This week, some of my pleasure reading has slid to make room for work-related reading and listening.
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.
Girl in the Shadows by Gwenda Bond. A lot of plot parallels to Girl on a Wire, but eventually the book takes its own turn and it’s an interesting one, indeed.
A Slip of the Keyboard by Terry Pratchett. Audiobook. A collection of various talks and essays Pratchett presented over many years. Good collection, overall, despite repetition.
Baby Island by Carol Ryrie Brink. Came across this used and couldn’t resist trying again. Possibly the oddest “castaway” book ever.
Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie. Audiobook. Although Dame Agatha is best-known for her murder mysteries, she liked writing thrillers, too.
Wolf’s Blood by Jane Lindskold. First time I’ve re-read the book since I did the proofs about ten years ago.
Audio time is shared with listening to samples as a judge for the Parsec Awards for podcasts.
And I can’t resist an entry here and there in Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable.