WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays are hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading.To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

* What are you currently reading?
* What did you recently finish reading?
* What do you think you’ll read next?

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What are you currently reading?
Philippa Gregory – The Women of the Cousins’ War
This one’s non-fiction, which I don’t usually read, but I adored the Cousins’ War trilogy and found the women featured in them to be very interesting and wanted to find out more. As I also love Philippa Gregory’s writing, the publication of this book seemed the perfect opportunity for me to delve a little deeper.

Patrick deWitt – The Sisters Brothers
I don’t usually read westerns, so this one is something completely different for me and so far (only a couple of chapters in) it’s pretty good. I already like Eli Sisters and am wary of his brother. I think I may well become something of a convert to the western genre if I enjoy this one. I’ve been thinking of trying Lonesome Dove too…

Joss Stirling – Stealing Phoenix
I’ve seen this one all over the blogosphere and it always seems to have positive reviews, so it was a no brainer including it on my reading list as a cross over for two challenges. I’m a few chapters in and already engrossed.

What did you recently finish reading?
Bettie Sharpe – Ember (Kindle e-book) Like a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heaven
A different view of the Cinderella story which turns what we think we know upside down. I have to say it is utterly brilliant! I’ve always loved reworked fairytales, but this one really is excellent. The subversion of the characters we all know and love works so well here that Sharpe has instantly become a new favourite author of mine! Ember is an innovative and inventive piece of fairytale fantasy that is anything but fluffy. There are some sex scenes and some naughty language, sl this one is strictly for the adults. It’s under a quid, so if you have a Kindle, download it NOW! If you don’t have a kindle, you can also read it free on the author’s website.

Cody Young – Scandal at the Farmhouse (Kindle e-book) Like a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heaven
Young is another author who is fast becoming a favourite of mine. I reviewed another of her novels (American Smile) a few months ago and am pleased to say that this historical romance lives up to the style that worked so well in her period-hopping modern novel. The writing is lively, the characters bursting with energy and the passion smoulders so much I’m surprised my Kindle didn’t burst into flames!

Brian McGilloway – The Stolen Child (Kindle e-book) Like a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heaven
This was another short read but was rather disappointing. In fact, it was so uninspiring, I can’t even remember any of the character names and there were precious few of them. The idea is solid enough, but the execution is poor. If you have an hour or so to kill and have it on your Kindle, by all mean try it, but don’t go out of your way for it.

Amanda Hocking – Hollowland (Hollows 1) (Kindle e-book) Like a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heaven
I’d seen this one recommended all over the blogosphere and couldn’t resist downloading it to my Kindle, especially as it’s currently FREE! Well, how could I turn down a bargain like that? It certainly lived up to the glowing reviews. I don’t usually like zombie stories so much, but this one is engrossing and gives a plausible explanation for the shambling undead. It also helps that I like the characters a great deal and desperately wanted them to succeed! It’s also left tantalisingly open for a sequel…

Amanda Grange – Darcy’s Diary (Kindle e-book) Like a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heaven
One always worries, when reading a spin-off from a well-loved classic, that the characters will not be done justice and one cannot fail but to be severely disappointed. Sometimes, however, one finds those fears are completely unfounded when a gem such as this is presented. It is nothing more than the retelling of Pride and Prejudice, told from Mr Darcy’s point of view in diary form, but it is an exercise in exquisite execution. Darcy’s pride and offhand manner are captured perfectly and it’s refreshing to see the motivation behind many of his actions, as well as those moments we didn’t see in Pride and Prejudice, when Darcy was elsewhere. Highly recommended.

What do you think you’ll read next?
Anna Katharine Green – X Y Z A Detective Story (Kindle e-book)
I seem to read faster on the Kindle, so chances are I’ll be on another e-book before I finish another physical book. This one is covered by more than one of my reading challenges.

Jonathan Pinnock – Mrs Darcy Versus the Aliens
Bought with some of my Xmas money. This one is covered by several of my challenges and just looks awesome.

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5 responses to “WWW Wednesday

  1. Thanks for stopping by my WWW post!

    I haven’t heard of many of these books (with the exception of The Sisters Brothers), but that’s not really surprising since I mostly read chick-lit or YA.

    I read your About Me and I have a son named Xander, too. My son will be 2 next week. 🙂

    Have a great day and happy reading 🙂

  2. Wow, love your lists (and how you have a slide-show for them). I think Ember is the one on your list I want most (and the cover, 0,0 beautiful). Thanks for the WWW Visit.

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday ~ House Millar series

    Áine

  3. I love Phillipa Gregory’s stuff. And I’ve never heard of Bettie Sharpe, but Ember sounds like an interesting fairy tale twist! I’ll definitely be checking it out.

    Thanks for visiting my blog! 🙂

  4. I enjoy a good Pride and Prejudice retelling now and then — my favorite so far is Pamela Aiden’s Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman series. Have you heard about Death Comes to Pemberley? It’s making some waves, so I hear.

    Here’s my WWW for this week. Happy reading!

  5. Wow, lot of finished books! 🙂 I have Hollowland waiting, can’t wait to start reading it! Thanks for sharing, and thanks for stopping by! 🙂

    Monaliz @ Mind Reading?