It's Monday – What Are You Reading? April 30, 2012Posted by thehypermonkey in Book talk.
Tags: book talk, the book journey, what are you reading?
This Monday meme is held by the Book Journey. Feel free to join in and tell us what you’re reading!
by Dean Koontz
In this chilling original stand-alone novella, available exclusively as an eBook, Dean Koontz offers a taste of what’s to come in his new novel, 77 Shadow Street, with a mesmerizing tale of a homeless boy at large in a city fraught with threats … both human and otherwise. Includes the first chapter of 77 Shadow Street.Twelve-year-old Crispin has lived on the streets since he was nine – with only his wits and his daring to sustain him, and only his silent dog, Harley, to call his friend. He is always on the move, never lingering in any one place long enough to risk being discovered.Still, there are certain places he returns to, like the hushed environs of St. Mary Salome Cemetery, a place where Crispin can feel at peace – safe, at least for a while, from the fearsome memories that plague him … and seep into his darkest nightmares.But not only his dreams are haunted. Crispin has seen ghosts in the dead of night, and sensed dimensions beyond reason in broad daylight.Alone, drifting, and scavenging to survive is no life for a boy. But the life Crispin has left behind, and is still running scared from, is an unspeakable alternative … that may yet catch up with him.There is more to Crispin’s world, and its darkest corners have yet to be encountered, in this eBook’s special bonus: a spine-tingling excerpt from Dean Koontz’s forthcoming novel, 77 Shadow Street.
Some of you might be wondering why it’s taking me so long to read this novella. It’s because I only read this on my phone when I don’t have a book with me when I’m out and about! Since this happens so rarely I hardly ever read this particular story. I might have to bite the bullet and just finish it on my Kindle. I do love my Dean Koontz!
by Laurie Viera Rigler
After nursing a broken engagement with Jane Austen novels and Absolut, Courtney Stone wakes up to find herself not in her Los Angeles bedroom or even in her own body, but inside the bedchamber of a woman in Regency England. Who but an Austen addict like herself could concoct such a fantasy?
Not only is Courtney stuck inside another woman’s life, she is forced to pretend she actually is that woman; and despite knowing nothing about her, she manages to fool even the most astute observer. For her borrowed body knows how to speak without slaying the King’s English, dance without maiming her partner, and embroider as if possessed by actual domestic skill.
But not even Courtney’s level of Austen mania has prepared her for the chamber pots and filthy coaching inns of nineteenth-century England, let alone the realities of being a single woman who must fend off suffocating chaperones, condom-less seducers, and marriages of convenience. Enter the enigmatic Mr. Edgeworth, a suitor who may turn out not to be a familiar species of philanderer after all.
I just started this book so I haven’t gotten a real feel for it. I bought a used paperback version since the Kindle edition was so expensive. (*cough*overpriced!*cough*)
I’m looking forward to getting into this book. Not only because it involves a Jane Austen fan like myself but because it involves the question of “what if I were transported back in time?” The whole “what would a modern woman do?” in that situation has always aroused my curiosity so I’m anxious to see where this author goes with it.
by Mary Robinette Kowal
Shades of Milk and Honey is what we might expect from Jane Austen if she had lived in a world with magic; Pride and Prejudice meets Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. It is an intimate portrait of a woman, Jane, and her quest for love in a world where the manipulation of glamour is considered an essential skill for a lady of quality.
As you can see I’m on a “Jane Austen” kick. I heard about this book on the blog She-Wolf Reads. Kowal is coming out with a sequel soon and I thought I’d check out the first one before it came out. I just started the book so I haven’t really formed much of an opinion but so far I like the prose. Here’s hoping for a good plot!
That rounds out what I’m currently reading. What’s do you have on your nightstand?