FF: Sunrise and Doorways

Kel’s House of Many Ways

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.

I look forward to seeing what you are reading!

Recently Completed:

House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones.  This is sort of a sequel to her Howl’s Moving Castle, although the main focus is a young woman named Charmaine.

Chasing Sunrise by Emily Mah.  My sort of vampire novel.  Larissa doesn’t want to be a vampire, and does everything she can to resist.  Much more would be a spoiler.  I read this as an ARC.  The paperback is available, the e-book will be a June release.

In Progress:

The Life of Greece by Will Durant.  Audiobook.  Finished the tour and looking at major historical events and figures in more detail.  Currently just starting Pericles.

In the Forests of Serreby Patricia A. McKillip.  Re-read.  I haven’t read this one for so long it’s practically a new read!


Still reviewing the 90,000+ word manuscript of Wolf’s Soul to refresh myself on details before I write the conclusion.

9 Responses to “FF: Sunrise and Doorways”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    I found myself low on books, so I am reading Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers. I bought the first 4 books for my nephew to read when he gets older. I had read this many moons ago, but had forgotten most of the story. It got overshadowed by the movie. It is fun to read it now.

    I am also reading The Eternal Footman (Godhead #3) by James K. Morrow. I really enjoyed the first two but I am having a little trouble getting into this one. Perhaps because the POV keeps jumping around.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Did you see my post a while back about Mary Poppins? Seminal for me. Hint. Don’t read too many at once, since Travers deliberately hits similar pulse points book to book. Reassuring for younger readers, a bit annoying for adults.

      My library didn’t have the early Clive Cussler on audio, so I’m waiting on that, but I’ll keep checking. Their holdings shift and they’re very open to requests.

  2. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    I went to the library to pick up the other two Tad Williams books, Stone Of Farewell and To Green Angel Tower and also grabbed the newest Jonathan Kellerman, The Wedding Guest. I love the Alex Delaware series.

    Recently Completed~
    The Wedding Guest. An easy, fun, typical Alex Delaware novel.

    The Stone Of Farewell. With book two, I’m getting into the story more. So many characters with so many story lines, it must have been difficult for the author to keep track of it all.

    Currently Reading ~
    To Green Angel Tower. Wow! This book is a brick! I’m about one hundred pages in, only nine hundred to go. It ought to keep me busy for the week.

    In audio~
    I’ve been skipping the audio because I’ve been so tired I fall asleep before I set it up. Last night I started the final Codex Alera, First Lord’s Fury, by Jim Butcher. I’ve only got a week before it goes back to the library. I think I lasted about ten minutes before I was asleep.

  3. James Mendur Says:

    Recently completed: the 4th “Vinyl Detective” novel “Flip Back” by Andrew Cartmel. A decent addition to the series, but it feels a little “less” than the others. Maybe that’s because it references the other books a bit more, maybe I just wasn’t in the proper frame of mind to read it. For new readers, I wouldn’t start here. It gives away too much of earlier books.

    Nothing new started. I’ve been sick (not the good kind of sick where you watch daytime tv and read while taking it easy, the bad kind where you sleep 20 out of 24 hours and your head feels like it wants to fall off). I’m better now. I’ll need to pick something fun to start this weekend.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Can you tell us what “flip back” refers to? I was very curious when you mentioned it last week.

      Hope you feel better soon.

      • James Mendur Says:

        You know how, in a vinyl LP, usually the cardboard sleeve has the folds on the inside so both front and back look seamless?
        A “flip back” actually has the foldover flaps glued to the outside of the back cover.
        Link to example picture: https://assets.catawiki.nl/assets/2016/3/28/b/d/c/bdc4d720-f4ea-11e5-88da-fd925cf97e89.jpg
        I vaguely recall seeing some of those covers in my father’s record collection, but they were mostly gone by the 70s, replaced by the seamless covers.

        It was very important to the record collector in the book to find the ultra rare edition of an album which was issued with a flip back cardboard sleeve instead of the more traditional sleeve.

        I keep learning so much about vinyl albums and various musical genres and eras from these books. Luckily, I’m not enough of an audiophile to need the perfect tones of undamaged vinyl and I’m old enough not to get sucked in and spend thousands of dollars re-creating my record collection from the 70s and early 80s, pre-Compact Disc.

        Now, if you’ll excuse me, one of my favorite authors is putting out a limited edition first run small press illustrated printing of a novella in his main series, so I have to ….

        … damn.


      • janelindskold Says:

        Okay… That’s cool… I’ll need to check my library again for this series. Sounds like an education.

  4. Harried Harry Says:

    I recently completed At All Costs by David Weber. This was a re-read but enjoyable since I found some things I didn’t remember from the first time I read the story. I’m also reading some newer ebooks written by C. J. Arthur (The Watchmaker’s Daughter and the Mapmaker’s Apprentice, which are interesting reads.) Magic in a culture where it has been stamped out and women are not supposed to be involved in anything of challenge.

    I’ve been spending time with my wife since she is not feeling well, so I’m “learning” to cook again, do the laundry, and take care of the dogs. The tomato plants are doing well, but I still need to fix the well so I can water the yard without turning the power off and on. It’s hard to believe summer is almost here!

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