Though it does feel a bit like juggling. I’ve been stupid and been dipping into several books that I’ve been meaning to get to for a while and one or two brand new ones.
This is a break in my usual routine of keeping two books going at the same time so that I can swap between them and if I’m not in the mood for one hopefully I’m in the mood for another but some how this usual pattern has been corrupted and I’m having an interesting time juggling everything.
I think it’s partly because I thought I might like to do some ‘Opening Chapters’ posts and with that in mind read the opening to a few, and then a couple more and now I’m on a mission to either post about them in part or or in full.
I thought you might like some thoughts and a glance at how I’m finding them so far.
Iron Angel is a bit of a different beast from Campbell’s first one. Now that’s we’re both settled into the world he’s created the opening shows that there is more than one got to worry about. I’m having great fun with the character John Anchor – his name says a lot when you know the his as a rope attached to him. I’m also a little sad about Dill but Campell has taken his tale to the next level.
It’s on the Summer Reads 2009 list, which I’ll admit was amazingly over ambitious has been an interesting challenge, though I think I’m going to have to admit that the Summer is over.
There is a strange synergy that seems to happen in my reading. I get books that aren’t covering the same thing but have an affinity to each other.
One big them that I have thre books exploring a similar time period through the lives of four extraordinary women.
Missy by Chris Hannah presents Missy, a nineteen-year-old flash-girl and opium user as she heads for a boom down in the 1862 American West. I’ve reached page 51. I’m not that caught up in her story, actually to be more accurate I’ve never been that excited by Westerns but I think I have to keep on going as Simon A on Bookgeeks had this to say about it,
While Dol is not always easy to like, she is impossible not to admire, and her eventual epiphany, and the redemption that is promises, is a satisfying end to a very impressive debut novel.
Leaving American and moving to Egypt but still around the 1860s we have The Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger where Missy is a raucous character Sally a lady’s maid is more subdued but then she is in the service of Lady Duff Gordon. Another revelation is promised though this time unlike Missy, Sally discovers freedom but this is a luxury a maid can ill afford. Again 52 pages – there is something that that point where you decide if a book has grabbed you or not. I’m not grabbed enough that if I put it I need to pick it up again but I do find the relationship between Lady Gordon and Sally fascinating and would like to see how the tale ends.
The final one is A Proper Education for Girls by Elaine di Rollo. It is set in 1950s and features the twins Lillian and Alice. Lilian has been banished to India and Alice is left behind in England as a strange curator to their fathers growing and eclectic collection which fills the huge family mansion. And she’s also alone with her father’s bizarre and hair raising schemes. This again deals with freedom but this time we see it from two completely different paths. Now this one I’m on page 114 of, and I think it’s the madness of the whole thing that’s driving me on.
At a minimum I have a feeling that I’ll easily and happily finish A Proper Education for Girls and Iron Angel and we’ll see if I can spend some more time in the company of Sally and Missy.