FF: Innocence

Good Bedtime Reading

Innocence is definitely related to what you need to worry about, or so seems to be the subtext of the stories I’m reading now.

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 Wicked + The Divine, graphic novel, by Gillen, McKelvie, Wilson, and Cowles.  Rereading at this point, volumes 1-4.  Waiting on five and six, which I think will take me beyond what I’ve already read.  Still intense and very good, although oddly innocent in light of current events.  I look forward to continuing.

In Progress:

The Betsy-Tacy Treasury by Maud Hart Lovelace.  I’ve re-read the first couple of volumes and am now reading Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill.

Growing Food in a Hotter, Dryer Land by Gary Paul Nabhan.  Very interesting.  I’ve been pleased about how many of the tricks he suggests I’m already aware of and use to my best capacity. Almost done.

Cibola Burn by James S.A. Corey.  Audiobook.  Fourth in The Expanse series.  Enjoying to this point – although I’ve worried a lot about a couple newer characters.


Re-reading Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls by Jane Lindskold.  Still.  Because I’ve been writing a lot.


7 Responses to “FF: Innocence”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    I am selfishly glad you are writing a lot. Please, continue! I seem to be in a political plots and intrigues rut, whether in historical fiction or fantasy. Getting kinda tired of it. I finished Madness in Solidar by L.E. Modesitt, still working on A Column of Fire by Ken Follett, and just started The Widow’s House by Daniel Abraham (The Dagger and the Coin #4). I also started the Revolving Door of Life by Alexander McCall Smith (book 10 of the 44 Scotland Street series). It is kind of a smoothie for my mind.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Yes, ma’am! I’ll go write… I appreciate your encouragement.

      Let me know what you think of The Dagger and the Coin series when you’ve finished it, please.

  2. James Mendur Says:

    Currently reading:
    A Darker Shade of Magic, by V.E. Schwab – ca. regency era on 4 Earths (including ours) with magic added for power games and intrigue. I’m not that far into it, yet. Some bits of it I really like. Others, I think, were shoehorned in a bit too forcedly, but we’ll see how it plays out. Yet another book set in London (or variations thereof). I haven’t planned this. London must have been in vogue among editors for a few years.

    Also reading more short stories lately, but like Jane, I won’t list them here unless they knock my socks off.

  3. CBI Says:

    So many books, so little time. Besides the greater than a dozen column-feet of books in my “to-read” piles at home, I keep finding more and more interesting ones in FF. Definitely hope to get to a few extra during our next camping trip.


    Asphodel by Jane Lindskold. Very interesting, different, and good. I am glad that I’d taken a break to read Phantastes, because it helped me with the spirit of Asphodel. No spoiler: I thought the main character’s resolution at the conclusion was both very good and very well done.

    Appalling Stories: 13 Tales of Social Injustice by David Dubrow, Paul Hair, and Ray Zacek. Anthology of short stories of a somewhat dystopian air and various genres including satire and suspense, but some more difficult to categorize. Definitely politically incorrect (pushback against PC), yet not preachy but entertaining. Some were very well done, although a couple of the stories were of lesser quality
    (in my opinion)

    In progress:

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

    Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson (audiobook). A to/from work audiobook.

    On Liberty by John Stuart Mill. Another “bits and pieces but never the whole thing” book. Finally making progress. I’m finding some of Mill’s thoughts very current and illuminating today. Currently reading his defense of free speech, a defense that is very timely what with the opposition that is increasing nowadays.

    Brief Cases by Jim Butcher. A collection of short stories from the Harry Dresden urban fantasy world. Quite entertaining so far. I’ve liked Butcher’s short stories more than his novels, so this has been a treat.

    • janelindskold Says:

      I’m glad you liked ASPHODEL. If you have a moment to share your comment on whatever site you used to buy the book, that would be helpful. Readers rely on other readers much more than on what they see as marketing hype!

      I’m glad you liked the resolution. It was an interesting journey.

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