FF: Shelter From The Storm

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News Flash: I’ll be at Page One Books this Saturday (April 27) as a guest bookseller helping celebrate Independent Booksellers.  There will be door prizes!  Best of all, I’ll have a chance to chat because I don’t need to do a panel or sign anything (unless you want me to).  I’ll be there from 1:30 to 2:45.

This week has been very stressful, so I’ve mostly been re-reading.

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:

In An Absent Dream: Wayward Children 4 by Seanan McGuire.  Audiobook.

Modesty Blaise by Peter O’Donnell.  Novel.  Re-read, but it’s been a long time.

In Progress:

Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett.  Re-read.  Not one of my favorites, but good.  It introduces Gaspode, who will become a recurring character in the series.  I’d forgotten the pre-Watch Detritus, too.

Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya, this week volumes 11-18.  Manga.  Re-read.  The story is moving from slice of life, romantic comedy into the more serious part of the story, including backstories for a several characters.

The Life of Greece by Will Durant.  Audiobook.  I’ve read parts of this, but I don’t think ever the whole thing.  Jim gave me a set for Christmas.


A few new magazines came in, and catalogs.  Who ever knew there was so much stuff in the world!

10 Responses to “FF: Shelter From The Storm”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    I am still reading Cygnet by Patricia A. McKillip. I have adjusted to her writing style and am enjoying it.

    I am in the middle of Changeless (Parasol Protectorate #2) by Gail Carriger. I think it is a bit better than the first book, especially since a parasol is playing a greater role.

    I have begun my exploration of Manga. I checked out a couple of books from my library. I am reading Fullmetal Alchemist , Vol 1 by Hiromu Arakawa. It was recommended on a Goodreads list of Manga for beginners. You are right, Jane. It is not like the comics I am used to.

    Not only do I have to read it from back to front, I have to read each page from right to left. I had heard that it was a good brain exercise to vary your routine. For example, if you usually brush your teeth with your right hand, switch to your left. In that case, my brain is getting a good workout!

    • janelindskold Says:

      I really like Fullmetal Alchemist. I read it as it was coming out, and found the twists and turns sometimes heart-stopping. This goes places American comics are only just discovering and most haven’t even contemplated.

      One thing to be alert for is that manga often does very little to signal either POV shifts or flashbacks. You need to look for the signs, which can be as subtle as a change in border. Also, especially once characters are established, there will be “short hand” version of how they’re drawn, used especially for when you’re actually getting their emotional subtext. Ex. Ed will be a sort of wild-eyed gremlin with a hair spike. Once you get used to it, it’s fine, but it can be confusing.

      There you are, getting me lecturing, but FMAlchemist is a really good story… If the manga gets confusing and you decide to try the anime, be sure you get the version “Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood.” It’s the one that follows the manga storyline.

      Anime geek will now blush and go wandering off…

  2. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    I’ve been very busy lately and my reading has taken a back seat to the battles of my life.
    I’ve been listening to audiobooks at night when I fall asleep. I choose books I’ve read so I don’t miss anything if I fall asleep before the timer shuts the book off. A lot of Stephen King, Anne Rice and a couple Jim Butcher. I’m going through the Codex Alera series again right now.

    I am also reading an actual book😮, Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James. I’m only a few chapters in and it’s pretty intense. I’m liking it so far.

    • janelindskold Says:

      I’m sorry there have been life battles. I hope you are holding your ground. Stephen King before bed?? You are a brave, brave human.

    • Beverly Martin Says:

      I like Stephen King, too. Is it spookier when you listen to it?
      I am glad to hear you like Black Leopard Red Wolf. I plan to read it. I hope you have a happy, healthy May!

      • King Ben's Grandma Says:

        I didn’t listen to the spookier King stories. I listened to The Talisman, Black House, Insomnia, Lisey’s Story, a couple of the Dark Tower books and Hearts In Atlantis. William Hurt read two of the stories in Hearts In Atlantis and he was AMAZING! King never really scared me. Some of his stories have a serious ick factor but not scary to me.
        I’m new to audiobooks. I have hearing loss from eardrum scaring as a result of Scarlet Fever. I had assumed I would have trouble with audiobooks and I was right. I’ve stuck with things I’ve already read.
        Thank goodness for the public library, letting me test my assumption. I’ll let you know my thoughts on Black Leopard, Red Wolf when I finish.
        Thank you for your well wishes! I hope things are well with you too.

  3. Harried Harry Says:

    King Ben’s Grandma, I hope the “battles of your life” slow down to peaceful discussions. Best wishes.

    I just finished the first two Temeraire books by Naomi Novik. Just the right pace with enough interesting parts to keep me up later than usual. I thought I would need to read each book, but then found each is very much a stand alone, but the books do follow in sequence. Nicely written. I found the first two books in my library, but now I have to find the last book in the series. Enjoy your week and don’t let the stress get you down –go for a walk, find some stones and throw them after telling each stone what is bugging you. When you throw the stone, it will take the “bugging” away with it.

    For me, I’m going Jeeping tomorrow. I haven’t been out since October and I need a change of scenery, since I have too many things at home to do, but I don’t want to do them. (OK, I’m playing hooky).

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