FF: Hot Off The Press

Kwahe’e Recognizes Other Indomitable Spirits

A few of you bet that I’d put reading the second issue of DreamForge magazine on the top of my reading list for this week, and you were right!  I’ve finished and really enjoyed.  The theme for this issue was “Tales of Indomitable Spirit.”  I was fascinated by the different ways that them played out.

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 also love hearing what you’re reading.  You may see it appearing on my reading list down the road.

Recently Completed:

DreamForge magazine, issue two.  Fantastic stories.  Excellent art.  Jim portrayed as a morally conflicted spymaster in a story by David Weber.  What more could you want?

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse.

In Progress:

The Life of Greece by Will Durant.  Audiobook.  We’ve finished the Peloponnesian Wars and after a look at the fascinating life of Syracuse, we’re moving into the rise of Philip of Macedon.

I Sing the Body Electric by Ray Bradbury.  I honestly can’t remember if I’ve read this collection end to end before, so I figured it was time, especially since my friend Elizabeth Leggett has been inspired by it repeatedly for her art.

Cart and Cwidder by Diana Wynne Jones. Book One of “The Dalemark Quartet.”  Re-read, but it’s been a long while.  All I remember is liking it.


Wolf’s Soul’s first 90,000+ words have been reviewed and edited.  However, the copy edited manuscript of Wolf’s Search is awaiting my review, so that comes before I start writing again.  The cover for Wolf’s Search is being designed.  All the little steps that go into a new book…

11 Responses to “FF: Hot Off The Press”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    I finished Dragon’s Code by Gigi McCafferey. It was ok. It must be tough to try to measure up to a mother like Anne McCafferey, especially when writing a book in her universe, with her characters and her avid followers. I could sense the pressure. It was as if Gigi McC was working on a project and checking off points as she completed them : dragons – check; fire lizards – check.

    I also finished A Shadow in Summer (Long Price Quartet #1) by Daniel Abraham. I really enjoyed it. He is a good writer with a real knack for bringing characters to life. Like in the Dagger and the Coin, he has strong female characters, especially mature women. I have ordered the 2nd book from Amazon.

    I must be on an Abraham roll because now I am reading Tiamat’s Wrath (The Expanse #8) by James S. A. Corey (half of whom is Daniel Abraham). I am enjoying it. It is good space science fiction.

    And, last, I am reading Eric by Terry Pratchett. It really has me laughing out loud quite often!

    • janelindskold Says:

      Also, to give Gigi McCafferey a break, there have been SO many Pern books that finding something fresh to do would be tough.

      I’ve read A Shadow in Summer. Well-written and I like the accountant a lot. I’m not gotten to Tiamat’s Wrath, yet, I think, but I think Jim has read it.

      And I very much enjoyed Eric. I don’t have a copy of that one. Must amend.

      • Beverly Martin Says:

        Yes, I would like to read a Gigi McC work when she isn’t confined to Pern!

  2. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    I’ve been back and forth at the doctor’s office this week(routine stuff with a scheduling hiccup), and it’s difficult for me to read sitting up in a chair, so I haven’t done much reading this week.
    I’m still working on To Green Angel Tower by Tad Williams.
    I have a ginormous stack of books requested and picked up from the library (why do they all come at the same time?) so I’ll probably put the Tad Williams aside and read some of the shorter books.
    Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste By
    There There – Tommy Orange
    Nocturna – Maya Montayne
    The Last – Hannah Jameson

    Plus I got my DreamForge and have no even taken the plastic off yet😞

  3. James Mendur Says:

    I’ve just been rereading this week. Sometimes, you just want something familiar where you KNOW there won’t be any unpleasant surprises in the text.

    I don’t care how important it is to the story, the excruciatingly detailed ****** scene I wasn’t expecting can really ruin a reading experience. I’ve basically blacklisted more than one author’s entire bibliography because of an experience like that. I don’t care HOW good the other books they’ve written are. I’m done.

    So … rereading.

  4. Harried Harry Says:

    When I was young (last century) I read a lot of good science fiction and fantasy. Now I’m rereading some of them. Of course, many things have changed and time has not evolved the same way as many authors wrote, but it still makes for interesting reading. Jules Verne and Gordon Dickson make good reading, especially when you consider today’s cultural challenges compared to their stories.

    Reading some of the A. C. Archer books; fun to read and the plots are interesting but sometimes the background doesn’t seem to ring true. Then I remind myself, the stories are in a different universe so she can do what she needs to advance the plot. The Last Necromancer, The Watchmaker’s Daughter, and The Mapmaker’s Apprentice, are the names of these books.

    Enjoy the weekend and stay out of the heat!

    • janelindskold Says:

      I think “not ring true” can really be a problem. Patricia McKillip can do the most outrageous world building, but she makes it work. Some authors made a minor change and it just comes across as “didn’t do the research.”

  5. Louis Robinson Says:

    I can’t, to be honest, recall the last time I actually _finished_ a book, even a reread – life’s been like that. [beginning of April, it looks like]

    Currently have 2 jolly good reads on the go: The Regency Years and Squid Empire.

    The author of Squid Empire says she was known in school as ‘the girl with the pet octopus’. She went on to get a PhD in invertebrate biology, but claims she found herself better suited to science communication than science generation. A pity, that, since if she was even half as good at the generation as she is at the communication the world needs a great many more researchers with that degree of competence. I’ll bet you didn’t know that a book about the cephalopoda could be ROFL-funny. It’s in full academic regalia, including end-notes – which have to be read because that’s where she sticks many of her more delightful comments.

    The Regency Years I can say less about at the moment, since my mother died the day after it came in, and I had to hand it back before I had the time to get more than a couple of chapters in. [it’s brand new – 26 holds, 6 copies – so the Library isn’t allowing renewals] The subtitle is “during which Jane Austen writes, Napoleon fights, Byron makes love, and Britain becomes modern” and that looks like a pretty good description of the book, too. The organisation is thematic rather than strictly chronological, which makes a lot of sense, since on the surface there wasn’t a lot of change during that decade. But, the pressures that blew loose over the next 15 years built rapidly in the Regency, sometimes from near nothing.

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