Is it the Rapture? Is it plague? Will we be reduced to filling mass graves with the nameless dead? Doubtful… You see, this is summer break in a college town. And it has not come a moment too soon.
After all, it’s Fiction-Feature Friday.
It the past few months, my blog has sadly languished while I plugged away at academic articles, grading, course prep. But no more, I say! For twelve glorious weeks, I am dedicating myself to active reboot of the fiction blog, and it begins today. First, many thanks to Sick City Project and the upload of my recent pod-cast on vampires, venereal disease, and Gothic fiction (available here). Second, many thanks to friend Andrea Wood and her suggestion that I follow Lucienne Diver’s blog. From these seeds a plan has lately germinated: I intend to post every weekday on the progress of my two ongoing YA series, along with some guest pieces from other authors and agents. I hope to post the first of these this coming week–watch the twitterverse for more.
And now, the promised fiction-feature: I am adding the following books to my summer reading list–some new, some old, in no particular order (except that this is how I packed them into my vacation suitcase).
- Bad Blood by Lucienne Diver
- Un Lun Dun by China Mieville
- The Physick Book ofDeliverance Dane by Katherine
- Passing Strange by Catherine Aird
- Bryant and May Off the Rails by Christopher Fowler
- Red Hot Liberty by Devin O’Branagan
- The Brothers of Baker Street by Michael Robertson
- The Great Mortality by John Kelly
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- And… one on syphilis in 1883. (Hey, I have to research some of the time…)
Check back for more this coming week, including teaser excerpts from Maresbeth Chonicles and Witchwood!