This week’s reading has had some odd contrasts. On the one side Frank Herbert’s Dune. On the other, more Diana Wynne Jones.
A reminder… 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.
And I always enjoy hearing what you’re reading. Sometimes, I then go read it myself!
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.
Eight Days of Luke by Diana Wynne Jones. Amorality rather than immorality is brilliantly illustrated in the character of Luke. Although technically “middle grade,” such themes – and DWJ’s usually brilliant look at the contradictions of family dynamics – makes this a book for all ages.
Earwig and the Witch by Diana Wynne Jones. Audiobook. This one was fun but it also seemed like the first part of a novel. Does anyone know if there is a Part Two?
Dune by Frank Herbert. Fifty years after its original publication, this book holds up, largely because of its brilliant world-building and sensitive characterization. At the time it was written, the desire for “strong female characters” was hardly being discussed, but the presence of Jessica and Chani – as well as the Bene Gesserit – gives the book a modern feel.
Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto, volume 68. Manga. Sometimes words are the most powerful weapons.
Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert. Set twelve years after Dune this book fails to have the same fire. Unlike Dune, which is about beginnings, Dune Messiah focuses on endings. Although only about half the length of the original, this one seemed much longer to me.
The Lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynne Jones. Audiobook. Here we get the childhood of the man who will become the powerful Chrestomanci. Once again, Diana Wynne Jones shows she hasn’t forgotten the peculiar logic of childhood.
The Hunt for the Big Bad Wolf by E.M. Tippets. The third book of Tippets’ series which began with Someone Else’s Fairytale finds Chloe dealing with a tough case in which someone in her office may be leaking information to Hollywood cop show. And is being married boring by definition?
When stuck at a doctor’s office, I read several articles in Sport’s Illustrated. Not bad writing.