You would think that with having a week off for Spring Break, I would have gotten more reading done than I did. But life got crazy, so this is all I managed to read:
Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire by Judith Herrin
This was an interesting book, if not quite as accessible as the author seemed to think it was. It took a long time to read, but I learned a lot. What I found most interesting was the split between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches. I had not really known much about that.
The Fall of Billy Hitchens by Kirkus MacGowan
This book was one I had said I would read for a long time but never got around to it. I used to regularly use Scribophile, an online writer’s group, and I read some early portions of this book there. Kirkus offered it for free on Amazon once, and I got it, but I had not read it until now. I have to admit I really liked it. The ending left me a little up in the air, but that is the author’s privilege.
Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones
Another book I have been meaning to read for a long time. This is, obviously, the second book in Jones’ series about a/the Grim Reaper. It was a fun read. This is one case where maybe I should have read the first and second books closer together; it would have made certain things a little easier. If you haven’t read this series and like paranormal stuff, I recommend you check it out!
Selections from By Blood We Live edited by John Joseph Adams
This was another book I for from the Baen Free Library. I enjoyed some of the stories more than others and probably none of them as much as I enjoyed the Sherlock Holmes collection, but I think that is more because I like Holmes more than I like vampires. I think the stories were very good, just not necessarily my cup of tea.
“Beyond the Door” by Phillip K. Dick
This was only the second short story by Phillip K. Dick that I have read, and I can’t say that I particularly enjoyed it. As reviewers on Amazon say, it is rough. There was too much left out — too much that seems like it needed more development. But I am certainly no expert on this author’s writing, so I could be totally wrong. I will continue to read Dick’s stories and see if I think this one was a fluke or not.
So it wasn’t a particularly profitable month in terms of reading. But it could have been worse!