FF: Read Me a Story

I’m writing more than ever, but now that the garden is in, I’m finding little more time to read, or at least to listen to audiobooks.

Wonder Kel!

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:

Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie.  Audiobook.  Re-read.

The Return of the Twelves by Pauline Clarke.  A middle grade story about some magical wooden soldiers twisted up with the juvenilia of the famous Brontes.

The Big Four by Agatha Christie.  Audiobook.  Re-read.

Fleetwood Mac: The Ultimate Guide to Their Music and Legend.  Rollingstone special issue.  For all their money and fame, I ended up feeling this was a sad story.

In Progress:

The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore.  A gloriously footnoted look at the people and events who shaped the development the iconic comic book character.  No.  I haven’t seen the movie yet!  This book was actually a Christmas present I’m finally getting to read.

Black Coffee by Agatha Christie, audiobook.  This audio is an adaptation by Charles Osborne of her first stage play.  Mr. Osbourne is so faithful to the text that one can almost hear the stage directions in his descriptions.


Finished the current Smithsonian and am now reading the one before.  Interesting article on the placebo effect.

3 Responses to “FF: Read Me a Story”

  1. Louis Robinson Says:

    I’ve mentioned The Etruscans, which I’m reading as and when. It’s part of a series titled The Peoples of Europe, so I pulled up the catalogue entries for the set a week or so ago. As it happens, I actually bought at least one of them, The Franks, when it was first published 25 years ago [the other two I think I have are on a shelf I can’t reach ATM] The series is consistently structured: a survey of history and culture for the title people, with close attention given to the evidence on which the author bases that survey, There’s a lot of variation in the style and focus of the individual books, of course, since they have different authors, but the editors have kept them all heading in the same direction. Well, as much as you can with a bunch of academic cats 🙂

    Some of the newer ones are still in the circulating collection, so I’m now half-way through The Byzantines, and have several others sitting on the piano bench. I’ve also looked at a chapter or so from several others that are only in the reference collection. They all seem equally readable, and European history and archeology are mature enough fields that being up to thirty years old isn’t really a serious issue. Recommended.

    Oh, BTW, the Toronto Reference Library doesn’t have any dusty old books – they do a better job of keeping their books clean than I do, and I’ve never had to blow anything off them. Sorry about that.

    • janelindskold Says:

      This sounds like a rich and interesting series. Thanks for drawing my attention to it.

      • Louis Robinson Says:

        I was going to say that I’d love to see this done for the Americas when it occurred to me to look – and sure enough, Blackwell has series called The Peoples of Asia and The Peoples of America as well.

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