Snow. On Porch Railings and In Iron Lake.

This is the view out of our family room window. It’s mild, and it’s lovely, and it’s been snowing every weekend so I’m getting a lot of reading done. Winter, as you may know, is my favorite season.
Les and I are reading Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger. It’s the perfect setting for this time year, sitting inside while contemplating this kind of scene:
“The storm that bent the pine trees and the tamaracks, that drove the snow plows from the roads and froze and snapped power lines was not an angry spirit. In its passage, it created chaos not because of anger but because it was so vast and powerful and those things it touched, especially those things human, were so small in comparison. In a way, it was like the bear that Cork had once hunted with Sam Winter Moon, huge and oblivious. If the storm, in fact, was responsible for the disappearance of the boy, Cork knew it was not a thing done maliciously. In his experience, only people acted out of pure malice.”
Love the winter. Love the mystery, and reading about the Native American tribes still living in the northern states. You have plenty of time to join us if you choose, if you love winter settings interspersed with the Winter Games.
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32 comments

  1. Oh, if only I had such snow! You can bet I'd be out in it. But of course you've had a long, hard winter of it and need a bit of spring. We've spent two months just being cold, or iced in, wondering if we might have a bit of pretty winter before spring. It appears the answer is, “No.”

  2. Looks like the view from my dining room. :)

    Diane, I loved Ordinary Grace. This one is good, but it hasn't pulled me like his stand-alone. Unlike Bellezza, I prefer the warmer seasons. :)

  3. I should be out in it more, Linda. I used to ski, both downhill and cross country, when my parents inspired me. Now they're in Florida for the. Winter and I'm lazy in my chair. Still, I adore the sparkle, I adore the fresh white, I adore the ice laden branches. Wish I could share with you in real life. xo

  4. This is the first book bynKrueger that I've read. I'm enjoying a lighter read, if you can call a murder mystery light. Still, it doesn't require analysis on every page, and I like that kind of book once in awhile.mi'll have to look for Ordinary Grace.

  5. Audrey, if you suffered under our humid, hot, horrific Augusts you would find beauty in the cool crisp of winter, too. I can't stand the unbearable thick heat of Illinois in late summer, give me snow any day! Of course, I can find lovely books in any weather. xo

  6. Poor Les, I know you don't relish this snow as I do.

    Now that you say you prefer Ordinary Grace, I'm anxious to hear you compare the two. What I like about this one is the setting, and the characterization of the Native American people, but though I'm a third of the way through there's not a whole lot about the murder, is there?

  7. Well, there's certainly plenty to claim one's time to be sure. Yesterday I scrubbed all the wood floors, so fed up with salt and water marks from the melted snow which has come in on our feet…and our dog's four! I hope that you're doing fulfills you, though, Vasilly. Xo

  8. You have the beautiful snow. We have a much needed rain. It has been raining since Wednesday after months of dryness.

    I'm taking an eCourse on Fantasy and Science Fiction. I'm reading Brothers Grimm Tales, later Alice in Wonderland, Dracula, Frankestein, Left Hand of Darkness, etc…
    Luminaries is put aside for awhile.

  9. Awe! The snow outside your home is just gorgeous…. reminds me of some wonderful holidays and my childhood in Canada… but it's not like that here in Sydney tonight. Have the door open and fans on…. I'm intrigued by this post and your reading of native american stories… that's a genre I have never read – although i've enjoyed some interesting documentaries about the native american history. Thanks for another fascitnating look at new genres.

  10. I remember you telling me about that online course through Princeton, or some noteworthy institution. Is this fantasy/Sci fi course from there? I would love to have taken more courses than what I did, which was in Russian literature in college. Nothing more, as there was no room with my two majors for literature. Maybe when I retire from teaching I can fit some in. Have fun learning with such classics!

  11. I wonder that you don't miss Canada's white winters, but maybe you do. I so love the Native American influence in the Northwoods of Wisconsin that this book is making me quite hungry for the lines and lakes and bears and quiet again.

  12. This winter has been very harsh. Ice storm and power outages and so many trees fallen down and snow storms, gah. I do love looking at winter, so beautiful, but I always dread the cold. I was able to take tons of beautiful photographs, though. My littlest son is always so excited to play outside. The snowbanks in front of our house is almost thrice his height and he loves climbing up to the top and sliding down it.

    My very wintery read last month was The Game of Thrones. :)

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