It’s been a marvelous reading week!
I followed another one of my best friend’s recommendations and picked up Margaret Rogerson’s An Enchantment of Ravens, in which a mortal portrait painter gets dragged into the politics of the faerie courts (confession: I grew up reading fantasy, and always rather wondered how I would cope if I stepped into the wrong patch of woods and found myself dealing with the fae– there’s an unfinished manuscript no one will ever read along these lines floating around my parents’ house somewhere). Anyway, this heroine copes with it marvelously. She’s plucky and resourceful and I absolutely loved both her and the book.
Sticking with the best friend recs, I moved on to the third book in Vivian Shaw’s Greta Helsing series, Grave Matters, in which Dr. Helsing, a human who tends to the medical needs of supernatural creatures, is seconded to a resort for mummies in the south of France. For anyone who like Laura Resnick’s Esther Diamond books or Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London, the Greta Helsing books are very much in the same vein and such fun.
Moving from the supernatural to the French, I caught up a bit with Martin Walker’s Bruno Chief of Police series with the seasonally appropriate short story, “Bruno and the Carol Singers”. Since once you pop, you can’t stop, I’m currently in the middle of the next book in the series, The Resistance Man.
Oh, and while we’re discussing matters bibliophile, look at this gorgeousness that arrived in the mail last night! My publisher sent me a special, commemorative copy of The Summer Country with leather binding, gold-edged pages, and marbled endpapers. Isn’t it the most appropriately Victorian thing you’ve ever seen?
I also got to hang out last night with the fascinating Teru Clavel last night at the Union League Club Book Fair and hear all about her amazing journey through the schools of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, and California, and the very thought-provoking (and not all that flattering) light it shines on our own educational system. I do love books that are part memoir and part deep sociological rumination– so I’m certainly going to be digging into her World Class: One Mother’s Journey Halfway Around the Globe in Search of the Best Education for her Children.
What have you been reading this week?