FF: Lots of Shapes and Colors

I realized I hadn’t read much new (to me) in illustrated format for a while, but I certainly didn’t avoid print.

Kel Understand True Princesshood

Kel Understand True Princesshood

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:

A Wonderlandful World (Ever After High #3) by Shannon Hale.  Focus shift to new characters works well.

Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale.  I loved – and was impressed by – this YA adaptation of the Grimm’s fairytale “Maid Maleen.”

Y: The Last Man by Brian Vaughn and Pia Guerra.  Graphic novel.  Issues 1-10.  Post-apocalyptic premise might have worked better for me with more innovative art and less irritating characters.

Attack on Titan by Hashima Isayama.  Manga.  Issue 1.  The art is sketchy, almost crude, and then I realized why…  Want to read more.

The Princess Academy by Shannon Hale.  No.  This has nothing to do with Disney Princesses.   This is much more interesting.

In Progress:

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury.  Audiobook.  I’d missed this one.  I can understand it’s continued appeal.

Starship by Brian W. Aldiss.  Just started.

The Great Mythologies of the World volume one in the Great Courses series.  Audio.  Sometimes, even with a subject I know a lot about, I enjoy someone else’s point of view.


Skimming issues of fashion magazines.  A great way to put color and odd images into my subconscious.


4 Responses to “FF: Lots of Shapes and Colors”

  1. Paul Says:

    Just finished “Dream Boy,” a YA by Mary Crockett and Madelyn Rosenberg, premise being that a “perfect” boyfriend that our heroine has dreamed about shows up in the flesh as a new student at her school. Before it’s over, this almost- innocent premise turns into a scary Body Snatchers-like tale of who’s who and what’s what.

  2. chadmerkley Says:

    I read an interesting nonfiction book: Stradivari’s Genius by Toby Faber. It follows the history of several Stradivarius instruments from the time they left the workshop until the present. The most interesting part to me is learning how much violins and how they are played have changed since 1700. I knew that the strings and bows used are completely different, but pretty much every Strad (and other contempory instruments) out there has had extensive modifications to the neck, fingerboard, and the internal bracing of the soundbox. Most of these modifications were made the mid 19th century, in response to the new playing styles introduced by people like Paganini (although his favorite fiddle was a Guarneri del Gesu, not a Strad).

    So, the way these great violins sound and are played today is nothing like they would have sounded when they made. The music nerd in me was completely fascinated–although not to the point of putting gut strings on my fiddle and buying a baroque-style bow. 🙂

    • janelindskold Says:

      That is interesting. I knew about strings, but fingerboard? Wow!

      I play violin — although maybe I should say “played,” since I haven’t for many years and am not likely to start again — and can imagine the difference in sound and feel for the player those changes would make. I may need to look for this book. Thanks!

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