FF: Mostly YA, Purely By Chance

News Flash!  Curiosities, my forthcoming short story collection, is now available for pre-order on i-Tunes.  Pre-order on other e-book sites will begin next week.  The print-on-demand version will be available soon, for those of you who prefer “real books.”  Look for an official Launch Day announcement before the end of October.

For those of you new to this post…  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.

Kel Claims the Shepherd's Crown

Kel Claims the Shepherd’s Crown

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:

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.  Audiobook.  Interesting mixture of elements.  I don’t think this one would be for everyone, because of the heavy reliance on 1980’s pop culture elements, but it suited me just fine.

The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett.  I really enjoyed.  The end note is of writerly interest.

Naruto, issue 71.  Lots of fight scenes and super attacks can’t hide that interpersonal relationships are really the center of this story.

In Progress:

Uprooted by Naomi Novik.  Audiobook.  Starts like a typical “Beauty and the Beast” story, but that’s just the lauch pad.

Prince of Wolves by David Gross.  Time for another sword and sorcery romp.

And Also:

Back issues of magazines that piled up while we were on the road!

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5 Responses to “FF: Mostly YA, Purely By Chance”

  1. Paul Says:

    Wow! I wish I could get as many read as you do. (And write as well, of course.)

  2. chadmerkley Says:

    I’m looking forward to Curiosities.

    I read a couple of new YA books this week: Hunter by Mercedes Lackey was quite good. I thought the technique and craftsmanship of the writing was superior to a lot of her other recent stuff (different publisher and editor involved?). The book itself has a strong “Hunger Games” kind of vibe to it, only with monsters and magic.

    I also read The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan. New series with Norse mythology. I enjoyed it. I have to wonder where it’s going, though.

    In progress is LIberators: Latin America’s Struggle for Independence 1810-1830 by Robert Harvey. I’m finding it very interesting. All I really knew about this time and place previously was the name Simon Bolivar. The author compares these conflicts with the contemporary Napoleonic wars: The geographical scale is in South America is absolutely huge, bigger than Western Europe, but the armies were tiny by European standards. Also, a forced marched over the Andes by way of a 13,000 foot-high pass is crazy. It worked, but it was crazy.

    • Peter Says:

      I’ve been through the pass in question (by car, not on foot or horseback) and “crazy” is an understatement. Santiago, Chile to Mendoza, Argentina is about a 45 minute flight (so depending on which way you’re going you can land 15 minutes before your plane took off)…or around an 8 hour drive assuming no major hangups at the border crossing.

      • chadmerkley Says:

        Huh. I was thinking of the Paramo de Pisba pass crossed by Bolivar’s army. I haven’t gotten to the chapter about San Martin yet….

  3. James Marshall Says:

    In progress: “The Time Traders” by Andre Norton

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