WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading.
• What are you currently reading?
As usual, I have several books going. (They tend to take up stations–an upstairs book, a downstairs book, a carry book, a research book, sometimes a late-at-night book, etc.)
A Call to Arms, by P.B. Nagle. I like how the author gets into the head of a woman of the mid-nineteenth century. I’ve hit the chapters when the blithe, easy-triumph expecting militia soldiers experience the shock of real warfare. Grim! And resonating with verisimilitude.
For a total contrast, Conspiracy, by Lindsay Buroker. This is the fourth in the “Emperor’s Edge” series, centered around one of the most delightful heroines in fantasy adventure, Amaranthe Lokdon. Buroker’s fantasy world is, as she says herself, pretty much of a kitchen sink design, painted in broad strokes, containing swords and trains and rifles and magic. The delight is in the characters, particularly Amaranthe and her band of outlaws, each with his distinctive personality. The banter is delicious, and the action pretty much non-stop.
Strange Bodies, by Marcel Theroux. Just begun, a beautifully written novel about the mutability of identity, with a science fictional and historical overlay. It was compared to Kostova’s The Historian, which I found dull and affected in an unengaging way, so I had misgivings, but one too many recommendations got me to get it. So far, so good.
• What did you recently finish reading?
Michael Vey: The Prisoner in Cell 25, by Richard Paul Evans. The beginning of a teen series about a boy with powers who finds a friend, then is kidnapped by sinister forces. The powers are accidental, and not every kid who has them is a good guy. Really violent for a teen book, though with no sex. Riveting pace–I read it in one night.
Also finished another reread of the Aubrey/Maturin novels by Patrick O’Brian, which I always deeply enjoy, plus a number of books on Trafalgar, and the commanders of the various sides. Including period memoirs.
How about you?