What are you reading?

I’ve just finished the last of Manda Scott’s Boudica series ‘Dreaming the Serpent Spear’.  I haven’t read the first three but I picked up the fourth at the Edinburgh Book Festival, began to read it before I could acquire the others and just kept going.  At times I wondered how much fighting and battle formation detail I could hack but there’s so very much more than that.  I used to read Manda Scott’s newspaper column and gathered that she was a vet into complementary/natural treatments.  I subsequently read and enjoyed ‘No Good Deed’, one of her crime thrillers, and as a friend had recommended the Boudica books, I gave the Serpent Spear a go.

The main characters divide into warriors and dreamers, some individuals incorporating both ways of being in the world.  The author creates a fictional world but one where the business of ‘dreaming’ is not only a feature of a past way of life but a path which she herself pursues.  She calls herself an ‘apprentice dreamer’.   I can’t attempt to describe what this is all about so refer you to what she says about being a dreamer.

Meantime, tell me what you’re reading if you feel moved to do so.

I’ll say more about the effect this book has had on me when I’m clear enough to put it into words!

5 Responses to “What are you reading?”


  1. 1 rosemary September 11, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    Kelly Marks ‘Perfect Confidence’ a book on horse and rider, but especially aimed at how we can use mind and imagination to further our goals. Well and bouncily written – she always knew her stuff and now knows how to write as well.

    Laurier King ‘A Monstrous Regiment of Women’ – a book in which, most improbably, it turns out Holmes was straight all along. But it is very nicely imagined.

  2. 2 alisonwriting September 11, 2007 at 7:35 pm

    The latter sounds fun. Can I borrow? If you’re ‘neither a borrower nor a lender’ no offence taken!

  3. 3 rosemary September 13, 2007 at 7:41 am

    I’ll drop it off as soon as I have finished it.


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