WWW Wednesday 5-15-2013

It’s 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?

Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue, by John McWhorter. It’s a history of English, but it doesn’t focus on the vocabulary changes that I’m already familiar with; instead, it digs into the grammatical shifts along the way. Which is much more fascinating than it sounds: I hadn’t realized how much of its grammar English shed in between Beowulf and today, and why. My only disappointment is that there’s an interesting political discussion to be had about that, which McWhorter mostly shies away from.

• What are you currently reading?

Power of Three, by Diana Wynne Jones. I did a re-read of all her books after she passed away, and in cleaning spam comments out of my post on this one, I found myself in a mood to pick it up again. It’s hard to summarize without giving spoilers, but it’s a great story about curses and cooperation and family and, oh, all kinds of things.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I need to read Samuel R. Delany’s About Writing: 7 Essays, 4 Letters, & 5 Interviews for a course I’ll be teaching this summer, but I’ve been doing a lot of “work” reading lately, so I may pick up something else light and quick first.

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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Marie Brennan is a former anthropologist and folklorist who shamelessly pillages her academic fields for inspiration. She recently misapplied her professors' hard work to the short novel Driftwood and Turning Darkness Into Light, a sequel to the Hugo Award-nominated Victorian adventure series The Memoirs of Lady Trent. She is the author of several other series, over sixty short stories, and the New Worlds series of worldbuilding guides; as half of M.A. Carrick, she has written The Mask of Mirrors, first in the Rook and Rose trilogy. For more information, visit swantower.com, Twitter @swan_tower, or her Patreon.

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WWW Wednesday 5-15-2013 — 5 Comments

  1. Delany may not be “light and quick,” but he’s one of the very best writers on writing around. You’ll be happy when you get to it.

  2. I love Delany’s The Jewel-Hinged Jaw.

    I’ve been reading a ton of non-fiction, ranging from Eastern European history to women who wrote opera during the French Revolution to a bio of the Barrymores. Oh, yes, and more tall-ship memoirs, as I never have enough of those.

  3. Read: he Return To Camelot: Chivalry and the English Gentleman by Mark Girouard — reviewed here. Yes, this was a re-read.
    Reading: The Fractal Prince by Hannu Rajaniemi
    To Read: The Golden Age by John C. Wright.