W is for…

WW is for wonderful, witty, and whimsical:

Walls, Jeanette
Watson, SJ
Watt-Evans, Lawrence
Weeks, Brent
Wilde, Oscar
Wilson, Catherine M.
Williams, Tad
Wolfe, Gene
Wrede, Patricia C.

Finally some more books to talk about! That last post was so embarrassing.

To start with, I don’t know much about Jeanette Walls or her book The Glass Castle. This book is Alex’s, and I suppose she had her own reasons for buying it. It’s on my 2014 reading list, but until I get down that far, you’ll have to wait for my synopsis and review.

We were given Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson by a coworker who gave us a detailed summary of it. If memory serves, it’s like the movie Memento, only with less violence and a female protagonist. Interesting. I’ll have to give it a read.

I love Lawrence Watt-Evens‘s writing. The first book I read of his was Dragon Weather, which I picked up because I had my own definition as to what dragon weather was, and I was interested in what a published author’s vision was compared to mine. (Note, my 15 year old self decided that dragon weather was when the clouds in the sky all looked like dragons. Many a summer afternoon was spent on the trampoline sketching. Good times.) In any case, I read Dragon Weather and Dragon Venom but haven’t gotten to Dragon Society yet. I have read The Misenchanted Sword though, which I highly enjoyed.

I went back home to Canada last Christmas and came back with over a dozen new books. Brent Weeks‘s The Way of Shadows was one of them. It’s so new it doesn’t even have any dust on its cover yet, so it goes without saying that I haven’t read it. The bookstore check out lady told me that I’d enjoy it, and should buy the whole series. I almost told her about my experience with Magic’s Pawn, but thought the better of it. My brother was impatient to leave anyway.

I had friends in high school who crushed on Oscar Wilde, but after admitting my secret attraction to John Keats, who am I to judge? I started reading The Picture of Dorian Gray in 8th grade, but never finished it. It wasn’t that I didn’t like the book, but like so many other classics that I started and abandoned at that time, I just wasn’t ready to enjoy it as fully as I can now. I’ll absolutely be returning to this book, I just have to figure out when.

Like The Glass Castle, Catherine M. Wilson‘s When Women Were Warriors is Alex’s book. I’m under the impression that she bought it for research purposes, but other than that, I can’t tell you much else about it. Sorry.

The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams is one of the books that pops up on my Goodreads recommendations page all the time. When I finally reached it on my wishlist, I was quite pleased to finally have a copy of it. First of all, I was surprised by how big it is. That book towers over most of the rest in my collection. Also, it has an index of all the names in the book, which I really, really appreciate, because my goldfish memory makes it very hard for me to keep track of people in places for the first third of a book–before I’ve had a chance to attach myself to any character or plot arc enough to really care about it. I’m looking forward to reading this one, though sadly, I bought it late in 2013, so it missed my reading list for this year.

I bought The Fifth Head of Cerberus by Gene Wolfe on a recommendation. Haven’t read it. Plan to read it. You know the drill by now.

Finally, Patricia C. Wrede’s Dealing With Dragons and the three books that come after it captured my heart as a child and I’ve never been able to let them go. I read them first as borrowed library books and when I entered adulthood with my pockets overflowing with money (ha!) I still remembered them and bought my own copies. Wrede has written in this series an amazing female protagonist. She’s Munsch’s Paper Bag Princess for MG audiences. The fairy tale / magic world is adorable, tangible, flipped and ridiculous. Shrek before the was Shrek. The dragons are intelligent, emotional and have their own society, laws, and history. I’ll always love this series; it will forever bring me back to my childhood.

 

I’m bursting with Ws today! Have any more for me? I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of the above authors or their books too!

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19 thoughts on “W is for…

  1. I’m so glad you included Oscar Wilde. I find wonderful quotes from him all the time. Check out his play The Importance of Being Earnest – a classic that is still on stages here and there today.

  2. The Glass Castle is an incredible read. I have reread it several times and actually taking a webinar on it. The webinar breaks down the book and the memoir writing techniques that Jeanette Walls uses. Bump it up on your TBR if you can!

  3. I would like to add P.G. Wodehouse to the list, and would highly recommend the Jeeves series, in particular The Code of the Woosters and Joy in the Morning.

  4. I’ve read and enjoyed Brent Weeks. Thanks for the tip on Lawrence Watt-Evans, will have to look those works up! I also second Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest – I’ve seen it on stage, and it is hysterically funny. 🙂

    • A bunch of the books I bought this Christmas all have very similar covers. Brent Weeks’ was one of them, so I have a hard time distinguishing which is which, but I’m definitely interested.

  5. Love, Love, Love Oscar Wilde!! That man was so ahead of his time, I just wish he’d left more writing behind. “A Picture of Dorian Gray” is a one of my favorite classics. His play, “The Importance of Being Ernest” is great too.

    Not crushing, since he didn’t like girls….more like idol worship? 😛

  6. Now W authors, I have. Oscar Wilde — I liked both Earnest and Dorian Gray, Tad Williams — the ShadowMarch series — some parts I really liked and others I slogged through, Patricia C. Wrede — loved her Lyra books and Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Evangeline Walton — her Mabinogion series based on medieval Welsh tales was really good, Margaret Weis — I liked her Dragonlance books, T.H. White’s Arthurian novels I liked, H.G. Wells — The Time Machine and War of the Worlds are classics, Laura Ingalls Wilder — I read all of her books when I was growing up, and I know I have something by Terri Windling, but at the moment I can’t find it. I even have a couple of poets — William Wordsworth and John Greenleaf Whittier. Whew!

  7. I love Margaret Weis’ Dragon Lance. I chose not to include the books from that Saga because they come from too many different authors, and because I’ve forgotten most of them now I read them so long ago. Wordsworth too, though I don’t have any of his poetry with me, I adore.

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