The Friday Fragments feature lists of what I’ve read over the past week. They are not meant to be a recommendation list. If you’re interested in a not-at-all-inclusive list, you can look on my website.
This is not a book review column. It’s just a list with, maybe, a few opinions tossed in.
Border Ambush by Melody Groves. Excellent setting details. The Colton Brothers, Trace and James, reminded me of the brothers from the film Silverado. James is the annoying one. The really annoying one.
Light Thickens by Ngaio Marsh. Audiobook. This turned out to be a sort of sequel to a Marsh novel set twenty years earlier. Once again murder haunts the Dolphin Theater – this time tangled up with the curse associated with the play Macbeth. If you like theater (I do), you’ll enjoy the opening sections. If you don’t, they may drive you crazy.
Recast by Seung Hui Kye. Volumes 3-6. I read the first three issues of this Korean manga a couple weeks ago and liked enough to order the rest from my library. Some parts are great, but the author doesn’t seem to know where to focus. Ending is far too sudden, making me suspect a cancellation.
Tied Up in Tinsel by Ngaio Marsh. Audiobook. A Christmas murder set in a house where the owner has gotten around the servant problem by hiring “oncer” murderers. I like quirky characters, so I very much enjoyed.
When in Rome. Ngaio Marsh. Audiobook. Roderick Alleyn in Rome in quest of a key element in an on-going drug smuggling investigation. Murder crops up before long.
Lord Demon by Roger Zelazny and Jane Lindskold. Yes. You read that right. I’m re-reading my own novel. Since I haven’t read any of it since soon after its release in 1999, it’s almost like reading something written by someone else – a feeling enhanced because of Roger’s contribution. Ask me why I’m re-reading it now!
Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich.
Within the Last Couple Months:
El Malpais, Mount Taylor, and Zuni Mountains: a Hiking Guide and History by Sherri Robinson. I got this from the library as a resource when I was writing “The Hermit and the Jackalopes” for the forthcoming anthology The Change, edited by S.M. Stirling. It was so fantastically written that I read the whole thing.