Kowal’s Advice and Works

Recent read: Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Antoinette Kowal.

I’ve enjoyed listening to Kowal’s advice via Writing Excuses and decided to give her books a try.  I liked the work, reminiscent of Jane Austen with a fantastical touch, and found it a bit unexpected — but I’m not sure why.

I’m looking forward to finding some of her short stories, especially “In Want of a Nail”.

December Reading Corner

Recent Books

  • Turning to the fantasy genre, I read Deerskin by Robin McKinley, a nicely done story; then started a re-read of Raymond Feist’s Riftwar Cycle, a favorite of my youth.
  • Re-read Crosstalk by Connie Willis
  • The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson.  Mainstream fiction?  Chic lit?  However you define it, an excellent read with surprising depth.

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October Favorite Reads

A busy month, this October.  Here’s few that I liked:

I keep looking through the library and online for a good sf read, but so far I haven’t really liked anything.  Let me know by one of the thousand ways to contact me if you have a good read in any genre.

Well, no, not horror, I don’t read that.  Well, no, not erotica.  I don’t go there.  No, not that dark gruesome mystery or violent-filled thriller, either… I’m not a picky person, really.

Returning to Mystery

My father was a fan of Agatha Christie.  Lying around my childhood home were almost every one of her mystery novels.

I devoured those books.  In turn, those books set my expectations to a rather high standard, so much that for years I could barely read a page or two into any other mystery.

Now, a personal renaissance has led me back to the genre.  Here are a few favorites:

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Book News: What I Read Recently

  1. Grounded by Neta Jackson: a Christian novel quite a cut above the usual, and not the ubiquitous romance.
  2. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: a literary read of contemporary life with a main thread of fantasy woven in expertly.  The end wasn’t as satisfying as I wanted.
  3. Spin State, Chris Moriarty: I tried, I really tried to get into this recent sf work, but I couldn’t.

On Good Authors

A few older and newer authors whose writing I enjoy:

  • Louis L’Amour and Craig Johnson for westerns
  • Thomas Davis Bunn for adventure and historical fiction with a Christian tone
  • Steven Gould for science fiction adventure without spaceships and lasers
  • Dominic Green for science fiction laughs — the books may be aimed for younger readers, but I find them funny in a dry sort of way
  • Lois McMaster Bujold — character-driven, space adventure at its finest, with a solid foundation of morality and honor

On Good Books: Leaving Blythe River

Leaving Blythe River by Catherine Ryan Hyde also proved to be a surprisingly good read.  Although a coming-of-age story, the novel doesn’t read like a young adult book.

I had the pleasure to live in Colorado for several years, and I still miss the wilderness.  The novel seems to accurately portray the realities of a similar wilderness — both the beautiful and the harsh.  The characters were also realistic and engaging, from the protagonist to the motley team helping him to his father.