FF: Completed!

Under The Kindle Tree, Ziggy Eats

This past week I finished off a bunch of books…

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 Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill.  Style reminded me of Patricia McKillip.  I’m still thinking about this one, but I’d probably read something else by this author.

Peasprout Chen: Future Legend of Sword and Skate by Henry Lien.  The title makes this book sound a lot lighter weight than it is.  SF with some serious politics.

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Rohani Chokshi.  Part of the new Rick Riordan Presents line, and seems to take “let’s imitate Rick Riordan” a little too seriously.  Structure and even major plotpoints are highly derivative.  Uses Hindu myth eclectically.

In Progress:

Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller.  Creative dystopian setting.  Interesting characters.  Not recommended for those who don’t like multiple points of view or a plot that takes a while to come together, but if you can, it’s worth the journey.

Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization by Will Durant.  Audiobook.  Into Japan, currently on non-fiction.

Also:

Looking for something either familiar or lighter to read before bed.  I’m considering re-reading one of my favorite manga: Fruits Basket.  Tohru’s encounters with a very strange group based around the characters of the Chinese zodiac isn’t exactly “light” (she starts out orphaned and homeless) but it’s very warm.

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3 Responses to “FF: Completed!”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    Last night, I finished Pyramids by Terry Pratchett. It had some fun notions and statements, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as some of his other works.

    I also finished Woof (Bowser & Birdie #1) by Spencer Quinn. I had read the Chet and Bernie series and this is a juvenile form of the same type of story. It is about a girl and her dog, told from the point of view of the dog. Quinn is very good as relating what I imagine a dog would really think. It was a pleasant, easy read.

    Next, I will start Morning Star (Red Rising Saga #3) by Pierce Brown and, on a lighter note, Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett.

    I have never read manga but you have made me curious. Maybe I will try it sometime.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Pyramids grew on me over time, but I isn’t a favorite. But I do like the camel.

      Manga is very different from American comics and graphic novels. It took Jim quite a while to get used to the conventions. DelRey, I think it is, did some that provided a glossary of terms, which was nice. But there are a lot of little things that a person gets used to over time that can really confuse a new reader.

      An example is a big drop of sweat is not literally meant to indicate that a person is sweating, but that they are very nervous — often when they are not otherwise showing it, as in an awkward social situation.

      Or a mark that looks sort of like a hash tag indicates extreme anger.

      Or “chibi” (very small, cute depictions of a character) don’t mean that they’ve suddenly transformed. It means they are acting super cute, and not always in a flirtatious fashion. it can also be the sort of the way a puppy will when it look when it knows its in trouble and wants to forestall punishment.

      Oops… You’ve pushed my secret manga nerd button. I’ve been into this since for… Hmm… More years than I want to admit!

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