Tor.com posts: Doorways in the Sand, My love/hate relationship with funny fiction, David Weber's Off Armageddon Reef, Donald Westlake's Get Real. And of course, the way the economics works in the real world is that I get paid for writing my posts on Tor.com. If I didn't get paid, I'd still read just as many books, and I might even write about some of them now and then.
In other reading, Georgette Heyer's Envious Casca is the first new 1930s (1942...) mystery I've read since I wrote Farthing, and my goodness that was so weird that I couldn't actually engage with the book to start with. Fortunately it is, as truepenny told me, good, and so I got over the whole houseparty thing and was enjoying it, just in time for the arrival of the canonical inspector. I don't think I have had the experience before of reading something while being so very conscious of how to do it. If you like Farthing you may also enjoy Envious Casca, and you too can have the bonus experience of considering it set in the Small Change universe. This was so odd that I can't quite detach the story from the experience. It did have some very well done characters, and though I guessed the murderer on page two, long before the murder happened, that really isn't the point of that sort of thing.
Also, Noel Streatfeild's (as Susan Scarlett) Poppies for England and Murder While You Work, now in print from Greyladies (thank you oursin) are terrific. They're just like Streatfield's children's books except the first one has an obRomance and the second one an obMystery. If you really like Streatfeild's children's books these are definitely worth it. Poppies for England is set right after WWII at a holiday camp, and is about a theatrical family putting on a show. A couple of the daughters are older than usual. I did not find the romance cloying, though I wouldn't call it realistic either. Murder While You Work is set (and written) during the war, and is about a girl working in a munitions factory who gets caught up in a gothic sequence of events at her billet. The romance in this one is rather odd, but the hero's mother and her dogs are so excellent that I don't care. I also own, but have not yet read, Clothes Pegs. (These are definitely NOT set in the Small Change universe, and all the better for that.)
And it's now possible to buy a totally random selection of my novels for the Kindle: Tooth and Claw, The King's Name, Farthing, and Half a Crown.