Reading Log, September-October 2013

I haven’t posted anything substantive in this blog in a really long time! Sorry about that.

I haven’t been doing a lot of writing, but as usual when not writing much, I have been reading, and I’ve been logging that reading, after a fashion. I’ve decided to post my off-the-cuff commentaries in manageable chunks For Your Pleasure. These posts are going to have a mixture of fiction, nonfiction, and fanfiction.

September 2013
Fiction: Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik, latest in the Temeraire series, which I enjoyed despite being braced for a cliffhanger-ish ending (which I got). I think we visited Shogun while the characters were in Japan, a book I haven’t read but have heard a lot about, then they went to China and Russia. One more Temeraire book to go, sigh. I will miss those characters!
The Maker’s Mask (The Books Of Requite Book 1) by Ankaret Wells – the heroine/pov character is a geeky engineer trying to navigate among all these gorgeous fantasy creatures swanning around with swirly capes and swords. There is some interesting stuff with gender which I won’t spoil here.

Nonfiction: About Time 5: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who, which I enjoyed in a thoroughly geeky way, particularly the details and constraints of how television was made in that period (I’m now up to the last volume in this series, BTW).
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach – chatty, informative, entertaining, a ship passing in the night.

Fanfiction: Thaw by Domenika Marzione, who writes military-inflected stories; it’s a sequel to her story Freezer Burn and puts the Winter Soldier movie arc into her version of The Avengers continuity.

October 2013
Fiction: Mounting Danger by Karis Walsh, a lesbian romance with horse and polo and mounted police neepery, which was fun. The author did a great job of integrating the horse stuff with all the other aspects of the plot. I was amused by how one of the characters, Cal, was typically rich and rakish, the other a former foster kid, very upright and rulebound. I did a preview of this one for Heroes and Heartbreakers.

Nonfiction: The Women Who Wrote the War: The Compelling Story of the Path-breaking Women War Correspondents of World War II by Nancy Caldwell Sorel – I had read practically nothing about World War II before, though I have a few books on the To Be Read. This book skips between the various women as it advances forward in time, so I frequently had to remind myself who each person was, mainly because I read it in small segments. I really enjoyed reading about the variety of roles women played in war journalism, and how they worked with and around rules to accomplish things.
Edwardian Life and Leisure by Ronald Pearsall – a recommendation from, I think, Evangeline Holland. It had a lot of good information, but his coverage of the suffrage movement was rather…annoying, I will say.

Fanfiction: User Since by rageprufrock, a very meta story about an online discussion group for fans of Captain America, and the participation of Agent Phil Coulson of S.H.I.E.L.D..

After this, my log jumps forward to February 2014, so I’ll start there next time.

Published by Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen’s writing showcases her voracious lifelong love of books. She reads over 120 new books each year, especially historical romance, fantasy, and space opera, and incorporates these genres into her erotic fiction. Her first erotic novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover (Harlequin Spice, December 2008), was translated into French and German. Her second Spice novel, The Moonlight Mistress (December 2009), was translated into Italian and nominated for a RT Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her third novel is The Duke & The Pirate Queen (December 2010). She has also published erotic short stories as Elspeth Potter. When not writing, Victoria conducts research in libraries and graveyards, lectures about writing and selling erotica, and speaks at literary conventions on topics such as paranormal romance, urban fantasy, erotic science fiction/fantasy, and the empowerment of women through unconventional means. Her daily writing blog features professional writing and marketing tips, genre discussion, book reviews, and author interviews. She also guest blogs for Heroes & Heartbreakers and The Criminal Element. She lives in Philadelphia.