It’s been a heck of a busy week, with reviewing my own work cutting into my ability to read other people’s.
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 River God’s Vengeance by John Maddox Roberts. SPQR 8. By this point in the series, Decius is definitely a more serious person. Interesting think how this shift occurred in tiny stages.
Ghost Walker by Margaret Coel. Audiobook. Ms. Coel was keynote speaker for the UNM Writer’s Conference, where I gave the post-lunch talk. Enjoyable. Will probably read more in the series.
Gaming at the Edge: Sexuality and Gender at the Margins of Gamer Culture by Adrienne Shaw. “Gamer” here means video, not RPG. Interesting, but dense. Decided to focus more on reading this. Unhappily, the author’s focus is not as tight as it could be.
Who Am I? Pete Townsend. Audiobook. Read by Pete Townsend. Townsend’s thoughtful, incisive view of his own struggles to realize complex artistic visions is fascinating. His reading is quite good and means that the text is his own, not “interpreted” by a reader. This is a huge bonus for autobiography.
Lots of research stuff, as well as my “read-aloud” of my manuscript of Asphodel.