WWW Wednesday 3-5-2014

WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading.

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?

• What are you currently reading?

dream thievesI’m listening to the audiobook, The Dream Thieves, by Maggie Stiefvater. I’m having trouble getting into it, though I’m not sure why.  Will Patton is the reader and he’s good. Maybe it’s the place my brain is right now. Yesterday was one of those days where everything I did turned out twisted, and I had to start over again and again and again. Sigh.

There are things about the main character, Ronan, that really intrigued me in the previous books so I’m sticking with it. Anything else I have to say is better said about the book I just finished listening to.

I’m also reading some research materials that would be boring to recount but are fascinating to me as I dig deeper into my own writing.

I’m also still working on copy edits for This Crumbling Pageant. There is a lot of world-building and twisty plotting and just a lot of words in that 180,000 word monster manuscript, and I’m blessed to have an editorial staff working their hardest to help make it all it can be. One thing I know, by the time it goes to press, any problems left can by laid at my doorstep, not theirs.

51QTUsXipxLWhen I have brief snippets of time, I’m indulging in Mark Finn’s short story collection, Empty Hearts. I am determined someday to write short stories, which means I really need to read them. This collection is amazing fun. Toni McGee Causey and I once brainstormed a website/world we wanted to create, characters to inhabit it, and stories to write about it. We never followed through. Mark and his friends did, and San Cibola, CA, is quirky and magical. Check it out.

• What did you recently finish reading?

cover_ravenboys_300The Raven Boys, by Maggie Stiefvater. The first in the series, and as above, I listened to it as an audiobook. I loved Blue and her extended family of wacked out psychics, and all the guys in the Monmouth Building. It pulled me in much faster than the sequel, again above. I have a problem with part of the world-building and premise, but that’s peculiar to me and won’t bother most people. I understand why the author used it, because she wanted to set this series in Virginia [or at least, in the US] but wanted to tie it to ancient legend from the UK.  I never bought into it, but it didn’t stop me from enjoying the book.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

Occupation-by-Jeff-L.-Dawson-200x300At some point I want to read Occupation by Jeff Dawson. I picked it up at ConDFW after hearing him explain the world-building and premise. This is a book of vampires that don’t sparkle and–near as I can tell from his description–aren’t lovely people who just happen to have an addiction to blood. They are the warring vampire clans of Europe with nasty rivalries that go back centuries, who have decided they have to unite in order to fight an even more evil enemy–The Third Reich. He said there are no nice guys in this series. I’m intrigued, aren’t you?

Note: This book cover has been banned from some conventions, online bookstores and Germany because of the swastika, so he has a second option available for those who prefer to have their swastikas unmolested by vampires. [What? That wasn’t the issue? Ooops. Never mind.]

What about you? What have you been reading lately? Put the link to your WWW Wednesday entry in comments, or just tell us!

 

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9 Comments

  1. denise
    Mar 5, 2014

    I’m currently reading an ARC, and I have a few things on my TBR, just finished Wildwood Creek, I read a secret book–I don’t even know the real title or author–and gave my opinion to an indie publisher/author (apparently my assessment was dead-on–made me feel like I might know what I’m talking about). Maybe, one day, I can figure out how to get paid for this. lol.

    • pooks
      Mar 5, 2014

      A secret book! That’s fascinating. What kind of info did they want? What were they trying to decide about it?

      • denise
        Mar 8, 2014

        indie publisher (owned by a best-selling author), wanted to know if the story was up to par with others recently released, if it fit the romantic suspense genre, quality of writing, etc…

        I was honest and said it was a good story, but not a great and strong story. It had issues with continuity, timing, needed lots of editing, etc…

        Author was relieved. It was a new writer, and she felt my assessment was the same as hers. She had a lot going on in her life and wasn’t sure if she was judging it fairly. She wanted a reader’s perspective. This author gave me another task recently. I get the impression she really **trusts** my instincts. Made me feel like I have started honing my skills.

        I still have the goal of being a published writer. I know I need to make an effort to work on that, but I think learning about the process will only make my writing stronger.

        • pooks
          Mar 8, 2014

          That’s really good. You have a good feel for things, and it will serve you well. You really do need to write!

          • denise
            Mar 11, 2014

            Thank you!

  2. Cataluna6
    Mar 5, 2014

    I’ve been meaning to read the Raven Books for so long, I enjoyed her werewolves so I just need to get around to it.

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday post

  3. elisa
    Mar 5, 2014

    Huh, I hate seeing the swastika bitten into like that, with the blood dripping. I might need the alternative version. though honestly, that is banned? I don’t get it. But the book sounds interesting, even though i sometimes have a hard time with stories where i don’t like any of the characters. I am pretty american in the desire to root for someone. I had a hard time with Gone Girl and A Casual Vacancy because of that.
    I want to read that Stiefvater series. I liked Scorpio Races.
    Enjoy your books! :)

    • pooks
      Mar 11, 2014

      I wonder if the characters are truly that unlikeable. I guess I’ll find out!

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