Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
I decided to take a little break from Piers Anthony and just finished reading The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler. Its been a while since I've read any Chandler, and it was a fun little diversion. Marlowe is hired by a Midwestern girl to find her brother, and gets involved with gangsters and Hollywood. A recipe for disaster to be sure.
I'm almost finished with the Executed by R R Haywood, which is the second book of the "Extracted" trilogy. This is a really good time travel story. Although it does make your head hurt sometimes. This book had a surprising death (to me), and something so obvious to me happens, I thought the character who didn't see it coming must be really dumb. I already bought the third book, and can't wait to finish it. I bought it digitally on Amazon.
I am also now back to Piers Anthony's "Incarnations of Immortality" series, and just begun Wielding a Red Sword which deals with the incarnation of War
It's October, so I'm back to my annual Halloween-oriented reading. Currently working on:
Re. 19th c. vampire fiction, Black Coat Press has published translations of some French examples: French Lord Ruthven plays and novels by Paul Féval.
Robert Southey's poem Thalaba the Destroyer has a vampire sequence.
Heinrich Marschner composed a vampire opera, Der Vampyr.
Wordsworth Editions published an edition of Varney, the Vampyre a few years ago. The text can be found online, of course. Librivox.org has a sound version, and I've listened to a large part of it. I think two writers were likely involved as some chapters seek to explain away the supernatural element while others embrace it.
Paul Barber's Vampires, Burial and Death: Folklore and Reality traces vampire folklore to the facts of bodily decay. It's a striking interpretation.