The Friday Fragments lists what I’ve read over the past week. Most of the time I don’t include details of either short fiction (unless part of a book length collection) or magazine articles.
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.
Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling. Audiobook. Short stories, presented as factual reports, focusing on entanglements, romantic and otherwise in British India. Two at least provide further details of characters who appear in Kipling’s novel, Kim. I enjoyed.
Sammy Keyes and the Hollywood Mummy by Wendelin Van Draanen. Do an adult’s dreams need to vanish when she has kids? Sammy’s mom clearly doesn’t think so… But what is the cost?
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr. Audiobook. Ash sees faeries. This is not good, but it may be her salvation. Solidly in the growing sub-genre of “high school girl is loved by somebody supernatural.” However, unlike many of her fictional “sisters,” Ash has some problems with this.
Max Carrados mysteries by Ernest Bramah. Max is blind but almost supernatural in his “sightedness.”
500 Handmade Dolls: Modern Exploration of the Human Form edited by Valerie Van Arsdale Shrader. Mostly pictures. Wide variety of interpretations made fascinating, maybe even inspirational.
Still reading a lot of short non-fiction.