FF: Assorted Flavors

This week has mingled older and newer works.

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.

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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:

Going Bovine by Libba Bray.  Audiobook.  Very different from her “Diviners” novels, but an interesting read.

Murder at the ABA by Isaac Asimov.  Pretty good mystery.  Fascinating time capsule look at publishing in 1975.  How much has changed…  How much has not!

Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix.  Audiobook.  Lighter than much of his stuff, Regency romance crossed with a good adventure.  Shows a fondness for both.

Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman.  Short story collection.  Varied and interesting stories..

In Progress:

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle.  Audiobook.  I’ve read these before, but a revisit has been amusing.  I’d forgotten how well Doyle did setting.

Seeds of Rebellion (Beyonders #2) by Brandon Mull.  Just started.

Also:

Not much!

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7 Responses to “FF: Assorted Flavors”

  1. Jas. Marshall 6 Says:

    re: Murder at the ABA by Isaac Asimov, I seem to recall a mystery/thriller kind of story about folks trying to find an actual alien at an SF convention. I’m guessing this isn’t it, but would you happen to know that one?

    re: the Beyonders series by Brandon Mull, what kind of stories are those?

    As for my own reading, it was a good week for books.

    Recently Completed:

    “The Black Throne” by Roger Zelazny and Fred Saberhagen – Not my cup of tea; felt too much like a homework assignment on Edgar Allan Poe; but I finally found where the title “A Night in the Lonesome October” came from, since it was used in this novel, sparking me to locate the Poe poem it came from. This one felt more like a Saberhagen story while “Coils” (their other collaboration) felt more like a Zelazny story, if that makes any sense.

    “The Case of the Late Pig” and “Dancers in Mourning” by Margery Allingham – I’m back to reading the Albert Campion novels. We’re up to the mid- to late-1930s at this point. The differences between the books and the old TV episodes are interesting.

    In Progress:

    “The Fashion in Shrouds” by Margery Allingham – another Albert Campion tale, although this is one that wasn’t turned into a TV episode, so it’s new to me … no cheating about knowing whodunit ahead of time.

    And given yesterday’s Thursday Tangents post, I think it’s time I began reading “Wilderness” by Roger Zelazny and Gerald Hausman (I already own it).

    • Jane Lindskold Says:

      The Beyonders are middle-grade/YA (think Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson) quest/epic fantasy. Teenager from our world in a fantasy world — but not a derisive one, and with some surprisingly dark elements. I started reading because I wanted to check out as a gift to a nephew. Liked enough to continue.

  2. Paul Says:

    I need to read Conan Doyle’s Holmes stories again. While in the Army, I went through a massive one-volume collection from the service club library in a month. Have read so much pseudo-Holmes since then that they have diminished the original on memory.

  3. David Dunham Says:

    The First Book of Swords by Fred Saberhagen. Didn’t made much of an impact 20+ years ago. Found it a far richer read this time. The ending made me wonder if Saberhagen originally planned a larger novel, but the publishers opted to split it into two or three.

    The Labours of Hercules by Agatha Christie. Proof that SF/Fantasy authors like Saberhagen don’t have a monopoly on mythological contexts.

    Problem at Polensa Bay by Agatha Christie. Stories featuring Poirot, Pyne, and Quin. Most of these Christie originally wrote (and published) for one character. Then later she rewrote the stories in a different form, and republished them. Only this time, instead of characters swapping swords of power, she swapped detectives. Interesting way to recycle, and keep the pounds rolling in.

  4. henrietta abeyta Says:

    I think if I renamed OCTOBER’S MOON I’d call it THE MOON OF HARMONY because the word harmony fits how many animals we think of seeing on HALLOWEEN NIGHT, WIZARDS, DRAGONS, WITCHES, FAIRIES, AND THEIR BEST FRIENDS LIKE UNICORNS, CROWS, OR CATS ARE EXTREMELY FIRM WHEN THEY MAKE A PROMISE OR ARE IN AGREEMENT plus musical chords. the word harmony matches the month of October both ways. AGREEMENT OR SONGS (harmony’s common definitions) This is JASMINE OLSON sharing her moon opinion after finding out October is one of the months the wrens are their busiest at work,, October’s one of the months you’ll see the most dolphins, and everyone know the brave wolves are included in the month of October. If any new story was made with this trio DOLPHIN, WOLF, AND WREN my point is they’d fit all four seasons PUPPIES NESTING WRENS, AND RELAXING ADULT DOLPHINS IN SPRING, FLYING, DASHING, AND SWIMMING IN SUMMER, IN AUTUMN THESE 3 ANIMALS FIT THE MONTH OF OCTOBER VERY WELL, AND YES THIS IS A TRIO THAT WOULD DO FINE EVEN IN ALASKAN STORIES IF YOU MENTIONED THE COAST OR THE ALASKAN ISLANDS.

    ON THE OTHER HAND these are books I’d mention on this page.

    NARNIA SERIES creation and cooperation and friends too
    VARIOUS PEGASUS BOOK SERIES he goes on many adverntures
    BRIDGE TO TERRIBITHIA imagination and true friendship
    HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME if you have interest in gargoyles
    THE LAST UNICORN her bravery to free the other unicorns
    AVALON SERIES cartoon girls and several animal friends
    IGRAINE THE BRAVE a family that does magic in an old castle
    THE LAND OF ELYON SERIES magical stones for communicating
    THE LIFE OF PI if you like stories of zoos or wild tigers
    THE BUTTERFLY LION if you like lions circuses or statue stories
    GUARDIANS OF GA HOOLE especially if you’re an owl lover
    ERAGON and the rest of this series if dragons fascinate you
    HARRY POTTER SERIES especially if magic entertains you

    SELF -ENTERTAINMENT, RELAXATION, INDEPENDENT LEARNING, OR PLEASANT SURPRISE GIFTS 6th grade high school or adults who enjoy simple fantasy stories.

    THESE ARE THE AGELESS BOOKS I JASMINE OLSON WOULD SUGGEST.

  5. Paul Says:

    The alien at the SF con might be “In the Hall of Planets” but there have been others.

  6. Paul Says:

    Whoops. That’s “Gather in the Hall of Planets” by Barry Malzberg.

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