Saturday, October 3, 2009

A Breath of Snow and Ashes

Greetings from Wanaka, where I was amazed to wake up to find it was snowing this morning! This departure from Spring weather was very, very pretty, if a little chilly and it enhanced the feeling that yes, we're away for a few days holiday.

It was also appropriate that it was snowing when I was reading a book called A Breath of Snow and Ashes, by Diana Gabaldon. I am a fan of her writing, and have read all of her Outlander (or Cross Stitch, depending on where you live) series books. I have had this one a while and had started it, but due to life, had to put it aside for a while. The while turned out to be a few years. Anyway, the impetus to finish it is a looming radio interview with the author early in November. So I need to finish this book, and also read her latest title, An Echo in the Bone. If you have seen these books - they are large, and long - the one I am reading is 980 pages. I can't think of a better way of enjoying my holiday time than luxuriating in the world of Claire and Jamie Fraser for a decent stretch of uninterrupted reading time.

I do have the family with me of course, but have chosen to neglect them in favour of my book - priorities!


Bookman Beattie said...

And of course Vanda you will have to buy a copy of the third title in the Stieg Larsson Millenium Trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, which was released here last Thursday but be warned it is a 602 page whopper!!

Vanda Symon said...

Imagine my shock when I went to UBS on the 1st, only to discover it was closed for stocktaking! I will rectify that now we are home.

After reading the huge tome that was A Breath of Snow and Ashes, my neck muscles were quite sore just from physically holding the thing up.

Oh, but it was worth the pain!