What Am I Reading Now?

I wanted to get away a bit from the reviews with a post about my current reading habits. I did finish one book which I originally purchased earlier in the year, but I'll leave that (obviously!) for another post.

I also have the Amazon Associates/Blogger thingie (don't you just love all these technical terms? ;-)) turned on, so please excuse any unabashed shilling that comes along.

Book Number One Being Read

I started and stopped with The Sum of All Men (The Runelords, Book One:) by David Farland. The reason I stopped was his writing style, which is quite strange. (I'm quite strange, so I know what I'm talking about. ;-)) It's a bit choppy and hard to get used to. I might get back to it some day, just so I can write a review of it.

And the Second Book?

I was surprised when I put this one down: Beguilement (The Sharing Knife, Book 1) by Lois McMaster Bujold. For some reason, it just wasn't grabbing me; no problems with the writing style or anything. I'm going to go back to it after the holidays.

What?!! A Third One?

Yeah, yeah, so sue me. (You won't get much of anything, but if you want to pay off all the credit card debt, be my guest.) This one I received as part of a promotion (thank you, Pocket Books), as I asked to be included on a list of people who were willing to review books on blogs. Bitter Night: A Horngate Witches Book, by Diana Pharaoh Francis should have been a natural for me, as I've enjoyed her other series (still have one more to read in the Crosspointe series). But this one is a departure for her. It's an urban fantasy, complete with bitchin' females, in leather, a soulmate, yadda, yadda, yadda. It sounds like the now-standard cliche of urban fantasy, but I still want to see what Ms. Francis brings to that subgenre. I'm going to be getting back to that after the one I'm currently reading full tilt.

Ah, Finally! So What's This One?

This is one I've been wanting to read for a while. I've had it on my Wish List for years, and I finally ordered it: The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers. Bizarre, interesting, gross in parts...hard to put down, though. ("Unputdownable," according to the Patterson commercial for his latest book.) This is something like I'm coming around to doing in my next idea for a novel (which I hope to turn into a series)...plus it's a time travel story! Oh, me like time travel stories mucho!

That's all for now (and isn't that enough?). I'll be posting more reviews sometime soon, including ones for the further books in the Temeraire series, and other books.

Love and kisses,

~Nancy Beck


Angie said...

Definitely give the Sharing Knife books another try. This is different from Bujold's usual, but I enjoyed them very much. The setting is excellent -- of course, Bujold is a master of setting -- clearly classic fantasy in tone but fresh and original in detail. The magic is different too, rather than just the usual wizards and such. (Says the writer who just had a book accepted with standard-style magic and mages. [cough]) And I enjoyed the romance quite a lot; the two characters fit beautifully, and watching them try to work things out to suit both their families and cultures is interesting.


Ben said...

I keep meaning to read David Farland's Runelords books. He was highly recommended to me by someone whose opinion I trust, and I've been subscribed to his newsletter for a while now. Thanks for the opinions!