What I'm Reading Now: 12 October 23

Just the one:A mind to murder, by PD James. The office manager of a psychology practice is murdered, and the other employees seem more interested in offering their professional assessments of the murderer than figuring out who it is. There are some tidy character portraits, and I was bamboozled until the end. James isn't my favourite writer, but she has real skills.

I have yet to procure a local library card or even browse, and I'm giving serious consideration to at least two projects that will cut into my reading time (not to mention NaNoWriMo, which is rapidly approaching)... my leisure plans are not turning out as expected. Ah, well. I hope you'll forgive me. 

What I'm Reading Now: 12 October 15

Haven't finished anything this week, either. I'm in process of reading The Golden Slipper: and other problems for Violet Strange by Anna Katharine Green, which I found on Project Gutenberg. Green was an American writer of detective fiction, and Violet is a debutante with a secret life as a snoop. She has a mysterious employer, and a secret sign by which she can recognize the people he sends her. The stories are interesting, but the writing style is distinctly old-fashioned. I think I'll read some R. Austin Freeman next - also available on Gutenberg, and with a slightly more... robust style, shall we say.

(Apropos of nothing - I was knitting today. It felt good.)

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.