To be productive, I need to both read and write. Or write and read. This week, writing has trumped reading.
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.
The Squire’s Tale by Gerald Morris. Middle grade Arthurian. Terence, the squire, is mostly the point of view character with whom we watch other’s adventures, but by the end he’s taking a role himself. I’ll definitely look for the next one in the series.
Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Audiobook. Sometimes an audiobook is a great way to re-experience an old favorite because of the re-immersive element. I’m through Tarzan’s childhood and he’s just kidnapped Jane.
A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck. Eight short stories connect by the “frame” that they are each annual summer visits by Joey and his sister, Mary Alice, to their eccentric (to understate the case) grandmother. First story is set in 1929, with good historical detailing.
Wolf Captured by Jane Lindskold. The backwards series reading experience continues.
Both The Squire’s Tale and A Long Way from Chicago were recommended to me by Chad Merkley, a regular Commenter on this post and others. I really enjoy your suggestions, even if I can’t always get to them right away.