Even though it’s almost been three weeks since I last posted.
I’ve been away on work-related matters for the past week or so, and although I was planning on sticking up a “Gone Away” post, I was my usual disorganised last-minute self and ended up running out of time.
Anyway, am back, slightly jetlagged, and to my joy, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller’s “Mouse & Dragon” is available online at Webscriptions. I sneaked a peek because Baen does release e-versions early (it’s hitting the shelves June 1), and yay! I believe M&D is the direct sequel to “Scout’s Progress”, one of the earlier books in their Liaden universe.
I didn’t actually read that much while travelling. Actually, I ended up not bringing my e-reader with me.
I debated this for quite a while, because I have so many ebooks I am yet to read (seriously, we’re talking a lot), and hey, isn’t one of the key selling points of an ereader is that it’s easy to carry around?
But I finally ended up setting it to one side, because I knew I wouldn’t have that much time to read, hence there being no point in bringing a wide selection of books. And I was lugging so much work stuff in my carry-on that I really didn’t want to chuck a not-so-sturdy ereader in the mix.
So I decided it was an excellent opportunity to tackle my physical TBR pile and selected the following:
- Robin McKinley’s “Sunshine” (urban fantasy): I have been meaning to read this forever. Seriously. I mean, everyone seems to love it. And Angie did a recent post on its various covers, so it was in the forefront of my mind.
- Susanna Kearsley’s “The Shadowy Horses” (romance): I picked this up a while back, err actually seven months back, looking at the date of that post, and have never quite felt in the right mood for it. But I figured this would cover any romance cravings I had.
- George Mann’s “The Osiris Ritual” (steampunk fantasy/mystery): Added to my TBR piles at the same time as the Kearsley, and yes, again it was never quite the right time. So I added this to my travelling pile to deliver a mystery fix if I wanted one.
And I was really rather pleased with my selections because I had pretty much all bases covered and three books I’ve been meaning to finish for a while. Yes, I probably put more thought into this than the rest of my packing.
Well, best-laid plans and all that… guess how many of the above I read? Three-quarters of one. Wait, I can explain!
The day before I left, I had one of my library requests come in – Richelle Mead’s “Succubus Shadows”, the latest in her Georgina Kincaid series. Now, I’m trying to make more use of my local library. And Mead is one of those authors whose books I do like, but not love. So I thought it would be a good library candidate and added my name to the reservations list, not expecting it to come in so soon, but arrive it did and I collected it the morning before I left.
And guess what? Obviously I started flipping through it on the way home from the library, obviously I decided that since I had started, I needed to finish it, and obviously it ended up being the one book I did finish on the trip. So much for tackling my TBR pile.
The three-quarters book is “Sunshine”, and I am determined to get through the rest of it this weekend. I am liking it, but – and maybe it’s because I’ve been reading it at spare intervals throughout the week – I’m not that deeply invested in the characters. It is very good writing, like the other McKinley stories I’ve read, but I’m missing that magic spark that makes me flip pages frantically until I hit “The End”.
And I may be distracted by that “Mouse & Dragon”.