FF: Interesting Findings!

Ogapoge: Definitely Divine

So, according to answers from various places, pretty much none of you change your reading habits for “summer reads.”  That’s interesting, given that the publishing industry is convinced that “beach reads” or “light reads” are a factor of summer.

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 Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling.  Someday “The Spring Running” won’t make me cry.  Maybe.

The Towers of the Sunset by L.E. Modisett.  Audiobook.  ]

Labyrinth by Kate Mosse.  No.  Not the movie with Bowie, a grail tale.

In Progress:

The Wicked + The Divine, graphic novel, by Gillen, McKelvie, Wilson, and Cowles.  Rereading at this point, because I want to read some new material that has come out since last I dipped into this universe.

Growing Food in a Hotter, Dryer Land by Gary Paul Nabhan.  Very interesting.  Makes me want enough land to try some of the suggestions.

Cibola Burn by James S.A. Corey.  Audiobook.  Fourth in The Expanse series.  Just starting.

Also:

Re-reading Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls by Jane Lindskold.

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9 Responses to “FF: Interesting Findings!”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    I enjoyed Cibola Burn. Good character development. I hope you like it. I am in the middle of A Column of Fire by Ken Follet, Book 3 of the Kingsbridge series. I just started Madness in Solidar, by L.E. Modesitt, Jr, Imager Portfolio #9.

    • janelindskold Says:

      So far, so good with CIBOLA BURNS. It got bonus points for starting with Bobby, who may be my favorite character in the series to this point — and I like a bunch.

  2. James Mendur Says:

    Very few stories in the written form will choke me up.
    “By New Hearth Fires” by Gordon R Dickson
    one scene in the novel “Emerald Eyes” by Daniel Keys Moran
    perhaps one or two others I don’t recall offhand

    (movies, that’s a different kettle of fish – I always have to choke back tears at the end of “Hachi – A Dog’s Tale”, and some others)

    This week, I finished what I’d begun last week and started one book:
    “The Express Diaries” by Nick Marsh – it’s based on a Call of Cthulhu RPG and at times, they didn’t pay enough attention to making it a novel rather than a campaign transcription (example: characters die suddenly for no dramatic purpose – probably they rolled poorly during combat – and are replaced by new characters who pop up from nowhere with tissue-thin connections to the group), but the format (diary entries and letters comiled by an editor after the fact) and the setting (horror-quest along the stops of the Orient Express) are keeping me going. I can’t recommend it, but it’s interesting to me for what it is.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Movies get me less often, maybe because I’m aware of the manipulation games. Sometimes, when I’m in danger of getting choked up, I’ll imagine the same scene with different music, just to test if it’s really that emotional — or tension building.

      As a long, long time gamer, I demand that any gaming-based fiction NOT show the roots unless, on some really clever level, that’s the whole point.

  3. Debby Barker Says:

    Like most of your readers, I don’t change my reading habits as the weather warms up. That isn’t to say that I don’t like ‘beach reads’. In fact, I like them — just don’t feel the need to reserve them for the summer months.

  4. Louis Robinson Says:

    As Jim Baen was constantly reminding the Barflies, the people in here are _not_ your typical customer. In fact, we’re highly atypical, to the point where publishers who catered to us would go out of business in fairly short order. Much more typical are those who never buy a book unless they’re heading to the beach.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Interesting way to think of it… Never occur ed to me that beach read wasn’t simply a certain type of book but a book for the only time of year one had time or took time to read.

  5. CBI Says:

    Ah, Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls. Possibly my favorite book of yours.

    Finished:

    Phantastes by George Macdonald (reread). A classic. I have a rather concrete mind, so did not get most of the allegories, but, still, it was better the second time around.

    In progress:

    Metamorphoses by Ovid (A.S. Kline, translator). Lunchtime reading, a bit at a time.

    Asphodel by Jane Lindskold. I set it aside for a short bit to reread Phantastes, since I was reminded of the latter at times. So far it’s been good, and I’m eager to see how it ends up.

    Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson (audiobook). A to/from work audiobook; more than halfway through.

    On Liberty by John Stuart Mill. This has been crowded out by some of the other books, but I hope to get back to it later this week.

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