I’ve had some trouble concentrating lately, and having decided to get back to reading novels after a lot of short story reading in February, I’ve had a couple of starts and stops. Now I’m a few chapters into Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine, first in a fantasy series in which the Great Library of Alexandria has survived and become The Great Library, which controls knowledge and information with a ruthless hand. The populace can only know and have access to that which the Library approves, all else is heresy. Private ownership of books is strictly prohibited. Into this young Jess Brightwell goes to begin training, but his father has been a book smuggler, which bodes ill and influences Jess’ thoughts and decisions. I’m enjoying it so far.
I’m also reading a short story here and there, but not at the pace I did last month.
An early Spring, among other things, has both of us distracted. It’s still wet, but the Forsythia are in bloom and the Crocuses are up and blooming, both sure signs of Spring. We’re gardeners, so our eyes are turned outside as we begin planning changes, additions and early maintenance. I’m ready to be sitting out on the deck with a book and a glass of iced tea, but that’s a ways off yet.
Have you read any of these stories or authors?
What are you reading? Any short stories?