WWW Wednesday 4-23-2014

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?

I have books stashed in several locations around the house.  At the breakfast table I currently am reading The Plantagenets by Dan Jones.  This is a big book and he only gets through the Edwards.  The War of the Roses will be another volume.  Jones writes in an easy and fluid manner, explaining family relations and politics in enough detail for the narrative to make sense, but not so much as to overwhelm.  There are plenty of maps and family trees to help.  I am a history geek and this is my period. I’m reveling in it.  This is the first book I have encountered that presents a balance view of King John and the Magna Carta. This is the first book that shows the long reign of John’s son Henry III in any detail. Usually he’s glossed over.

Warning: if you purchase or borrow from the library, there are two e-book versions.  The one for the tablet style e-reader will not load onto an older Nook or Kindle.  Make sure you get the compatible version.

Beside my recliner I have Silver by Rhiannon Held.  I met the author at a con and we got into a deep conversation about developing a werewolf culture from within, complete with religion and origin myth, and not viewed from the prejudiced eyes of a human.  This book stands up to the conversation.  Enjoying the characters and the tale immensely.  I’m happy to hear there are 2 sequels.


• What did you recently finish reading?

An Uninvited Ghost by E.J. Copperman.  This cozy mystery with real ghosts who help move the plot is good for a chuckle.  Ghosst inhabit Alison Kerby’s guesthouse on the Jersey Shore.  She can see them and interact with them.  Her daughter and mother can as well.  Her guests want to see real ghosts but can’t.  Throw in the cast of a bikini clad “reality” show and mayhem ensues.



• What do you think you’ll read next?

Decisions, decisions.  I just loaded 3 cozy mysteries onto my Nook.  The Homicide Hustle by Ella Barrick seems to be rising to the top.  I love this ballroom dance oriented series.

On the non-fiction front I have Finding Merlin by Adam Ardrey.  I thoroughly enjoyed his work in Finding Arthur and look forward to his interesting twist on ancient British history.



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



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 4-23-2014 — 8 Comments

  1. Read:
    What Now, I Want to Be the Kitty, and Dog-Eared by Patrick McDonnell
    Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat by Bill Watterson
    The Tightrope Walker by Dorothy Gilman
    Witches and Neighbors: The Social and Cultural Context of European Witchcraft by Robin Briggs
    Majesty and Magic in Shakespeare’s Last Plays by Frances A. Yates
    Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
    To Read:
    Not sure yet. 0:)

  2. I just finished Rex Stout’s The Silent Speaker. It’s your standard Nero Wolfe mystery, and I enjoyed it as such. Archie Goodwin’s voice is a joy.

    Also read William Landay’s Defending Jacob. It’s a selection of the Pittsburgh Book Club – Paperback Drinkers. I think I’d call it a legal thriller. It was well crafted—suspenseful, surprising. The underlying theory about genetics doesn’t appeal to me.

    I’m currently reading Craig Johnson’s As the Crow Flies. It’s one of his Walt Longmire series. Wyoming sheriff, not as young as he used to be, deals with small town, Western crime, plus family issues. He has two sidekicks. One is an Indian man who is tougher, sexier, smarter, and better read than anyone on earth. The other is his deputy, a young woman who used to be on the police force in Philadelphia, but followed her husband out to the wilds, and provides tough, big city contrast. I probably wouldn’t have picked it up if I’d gotten my hands on what I’ve been wanting to read—Dorothy Sayers’ Strong Poison. I have a yen to read the Lord Peter/Harriet Vane story arc again. I’ve had the ebook checked out of the library, but haven’t been able to download it. The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is in the process of upgrading their software system, and there’s a lag getting all the functionality turned on. Writing this prompted me to check back, and Overdrive downloads work now!

    • So glad to see someone is still reading Rex Stout. My mother loved the Nero Wolfe books and I grew up on them — still re-read them on occasion for the sheer fun of it.