Weekend Reading

Hello, my bibliophilic friends!

Since I’m rather preoccupied with Book VI right now (and for preoccupied, read mildly obsessive), I don’t have much of a reading list for this weekend, but I did happen stumble upon Julia Quinn’s new release, The Lost Duke of Wyndham, as I was grocery shopping today. Since it never does to look a gift Quinn in the mouth, swoosh it went into my grocery basket and thence homeward among the raisin bran and fat-free milk.

I’ve been having a bit of a Byron urge (the poetry rather than the man; Byron himself has never really been my type, despite all those wonderful Gothic heroes he spawned), so I’ve also squirreled away his mock-epic poem Don Juan for this weekend.

In the meantime, I’m trying to find a synonym for the subject of a human sacrifice. (Yep, being a writer means you get to dwell on all sorts of macabre things– given all the ghoulish things I’ve looked up over the last few months, if the CIA ever went through my google list, they’d think I was a crazed Regency ax murderer who likes to sing Italian arias in early nineteenth century court dress while I ritually sacrifice my victims to Kali). Votary? Sacrificiant? Victim? Sacrificee? I could have sworn there was a specific term out there….

What will you be up to this weekend?


  1. Beth on June 6, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    I’ve always thought of a human sacrafice as a human sacrafice or a sacraficial lamb. It will give me something to do to try and find the synonym for it now!! lol As for the weekend…I will be cleaning my house and getting it in order before heading from South Carolina to Washington State next week so that I can help my parents celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary! I just love long happy endings….! But for now….I think I will head to Barnes and Noble now that it has cooled down some and see if I can dig up something to read this weekend! Have a wonderful weekend everyone! =)~

  2. Maggie on June 7, 2008 at 10:05 am

    I’m spending the weekend revising my novel, and reading The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte. I love Byron! The title of my novel is taken from “She Walks in Beauty”. Julia Quinn is awesome too, I have her new book on order at Amazon.uk. I like the British cover better (I know I’m crazy!).

  3. Lois on June 7, 2008 at 10:05 am

    Oh this weekend, finding a way to try to keep cool for 90+ degree temps while feeling 100, all without a/c. Hence starts my annual twenty zillion time announcement of “I hate Summer.”

    That aside. . . Think I’ll be reading Sophia Nash’s The Kiss. Well, since I wrote the title down, guess that will be my choice. LOL


  4. Amy N on June 7, 2008 at 11:59 am

    This weekend I too hope to find a cool place to finish “Hen Frigates” by Joan Druett. The book relates the lives of Captains wives (partly in their words) who accompanied their husbands at sea during the mid-1800’s to the 1900’s. Now I have a clearer idea of the “packet” that Letty took to Ireland.

    I loved the movie “Master and Commander” which is set in roughly the same time period as the Pink Series, sadly however, no where near Europe. I may segway to O’Briens book of that name.

    Synonym for “Human Sacrifice”, hmmm. No help to you there. The first image that pops to my mind is “The Lottery” where once a year a town citizen is stoned, or the human sacrifice that got away in “Apocalypto”, or Rachel Weisz in “The Mummy”. Loved your “crazy Regency Ax murderer” rundown — too funny.

  5. Camille la Flamme on June 7, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    I think the appropriate term -is- victim. Hm.

    This weekend, I am going to go on a summer shopping extravaganza (since I go shopping only rarely, I make my trips big) and then convince my mom that Crimson Rose in hardcover is a Very Good Thing.

  6. Paxton on June 7, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    A synonym for a human sacrifice . . . it all depends on what kind of sacrifice that there is . . . the person being sacrificed could be called a martyr or a scapegoat under certain circumstances.

  7. Gina on June 7, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    I don’t know….I would say victim. And as for the Regency ax murderer thing, we’d justy shove your books at them and they would de distracted. 🙂
    Unfortunately, I have nothing new to report for this weekend…I didn’t finish the topic of my post last weekend. So its back to the small (haha more like immense) pile of Unread, I suppose…

  8. Georgia on June 9, 2008 at 11:56 am

    Perhaps the sacrifice could be referred to as an offering or oblation. Can’t wait to read the book and find out more about the story…

  9. Candice on June 9, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    I have just read “The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets” by Eva Rice, which was recommended by Deanna Raybourn on her blog. She compared it to “I Capture the Castle,” which I loved. They both are enjoyable, summer books.

  10. Katie on June 10, 2008 at 1:34 am

    Well, I suppose one might call it an offering, but thats lame. Are we talking a sort of Suttee situation, or what? I know you said that one of them is set in India, but I’m sure you would have already known the name of that ceremony, so I just come out looking like an idiot there, don’t I?

    May be you could get creative and avoid the term all together, like instead of saying “The human sacrifice was lifted to the chopping block,” you could say “They ascended to the chopping block so that their blood might quench the thirst of the parched mob/deity,” or if that sounds too ridiculous and flowery you could go for something more along the lines of “Their life was to be sacrificed to the mob/deity on the chopping block,”. Hmmm, you’re right, I don’t think there is any way of putting that isn’t incredibly macabre. Well, I hope that was a little helpful and not a complete waste of time:)

  11. Gemma on July 3, 2008 at 1:26 am

    My younger sister and I will be kidnapping our cousin!
    I don’t think it’s as illegal as it sounds.
    We’re just making him come see us, seeing as he is just dreadful at keeping his commitments.
    He’s cancelled on us about five times, hence the kidnapping.
    We’re also having a picnic, and I’ll be seeing a good friend of mine I haven’t seen in a while, for I got back from San Francisco (my soul city) only a week ago.
    Oh, and at this precise moment I am doing a little re-reading marathon. I’ve re-read your entire series, and about seven other books. I plan on continuing!

  12. Gemma on July 3, 2008 at 1:28 am

    Were any parts of the book very difficult to write? Sometimes when writing something that really means something to you personally, it’s rather hard to write it.

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