FF: It Was a Good Week

Kel Stole My Bedtime Read!

This was really a good week for reading.  I wanted to read a T. Kingfisher book that didn’t have a kid as a protagonist, and wasn’t disappointed.  I also found that the Cleese autobiography went from side-rippingly funny to poignantly thoughtful.

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 Clockwork Boys by T. Kingfisher.   Not steampunk, despite the title.  Closer to sword and sorcery with the “sorcery” replaced by demons and ancient technology.  Complex multi-level characterization, a touch of romance, and dry humor make this unlikely tale work beautifully.

The Wonder Engine by T. Kingfisher.  Part two of the story begun in The Clockwork Boys.  Satisfying if bittersweet conclusion.  I really like that there are consequences.  And gnoles.  I liked the gnoles a lot.

So, Anyway… by John Cleese.  Audiobook, read by the author.  Intensely detailed, sometimes very funny autobiography focusing on Cleese’s formative years.  Don’t read this if you’re hoping for a lot about Monty Python.  Do read if you are interested in the complex journey of John Cleese.

In Progress:

Going Postal by Terry Pratchett.  Before bed.  Generates weird dreams and a strong desire for bacon sandwiches.

Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization by Will Durant.  Audio.  Doing medicine in India.  Some amazing things here.

Also:

This week I should finally see the first issue of DreamForge: Tales of Hope in the Universe.  It will definitely move to the top of my TBR pile!

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4 Responses to “FF: It Was a Good Week”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    I added Clockwork Boys to my TBR list. It sounds good.

    I finished Sourcery by Terry Pratchett. As usual, he has some great lines that make me laugh. I enjoyed it, even with its dark side.

    I also finished The Sands of Mars by Arthur C. Clarke. Considering it is over 60 years old, it was still a good story. Granted, his predictions about Mars were totally wrong, but I just pretended it was about Planet Z and went with the flow.

    Now I am reading Deep Storm by Lincoln Child. It is an adventure, action story and I like it so far.

    I am also reading a book I won in a Goodreads Giveaway: Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss by Rajeev Balasubramanyam. It is about a very successful Economist. Not very likeable characters so far, but I just started.

    • janelindskold Says:

      I’ve done JUST what you did with the Sands of Mars! A good SF novel shouldn’t be doomed by Current Science. However, a BAD SF novel that only has “I’m doing the trendy science thing of the day” doesn’t not get a pass from me. Not even if it was written last week!

  2. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    Completed –
    Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. Sequel to Six Of Crows. I wanted to throw the book across the room a couple times (I would NEVER do that to a book) because of all the cliff-hanger, near-misses. It was stressing me out😃

    The Robots Of Gotham by Todd McAulty. It took me a few chapters to get into. The book is written in “blog posts”. It was an interesting way to do it. Some of the “sponsors of encryption” were pretty funny. The story takes place in 2083, robots and humanity exist side by side and get along, or don’t. This is more of an action/mystery novel than a sci-fi robot one. It’s the first novel from this author. I enjoyed it but it’s a brick of 673pages

    Currently Reading –
    Stellar Glory by Scot Noel. My free DreamForge book. I just started last night. I’m also looking forward to my copy of DreamForge magazine.

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