FF: Lucky Reading

Coco the Baby Guinea Pig and Esteban

Welcome to Friday the Thirteenth!

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’m always interested in what you have to recommend!

Recently Completed:

While Gods Sleep by L.D. Colter.  An alternate take of Greek mythology.  Doesn’t re-tell any old myths, but instead they provide the underlying foundation for an original tale of a mortal caught up in divine machinations.

DreamForge, Issue Three.  Very much enjoyed the new issue.  The theme “Tales of Kindred” souls is played out in some very creative ways.

In Progress:

Esteban by Dennis Herrick.  This non-fiction text takes a look at one of the most important yet consistently under-represented figures in the history of the Spanish incursion into the American west.

The Gameshouse by Claire North.  I had a little trouble with the peculiar narrative voice in which the tale is told, but once I wrapped my brain around it, I found myself caught up in the story.  Maybe twenty-percent in.

Caesar and Christ by Will Durant.  Audiobook.  Just finished Herod the Great, and looking at Jewish culture under Roman rule.

Also:

Not much “also” this week…

8 Responses to “FF: Lucky Reading”

  1. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    Been a rough couple weeks with his lordship King Ben. Plus one request for help with the ongoing issue of my comments going to others’ blog spam folders…one attempt by WordPress, two by Akismet and I’m still a “spam kootie”. Its discouraging. Anyway, books…

    Recently Completed ~ “The Secrets We Kept” by Lara Prescott.
    Post WWII women working in the typing pool for The Agency. The story shifts between several characters in the U.S. and the Soviet Union with a central issue being the novel Dr Zhivago. It was a good book. I borrowed it from the library. I wouldn’t buy it.

    Currently Reading ~ “What Red Was” by Rosie Price. I’m only about a quarter into it but it’s going quickly. I’m liking it so far.

    My new copy of DreamForge is still wrapped in the plastic it was mailed in. My possessions are subject to damage when Ben gets overwhelmed and can no longer control himself. I’m waiting and hoping for less stress, more sleep and a return of routine.

  2. Beverly Martin Says:

    Coco is a cutie! A very pretty color!

    Welcome back King Ben’s Grandma. I have missed your comments.

    I finished Salvation by Peter F. Hamilton. I really enjoyed it. Some have characterized it a “Space Opera” and that might be accurate. It takes place in the future, mostly in space and there are aliens. There are two story lines and it took a while for me to figure those out, but it totally made sense. I would not call this dystopia, rather maybe utopia with warts, like Star Trek. I am looking forward to the next book.

    I am still reading A Fountain Filled with Blood by Julia Spencer-Fleming, a decent mystery with a little more romance than I like, and Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, still very entertaining.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Thanks for the comment about Salvation. One question, is it military Space Opera or non-military? Nothing against military, just curious.

      Very odd romance in A Fountain Filled With Blood. I should go check how far in this series I got and possibly pick up the next.

      • Beverly Martin Says:

        There is probably going to be more military involvement in the next book. In Salvation, it is more corporations with a hired mercenary or two as needed. No big battles in space or on the ground.

  3. chrissportsworld Says:

    Cocoa is cute!  Thanks for sharing this! I’ve had a good week at school, but very busy in the afternoons and evenings.   I apologize for not being better at keeping in touch via EMail.  You are in my thoughts a lot! Love, Ann

  4. Harried Harry Says:

    Seeing Coco reminds me of a gopher in my front area who has decided to create mounds under the paved roadway. I’m hoping it will turn and go back to the east so I’m not bothered.

    I saw a book on-line which was ordered. It is called “Conversations from the Edge”, The Galaxy’s Edge Interviews by Joy Ward. She interviews or updates the interviews with 26 authors, who are all familiar to those who read Fantasy or SF. These interviews include details about how some authors started writing and why they continue. Names include: George R.R. Martin, Eric Flint, Mercedes Lackey & Larry Dixon, Greg Bear, Terry Brooks, Catherine Asaro, David Weber and Toni Weisskopf. I’m finding the background information very interesting and informative. I recommend it for those who wish to know a little more about famous and not so famous authors in the F&SF genre.

    Enjoy the week.

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