FF: Non-Standard

Keladry On The Alert For Evil

In the last week or so I’ve read a wide variety of types of fiction, confirming my strong preference for character driven plots—as long as those characters are interesting and complex.  What’s fascinating is that even a “standard” plot becomes non-standard as soon as the author puts solid thought into how their protagonists will react.

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:

A Gathering Evil by Michael A. Stackpole.  Dark Conspiracy game setting published by GDW.  Uses the amnesiac protagonist very well to introduce a complex setting.  Sly situational humor enlivens a serious action/adventure plot.

Evil Ascending by Micheal A. Stackpole.  Three different POV’s in this one.  I liked each one, but preferred the tighter focus.

Evil Triumphant by Michael A. Stackpole.  Even more split POV in this one, and much, much more military hardware lovingly described.  Not really as much my thing, but I thought it had a nice twist at the end.

In Progress:

The Life of Greece by Will Durant.  Audiobook.  Touring the various city states.  Just finished Syracuse.

House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones.  Wanted a complete shift of story…

Also:

 I’m re-reading the 90,000+ word manuscript of Wolf’s Soul to refresh myself on details before I write the conclusion.

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10 Responses to “FF: Non-Standard”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    I finished The Grey Ghost by Clive Cussler, a Remi and Sam Fargo adventure. Typical exciting plot with the good guys prevailing.

    I also finished Fruits Basket. It was fun to discover a new genre. Thank you, Jane Lindskold!

    Now I am reading Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell, the first book in a new series. I have read books by this author before. This book is a fantasy, set in a world with magic. I am really enjoying it! Good, likeable characters.

    I am just starting Two Kinds of Truth (Harry Bosch #20) by Michael Connelly.

    • janelindskold Says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed Fubaru! My nephew is a major Clive Cussler fan, but I’ve never read any. Suggestion for a start? Or, maybe even better, one to avoid?

      • Beverly Martin Says:

        Any of the Dirk Pitt books are good. They are the early ones, written by Cussler alone.

        I also enjoyed the Isaac Bell series co written with Justin Scott. These are especially good to listen to since the narrator, Scott Brick, is excellent.

        And I like the Fargo series, as you can see.

      • janelindskold Says:

        Thanks. It would be good to be able to book chat with my nephew next time I see him.

        Other than “So how do you like college?”

  2. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    Only two books completed for me this week. The first was The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams. I liked it but I can’t say I loved it. I am picking up the other two books of the trilogy at the library today. We’ll see if my feelings change as the story continues.
    The second book was This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper. This is another one of those books that I requested from the library without remembering when or why. Having an app for my local library makes it easy for me to request books whenever I see/hear/read about them. If it looks good, I request it. Usually by the time I read the book I have no memory of why or even when I requested it. Anyway, this is a story about a family spending seven days together after the father/husband died. Every member of the family has their own little dramas and the family members don’t really get along well. I was belly laughing from the beginning. It was an enjoyable read.

    I’m still doing the audio books at night. The final Codex Alera just became available so I’ll be listening to that after I finish the current Stephen King I’m on, which is Wizard And Glass, one of The Dark Tower series.

  3. James Mendur Says:

    Completed re-read of previous “Vinyl Detective” novels by Andrew Cartmel and just began the new 4th book “Flip Back.” Cozy-type mystery with quirky characters (all of whom are collectors of one kind or another) set in London, with occasional forays elswhere. Not sure what a “flip back” is yet because I didn’t want to be spoiled at all on this one.

    Also in the middle of a “Fiction River” collection about spies. Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch edit these anthologies. I wanted to read a lot of short fiction this year so I got a bunch of these. Like most anthologies, not every story works for every reader, but even the ones I don’t enjoy in and of themselves as stories are interesting for how the authors wrote them. It also helps me read outside my comfort zone because the anthologies cover a lot of genres. I wouldn’t normally seek out a spy novel, or an anthology of spies, but since this was part of the group, I’m reading it. It’s interesting, so far.

  4. Jeremy A Tassoff Says:

    I’ve only read a few of Mr. Stackpole’s works, but my introduction was reading Talion: Revenant for a Fantasy Literature Seminar in my sophomore year and absolutely loved it.
    I’m one of the many fans who have been nagging Mr. Stackpole for a sequel for over ten years. (In case you’re interested, he has finally started publishing it as an online serial).

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