FF: Mind Clearing

I was doing a lot of writing and researching this past week, so I shifted to some shorter works.  Like sherbet between courses, they were great for clearing the mental pallet.

Ogapoge's Fantasia

Ogapoge’s Fantasia

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:

Kitty’s House of Horrors by Carrie Vaughn.  Audiobook.  Starts light and gets very scary.

Saga by Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan.  Issues 25-30.  Comic book.  The art is still innovative, the story still willing to tackle difficult issues, but the sped-up timetable after the intimacy of the earlier issues jolted me.

Captains of the City Streets and Jenny and the Cat Club by Esther Averill.  Averill apparently wrote her stories out of order, filling in back stories on minor characters, which is rather fun. Yes. There are children’s books!

In Progress:

Kitty Goes to War by Carrie Vaughn.  Audiobook.  Especially after the closing lines of Kitty’s House of Horrors, I thought this would be a close sequel, but it’s going elsewhere.

Maddigan’s Fantasia by Margaret Mahy.  I’ve been wanting to read this since I found it while Christmas shopping for other people.  Just started.

Also:

A Wild Swan and Other Tales by Michael Cunningham.  “Re-imagined” fairy tales.  Author’s take not really to my taste at this time, so I stopped.

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5 Responses to “FF: Mind Clearing”

  1. Paul Says:

    Just finished “Ripper” by Isabel Allende. Young on-line game players try to solve mysteries, which becomes serious when one player’s mother is kidnapped. Diverse characters, all flawed but interesting.

  2. David Dunham Says:

    1) Omoo by Herman Melville. No strong female characters. Whaling Industry Employees stereotyped as layabouts and scoundrels. Assessment: Must be written for today’s diversity-conscious readers.

    2) Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich. Stephanie seems more capable than ever. Her mother reveals herself as a kick-ass heroine. Morelli portrayed as weak and fragile. Conclusion: suitable for today’s readers.

    3) Nova Classic: Volume 1 by Marv Wolfman. Early adventures of Nova, who gained his powers from the Nova Corps on Xandar, who arrested Star-Lord and company in the recent movie “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Bronze Age superhero fare in the tradition of Stan Lee’s early Spider-Man stories. Lacking in strong female superheroes, naked people, or characters with TV sets for heads. Warning: Reading Volume 1 could lead you to purchase Volume 2.

    • Jane Lindskold Says:

      Hmm… I’m not sure I’ve read 22. I’ll need to check. All I can say is that if Stephanie hasn’t gotten more competent after what she went through in the prior 21, then she should be dead. And Mom has shown her power before… Remember the bit with the guy costumed as a rabbit?

      As for Morelli… Life with Stephanie would wear anyone to fragility!

      • Louis Robinson Says:

        Are you sure she isn’t? It doesn’t seem to be slowing people down the way it used to…

  3. henrietta abeyta Says:

    Well follow your own spirit but from HAMISH WITH AN OWL IN THE 8TH GA HOOLE BOOK and BLIND SEER FROM YOUR INSPIRATIONAL BOOKS JANE HERE’S WHAT I JASMINE OLSON RECENTLY DISCOVER WITH THEIR HELP AS I THINK VISUALLY BUT ALWAYS LIKE TO PICTURE CONSEQUENCES.

    DIVINE A SURPRING QUALITY.

    MAGIC INVISIBLE TYPES OF POWER.

    POWER LEADERSHIP OR KNOWLEDGE.

    IT DOESN’T MATTER WHICH ONE OF THESE YOU’VE GOT CONCENTRATE DO THINGS STEADILY AND TRY TO BE DECISIVE TOO. USE YOUR MOST SPECIAL GIFTS WISELY.

    POLITE OR RUDE

    GOOD OR BAD

    EVIL OR LOYAL

    SCARY OR GENTLE

    WE ALL HAVE A FREE WILL !!!!!

    JASMINE OLSON AGAIN JANE!!

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