WWW Wednesday – 5/6/2015

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It’s WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading.

• What are you reading now?

Collaborators, by Deborah Wheeler. This book, a Tiptree Award contender, was suggested as a result of my post about space opera a couple weeks back. So far, it is more of a first contact story, between humans who have developed in radically different directions, with fascinating gender diversity, but recognizable emotions. I’m not surprised about the depth of emotion; this is Deborah Ross, writing under her former name, whose work I talked a little about here.

Just out, and deservedly hugely popular, which curiously contains some similar elements as Naomi Novil’s forthcoming Uprooted (see below),but goes in a totally different direction, is Rosamund Hodge’s Crimson Bound. She takes the French Contes and creates a fairy tale world centered around France, featuring a Little Red Riding Hood who becomes the wolf, and the Girl With No Hands–who isn’t a girl. Lots of action, emotion, fabulation so far, heading for dark and interesting places.

• What did you recently finish reading?

I never got into Charlaine Harris’s vampire books, but Day Shift hooked me right in. Funny, fascinating characters, unpredictable plot. Longer review here.

An advance copy of Naomi Novik’s new fantasy, coming out in a few months, Uprooted. Longer review here, but short version: WOW!

From short titles to incredibly long:

Coming out next week, Kate Betts’ My Paris Dream: An Education in Style, Slang, and Seduction in the Great City on the SeineAn absorbing, vivid look at an American abroad. She and I could not be more different, but my own experience abroad struck so many similar notes. Longer review here; really, really enjoyed this memoir.

Browned Off and Bloody-Minded: The British Soldier Goes to War 1939-1945, by Alan Allport. What it says on the tin. Short review, excellent within its plainly stated limitations. More here.

The Jennifer Morgue, by Charles Stross. Sharply funny, slam-bang action-skimming-horror send-up of the Bond franchise, with sff chops. And spies! Lots of spies! And bureaucracy! Really interesting riff at the end of the story addressing the James Bond thing.

Scarlett Undercover, by Jennifer Latham, a YA sleuth novel coming out on the 19th. A one-sitting-read. Short review: if you like Veronica Mars, you’ve got a good chance of loving this, and bonus points for diversity in characters. Longer review here.

Judith Tarr’s Forgotten Suns , which I talked about in this post on space opera.

 

• What do you think you’ll read next?

 

 

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WWW Wednesday – 5/6/2015 — 17 Comments

  1. I’ve just finished reading the collected works of Emily Carr.

    I read several of her books many years ago as a young girl of twelve or thirteen, and loved them for her sense of adventure; but reading them now from the vantage point of (oft-times jaded) experience, I’ve come to realise how remarkable a woman she really was. She certainly lived life on her own terms.

    At times, while reading her journal entries, I had a sense that she was actually writing from inside my head! And it’s both amusing and disconcerting to see how little things have changed in the 80-odd years since she wrote.

    I’m not sure what I’ll read next – I’m still busy digesting Ms. Carr, and longing for the deep woods…

      • She was an artist based in British Columbia who became loosely associated with the Canadian Group of Seven. She turned to writing in her later years when she was no longer able to make her bi-annual treks into the B.C. wilds to paint.

        She spent most of her life struggling for artistic acceptance in her very conservative, Victorian province and only gained recognition in the final years of her life once her painting had caught the attention of the artistic community in eastern North America, and then Europe. As is so often the case with artists, for years she couldn’t even give her work away; now it sells for millions of dollars.

        Her work could be considered somewhat raw and “unwriterly” (if that makes any sense), but it’s real. She attempted to accomplish with words what she did with paint. If there’s any defense to be made against the current trend towards over-editing, this would be it.

        She was certainly her own, unrepentant, person right to the end.

  2. Currently Reading: Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien,a true story I think you would love.

    Just Finished: The Family Trade, by Charles Stross

    Others just finished & liked:
    Vicious, by VE Schwab
    Firefight, by Brandon Sanderson
    The Undead Pool, by Kim Harrison (accidentally read out of sequence, read the final Hollows novel & realized during it that I had missed something somewhere)

    On Deck: the sequel to The Family Trade, 2d in Merchant Princes series, whatever its name may be, & book 4 in the Laundry series (haven’t read book 3 but it is not in my library system; obviously, I loved The Jennifer Morgue also)

    You probably already know this, but Stross has a very interesting blog. Just started peaking at it this weekend. One of those places where the “don’t read the comments” rule does NOT apply. If you have the time, read the comments. I am wasting my off day making my way through the comments on Judith Tarr’s recent guest post right now. The one by Stross on the Scottish effect on UK elections is also great.

  3. Oh, forgot, also on deck checked out of library:
    The Human, The Orchid & The Octopus by Jacques Cousteau,

    & a whole paper grocery bag I took out of the library for $2 at a book sale. 2 Berald Burrell & Barbara Kingsolver, 1 Joyce Carol Oates,1 Warren Buffet, 1 digest of classic short novels, & a bunch of things I can’t remember now. Those library books sales are handy.

  4. Read:
    English Literature in the Sixteenth Century Excluding Drama by C.S. Lewis
    Anything Goes by Theodore Dalrymple
    Villains Rising and Fall of Heroes by Jeramey Kraatz — the second and third Cloak Society books.
    Reading:
    The Architect of Aeons by John C. Wright
    To Read:
    Leviathan by Jack Campbell