FF: Giving the Muse Treats

Ziggy Under the Lucky Tree

Now that Wolf’s Search is out, there have been a lot of questions about how soon will Wolf’s Soul be available.  Several people have begged me not to “do a George R.R. Martin.”  If by this you mean, “Don’t be insanely successful”, well, that has more to do with you than me.  If you mean “Don’t make us wait too long,” then I’m doing my best.  Sometimes the best way for me to transition from editor mode to writer mode is to read something good.

Oh…  If you missed my announcement about Wolf’s Search being out, I just gave you a link.

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.

What are you reading to help you beat the summer heat?

Recently Completed:

An advanced copy of something I’m not allowed to talk about yet!

In Progress:

Alpha and Omega by Harry Turtledove.  From the acclaimed Master of Alternate History, a book we’d better hope is alternate history, because it’s about the end of the world.

Caesar and Christ by Will Durant.  Audiobook.  Julius Caesar has been assassinated.  Mark Anthony and Octavius are beginning to rumble.


Methodically finishing some back issues of Smithsonian, Archaeology, and American Archaeology.


6 Responses to “FF: Giving the Muse Treats”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    I finished There, There by Tommy Orange. I am glad I read it. It was well written. Very dark story, in my opinion.

    Now, I am reading Moving Picture (Discworld 10) by Terry Pratchett. Kind of funny, but not as much of some of the earlier books.

    • janelindskold Says:

      I think I’m not up for “very dark” right now. Moving Pictures is what I think of as a Discworld transition novel. The author has fun but is beginning to address more issues than go for the laughs. I’m not a huge movie buff, so I’m sure I missed some of the jokes.

      • Jerry R. House Says:

        I’ve been through the entire series and plan to reread some. Rock Music and moving pictures are on the list. I love the stories of the City Guard as well. I wondered about Sir Terry’s frequent return to them and the focus on their chief. Ahnk-Morepork (as a mash up of NYC/London/Name any dozen mundane metropoli), being the largest city, will always have cops to keep the scales wobbly.

  2. Dan Kalin Says:

    I meant the latter on the GRRM-reference entreaty, of course. Because I’m pushing… somewhat past mature at this point and might not be around to read it otherwise.

    Having said that, I would love to see the Athanor stories on HBO even if it did slow down new works due to the time spent on-set. The Firekeepers would do well too, but the CGI costs would be very high to render all faithfully. GoT stopped showing the wolves supposedly due to the high cost per rendered minute.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Interesting. I’d love to see the athanor done as well. I think the same audience that liked American Gods would like the athanor. Being a fan of animation, I’d love to see Firekeeper animated — serious style, as some Japanese studios do so well.

  3. Harried Harry Says:

    For a change, I’m reading something semi-serious. “Every Tool’s a Hammer” (Life is What You Make It) by Adam Savage of “Mythbuster’s” fame. Interesting read about his life and how he got into being a maker. Very interesting story lines and a discussion of how he gave himself permission to do things. The concept he discusses is very applicable to anyone who wants to do things, like write stories or poetry or build things, etc.

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