Well, I mean, I’m not. She is:
Still working on book two of The Mongoliad this week — it’s a long one, as you might expect when Neal Stephenson is involved.
So this week I’ve been reading The Complete Midshipman Bolitho, by Alexander Kent, which is an omnibus of three short novels about Richard Bolitho and his adventures in the Royal Navy.
I keep wanting to call him Midshipman Bolingo, but that is something completely different.
So this week I’m reading Ramage, by Dudley Pope. No, “Ramage” is not Scooby-Doo trying to say “Damage”; it’s the first book in a 1960s-era naval series along the lines of the “Horatio Hornblower” novels — at least, I assume it’s along those lines, since I never read the “Hornblower” books or saw the television series. But look! Boats!
So this week I’m reading Helen of Sparta, a historical novel by Amalia Carosella that tells the story of Helen of Troy when she was just plain Helen.
No, not this empire: