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Recent reading

One reason I haven't posted as often lately is I have been trying to get some reading done. I have finished some good books and some not-so-good books, and I wanted to mention them. In no particular order here they are:

To Wish or Not to Wish, funny contemporary fantasy by Mindy Klasky, the last in her “As You Wish” genie/theater series
Fur-Face, by Jon Gibbs, fun and funny MG science fiction with a talking cat
Blackout and All Clear by Connie Willis, a two-volume time travel novel that gives a moving and engrossing portrait of life in England during WWII
Purple Jesus, by Ron Cooper, mainstream, almost-a-mystery novel set in a small Southern town with some memorable and often hilarious characters
Blood of Ambrose and This Crooked Way by James Enge, epic fantasy novel with great world building and a sequel that's just as good.
The Attenbury Emeralds by Jill Patton Walsh, a continuation of the Lord Peter Wimsey mystery novels by the late Dorothy L. Sayers. I did not like this one nearly as much as Walsh's earlier efforts. I kind of wish I could unread it.
Finder by Terri-Lynne DeFino, fantasy in a richly-described alternate world that seems to start as YA but quickly gets very grown up
Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling, a reread of one of my favorite Kipling books. It holds up really well considering its age (disconcerting use of the n-word notwithstanding). Like most public domain classics, it's free in the Kindle store.
Eliza's Daughter by Joan Aiken, grim sequel to Jane Austen's Sense and Sensability. The more you liked S&S, the less you will like this book.
Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire, by Ruth Downe, entertaining historical mystery/romance set in Roman Britain; first in a series

Next up in the queue:
The Priestess and the Slave, historical novel of ancient Greece by Jenny Blackford
Blood on the Ice by Ian T. Healy, a humorous fantasy about hockey
The Spirit Lens and The Soul Mirror by Carol Berg, mysteries wrapped in epic fantasy by a master, her new Collegia Magica series
Lily of the Nile by Stephanie Dray, incredibly well researched historical fantasy about Cleopatra's daughter

So, that's what I've been up to over the last few months. How about you? Anyone got some recommendations?



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bogwitch64
Jan. 23rd, 2011 05:52 am (UTC)
The Priestess and the Slave was really good. I loved it.

(Thanks for reading! Yay!)
karen_w_newton
Jan. 23rd, 2011 05:53 am (UTC)
You are welcome! It was a good read.
bogwitch64
Jan. 23rd, 2011 05:54 am (UTC)
Eeeeeee! Thanks! (BTW--I just noticed you wrote PRINCESS and the slave instead of PRIESTESS. I'll D'oh! for you--D'oh!)(
karen_w_newton
Jan. 23rd, 2011 05:55 am (UTC)
Boy, that is a weird typo! I will fix that!
bogwitch64
Jan. 23rd, 2011 05:52 am (UTC)
BTW--way to go with those blurbs, woman! Remind me to hit you up for an elevator pitch for the next book. :-D
karen_w_newton
Jan. 23rd, 2011 05:54 am (UTC)
Did you like it? It's just how it hit me. You did such a good job with your protag's adolescent sensibilities in the opening that I thought it was going to be YA and then wham!
bogwitch64
Jan. 23rd, 2011 05:55 am (UTC)
Eric actually asked me if I'd planned on it being YA when he first started reading it. After the first part though--yeah, not YA. :)
jongibbs
Jan. 23rd, 2011 04:55 pm (UTC)
I've been listening to Harry Potter on audio CD. Lots of fun :)
karen_w_newton
Jan. 23rd, 2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
I heard they did a great job with that audiobook. And with that series, you are set for a loooonng time!
jongibbs
Jan. 23rd, 2011 05:10 pm (UTC)
Jim Dale reads the US versions. I'm about halfway through Goblet of Fire.
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