WWW Wednesday 10-23-2013

by Laura Anne Gilman

WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading.

www_wednesdays43To 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?

GARMENT OF SHADOWS, by Laurie King.  For ten books, this series has been a “buy in hardcover, read immediately” bellringer for me –

then the 11th book failed to connect, and I’ve had this 12th book on my shelf, unread, for a painful amount of time.  I’m hoping to rekindle the love affair…

I know there’s been a lot of back and forth in the Sherlockian corners of readerdom about this series – a friend who adores 90% of all things Sherlock cannot forgive Ms. King for having Sherlock get married, and another friend twitches over what she sees as enforced feminism overlaid on the characters, but I freely and utterly admit to being convinced by Mary and Sherlock, and if the world around them is slightly rose-colored from a historical perspective, well, I’m okay with that.  I don’t read Sayers’ Lord Peter stories for historical accuracy or grimdark, either.

• What did you recently finish reading?

Gwenda Bond‘s BLACKWOOD, which is set on present-day Roanoke Island, and deals with the legend of the missing colony, but for me was wonderful for the guilt/love/pain/connection between teenage kids and their parents.  I’d rec it for the smart 14+ reader, and those of us who still remember what it was like to be a teenager.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

This is where I look at my TBR pile (physical and digital) and flail madly, especially since I’ve got World Fantasy coming up and that always increases the TBR list painfully.  I’ve got my eye on the new Ben Aaronovitch, though….

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About Laura Anne Gilman

Laura Anne is a recovering editor-turned-novelist, with an Endeavor Award, a Nebula nomination, another Endeavor award nomination and a Washington State Book Award nomination under her belt. Her most recent series is the award-winning "Devil's West" trilogy, starting with SILVER ON THE ROAD, and her same-universe story collection, WEST WINDS' FOOL, AND OTHER STORIES OF THE DEVIL'S WEST. The novella GABRIEL'S ROAD was published by Book View Cafe on April 30th, 2019. Her Patreon, featuring original fiction, writing advice, and original Rants, is at https://www.patreon.com/LAGilman Learn more at www.lauraannegilman.net, where you can sign up for her quarterly newsletter.

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WWW Wednesday 10-23-2013 — 11 Comments

  1. I too have been less and less enthralled by the Laurie King Holmes and Russell. Clearly it is a difficult thing to keep a series going for this many volumes; to be both the same and different is a hat trick. The Gilbert-and-Sullivan romp was utterly disappointing, and now I feel the entire schtick is creaky. Any time amnesia is resorted to is a bad sign.

  2. Yes, Brenda, exactly. I also got the feeling in PIRATE KING that she didn’t want to write the book, but had to, and so tacked on what she WAS interested in at the time and tried to make it the plot and…nope, didn’t work for me, at all.

    But I loved the first few books so much, I WANT this one to succeed.

    I have a 7/10 rule for series books – seven is about as far out as a really good series can run before losing traction, and only a truly exceptional one makes it past ten. (It’s 3/5 for television series, just to be completist)

    • You have no idea how annoyed I was that the Temeraire series is going to so many volumes. I think she had 5, maybe 7 volumes in there, max, and they seem to be going for 9 or even 10. One has to wonder whether it is publisher demand or authorial over-ambition.
      OTOH some people do seem to be able to keep the thing in the air book after book after book. I could read Vorkosigan novels for ever.

  3. Read:
    Chimes At Midnight by Seanan McGuire
    Of Giants and Ice by Shelbey Bach
    Are We There Yet?: A Frank and Ernest History of the World by Bob Thaves
    License to Dream: A Rose Is Rose Collection by Pat Brady
    Midnight Never Come by Marie Brennan
    Reading:
    Shadows by Robin McKinley
    To Read:
    Hmm. . .
    Probably Have His Carcase by Dorothy L. Sayers.
    and Of Witches and Wind by Shelby Bach

  4. I am a huge Laurie King fan, but like most of you who have commented on the last few books, I’m afraid I’ve been lukewarm about everything since LOCKED ROOMS. I think one key thing that has changed is an increasing shift in viewpoint from first to third; another is that Mary and Holmes rarely appear together in a scene anymore, and it was the dynamic between the two that was so powerful in the earlier works. I do keep hoping for a resurrection of the amazing blend of period detail, intriguing mysteries, and wonderfully believable relationship between the aging mastermind and his equally brilliant young wife that Ms. King did so well in the earlier books. I bet she can still belt one out of the park, and I’m waiting for it.