WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading.
My reading of late has been sporadic, fitted around beta reading and proofing.
• What are you currently reading?
After Elizabeth, by Leanda de Lisle. Basic, eminently readable history about James I of England, when the Stuarts came to the English throne. There’s so much out there about Elizabeth Tudor, and about Charles I and the Protectorate, but not all that much about James, who is a complicated figure, to say the least.
Sorcerer’s Feud, by Katharine Kerr. This is the sequel to Sorcerer’s Luck, in which art student Maya Cantescu, who is a vampire in a way totally unlike the standard vamp, meets up with rune master Tor Thorlaksson.
Sparks fly, leading to romance, danger, magic, in a nifty mix of romantic suspense with plenty of supernatural pizazz. I have been looking forward to the sequel, which I’ve just begun.
I’m reading another romantic suspense, Islands, by Sara Stamey. Archaeology, Caribbean islands, sunken treasure, mysterious travelers . . . so far, it’s got interesting characters and I can’t predict where it’s going at all.
Through the Window, seventeen essays by Julian Barnes. Thoughtful, often acerb explorations of a variety of subjects more or less literary, from Orwell to Kipling to the redoubtable Penelope Fitzgerald. A real pleasure.
• What did you recently finish reading?
Sand of Bone, by Blair MacGregor
Gritty fantasy set in a desert world, with just enough sense of wonder (and interesting characters with complex moral dilemmas ) to keep it from tipping into grimdark. (Longer review at Goodreads.)
Operation Cowboy,The Secret American Mission to Save the World’s Most Beautiful Horses in the Last Days of World War II , by Stephan Talty. The subtitle pretty much sums it up: an interesting look at a all-too-small exercise in hope and cooperation between opposing sides in the horrible snarl at the end of WW II, as a bunch of Americans work with the Germans in charge of the Lippizaner horses to save them from becoming horse burgers to the advancing Russian army.
What about you? What are you reading, have you been reading, wanting to read next?