The Many Elements of Civilization

Persephone Wonders How Firebirds Taste

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.

And I love hearing what you’re reading!

Recently Completed:

In the Forests of Serre by Patricia A. McKillip.  Re-read.  Lovely lush prose.

In Progress:

The Life of Greece by Will Durant.  Audiobook.  Moving into a focus on arts and letters.  Having covered painting, sculpture, architecture, education, philosophy, poetry, we’re now just about done with drama.  I’m sure I missed some topics.

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse.

Also:

I’ve finished my review of the first 90,000 words of  Wolf’s Soul and am making a billion teeny-tiny changes.  That which does not kill the writer makes the word stronger!

4 Responses to “The Many Elements of Civilization”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    I finished Chocolate Cream Pie Murder (Hannah Swenson #24) by Joanne Fluke. I didn’t enjoy this one much. It was a case of the author’s gimmick taking over the story. It was 90% recipes and 10% plot.

    I also finished Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers. It was fun to visit a childhood favorite.

    I am still reading The Eternal Footman (Godhead #3) by James K. Morrow. It is darker than the first two books and it is taking me longer.

    I am reading Dragon’s Code (Pern #25) by Gig McCaffrey. I loved The Dragonriders of Pern and all the books by Anne McCaffrey! I reread the first few books often. I hope her daughter can do the series justice!

    • janelindskold Says:

      I’ve had the same difficulty with many cozy mysteries. The gimmick (cooking, cats, craft) overwhelms the plot.

      Sometimes that’s okay, because the writers is good at making the gimmick interesting in and of itself, but when it leads to Stupid Protagonist I quit.

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