Today she tells us about her Six Books:
A Syndicate of Doxies, which is the next Sarah Tolerance novel by Madeleine Robins. She just sent me the manuscript, because it doesn't have a publisher yet, and I've been jonesing to read it since she sharted writing it! They're great fun- period mysteries about a "fallen" noblewoman who, instead of meekly crawling back to her family in disgrace, becomes an "agent of inquiry." I'd call these guilty pleasures but I have no guilt whatsoever in loving them.
I don't know if that's a legacy of my time as an editor, when I had to be able to hold details of a book in my head through several editing passes and to be able to discuss it with the sales force, but. there it is.
I hated Dune when I first read it, as a teenager. Hated, like, "throw across the room," hated. It's possibly the only book I've ever spite-finished, just so I could tell my male friends at the time (who all loved it) how much I hated it. Fast-forward a few decades, and I challenged myself to read it again. It's still not a beloved book, and I can go on about all the things that annoy me about it, but it's easier now to see and acknowledge the interesting, and occasionally brilliant things Herbert did, too. I still think it's a period-typical example of Man Trying to Be Feminist and Missing the Point, though.
Oh, A Fine and Private Place by Peter Beagle. It's deceptively simple in terms of story - a ghost story, a love story, a murder mystery - but the language is so gorgeous, it's like eating the very best hot fudge sundae, the mix of warm and cool and crunch in your mouth blending perfectly. I was in awe of his writing talent then, I'm still in awe, and occasionally will pick it up just to look at a passage and think "godDAMN that's skill."
The "elevator" pitch for this book is, in the early 1900s, Huntsmen Rosemary and Aaron Harkers have been charged with finding the uncanny that attacked a well-to-do lawyer in his Boston office. And they need to do it without attracting attention, or creating a fuss (something readers of Uncanny Times will know is. difficult for them).
I'm biased, yeah, but I think Uncanny Vows is awesome because it dives headfirst into the tangles of culture and class, new immigrants versus established ones, not only human, but supernatural. And while most of my books deal with found families, and the obligations that come with that, Uncanny Vows has the additional complication of a secret that could overturn the entire Huntsmen applecart.
It's also awesome because of Botheration, the Harker's hound. Bother is the epitome of awesomesauce.
Thank you, Laura Anne!POSTED BY: Paul Weimer. Ubiquitous in Shadow, but I’m just this guy, you know? @princejvstin.