Still laboring to stay spoiler-free for Civil War, and managing to be mostly successful. Thank you for not spoiling me, flist!
I also ran across a lovely rec
for the Lauren books by way of a blog pingback today. I'm not sure if this is one of you guys, but if so, thank you! ♥ (Also, let's hear it for free samples, hooray!)
For my part, I've been reading quite a lot lately. It's been the usual mix of good books, forgettable books, and unfinishable books (the latter mostly courtesy of the cheap paperback pile or impulse acquisitions from random library shelves), but I have managed to discover a couple of new-to-me series lately that I'm really enjoying.frith_in_thorns
turned me onto Invisible Library
and Masked City
by Genevieve Cogman (and, uh, facilitated me being able to read them, since they're not out in the U.S. yet). They're really delightful; I love the characters and the clever worldbuilding. Alternate Earths exist on a continuum from order to chaos, and the more chaotic a world gets, the more it's taken over by narrative/story instead of reality -- so you get an increasing incidence of worlds that are full of narrative tropes and random crazy tech like ray guns or steampunk mecha. There's also magic, dragons, secret royalty, brilliant detectives, sentient trains ... these books are pretty much "let's throw all the Rule of Cool stuff imaginable into a blender, mix well, stir and enjoy". They're great.
And for a total change of pace from that,
the other series I've really been enjoying is Richard Stevenson's Donald Strachey murder mysteries. I've gone through all the ones the library had, and just discovered there are SIX of them beyond the point where the library ones stop (plus, a couple missing ones along the way). The books span the time period from the early '80s to the present day and follow the life and career of a gay private eye in Albany, NY and his straight-laced politico boyfriend/later spouse. These are a blend of funny, adorable, and bleak, with a dry narrative voice and a general optimism about human nature (aspects of it, anyway) that helps keep the darker elements from being overwhelmingly depressing.
I know that movie adaptations of some of the books exist, but I'm not watching those yet because the actors are so far off my inner-eye view of the characters (they're a good 15-20 years too young, for one thing). The more I fall for the characters, though, the less I care because I just want MOAR DON AND TIMMY, so I'm sure I'll be watching those at some point.This entry is also posted at http://sholio.dreamwidth.org/1077999.html with comments.