Friday, October 1, 2010

Off to Emerald City Writers Conference, and what to read next?

Another drive-by post, since I'm scrambling to do laundry, ironing, and the like for the Emerald City Writers Conference, which starts in a couple hours. I love going to writers conferences, because for the space of those few days my life is all about writing, instead of fighting to shoehorn writing in around my day job and family responsibilities.

In other news, I can't decide what to read next because I have too many good choices among the new releases already on my Kindle or set to arrive either there or from my library holds queue in the next few weeks.

Already have:

Butterfly Swords, by Jeannie Lin, the Tang Dynasty China historical romance from Harlequin that's been generating all kinds of good buzz.

The Sevenfold Spell, a novella looking at the Sleeping Beauty fairytale from another angle, by fellow Carina author Tia Nevitt.

Nemesis, by Lindsey Davis, the latest Marcus Didius Falco mystery. I love this series, but I've heard this entry is unusually dark, so I haven't dived in just yet.

Should get soon:

The Pericles Commission, by Gary Corby. Debut mystery set in Periclean Athens, which I've been dying to read ever since I discovered Gary's blog.

Cold Magic, by Kate Elliot. I love her Jaran novels and her thoughts on writing and life, so I'm looking forward to this AU fantasy take on 19th century Europe.

The Fort, by Bernard Cornwell. Cornwell returns to the Revolutionary War, though I believe this one is unconnected to Redcoat. I tend to prefer Cornwell's 18th and 19th century settings to earlier ones (though his Arthurian trilogy is pretty awesome), so I'm looking forward to this one. That said, I wish he'd go back to Nathaniel Starbuck. If this were a Starbuck book, I would've already bought it for my Kindle rather than just placing it on hold at the library, and I wouldn't be going through all this "what to read next" indecisiveness, because the choice would be obvious.


  1. Sevenfold Spell is a nice quick and good read. I'd start with that or read it when you know you have only an hour or two. I have The Fort on my kindle because it takes place in around where I grew up in Maine, which is never included in any of the historical write-ups so I'm quite eager to read it. I'm excited about it and might even start it tonight but I want to make sure I have several hours for it.

  2. I think I will try Sevenfold Spell first--short is good when one is feeling indecisive. :-)