FF: Running Fast

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.

Ogapoge Wonders Which He'd Be

Ogapoge Wonders Which He’d Be

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:

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal.  Audiobook.

The Wicked + The Divine by Gillen McKelvie and Wilson Cowles.  Graphic novel, hardcover edition, volume one.  Mixes the tropes of immortals among us with the “live fast, die young” ethic of rock ‘n roll to interesting, sometimes provocative, effect.

In Progress:

Welcome to Golden by Rory McClannahan.  I sat next to Rory at the Albuquerque Museum Author Festival and heard him talk about this book.  Virtual reality meets retirement community.  Sounds like a good idea.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater.  Audiobook.  I’ve read this before but now I can concentrate more on details, less on worry about the characters (human and otherwise) than I did the first time around.

Also:

Reading about masks has morphed into decorating one, which in turn has morphed into a possible new character for short fiction.  I love creative synergy!

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6 Responses to “FF: Running Fast”

  1. Louis Robinson Says:

    I’ve been boning up on Wot I red…

    I’m still wondering how Alan could discuss Frank Muir and Dennis Norden in the same paragraph and not mention My Word, but I did find this little gem: “It sounds trite, and I suppose that in many ways it is. But one of the measures of art is the ability to elevate such material above the obvious and Lindskold succeeds brilliantly at this. I was sure that this theme had been done to death. I was wrong.” Seems he’d run across something called Changer.

  2. James M. Six Says:

    Completed:

    Little Fuzzy, by H. Beam Piper – fun, if you can ignore the imperialist colonialism in favor of the awfully-damned-cute Fuzzies.

    In progress:

    Champion of the Dead, by Steve Perry – a martial artist who can escort the recently dead through the Tibetan Bardo realms to make their reincarnation safer and easier, but someone does NOT want him to help his latest client. Heavy with the martial arts, as is typical Perry, with an acknowledgment to Roger Zelazny given the presence of Tibetan demons and gods.

    Lord Demon – because Champion of the Dead reminded me of it and the other is an e-book but I needed a physical book to read as well.

    A Night in the Lonesome October – still reading a chapter a night

    • Jane Lindskold Says:

      So were any of these the Not Re-Read you’d been looking for?

      • James M. Six Says:

        Technically, Little Fuzzy was a re-read of something I’d read over 30 years ago, but I’d forgotten so much of it, it was necessary for me to reread it so I could start its sequel which is new to me. I began the sequel last night.

  3. henrietta abeyta Says:

    Well describe the planet’s wilderness however you want to incarnations are in quite a few places. And reincarnations are common in a few places too.

    a god, a demon, a ancestor, a tribal totem, a guardian, or a spirit.
    Animals are in all of these collections when you study old stories. Plus what some people think of as fantasy others think of as hidden invisible reality, like how many Asians believe dragons exist. And all the transformation the Eskimo families believe in.

    Trust your instincts and be yourself. Believe in who you are and find your inner wisdom. Life’s about the paths you take. what’s real, what’s fictional, decide for yourself we all belong to the Earth. I’m a Phil Colllins fan and I agree 2 worlds one family. And that the circle of life exists is doubtless. We’re all part of the Grand Design just like Nava in Balto’s second animated movies tells his pack, and in how to listen to your heart Niju or Nava, I’m on Nava’s side Stay Alive And Be Free.

    I love nature enough to carefully look at how each story I choose treats the animals who are the main characters. That’s why I choose more wolves stories than coyote stories. I don’t only care about the safety the large family of wild dogs around the world I care about how polite the fiction collection affects their future.

    I know a joker isn’t what a real coyote is but that’s how picture books and legends of coyotes treat them. While many old stories treat the wolves in rude ways, however I One Who Feels Like I’m Part Of The Pack, whether a photo, a movie, or a visualization.

    • Jane Lindskold Says:

      In a way, there are two “coyotes.” One is the mythological trickster figure, the other is the animal. You might say “one name, two different creatures.” The problem is when humans impose their values on a living being and don’t look beyond this.

      Now that I think about it, that applies to more than just coyotes!

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