FF: Behind the Curve

Ogapoge: Boxes With Lando

The short story I talked about in my Wednesday Wanderings this week has meant I’ve been doing less reading for fun as I do reading for research, so fewer books on the list.

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:

Lando by Louis L’amour.  Reread.

In Progress:

Tempest and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce.  Audiobook.

Implanted by Lauren Teffeau.  ARC of a forthcoming August release.


Finishing off magazines before I’m overwhelmed by them!


10 Responses to “FF: Behind the Curve”

  1. James Mendur Says:

    Almost done with the 6th Iron Druid book in my re-read. After that, I have two more books and some short stories, and then I’ll be set to read the final novel in the series. I’m looking forward to it but also not really wanting it to end.

    Re-reading is good before the final book in a series because (examples from book 6, “Hunted”):
    1. it reminds you of all the details that have gone before (what deal did Atticus make with the Olympians?),
    2. it answers the questions you might have forgotten the answers to (why doesn’t his iron aura kill the magic in his sword?), and
    3. it still makes you laugh at the same place every time to remind you why you enjoy it (“…is this some kind of social experiment? You want me to get a hundred and forty-four Samoans and cram them into your cabin with a case of whiskey?”)

    • janelindskold Says:

      I’m not a “must re-read” before new book in series person. If I was, I do nothing but re-read and never get to the new ones.

      • James Mendur Says:

        I don’t do it often, but this is the final book in the series, so I wanted the “read everything in chronological order” experience before the end.

        There’s a mystery novel coming out in May which is 3rd in a series and I’ll just read that on its own. (I’ll mention it again when I get there.)

        On the other hand, re-reading books you love is sometimes preferable to new ones, especially when you’re a fan and not a pro author. Sometimes, you want to go back on the old favorite carousel rather than try the new rollercoaster which might thrill but might make you barf. Or worse, might leave you without even the simple joy of going around one more time. To torture the metaphor further, a carnival ride engineer gets something different out of a new ride than a punter, and the rides they’re familiar with don’t necessarily interest them any more. They’ve been there, seen that, and understand how it works. The family on holiday, which hasn’t seen the carnival in a year, might rather go on their favorite ride again, because it’s a guaranteed pleasure, if somewhat muted by familiarity, than risk a gastronomical mishap which could ruin the day for everyone.

        To each their own, of course. In any case, I’ll see you on the midway some time.

  2. Beverly Martin Says:

    I just finished the Greatcoats series by Sebastien De Castell. I really enjoyed these 4 books. The characters came alive and the action was fast paced.

  3. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    Completed –
    Rebel Spring
    Gathering Darkness
    Frozen Tides
    books 2,3 & 4 of the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes. Currently I’m reading book 5, Crystal Storm

    But I put aside Falling Kingdoms because the library delived my e-book request for His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik. Then I read Throne Of Jade and Black Powder War. Currently I’m reading Empire Of Ivory.

    Yes, Falling Kingdoms has been pushed aside by Temeraire because dragons😀
    Also, I like that the Temeraire Series tackles some serious social issues and the historical placement of the story.

    Still no Westerns. So many books, so little time📕📖📚😍🌻

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