WWW Wednesday 3-26-2014 — Cat Kimbriel Reads and Reviews

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 finishing up Carousel Sun by Sharon Lee.  If you liked Carousel Tides (here’s my review over at Goodreads) I think you’ll definitely enjoy this one.  Kate’s return to Archers Beach, Maine has changed the luck of the town for the better.  You’ll find yourself firmly rooted in small town, coastal Maine, even as the delicate magic of Earth and the fiery magic of the Six worlds fill every nook and cranny.  This time Kate is dealing with a drug lord who means The Land no good, as well as finding a replacement for that missing carousel horse…a loss that the feds would like to know about.  To paraphrase myself about Carousel Tides, if you love contemporary fantasy, if you can’t get enough of Charles de Lint’s work, if you’ve been waiting for another great fantasy – this series is for you.

I am also finishing up Death Warmed Over by Kevin J. Anderson, and working on Dim Sum Dead by Jerrilyn Farmer.  These are skilled writers, and there’s humor in both of these books. They’re cute, but they’re not distracting me from my own head right now.  This is partly because I am just not a zombie girl, and reading about food I can’t have is frustrating!  But if you want your zombies and supernatural with some chuckles, or are in the mood for a catering mystery, go for it.

• What did you recently finish reading?

Wintersmith_Pratchett_graphicI finally got to read the third Tiffany Aching novel by Terry Pratchett, and I must say, if you have never felt called to read Terry Pratchett’s absurd view of the universe? And you like YA fantasy? Try the Tiffany books. The first is Wee Free Men, and the second A Hat Full of Sky. I think you could start with any of them, but I read them in order. The third, Wintersmith, is masterful. It is by turns humorous and harrowing, silly and strong, modern and ancient.

Tiffany has foolishly inserted herself into an ancient ritual at the Wrong Time, and accordingly has come to the attention of the Wintersmith.  He is charmed by the young human who thought she could join the Morris dance that anchors the transition from summer to winter, and winter to summer.  The Wintersmith, who has no real form and is an elemental, decides to go a-courtin’.  Tiffany has plenty to keep her busy without the interference of the Wintersmith—senior witches to learn from as well as a young colleague who was poorly taught and needs the help of other young witches to pull off her first solo assignment.  In the end, she needs the help of the young man she rescued in the first book (quite unintentionally—she’d gone after her baby brother.)  But always, Tiffany learns and grows—which is what we all hope for, isn’t it?  This one’s a keeper.  I think that she and Alfreda would be friends, as much as witches can get along.

I also read Trade Secret by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller.   This is a Liaden Universe™ novel, and follows the continuing adventures of one Jethri Gobelyn, young human space trader, who wrangled himself an apprenticeship to a master Liaden trader and thereby discovered a new and unexpected future.  Now an adopted son of a huge Liaden clan, Jethri finds himself the linchpin of a private conspiracy he’s never heard about. His birth mother, who never forgave his father for a rather poorly thought out biological decision, ignored her son and left him ignorant of things others in his trading clan knew.  Some of those secrets could be deadly, and Jethri goes forth to find allies to deal with the multiple problems landing in his lap.

Balance of Trade, the first book about this character, was an award-winning novel for teens.  This one is more intricate, slowing the action, and would not be as good a starting point for someone new to the series.  But if you liked the first, or any Liaden novel, you’ll enjoy the new views of older times glimpsed in this tale.   This (so far) duology remains a good entrance point to the sprawling Liaden Universe™.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

Returning to some nonfiction—Japanese Tales by Royall Tyler, Dojo Wisdom by Jennifer Lawler, and A Joseph Campbell Companion, edited by Diane K. Osbon.  I read snippets and digest…

For fiction I am looking forward to any of these: Revenant Eve, by Sherwood Smith, Night Watch, by Terry Pratchett, and The Golden City by J. Kathleen Cheney.  I might get lucky and have the latest Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson book show up from the library, too!

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

 

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WWW Wednesday 3-26-2014 — Cat Kimbriel Reads and Reviews — 21 Comments

  1. I must include a warning against the fourth book in Tiffany’s series. I fear it got seriesistis. The biggest problem I had with it is that he declared by fiat that things had happened between books.

    As for me:
    Read:
    The Thing by G.K. Chesterton
    Agatha H and the Clockwork Princess by Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio
    Reading:
    Noah’s Boy by Sarah A. Hoyt
    To Read:
    Snow In Summer by Jane Yolen

  2. My TBR pile is stacking up…. 🙂
    Overall, I enjoyed the Tiffany Aching series, but agree that the last book was strangely not quite so memorable…even though I read it I didn’t recall much about it until I read the synopsis just now. :/
    1.What are you reading?
    At lunchtime I read Stephen King’s “Doctor Sleep”. And, since I won’t read a book for bedtime that I fear might linger in my dreams…I’ve just started Kim Harrison’s “The Undead Pool” alternating with the comic book series, “The Midas Flesh”. 🙂
    2. What have you been reading?
    In the past week or so, I finished reading Anne Bishop’s “Murder of Crows”, Maria V. Snyder’s Glass trilogy, “Beautiful Darkness” a graphic novel by Vehlmann and Kerascoët, vol #1 of “The Massive” comic series, and the latest comic issues from “Jupiter’s Legacy”, “The Day Men”, “Fuse”, “Pretty Deadly”, “Saga”, “Revival” and “The Wake”.
    3. What do you want to read next?
    The books/comics I’ve targeted next from my TBR pile (part local library books, part personal):
    Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s “The Strain” trilogy, “Breadcrumbs” by Anne Ursu, “The City of Shifting Waters” part of a comic series by Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières, “Black Water Rising” by Attica Locke, “The Kingdom of Dust” by Amanda Downum, and the collection “Dark Duets” edited by Christopher Golden.

      • It’s speed, not time. 🙂 But regardless, I do make sure I have an hour or two each day reserved for reading…it keeps me both inspired and relaxed. I don’t read as fast as I did back in my university days, nor do I quite have the retention I used to (I’ve noticed that lately).

        • I have noticed that I don’t have quite as good a retention reading ebooks, which is fascinating–even older books, or books by established writers. I wonder what the difference is between books and readers? Is it that the brain perceives pixels differently, or is it that we don’t have all the physical anchors of book, paper, smell of book, kin-esthetic movement of pages, etc.?

  3. Currently reading: Indexing by Seanan McGuire (new series) and Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost (last Cat and Bones book). Both are excellent. I’ll be sorry to see the end of the Cat and Bones series, but just gives us room to learn more about the other characters in this world. Plus the two of them will show up periodically in other stories, just not as the main characters. I just finished reading: Half-off Ragnarok by Seanan McGuire. So far I’ve read books in three of her series and I just love the quirky takes she has fairy tales, myths, elves other creatures of fairy. She has a fresh and a bit weird take on these creatures. Very original and creative. The next book up in line to be read: Sentinels: Lynx Destiny by Doranna Durgin. I love her stories. Oh and in my car I’m listening to Changes by Mercedes Lackey from her Collegium series.

    • Oh, I enjoy urban and contemporary fantasy, I do want to get to the Seanan books. I’m wondering if I need to write the first draft of my own contemporary fantasy before starting hers, though. I like Lackey’s work for sheer fun, her world is interesting. Haven’t tried Durgin’s Sentinels series yet!

      • I love-love the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire, but I just didn’t like her In-Cryptid series (I tried). I enjoyed the mice and other fairy tale elements in the 2nd series (definitely quirky), but for whatever reason the main character there, as I recall, annoyed me to no end. 🙂

        • I just had this happen with another series (I’ve forgotten which one, ouch) where I found the world fairly interesting, but this interp of a kick butt heroine just make me want to smack her on the back of the head to wake her up. Won’t keep going.

          Must start with October Daye, I hear! Lots of votes for that series.

        • Her latest In-Cryptid novel focuses on her brother who is working at a zoo in Ohio. There’s a different feel to his story. I enjoyed the sister’s story, but there were times when I wondered what the heck she was thinking. I really enjoyed the various groups of Cryptids that she worked with. She puts in some wicked twists to the various species. Really enjoyable.

  4. My initial response was to this was, “”blessed am I among readers for I am advance reading the aforementioned third book of Alfreda. Eat your hearts out puny mortals or at least re-read the first two so you’ll be ready to fall in and indulge when Spiral Path goes public.”
    —-
    That is perhaps a little over the top, so perhaps a simple, “I am reading the third Alfreda novel. Unicorns and mazes and ritual (and a feline), oh my…” and No, you can’t borrow it, because I am withholding it from my daughter Allie who went over to the B&N page and wrote her first review ever for Night Calls (she knows good books, still uses “Tristan Windmaster” as an email handle).
    —-
    While the cats including “Ripley, the rat killer” approve the appearance of a feline in the new book it fails (like that mockingbird book) the “smell a rat” test. So they will not pause their hectic life-style to read it.

    Yes, I am exuberant about the Allie books. Before life (for Cat) and fire (for me) interrupted things back at the end of the 90s, the third book was intended to be a Hypatia Press book, in line with the Nina Kiriki Hoffman, PC Hodgel, Kim Antieau, RA MacAvoy and Megan Lindholm books we did publish.

    As for books to read… I do have some more Nina’s and PC’s and Robin Hobb’s in the list.