#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 18 January, 2017

It’s time for WWW Wednesday, hosted by Sam over at A World Of Words. Link up with us by commenting on Sam’s post for today, and just answer the three questions.



What have you recently finished reading?

rebirthofrapunzelcoverI finished The Rebirth of Rapunzel: A Mythic Biography of the Maiden in the Tower by Kate Forsyth. I found her research quite interesting, though the articles in the third section got a bit repetitive. More info in my review.

badbeginningcoverOn Monday night, I read The Bad Beginning, the first in the Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. When I read the first half of this series back at age twelve or so, I did not realise just how dark the book is! Proper, full-blown child abuse by page 30 or so! But it’s written in such a black comedy, deadpan kind of way that he gets away with it. I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t like it as an adult, but that fear was not necessary! I actually gave it five stars at first, but one I’d had a bit of time to consider, changed my rating to four.

Incidentally, the reason I’m finally reading this series again is because of the Netflix series, which so far I am really enjoying (I’ve only watched te first two episodes so far), though it is something that risks getting repetitive quickly.

My review for The Mother of Dreams edited by Majoto Ueda also finally got posted.

What are you currently reading?

creepingshadowcoverCurrently mostly invested in The Creeping Shadow, which is book 4 in the Lockwood and Co. series by Jonathan Stroud. So far it is not disappointing me. Stroud rarely does.

Aheartofbrasscoverlso technically reading Heart of Brass by Felicity Hall. I attended the book launch during the Canberra Writers’ Festival last year and it was a lot of fun, so I was hoping I would enjoy the book, too, but it’s taking me a while to get into at the moment.

darkunwindingcoverLast but not least is The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron, which I found on audio this morning, and then discovered I actually already had on my TBR. It sells itself as steampunk, but the reviews say that it’s more like straight historical fiction. Since I have a love-hate relationship with steampunk, that actually suits me just fine. I’m about an hour and a half into it at the moment, and will hopefully get a chunk listened to tomorrow on my day off.

What do you think you’ll read next?

For the third week running, I’m answering this question with The Devil’s Prayer by Luke Gracias. I probably will actually get to it this time! Though a colleague did just today bring entire Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carringer for me so…

What are you reading this week? 🙂

wednesdaybannerThe other blog hop for this week is WIPpet Wednesday. If you’re a writer, you are very welcome to join us in this one by posting an excerpt from your WIP that somehow relates to the date. You can click the blue guy on the right of this blog to be taken to the link up.

I haven’t written much over the past week, as first I was preparing for my mother to visit, then she was here, then I found myself feeling stuck once she left, so I got around the stuckness by brainstorming and subsequently planning the contemporary Wizard of Oz plot bunny I mentioned last week. Maybe next week I’ll be sharing something from that with you.  With that in mind, I just have a single paragraph for you. This is from Max’s POV, and you’ll hopefully be able to work out the context.

“Clara?” he called out. The path ahead looked deserted, but he was sure she had come this way. The music from the carols service was still quite loud, so  he kept moving, keeping an eye out for any movement up ahead. He started feeling nervous. As he continued to walk, the music faded, until the nighttime surroundings took on an eerie quality. He jumped as a bush rustled, only for a stray cat to fly out from the foliage and streak past him.

That’s it from me this week. I have the day off work tomorrow so I’ll be catching your posts first thing. See you then!

~ Emily


27 thoughts on “#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 18 January, 2017

  1. whatadifferenceawordmakes says:

    I haven’t read any of the Lemony Snicket books, but I’ve read some of Daniel Handler’s other works and that off-beat dark humour is flawless! I’ve been trying to watch a million and one things on Netflix but now that I’ve finished Stranger Things, I might give the Series of Unfortunate Events a go!

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    • Emily Witt says:

      I didn’t actually realise Daniel Handler had written work under his own name (I have no idea why this is such a surprise to me!). I just went and looked up a few things and I really like the sound of them! Like you say, that off-beat humour is great and he does it so well.

      I know what you mean about epic Netflix lists! I used to be such a binge watcher but now I tend to read more so my list keeps getting longer, too!

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  2. faithrivens says:

    I hope you continue to enjoy the Unfortunate Series. The extent of the darkness at times is dismal ;P
    I love Johnathan Stroud, but I’ve only read his Bartimaeus series. I am intrigued to read this one as well.
    My sister has read all except the most recent in Carriger’s series and while she loved the first one, she was rather let down by the others. If you choose to read it, I hope you’ll enjoy it more 🙂
    Happy Reading 🙂

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    • Emily Witt says:

      I’ve got the next two books on hold so I hope I’ll be able to to them soon! 😀

      I think the Bartimaeus series is probably a bit better than Lockwood, mostly because the closest thing we have to Bartimaeus in this series is a very minor character who doesn’t even speak until Book 2. But still really good nonetheless!

      Yeah, I’d never officially put any of Carriger’s books on my TBR because I wasn’t really sure if they were my thing, but since the offer was there for easy access, I figured I’d give them a go. Watch this space!

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  3. Sam says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed Snicket as an adult. I never read the books growing up but my friends keep wanting me to watch the show with them haha. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

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    • Emily Witt says:

      The show is quite faithful to the books (at least going by the first two episodes, which are based on the first book), but I think it is one you could easily pick up without reading the books first if you were that way inclined.


  4. Yvo says:

    You reminded me I really have to reread the Lemony Snicket series soon! I think I have read the first two or three books ages ago and I kind of want to watch the series, but not before refreshing my memories. 😉 I hope you will enjoy your books this week and happy reading! Here’s my WWW.

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    • Emily Witt says:

      I’ve heard that from a few people! I didn’t mind the first couple of eps, but I’m not sure I would have sat through the whole season if it had been the same. Good to know it improves a bit.


  5. AM says:

    I don’t think I’ve read A Series of Unfortunate Events. My 13yo has read all of them because apparently they had them in one of his classrooms. He loved them.

    I think the cat flying out of the bushes would freak me out under those circumstances. Very vivid description!


  6. shanjeniah says:

    I started reading the Series of Unfortunate Events with the kids when they were younger; neither was very interested. I’m thinking now that Lise, age 12.5, might be…she likes dark stories these days. I think we still have the first one; maybe I’ll see if I can track it down for her.

    Max is headed for trouble. Probably, so is Clara…

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  7. shanjeniah says:

    I forgot to add that I’m currently listening to Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (the biography upon which the musical is based). It’s dense but fascinating. I’m listening in smaller doses, so that I’ve got a hope of retaining a fraction of the information!

    That Hamilton was one BUSY fellow!


  8. L. Marie says:

    I need to read that Lockwood & Co. series. I had it on my list, then promptly forgot about it in the wake of so many other releases.

    I enjoyed Lemony Snicket’s series. I still haven’t seen the Netflix series.


  9. ceeleeolson says:

    I never read A Series of Unfortunate Events, but I did see the movie with Jim Carey as Count Olaf. The costumes in that film were to die for, but I’m looking forward to seeing how Netflix handled things. I just got to get caught up on the rest of my shows first.

    Great snippet. I think anyone would have jumped at a cat running out of the bushes like that!


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