WWW Wednesday 12/18

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?

Thanks to a link passed around FaceBook a few weeks ago I discovered “Finding Arthur” by Adam Ardrey.  I have been an avid reader of Arthuriana since I devoured “The Once and Future King” by T.H. White when I was in middle school a Looooooong time ago.  While no scholar, I am fairly well versed in the traditional Mallory type stories set in a high medieval period, but I’ve read more into an historical Arthur and never been satisfied with the way “scholars” stretch linguistics and place names to fit their theories.  I even wrote my own version in “Guardian of the Balance, Merlin’s Descendants#1”  Ardrey’s arguments for a Scottish based Arthur is compelling.  His knowledge of both Q Celtic and P Celtic is extensive enough that he doesn’t have to stretch to find reasonable assumptions.  And they are reasonable.  As a pretend historian I appreciate his bold statements where he draws conclusions, admitting that after 1500 years hard facts are difficult to find.  It’s an easy read compared to a lot of the more scholarly attempts to tackle this subject.  I’ve enjoyed the first half of the book so much I ordered the companion book “Finding Merlin.”

• What did you recently finish reading?  

I am addicted to cozy mysteries.  They are my popcorn books.  Most recently I finished “Dead Man Waltzing” by Ella Barrick.  I’d read “Quickstep to Murder.”  As a dancer and fan of many of the dance programs on TV I appreciate the look into the life of a ballroom dance teacher and competitor.  The mysteries are plausible and the heroine’s involvement in solving the mystery is also plausible.  I’m looking forward to “Homicide Hustle.”  This series hasn’t had time to grow stale yet.


• What do you think you’ll read next?

This is a toss up.  I have more cozy mysteries calling my name, specifically “The Twelve Clues of Christmas” by Rhys Bowen.  The Royal Spyness Mysteries take place during the great depression when noble young adults who have no inheritance left must make their own way in posh London, without embarrassing the family by admitting they have no money.  Lady Georgiana Rannoch has royal connections and must solve mysteries discreetly and keep the royal connections out of the lurid press.

But rising to the top of my TBR on my Nook is “How Like a God” by our own Brenda Clough due to be release soon.  I’ve read one of her short stories about Gilgamesh and am mightily curious.


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


About Phyllis Irene Radford

Irene Radford has been writing stories ever since she figured out what a pencil was for. A member of an endangered species—a native Oregonian who lives in Oregon—she and her husband make their home in Welches, Oregon where deer, bears, coyotes, hawks, owls, and woodpeckers feed regularly on their back deck. A museum trained historian, Irene has spent many hours prowling pioneer cemeteries deepening her connections to the past. Raised in a military family she grew up all over the US and learned early on that books are friends that don’t get left behind with a move. Her interests and reading range from ancient history, to spiritual meditations, to space stations, and a whole lot in between. Mostly Irene writes fantasy and historical fantasy including the best-selling Dragon Nimbus Series and the masterwork Merlin’s Descendants series. In other lifetimes she writes urban fantasy as P.R. Frost or Phyllis Ames, and space opera as C.F. Bentley. Later this year she ventures into Steampunk as someone else. If you wish information on the latest releases from Ms Radford, under any of her pen names, you can subscribe to her newsletter: www.ireneradford.net Promises of no spam, merely occasional updates and news of personal appearances.


WWW Wednesday 12/18 — 3 Comments

  1. Read:
    Skellig by David Almond (Reviewed here)
    Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders by Richard Ellis Preston Jr.
    Aztecs: An Interpretation by Inga Clendinnen
    To Read:
    Consider the Fork: How Technology Transforms the Way We Cook and Eat by Bee Wilson

  2. I just finished reading POINT OF HONOUR by Madeleine Robins, staying up way too late to finish it. Talk about hairpin turns of plot! I have the second one (PETTY TREASON) in hand and must get my hands on the third (THE SLEEPING PARTNER) soonest!
    But before I do that I have to read HOLY SH*T: A History of Swearing, which I need to peruse for professional reasons. I need ancient Roman cussing…