbuilding.

    Drawing on the Power of Resonance by David Farland. This in conjunction with today’s book bomb–buying at least one of Farland’s works–in aid of his son, who is in critical condition after an accident, and they have no insurance. The idea is nifty, but the problem is that Farland scoops a lot of stuff under the heading of “resonance”, some of which is nifty, and some of which I think might be problematical, unless you are trying to reach the common denominator that best sellers try for.

    Reading: Charles Dickens’ Dombey and Sons, and a host of non fiction books.

  2. Read: A Few Good Men by Sarah A. Hoyt
    Reading: Adventure, Mystery, and Romance by John G. Cawelti
    To Read: A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire

  3. Just finished Mary Robinette Kowal’s Without a Summer. I thoroughly enjoyed this 3rd book in the Glamourist series. This one’s set in London and has intrigue, politics and romance! I got a kick out of encountering a Madeleine Robins Sarah Tolerance novel.

    Also just read Alex Robinson’s graphic novel, Tricked. I read his Box Office Poison last week, and liked it so much I rushed back to find another book by him. I really enjoy graphic novels for grown-ups, which I define as a minimum of adolescent angst, and no super heroes.

    I’m currently reading Nancy Kress’ anthology, Fountain of Age, for my book group. I’m just in the first story, and loving it.