FF: Under the Tree

Ziggy Is VERY Impressed

Santa, well, actually, my husband, Jim, gave me a phenomenal present for Christmas: audiobook versions of the first five volumes of Will (and later Will and Ariel) Durant’s ambitious historical synthesis: The Story of Civilization.  In the past, I’ve read some of the volumes, and I own the entire set in print.  This last can be very useful when the audio makes a reference to an illustration.  I’m incredibly excited!

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 Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper.

Greenwitch by Susan Cooper.

In Progress:

The Grey King by Susan Cooper.

Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization by Will Durant.  Audio.  I’ll be listening to this for a while…


The Lost Prince by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  Audiobook. I had to give up on this one.  Too pedantic.  It’s possible that some of this may have been due to the reader’s style, so I may eventually check out in print.


5 Responses to “FF: Under the Tree”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    My Christmas present to me was a copy of Asphodel by Jane Lindskold! I have read about half and am really enjoying it.

    I am also still reading Bill Bryson’s Notes From A Small Island. I hope to finish it this year.

    Happy New Year to you and yours!

  2. Harried Harry Says:

    I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and are planning for a Happy New Year. I spent the holiday with my family (two of my children flew in) in Hawaii. We really enjoyed the time and the ocean. If you plan to visit, take the two weeks you will need to really enjoy the islands.

    Books I’m reading include Ed Greenwood’s Elminster series from the Forgotten Realms novels. Very interesting books with well thought out characters. Makes for an enjoyable read. I have some new e-books from Daniel Arenson to read from his Earthrise series. I’ll find out how I like the writing later this week (I hope).

    I went to the library after we returned and picked up a few books from authors I’ve read in the past but haven’t kept paces with. I’ll do more reading once I manage to pick the pecans which are littering my yard; all fifteen trees were shaken, so now we need to pick the nuts.

    Again, Happy New Year to all.

  3. Harried Harry Says:

    I have the pecans on the ground now, but picking them up is a real challenge. I’ve been having a lot of back & leg pain lately so my wife is picking the nuts, but she can only pick for an hour or so before her back starts hurting. When we were younger, we never had any pains, but as we have gotten older we’ve found all the pain we missed as youngsters.

    Enjoy your New Years Eve celebration. I know I’ll open a bottle of sparkling cider, have a few crackers with soft cheese, then go to bed. My wife plans to go to bed by 9:00 so I’ll get to drink the non-alcoholic stuff by myself.

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