WWW Wednesday 5-1-2013

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?

• What did you recently finish reading?

Tooth and Claw, by Jo Walton.  Oh heavens, what a wonderful book!  If the author of Beowulf were in a polyamorous relationship with the late Anne McCaffrey and Jane Austen, with Charles Dickens dropping by every afternoon, this would be the unholy and delightful offspring. This book won the World Fantasy Award, and it was well-deserved. Possibly you believe there are too many fantasy novels about dragons.  You are wrong.

• What are you currently reading?

Mausoleum, a Ben Abbott mystery, by Justin Scott. My magazine editor selected this for me to read for review, solely because of the title.  Alas, I am in chapter 6 and am oppressed by an overwhelming sense of mediocrity. Talky cookie-cutter characters enacting a conventional locked-room plot through an unconvincing New England landscape. If you can’t make me care about the hero by page 115, it is too late, dear author. And if you expect me to believe that the cemetery commitees of picturesqure rural towns are packed with this many blonde and highly sexed young women of leisure, well! You probably believe that the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills are actually housewives.  Although I will say that this is the only time I have ever seen a death video used as a way to data dump — it beats quotations from the Encyclopaedia Galactica. I will read to the end in the hopes of a slam-bang violence-larded climax, but am not optimistic.

I am also breaking in my Ipad by re-reading all the Vorkosigan novels in electronic format.  I am currently bogged down in my least favorite of the series, Mirror Dance. Those of you who know my work are aware that I have no problems pushing my characters through the meat grinder, but Bujold is queen, I do admit it. This book is too dark for my taste, but I am persevering so that I can move happily on to Memory, a favorite.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I got one of those book towers to hold by TBR stack, and really ought to select a work from there, because it is full. However, it is about time to get distracted by nonfiction. I need to go to the library and find a large heavily illustrated volume of urban subway system photographs. I have a character in my current ms, trapped in an extensive underground facility of some sort (probably a defunct missile base in the Soviet Union). A large dangrous surprise is already set up for him, involving microwaves and arcing metal, but I need subsidiary perils — rusted catwalks, pools of fetid water, dark pits from which horrible smells arise. I need visuals for my meat grinder!

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 5-1-2013 — 10 Comments

  1. Read: Jennifer Crusie’s Maybe This Time. With ghosts! (I read a review that claimed it was ambiguous. I don’t think it was.)
    Reading: Hannu Rajaniemi’s The Quantum Thief
    To Read: Probably Angie Sage’s Fyre. The grand conclusion of the Septimus Heap series.

  2. Mirror Dance is the only older Vorkosigan novel I have yet to read. It arrived at a bleak period of my life, and being realistic, things are only so much better right now. So I’m saving it until later. Memory was stellar, though. And I look forward to the newest one! Must put Tooth and Claw on the list, although since I have plans for dragons, I have been avoiding dragon fiction.

    Just finished: Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs, which her fans will enjoy. The world is now evolved enough that starting with Moon Called will increase enjoyment and decrease confusion.
    Reading: Re-reading Fires of Nuala and Night Calls, since the muse calls and I need to touch base with my roots. Also reading nonfiction, The Religion of the Samurai, which reads like a translation into English and thus is tough going. It also started back in the depths of time for Zen, which was not what I expected.
    Next Read: For fiction, Dragon Ship by Lee & Miller. Nonfiction could be anything, but may switch to a DVD on Samurai sword fighting.

  3. I echo the praise for Tooth and Claw.

    The novel I finished most recently was Christopher Brookmyre’s All Fun and Games Until Somebody Loses an Eye. It is great action-adventure fun, and includes some fine female protagonists.

    I spent the weekend at Portland’s Stumptown Comics Fest, so I’ve been wallowing in graphic novels. My arms was falling off when I got home, so out of morbid curiosity I weighed the books I’d bought—26.8 pounds. My favorite so far is Dylan Meconis’ Family Man. I bought an actual book, called volume 1, but you can read it online: Family Man. It’s set in 1768, in what will become Germany and Czechoslovakia, with a main character who is a Christian theologian with awkwardly non-Christian qualities. It’s really good!