FF: Baby Dove Inspiration

Keladry Critically Contemplates the Dog on the Cover

I just discovered that I’d missed a new book by Jack McDevitt, which makes me think getting the word out is harder than I ever imagined. So, if you missed my announcement about Wolf’s Search being out, I offer you a link.

Jim and I have had a lot of baby doves in our yard this year.  They only try to waddle away after we nearly step on them.  They prefer to look up at us hopefully from really enormous eyes, seeming to ask: “Are you my mother?”  This reminded me of a book I loved long, long ago.  So we took from the library and I gave Jim a dramatic reading.

I think this book might have been among those that inspired Terry Pratchett’s Where Is My Cow?  It has a similar progression of question and answer, although it does get weirder when the Snort appears.

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 your summer reads?

Recently Completed:

Alpha and Omega by Harry Turtledove.  A thoughtful book, less about the end of the world than about the more subtle question: “What would you do if what you do if…?”  To say more would involve spoilers!

Are You My Mother? by P.D Eastman.  See above for why I decided to re-read this.

In Progress:

Octavia Gone by Jack McDevitt.  Just started!

All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew.

Best Plants for New Mexico Gardens and Landscapes by Baker H. Morrow.

Caesar and Christ by Will Durant.  Audiobook.  We’ve gone through Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero,  Now we’re taking a look at poetry: epic, political, sacred, and profane.

Also:

The last Smithsonian I read was very oddly balanced.  Not that I didn’t find things to enjoy, but who would have expected two very quiet pieces on literary figures and landscape side by side with two on car culture?  With one about invasion Burmese snakes…

4 Responses to “FF: Baby Dove Inspiration”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    Are You My Mother? was one of my favorite books to read to my nephew. Definitely best when read with dramatic, vocal characterization!

    I finished : The Nobody People by Bob Proehl. I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It was about people who have special powers and the way “normal” society reacts. I considered it a timely story of us v. them.
    Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett. It had some good lines in it, such as “what they see becomes reality to them” written in 1990, but applicable to today’s Internet.
    Smoke and Iron by Rachel Caine. This is the 4th volume in The Great Library. I really enjoyed it. The series concludes in the next book.

    I am currently (re)reading Through Wolf’s Eyes. I know you said we didn’t need to reread the series in order to enjoy the new book, but I wanted to get reacquainted with old friends. I am loving it as much as I did the first time!

    • janelindskold Says:

      My first choice PD Eastman for reading aloud was Go Dog Go! but this came high on the list. I also loved reading Seuss’s Fox in Socks.

      Have you noticed there are a lot of those “us vs them” novels now? With superpowers. It’s like we’re going back to Slan, in a way.

      I think I need to read The Great Library books one of these days…

      I’m really glad TWE is working for you again. I wondered how I’d feel when I re-read it, and I won’t deny it, I enjoyed!

  2. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    I’m still slogging through To Green Angel Tower by Tad Williams. I’ve passed the halfway point so it’s all downhill from here.
    I was interrupted by two “blog buddies” with self-published books.
    One was a book that’s been out for a while and she was just trying to self promote. It was in the one genre I generally avoid, romance. But I bought it, read it and enjoyed the story.
    The other was a new book. This author sent the story out for a few months and got the usual “Thanks, but no thanks” replies and just couldn’t wait anymore, so self-published. He offered it at £0.99 which is about $1.25 because he wants people to read it. It’s a dystopian with an interesting twist.

    So, I’m going to finish the Williams and work on my TBR pile before it collapses and buries me.

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