FF: Interior Landscape

This week I seem to be immersed in stories where the interior landscape is as important or more so than the exterior.  Even the ostensibly lighthearted Frogkisser is about the contrast between the world as the protagonist would like to think it is, and how it really is.

Who Gets It First?

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.

Recently Completed:

The Ancient Child by N. Scott Momaday.  Compelling,  well-written with a darkly ambivalent ending.

In Progress:

Frogkisser by Garth Nix.  Audiobook.  Humorous fantasy that nonetheless is sneaking in some serious thoughts about personal and social responsibility.

Only the Dead by Vidal Sundstol, translated by Tiina Nunnally.  Sequel to The Land of Dreams which I read a while back.  Psychological crime novel.

Also:

Continuing my re-read of my own When the Gods Are Silent.  Still feel as if I’m having conversations with a long-ago self, but I think I like her.

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2 Responses to “FF: Interior Landscape”

  1. James Mendur Says:

    Recently completed:
    “Too Like the Lightning” by Ada Palmer
    Complex, detailed worldbuilding and characters; interlinked, complex stories with variant motivations. I can see why this is on the Hugo list, but I have one major complaint. It’s not a full story. Apparently, it’s the first of a series a la Lord of the Rings, where you won’t get a full story until you’ve read all of them. Call me old-fashioned, but I dislike those kinds of series, even though they’re now all too common. When you hand me a book, I expect there to be an ending, at least of one major plot, even if the series continues. Book two is out now but book three is months away, and I don’t know how many more there are in the series before the major stories are resolved.

    Ongoing:
    “Lamb” by Christopher Moore
    It’s gotten a bit repetitive, especially with the sex jokes, which has slowed down my reading. I’ll keep trying to read it but I find myself looking for something else to read instead.

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