FF: Reading On A Jet Plane

Ogapoge Reads

One of the things I really enjoy about traveling is having time to read.  This time, I experimented with only taking my Kindle (well, and a notebook and pens) and it worked out pretty well.

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:

Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory.  Multiperson POV works very well in this novel and is crucial for the character of Buddy.

Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren.  A time travel tale that’s a whole lot more than an excuse for alternate history or for explaining why we are the way we are today.

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.  I didn’t take this omnibus volume with me, but I’ve started Downtown.

The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas.  Audiobook.  The race to get the message to England is underway.  Porthos, Aramis, and Athos are down for the count.

Odin: The Viking AllFather by Steven S. Long.  Steve and I discovered a shared love of mythology when I insisted that I needed to know who my paladin’s deity was – even though we were only playing for two hours. (In case you wondered, I chose Freya.)  Good read so far, with great illustrations chosen from depictions ancient through modern.

DreamForge: Tales of Hope in the Universe.  Mockup issue.


Catching up on magazines.  Still.

9 Responses to “FF: Reading On A Jet Plane”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    I am still making my way through Dahlgren by Samuel R. Delaney. My, there is certainly a lot of graphic sex!

    Also buzzing through The Bertie Project by Alexander McCall Smith.

    This weekend I am hoping to start Towing Jehovah by James Morrow and the 2nd Jane Hawk book, The Whispering Room by Dean Koontz.

    • janelindskold Says:

      it’s been a LONG time since I read Dahlgren. Does the Bertie Project have anything to do with Bertie Wooster?

      • Beverly Martin Says:

        The Bertie Project is part of a series about residents of Scotland Street in Scotland and Bertie is a 7 yr old boy with a very controlling mother. The series is in the style of the Armistead Maupin series based in San Francisco. The writing is delightful!

      • janelindskold Says:


  2. John C Says:

    This week, my reading was largely interrupted by binge-watching The Expanse after work every free evening. We’re about half-way through the available episodes, and find it remarkably well put together for a sci fi tv series.

    I was not at all surprised to find that it was based on a series of books. The actors are doing such a good job with their characters, though, that I’ll have to wait until the TV series fades from my memory before reading the books, or I’ll have no hope of seeing the characters through the authors’ descriptions instead of my memories of the show.

    • janelindskold Says:

      I haven’t seen the series, but I’ve read four of the books and Jim has read most of them. I think he’s reading the most recent right now.

      The authors (Daniel Abraham and Ty Franke) are involved behind the scenes. I’m sure that helps with the high quality of the scripts.

  3. James Mendur Says:

    Late reply. As always, YMMV.

    Recently finished:

    “A Darker Shade of Magic” by VE Schwab – interesting, creative ideas but not my preferred storytelling style (too many jump cuts to minor characters); I loved the alternate-Earth ideas – there aren’t enough traveling-to-alternate-Earth stories out there. It’s always one Earth or the other. This time, the alternate-Earths matter.

    “The House with a Clock in Its Walls” by John Bellairs – fascinating ideas but, again, it just didn’t click for me. Written in 1973, the post-WW2 Michigan setting works for the story but not for my sensibilities. I wonder how this story would have worked today, or if it could have worked in the modern era.

    In progress:

    “Fated” by Benedict Jacka – I like that idea for a mage: can sense the future and change/avoid it, but not so good at the flashy combat magic. And it’s yet another London novel. I swear I’m not looking for these, but they keep showing up. We’ll see how it ends and whether I want to read the next 9 in the series.

  4. Harry Palmer Says:

    I’m taking it easy. I’m re-reading the Sackett series by Louis L’Amour and also reading a new book titled “Starless” by Jacqueline Carey, which is a pretty good read. It gets intense at times, but very well written. I also found a couple of new books written by Felix Francis which I hope to read this week. His dad (Dick Francis) wrote a number of mystery stories themed around horse racing. All were very well written and enticing stories. Some had endings which were very not predictable.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Nice selection. I’m very fond of the Sacketts, especially Nolan and Tell. I read a few Dick Francis novels. I hope his son is not swamped by his heritage!

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