What I’m reading today, September 21 2010 (an occasional series)

Dan Leader’s Local Breads book is an ongoing project (wholemeal – whole-wheat if you’re in the colonies – and sourdough bread from around the world).

Right now I have a pair of wholemeal rye-based sourdough poolishes under way (from reactivated frozen cultures), with the aim of using the sourdough as a flavouring agent, rather than a leaven. They’ve been fed a mix of light rye flour and white bread flour for several days, are fermenting nicely, and will be ready to use tomorrow.

The Best of Fritz Leiber, an anthology which includes the superlative “Space-Time for Springers,” an absolute must for cat lovers. It also has the “Man who never grew young” which, along with Dick’s “Counterclock World” knocks Benjamin Button into a cocked hat, in my (not very), humble opinion.

The Algonquin Legends of New England, Charles Godfrey Leland (Kindle), exploring the mythology of the Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscots, a first glance suggests this might be blighted by Leland’s attempts to draw parallels with Old World mythology – usually a bad idea. In theory, at least, Native American mythology is completely unrelated to the Old World. We’ll see.

The Thing on the Doorstep, H P Lovecraft, (Kindle), not, perhaps, one of his best, but good enough. Intriguingly, in “At the mountains of madness” Lovecraft posits the existence of giant penguins in Antarctica and, a year or two ago, giant penguin fossils were discovered in, if memory serves, Patagonia, not that far away.

At this time of year I’m often into “The Fellowship of the Ring” but, having read LOTR over 27 times – possibly way over, I long ago lost count – I think I can give it a miss.

Kindle tip: Sort your ebooks by author or title to find a book, then switch to sort by Most Recent First. That way, whatever you’re reading will always be at the top of the list – useful if you have a couple of titles on the go concurrently.