This week’s weekly reading round-up was brought to you by my college roommate, who came bearing a large package of books the week before last. Among the haul:
— Lois McMaster Bujold, Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance.
Bujold’s fantasy novel, The Curse of Chalion, is one of my favorite books, but I had never read any of her sci fi, despite my college roommate’s repeated urgings that I try her Shards of Honor series. Of course, now I’m kicking myself for waiting so long. Despite my not having read any of the earlier books in the series, I adored Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance. The eponymous hero reminded me a great deal of Turnip Fitzhugh… sans carnation embroidered waistcoat, of course.
— Clare Darcy, Allegra.
Also on the list of books my college roommate has been telling me I have to read: Clare Darcy’s Regency romances. And, yes, she was right again. The arch tone and the keen amusement at human foibles reminded me a great deal of Georgette Heyer. I’ve got three more in the stack, so I’ll let you know how they hold up….
— Barbara Michaels, Shattered Silk.
Not one of the roommate haul, but a favorite summer re-read. This is the follow up to Michaels’s Ammie, Come Home, but can be read very easily as a stand alone. After the failure of her marriage, the heroine returns to her aunt’s house in Georgetown to house-sit and get her life together and finds herself simultaneously embroiled in a mystery and a new business venture, opening a vintage clothing shop. I’m not sure which I enjoy more: the mystery angle or cheering her on as she tries to start her own business.
Right now, I’ve gone back to the roommate book bonanza, and am reading a very satisfying 1980s Victorian gothic. (Complete with creepy old house, amnesia plot, and, of course, a scarred hero.)
What have you been reading this week?