FF: Light Monsoons

Weather still topping a hundred, but 101 is better than 106.  And we had almost one tenth of an inch of rain between Sunday and this writing…  Maybe the monsoons will establish after all.

Kel Chills with Chi

Kel Chills with Chi

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:

Wonders of the Invisible World by Patricia A. McKillip.  Short story collection.  I really liked several of the stories  very much.  Found myself thinking Knight of the Well could have been a good novel, although it was a perfectly dandy novella.

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson.  (“Mistborn” Book 1.)  Audiobook.

Kamisama Kiss by Julietta Suzuki.  Manga. Volumes 10-15.  Translation is a funny thing…  The Japanese title is Kamisama Hajimemashita, which apparently translates more accurately as “I Became [a] God” – a transformation that is much more likely within polytheistic Shinto tradition.  I can see why the English translators went for something lighter, fluffier, and with a romance element, rather than risking offending potential readers.

The Complete Chi’s Sweet Home by Konami Kanata.  Manga.  Tale of a lost kitten told from the kitten’s point of view.  Translators decided to have Chi’s thoughts be in a sort of hypercute babytalk. (Ex. “gweat” rather than “great”).  Nonetheless, this completely won me over.  Chi is a very believable kitten.

In Progress:

The Riddlemaster of Hed by Patricia McKillip.  First book in one of my favorite fantasy series.  Time for a re-read.

Armada by Ernest Cline.  Audiobook.  Just started.

Also:

Research, research, research…

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4 Responses to “FF: Light Monsoons”

  1. Louis Robinson Says:

    Hmm… Should see if I can find Forgotten Beasts of Eld…

  2. henrietta abeyta Says:

    I’m not too picky about story styles of wildlife written in fiction, or various magical fantasy Jane, what are these Monsoons?

    • Jane Lindskold Says:

      Monsoons are rains that only fall in certain seasons. In New Mexico, we usually get afternoon rains for a few weeks in July. That’s actually when most of our rain for the whole year falls so the monsoons are very important.

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