FF: Old Friends and New

Over the holiday weekend, I indulged in some re-reads, but I’ve now started reading two new (to me) novels.

Starlight Contemplates Uprooted

Starlight Contemplates Uprooted

For those of you just discovering this feature, 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 description or a few opinions tossed in.

Recently Completed:

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. Audiobook.   I’ve read this numerous times, but it didn’t disappoint!

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.  Audiobook.  Still creepy, even though I’ve read it before.  In fact, maybe more creepy.  Do you know about all the titles this one has had?

A World Without Heroes, “Beyonders” series, volume one by Brandon Mull.  I enjoyed enough that I will look for the next one.  However, I have a bunch on my TBR shelf first.

In Progress:

Lair of Dreams: A Diviners Novel, by Libba Bray.  Audiobook.  Lots of characters being reintroduced.  Also, a strong indication as to what the problem will be.   I also have some strong suspicions about other elements.  Definitely an author who is character driven, since she heavily telegraphs her plots.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik.  I started this one as audio, couldn’t stand the reader, and am now picking it up in print.  About half-way.


The Unending Mystery: A Journey Through Labyrinths and Mazes by David Willis McCullough.  Non-fiction look at the world-wide interest in these patterns.  Reading a little at a time.

6 Responses to “FF: Old Friends and New”

  1. Mentor Says:

    re: all the titles of “And Then There Were None”
    Yes … a prime example of the casual racism of that era.

    Recently Completed:
    Flare, by Roger Zelazny and Thomas T. Thomas – I wasn’t fond of this one, possibly because I couldn’t feel any thread in the tale connecting everything together aside from the title solar event. It felt rather like a book version of a disaster movie told from over a dozen points of view.

    In Progress (coincidentally related to one of the books you mentioned):
    “The Express Diaries” by Nick Marsh – a Lovecraftian sort of tale which is set mostly on the Orient Express – hasn’t grabbed me to the point of staying up late to read it, but good enough that I am still reading it. (The BEST books keep you reading until you look up and realize that it’s VERY late and you have to work in the morning.)

  2. Paul Dellinger Says:

    The movie versions of “…None” have been variously titled, too. And the ending almost always tinkered with.

  3. David Dunham Says:

    A Night in Lonesome October by Zelazny. Lots of fun guessing at all the character associations. Read this aloud a little each night at bedtime with my wife.

    Do you remember the scene in Pride And Prejudice when Mr Collins approaches Mr Darcy, and Darcy feels affronted that Collins spoke to him as they hadn’t been “properly” introduced? A similar plot thread runs through Love And Mr Lewisham by HG Wells. The protagonist is a young teacher who falls in love with a typist. Both are poor, and once Mr Lewisham is married, he realizes how unsuited they are for each other. But because they carried on a relationship without being properly introduced, Mr Lewisham loses all prospects of bettering his economic and social situation. I thought it an odd novel for forward-thinking Wells. It also made me wonder if this old custom lies, at least in part, behind the so-called British reticence to speak to strangers. I seem to remember one of the TTs referencing this topic awhile back.

    • Mentor Says:

      There’s a line in one of the movie adaptations of “And Then There Were None” (I don’t know if it’s in the novel) about two Englishmen stranded on a deserted island who never spoke to each other … because they hadn’t been introduced. Even in Agatha Christie’s time, that was still a thing.

    • Jane Lindskold Says:

      Yes! I recall that part in Pride and Prejudice… And, yes, the British reticence was touched on in a Tangent. Alan mentioned how he took the same bus with the same people for years and never spoke to any of them, but within a short time after his marriage to his Australian-born wife, she was chatting with everyone.

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