FF: Mystery, History, and Horror

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.

Kel Reads on Red

Kel Reads on Red

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:

Black as He’s Painted by Ngaio Marsh.  Audiobook.  Some powerful descriptive language.  A resolution that still leaves me wondering about a key point.

Attack on Titan by Hashima Isayama.  Manga.  Volumes 5-10.  Very dark, but with some interesting revelations.

A Point of Law by John Maddox Roberts.  SPQR X.  Decius is back in Rome.  Pirates are easier to deal with than his fellow Romans.  I enjoyed the intrigue.

In Progress:

A Box of Pandoras by Steve Brewer.  Light, comic mystery set in New Mexico.  My favorite line to this point: “In New Mexico, everywhere is a three-hour drive.  You get used to it.”  For those of you who live in the East, this is because of distance, not traffic congestion.

Death in Holy Orders by P.D. James.  Audiobook.  A new author for me.  Just started.


Finally catching up on Archeology and Smithsonian magazines.

4 Responses to “FF: Mystery, History, and Horror”

  1. Louis Robinson Says:

    Just finished yet another paper on whether one of the more fundamental fundamental constants of nature is actually constant. Once again, the result is ‘consistent with zero’: IOW, there’s an effect, but it’s smaller than the errors in measurement, so you can safely say it’s not there if that’s your preference. This one is important because if it’s not constant, c may not be constant – and all relativity goes out the window. Or maybe not. It might just need to be reimagined.

    That little quote is interesting. I’d have said it ‘_anywhere is 3 hours drive’. I wonder what, if anything, the difference signifies.

  2. Paul Dellinger Says:

    Just started a new Spenser by Ace Atkins, “Robert B. Parker’s Kickback,” Atkins has done several Spensers since the private eye’s creator, Parker, passed away, and he captures Parker’s voice and style pretty well.

  3. chadmerkley Says:

    I’d like to share a quote from my nonfiction reading. This is Joseph Kerman, The Beethoven Quartets, 1961.

    “To deal with art is to deal with fact and feeling, and to deal closely to discover more and more that each is problematic–fact as well as feeling. Not to speak of their interrelationship. Our response to art is various and always partial, and therefore open to infinite instruction.”

    He goes on throughout the book to contrast aesthetic response and analytical fact–emotion versus intellect. Good criticism and analysis has to address both parts. Does understanding the techniques the artist used reinforce your initial emotional response, or does it cause you to reevaluate it?

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