Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Whole Lotta Books!

Ya gotta go see Nutschell's awesome post about stationery.

I love drooling over notebooks and pens and sticky paper supplies. I don't have a home office, but if I did, I'd have a massive corkboard, covered in inspirational images. For now, at least I've got Pinterest and tumblr.

And now on to books, which I also drool over... If you haven't yet, read Amanda Palmer's post about her friend Anthony. I got my copy of Anthony Martignetti's book Lunatic Heroes yesterday and started it this morning - already teary, and marking all kinds of quotes. The stick in that drop cap is for him and Amanda, and all of us.



I also just read Diana Gabaldon's The Space Between, available right now in her anthology A Trail of Fire:
 

"In LORD JOHN AND THE PLAGUE OF ZOMBIES, Lord John Grey is posted to Jamaica to assist the Governor as he faces a most unusual kind of uprising among the colony's slave population.

In THE SPACE BETWEEN, Jamie Fraser's step-daughter, Joan, is on her way to an abbey in Paris to become a nun - but when she meets the Comte St Germain, a wealthy French aristocrat rumoured to deal in the occult - she discovers her destiny lies on quite a different path.

In THE CUSTOM OF THE ARMY, Lord John Grey is summoned as a witness in a court martial in the wilds of Acadia, only to find himself playing a crucial role in the Battle of Quebec.

In A LEAF ON THE WIND OF ALL HALLOWS, a WW2 Spitfire pilot called Jerry MacKenzie crashes near a stone circle and wakes up in the eighteenth century. Can the strange man he meets - who impossibly seems to know him - help him return to his wife and baby son before a terrible fate overtakes them?"

I've also finished Mischief and Mistletoe! I don't want to be negative, but... the only story I really enjoyed was Joanna Bourne's Intrigue and Mistletoe. The others all had interesting concepts, but some of the dialogue felt a little hollow to me.

In other book news, I just discovered that I already have a book by Kate Pullinger, whom I've wanted to read for ages because she contributed a piece to Paint a Vulgar Picture: Fiction Inspired by the Smiths. My friend had leant me Pullinger's A Little Stranger ages ago.

And Simon Tolkien has a new book out! Orders from Berlin and its author were featured in a BBC Radio2 broadcast the other day, and listeners also got to live chat with Tolkien. I asked him a question (about Sherlock Holmes) and he answered, and I forgot to save a screenshot! Now I can't find it online. Argh. But the episode is still up for a week, if you'd like to listen.

I really do need a reading vacation. But, no, there's only a week or so left for NaNo. Must press on with Captive of the Sea! I'm so close to the end of the story (ROW80 goal!)... I can't wait to get to at least the wedding of the MCs, if not the sweet and lovely denouement. By the way, the girl in the latest nespresso ad looks like Mawdlen:


Finally, check out Alan Silberberg's cartoons of inspiration from writers, for writers. Featuring Neil Gaiman, natch.

What are you reading in between NaNo sprints?

13 comments:

Angela Brown said...

Wonderful round of things you've read. Diana's anthology sounds very, very interesting. Will have to check it out.

Happy Holidays!

Deniz Bevan said...

Thanks, Angela. Happy holidays to you too!

Kate C. said...

This is why I love reading author blogs... they're all readers. And they all have such interesting tastes in books. I've never heard of those authors before. I'll have to check them out! :)

Deniz Bevan said...

Thanks, Kate, hope you like them! I've nearly finished Martignetti's books and keep laughing and crying, sometimes at the same time. Diana Gabaldon is simply wonderful. Start with Outlander (the first big book in the series) and you'll be hooked!

Arnel said...

I had Diana's book on my list before it came out and then forgot! Thanks for the reminder! :-)

Romance Reader - Nas said...

You have a wonderful list of books, Deniz! I need to read more.

Hope you have a happy holiday!

J.L. Murphey said...

I had my reading vacation while in the hospital for a month and since then while waiting for my therapists.

What I need to have is a writing vacation where I don't have to be at such-and-such place at such-and-such place. After all, the more I type with one hand the faster I'll get.

Deniz Bevan said...

Ooh, you've gotta read it, Arnel!

I hope you have a happy holiday, too, Nas!

I still draft longhand, Jo, so even at a doctor's office I force myself to get some writing done... Unless i'm in the middle of a really good book :-)

Theresa Milstein said...

Wow, you've been busy!

I'm not nanoing, but it doesn't mean I'm reading enough either. I hope to get some reading time in this weekend.

Deniz Bevan said...

Me too, Theresa! The stack by my bed is way too high.

Suze said...

Hi Denise! I haven't been doing NaNo but I have been rereading Jerry Spinelli's 'Stargirl' this past week. Such a beautiful book.

Thanks for your encouraging comment on False Start Fridays! Would you like to participate in the Grand Finale this coming week?

Talli Roland said...

You've been busy, Deniz! I don't even know what I've been reading - the days seem to go by in blur of editing. Can't wait to be done so I can get back to reading again!

Deniz Bevan said...

Thanks for the recommendation, Suze!

I'll toast to that, Talli :-)

Books I'm Reading and Finished Books

  • CassaFire by Alex Cavanaugh
  • Farmer Giles of Ham by J. R. R. Tolkien (reread but new edition)
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • So Anyway... by John Cleese
  • The War of the Ring - Book 8 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • First and Second Things by C. S. Lewis
  • Journal of Inklings Studies
  • Beowulf and Sellic Spell by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • 11 Doctors 11 Stories by various authors (including Neil Gaiman)
  • Creed or Chaos? by Dorothy Sayers
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Jerusalem Bible
  • ***Finished Books***
  • Slowly, silently now the moon by Walter de la Mare (poem)
  • I can't work like this by Neil Gaiman (poem)
  • CassaStar by Alex Cavanaugh
  • Death of A Century: A Novel of the Lost Generation by Daniel Robinson
  • The Fly by William Blake (poem, reread)
  • Tyger, Tyger by William Blake (poem, reread)
  • The Christie Notebooks by John Curran
  • The Perfect Son by Barbara Claypole White
  • What to Expect in Baby's First Year
  • Baby's First Year for Dummies
  • The Secret Sister by Brenda Novak
  • Chu's Day at the Beach by Neil Gaiman (reread, many times)
  • Sacred Inwardness by Marilynne Robinson (essay)
  • New Statesman issue guest edited by Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman (I don't usually include magazines in this list but I read this one cover to cover)
  • The North Star is Nearer by Evelyn Eaton
  • Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King (loved My Pretty Pony)
  • Every Month Was May by Evelyn Eaton
  • Occasional Soulmates by Kevin Brennan
  • secret beta!
  • Smoke by Catherine McKenzie
  • In Two Aeroplanes Over the Sea by Amanda Palmer (poem)
  • Jim at the Corner by Eleanor Farjeon
  • Finding Fraser by kc dyer
  • Mother Tongue -- The Story of the English Language by Bill Bryson
  • The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan
  • The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  • Absent in the Spring by Mary Westmacott (Agatha Christie)
  • Come, Tell Me How You Live by Agatha Christie
  • The Lord Fish by Walter de la Mare
  • The Going To Bed Book by S Boynton
  • The Nursery Rhyme Book by Andrew Lang
  • In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
  • Subterranean Scalzi Super featuring To Sue the World (an original, very short Redshirts story available nowhere else) Muse of Fire Mallet of Loving Correction Lock In, Lost Chapters (available nowhere else) How I Proposed To My Wife: An Alien Sex Story An Election Judge Sn Goes Golfing Questions for a Soldier The Sagan Diary The Tale of the Wicked The God Engines You’re Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffee Shop by John Scalzi
  • Emily Goes to Market by William Mayne
  • Many Moons by James Thurber, illustrated by Louis Slobodkin
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (reread)
  • Colours Are Nice (Little Golden Book)
  • Corduroy by Don Freeman
  • The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo by Judy Blume
  • The Wars by Timothy Findley (reread)
  • The Captive Diary of Catherine Logan by Mary Pope Osborne (Dear America)
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (reread)
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson (reread)
  • The Poky Puppy (Little Golden Book) (abridged)
  • The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf (reread)
  • Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  • secret beta read 2
  • Pre-Fix: A Ciel Halligan Short Story by Linda Grimes
  • Hidden by Catherine Mackenzie
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • Moo, Baa, La La La by Sandra Boynton
  • But Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boynton
  • Oh, Whistle, And I'll Come To You, My Lad by M. R. James (short story) (1904)
  • Chu's Day by Neil Gaiman (reread)
  • My Uncle Oswald by Roald Dahl
  • Usborne board books
  • Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
  • Lila by Marilynne Robinson (so lovely)
  • Flowers for Mrs Harris by Paul Gallico
  • secret beta read!
  • The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend
  • HELP! Food Allergies Coming To Dinner by Kait Nolan
  • This Heart of Mine by Brenda Novak
  • The Owl Service by Alan Garner
  • Two Caravans by Monica Lewycka
  • Aunt Sass by P. L. Travers
  • An Imperial Affliction by Peter Van Houten (actually a few pages of the story, written by John Green for the film of his novel The Fault In Our Stars)
  • January Brings the Snow by Sara Coleridge (poem)
  • Kissing song by Neil Gaiman (poem)
  • The Mother by Nettie Palmer (poem)
  • William Tell Told Again by P. G. Wodehouse
  • Her Ladyship's Companion by Joanna Bourne
  • The Long Way Home by Louise Penny
  • How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
  • Mes P'tits Contes, legends of Swiss cantons
  • see the 2014 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2014/12/books-read-in-2014-review.html
  • see the 2013 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2014/01/toast-to-professor-books-read-in-2013.html
  • see the 2012 list and statistics here http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/12/the-hobbit-review-and-year-end-books.html
  • see the 2011 statistics on http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011-statistics-fourth.html
  • see the 2011 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011.html
  • see the 2010 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2010/12/books-read-in-2010-listed-here.html
  • see the 2009 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-ii.html
  • also in 2009 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-iv.html
  • see the 2008 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-ii.html
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-vi.html
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-iv.html