So, outside of the Wonderful World Of Web Fiction...what are you lot reading right now? Any good books? Come on, spill the beans! If there's one thing I like talking about more than writing, it's reading.
Myself, I'm reading "Sword and Deviltry" by Fritz Leiber, "The Truth" by Terry Pratchett (for the umpteenth time) and "The Glass Dragon" by Irene Radford. I tend to read several books at once, as a rule. (Edit to Add: I forgot, I'm also reading "1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue" by Captain Daniel Grose)
I'm really impressed by Fritz Leiber. I've read some of his other stuff, but never his fantasy work, and I'm really impressed. First, by the poetry of his language, the ability to write beautiful high fantasy sounding language...but at the same time, I'm REALLY impressed by his clarity. Beautiful language takes a backseat to clear and readable prose and a well-told story, and he balances them perfectly. So perfectly, I can't help but notice it now and again and go "wow..."
I'm reading "The Truth" by Pratchett, because I almost always have a Pratchett, or a Gaiman book going. They're relaxing and never grow old. And because I've read them so many times, they're like old familiar well-worn friends. With some of them, I just open them to the middle and start reading.
And I own a whole pile of Irene Radford books and have for years, but never had the urge to crack one open 'til now (that's how my library works, I have a split between "books I've read and will read again" and "books I haven't read and want to/don't want to yet."). I'm enjoying it. It's a good work of fantasy, although it's probably getting a bit of a bad comparison since I'm reading it alongside Fritz Leiber. But she handles dialogue wonderfully, and I'm waiting to see if the story, when it takes flight, really takes me away or not.
I'm also reading "1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue" by Daniel Grose, and can't get enough of it. It's giving me a potential potty mouth across three centuries, and the lingo in it is amazing. Not only the words themselves, but sometimes the language used to DEFINE the words. It's just fantastic. I mean, the first thing I learned when I opened the book was the real, original definition of the phrase "nincumpoop" and, after telling my wife in delight, I was forbidden from using it in the house. It's filthy. (I'd share here, but I don't want to offend and thus, won't.) Terrific book. I just want to print out all the words and definitions and paste them all over my office. THAT would keep people terrified and away!
There. That's me. What's on your plate?