Current Reading, April 6 – 12, 2015

voyage of the Basilisk

I’m about a third of the way into Marie Brennan’s third memoir of Lady Trent, The Voyage of the Basilisk, which so far is just as good as the first two which I enjoyed.

I finished Old Venus, which I enjoyed (review coming) and moved on to  Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear. An interesting premise, a sort-of Jack the Ripper operating in a steampunk Seattle, told by a “seamstress” (prostitute) in the old city below ground. I found the novel wordy, but pretty well told.

XO cvr

Barbara finished The Pyramid by Henning Mankell and she also finished Val McDermid’s A Darker Domain.

She is currently reading XO by Jeffrey Deaver, which features protagonist Kathryn Dance. When she finishes that, just come in from the library, is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.

Have you read these books or authors?
What are you reading?

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15 Responses to Current Reading, April 6 – 12, 2015

  1. Patti Abbott says:

    Not much. Packing, packing, packing.

    • Richard says:

      I can imagine. After our move here, Barbara swore she would never move again. I had started packing the books a month before and had our garage half full of those boxes before she started her stuff and the kitchen – that was our deal, I pack the books, she pack the kitchen. Once packed, we had movers for the furniture and other big stuff as well as those wardrobe boxes for the clothiers and such… the best thing is when it’s finally put away!

      I hope you already have the appointment to set up the internet delivery system so they will come the first day.

  2. Not much reading from me either, Richard. I have been meaning to read Jeffery Deaver.

    • Richard says:

      Prashant, Barbara likes the books featuring Lincoln Rhyme, a wheelchair bound detective, the best, but says this current book she’s reading is very, very good.

  3. Jeff Meyerson says:

    Oh, God. The library is snowing us under. I’ve got a dozen library books on hand (including the Anthony Doerr title, which is 530 pages, and four short story collections) with 3 or 4 more in transit! Jackie has 9 and one waiting to be picked up.

    I feel like I’m reading but it’s like I’m running in quicksand, not getting anywhere. This is partly because I’m reading the two big collections, OLD MARS and THE THINKING MACHINE (ebook). I’m probably going to add the Thomas L. Cook collection FATHERHOOD to that mix.

    I started the McDermid THE SKELETON ROAD but put it (mostly) aside to read Robert Silverberg’s THE BOOK OF SKULLS, a real relic of its time and place – the early 1970s.

    I did finish one thing, spy writer Olen Steinhauer’s short ALL THE OLD KNIVES.

    And meanwhile books continue to arrive. These were all mentioned on one blog or another: Lawrence Block’s collection of pieces about fellow authors, THE CRIME OF OUR LIVES (trade paperback); Roger Torrey’s collection from Black Dog Books, DEATH HAS AN ESCORT (ditto); and (from PaperbackSwap) Ann Aguirre’s first Sirantha Jax book, GRIMSPACE (Steve Lewis reviewed a sequel).

    • Richard says:

      I thought you’d already finished the Thinking Man book. With all those library books, I’d be tempted to just return most of them, then get back on a list, a few at a time. Running in quicksand is an apt metaphor.

      I have Old Mars and A Test of Wills, the first Ian Rutledge book by Charles Todd here from the library, but they are both renewable. I have four more on hold and coming soon, plus Scalzi’s newest one, The End of All Things, a sequel to The Human Division, on hold already. It comes out in August.

      The name Roger Torrey makes me think of birding books.

  4. Jeff Meyerson says:



    I’ve read dozens of Block’s books, fiction and non fiction – 57 at last count.
    I read Torrey’s 42 DAYS FOR MURDER in 1980.

  5. I’ve finally escaped the 16th Century after finishing WOLF HALL and BRING UP THE BODIES (almost 1000 pages!). I’m reading much lighter fare now. I also have OLD VENUS in the on-deck circle. There’s only a month left in the Spring Semester. I’m looking forward to Summer vacation.

    • Richard says:

      Only retired people aren’t jealous of the teacher’s schedule, with the breaks and summer off. I ground my teeth over it while I worked 340 days a year. I think you’ll enjoy most of the stories in Old Venus.

  6. Old Venus is on my list

  7. Jeff Meyerson says:

    The Futrelle has about 50 stories and I only read one or two of them a day.

    I will try the Doerr next as that’s the one on the long hold list. The rest can probably be renewed. I must admit that sometimes I get fed up and just return everything and start over.

  8. Richard says:

    I was going to read the Anthony Doerr, but after waiting forever for it to turn up on the library list, I decided to cancel it. Too much else to read!

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