WWW Wednesday 10-09-2013

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?

willis_blackoutI’m still listening to Blackout, by Connie Willis. Yesterday I even took a walk to put more steps on my Fitbit [Site] and one thing led to another [dog bite, nuisance not injury] which resulted in me at the ER making sure I didn’t need any shots of various types but hey, it’s all good, I still had Blackout to listen to and was zoned out in my own world except when exposing my pitiful little bite wound for inspection, so all’s well that ends well.

Point being, Connie Willis kept me totally involved in WWII time travel goodness–that is actually a love letter to the everyday civilian heroes of England who kept calm and carried on–while while 21st Century life swirled around me. I call that a win!

• What did you recently finish reading?

TMMThoroughly Modern Monsters, a short story anthology. Full disclaimer–Story Spring Publishing is my new publisher and this is their first publication, so yes, I was particularly vested in checking this one out. So if you think I’m going to hype it for those reasons, well, I understand that suspicion, but seriously, I am expert at hyping without raving.

This is a rave. I don’t read horror. I don’t read short stories except on rare occasions like this one, where I have a ‘reason’ beyond just pleasure.

Reading these short stories was pure pleasure. And I am not sure they all count as horror, or maybe I don’t know what horror is?

They all have monsters, real monsters, and yet some are funny and some are romantic love stories and some are truly chilling. A few take swipes at modern pop culture expectations. My favorites will not be your favorites. I know this from talking to other people who have different faves than mine.

What isn’t subjective is the quality of the writing, the world-building and the diversity in subject matter, voice and setting. Such diversity isn’t surprising as some of the stories are written by UK/European authors and are edited a la Oxford [according to a note at the back of the book] and some are written by American authors and are edited a la Chicago Manual of Style.

But, in case you think I’m really just hyping? I read an excerpt from one of the stories to my class Monday night as an example of ‘the villain is the hero of his own story’ and yes, we all shared the chills. Just saying. The story is “Provender,” by Wendy Worthington, who should definitely know about the inside of a villain’s mind since she’s also an actress, the infamous “lunch lady” of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

You really need to read these stories and let me know what you think–love, hate, somewhere in between? I would love to know your reactions to some of them!

• What do you think you’ll read next?

libriomancerLibriomancer. I’ve been reading Jim C Hines’s blog for years and am finally going to read one of his books and help pay his bills. Took a sneak peek at the opening and I’m already hooked. Will start it later today for real. What’s it about? A librarian in a world where libriomancy exists. What is that?

Isaac Vainio is a Libriomancer, a member of the secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg. Libriomancers are gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw forth objects. When Isaac is attacked by vampires that leaked from the pages of books into our world, he barely manages to escape. To his horror he discovers that vampires have been attacking other magic-users as well, and Gutenberg has been kidnapped.

With the help of a motorcycle-riding dryad who packs a pair of oak cudgels, Isaac finds himself hunting the unknown dark power that has been manipulating humans and vampires alike. And his search will uncover dangerous secrets about Libriomancy, Gutenberg, and the history of magic. . . .

Now, how cool is that?

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Not the real cover, just a placeholder
until the real one is created,
and omg I can’t wait.

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

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WWW Wednesday 10-09-2013 — 9 Comments

  1. Read:
    Don’t Split The Party by Rich Burlew. Volume 4 of Order of the Stick. Link here
    Reading:
    Year of the Unicorn by Andre Norton
    To Read:
    Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers.

  2. I was so disappointed in Blackout and the second volume, All Clear (you have to read both books to find out what happens). I first heard Connie Willis read from it about 12 years ago at Philcon, long before it was published, and I had been looking forward to it. She did a magnificent job of evoking WWII Britain, but the story was too long and she included too many threads. I don’t care how many awards she won, this would have been so much better if she had cut it in half and published it as one book.

    • I have to agree. But then I don’t like the plot device of everyone running around madly, miscommunicating, and that’s all it was. (With some lovely scenes here and there.)

      • This seems to be true, so far. Having heard her intro on the audio book, it seems to be her love letter to the civilian heroes of England. As an audio book I’m enjoying it. It makes pleasant listening while I’m doing other things.

    • Life is a tragedy to those of us who feel, and a comedy to those of us who think.

      In Doomsday Book, Willis went for the tragic side of life, putting major disasters in both the present and the past. In To Say Nothing of the Dog, she went for the comic with an intricate explanation of how things worked out.

      Blackout/All Clear seemed to be trying to combine them, but we’re not in the mood to be amused by an intricate explanation, no matter how many threads it ties up, after having had our heart wrenched.

      • That’s not my problem with Blackout/All Clear, though I think it’s why I didn’t like Passages much. I thought there was a good balance of the absurd and the heart wrenching here, probably because that defines war so well. It was just way too long.

  3. I am doing no reading and watching no TV because I am writing 5K words a day. However, to unwind before bedtime I am reading Superman/Batman comics from the 90s.