WWW Wednesday 5-15-2013 Guest Post from Steven Piziks

WWW Wednesday. As always, this meme is from shouldbereading.



Steven Harper Piziks

Put your hands together and give a WWW Welcome (do I sound like a demented camp counselor, yet?) to Stephen Harper Piziks! Yesterday, Roc Penguin released the fourth in his steampunk series. Read more about it (and see its wonderful cover) after he shares his current WWW with us.


To play along, Stephen, 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?

marvelcomicsI’m alternating between two books, actually.  On my nightstand is Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, by Sean Howe.  I love behind-the-scenes stuff about how things get made.  The other is a book on everyday life among the Vikings.  It’s research for IRON AXE, my current novel.  Oh!  And I’m reading one of my own books, Dreamer, on audio just because I can. [So, Stephen, does this mean we can get an audio of it, too? I didn’t find one. How big a tease are you, anyway? Harrumph. ~ pooks]



• What did you recently finish reading?

bryson short historyBill Bryson’sA Short History of Nearly Everything, which lives up to the  title.  Do you get the feeling that I read a lot of non-fiction these days? [I adore Bill Bryson and have listened to most of his books in audio. Not this one, though. Must amend that pronto. ~ pooks again]





• What do you think you’ll read next?

carpe jugulum kirbyProbably yet more non-fiction.  I have to do some research about trolls in folklore.  And I just got Carpe Jugulum, my favorite Terry Pratchett book, on audio, so that’s coming up when I’m in the car. [You do this, too? I have read and reread Martha Grimes’ Inspector Jury series, but now have turned to listening on audio. So much fun. As for Sir Terry, yes, his books were absolutely made for audio. So clever. So veddy British. ~ pooks, who can’t shut her gob]




Hey, it’s me again. Pooks. Didja miss me? Okay then. Finally, as promised, more about The Havoc Machine, the fourth novel in the Clockwork Empire series that began with The Doomsday Vault.

havoc machineIn a world riddled with the destruction of men and machines alike, Thaddeus Sharpe takes to the streets of St. Petersburg, geared toward the hunt of his life….

Thaddeus Sharpe’s life is dedicated to the hunting and killing of clockworkers. When a mysterious young woman named Sofiya Ekk approaches him with a proposition from a powerful employer, he cannot refuse. A man who calls himself Mr. Griffin seeks Thad’s help with mad clockwork scientist Lord Havoc, who has molded a dangerous machine. Mr. Griffin cares little if the evil Lord lives or dies; all he desires is Havoc’s invention.

Upon Thad’s arrival at Havoc’s laboratory, he is met with a chilling discovery. Havoc is not only concealing his precious machine; he has been using a young child by the name of Nikolai for cruel experiments. Locked into a clockwork web of intrigue, Thad must decipher the dangerous truth surrounding Nikolai and the chaos contraption before havoc reigns….


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!)





Filed under Books, Guest Posts, Reading, Steampunk, Stephen Harper Piziks, Uncategorized, Writers, WWW Wednesday

14 responses to “WWW Wednesday 5-15-2013 Guest Post from Steven Piziks

  1. denise

    I haven’t read much in the past week, so nothing has changed for me since last week’s post.

  2. I just blew through Lois McMaster Bujold’s DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY, which was as wonderful as her other Miles books. I’d missed that one — only two to catch up.

    Steven, you are a tease. WHAT Viking research book? Half of what I read is nonfiction. NAMES, my friend. I WANT NAMES.

    • Let’s see. One is called VIKINGS by Else Rosendahl. Another is EVERYDAY LIFE IN THE VIKING AGE by Jacqueline Simpson. Another is a book of Danish. And, of course, the HELMSKRINGLA by the imcomparably named Snorri Sturlson!

  3. I love Bill Bryson too. He can make the driest subjects fascinating and funny. Such a talented man. I enjoyed The Short History too. Haven’t read a Terry Pratchett for a while – another one for a good laugh!
    My WWW: http://gwynnethwhite.blogspot.com/

    • Sir Terry is fabulous. But I clearly have a weakness for Brit wit.

    • THE MOTHER TONGUE was my introduction to Bryson. A friend of mine was reading it, and I picked it up to idly flip through the pages. That was the end of me. I read hers several times, then bought my own, then gave it as gifts to several English-type friends. 🙂

  4. Such different books! Hope you have fun reading them!

  5. Hi, I love a bit of Terry too. Especially anything involving the witches. Bill Bryson is also a bit of a genius – have you read his “Mother Tongue” book about the history of the English language? Happy Reading! Here’s my WWW – http://wp.me/p32hC2-9E

  6. Interesting reads on this list, not mu usual fare but I may have to check them out. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. I have the Doomsday Vault on my TBR shelf, must jump into that series soon! Also have some Bryson and Pratchett…hmmmm
    Super fun 🙂

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