For those of you who are new to this piece… 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.
Diplomatic Immunity by Lois McMaster Bujold. Audiobook. I liked this one. Bujold deserve praise for the skill she shows in writing a later book in a series, in which characters from earlier in the series are reintroduced. So many authors would either fall into info-dump or so little detail a newer reader is confused. She walks the balance with grace.
Beyond the Blast: Wasteland and Shelter in Nuclear Fiction. A Master’s thesis by my friend, Rowan Derrick. Fascinating and intelligent treatment of a complex topic.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Audiobook. A fascinating, complexly structured novel. I’m really fascinated.
The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison. Just started. Already has violated clichéd expectations. That’s good.
Still spending a lot of time reading my own stuff…