FF: To Arizona and Back

Another busy week.  Last Sunday, Jim and drove over to the Phoenix, Arizona area so we could visit with my mom and a few other friends and family members.  Then, on Tuesday I took part in the inaugural SFAZ Premier Author Reading and Signing series along with Victor Milan and Melinda Snodgrass.

Arizona's Signature Saguaro Cactus

Arizona’s Signature Saguaro Cactus

During parts of the drive, we listened to audiobooks.  We also spent oohed and ahhed over the scenery.  This is spectacular, except between Windslow and Holbrook where – if it wasn’t for the fake dinosaurs –  it would be mind-numbing.

Even so, reading time has definitely been stretched thin.

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 bit of descriptions or a few opinions tossed in.

Recently Completed:

Queen of Thorns by David Gross.  Sword and sorcery in the Pathfinder gaming universe.  Two highly diverse point of view characters give the story more depth than it might otherwise have.  I enjoyed.

The First Eagle by Tony Hillerman.  Audiobook.  We picked this one because we were driving through some of the areas in which the story is set.  When we drove by the Hopi Travel Plaza, I bounced up and down and pointed, because a character a chapter back had stopped there for coffee.

In Progress:

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.  Audiobook.  Interesting start.  However, left at home, so haven’t gotten too far in.

Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett.  The formerly “medieval” into “Renaissance” Discworld seems to be entering the Industrial Revolution.


Some interesting articles, toward a potential future project.

5 Responses to “FF: To Arizona and Back”

  1. Eric Says:

    I need to take on some Discworld at some point.

    Just finished reading the first two books in Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, Storm Front and Fool Moon, in rapid succession. Definitely going to be reading more. Also finished listening to Daniel Suarez’s Daemon on audiobook on a road trip with a friend.

    Last night, I started Mervidia, a merpeople fantasy work by a couple independent local authors who write under the name J.K. Barber. Presently reading through the complete The Sandman comic series by Neil Gaiman as well.

  2. chadmerkley Says:

    I have two books I’d like to mention: Uprooted by Naomi Novik. Polish/Slavic mythological setting, fun characters, interesting plot. The second is The Shepherd’s Crown by Sir Terry Pratchett. According to the afterward, the manuscript was “complete” at the time of his death, although he was planning to expand and edit further. I loved it.

    Out of curiosity, has anyone out there read Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee? A lot of what I’ve heard about it suggests that it’s not that great in and of itself, but that it’s interesting to look at as an early conception of To Kill a Mockingbird. It is worth reading as a novel, or should I just re-read Mockingbird again?

    • Jane Lindskold Says:

      You’re the second to recommend UPROOTED. It’s actually in my queue!

      I have SHEPHERD’S CROWN waiting…

      Haven’t read the Harper Lee. Won’t. If she’d wanted it to come out, she would have done so sooner.

  3. Paul Dellinger Says:

    I’ll be interested in any answers to the above question, too. Recently completed: Re-read (or actually listened to a very good audiobook reading) of Louis L’Amour’s “The Proving Trail.”

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