Comfort Reading

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Jun 242009

Comfort reading is like comfort food, only not fattening. It’s an indulgence that you give yourself when you’re stressed or tired and want something familiar and beloved. Over the years I’ve discovered that my comfort reading list is really quite short: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings; Emma Bull’s War for the Oaks; the original Wild Cards series edited by George R.R. Martin.

And officially, as of right now, Elizabeth Bear’s Promethean Age duology The Stratford Man: Ink and Steel and Hell and Earth (aka, from Bear’s blog entries while she was working on it, Will and Kit’s Bogus Journey — which joke you’ll totally get if you’ve read it). I devoured it when it came out last summer, and it was the first thing my hand went to a couple of weeks ago when I was looking for something to read and none of the stuff in my unread pile looked appetizing.

And even though I know what’s coming, Bear is still making my breath catch in my throat. And I’m just as in love with Kit and Will and Tom and Lucifer and Morgan and Murchaud the second time around. Maybe moreso.

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Sep 132008

Elizabeth Bear needs to write faster. I am rapidly devouring her entire catalog and I don’t know if I can handle not having another of her books already out there in the world, waiting for me to go and buy it.

I have read four of her books since July. Enjoyed them all thoroughly. Brilliant world-building, heart-grabbingly broken characters, and the language… oh, Gods, this woman is a world-class chef who uses words as ingredients. I swear, I’ve gained weight just from reading these books. And I don’t care.

The books? Yeah, I’ll tell you about the books.

New Amsterdam. What can I say? Vampire detective. Government sorcerer. Transatlantic airship voyages. An America that never broke away from Britain. And Tesla. Oh, yes. Even Tesla.

Dust. Angels. Sort of. Biotech so advanced it’s practically magic. And two young women with a whole world full of problems. (Hey, Bear? Lots more Tristen in Chill, please?)

And finally, the Promethean Age duology that started life as one very big book called The Stratford Man: Ink and Steel and Hell and Earth. Written from the alternating points of view of William Shakespeare and Christofer Marley (Christopher Marlowe). Everything you could possibly want in an urban fantasy set in Elizabethan times. Faerie queens, including Morgan le Fey. Gloriana herself, of course. Robin Goodfellow. Sir Francis Walsingham. Lucifer Morningstar. Ben Jonson. Earls. Elf-knights. Catholic-Protestant tension. A troll under a bridge. Romance. Conspiracy. Magic. Violence. Sex. Poetry. All gorgeously written in a pseudo-Early Modern English that really felt like the characters’ voices. No small feat considering Will and Kit were both poets.

And now I have a hopeless crush on a man who died hundreds of years ago, supposedly stabbed above the eye in a tavern brawl.


Feb 172007

Outpost Gallifrey is reporting that the cast of the upcoming Royal Shakespeare Company production of King Lear, starring the wonderful Sir Ian McKellen, will also include Doctor number seven Sylvester McCoy as the Fool. The play will be touring. Can we dare to hope it will come to the US with its full original cast?

Also in news for fangirls, John Simm (of Life on Mars) has apparently confirmed that he will be appearing in series three of Doctor Who (big-time spoilers included here). Also mentioned: LoM will be ending after two series, but there will be spinoff called Ashes to Ashes (love the Bowie-themed title continuity), with the very talented Philip Glenister continuing his role as Gene Hunt.