On writing

What we’re reading this week

castinshadow_michellesagaraThis week went so fast I forgot to write a blog.

So this blog is a teeny bit late, but it’s not even a full day. Let’s call it fashionably late.

Work has been busy.  Writing has been busy.  And right in the middle of it one of our readers posted a reply to an earlier blog and mentioned the Elantra series by Michelle Sagara. (Thank you, Paula. Appreciate the recommendation.)

There are twelve books in the series.  I binge read the first three.

There’s a saying, often seen on t-shirts at science fiction conventions, that reads, “Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and good with ketchup.”
(Marlene, from the Bookpushers, in E and Marlene’s review of Cast in Flight, book 12 of Michelle Sagara’s Chronicles of Elantra)

There’s something about binge reading.  Me, I can only do it so long before I get tired of the story. I read the first three books and started on the fourth. And for some reason the protagonist, Kaylin, was really annoying me. I have no idea why. I think it was just the long read, because I certainly liked the books enough to buy them.

I only bought book four because I adore Severn and I wanted to know what happens to him.

I took a few days’ break, and only went back to the books because the tram I was waiting for took forever to come. I’m reading them much more slowly now, but I’m enjoying them again.  I’ve just purchased book six.

Binge reading indeed.

Incidentally, Severn—one of the secondary characters—is a book maker for me.  I have no idea why characters appeal to readers like that, but he’s one of mine. It doesn’t matter what Sagara does to Kaylin; it’s what she does with Severn that will determine whether I continue to read the series.

It’s magic when you get characters like that.

beckychambers_longwaytosmallangryplanetSherylyn is currently reading Becky Chambers’ The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet (now there’s a title to love).

I read this months ago.  We discuss it occasionally. It’s funny, but the things I remember about the book aren’t the things I liked best about it when reading it.


4 replies on “What we’re reading this week”

Kaylin starts growing up after she gets her teeth kicked in often enough (literally and figuratively). She realizes she doesn’t have the luxury of head in sand. And the emperor, you’re gonna love him!
Thank you for a great series by the way! I’m so glad I found your books!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *