It’s very strange but, although I’ve been writing a lot, I’ve also been reading a lot. I’m in one of those moods where as soon as I put down one book, I need to restrain myself from picking up another.
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.
The Prestige by Christopher Priest. Audiobook. Good detail, but I did feel that one of the major plot elements was not satisfactorily resolved, which undermined the complexity, replacing it with a sense of… dare I say “prestidigitation”?
Reality Boy by A.S. King. Not a “fun” book, but a very satisfying one. A.S. King continues to rise in my already high estimation.
Night Gate by Isobelle Carmody. This upper level middle grade novel uses the “crossing into a fantasy world from our world” in a creative fashion. And the dogs… And goat!
They Do It With Mirrors, Seven Dials Mystery, and The Secret of Chimneys, all by Agatha Christie. For some reason, this week I fell into a real Agatha Christie mood. I’m finding her novels are like potato chips, I can’t eat – make that “read” – just one.
Od Magic by Patricia McKillip. Audiobook. I’d been meaning to get to this, but kept forgetting. Enjoying.
Maskwork by Jennifer Foreman. Part history of the form, part project book. Entirely fascinating.
Winter Door by Isobelle Carmody. Just starting.
Research reading of various types.