FF: Collaborative Reading

Persephone Makes Money Under the Table

This week I read the entirety of the first issue of DreamForge Magazine.  Now Jim is reading it, and we’re having a lot of fun discussing the stories.  I think of this as collaborative reading or at least a reading group of two.  I also very much enjoy seeing comments on what you’re reading.  Often it influences what I start looking for to read next.

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:

Going Postal by Terry Pratchett.  Before bed.  This is one I enjoyed much more on a second reading than I did on a first!

In Progress:

Making Money by Terry Pratchett.  Re-read.  Before bed.

Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization by Will Durant.  Audio.  We’re now to music and art in India.  This book was written in the mid-1930’s, before George Harrison of the Beatles made sure everyone knew what a sitar sounded like.

Also:

Reading a combination of short fiction from various sources and almost, almost catching up on my magazines!

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8 Responses to “FF: Collaborative Reading”

  1. James Mendur Says:

    Haven’t been doing much reading lately. Went to what I think might be my last F&SF convention (unless someone I *really* want to see is a local GoH in the future).

    I did read Daniel Keys Moran’s self-published anthology, “Tales of the Continuing Time and Other Stories” – this one is more geared toward his long-time fans. I’d previously read about half the stories and enjoyed the other half.

    I’ve been slowly wending my way through “The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump” by Harry Turtledove, published in 1993. I remember enough about what L.A. was like 25 years ago that I can still get almost all the jokes and the alternate historical references. The allusions are rather dense, which makes for a slow read as I translate them. It’s a good story, though. I’m looking forward to seeing how it ends.

    • janelindskold Says:

      I’ve been to LA once,maybe twice. Didn’t find my lack of knowledge any drawback to enjoying this novel. Same with Tim Powers stuff. I know very little about the CA settings he loves, but that doesn’t matter.

  2. Beverly Martin Says:

    I read The Towers of the Sunset (The Saga of Recluce #2) by L.E. Modesitt. This one reminded me of the Imager series in some of the way magic worked, such as eating or drinking after doing magic. I am enjoying the series.

    I am reading The Wedding Guest by Jonathan Kellerman. I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway. It is #34 in a series in which I have read a couple of books. That hasn’t been a problem so far.

    I just started Red Moon by Kim Stanley Robinson. It seems to have a lot of science in it so far, so it is not a fast read.

    I am waiting for my next Terry Pratchett to be available in my library. Next up, Wyrd Sisters.

  3. futurespastsite Says:

    Just finished reading DreamForge #1 also. Enjoyed the stories, including yours!

  4. Harried Harry Says:

    I have been rereading some old ones from David Weber’s “Worlds of Honor” short stories, which included a couple from Jane. Very enjoyable reading. I’m mixing up my reading, so I’ve tried to catch up on the Anna Pigeon mysteries by Nevada Barr. Each story seems to get a little bit better and the history is superb.

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    For those who like to use e-readers, I’m using a service from BookBub which allows a person to acquire low cost copies of stories. The service has many different genre’s so you can make your own selections. They just started with a new Audio book service https://www.chirpbooks.com/

    BookBub

    • janelindskold Says:

      I’m glad you liked my Worlds of Honor stories. I did,too. There is supposed to Someday be another anthology, but I don’t know when.

      Please note. BookBub is a good service and legitimate (not piracy), but the author pays a high fee to be included. That’s why you won’t find all books there all the time. I’ve used it once and may again someday, but it won’t be routine!

  5. Other Jane Says:

    Started Octavia Butler’s “Parable of the Sower” and am enjoying it.

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