WWW Wednesday 12-3-2014

BVC members have picked up this meme 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?

prayer of night shepherdI am currently listening to the 6th book in Phil Rickman’s Merrily Watkins series. I read it before, and I think this might be my second time to listen.

They are something like mysteries with a hefty dose of horror or paranormal, much discussion of religion, and hit so many of my buttons that this is my second time through the 12-book (so far) series.  I seem to have bought all the books in digital and audio, both. I like them that much.  Merrily Watkins is a vicar, one of the Church of England’s first female priests, who (in the second book in the series) is appointed deliverance consultant for the Diocese of Hereford, aka, diocesan exorcist. She isn’t even sure what she thinks about the paranormal aspects of this job, but like Agent Scully, usually winds up in situations that make it hard not to believe. I love her teenaged daughter, the guy who later becomes her love interest, and various supporting members of the cast. Each book involves another historical oddity from a village or town in the borders of England and Wales. For an Anglophile like me, these books are my catnip. Surely I’m not the only one?

• What did you recently finish reading?

Think of EnglandYou mean other than books one-five in the Merrily Watkins series? I recently read Think of England, a m/m romance set in pre-WWI England. I saw the book first mentioned on Dear Author and am glad I followed the crowd and read it. Industrial espionage, spies, tragedy and betrayal, oh and did I mention romance?

From Goodreads: Warning: Contains explicit male/male encounters, ghastly historical attitudes, and some extremely stiff upper lips.

The anti-Jewish sentiment is definitely triggery for some readers, so it’s a fair warning but there is never any indication that the bigotry is acceptable.  Daniel, the Jewish character,  is terrific and I found the love story to be tense and compelling. I do hope this is the first of a series, although it stands alone quite well.  I’d like to see how these two guys make things work in a society that is against them. But since this author has apparently written other series, maybe it’s not too far off the mark to anticipate more here.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

StrangerI have a couple of books high on my to-be-read list, both by BVC authors.

I’ve been wanting to read Stranger, by Sherwood Smith and Rachel Manija Brown, ever since it hit the news a year or two ago. And it’s out! I love Sherwood’s work, but this is the first I will have read of Rachel’s. I’m particularly interested in the cultural diversity in the book, and of course, any tale that has an ancient book as a treasured artifact and central device of power intrigues me.

Kindred RitesWhen I finally read ‘the first Allie book,’ Night Calls, by Katherine Eliska Kimbriel, I totally fell in love with the world and characters. Next up, Kindred Rites, the second book in the series.

I can’t wait to dive back into the alternate American history of the early 1800s western frontier, complete with werewolves and vampires and magic, oh my! Now I understand why people fell in love with these books when they were first published, and have waited so patiently for sequels. Luckily, Kathi has written the third in the series with more planned, so none of us will have to wait so long for more of Allie’s adventures.

 

 

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WWW Wednesday 12-3-2014 — 11 Comments

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  2. Read:
    The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
    The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
    The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
    The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
    The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
    The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
    Reading:
    The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
    The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
    The Complete Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton
    To Read:
    The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
    The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
    Monster Hunter Vendetta by Larry Correia

  3. Surely I’m not the only one?

    Totally not the only one. Phil is a master of that particular corner of genre fiction, where mystery meets the supernatural and kind of dithers uncertainly at the edge of the party.

  4. Recently read: Tanya Huff’s The Future Falls. I’m the Gary who trusted Tanya a “truly terrifying amount”. I am greatly amused. I also have several songs I obviously need to learn. 😎

    Currently reading: Jacey Bedford’s Empire of Dust. As a long-time fan of Jacey’s acapella folk trio Artisan, I had to pick this up as soon as feasible (i.e. the first time I saw Larry Smith after it came out) and give it a quick promotion to the top of the TBR pile.

    Next at bat: Probably Mira Grant’s Symbiont.

      • Primarily 6- and 12-string Seagull acoustic guitars. Also have a 6-string Fender Squier electric, a small djembe and doumbek, and other assorted hand percussion.

        My character in the book plays bouzouki, which is a nod to my long-time favorite Cajun Celt Beth Patterson.