Waiting on line at the post office wasn’t onerous at all with a book to read. I noticed that people who were checking e-mail or doing things on electronic devices were the most fidgety, even more so than those people with nothing to occupy themselves at all. By contrast, those with physical books were positively tranquil.
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.
Lair of Dreams: A Diviners Novel, by Libba Bray. Audiobook. If you need to have a plot you can’t figure out to enjoy a book, then this is not the novel for you. However, interesting characters and loving attention to setting gives a lot of appeal.
The Unending Mystery: A Journey Through Labyrinths and Mazes by David Willis McCullough. Non-fiction look at the world-wide interest in these patterns. A wandering book – sort of a labyrinth in itself. Enjoyable, but the visual images scattered within the text really, really, really needed captions!
Midnight Thief, by Livia Blackburne. I’ve enjoyed visiting with Livia at Bubonicon these last couple years, so decided to try one of her books.
Still doing lots with craft books… I rarely copy anything precisely, but they’re good sources for techniques.