East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

August reading


I spent most of the last two weeks reading instead of writing.
Granted, three books of mine came out in the last four weeks, so I can’t really complain, but I know there will be hell to pay to hit deadlines and be good. And yet, right now fatigue both physical and mental was such that I needed to stop and recharge my batteries.
I’ve found out I slowed down somewhat, and gone are the summers in which I’d read three or four novels per week. But it’s not a race, so it’s OK.


My friend Claire over at Scribblings did a post on her reading week, and I thought, why not?
A simple list of what I’ve been reading recently.
Just for fun.

Demon-Haunted_WorldFirst, the re-reads.
In August I re-read Rafael Sabatini’s Scaramouche, because I wanted to take a good look at the way Sabatini did swashbuckler adventure.
I also re-read Carl Sagan’s The Demon-haunted World, or Science as a Candle in the Dark, because it’s one of my favorite books and it always reconciles me with the human brain’s capability for reason and wonder.

Then, I went through a space opera binge – first reading the intricate, highly entertaining but challenging Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee – and I found it absolutely smashing, I’ll have to get the sequel – and then With the Lightnings, by David Drake.

10_The_Sea_Without_a_Shore_(hc_2014)I was absolutely captivated by Drake’s novel – the first in a series the other volumes of which are now very high on my wishlist. It is basically O’Brien’s Aubrey & Maturin in space, filled with intrigue and gallantry and honor and deception. It was exactly what I needed, when I needed it, and I love the way in which Drake drew his characters of Daniel Leary and Adele Mundy.
And as luck would have it, I found hiding in a corner of my kindle an old ARC of The Sea Without a Shore, another volume in the Leary & Mundy series by Drake, and that’s what I am reading right now.
I have a few other titles by Drake here – including a fat paperback filled with horror and fantasy stories – and I might go on in this sort of David Drake binge.
The man can write, and I do feel a certain affinity, right now.

buchan-thirty-nine-steps-bookcoverAnd after that, I’ve half a mind of going back to Buchan – I have here a big fat collection of his Richard Hannay novels, so, why not? I’ve got this feeling that The 39 Steps will be an excellent book to usher the autumn in.
But I might also go for some Dickens, or something completely different. I’ve got a yearning for something Oriental, right now.
The nice bit of having accumulated so many books when my finances were healthier is, now I have a huge library at the tip of my fingers.
Having done away with the TV set, reading and listening to music are now my two main activities on my spare time.

And you out there?
Caught any good read this summer?

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

3 thoughts on “August reading

  1. My Kindle died earlier in the month. Since then I have read precisely nothing. 😟


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