FF: Keeping Up With The Stories

Kel and the Penderwicks

I’ve been writing obsessively, so my print reading has dropped off, but I’m still managing at least some!

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.

So, tell me what you’re reading!

Recently Completed:

Leonardo daVinci by Walter IsaacsonAudiobook.  I enjoyed.  Minutely detailed at points, but nonetheless absorbing.  Lots of repetition for key points.  This is advantageous for an audiobook.

In Progress:

The Penderwicks at Last by Jeanne Birdsall.  Closing book in a middle grade series I enjoyed.  This one has touches of YA concerns, but the POV character is younger.

The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling.  I’m up to “The White Seal.”

Have Sword Will Travel by Garth Nix and Sean Williams.  Audiobook.  Amusing middle-grade with some thoughtful comments on aspiration and reality.


Now reading latest National Geographic.

11 Responses to “FF: Keeping Up With The Stories”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    Thanks you for the suggestions of the two middle grade series. I look forward to reading them. I just started The Last Wish by a Polish author, Andrzej Sapkowski, The first book in the Witcher series.

    • janelindskold Says:

      The Penderwicks are hard to describe. Slice of life? I’m especially fond of the first one, but have enjoyed the others.

      And I’m enjoying the other, but not quite done.

      Thanks for your mention of the Witcher series.

  2. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    Seems like life has been awfully intrusive on my reading time this week. I had a lot of errands to catch up on after being sick…

    Blood Of Tyrants
    League Of Dragons ~ Naomi Novik
    That finishes the Temeraire series. I always hate when it’s over.

    The Crooked Staircase – Dean Koontz
    This is the third of the Jane Hawk trilogy. Another ending soon…

    At least a series that I thought was finished and done is coming back. I’m very much looking forward to seeing what Firekeeper and Blind Seer have been up to.

  3. James Mendur Says:

    This week:

    Finished “The Hammer of Darkness” and “It Can’t Happen Here.”

    Began re-reading the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch.

    • janelindskold Says:

      How stressful are the “Rivers of London” books? I’m looking for a read that is enthralling but won’t leave me too tense.

      • James Mendur Says:

        I never really thought of them as stressful. These aren’t really suspense novels. More like police procedurals plus apprentice wizard in London (and environs). I don’t know as I’d call them “enthralling” either. More like a PBS / BBC / ITV / Acorn mystery series – some tense moments but each book isn’t tense in and of itself. Or perhaps at the level of tenseness of an Inspector Morse / Inspector Lewis / Adam Dalgliesh / Midsomer Murders / Jonathan Creek episode, if a bit darker than those because of the effects of magic.

        The overarching plot of the series doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to end, if ever, which can get annoying after 6 books, so if you HAVE TO know how it all ends, it hasn’t yet. I think the individual book plots are an interesting mix of London police work and urban fantasy worldbuilding, the latter aspect being one reason I’m re-reading them. I really like what Aaronovitch did with London in these books.

        I think the first book (called “Midnight Riot” here in the USA) might be a good bet for you. It’s mostly able to stand on its own. After that, it’s a matter of taste, and the never-ending major plot thread really gets going in the second book.

        I tried to be as non-spoilery as possible but I hope that helps.

      • janelindskold Says:

        That was magnificently non-spoilery. Thank you. Now to see if the library has on audio. Yes. I do buy books, but not until I’ve sampled. But this sounds like what I want now, interesting but not trying to make me stressed. I’m just a little too stressed now to want to add artifical ingredients.

        Thanks so much (and again for the guinea pig picture via Twitter).

  4. CBI Says:

    Interesting set. I’ve not had much time, so reading (and listening) has taken a back seat.

    Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know by Hamilton Wright Mabie (editor). Non-bowdlerized versions–and you may’ve thought video games were violent! Mainly from the Brothers Grimm and the Arabian Nights, but a few more recent. The most recent one was from George MacDonald. Fun and quick read.

    Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia. First of the series. Fun read, if a bit more “not-another-monster!” for my taste. (I had noted that earlier re Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series, but at least they have that world-view from the git-go.

    In progress.
    Washington’s Crossing by David Hackett Fisher (audiobook). My to-and-from-work listening, so it’s taking awhile.

    Monster Hunter Vendetta by Larry Correia. Second book in series. Just started. (My wife has been buying the series on Kindle, and I’m then able to read them.)

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