So we’re heading to the beach soon – our very first extremely long car ride with our toddler daughter. I know. I’m holding my breath too. (All you parents out there can send your sympathies my way at any time. Thank you in advance!)
Of course we’re packing the car full of DVDs, LeapFrog Pad, books, games, and toys for her. But what about for me? I’ve chosen two ebooks to keep me company. Two long, can’t-put-down books that will (hopefully) consume my time on the long drive.
First up, the third book in the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness, “The Book of Life”. If you haven’t met Diana Bishop (a witch) and Matthew Clairmont (a vampire) yet, I’m here to tell you that you’re missing out. Think of this as Twilight for adults – vampire stories with greater depth, intrigue, and historical detail. A witch and a vampire meet on a university campus and search for an ancient manuscript, Ashmole 782, that may hold the key to the future of their kinds (witches, demons, and vampires).
Ms. Harkness has been an enormous influence on my own writing and I guarantee you that these stories will whisk you away to places you’ve only dreamed of. She is a master storyteller and blends together the supernatural with history, time travel, and science – a killer combination for me, a fiction writer with a scientific background. Besides, at nearly 600 pages, it will keep me tuned in for many hours. If I had to pick only one series to re-read annually, it would be this one. (The Outlander series comes in a close second.) This is the last edition in the series (Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night precede it), so go get these books!
The other book I’m taking to the beach is Emma Campion’s “A Triple Knot”, the story of Joan of Kent, the woman who married the Black Prince, son of Edward III. Joan was rumored to be very beautiful and also very brave as she defied a king to marry whom she wanted. This book has received solid early reviews (it was published earlier this month), and it discusses a period in history often overlooked by most writers, so I’m anxious to dive in. At nearly 500 pages, it is a good choice to cover the distance.
Are you headed on vacation this summer? If so, what books will you be taking along?