FF: Sitting and Waiting

News Flash: Today at 4:30 p.m. on KURU 89.1, GMCR radio, I’ll be doing a half-hour interview. The show is called Use Your Words: Writers Speak.  If you can’t get that station, the interview should be archived, at some point, at http://gmcr.org/category/use-your-words/.

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This week I’ve done a lot sitting in waiting rooms, so I’ve also done a lot of reading.

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:

Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich.  Audiobook.  We finally finished this driving back and forth from Santa Fe on Tuesday.  Not the strongest plot – in fact, there was a strong sense of “Oops!  I forgot to tie up that loose end!” but good enough as a distraction on the road.

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett.  Fun and thoughtful enough that the next book I chose to read was…

Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett.  New Orleans heavily seasoned with fairytale motifs.

Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers.  Audiobook.  Re-read.

In Progress:

Death of a Doxy by Rex Stout.  Audiobook.

The Compleat Enchanger by L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt.  At MiHiCon at the end of October, I’m on a panel on humor in SF/F and this is an interesting way to prepare.

Also:

Still working on the most recent Smithsonian.  Almost done with the article on Russia.

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5 Responses to “FF: Sitting and Waiting”

  1. John C Says:

    Would you be willing to talk more about the Compleat Enchanter series? I think you introduced me to that series of stories when I was a teenager, and I’ve always been struck by it, but haven’t managed to achieve much more than inchoate appreciation without any understanding why.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Hi John… I think I’m these for the first time, so someone else gets the blame. Could I have mentioned Robert Asprin’s “Myth” series to you? Those are a series I’ve mentioned to several younger (as you were then) readers.

      And I’ll definitely talk more about the Compleat Enchanter when I finish the series. I’m just starting book two.

      • John C Says:

        Your crew introduced me to so many exciting stories during my formative years that it’s quite possible I’m saddling you with more credit (and blame) than I should.

        I also credit you with a recommendation of the Myth series, and am very grateful for it.

      • janelindskold Says:

        I’m SO glad the memories are good ones.

  2. futurespastsite Says:

    Lots about the Enchanter series on Wikipedia, for whatever that’s worth.

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