Sunday, November 8, 2009
Sunday Salon: Reading Update
I also last night finished reading The Daughter of Time, by Josephine Tey. That review will go up tomorrow. It was a really good read and refreshed my love of Richard III. It also made me realize just how dependent upon chance people are. Honestly, it's easy say with hindsight that "if this had happened, then X wouldn't have been able to do this and the course of history would have been completely changed." And maybe it's not always true. But it's so fascinating to think about and explore. I think there is a series of books called "What if?" or something like that in which historians go over what they think would have happened if key moments in history had gone differently. "What if America had lost the Revoutionary war?" "What if Napoleon had succeeded in Russia?" Those kinds of things. I should look those books up.
I started reading Soulless by Gail Carriger last night. It is a lot of fun and has a great deal of witty dialogue. However, it also uses a lot of terms I am not familiar with, not really being "in" with the vampire/werewolf literary crowd. So I felt a little out of my depths. I think it is a book that will take much more concentration and much more time to savor the banter than I have to give it at the moment. I was reading it now because I wanted a short book to read before picking up Helen Hollick's huge Arthurian novel, The Kingmaking. However, as I was reading Soulless, I started thinking that I should have been reading Hollick's novel, and then I wasn't really enjoying it, so I put aside the one for the other and now I'm about to go back to Wales in the Dark Ages. I'm reading Hollick's novel with Linda, so that should be fun! Also, Cara gave me my copy of Soulless to read- thanks very much :-) Yay, reading friends!
Hope you're all doing well with your reading, too! What's up for this week?