Too often books are dismissed as “slow,” because the action has little to do with physical danger. Sad, because danger to the “soul” or “self” is really far more dramatic than any number of near misses by bullet or sword.
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.
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. Audiobook. Would a modern reader sit still for the philosophizing? I’m not sure but, if not, it’s a pity. Without it, the book is just creep show. With it, there’s both greater creepiness and deeper redemption.
Whiskey and Charlie by Annabel Smith. They’re twins. They’re not close as brothers. When William “Whiskey” is hit by a car, Charlie finally confronts the reality of their relationship – rather than the version of it that he’s held on to for many years. I liked very much.
Attack on Titan by Hashima Isayama. Manga. Volumes 2-4.
Light Thickens by Ngaoi Marsh. Audiobook. Have read before, but decided to read again.
Rooftoppers by Katherine Rumdell. Quirky.
The Great Mythologies of the World volume one in the Great Courses series. Audio. Finished Greek and Roman. Only one disk on Celtic?? And the “lecturer” couldn’t consistently pronounce Cuchulain??? I realize there are variations, but this really made me wonder about her “expertise,” or if she was just reading someone else’s script. Now on to Norse.
Tried several books that ended up not holding my attention.