WWW Wednesday 11-13-2013

WWW Wednesday. This meme is 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?

anodynynecklaceListening to The Anodyne Necklace, the 3rd in the Inspector Richard Jury series by Martha Grimes. Looking for the cover was one of those cases where I had a lot to choose from. This book has been out for a long time, and possibly has never been out of print. These are comfort reads for me. I find this world a very cozy place, with flavours of bygone days even in [relatively] contemporary settings. I ended up with battered paperbacks for the entire series which I clung to during the big purge of books, but now that they are finally available in digital I’ll probably start letting go of the one by one.

My favorite cover.

My favorite cover.

There are so darned many characters in all of them, and as the characters start repeating in later books, the potential for head-scratching does snowball. I urge you to begin with the first in the series and work your way through, and am not at all certain that they work well as audiobooks if you’re new to the series. If you do try them in audio first, please let me know what you think. Well, let me know either way!

summer of great-grandmotherStill reading The Summer of the Great-Grandmother by the beloved Madeleine L’Engle. Serendipitously on Monday I had just read a passage that I was able to share in class, in response to a comment/concern voiced by a student. I love when that happens, when wise words are at the tip of my tongue and I know they are wise because they came from someone else whose wisdom is widely acknowledged.

That said, one of the most fascinating and touching aspects of L’Engle’s memoirs is how filled with doubt they are. Even the wise don’t feel wise, it seems. How very human she was, and therefore is even more of an inspiration as a writer and a wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

• What did you recently finish reading?

libriomancerI forgot to report in on Libriomancer, by Jim C Hines. I finished this book on our trip to Ireland, but the fact that it didn’t show up earlier isn’t because I didn’t find it fun, filled with action, and best of all–smart. A magical system based on books with Gutenberg as its creator is awesome, especially when the more loved a book is, the more people read it, the more their joint ‘belief’ makes it for adepts to actually reach into the book and pull something out and use it.

I’ll take my wand now, thank you.

The designations for various vampires–by the books that the individuals obsessed over and ultimately delved into–are great fun. The Meyerii vampires sparkle! Let’s all squee!

And the reveal about that automatons is awesome.

I gave this book four of five stars for two reasons. One, I think it would get five stars from readers who are familiar with most or all of the books he references, aka, readers more SFF-oriented than I am. This didn’t stop me from loving the book, but I’m aware that I would have been even more convinced of its awesomeness if I’d been more familiar with some of the other books. [All of which are perfectly clear in context of the novel–I never got confused.]

But there is another reason for knocking it down a star.

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YOU HAVE TO CLICK THIS. DO IT NOW!

Jim C Hines is one of the cool kids, and what makes that so very cool is that according to him, he was the least cool of kids growing up. I love when that happens. His current fundraiser is worth checking out. His cover poses demonstrating the ridiculousness of how ‘strong’ female characters are portrayed on bookcovers were made of awesome.

This makes his character Lena and her relationship with Isaac, the main character, awkward. And I do mean awkward. I am not the first to point it out. She is a sexual creature, which in and of itself is not a problem. But there are aspects of it which certainly seem the antithesis to the attitudes Hines demonstrates on his blog. It does create some angst and hesitancy on Isaac’s part, and may still all work out in a way less awkward. Time and sequels will tell.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

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Click through and buy the first in the series. There is plenty of time to catch up so you too will be salivating for book four when it comes out in the US in July!

Color me bouncing and flailing, because I am going to get to read Broken Homes without ordering it from the UK! I was chosen to receive an advance copy through goodreads. Can’t wait! I’m still waiting for this one to pop up in the mail, darn it!

What about you? What are you reading, have you been reading, wanting to read next?

 

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14 responses to “WWW Wednesday 11-13-2013

  1. Nice blog…just subscribed.

    I have never heard of Martha Grimes, but the books look quite interesting. THANKS for sharing.

    And….thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on my post.

    Not sure why they are sending out ARC’s of Bellman & Black when the publication date was November 5.

    The book isn’t as good as Ms. Setterfield’s THE THIRTEENTH TALE, but not bad. It is a bit dark.

    Have a great day!!

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews
    My W…W…W…

  2. I’ve never read any by Grimes but will now. I love L’Engle (she wrote one of the most memorable books of my childhood) and it’s comforting to know that someone we find so wise experiences self-doubt as well. Very humanizing. Thanks!

    http://doesanyonecarewhatiwrite.blogspot.com/2013/11/www-wednesday-books.html

    • A Wrinkle in Time and Arm of the Starfish were two of my faves ever. I continue to savor her work, both nonfic and fiction, slowly. There is no more coming so I am savoring it.

  3. I’ve heard great things about thse Ben Aaronovitch books, I must check them out soon!

  4. OMG those Jim Hines things are HYSTERICAL!

  5. Lords, Hines is funny–and he does care a great deal about this topic, he’s worked for battered women’s causes for years. That’s disappointing about the thread in this book (I have looked forward to it, the topic is irresistible.) But perhaps he had to start there to give the characters someplace to grow? There’s writing as we want the world to be, and writing as it is, and how we might want to change it. Hard to do both at once; that’s why it’s so impressive when it works.

    Still want to try Ben’s books, but have not yet! I have read a couple of L’Engle’s autobiographical books, but not this one. Sounds like I need to put it on the to-read list, too. I like the Grimes books, have read a bunch, but lost track when I stopped reading for a few years.

    Here’s what I am reading:

    http://bookviewcafe.com/blog/2013/11/13/www-wednesday-11-13-2013/

  6. I can’t take time to post a WWW myself this week but I’m reading Kindred Rites by Katharine Eliska Kimbriel, Son of the Sword by Julianne Lee (and THREE sequels, yumm!), and the first book of a series of spicy category baseball romances by Mindy Klasky. Oh, and a galley of Private Lives, by Martha Whitehead.

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