First on the agenda today, Rachel was suggesting last week that perhaps a Facebook group for WIPpeteers may be in order. Would people be keen? I’m happy to set one up, though I probably wouldn’t post much, except to perhaps share writing-related cat pictures. Should we do it as a “closed” group? I think that means anyone can join (I or whoever the mod was would have to approve membership), but only members can see posts.
On that note, WIPpet Wednesday is a thing that I now run. You can (and totally should) join in by posting an excerpt from your current WIP that somehow relates to the date, and then link it up at the linky. For the 13/01, I have added 1 + 3 + 1 and have five lines of dialogue. After the conversation she had with her father in last week’s WIPpet, Princess Adelyn is starting to ask questions of her companion, Maisie.
“You’re my companion, but if my Father gave you a direct order to tell me something in particular, or try to make me think a certain way, would you do it?”
“Your Highness, I…”
“I always have your best interests at heart, you know that.”
“And is it in my best interests for you to not answer my question? Or your own?”
After that, we have WWW Wednesday, which is splendidly hosted by Sam over at A World of Words. To join in, simply answer the three questions and then hop on over to Sam’s post and share your link in the comments.
- What are you currently reading?
Mirrorfall by Grace McDermott. Once of my friends read this years ago when it was a web serial and has been recommending it ever since. It describes itself as “urban fantasy for geeks” and it definitely delivers on that, though it’s not outstanding so far. I’ve still got 75-80% to go, though, so it has plenty of time to really impress me.
I’m listening to Pennies for Hitler by Jackie French. It’s a middle-grade novel, and a companion to Jackie’s book, Hitler’s Daughter, which one of my primary school teachers read us. Maybe in Year 2 or Year 3? In this book, it’s 1939 and ten-year-old Georg is smuggled out Germany after it is discovered that his great-grandfather was a Jew, which is enough to attract the ire of the Nazis. It’s read by Humphrey Bower, whom I also listened to read the Chaos Walking series. His voice for Georg is nearly the same as the one he used for Viola, which is nearly distracting at times, but in a good way.
Still haven’t read any more Crash of Hennington. I do plan to get back to it, it’s just that I have an awfully long reading list this month and it’s not a huge priority.
- What did you recently finish reading?
I absolutely loved The Lieutenant by Kate Grenville. A lot of the plot is taken up with the titular lieutenant, Daniel Rooke, learning the local indigenous language, and in that respect, I think listening to the audio book really helped, because I could actually hear how it was supposed to sound, rather than just making a rough approximation myself. Also, Daniel is one of those characters that you want to wrap in a blanket and cuddle most of the time, and then when he starts figuring himself out, you get all proud of him. At least, that was what I found.
I also finished Lucid Dreaming by Cassandra Page and continued to get excited whenever I recognised locations (for those who missed last week’s post, this was possibly the first book I’ve ever read that’s set in my city). I enjoyed reading an urban fantasy with creatures we don’t often see (in this case, dream spirits… who have a proper name but it’s tricky to spell and I can’t be bothered going and looking it up right now :P)
Finally, More Than This by Patrick Ness came in for me at the library. I did start listening to the audio book for it, but the narrator wasn’t doing it for me, so I decided to wait for the book. I really enjoyed it. It is very easy for me to hand-wave soft sci-fi, and this book did require a bit of that, but the science is really just a tool to get the philosophy across in this book.
(I also DNFed Blade’s Edge by Virginia McClain, as it wasn’t doing anything for me. I was 25% in, and had no investment in the two characters. There was also no sign of any actual major conflict, so that was kind of a problem)
I also posted FOUR reviews this week! Here’s the link to my book reviews category because I don’t want a million pingbacks from linking to them individually.
- What do you think you’ll read next?
Apart from Crash of Hennington, the last two books on my January TBR are Just a Queen by Jane Caro, a YA novel about Elizabeth I, and Chameleon In A Mirror by our very own Ruth Nestvold. I am yet to decide which order to go in just yet.
That’s it from me. I’ll see you around your own blogs! 🙂