FF: Here and There

Persephone Reigns!

It’s been more than insane here, and books have been such a welcome diversion.

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 Burning Maze, “Trials of Apollo” Book Three by Rick Riordan.  Audiobook.  This series continues to remain strong through numerous expansions.  I’m impressed and glad that my youngest niece is getting close to the age when I can give her The Lightning Thief and start her on the journey.

In Progress:

To Reign in Hell by Steven Brust.  I’d forgotten that much of this narrative is told via dialogue.  Not an easy thing to pull off, at all.

Dead Man’s Ransom by Ellis Peters.  Audiobook.  Re-read.


My own stuff as I review the first portion of the increasingly long new Firekeeper opus in preparation for launching into writing the second part.

And various magazines, here and there.


4 Responses to “FF: Here and There”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    I am reading The Burning Shore, Courtney series #4, by Wilbur Smith. This series is ok, but I enjoy his Egypt books more.

    I am also reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.

  2. James M. Six Says:

    The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman – I liked the idea and the execution, but since the sequel is just revisiting the same world, I won’t go back. I think the first book is definitely worth a look.

    Re-read the nameless-adventurer series of novellas by Zelazny. I just wanted to read a story about a man who had erased his past. I also tried and failed to figure out: how the heck would someone recommend a story with a nameless protagonist and an unpronounceable title?
    It’s in the collection “My Name Is Legion” and a few other places, if folks are interested. It has a rather rosy view of dolphins.

    Just started:
    Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger – just began it, looks kinda fun (mixing drinks as alchemical magic) but it’s too early to tell.

  3. Louis Robinson Says:

    Well, dipping into Empires of the Plain, a biography of Sir Henry Rawlinson that I first read some years ago, for some background material for a course I was invited to give. Very entertaining, still. When reading about his archaeological work as a kid I didn’t realise that he was hip-deep in the playing of the Great Game.

    Also rereading Dawn-Breakers: Nabil’s Narrative of the Early Days of the Bahá’í Revelation [the book I was asked to present on] and finishing The Persians, from the Peoples of Asia series I’ve mentioned previously.

    Also assorted decade-old+ copies of Scientific American and The Economist that were ‘tidied away’ before I could finish them. It’s surprising just how worth-while old Economists can be. “The more things change, the more they stay the same” is a cliche for a _reason_.

  4. janelindskold Says:

    I enjoyed the lists. So different from each other!

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