FF: Racing to the Finish

Persephone and Tey

I finished my re-through of Wolf’s Blood this week.  Then I realized with a shock that Nebula Award voting closes in just a few days and I hadn’t finished my homework.  So I’ve been racing along.  No.  I won’t tell you what I vote for, because my reasons for voting for something can vary widely.  Sometimes it’s voting for the least “meh” in a category.  Other times, I’m torn between a couple options that each have value.

This is one reason I really, really miss the old system of “ranked” votes.

Why you’re not seeing Nebula nominees on my list this week is because I don’t want to admit what I read and what bored me to tears.

For those of you just discovering this part of my blog, 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.

I’d love to hear what you’re reading!

Recently Completed:

The Sackett Brand by Louis L’Amour.  I have an old fondness for this one.  Reread.

Knight-Napped (Dragonbreath 10) by Ursula Vernon.

Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey. (Re-read.)  Breaks every rule of mystery writing and creates a brilliant novel.  I pulled this out to read it because a friend mentioned he was reading Tey and I wanted her peculiar, individualistic prose.

In Progress:

Tempest and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce.  Audiobook.


Not much “also” because, as noted above,  I’m racing to catch up on the Nebula ballot so I can vote before voting closes!

3 Responses to “FF: Racing to the Finish”

  1. James Mendur Says:

    I’m re-reading at this point, because the final book in a series is coming out soon and I wanted to go through the whole thing from start to finish. The series is the Iron Druid Chronicles, by Kevin Hearne.

    It’s about the last of the Druids, who is about 2,100 years old because he’s really good at Druid magic, but also hiding, running away, fighting when necessary, and the herb lore for an immortality elixir. His lawyers are a vampire and a werewolf. And ALL the gods are real, and of varying power levels based on how many believe in them and what they believe. And he has a snarky Irish Wolfhound that he’s bonded with (which is why the dog understands every language the Druid does) and who serves as the main “How do I give exposition to the reader?” character, while at all times still being a dog rather than just a person in a furry suit.

    The series is based on the idea of a single decision of the Druid which leads to other choices and every time he chooses something, the unintended consequences get bigger and worse. The main pantheons involved are the Irish, Norse and Greek/Roman gods, but others make appearances. The last book should be quite interesting.

    Note: I’ve had people describe certain books and movies as “male” and once it was explained to me, I understood. This series, for the most part, is male-oriented. This is at least partly due to the Iron Age mentality of the first person narrator, but be prepared for it. It becomes more even later in the series when other narrators gain page time.

    The series is 9 novels and a bunch of short stories and novellas. I’ve tweeted a chronological reading order on Twitter. Oh, and personal preference: I dislike the audiobooks because the reader chose to make the dog’s speech an out-of-breath slobber, even though the dog speaks telepathically and wouldn’t slobber mentally.

  2. Louis Robinson Says:

    Haven’t finished much recently, for some reason. which means the pile of more-or-less ‘in progress’ stuff is just getting deeper and deeper. Anyway: have finished Confronting the Classics – thanks. Alan!. Currently working on Why Did the Chicken Cross the World. The title says it all – did you know that our barnyard fowl is a breed of pheasant? Not very far in, but I can tell already that it’s going to be fun. Also just starting in on two of the Peoples of Asia series: The Persians and The Afghans. Could get confusing, since a good many Afghans are Persian, and quite a few Iranians are Afghan 🙂

    Also going through 2 articles on Arxiv.org about a rather odd galaxy that’s missing most or all of the expected dark matter. Extremely interesting, and very important since if this holds up it puts paid to the idea that it’s the theories of gravitation that need to be fixed up, not the mass that’s gone AWOL.

  3. janelindskold Says:

    Thanks for the responses! I’ve heard about the Iron Druid books. The Chicken book sounds fascinating!

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