WWW Wednesday 8-7-2013

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

• What did you recently finish reading?

A couple of weeks ago I did a reading with Nalo Hopkinson and Deborah J. Ross.  It went really well–full house, much good discussion. And I scored copies of Deborah’s The Seven Petaled Shield and Nalo’s Sister Mine.  They’re very different–Shield is a thoughtful fantasy in the epic mode, and the first in a trilogy.  Disclaimer: I’m generally not a reader of epic fantasy–I think it’s the intractable urbanist in me.  But I liked Shield a lot.  It’s told from two different viewpoints, that of a mother and her son, from the beginning of a cataclysmic attack on their city.  Of the two, I felt more sympathetic to the mother–may be that I simply have less patience for adolescent anguish than I used to.  But I was particularly impressed with the religious backgrounds of the story, which infused the characters’ behavior.  Sister Mine is…sort of a tour de force, a fantasy set in modern Toronto, involving a family of beings who are, or are related to, demigods.  I wish I could describe the voice–I heard Nalo read a section, and thereafter I could hear her inflections and pauses and humor as I read.  It’s comic and tragic and unexpected, and one of the best things I’ve read so far this year.

• What are you reading now?

I’ve got a passel of books by my BVC colleagues on my Nook, and just started reading The Fall of Princes, the third book in Judith Tarr’s first Avaryan trilogy.  As I said above, I don’t go to epic fantasy as my first instinct, but I have really enjoyed each of the Avaryan books (I’m assuming that I’ll enjoy Princes; I only started it this morning, but the signs are good so far). They’re thoughtful and beautifully made.  I’m also re-reading War for the Oaks by Emma Bull; I find myself re-reading things sometimes when I’m trying to accomplish a particular technical thing in my own writing and want to see how someone else did it.  Plus…oh, heck: I’m reading it because I love it and haven’t read it in too long.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

Well, there’s that passel of books on my Nook (Linda Nagata’s The Red: First Light; Mindy Klasky’s Single Witch’s Survival Guide, Judy Tarr’s Arrows of the Sun, plus a manuscript of Mary Robinette Kowal’s Valor and Vanity).  There’s also Tor.com’s anthology of all the short fiction published on the site in their first five years, which I suspect I will dip into and out of.  And I’m wondering if reading War for the Oaks is going to lead me into reading her wonderful Territory again.

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



About Madeleine E. Robins

Madeleine Robins is the author of The Stone War, Point of Honour, Petty Treason, and The Sleeping Partner (the third Sarah Tolerance mystery, available from Plus One Press). Her Regency romances, Althea, My Dear Jenny, The Heiress Companion, Lady John, and The Spanish Marriage are now available from Book View Café. Sold for Endless Rue , an historical novel set in medieval Italy, was published in May 2013 by Forge Books


WWW Wednesday 8-7-2013 — 8 Comments

  1. The Seven-Petaled Shield does have a significant portion set in a city!

    Read and loved Katharine Kerr’s Sorcerer’s Luck, Jodi Taylor’s rip-snorting time-travel extravaganza Just one Damn Thing After Another (currently free at Amazon, Nook, Kobo), and was rereading Miss Cowley’s 1780 hit, The Belle’s Stratagem.

    • The Seven-Petaled Shield does have a significant portion set in a city!

      So it does. There must be a name for the kind of fantasy I find myself not reading (epic? pastoral? faux-medieval?). Neither Seven Petaled Shield nor The Fall of Princes is faux-medieval, which may explain why I had no problem falling right in and splashing around. 😎

  2. Read: Kamikaze, Cherry Blossoms, and Nationalisms by Emiko Ohnuk-Tierney. Reviewed here
    Reading: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susannah Clark.
    Also The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
    To Reading: The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
    Also The Queen’s Necklace by Teresa Edgerton

  3. I am deep into edit country, with a bunch of stuff at my elbow tempting me–nonfiction, fiction, plus also have Linda Nagata’s THE RED, and Kit Kerr’s SORCERER’S LUCK on the pile. My Kindle is having fits between WIN 8 and my collection, so reading on my laptop a lot. Also resisting buying the new Ilona Andrews until a certain amount of work is taken care of!

    And there’s the Ross Seven-Petaled Shield and Kari Sperring’s Living with Ghosts on the pile, too….