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