Stuff I’m Reading…

 

I’m revisiting the Heartstriker Series by Rachel Aaron which is four books so far: Nice Dragons Finish Last, One Good Dragon Deserves Another, and No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished. 

Nice dragons finish last

One good dragon deserves anotherNo good dragon goes unpunished

 

I’m now caught up and reading the latest one, A Dragon of a Different Colour.

A dragon of a different colour

Rachel Aaron is self published and I must admit, in spite of that I’m impressed. She’s got a good story line going with Julius, the youngest and only nice dragon in a huge family of ruthless, arrogant, bullying lizards. His mother Bethesda (worst. mother. ever.)kicks him out for being a dragon failure. She seals his true nature into his human form and declares that she’ll only remove it when he proves himself a proper dragon.  I love the twists and turns. The story is really funny and the characters compelling. Some weakness are that some scenes go on way too long, some arguments last too long and there is an unfortunate repetition of ‘crossed his/her arms over his chest’ that is more than a little annoying. Her description of life after death is pretty bleak too. Need some good theological input there I fancy…

I’ve been trying to acquaint myself with an old classic as well. But I’m finding The Worst Witch a bit of a trial. The first chapter is virtually all ‘tell’ and no ‘show’. I can also see how J K Rowling was heavily influenced by it. Will persist although so far it hasn’t gripped me.

The Worst Witch

On audio book I’ve got Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith going but if truth be told I’m finding the narration a little flat.

Crown Duel

On a more intellectual note I’m (still) also reading Sabbath as Resistance by Walter Brueggemann.  If you’ve ever wondered why you’re so tired then this is the book to pick the scab (what an elegant metaphor!) off our culture of total work and total productivity. Examining the 4th Commandment to Remember the Sabbath Day and Keep it Holy, Brueggemann draws parallels between Egypt’s slave culture and our own work obsessed consumerism, pointing instead to the God who rests. Its a real challenge and I’m still reading my way through. Its also a good pause for me. When I’m writing, no matter how much I punch through the word count ceiling there’s always a nagging little voice that whispers ‘you could have written more, done more, been more’. Brueggemann’s challenge is to learn to say ‘enough’ to that moremoremoremoremoremore voice.

Sabbath as Resistance

Just a quick browse through Amazon brings me to American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Looks intriguing.

American Gods

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