Fall Into Reading!

LOL! Isn’t that a cheese-tastic slogan? But it was a real promo from the American Library Association back in the day. Gawd, never, and I mean NEVER, let librarians create p.r. campaigns!

Anyway…now that BW is back in classes, I have more time to do some reading. Here’s what I’ve been up to:

Just Finished:

The Last Light of the Sun by Guy Gavriel Kay. I bought this book totally on a whim at Half Price Books purely because it had a Viking ship on the cover. Yeah, sad. Anyway, it turned out to be the best historical/fantasy fiction I’ve read in a long, long time. The setting is a very thinly fictionalised medieval England/Wales/Scandinavia. This world has two moons, and the countries have different names, but there is never any question what the peoples and places are supposed to represent. The author gives us different sets of characters who all moved in that time and place…some Vikings, some native Welsh/Britons, some Anglo-Saxons…and weaves them all into one tale. Their lives are separate, yet the way he weaves their stories together and makes them all overlap is wonderful. The plot is great and also gives a very nice impression of how all of those cultures WERE weaving and interacting in Britain at the time. Highly recommended.

Now Reading:

The Third Reich in Power by Richard Evans. Another Half Price find. I’d read Evans’ first book in this series, The Coming of the Third Reich, and had been looking for this second part for a while. For anyone who has ever wondered what life was like for the citizens living under Hitler, and asked things like “HOW did they afford all those tanks and jackboots??” this is the book for you. It’s a long slog, but very illuminating. And still the parallels with our current political regime creep me out.

Next Up:

Well, after a thousand pages of Hitler, I plan to move on to some light stuff. :) On tap are:

Love is Nothing — Ava Gardner bio.
Sherwood and Robin & The King by Parke Godwin. — Godwin wrote one of my favorite-ever Arthurian retellings, so I’m curious to see what he does with Robin Hood.
The Wolf and The Raven by Diana Paxson — Cheesed-up fantasy, probably porny retelling of the Sigfried/Brunhilde/Niebelung story.

And you?

One Response to “Fall Into Reading!”

  1. babs Says:

    Actually, I was seriously looking at that Guy Gavriel Kay book a couple years ago and wondered how good it was. Have you read his trilogy, starting with the Summer Tree, The Wandering Fire and ending with the Darkest Road. I remember really liking them in high school, though I haven’t re-read them. But they were very cool mythic fantasy, for lack of a better term. I just finished reading Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea trilogy. Good, but I am taking a break from ya. fantasy for a bit.

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