WWW Wednesday 6-12-2013

www_wednesdays43It’s WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading.

Hi. It’s me and I’m Pooks and I spilled iced tea on my MacBook Air yesterday and one shift key isn’t working right now. Since this is a very bizzy day, I’m not going to fight it. So let’s turn this into a game.

Which shift key isn’t working?

okay, I didn’t say it was a hard game. or even a fun game. So, sue me.

Anyway, here’s the thing. I feel like a very unloyal fangirl. I discovered a new writer who writes urban fantasy set in London, and damn I love this stuff. Ben Aaronovich, author of Rivers of London aka Midnight Riot in the US, and if you click here you will see where I complained about the US habit of changing covers and titles which is rarely for the good. Feel free to go look and compare and come back and let me know what you think. I’ll wait.

Back? Good.  okay, so here is what makes me a bad fangirl.

• What are you currently reading?

I’m reading Fabric of Sin by Phil Rickman. What makes me a bad fangirl?  Well, after falling in love — in LOVE — with Ben Aaronovich and his fabulous world of river gods and goddesses in modern day London, after reading one single book in that universe, I meandered over to his blog and saw what he was currently reading at that time and went, huh, that sounds interesting. And that is how I discovered Phil Rickman. And I am now reading the ninth book in his Merrily Watkins series and haven’t made it to book two of Ben Aaronovich’s series.


But. Aha. I have! I’m listening to it on audiobook. Moon over Soho quickly caught me up into its web, and here I am nestled in all the glorious yumminess of two authors I love, two authors I admire, two authors whose twist of phrase and imagination dig deep into the corners of ‘what I love.’

They are a rare pair, in that I want to both listen to their books and read their books, and will eventually own all of their books in audio and on kindle both.

• What did you recently finish reading?

I finished our own Deborah J Ross’s new epic fantasy, The Seven-Petaled Shield. it’s a wonderful epic fantasy, and her portrayal of the stories of a young queen and her young man son caught me up in it, ending on a note that left me longing for the next book in the series NOW.

I also read Sold for Endless Rue, by BVC’s Madeleine E. Robins. This sounds like shameless plug o’ BVC time, but I can’t do anything but be honest, and these are the last two books I read, and i can happily recommend them both. Sold for Endless Rue is a story told in three parts, with three different points of view, that quite literally left me gasping at one point because I seriously Did Not See That Coming. [This is because I hadn’t read the synopsis on Amazon. Seriously, if you want the best reading experience for this book, don’t read a word of that synopsis. just buy the damned book and read it. Such spoilers!]

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m doing something very hard. I’m reading an old book from my backlist, because it will be coming out later this summer and I’m doing edits on it. it’s so very hard to reread books I wrote many years ago because I keep seeing things that should have been done better, and it’s always a relief when somebody else has done the first read for me (thank you, Jen Stevenson) and reassured me that it’s not utter shite. Am I convincing you that you want to read it yet?

coming july 17 from BVC

coming july 17 from BVC

Well, it has a pretty new cover, that’s for sure! Which raised the cover debate–do I get a cover that looks more like romance covers are supposed to look ‘today’ and romance heroines are supposed to look ‘today’ or do I choose one that speaks to my heart, instead? And my answer is… well, you tell me.

Also a shout out to MJ Butler of Twisted Mojo for the cover design. And if you want to watch some really funny stuff, his award-winning comedy The Lonely Astronaut is a great place to start!

Cross-posted at planetpooks.



WWW Wednesday 6-12-2013 — 6 Comments

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  2. okay i’ll tell you, i love that girl, even though i’m told she’s not very much like romance heroines of today or yesterday. so sue me, i pleased me, this time! is this the second time i’ve invited you to sue me, today? i hope you aren’t litigious readers, that’s for sure.

  3. I wish I had money so I could try these books! I have to see if the library loan system can get them….

    Just Finished: Deadly Beloved by Jane Haddam. I love the intricacy of our hero widower Gregor Demarkian’s observations, his life in semi-retirement back in the now-upscale ethnic enclave where he grew up, and his consulting on cases (he’s the former head of the FBI Profiling Unit, so we get both expertise and his re-emergence into the world of the living after losing his wife to cancer.) His recovery time seemed slow so I stopped reading them for a while, but now I’m back. Read the first in the series first if you can, since someone in that story becomes important as a continuing character. (Spoilers…)
    Miles to Go by Laura Anne Gilman. This is a Cosa Nostradamus novella, but she’s done a great job making this a wonderful, stand-alone urban fantasy experience. And very gut–you believe in the fears and joys of the characters. Coming soon from Book View Cafe!

    Reading: Precious Dragon by Liz Williams. I love Detective Chen and his demon companions!
    Night Calls by Katharine Eliska Kimbriel, because I am back into writing Book Three, and I needed to revisit my touchstone. I still love Allie. It’s like your own child–you forgive their faults and rejoice in their strengths.

    Next: I picked up Jane Haddam’s Skeleton Key from the library. It’s a time jump, but my libs doesn’t have them all. The Dr. Who way of reading a mystery series….

  4. Read: Dread Companion by Andre Norton. Reviewed here
    Reading: Admiralty: The Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson (volume 4)
    To Read: Enemies of the Permanent Things by Russell Kirk

    • i sometimes think i have weird tastes, but i must not be the only one because these books definitely have followings!