What I'm Reading Now: 12 October 09


This week has been mostly occupied with massive changes in my life, and I am currently almost library-less and book-less. There's a small library at work with an even smaller fiction section (six shelves? Eight?) and I have not yet obtained a card for the local public library.

That being the case, most of my reading has been done online, and not the ebooks of Project Gutenberg, either. My book reaing, then, has been confined to a single title: Best-loved folktales of the world, edited by Joanna Cole. It is indeed a lovely collection of folktales - European, African, Asian, American - of various lengths and various components. It's interesting to note how certain elements repeat across cultures: the absolute simpleton, the brave girl downtrodden by her sisters who wins out, the child who wins over impossible odds because of the goodness of its heart as demonstrated by small kindnesses... I myself am fond of smart and sassy women who use their brains to win, like Clever Manka of Russian lore.

I do have some books I bought at the local library booksale (that was a madhouse - I was quite impressed), but this post is titled "What I'm reading now" rather than "What I will be reading eventually"... although now that I think of it, that hasn't stopped me bragging about booksale buys before, has it.

All right, then. I bought Lee Child's Without fail, PD James' A mind to murder, and Terry Pratchett's The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents. Elsewhere, I found a copy of Jasper Fforde's The big over easy. Now I just have to get off my laptop and pick up a book so I'll have something to write about next time.

What I'm reading now: 12 October 01: Travel Edition

Today was a traveling day, and I'm feeling fairly dead. Not so dead, though, that I can't report having been on a Robin McKinley kick this week. Specifically, I read The blue sword, Chalice, and Deerskin. I've mentioned (but not commented on) Chalice  before, but it's been some time since I read Blue sword,, and longer still since Deerskin-- my college days, maybe?They're still good. Enjoyed them all.

And now I'm going to bed.

What I'm Reading Now: 12 September 24: even briefer edition

Even busier this week.

In the meantime, I snatched some time to read Death of a Fool and False scent, both by Ngaio Marsh, and the Red pole of Macau, by Ian Hamilton. Red pole is another Ava Lee mystery, also quite enjoyable, and it took Ava into some interesting territory as far as character challenges went. Very good.

No post next week; we'll see about the week after

What I'm Reading Now: 12 September 17: brevity edition

I haven't read much this week, and things are going to be rather busy this week and the next.

All I can recall reading is assorted true crime, mostly by Ann Rule. I also read In cold blood by Truman Capote. It's considered the pioneering work of the true-crime genre: one of the first (and possibly the best) explorations of not just the crime itself, but the lives of everyone involved: the victims, the perpetrators, and investigators of a crime-- in this case, the murder of the Herb Clutter family. It's very well written, and if you're a true-crime reader, you should check it out.

I may have more to review next week, depending on how busy life gets.