FF: Murder, Heresy, and Earthquakes

“Dandy” Dandelion Reads

I’ll be at MileHiCon this weekend.  I hope to see some of you 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:

Murder at the Bar by Ngaio Marsh.  Audiobook.

The Heretic’s Apprentice by Ellis Peters.  Audiobook.  More thoughtful than many Cadfael novels because of the frank discussion of heresy and free will.

In Progress:

Earthquake Weather by Tim Powers.  Almost done, but this is a long novel.

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen.  Audiobook.  When I was assigned this book in high school, I didn’t have the background to catch all of Austen’s tart social critiques.


Getting ready for MileHiCon has taken some  of my reading time, but I’ll make up for it with audiobooks on the road.


7 Responses to “FF: Murder, Heresy, and Earthquakes”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    I had company this week, so not much reading.

    I just started AMERICAN HIPPO, (River of Teeth 1-2) by Sarah Gailey.

    Have a fun road trip and a good convention!

  2. Louis Robinson Says:

    Finished The Persians. The other one. I’ll have to hunt down some other titles in the series [Peoples of the Ancient World] to see if the differences are authorial style or editorial style, but I actually learned more from this book despite it’s brevity. Of course, it’s hard to be prolix when dealing with an ancient military aristocracy where just about everything that survives is high-status. At least in the high middle ages you have lots of administrative records to go with the fancy armour and humongous churches and what not. It’s the paperwork that tells you something about how the rest of us lived.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Yes. And until recently neither archaeologists or anyone else cared about the lower classes. I think this is a change for the better.

      • Louis Robinson Says:

        The lower classes don’t show well in museums and – with all due respect to Jim – that remains a serious consideration. If you want a block-buster show, you need fancy [which almost invariably translates ‘high status’] artifacts. Or some thing like the body casts from Pompeii. Fortunately – thanks to Jim and his generation, I’d say – it’s no longer the primary consideration.

  3. Harried Harry Says:

    I started to read a book, but then went camping at Caballo Lake State Park where a large group of us went off road. I was getting up at 0500 and to bed around 1100pm. Too tired to do much reading, but I did try to finish the latest book about Recluce (Outcasts of Order) by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. Better written than some of his other books and interesting plot-line.

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