FF: Scattered Because…

Kel Snuggles Calpurnia Tate

My reading has been really scattered lately because after a day of reading my own stuff (I’m still reviewing what I have on Wolf’s Search and Wolf’s Soul before launching into writing the final portion), when I settle to read for fun I start analyzing…

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:

Silver on the Tree by Susan Cooper.  Reread.  In my current analytical mode, I found myself thinking about those books where “destiny” takes too large a role.  The Six are far less interesting than minor character John Rowland precisely because he doesn’t have a Grand  Fate.

In Progress:

Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization by Will Durant.  Audio.  We’ve gone through Egypt, Sumerian, Babylon, Assyria, the Phoenicians, and various “minor” groups.  Now we’re immersed in the roots of Biblical history.

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly.  Reread.  A historical novel with a tween character who learns about evolution and the value of knitting.


Some short fiction and non-fiction articles.


10 Responses to “FF: Scattered Because…”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    I finally finished The Neutronium Alchemist by Peter F. Hamilton. It was a biggie, at 1273 pages, but I enjoyed it.

    At the other end of the size spectrum, I finished Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells, weighing in at 158 pages. I enjoy these books. There is lots of action and clever writing.

    I am still working on The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke. I am kind of struggling to see where we are going with all this story, but perhaps all will become clear.

    I started Blameless in Abaddon (Godless 2) by James K. Morrow. It is the sequel to Towing Jehovah, which I really enjoyed.

    I watched Ready Player One. I ran across it on HBO. Meh. As was mentioned last week, often the book is a lot better.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Thanks for reminding me that I’ve meant to try Towing Jehovah… These days I find myself not picking up REALLY massive books, mostly because I’m reading in bed and when a cat bumps a tome my nose hurts!

    • King Ben's Grandma Says:

      I’m glad I didn’t pay to rent the movie Ready Player One if it was only meh. We don’t have cable and I rarely watch movies.
      I did get hooked on the Outlander series after reading the books and watching the first season. I’m a little bummed that I can’t pay to watch the current series unless I subscribe to the channel. I guess I’ll have to wait until the season is over.

  2. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    I’ve been reading The Singularity Rising series by David Beers. I got the box set of the four The Singularly e-books for $.99. I do love a deal. That’s the point though. One gets hooked, the wants more. I’m enjoying the story.

    I read Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich. Those Stephanie Plum books are just hysterical! I literally laugh out loud with every one.

    I also read The Dog Stars by Peter Heller. He has an unusual writing style in this one. I haven’t read any of his other books so I don’t know if this is his usual style or not. It was a basic post-apocolypse story but the style made the main character’s emotional journey really stand out.

    I picked up Target Alex Cross by James Patterson and Blood Communion by Anne Rice at the Library. I’m half done with the Patterson and my older daughter snagged the Anne Rice so I’ll have to wait for that one.

    • Beverly Martin Says:

      Hooray! Another fan of Stephanie Plum! I totally agree. It is great to read something that makes me laugh!
      I have added The Dog Stars to my to be read list. Thanks for the mention!

    • janelindskold Says:

      Not post-apoc for me right now, but this reminded me of one of my favorite novels: Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones.

      • King Ben's Grandma Says:

        I looked for Dogsbody at the library and they don’t have it. I put it on their recommendation list. I also added it to my ebook wish list.
        It’s probably a good thing that I can’t afford to buy all the books I read because I’d have nowhere to put them😃

  3. Louis Robinson Says:

    Finished Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?

    A social, economic, political and evolutionary history of the barnyard fowl. Which, it turns out, is a pheasant, so if you have a hankering for Pheasant Under Glass, there’s a cheap way to satisfy your need. All kinds of interesting bits about the birds and their milieus that often throw out interesting info about broader society. For example, the to-me oxymoronic fact that slaves in the southern states had fully-protected property rights – a master couldn’t just help himself to his slaves’ chickens or eggs. He had to pay for them, sometimes quite large sums. [Come to think of it, that was true in the English West Indies, as well – holding market on Sunday was banned in Montserrat because slaves were making enough money to buy their freedom] The Peculiar Institution proves to have been very peculiar indeed. And so on, through every corner of the ancient, medieval and modern worlds. [if you’re interested, BTW, the short answer is ‘because it’s crunchy, and tastes good with or without ketchup’]

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