WWW Wednesday 4-2-2014

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?

GARMENT OF SHADOWS by Laurie King.  I have an odd relationship with this series – I read the first one, THE BEEKEEPER’S APPRENTICE, before it even came out – I got hold of a copy from the publisher and started jumping up and down saying “we need to get the paperback rights to this!  This is wonderful!”  (alas, we didn’t).  And from there on in I read every book as it came out, in hardcover – until THE PIRATE KING, in 2011, where I utterly bounced off the book.

And it’s taken me this long to get back on the Mary Russell wagon. Which is a shame, because I really do love the characters.  Just not that one book in the series.

• What did you recently finish reading? 

Katharine Eliska Kimbriel’s SPIRAL PATH, which is the third “Allie” book about a young woman in the American frontier, who is growing up as part of a larger community of magic users, while trying to find out who she is and where she fits in.  It’s not out yet – you’re going to have to wait a few more months to get your hands on it.  *tease*  But there are two other books in the series already….  [http://www.ke-kimbriel.com/]

 

• What do you think you’ll read next? 

I have no idea.  There’s a “TBR-in-2014” pile that I swore I would conquer this year, but I haven’t delved into it yet.  I think I’m in the mood for some SF now, though.  So maybe… *looks over the pile* Jon Courtnay Grimwood’s STAMPING BUTTERFLIES, maybe.  SF, but with a slightly odd twist and a non-American cultural base, to offset the Americana of my last read.   He’s another writer whose work I love, but I lost track of a few years back…[http://www.j-cg.co.uk/]

 

 

What about you? What are you reading, have you been reading, wanting to read next?  And who have you lost track of, that you need to get back to?

 

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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 4-2-2014 — 4 Comments

  1. Read:
    Essays in Idleness by Yoshida Kenk? Reviewed here
    Fated and Cursed by Benedict Jacka
    Reading:
    The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success by Megan McArdle
    To Read:
    The October Country by Ray Bradbury

  2. What are you currently reading?

    4:50 From Paddington by Agatha Christie and Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong by James W. Loewen

    The Christie book is a re-read, but I haven’t read it for years, so it’s rather like reading it for the first time. Lies Across America is scathing, talking about history as it’s manufactured at historic sites and museums for the sake of boosterism, corporate interests, and political groups that want to promote their own agendas. (The Daughters of the Confederacy, for example, has a habit of putting up monuments to the Confederate dead even in places where no one fought for the Confederacy–like Montana, which wasn’t even a U.S. territory when the Civil War was fought, let alone a state.) Every state comes in for criticism. I’d advise everyone to read it.

    What did you recently finish reading?

    Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor (a gorgeous fantasy novel based on the flora, fauna and folklore of West Africa); The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman (a non-fiction tragedy about Western medicine, Hmong culture, and non-communication); Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth (because I hadn’t seen the series and wanted to know if it was worth watching, as I am not into pregnancy stories), Parker Pyne Investigates by Agatha Christie (which I had probably read before but didn’t remember), and A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie (ditto).

    What do you think that you’ll read next?

    Call Me Zelda by Erika Robuck, When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women From 1960 to the Present by Gail Collins, Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino, and The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.

  3. I totally agree about Pirate Queen, a “what were you thinking” book if there ever was one. I just went back and read the entire Holmes-Russell oeuvre, and while it’s uneven–I dare any writer to produce a series that doesn’t have its ups and downs, as the nature of the beast–if you take out Pirate Queen it is lovely.

    • I got the feeling that Laurie was in a phase of Gilbert & Sullivan fascination, and didn’t much feel like writing a Russell book just then, but had a deadline, so figured she could smoosh the two into one and…it just didn’t gel.

      (but then, I know readers who loved that book, so once again it’s Mileage Varies)