"What is reading but silent conversation?"
- Walter Savage Landor
Pretty soon I’ll be leaving on a jet plane… then spending ten days cruising around. As always, I’ll be taking books away with me – I might even read some. [I have a history of taking books away on holiday, and leaving them untouched the whole time].
[I’m actually on leave for three weeks, so have HEAPS to read while relaxing at home. Trust me. My dining table is merely an extension of the library. January is my catch-up reading month… all those books I should have read during the last year, and a couple of boxes of manuscripts.]
These 5 have a guaranteed place in my suitcase. The problem is holding off reading them until then :D
The hunter by Theresa Meyers
Brothers Winchester, Remington, and Colt Jackson take up the family tradition of vampire and demon hunting in this steampunk western. Colt battles a vampire, fallen archangel, and a demon lord while looking for his father's Book of legends. He also encounters the succubus Lily, who is willing to make a bargain to become human again.
Annie's comment: Steampunk. Western. Vampire / demon slayer. Succubus. What's not to like?
Gaslight grimoire : fantastic tales of Sherlock Holmes / edited by J.R. Campbell and Charles Prepolec
A collection of eleven all new tales of mystery and dark fantasy featuring Sherlock Holmes, master of deductive reasoning, confronting the irrational, the unexpected, and the fantastic in the weird worlds of the Gaslight Grimoire. Includes stories contributed by Barbara Hambly, Christopher Sequeira, Barbara Roden, M.J. Elliott, Martin Powell, Chico Kidd, & Rick Kennett.
Annie's comment: Sherlock Holmes with magic. What’s not to love?
Fast ships, black sails / by Naomi Novik ... [et al.] ; edited by Anne and Jeff VanderMeer
An anthology of original stories featuring a science fiction and fantasy romp through pirate-infested seas. The settings of these stories vary from the traditional 17th century Caribbean glory years of piracy to the frozen seas off colonial Boston to unnamed far future oceans to deep space itself.
Annie's comment: Pirates! Ok, maybe not the best choice to read while onboard – but, come on, check out the list of contributors...
Belle's song / K.M. Grant
When Belle meets Luke, son of an alchemist and Scribe to the famous poet Chaucer, she is determined to travel with him to Canterbury on a pilgrimage. She hopes for a miracle: that her father will walk again. She also hopes to atone for her own part in his accident. It is a time of unrest across the country and the young King Richard II is just hanging on to his throne. A malign character on the pilgrimage suspects Chaucer of treason and slowly winds Belle into a political intrigue. At the same time, the impulsive Belle is drawn towards both Luke and to Walter, the wealthy son of a Knight. But Walter himself is in love with Luke...As the uprising against the King starts to draw pace and the web of intrigue around Belle and Chaucer tightens, Belle and her friends must risk everything to save their country and themselves...
Annie's comment: Hello... Geoffrey Chaucer! Well, his scribe anyway – and medieval politics, and a love triangle, and a mystery... and it sounds sooo good!
Except the queen / Jane Yolen and Midori Snyder
Cast from the high court of the Fairy Queen, sisters Serena and Meteora must find a way to survive in the mortal realm of Earth. But when signs point to a rising power that threatens to tear asunder both fairy and human worlds, they realise that they were chosen to fight the menace because they were the only ones who could do what must be done.
Annie's comment: Jane Yolen and Midori Snyder… fairies and swords... 'nuff said.
The duke and I / Julia Quinn
By all accounts, Simon Basset is on the verge of proposing to his best friend's sister, the lovely - and almost-on-the-shelf - Daphne Bridgerton. But the two of them know the truth; it's all an elaborate plan to keep Simon free from marriage-minded society mothers. As for Daphne, surely she will attract some worthy suitors now that it seems a duke has declared her desirable. But as Daphne waltzes across ballroom after ballroom with Simon, it's hard to remember that their courtship is a complete sham.
Annie's comment: A comfort re-read. I loved the Bridgertons when I first came across them – so I can imagine nothing better than reacquainting myself with them while on holiday. A guaranteed good read, with laughs and romance. And not that much brain-power needed.