Some of the best books I’ve read lately

A quick round-up of some of the best books I’ve read in the past month… I’ve been speed-reading my way through my collection as I balance work, life, and writing. Can’t help myself.

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Is pretty much perfect. In some ways, it reminds me of Atonement and Possession (two of my all-time favorite novels), with a heaping dose of string theory-ish, multiverse what-iffery thrown in for good measure. Ursula’s many lives are full of joy, frustration, heartache, danger, and a constant sense that any second, everything will change. I really enjoyed Atkinson’s writing and look forward to reading her other works in future.

Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher

The Dark Lord cometh! Doescher’s Shakespearean-inspired rendition of A New Hope is so well done, it completely rekindled my love of Star Wars. A great, quick read for anyone who loves Star Wars, Shakespeare, or both. (I am currently immersed in this play at work… we picked it for our campus read and it’s all Star Wars all the time for me at the moment.)

The Mysterious Madam Morpho by Delilah S. Dawson

A novella, oh my. I try to change up my reading every so often, which means that I’m trying to make a concerted effort to read outside my usual genres and styles. Novellas and short stories are among those styles that I generally avoid because they often leave me wanting more… The Mysterious Madam Morpho is just such a one. I’ve read several AU London steampunk fics, but Dawson’s world filled with bluds and carnivalleros is unlike any of the others I’ve read. This is a well-crafted story with fully realized characters and wonderfully realistic sexy bits (I do love me some realistic relationships where both partners are equals). The best part is that it’s a series! No sense of loss at the end of a great short.