FF: Deceptive

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This week’s Friday Fragments are quite deceptive because they’re not going to reflect all the reading I’m doing to prepare myself to responsibly vote for this year’s Nebula Awards.   So, while it looks as if I’m reading very little, I’m actually reading quite a lot!

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:

Thud by Terry Pratchett.  Re-read.  I had forgotten just how brilliant this one is.

In Progress:

Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization by Will Durant.  Audiobook.  Continuing in China.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill.  Recommended by a Friday Fragments reader!  Just started.


Before bed, I’ve been re-reading one of my favorite manga because Jim is finally reading it, and this refreshes my memory so I can discuss it with him.

7 Responses to “FF: Deceptive”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    I finished Kill the Farm Boy by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne. They tried really hard to be clever and punny, at the expense of plot and character development. No LOL moments for me.

    Now I started a book with lots of LOL moments – Pyramids by Terry Pratchett. I just started, so I haven’t met the camel yet.

    I am also reading Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds by Brandon Sanderson. I am enjoying it.

    Still working on The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Nice varied mixture. Humor is SUCH a sensitive area. Very hard to “hit right,” which is why Pratchett is so good.

    • James Mendur Says:

      Recently re-read:

      The Hammer of Darkness, by L.E. Modesitt Jr. – I like it for its exploration of immortality and power, albeit a very Eurocentric idea of power and myth.

      Buckaroo Banzai, by Earl Mac Rauch – the novelization of the movie (but not really); it’s more like a harder pulp adventure for those who’ve seen the movie and now want the real, unvarnished tale, told from Reno’s point of view. I like it quite a bit.

      Currently reading:

      Today We Choose Faces, by Roger Zelazny – I had *thought* this was going to be a re-read of a book I didn’t really remember but, somehow, I’d missed this one. I had never thought I would ever again read a previously unread Zelazny novel but here I am. Not his best, not his worst, just a serviceable, somewhat confusing book but definitely one of his. I can’t really describe what it’s like to think you’ve read all there is by an author and then, suddenly, you find out there’s one more book. I’m torn between devouring it completely as quickly as possible, and taking my time to savor this last drop of a discontinued vintage.

    • James Mendur Says:

      I had the same reaction to “Kill the Farm Boy.” I *wanted* to like it but I couldn’t get past the frist couple of chapters.

  2. Harried Harry Says:

    I just finished “The Rope” by Nevada Barr. Very intense with some pretty graphic scenes. I have a much better understanding of what it means for a person to be raped. It’s a good read and enjoyable with a real twist in the plot which changes the outcome. I also finished more of David Weber’s Honor Harrington books (Field of Dishonor, Flag in Exile, and Honor Among Enemies). Excellent reads with concepts applicable to today’s society. I’m working on completing the series of “Albion” by Andre Norton and Marie Edgehill; nice easy reading with some humor to make it just nice.

    The Worm Moon was nice to view. I hope to see more of them. I’m trying to get the yard ready for the spring. Raking 3/4 acre of grass is not as much fun as using my tractor, but I don’t have a rake for the tractor (yet). Today I’ll mow the weeds so it will look better.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Sounds as if you have a lot of conflict in your reading right now. Good that there is the “easy reading,” too. I don’t have a lawn, which I am just as happy about. I DO have weeds.

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