FF: Finishing Line

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Once again, I’m finishing up my current print read as I’m writing this.  I haven’t decided what I’ll be reading next.  I’m considering a few magazines that I picked up at recent conventions.

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.

Recently Completed:

Cowboy Feng’s Space Bar and Grill by Steven Brust.  I read this one soon after its initial release, but all I remembered was the basic premise.  It’s been on my mind since a FF reader mentioned he’d read it a while back.  A good story, darker and more complex than the cheerful cover would make you imagine.

In Progress:

Nemesis Games by James S.A. Corey.  Audiobook.  This is turning into a “breaking things to pieces” story, which is not usually my thing.  Let’s see how I feel about it by the end.


Pulling continuity details from various Firekeeper novels as I prepare to move into part two of the book I’m writing!

8 Responses to “FF: Finishing Line”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    I just finished Assassin’s Price by L. E. Modesitt Jr and enjoyed it.

    Now, I am reading Down and Dirty, Wild Cards V, edited by G.R.R. Martin and The Crooked Staircase, Jane Hawk 3 by Dean Koontz.

  2. CBI Says:

    I’ve been meaning to start on Corey’s Expanse series. However, in cleaning out the garage, I just uncovered a box of Andre Norton books from my high school days (!), which I hope to reread before disposing. (We need to start downsizing.)

    It’s been awhile since reporting in. Busy summer, but managed to finish a few books–finally! A number were audiobooks we used on a three-week driving/camping trip. So . . . this might be a bit long!

    Recently finished.
    Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson (audiobook). To/from work book. Helped make Dr. Franklin more accessible. It was interesting to see how–and why–his opinions changed on topics as diverse as the relationship between England and the American colonies and the institution of slavery. Great man, great politician, great scientist, but without hiding his feet of clay.

    Several audiobook “cozies” (a word I only recently learned):

    Nancy Atherton: Aunt Dimity and the Buried Treasure
    Mary Daheim: Here Comes the Bribe
    Con Lehane (the narrator was nerve-grating, sadly, but the series has been pretty good):

    Murder at the 42nd Street Library
    Murder in the Manuscript Room

    Tom Clavin: Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West Very nice book overall, if a bit terse at times. The narrator needed to do some research on pronunciation: it was grating to hear of Raton pronounced “RAY-ton” or Mesilla as “mess-ILL-uh”–not to mention the Arkansas River, which in Kansas is pronounced to rhyme with Kansas. Trivia tidbit: Masterson eventually had a career as a sports journalist–in New York City (!)–and died at his desk in the newspaper offices.

    Laurie R. King: Pirate King Continuing the Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russel series. A little more far-fetched than some, but still quite a good read.

    Larry Correia. Continuing the series:

    Monster Hunter Vendetta
    Monster Hunter Alpha
    Monster Hunter Legion

    Patrice Greenwood: A Fatal Twist of Lemon Talked with the author at Bubonicon, and she persuaded me to try it. A nice cozy, with a bit of a romance touch, but fun to read. I haven’t started on the next one yet, but it is in the queue.

    George MacDonald: The Princess and the Goblin Highly recommend by Jane & her husband. I like it as well, although I prefered MacDonald’s Phantastes overall.

    In progress:
    Larry Correia: Monster Hunter Nemesis A lot of urban fantasy series reach a “jumping the shark” point. This is not there yet, but it is less gripping than earlier ones in the series.

    John Ferling: Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800 (audiobook) Very interesting and balanced account. Plenty of analogies to current, but no exact one-to-one correspondence of the parties then and now. Gives some hope that the political animosity growing over the past few decades may eventually be overcome. One key point: if not the first, then the largest-to-that-date peaceful transition of power from one party to another.

    Andre Norton: Sioux Spaceman Just restarted this one (last read probably in 1972!). We’ll see how her writing has held up.

    George MacDonald: The Princess and Curdie Just started, but already looking to be more intriguing than the the previous book.

  3. harriedharry Says:

    Completed “Limits of Power”, and reading “Crown of Retrieval” both by Elizabeth Moon. Both are fantasy, but not her best writing. At times, the story is slow, but then it picks up so I can go on. I also completed a book of her short stories, which was very good and some were hilarious! The title is “Moon Flights”. Enjoy your week!

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