FF: Pumas, Rats, and Jheregs

Sand Shadow by Rhari

Breaking with the usual illustration format for this post, I just had to share this picture of Sand Shadow (from Artemis Awakening and Artemis Invaded) by Canadian artist, Rhari.  (Take note of the thumb!)  It makes me grin every time I look at it.  I hope it makes you grin, too!

This weekend is Bubonicon (whose mascot is the rat, Perry Rodent).  I’ll be there at least Friday and Saturday.  I hope to see you.

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.

I’ve enjoyed hearing what people are reading.  So varied and eclectic!

Recently Completed:

To Reign in Hell by Steven Brust.  The writing style is a complex mingling of sword and sorcery tropes heavily seasoned with Milton.  The plot contains only one “bad guy,” and he’s not the one you’d expect going in.

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

An Excellent Mystery by Ellis Peters.  Audiobook.  Re-read.  A personal favorite.

In Progress:

The Pilgrim of Hate by Ellis Peters.  Audiobook.  Re-read.  Yes.  I did get them out of order!

Jhereg by Steven Brust.  Re-read, but it’s been a long time.  I’m not usually into novels about assassins, but Vlad is a bit different from the more usual coldhearted, brooding, emotionally tormented stereotype.


Not too much.  A few articles in the latest SFWA Bulletin.


11 Responses to “FF: Pumas, Rats, and Jheregs”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    I just finished Wild Cards IV, Aces Abroad, edited by George R. R. Martin. Always an entertaining series.

    I am reading As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust, Flavia de Luce 7 by Alan Bradley.

    I next will read Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn, which I read about here.

  2. John C Says:

    I just finished Wolf’s Blood before work today, and started Paul Bowles’ The Sheltering Sky on my lunch break. So far, it’s been quite the transition.

  3. James M. Six Says:

    This week, I completed:

    Thunder Mountain, by Dean Wesley Smith – time travel, romance, historical – but not a historical time travel romance. Combines technical details of how time travel works in this series of books (this is book one, not sure how connected all the books are, just that they’re all time traveling to the same basic era between 1878 and early 1900s, via the same method, most if not all in the northwestern USA and many in Idaho, and probably with 2 recurring characters), a look at life in the 1902 Idaho gold rush in the town of Roosevelt (Thunder Mountain is the name of an area in Idaho), and a low stakes romance plot.

    Re-read of “This Immortal” by Zelazny, which I’m sure everyone reading this blog has already read.

    Still working on: Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge
    I still love the ideas, but the writing/plot is not my personal taste, which is slowing my progress. At this point, I’m reading to find out where it wants to go.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Actually, not all my fans are also Zelazny fans. One of the fascinating things for me is where overlap occurs. Someday maybe I’ll do a survey and have Jim design a pie chart.

      • James M. Six Says:

        That’s true. I apologize for the assumption.

        That being said, I think everyone SHOULD read “This Immortal.” It’s not as densely packed as “Lord of Light” and not as dark as “Dream Master” and not experimental, like some of the other novels, but it hits most of his major themes. I think it’s a very good gateway book into his works for anyone interested.

  4. Louis Robinson Says:

    Haven’t finished any thing, but have added a re-read of LotR – specifically, of the Appendices, which as far as I’m concerned are the raison-d’etre for the book.

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