FF: Welcome to June

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June is here, bringing with it much sneezing and warmer temperatures…

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.

What are you reading?

Recently Completed:

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss.

In Progress:

Leonardo daVinci by Walter IsaacsonAudiobook.  Minutely detailed at points, but nonetheless absorbing.  Reads as if published originally in excerpts, with lots of repetition for key points.  This is actually nice for an audiobook.

The Jungle Books by Rudyard KiplingAn old favorite, but it had been a  long time since I read the whole thing, rather than bits and pieces.


A new Smithsonian arrived this week.  I’m sure it’s thinner.  One article dealt with something I’ve wanted to see happen for a long time: a concentrated effort to deal with invasive species by harvesting and consuming.

14 Responses to “FF: Welcome to June”

  1. James Mendur Says:

    Recently finished re-reading Steven Brust’s “Cowboy Feng’s Space Bar and Grille” and Roger Zelazny’s “Roadmarks.” I think I was feeling like I wanted to get away from my dreary old life.

    Currently re-reading “The Hammer of Darkness” by L.E. Modesitt Jr. and reading for the first time “It Can’t Happen Here” by Sinclair Lewis (different devices, so it depends where I am when I want to read). Two very different books, but both about power and how people approach it and react to it.

  2. Beverly Martin Says:

    I am reading The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett. If I read this series, it was so long ago that I have forgotten it. It has some good chuckles. Also just started The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Interesting mixture. The Rincewind books have never been my Discworld favorites, but the Luggage alone is worth the read and Rincewind does try so very, very hard.

  3. Louis Robinson Says:

    Now you have me wondering what Blind Seer will make of The Law of the Jungle.

    “When pack meets with pack in the Jungle
    And neither will go from the trail
    Lie down ’til the leaders have spoken
    It may be fair words shall prevail”

  4. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    Sneezing and coughing started in May at my house. Unfortunately it wasn’t allergies but the dreaded head cold. The small one brought a kootie home from school and passed it around.


    Blood Of The Four- Christopher Golden & Tim Lebbon

    Little Fires Everywhere- Celeste Ng

    Strange Weather- Joe Hill

    Tongue Of Serpents
    Crucible Of Gold – Naomi Novik

    Watchers- Dean Koontz

    Currently Reading~~

    Blood Of Tyrants – Naomi Novik

    And I have a big TBR stack next to my bed.

  5. CBI Says:

    The Fisherman’s Tomb: The True Story of the Vatican’s Secret Search by John O’Neill. Tells of the financing (Texas oilman) and search (mainly a female archaeologist) for St. Peter’s tomb beginning in the mid-1900s. Goes into both the archaeological evidence and the personal rivalries involved. (Bet Jim has seen enough of the latter!) Makes a prima facie case that they have identified his remains correctly. Of course it presumes Roman Catholic theology, but overall a good, quick read.

    Artemis by Andy Weir (audiobook). Hard science fiction tale taking place in a lunar colony. The heroine is of the rogue type: a petty criminal who gets in way over her head. The science seems sound, as does the economy and situation. The foul language seemed overly gratuitous–I heard less profanity on a regular basis when I was in the Navy. I usually don’t like books in which criminal activity is overly excused, but this was a fun read anyway. (Not as well written as another book of the same title which I read a couple of years ago. 🙂 )

    In progress:
    Washington’s Crossing by David Hackett Fisher (audiobook) Circumstances leading to Washington’s crossing of the Delaware and how it fit into the American Revolution. Well done and not at all one-sided. This is mainly what I listen to going to and from work, so it’s taking awhile. My wife and I will probably listen to it again on one of our upcoming long trips.

    Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know by Hamilton Wright Mabie. As the title says: a collection of fairy tales (not the bowdlerized versions, either) from the Brothers Grimm and others. So far so good.

  6. futurespastsite Says:

    Lots of good reading among these responses!!

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