FF: A Fifth of July

Drowsy Keladry

July is here and I hope to have a lot more time to read!

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.

Let me know what you’re reading!

Recently Completed:

Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome by Robert Harris.  The best parts were Cicero’s speeches.

The Life of Greece by Will Durant.  Audiobook.  We finished with philosophy, then a concluding summary.  Excellent.

Drowned Ammet by Diana Wynne Jones.  Second of her Dalemark Quartet.  A little harder to get into because her protagonists are confused and angry.  The ending is quite interesting, though.

In Progress:

The Spellcoats by Diana Wynne Jones.  Third of her Dalemark Quartet.  Just started.

Caesar and Christ by Will Durant.  Audiobook.  Just started.

Also:

Various magazines that arrived with the beginning of the month reminded me I have a backlog, so doing a fair amount of reading there.

5 Responses to “FF: A Fifth of July”

  1. Jerry House Says:

    Finished my catch-up reading and have been learning about an old, but still churning, VR site; Activeworlds.com.
    I imagine that some fan(s) in the AW community, inspired by your work, has probably included characters and scenery into their VR builds.
    As for light reading, everything is on hold while I morn MAD Magazine (yes, I have a subscription). The august issue will be the last original content published for the newsstand💔

  2. Beverly Martin Says:

    Nothing new to report this week. I am still making my way through my long book, The Naked God. I am about halfway through.

    Next up will be There There by Tommy Orange, which has been mentioned in FF. I am looking forward to it!

  3. James Mendur Says:

    Finished re-reading my Daniel Keys Moran collection (it had been too long since I’d read some of them), then went back and finished a couple of books I’d started but then stopped:

    “Snipers” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch – interesting, a bit confusing because of the way the alternate universe was set up, didn’t like the ending

    “Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge” by Paul Krueger – by the time I got to the end, it had stopped making sense, but I still like the mechanics of the magic system

    And started a new book:

    “Collapsing Empire” by John Scalzi – it’s the first book in a series; I’m about 2/3 of the way through and not sure if I’m interested enough to read a series in this universe but this book has some interesting pieces in it.

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