FF: Keep On Reading!

I’m managing a little more reading time… You might say it’s my carrot, my reward for a day’s work well done.

Carrot, Not Stick

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:

The Snow Queen by Joan Vinge.  I read this years after it was winning awards.  Came away feeling the awards were well deserved.

Od Magic by Patricia A. McKillip.  Audiobook.  Excellent and evocative.

In Progress:

Death Comes As the End by Agatha Christie.  Audiobook.  Set in ancient Egypt with lots of period material.  Very enjoyable, although the POV character might strike some as too vague and dreamy.


The magazines are piling up!


8 Responses to “FF: Keep On Reading!”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    That is certainly a good looking carrot!

    I am currently reading Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d (Flavia de Luce 8) by Alan Bradley.

    Also, I am in the middle of The Confessions of Young Nero (Nero1) by Margaret George. This is historical fiction about Nero of fiddling fame. It is well written and I like the character. However, it is a bit like watching a train wreck. I keep flinching and wanting to close my eyes since I know disaster awaits.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Thanks! It’s from our garden. I thought after bunnies on Wednesday, a carrot today was appropriate.

      Your comment about historical fiction is one reason I don’t read a lot of it, but read the non-fiction history instead. NOT a hard and fast rule, just a tendency.

      Have you tried John Maddox Roberts’ SPQR Roman mysteries? EXCELLENT and the the historical material is solidly handled.

      • Beverly Martin Says:

        The Roberts books are on my TBR list, but I haven’t read them yet. So many books – so little time!

    • CBI Says:

      I have greatly enjoyed Bradley’s Flavia de Luce series. He seemed to stumbled a bit with Thrice the Brindled Cat hath Mew’d, but recovered well with The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place, although I would like Flavia to move on from age eleven to twelve.
      The (final?) book is due out next month:>.though. The books seem to be binarily received: either you like them or you dislike them (e.g., my wife).

  2. Svenn Lindskold Says:

    Washington Black just missed on the Booker. I would have been my choice. Esi Edugyan is indeed a talented writer and the topic and span of this book are rare.
    The magazines are, indeed, piling up. I’m dropping back to a half dozen subscriptions after being swamped with environmental organization and political commentary subscriptions.
    How many fans of John Banville (e.g., The Sea) are there on this side of the pond?

  3. CBI Says:

    I don’t think I’ve read Christie’s Death Comes As the End since I was in high school, yet I think I can recite the title poetry lines even now. I will have to read it again.

    Unfortunately, a woeful lack of reading time has been my lot–except at work, and that’s been a whole different type of research reading.

    Recently Completed:

    The Farthest Shore by Ursula Le Guin. Nice wrap-up of the original trilogy. She comes close to–but avoids–being to preachy on some speculative matters.

    In Progress:
    Tehanu by Ursula Le Guin. (audiobook) Continuing the Earthsea cycle. So far so good, although the main character seems to have suffered a bit of a personality shift. Le Guin’s “second wave” feminism comes through quite nicely, but I suspect that many “fourth wave” feminists would not be so accepting. (Side peeve: why do so many audio books written by Americans end up with British readers? Their pronunciation of words in an inappropriate dialect is distracting.)

    The Light that Failed by Rudyard Kipling. The third novel in my “complete works” book; not much progress made.

    Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey. Not much progress here, either.

    • janelindskold Says:

      I read Tehanu when it came out and haven’t felt inclined to re-read. I didn’t dislike, so I wonder why.

      • CBI Says:

        Interesting. I actually preferred it to the first three of the Earthsea cycle. Not sure why, either; the characters seemed more realistic, maybe? Doubt it will ever crop up as a re-read, though.

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