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WWW Wednesday 3-26-2014

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?

lady machinistI met the gorgeous and amazingly-adorned Ava Morgan at ConDFW last month. She was in steampunk garb every day, with an ability to carry it off that I admired and envied. To my delight, her book, The Lady Machinist, is turning out to be just as delightful.

Lydia Dimosthenis detests pirates, especially those of British ilk. The lady machinist will do anything to protect her island home of Aspasia from the scurvy knaves, even if it means crafting seven-foot clockwork soldiers to drive intruders away. When her automatons catch the eye of a charming yet stubborn ambassador from New Britannia, she is given an offer that she truly cannot refuse. But that doesn’t stop her from trying….

Give it a try. I’m enjoying the heck out of it.

• What did you recently finish reading?


UK cover

I finally read The Cuckoo’s Calling by JK Rowling Robert Galbraith. And what a remarkable book. It’s so rich in texture and detail, and her ability to plot is shown to advantage in the mystery genre.

I ordered my copy from the UK back when the news first broke that Rowling had been outted as the author of a mystery that had been favorably reviewed but hadn’t had great sales. Now the inside back flap reveals that she is the author. People who bought the book before the reveal, before the cover used her name, now have collectors’ items.

US Cover

US Cover

I can’t wait for the next book and I’m sure it won’t sit on my shelf as long. I have all Rowling’s books in hardcover, all from the UK, and will continue that collection in my personal library. I have a thing about the original spellings and word usages before they’re Americanized, as you probably know if you’ve hung around planetpooks long. Plus in this case the cover is just much nice in the UK edition. The US leaves me a bit cold. I never would have picked it up just by the cover.

I do wonder that nobody has talked to her about her career trajectory. I mean, jumping genres constantly is never going to build her readership, or so I’ve heard. Just sayin.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

PatriciaBurroughs_ThisCrumblingPageant_800pxThere’s a good chance I’ll read the print ARC of an amazing dark epic fantasy I’ve been hearing a lot about, because it’s different seeing words in print, and I may make a few last second tweaks. Yes, it could happen. ARCs are available for reviewers now, just contact publicist at furytriad dot com.


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



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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!)




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More costume entries are coming, but first–the winner!

I first asked Gail Carriger if she’d judge this little contest. She is so very wise. She said no thank you.

[Okay, before I go any further, I must make this point. If you love retro fashion, you seriously should be following Gail’s retrorack, where I found Paisley’s gorgeous pink suit.  And if you love wacky, Victorian-vampire-werewolf-steampunk novels, you seriously should be reading Gail’s The Parasol Protectorate series, as I have told you before. Victorian lady with parasol kills vampire in first scene because he had the nerve to attempt to bite her before they’d been formally introduced. Yes, I knew that would get you. The nerve!]

Gail cosplays and wears retro fashion and would be a superb judge but she is also way too smart to say yes to such a thing.

And I learned from that and decided to make it a drawing.

Using, I drew:

Yes, the winner is Entry #9, Madame Quamara! Now she just needs to tell me what kind of gift certificate she wants, where she wants to spend the money!

Even though I could never isolate a single entry as the best, I think we can all agree this one is certainly worthy!

I have two more entries to post. Thank you all for joining in the fun, and making this such a delight to do. I am amazed and overwhelmed at the creativity and skill and talent you’ve shared!

Paisley would so approve.

PS As always, I will eventually be having a drawing for an Amazon gift certificate for one lucky reviewer on Amazon.  That won’t be until sometime next year, and I’ll announce details then, but I wanted you to know that all reviews will be eligible.

Contest rules were here, along with links to all entries, updated as entries go up.





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Entry #10 – Chameleon Leah!

I couldn’t figure out what to call Leah, so went with the obvious–chameleon.  I’m astounded at the variety of her creations (a number of which are linked in comments on the original post in this series).

Who would ever have even considered a Cthulhu Victorian, I ask you?

Love that bustle! (And I believe she made the Clockwork Girl in black and grey, too!)

How about the Warhammer Battle Sisters? Amazing enough for you?

And finally, the very demure Edwardian Lady from 1912.

I am in awe! Thank you, Leah!

The Out of Paisley’s Closet Contest deadline is midnight tonight. I’ll continue posting entries until they are all posted which will take several more days, but will also announce the winner (by drawing) tomorrow as promised!

Contest Rules

The Book That Launched the Contest is Now for Sale


ETA: We have a winner, and she is HERE.

Entry #1

Entry #2

Entry #3

Entry #4

Entry #5.

Entry #6

Entry #7.

Entry #8.

Entry #9.

Entry #10.

Entry #11.

Entry #12.


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Entry #7 — Authoress Cindy!

I say authoress because that’s how Bette Midler referred to herself when she wrote her first book and put on her authoress hat, and Cindy’s various looks all say “eccentric and fun authoress” to me! With or without a hat!

First, even though he isn’t an official entry, I must include Mr Cindy, who wears a fine kilt. The dynamic duo that plays together stays together!

At a library appearance, Cindy donned leather.

And finally, the prize of the lot–Steampunk Papes! Check out those gorgeous, nifty pistols! (Oh, and yet another kilt!)

I want to step into that picture and go exploring the neighborhood. I would take the Resident Storm Chaser along, of course, because a lady alone wouldn’t be proper. And we’d have to get our own nifty spiffy pistols. And oh, wait, he would have to wear a kilt, too! And–and–

Sorry. You’re still here? Ahem. Enjoy exploring the contest entries below!

Contest rules.

Entry #1.

Entry #2.

Entry #3.

Entry #4.

Entry #5.

Entry #6.

Entry #8.

Entry #9.




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