WWW Wednesday 5-1-2013

WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading.

But before we get down to business… I’m looking for a few New Adult readers/reviewers. It turns out that even though it was written before NA was a thing, I am being told that Scandalous is NA. That I should let people know that. And I hesitate, because I don’t want to hop on a bandwagon and mislead people if it doesn’t really fit. So, anybody who likes NA and wants to read it and review it (honest reviews, whether you like it or not, that’s fine) or at least confirm or dispute the idea that it’s NA? Truth in advertising, that’s my goal. Let me know! I’ll get you a copy in either epub or mobi format. Thanks.

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’m still reading Phil Rickman, his Merrily Watkins series, and still loving it to bits. I think seeing me talk about it gets old and so I haven’t been posting a lot about it, but how do I love it, let me count the ways…  It gives me a glimpse of a dream, living in an English village. It dabbles in spiritual matters from Celtic pagan to High Church Anglican to Roman Catholic to agnostic.  It delves into history with plots that are rooted in each village or town’s unique story, finding the seeds with which to build a situation that calls for investigation by a reluctant exorcist.

It turns out that even the bookcovers are historically and locationally accurate, for each of them is a photograph of location significant to the plot of the book. I like how the publisher is staying as true to the series as the author is to the world he writes about. Although I have to admit that these covers don’t particular call to me. Ah well.

remains altarRight now I’m reading  The Remains of an Altar which delves deeply into the music of Edward Elgar and esoteric theory from The Golden Dawn and my list of books to read grows and… yeah, every Merrily book I read adds to my TBR pile o’ books with subject matter I want to investigate further. The music? Right now it’s paralleling my own world-building and writing and so pleasure is combining with research.

You might have heard the old chestnut, “Write what you know.” Well that’s just silly. What does JKRowling know of wizards? She invented her wizards. They didn’t exist for her to “know” until she created them. No, the chestnut should be, “Write what you want to know.” Where want equals passion, desire, fascination. Where the idea of digging more deeply into a location, a time in history, the actual research involved is enticing and magical. That’s what to write.  I can tell Phil Rickman ascribes to that theory, as well. It shows up in his plots and the worlds he writes about.

Phil Rickman is a superb writer. His plots are intricate and his characterizations rich and nuanced. I can’t recommend this series highly enough.

How about a spot of Elgar?


• What did you recently finish reading?

smile ghostIn The Smile of a Ghost the town of Ludlow in Shropshire is brought to full, magical life. It sounds so perfect, I regret never having been there myself. Of course the Merrily Watkins books don’t view the world through rose-colored glasses, so we also see the societal problems that exist everywhere in the 21st Century, even a magical English town. Bullying, meth labs, and in this story, a haunting, aging rock diva who is guaranteed to send chills down your spine.

cover_maisie_dobbsI also am listening my way through the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear. Set between the World Wars in England, it explores the era with poignancy and pain as Maisie (who served as a casualty nurse on the battlefield of Flanders) solves murders and mysteries. I’m certain I would love reading these books, as well. But right now it’s the listening I am enjoying, and the reader is terrific, the production values excellent, and there is even a bit of musical intro and outro (?) that fits the tale well. The one I just finished, An Incomplete Revenge, peeled away some layers of Maisie’s past I hadn’t expected, and deepened the stories of those around her. Nice world-building, excellent story-telling.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

human chordI’m giving this old supernatural novel a shot, The Human Chord. It’s referenced in the current Merrily Watkins (see above) and intrigues me.


Paisely Vandermeir requests the pleasure of your presence.


What about you? What have you been reading lately? Put the link to your WWW Wednesday entry in comments, or just tell me!

I’m keeping a running total of my reading challenges–the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge (see banner at the bottom of the right sidebar) and my own challenge, the Embarrassment of Riches Challenge. The January wrap-up is here and here is the February Wrap-Up! And if you missed it, the March Wrap-Up is here and April here. (I haven’t posted mine yet, either!)





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9 responses to “WWW Wednesday 5-1-2013

  1. Dang! You are a busy reader lately. I have the first Maisie Dobbs book to read but have been hesitating starting new series until I finish or catch up with a couple of others. I am excited to hear it is wonderful though!

  2. Denise

    Reading Loving Lady Marcia, Her Mother’s Lover, and Isle of Man. Finished Market Street and the Valerie Bowman book I can’t find for the title.

    Next, TBR–the stack is too big.

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