Summer Fiction Reboot

A strange quiet has descended. Beyond my window, a sleepy town of roughly 30,000 inhabitants blinks in bemusement. 10,000 members have gone, vanished like smoke-whisps in the night.

Is it the Rapture? Is it plague? Will we be reduced to filling mass graves with the nameless dead? Doubtful… You see, this is summer break in a college town. And it has not come a moment too soon.

After all, it’s Fiction-Feature Friday.

It the past few months, my blog has sadly languished while I plugged away at academic articles, grading, course prep. But no more, I say! For twelve glorious weeks, I am dedicating myself to active reboot of the fiction blog, and it begins today. First, many thanks to Sick City Project and the upload of my recent pod-cast on vampires, venereal disease, and Gothic fiction (available here). Second, many thanks to friend Andrea Wood and her suggestion that I follow Lucienne Diver’s blog. From these seeds a plan has lately germinated: I intend to post every weekday on the progress of my two ongoing YA series, along with some guest pieces from other authors and agents. I hope to post the first of these this coming week–watch the twitterverse for more.

And now, the promised fiction-feature: I am adding the following books to my summer reading list–some new, some old, in no particular order (except that this is how I packed them into my vacation suitcase).

  1. Bad Blood by Lucienne Diver
  2. Un Lun Dun by China Mieville
  3. The Physick Book ofDeliverance Dane by Katherine
  4. Passing Strange by Catherine Aird
  5. Bryant and May Off the Rails by Christopher Fowler
  6. Red Hot Liberty by Devin O’Branagan
  7. The Brothers of Baker Street by Michael Robertson
  8. The Great Mortality by John Kelly
  9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  10. And… one on syphilis in 1883. (Hey, I have to research some of the time…)

Check back for more this coming week, including teaser excerpts from Maresbeth Chonicles and Witchwood!

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