FF: Waiting and Reading

Ogapoge Nabs a Future Read

Ogapoge Nabs a Future Read

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.

Recently Completed:

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!

In Progress:

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.

Also:

Still doing lots with craft books…  I rarely copy anything precisely, but they’re good sources for techniques.

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5 Responses to “FF: Waiting and Reading”

  1. Paul Dellinger Says:

    Just finished “The Garner Files,” the late James Garner’s chatty and amusing autobiography. Would like to have met him.

  2. David Dunham Says:

    This week I read I Will Repay by Baroness Emma Orczy, the sequel to The Scarlet Pimpernel, but the sixth in the series. So I guess Steven Brust didn’t invent writing novels out-of-sequence after all.

    I like how her novels illumine the French revolution, a time period I don’t remember really studying in American school history classes. I also spotting intriguing similarities between Orczy’s I Will Repay and the characters and situations in Agatha Christie’s novel The Murder on the Links, which also takes place in France. Perhaps Agatha Christie was a fan of Orczy fan as well?

  3. chadmerkley Says:

    i read MIDNIGHT THIEF and its sequel last week, after Jane mentioned them. Fun stuff, with several different fantasy tropes woven together.

    Jane, I’ve been trying to send you an email, and I keep getting “undeliverable” notices. Basically, I was trying to send you a link, so I’ll just post it here.

    Happy Holidays!

    • Sally Says:

      “Santa Never Brings Me a Banjo” tickled me. Just why Santa (i.e. his parents) might decide not to bring him a banjo seems clear, sad as that makes him.

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