WWW Wednesday July 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?

• What are you currently reading?

After all this time–over a year!–I am finally reading Timeless, by Gail Carriger. And I’m finally meeting the most adorable, destructive, ferocious toddler ever–Prudence. Why did I wait so long to read this delight? And does anybody know if Carriger’s new YA series involves Prudence or any other of this cast of characters?

I’m also reading a short story collection. I’m not much of a short story reader, so when I say that so far every single story has captivated me, I’m really saying something. Female Science Fiction Writer by Amy Sterling Casil is wonderful. I’m on the third story and what a delightful case of creative whiplash, as I bounce from one amazing world to the next.

• What did you recently finish reading?

I listened to Broken Harbor: A Novel (Dublin Murder Squad) by Tana French. Like her other books, it required a certain suspension of disbelief to accept some of the manipulations of plot. Like her other books, her stunning prose and rich worlds and characterizations make it worth such suspension of disbelief. And unlike The Likeness, I felt this book actually worked and didn’t require me to swallow a premise that she made absolutely no effort to sustain. I really liked this book a lot, and thought the way it resolved was true to the main character and his situation.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I just bought the third and final book in Kate Elliott’s trilogy that I have dearly loved. [I might have actually stalked Kate on twitter and facebook, wanting to know when this book, Cold Steel, would finally, finally, finally be released.] Now that it’s on my Kindle, will I actually read it? Or like many other series, will I leave the last one dangling out there, a promise of something long-awaited that I can’t bear to see end?

checkmateIn case you’re wondering (and you probably aren’t) I still haven’t read Dorothy Dunnett’s last Lymond book, Checkmate.

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

I’m keeping a running total of my reading challenges–the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge (see banner at the bottom of the right sidebar) and my own challenge, the Embarrassment of Riches Challenge.

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WWW Wednesday July 10, 2013 — 10 Comments

  1. I bounced hard off Carriger’s errors in historical worldbuilding, alas–though I could see nifty storytelling chops in and around. I am waiting patiently for either her research to catch up, or for her to write in another period.

    I don’t know how you could not read Checkmate. Whew. I remember reading the last of Ringed Castle at about three a.m. on a hot summer’s night when I was in my mid twenties–and I promptly turned to Checkmate because I couldn’t wait for morning. (A friend had thoughtfully loaned me all, saying, “Here. You will need the entire series right at hand.”) But I felt that way about Patrick O’Brian, too.

    Let’s see . . . just finished Deborah J. Ross’s Seven Petaled-Sheild. What a cliff-hanger! I am impatiently awaiting book two.

    Reading several histories, including Marla R. Miller’s book on Betsy Ross, which gives a fascinating look into the lives of the women of Revolutionary War era, especially textile makers. When I was growing up, the women were totally invisible from histories of that period–it was all male rah rah and patriotic bombast. So I shifted to reading European history, but this sort of book is drawing me back.

    • I’ve always felt drawn to the Revolutionary War era but don’t know why. When I was in Charleston, SC in one of that era’s building, I literally felt like I’d been there before. Didn’t feel that way when we left that area.

      YES. Deborah’s cliffhanger is KILLER.

      I think Carriger’s world is amazing fun, but have not been tempted to read her YA series. Sometimes historical inaccuracies bug me, but when there are other strengths to compensate I can sometimes ignore them. In this case I don’t know the era enough to be bothered.

  2. Recently read:

    The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi (Far too many pointless, destroy everything chase scenes. Cute ending. Nice artwork.)

    Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke (Quite enjoyable. Also nice artwork.)

    Currently reading:

    Medieval Schools From Roman Britain to Renaissance England by Nicholas Orme

    Wild Jack by John Christopher (There was a dystopian John Christopher novel I liked when I was a kid. This isn’t it.)

    Reading next:

    Quicksilver by R. J. Anderson (Judging by the first book in the series, it will almost certainly be too YA-ish for me, but I wanted to check out the “asexual character is asexual” plot-line.)

    Grail by Elizabeth Bear

  3. Reading: Angel’s Tip – Alafair Burke … I don’t know where I’d been until my library trip a few weeks back, but I didn’t realize that James Lee Burke, whose Dave Robicheaux books I have exclusively listened to on cd rather than reading, actually has a daughter named Alafair who is also a writer. A great writer! This is the 3rd one I’ve read in three weeks. – Listening: Deadly Stakes – J.A. Jance

    Recently Read: Insomnia – Stephen King… and this little manuscript by some author… what was her name again? 🙂

    Reading Next: the next book in my stack from the library, I don’t remember which one is on top!