FF: What I Didn’t Want To Read

Persephone Considers Devouring a Good Book

When the January/February issue of Smithsonian arrived, and I saw that the focus was “America at War,” I didn’t think I’d read much of that issue.  However, one reason I subscribe to Smithsonian is because I want to push my limits, especially as to subject matter. Turns out that a magazine I didn’t think I wanted to read I finished very quickly because  it was nothing like what I expected.  Interesting how that can be.

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 Curious World of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly.  Much more transparently pedantic and so much less to my taste.

In Progress:

Maskerade by Terry Pratchett.  Re-read.  Before bed.

Summer in Orcus by T. Kingfisher.  Lyrical and visually lush.  “Summer” is the name of the main character.

Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization by Will Durant.  Audio.  We’re touring the complex cultural heritage of India.


I’ve almost finished Sword and Sorceress 33.  Nicely varied.

I enjoyed Lawrence M. Schoen’s novelette “The Rule of Three” from Future Science Fiction Digest.


11 Responses to “FF: What I Didn’t Want To Read”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    This week I read The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place (Flavia de Luce #9) by Alan Bradley. The plot was kind of loosely woven, but I still enjoyed the characters.

    Now I am reading City of Endless Night (Pendergast #17) by Preston & Child. These novels are not easily classified. They are police procedural thrillers with supernatural overtones cloaked in mystery.

    Also, I am still working on Voice of the Falconer by David Blixt.

    Thanks for mentioning Terry Pratchett on Wednesday. That made me hunger to read a discworld book, so I requested Sourcery from my library.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Sourcery is good. Surprisingly dark at times and a real contrast to his other early Discworld books. Can you recommend a “best” Preston/Child? I’ve meant to try for a long time, but get caught by the length of the series.

      • Beverly Martin Says:

        I really liked the first book, Relic. It hooked me on the series. Even though the stories do build on each other, the one I just finished, City of Endless Night would be ok as a stand-alone.

      • Beverly Martin Says:

        On further thought, Relic hooked me on the characters. There was not a cliff hanger. Also, If I remember correctly, I listened to many of these on CD and enjoyed them. Especially Still Life with Crows read by Scott Brick. It might be ok as a stand-alone, too.

      • janelindskold Says:

        Thank you! I will now remember to write this down…

  2. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    Completed – The 9 books of the Mimic series by James David Victor. I’m doing the Kindle Unlimited free trial and was looking for sci-fi. Each book of the series is really short so 9 seems like a lot but it was more like 3. Anyway, I liked the series. Earth’s first contact with an alien specis that happens to be a shape shifter. I liked that one of the main characters is Neuro Diverse.

    Also Completed – The Third Gate by Lincoln Child. This is the first I’ve read from Lincoln Child. I see that Beverly is also reading Child…funny.
    It’s a good read. Pretty intense at times, a page turner for sure.
    The main character is an Enigmalogist. He investigates the unexplainable.

    Also Read – The Last Rose Arch by Scot Noel. A lovely short story treat for the DreamForge supporters. I’m really looking forward to the magazine!

    Currently Reading – The Forgotten Room by Lincoln Child. Another story with Enigmalogist.

  3. Harried Harry Says:

    I haven’t read any short stories lately, but I did complete an old one by Nevada Barr and the two new books by David Weber. As I get older, my memory gets worse but I can still read so it works out okay. I’ll need to look at the books listed above since I’ve not read any of them.

  4. Alan Robson Says:

    Interesting that you are re-reading “Maskerade”. I’m currently listening to it as an audiobook while my dog Jake and I go for walks. It’s beautifully observed and very funny! But that’s Pterry for you…

    I’m going to imagine you reading the words as I’m listening to them. Both of us together at the opposite end of the world…


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