Now that MacGregor’s Bargain is up and running, I’m taking a deep breath before going to my next ms, which is a novella, mostly written. But reading still is part of my day, and I’ve read some good books lately. Our book club read Undaunted Courage and I admit that I skipped a bit. Stephen Ambrose is a good storyteller, and when he puts himself in Meriwether Lewis’s and Thomas Jefferson’s points of view, I enjoy him immensely. I intend to finish the book, buy right now, with my own writing on my mind, I’m going for light.
So:Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James. Some people hold Jane Austen inviolate and might not like the premise of this book, but, though I’m not much on Jane Austen hunting vampires and time traveling I did enjoy this. James is a masterful writer as well as having the skill to give us the Pride and Prejudice characters six years older and wiser, and guess who gets involved in a murder? The despicable Mr. Wickham. James, in her writing style, stays true to the Austin characters.
For pure mind candy, I read Janet Evanovich and Jenifer Cruisie, both very good writers, with styles of their own. They can be repetitive, that’s okay, they tell a good story, with a sense of humor and the ridiculous.
I just became a member of the Dorothy Dunnett Society. Her books have been my favorites for many years. They’re not fast reads, but they are my very favorites when I want to get totally involved. The wide ranging novels take me all over the known world of the periods. The rereading of them is a gift I give myself when I’ve finished writing one novel, before I begin the next. MacGregor’s Bargain is finished, and I’ve written 62,000 words of the sequel, as well as a YA about the Battle of Culloden’s aftermath(looong wait for agents’ response) and a goofy little romance. So now I’ll read Niccolo Rising, knowing I’ll have to read them all.
Historical novels, I admit, are my favorites, though I’m fond of mysteries too. I wait eagerly for Patricia Finney’s next Carey novel. The Flashman novels by George MacDonald Fraser are absolutely hilarious, as well as giving us the idea that we keep fighting the same old wars. Rereading Conrad Richter’s novels about the early days of America tells us so much more about our ancestors. I’ve belonged to the Historical Novel Society for years, and read the issues avidly, looking for an author I haven’t read yet. A nonfiction book I really like is Empire of the Summer Moon about the Comanche Chief Quanah Parker> He was my father’s godfather, and his history is fascinating. Look for it.
Next time I think I’ll write about mysteries.