This week, in addition to the books listed below, I’ve been reading a lot of sections from various works, mostly as research but sometimes because I get interested and keep reading, even when the research is done. How do you read? One thing at a time or a bunch all mushed up?
For those of you who don’t know… The Friday Fragments feature lists of what I’ve read over the past week. Most of the time I don’t include either short fiction or magazine articles.
The Fragments 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 under Neat Stuff.
Once again, this is not a book review column. It’s just a list with, maybe, a few opinions tossed in.
Archer’s Goon by Diana Wynne Jones. Howard has a Goon in his kitchen, a sister called Awful, a father who is a self-absorbed writer and still loves his family. Only Diana Wynne Jones could make this work, but she does.
A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold. Audiobook. My low tolerance for romance novel tropes meant this one nearly lost me. It got better toward the end but, between the low comedy associated with the butter bugs (honestly, I couldn’t understand why anyone in a universe where terraforming is a major industry wouldn’t think a creature that well-engineered wouldn’t be a huge benefit, even if the end result isn’t attractive), the romance stuff, and the actually quite serious political elements the novel felt unevenly balanced.
Gray Heroes: Elder Tales from Around the World edited by Jane Yolen. I enjoyed. Glad I took the time to read it all.
Winterfair Gifts by Lois McMaster Bujold. Audiobook. This novella is a follow-up to A Civil Campaign. Stronger overall, but both the crime element and why the bride to be is crying so much were not handled satisfactorily. That said, I really like Taura.
Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett. I’d just finished reading Soul Music when I learned Pratchett had died, so I picked up this one just because…
For one reason and another, I’ve been reading lots of stuff in bits and pieces. Hard, really, to put on a list. That’s why I asked how you handle reading…