WWW Wednesday 1-22-14

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?

I’m in the middle of Dragon Virus, from BVC’s own Laura Anne Gilman. It’s a series of linked stories about a genetic mutation that causes…well, interesting results, shall we say. I just love Laura Anne’s writing. I discovered her when I read the Vineart War trilogy–novels about wine magic (and wine is true to my heart!). Since then, I have gone on to read anything I can find of hers. Her characters are fascinating and believable, and her work always entertains.

• What did you recently finish reading?

My fiance handed me The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman, and said, “Read this!” Of course, I already wanted to, even if I hadn’t just watched him devour the book in two days. It’s a magical, spooky read with so much sly wisdom and literary delight. The epigraph, a quote from Maurice Sendak, introduces the book perfectly: “I remember my own childhood vividly…I knew terrible things. But I knew I mustn’t let adults know I knew. It would scare them.” And the book ends delightfully. I won’t spoil anything, for those who haven’t read it, but Gaiman manages a brilliant and difficult feat, and makes it look effortless. As a writer, I just had to sit back and say, Wow.

Reading this book felt particularly relevant for me at the moment. I’ve just published Eel River, a novel of quiet horror set on a backwoods commune in the early 1970s. The protagonist is a ten-year-old girl who…well, she knows terrible things, and knows she must not tell the adults. Great minds think alike?

• What do you think you’ll read next?

The next two books on my TBR pile are Under Heaven, by Guy Gavriel Kay, and 11/22/63, by Stephen King. I will see what I am in the mood for when the time comes! Both books come highly recommended by trusted sources, so I doubt I’ll be disappointed either way. I’m leaning towards the King; he is one of my favorite authors, just a masterful storyteller. Though I know the GGKay will be lovely. Decisions, decisions…

 

What about you? What are you reading, have you been reading, wanting to read next?

 

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About Shannon Page

Shannon Page is a Pacific Northwest author and editor. Her work has appeared in Clarkesworld, Interzone, Fantasy, Black Static, Tor.com, and many anthologies, including the Australian Shadows Award-winning Grants Pass, and The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk. Books include The Queen and The Tower and A Sword in The Sun, the first two books in The Nightcraft Quartet; novel Eel River; story collection Eastlick and Other Stories; personal essay collection I Was a Trophy Wife; Orcas Intrigue, Orcas Intruder, and Orcas Investigation, the first three books in the cozy mystery series The Chameleon Chronicles, in collaboration with Karen G. Berry under the pen name Laura Gayle; and Our Lady of the Islands, co-written with the late Jay Lake. Our Lady received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2014, and was a finalist for the Endeavour Award. Forthcoming books include Nightcraft books three and four; a sequel to Our Lady; and more Orcas mysteries. Edited books include the anthology Witches, Stitches & Bitches and the essay collection The Usual Path to Publication. She practices yoga, gardens, and has no tattoos.

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  2. Read:
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    The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi
    The Traitor’s Hand by Sandy Mitchell
    Reading:
    All Things Considered by G. K. Chesterton
    To Read:
    Consider the Fork by Bee Wilson