Reading Links…5/22/18

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Reading Links…5/22/18

Traci Kenworth



  1. I got this book on my Kindle recently, and I finally found a moment to open it.  I can tell you that it did not disappoint.  Diana is an amazing talent with “high” fantasy.  She’s easily as good as Terry Brooks or Robert Jordan (my long-time favorites). Her world-building and prose are superb in this and everything I’ve read from her. And she’s written so many books! Just pick one and see if you can stop. (As the old potato chip commercial used to say, “You can’t eat (read) just one.”
  2. ‘Yay, we are flying!’ Matica yelled breathlessly, utterly thrilled. ‘We really made it. Yee-hah!’ Were you afraid you would chicken out?a voice asked her in her mind. She had to grin. Yes, I was but not anymore. We did it.


Romance/Women’s Fiction:

  1. When book illustrator, Miriam Chambers, inherits Great Aunt Felicity’s Victorian mansion in the Norfolk countryside, she discovers it is a poisoned chalice.  Either she must live in the run-down cold building for a year and a day or it will be auctioned for charity.  Since she is able to work at home she decides to accept the challenge and she employs some local tradesmen to improve the facilities a little.  But it is a lonely house set in overgrown woodland and Miriam is grateful when a strange-looking young man comes to the door offering to chop wood and do odd jobs.  As the creaks and bangs around the house alarm her, she is pleased when Charles, the reticent young man, provides company.



  1. “Never break the circle.” For two realities, time is running out. In one world, a lethal virus threatens to destroy all life as scientists and governments scramble to find an antidote. In the other, a forbidden love could forever destroy the ragtag resistance known as The Circle. Thomas can bridge both worlds, but he is quickly realizing that he may not be able to save either. In the mind-bending conclusion to the Circle trilogy, Thomas must find a way to rewrite history as he navigates a whirlwind of emotions and events surrounding a pending apocalypse. The fate of two worlds comes down to one man’s choice–and it is a most unlikely choice indeed.






  1. “Connected not just by themes of human-creature melding, but also by an adherence to clear and poetic writing, deeply affecting emotion, All the Fabulous Beastsdeserves to be read far and wide.”




Mental Health:



  1. There are various commonalities among Noah’s Strange Fascinations: they’re constant, even when everything else changes; they’re a bit niche, not something everyone knows about; they each have an element of mystery, something Noah senses in or about them that no one else does, but something he can’t quite put his finger on; and, in a way, the more he learns about each Strange Fascination, the more he learns about himself. 



  1. is an old writer-friend of mine, and ever since his debut, A Gentle Axe, starring Dostoevsky’s Porfiry Petrovitch, the examining magistrate from Crime and Punishment, I’ve known his work for pulling no punches but also being subtle, complex and thought-provoking. Has a superb sense of setting and period and (which isn’t the case with every good writer) he’s also good at articulating what he does. I’m not a crime-writer, though I love the detective/mystery end of the genre particularly, and am awed by anyone who can fit all the bits together and simultaneously make one care, shiver, and stay up late to find out whodunnit. So when I heard Roger had a new book out, I thought it would be a good moment to ask him to unpick a little of his personal how/what/why in writing fiction, for the Itch.


Short Stories/Anthologies/Novella:

  1. Imagine waking up in the desert with no idea what happened to you. You have clear memories of situations and places, but a complete loss in personal matters… like your own name. This situation is bad, and you have no idea how to get home.









  1. While the story is very Victorian in its content and writing style and presents some very old fashioned attitudes to racial and gender issues (the views of the author on women leaders becomes more apparent at the end), if you accept this as a characteristic of colonial writing, it is an amazing tale of a woman who learns the secret of immortality and uses her power to gain control of the local people in an African country, whom she treats with great cruelty. The descriptions of an African dawn and the countryside and caverns are detailed and delightful, as are the depictions of the preservation of bodies and the history of She’s realm. The book provides some interesting insights into the thoughts of the Victorians about woman in leadership positions and their overarching inability to control their love lives. She is not portrayed as a weak woman, other than in her love interest.



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