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 magazines.
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.
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams. Audio of the radio drama. Enjoyable.
The Venetian’s Wife by Nick Bantock. More text than his best-selling “Griffin and Sabine” trilogy, but still heavily and creatively illustrated.
Sunchaser’s Quest: Unicorns of Balinor, Book Two by Mary Stanton. Middle grade “missing princess” story featuring many-colored unicorns.
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut. Definitely related to Alan and my discussion of SF andreligion.
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. Audiobook. Many cite this as the first detective novel in English.
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork. Only a few chapters in, but I already really like Marcelo. The “real world,” not so much!
Knight of Shadows. Audiobook. Eighteen episodes of The Shadow radio drama. I’m now over the half-way point. They don’t benefit from too many at once since, like many radio dramas of the time, they rely on set pieces and a lot of repetition. Still, they made a great amusement amid cold and fever.
If there’s one good thing about recovering from a cold or flu or whatever it is I’ve had, it’s that I don’t feel like I’m slacking if I curl up and read. It’s medicinal!