Guess what else I have a little time to do while I’m editing, Gentle Reader? Read! I took the plunge and got a Kindle, mainly because I travel so much and I never know what I’m going to feel like reading when I’m on the go. It’s nice to have a range of options with me at all times. (Before you weigh in: I got a Kindle Paperwhite because I like the look/feel/reviews and I don’t want a backlit screen. I already stare at one all day.) I also will drop a book fast if it doesn’t quickly absorb my tiny short attention span brain, so it’s nice to have the option to switch mid stream while on the go.
What have I read recently?
- Elizabeth Vaughan’s Dagger-Star: I loved Warprize but this book is not so good. It felt like a reworked trunk novel that should have been left in the trunk. Lesson to all us authors, leave those forgotten children alone. I moved on to Warcry which was clearly written after the Warprize series and I liked that better. I do think one needs to have read the other three first, though.
- Sheri S. Tepper’s The Gate to Women’s Country: An old favorite that has been done over for ereader… badly. It was full of bugs and impossible to read on the Kindle. I wanted to be able to carry it with me everywhere, so was happy to re-buy in ebook form, but it was the reader equivalent of watching retro fitted 3D. Thus, a waste of money.
- Jane by April Linder: modern retelling of Jane Eyre. I’m so familiar with the source material I found myself more interested in seeing what tricks the author would use to adapt each scene to a modern setting then anything else. In the end, I feel both Jane and Rochester’s characters suffer from the temporal transition, Rochester is too cruel and Jane too lacking in agency when they are taken out of the confines of a British hierarchical class system. In the end, it just made me want to reread The Eyre Affair.
- WorldCon Progress Reports: Yes, I read them all.
- Heads In Beds by Jacob Tomsky: I loved this book, I found it endlessly entertaining. Probably because I travel so much to hotels and this is basically an insider expose of the hotel industry. Also, one of my many secret writing projects involves a hotel, and this was wonderful fodder.
- Ask the Passengers by A.S. King: I enjoyed this contemporary YA, at first I was annoyed by the artifice of the inset passenger clips. I thought they were an excuse the author was using to get all essay and literary on the reader, but at the end they tied in nicely and I forgave A.S. King.
I’m currently working on:
- Around The Tea Table by T. De Witt: I struggled to find a publication date for this but couldn’t, my guess based on language is between 1895 and 1920. It’s quite entertaining, if a bit religious at times. I’m mining it for silly quotes for this blog, among other things.
- Sleepless in Hollywood by Lynda Obst a little bit like Heads In Beds only for the Hollywood Movie industry. Very absorbing if you want to know why Hollywood is putting out the same old tent pole blockbusters over and over again. Which I do, because this behavior has driven me away from the movie theater.
GAIL’S DAILY DOSE
Your Moment of Parasol . . .
|1900s The Metropolitan Museum of Art4|
Your Infusion of Cute . . .
|Skullery Model from Museum in Kolmar|
Your Tisane of Smart . . .
|Canary Home Security Device|
Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Reasons Why Favorite Authors Disappoint Their Readers
PROJECT ROUND UP
Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third: Almost done.
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Release date Nov. 5, 2013.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ trade paperback will be available in the US October 13, 2013.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 3: (AKA Blameless) Available serialized through YenPlus. Print edition Nov. 19 2013.
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Delayed. Why? Begin rewrite in 2014.
|Gail visits Gutenberg|
Quote of the Day:
~ Oscar Wilde
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