FF: In the Midst

Give A Cat A Bone (Reader)

This week I’m in a more normal pattern.  I’ve also been reading magazine stories here and there.

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:

Nemesis Games by James S.A. Corey.  Audiobook.  I ended up being really interested in this one.  I’m learning that the opening chapters – which tend to be very gloom and doom – could chase me away if I didn’t already like the series.  I realize that goes back to the very first novel in the series, Leviathan Wakes.

In Progress:

Babylon’s Ashes by James S.A. Corey.  Audiobook.  Once again, things are pretty gloomy and stressful and everyone is cranky…

The Bone Reader by Mab Morris.  A murder mystery combined with court intrigue, featuring a fortune teller who doesn’t believe her own prophesies.  So far, so good.

Also:

Still doing continuity reading from the latter Firekeeper novels as I move into a new plot arc.

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9 Responses to “FF: In the Midst”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    This week I read Binti by Nnedi Okorafor, which was a pleasant, short read.

    Now, I am reading Circe by Madeline Miller which hasn’t really grabbed me. I don’t care about the main character, so far.

    Also reading The Dreaming Void by Peter F. Hamilton. His books are always challenging to me. Perhaps because of the science or because of his style. I am enjoying this, tho.

  2. CBI Says:

    Recently completed:

    Monster Hunter Nemesis by Larry Correia. A lot of urban fantasy series reach a “jumping the shark” point. This started out that way, but went back to the old (and more enjoyable) rhythm about a third of the way through. On the other hand,

    Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800 by John Ferling (audiobook) A very interesting and balanced account about one of the most consequential elections in our nation’s history. Well worth reading.

    Sioux Spaceman by Andre Norton. Last read when I was in high school. You asked how it held up, and I would say, “quite well.” I had planned on getting rid of the book when I was done (one of many found in a box in the garage that hadn’t been opened for over a decade), but am having second thoughts. Of historical note, the world she creates includes some of the racist stereotypes common in that day and which were adopted in part by later Identity theories. Yet, that doesn’t dominate the character development in the book by any means. In addition, the variations are presented as more complementary rather than hierarchical as often seen nowadays in Intersectionality. So, like I said, I’m having second thoughts on tossing this one.

    In progress

    The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald.
    Has been more intriguing than the the previous book, and developing some similarities with his Phantastes.

    Monster Hunter Siege by Larry Correia. Sixth in the series. I’ve just started is, so no comments as of yet.

    Agincourt by Christopher Hibbert (audiobook). My knowledge of the history and battle has been well filtered through Shakespeare’s epic Henrgy V (or Hank Cinq as an instructor once called it). So far it seems that Shakespeare’s play was more accurate (at least, less inaccurate) than I’d expected.

    Wraiths of Time by Andre Norton. Just started this one as well: one of the books from the box found in the garage.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Christopher Hibbert is one of my favorite “popular” history writers. I discovered his work almost by accident when looking for an audiobook and settling on one of Hibbert’s because it was read by one of my favorite readers. This led to a serious Hibbert binge. Ironically, my library no longer has any of those audios — technologically obsolete and not replaced.

      Paper books (such as your garage box) do not suffer that fate.

      • CBI Says:

        I read research awhile back that the best long-term storage mechanism for important documents is high-quality paper. Paper is harder to memory-hole, to be sure.

        Aside from checking out audiobooks, I’ve found the RBDigital app on my (android) phone to be useful. I only found three Hibbert books on it (just checked), but it’s something. The Bluetooth makes it relatively easy to listen when to/from work.

  3. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    It’s been so long since I did a FF that I can’t list all the books I’ve read.
    I did read all of the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. All the books are very long and very good. Then I did something I NEVER do. I binge watched all the shows. I don’t watch TV. We don’t have cable. After watching the first episode, I was hooked. The show follows the books pretty closely.

    In my TBR pile are
    The Hum And The Shiver by Alex Bledsoe
    Four And Twenty Blackbirds by Cherie Priest
    The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

  4. Louis Robinson Says:

    Finished Garthwaite’s The Persians, from the Peoples of Asia series.

    If you want 2500 years of political history, he’s your man. Why 2500? Pretty much because the way he tells it there are no useful sources before the Persians wander on to Herodotus’s stage. I learned more about the origins of the Iranians, as a group, from the first chapters of The Afghans – which shouldn’t surprise anyone who knows that about half of Afghanistan is Iranian-speaking – despite the fact that language, like politics, doesn’t fossilize very well, so it can be hard to be sure which cultural horizons correspond to which linguistic/ethnic groups.

    Garthwaite appears to have no real interest in culture beyond its interaction with governance and rulership, and seems to be a traditional historian who finds archaeology illuminating only when it turns up written records, and then really only narrative records. So while I garnered a great deal of very useful information, particularly for the 19th & 20th centuries [periods for which there are huge amounts of source material for culture and people, much of it written by Europeans, BTW], I can’t say that I really know all that much more about the Persians than I did when I started. Admittedly, it is hard to come to firm conclusions about people who, unlike the Vikings or the Franks or the Lombards, are still living their history but I was still rather disappointed.

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