FF: An Interesting Structure

Kwahe’e Thinks Cat Should Be On This Cover

I’m on the last book in Susan Cooper’s “Dark Is Rising” series.  It’s the only one that brings together all the main characters in one book.  Even Will Stanton, the character most often cited as “main” doesn’t appear until the second book, and could be considered a minor character in the third.  That makes for an interesting structure.

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 Grey King by Susan Cooper.

In Progress:

Silver on the Tree by Susan Cooper.

Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization by Will Durant.  Audio.  Still trying to define just what civilization is and how it evolved.


An occasional article, but I’m so far behind on my magazines that I can hardly hope to catch up.


6 Responses to “FF: An Interesting Structure”

  1. James Mendur Says:

    Recently finished: The Nightmare Stacks, book 7 (of 9 novels and 3 novellas so far) in The Laundry Files by Charles Stross (this book used the idea of magic-using alternate-human-evolutionary-path (i.e. elves) invading the city of Leeds.

    Begun rereading: Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire (first novella in the Wayward Children series centered on what happens after the children come BACK from their portal adventures)

    On deck: At Christmas, I acquired a copy of the 1965 book that Roger Zelazny used to write “24 Views of Mt. Fuji, by Hokusai.” I intend to re-read the novella and refer to the actual prints as I read it.
    Because I’m strange that way.

    I’ve sort of accidentally begun collecting replicas of props from books, TV shows and movies … not the actual props, which are expensive, but weird bits and pieces. This book, a bookend of a monkey exactly like the one from the TV show “Wonderfalls”, a rather nice (for Lovecraftian values of nice) small statuette of Cthulhu, a hand drawn on parchment copy of Thorin’s map from “The Hobbit” and a few other bits and bobs. I’m still keeping an eye out for the Loc-Nar and an oscillation overthruster on eBay. My will (when I get around to writing it) will donate all of these to the local F&SF organization for their charity auction, which should raise a few eyebrows.

    • janelindskold Says:

      I have the ACTUAL book Roger used when writing “24 Views of Mt. Fuji, by Hokusai.” He gave it to me as a gift one year with a note scribbled in the front. One my my treasures.

      I very much liked “Every Heart a Doorway.” The sequels have been decent, but this one really moved me.

  2. Beverly Martin Says:

    I finished Asphodel by Jane Lindskold. It was a delightful book. Even if it was different from other works by you, there was still the tell-tale playful wording. I loved the descriptions that brought all the characters and surroundings alive for me. I laughed out loud at the name of the tree!

    I also finished Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson. It was ok but what he intended as wry observations sometimes turned into cynical carping.

    I am still making my way through The Neutronium Alchemist by Peter F. Hamilton and I just started The City and The Stars by Arthur C. Clarke.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Thank you for taking a risk on a very different book. I’m glad you found it delightful. I felt pure joy when writing it, even when it made me cry. Someday, if I get rich, I want to do an illustrated version. I think I even have found the right artist.

      I love how varied your reading choices are. Please keep them coming!

  3. Harried Harry Says:

    Jane, what do you mean “Someday, if I get rich…”? You are already rich! You have a husband who loves you, cats who adore you, friends who insist you write and are right for them. What else could you ask for? (Corrected: For what else could you ask?) Money? It just disappears, so don’t worry about it. You are rich in ideas, good, bad, and beautiful.

    • janelindskold Says:

      I agree with you more than you know. Really. But I can’t use any of the above to pay an artist. For that I need money. I KNOW you don’t mean to imply that because I have a good life in so many ways I am somehow immune to the need for money. I can’t imagine telling doctors, grocers, etc that… But I am grateful for what I have. Really. But I’m not living outside of our current economic structure, either.

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