BOOK & BLOG
November 20, 2012
Books of the Week
My reading this past week or two has been pretty sporadic. I’ve had to reread some of my old material to prepare for writing MIDNIGHT PAWN, since some characters from the past are in the future book. And I’ve read some things again I particularly enjoyed. This was a win/win week for new reading, too. Tanya Huff is a long-time favorite read of mine, and The Silvered is an amazing book. If you haven’t read any of Huff’s books but the wonderful Blood series about a Canadian detective who falls into love and lust with the bastard son of Henry VIII, be sure to give The Silvered a favored spot in your TBR pile. It’s a war story, and the hero is a very young woman, Mirian. She embarks on the adventure that will define her life when her country (ruled by a wolf pack) is invaded by the empire that wants to suppress magic in all its forms. Unexpected twists and turns abound. I loved this book.
It’s no surprise that I’m enjoying Iced, though again I wish I’d read the last book in the Mac series more recently, since the action in this book directly follows that one; but the protagonist of Iced is 14 year old “Mega,” the socially ignorant, ferociously intelligent, possessor of a magic sword and the ability to use it. So far, the book is gripping, and almost painful, as adults who all know more than the girl struggle for ownership of her. Karen Marie Moning is a true storyteller.
To my United States readers, have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I hope you’re surrounded by as much family as you want to see, and I hope you eat as much as you want to and no more.
I am so happy that all my family will be in the house as one point or another during the holiday, and we may manage a few hours when they’re all here at the same time. When I was a young mother, I couldn’t understand that compulsion older parents had, to gather kids back in. Now I understand it completely.
To all you shoppers, have a safe weekend. I don’t do the Black Friday thing myself, since I hate crowds and urgency, but I also understand that this is a huge pleasure to many people. Guard your credit cards and purses and your personal safety. Park in smart places, have a companion with you in store parking lots, and be alert. Nothing is more important than your safety and security.
Above all, as we head into this holiday season of giving, I know economic times are very tough for many, many, families. But if you have some change for the Salvation Army, drop it in the bucket. If you can give a bit more to the charity of your choice, now would be a good time.
My personal thanks to all of you for making my year so lovely.
© 2012 Charlaine Harris