FF: Finding Time

Kel Asks, “What Is Truth?”

Reading is taking something of a backseat to writing.  However, since I’ve learned I write better when I am making time to read, I’m cheerfully finding time.

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:

Making Money by Terry Pratchett.  Re-read.  Very much enjoyed.

Tales From The Nine Worlds by Rick Riordan.  Audiobook.  Short stories set in the “Magnus Chase” world.  Amusing, but mostly lacking the emotional punch of the novels.  Each story had a different reader to go with the different POV characters, a mostly successful element.  Possibly the best element was the framing device.

In Progress:

Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization by Will Durant.  Audiobook.  We finished India with the – at the time the book was written – contemporary figure of Mahatma Gandhi.  Fascinating additional element.

The Truth by Terry Pratchett.  Re-read.  This one moves me back in the Discworld timeline from the books I have been reading, but belongs to what I think of as the “Pratchett moves the Discworld out of the Fantasy Middle Ages” arc, so sort of fits.

Also:

I’ve been writing fairly steadily, so not much additional reading.

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8 Responses to “FF: Finding Time”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    I finished Red Moon by Kim Stanley Robinson. I really enjoyed the story. The downside was there was so much political and scientific jargon that I had to stop and look up. That was hard on momentum.

    I am currently reading Endgames (Imager Portfolio #12) by L.E. Modesitt Jr. These books all have the same basic plot, but I still like them. I guess it is because the author is very good at character development.

    I am also still working on The Wedding Guest by Jonathan Kellerman. It isn’t a bad book. I just get engrossed in a different one and it gets neglected.

    • King Ben's Grandma Says:

      I’ve read Red Moon also. I thought it was a good story overall but it kind of dragged on places. I liked New York 2140 better.

      I like Kellerman books, they’re comfortable, easy reads.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Interesting comment about the Modisitt. A friend of mine said much the same thing. I’ve only read a couple Recluse, but enjoyed the depth of setting and characterization.

  2. Louis Robinson Says:

    An interesting item in progress: I couldn’t find my copy of Pistols for Two, so I decided to see if TPL had one in easy reach. Which they don’t, so I’d have to put in a hold and wait a week or so to see it, but in the process I was pointed to a volume called Snowdrift, which is Pistols for Two plus three additional Heyer shorts that haven’t seen print since the thirties. Apparently there are a number of them that the editor found in the microfilm files of the British Library; she says that “it was all I could do not to do a happy dance right there in the middle of the library reading room!” Haven’t gotten to the new ones yet, but I’m hopeful 🙂

    • janelindskold Says:

      I hope the stories are good and not ones Heyer would have been just as happy to have forgotten!

      • Louis Robinson Says:

        Haven’t read all of them yet, but they don’t seem to be.

        Perhaps a little less good, in one case, but on a level with the rest of Pistols for Two. That book was full, perhaps she put in her personal favourites or the ones with the simplest rights arrangements. I’m not sure just how many other stories there are in the Regency setting but it’s not more than 4 or 5, so she probably didn’t have a chance to republish more of them.

  3. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    Completed ~ by Leigh Bardugo, The Trisha Trilogy which is Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, Ruin and Rising. Fun books. I encountered the Grisha when I read Six Of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, so I wanted to read about what came before. The Trilogy was written before the others.

    Completed ~ by Linsey Hall, The Dragon Gift Amazon books, which are God Of Magic, Hunt For Magic, Clash Of Magic, Threat Of Magic, Power Of Magic. I’ve read other sets by Linsey Hall, she’s done a bunch of them and they’re all interrelated. They’re fun, easy reads. I got these with my free trial of the Kindle Unlimited. I’m going to need to decide whether to keep it and pay or turn it off.

    Currently Reading ~ The Sky Is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith. I’m about half way through and I’m really enjoying it.

    I’m also slowly working my way through DreamForge Magazine. I’ve decided to go slowly with this lovely magazine and savor one story at a time. Maybe that way I won’t make myself crazy waiting for the next quarterly issue😉

    I just picked up four books from the library that I don’t remember reserving. My memory is so awful. I think being able to go to the library website and request a book is great. I get surprised every couple of weeks with books that must have looked like interesting reads.

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