Two things this time around. First is a quick word that my in-character Vampire podcast, The More Things Change has had an update.
The other thing — I finally finished reading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell this past week. I say “finally” because it took me a long while to get through it.
I liked it, but it was long (800+ pages), the pacing was slow, and I couldn’t read more than a chapter or two at a time. Still, it does a very good job at evoking the tone and sensibility of 19th Century literature. I don’t know that I can actually recommend it, but if you’re looking for something a little different from the usual connect-the-plot mass-media best seller… you might find it interesting.
I haven’t been reading as much as I would like, in part because I’m so backlogged on the podcasts that I listen to (not to mention my editorial and development work on Earthdawn. Right now my list of ‘books to read’ includes the following (in no particular order):
- Cell by Stephen King
- Micah by Laurell K. Hamilton
- Carthians from White Wolf (for Vampire: The Masquerade)
- Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
- The Sandman Papers
- Abrarat by Clive Barker
- A Stroke of Midnight by Laurell K. Hamilton
And that’s just off the top of my head. I’m sure if I pored over the bookshelves in our house I’d find another dozen or so books I’m interested in.
Ah well. Nobody ever said the life of a literary geek was an easy one.