FF: Breathing Between the Lines

Persephone Overcome By Toxic Spells

In Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny, there’s a line “No one sings hymns to breath.”  (I think I have that right.)  Anyhow, with smoke from fires distant and not so interfering with my breathing, I am definitely grateful for living in an age of modern medicine.

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 Betsy-Tacy Treasury by Maud Hart Lovelace.  In many ways, stories of a world as alien as that of The Expanse, but the dreams and ambitions of Betsy and her friends remain a link through time.

Odin: The Viking AllFather by Steven S. Long.  I very much enjoyed.  Excellent illustrations, in-depth examination of a complex mythological figure.  Recommended.

In Progress:

The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas.  Audiobook.  I’d forgotten what rogues these guys are…

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

The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump by Harry Turtledove.  Don’t read this unless you can take puns.  If you can, this is a work in which Turtledove turns his skills at alternate history to an alternate more peculiar than most.


A magazine article here and there, but mostly trying to finish off various smaller writing projects while not losing sight of the larger ones.


6 Responses to “FF: Breathing Between the Lines”

  1. Alan Robson Says:

    “The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump” is very untypical Turtledove and therefore well worth tracking down and reading. I enjoyed it a lot. He has also written several historical novels under the pseudonym H. N. Turteltaub which are also untypical and utterly wonderful (“Justinian” is particularly brilliant). I mildly enjoy his routine middle of the road, bread and butter books. But I absolutely love his occasional excursions into the side roads.


  2. Beverly Martin Says:

    Thanks, to you and Alan. I just added the two Turtledove books to my TBR list. That one reason I enjoy reading both the blog and the comments!

    I am reading Sanibel Flats by Randy Wayne White, a PI type novel set in Florida, and Swords and Deviltry by Fritz Lieber, a heroic fantasy.

  3. James Mendur Says:

    “Breath is the least appreciated gift of the gods. None sing hymns to it, praising the good air, breathed by king and beggar, master and dog alike. But, oh to be without it!”

    (A saving grace of eBooks: trying to find short quotes in long novels.)

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