Faith mentioned reading as a necessary writing rule, and I absolutely agree. It’s the best way to understand how books are put together, how stories develop and what trends are popular. Besides, it’s just fun. I never go anywhere without a book in my bag. Some people have their security blankies, and books are mine. I carry one when I travel, when I go to work, when I plan to be standing in lines. I have a stack next to the bed, since I acquire books faster than I read them. When I go to speak to student groups, I’m always asked what I like to read, and the question makes me laugh, because the stack is always changing according to my whims and to what I’ve seen recommended in the trades and book sites. I’ve read some great things lately, and have more coming up, so I decided to share with you guys today. There’s no particular order – when I finish one book, I grab the next one that draws my attention.
Last week, I read two books with similar subjects, and both were good. The Map of Moments, by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon, is the second in their Hidden Cities series. A heartbroken man returns to post-Katrina New Orleans to attend the funeral of the woman he loved, only to find himself deeply immersed in a magical struggle between two ancient forces vying for control of the city. It was an easy read, but it was layered and enthralling at the same time. The other book was Kate Griffin’s A Madness of Angels. Sorcerer Matthew Swift wakes up in naked in a bed in what used to be his home, back before he was murdered. Why has he been brought back, and what are the blue electric angels whose voices he hears in the reaches of his mind? I loved this book! Matthew is a city sorcerer, and draws his power from the rhythms and energy of downtown London. I forced myself to slow down with this one, because it was just that much fun, and I wanted it to continue.
Today I’m reading Shutter Island, by Dennis Lehane. I like mysteries from time to time, and this one is supposed to have a twist ending, which I love. (Unfortunately I fear I’ve already figured it out, but I’m going to keep going and hope that Lehane surprises me.) No, I didn’t see the movie. I wanted to, and then I decided I’d rather experience the big twist in book form instead.
The rest of the stack is
War For The Oaks – Emma Bull
In The Serpent’s Coils – Tiffany Trent
The Repossession Mambo – Eric Garcia
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Ghost Ocean – SM Peters
The Mall of Cthulhu – Seamus Cooper (okay, this one’s actually on my Kindle, but I’m saving it for a trip later on this spring.)
So what’s in your stack?