FF: Change, Transformation, and Self-Discovery

One new author, but mostly continuation of series I’ve become interested in.

The Friday Fragments lists what I’ve read over the past week.  Most of the time I don’t include either short fiction or magazine articles.

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The Fragments are not meant to be a recommendation list.  If you’re interested in a not-at-all-inclusive recommendation 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.

Recently Completed:

The Change: Tales of Downfall and Rebirth, edited by S.M. Stirling.  Although there are a fair share of “we’re just holding on and here come the bad guys” stories,” there’s a lot of thoughtful treatment of how people would react to “the Change,” whether immediately, a few years later, or even decades on.

Deep Wizardry by Diane Duane.  Audiobook.  Kit and Nita’s summer holiday becomes entangled with underwater magic.  Lovely use of non-human perspective.  Some very good material regarding making choices – even if those choices don’t benefit oneself.

Sammy Keyes and the Sisters of Mercy by Wendelin Van Draanen.  This time Sammy finds herself accused by a priest of stealing his treasured personal cross.  While trying to clear herself, she discovers a homeless girl and uncovers a monumental scam.  Includes a very well-rendered softball game and the first hints about Sammy’s absent father.

In Progress:

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett. Audiobook So far, I’m enjoying a great deal.  The setting is richly detailed, so much so that it’s been easy to overlook that the plot is comparatively skimpy, and the characters fall into very familiar types.  Some interesting events do eventually happen – not plot twists, since I’d been expecting something along these lines, but intriguing developments.

Sammy Keyes and the Runaway Elf by Wendelin Van Draanen.  Sammy is blackmailed to find a missing dog.  Only part way in, but Nancy Drew never had such problems!

Also:

Beginning of the month magazines…  Good article in American Archeology about the possible impact of the bow on cultural development.

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5 Responses to “FF: Change, Transformation, and Self-Discovery”

  1. Paul Dellinger Says:

    Currently listening to an audiobook of “Paris Match,” latest in Stuart Woods’ series featuring cop-turned-lawyer and ladies’ man Stone Barrington. This series is light, fun, with barely-disguised characters representing some actual people, but Stone is often sort of short-sighted – as when he takes a walk by himself in Paris knowing a Russian cartel is gunning for him. Not bright.

  2. Jay M. Says:

    Recently finished:

    Mystery Mile, by Margery Allingham (first Campion-centric novel)

    Lord Demon, by Roger Zelazny and Jane Lindskold – this was a re-read, because I needed something fun to decompress a little and I’m still here in China, which adds a little extra to the reading; you know, I didn’t remember just how much food was a part of that book until I reread it. It made me very hungry, frequently.

    In progress:

    Look to the Lady, by Margery Allingham (3rd Campion novel) – it begins in a darker vein than the BBC series ever showed, with Campion saying flat out that “George” must be murdered to save the Gyrth Chalice.

    but … I have to grade 38 papers in 3 days, so finishing that book will have to be delayed for a while

    • Jane Lindskold Says:

      Now you’ve made me want to re-read Look to the Lady… It’s been a while!

      But first I have a list. And I’ve already let myself get distracted once.

      I ilke Chinese food… And food is such a part of a non-native (such as Kai Wren’s) introduction to a culture.

      Speaking of which… There’s a prequel to the novel “The Headless Flute Player” that should be published one of these days in the Shadows and Reflections anthology.

  3. Louis Robinson Says:

    I found myself trying to decipher whether that Archeology article was about bows or bows. Depending on the culture it could have been either: devices for inserting pointy sticks in distant objects and the fronts of watercraft are both of considerable importance.

    Eventually, I decided that since it was _American_ Archeology, the pointy stick was the more likely reading. I’ll have to check on getting access via TPL.

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