FF: The Distorting Lens of Perspective

Persephone Is No One’s Pawn!

Perspective is one of the least discussed elements in writing, whether fiction or non-fiction.  This week I seem immersed in many stories in which who said what about whom, as well as who may have flat-out lied are very important.

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!  No unreliable narrators, please!

Recently Completed:

The Gameshouse by Claire North.  Three novellas interconnected by a developing plot.  Of these, I enjoyed the first (“The Snake”) the most.

Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles by Clamp.  Manga.  Issues 17-22.  I read this a long time ago, recently purchased and watched the anime, including the movies and OVAs.  Remembered there was more to the story, and hunted these out.  I’ve heard this referred to as a “tour of the Clampverse,” but it’s far more than that.

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. Over half-way done.

Caesar and Christ by Will Durant.  Audiobook.  The question of the historical Jesus has finally been reached.

Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles by Clamp.  Manga.  Issue 23.

Also:

Back to writing on Wolf’s Soul, which has necessitated a certain amount of re-reading since I was away from the manuscript for a while.

10 Responses to “FF: The Distorting Lens of Perspective”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    I am currently reading The Night Window (Jane Hawk #5 by Dean Koontz. I am glad this is the last book. I am getting a little weary of the constant threat of doom and the THEM vs jane plot. It is such a pervasive evil, it will be interesting to see how Koontz unravels it.

    I am also reading The Rivers of London: Night Witch by Ben Aaronovitch. It is a graphic novel. I made a mistake when I checked it out of the library. It is the second volume of the comics. That explains why I am feeling like I walked into the middle of a story. I am still enjoying it, but not as much as the regular Peter Grant books.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Sounds like an interesting selection. I’ll admit. Doom against anyone is NOT my flavor now. I want something more creative. I’ve been horrified lately to hear several authors refer to their antagonists as the “big bad.” It’s probably some bit of workshopping slang but I find that reductive language leads to reductive writing.

      Grumble…

    • King Ben's Grandma Says:

      I read the Jane Hawk books too and I agree, enough already. After the long buildup I expected more from the ending. I’ll be interested to read your impressions.

  2. John C Says:

    I’m reading Ursula Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness, and just finished the Locke and Key comics by Hill and Rodriguez. The former is, of course, a classic that escaped me when I was younger and needs no recommendation. The latter was a surprisingly good story about siblings living in a house full of magic keys and how that relates to their family, and I don’t want to risk any spoilers in making this recommendation.

  3. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    I got some reading in this week. Hurray!

    Recently Completed –
    What Red Was by Rosie Price
    Pretty intense fictional story of a rape survivor. The emotional and physical aftermath. This was one of those books I requested and couldn’t remember why. It was well written and a good story. Kind of intense subject matter.

    Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
    Another request that I dont remember. I cant remember whether or not I’ve read American Psycho but I’ve seen the movie. Less Than Zero is Ellis’s debut novel. It’s about young college age kids of Hollywood wealth and their bored, drug crazed lives in the 80s. I kept thinking it was like a “Catcher In The Rye” for Generation X. I never really liked Catcher In The Rye and this was only slightly more interesting because of the 80s references.

    Currently Reading-
    Dark Age (Red Rising #5 or Iron Gold #2) by Pierce Brown
    I really, really like these books and was very excited when the library had this newest one available. I’m only a few chapters in, but it’s already rollin along.

  4. Harried Harry Says:

    My reading has been somewhat light this week. I finished several historical novels by Bernard Cornwell concerning the Peninsula Wars between Britain and France (early 1800’s). I also found a couple of books at the library I hadn’t seen before; one is titled “The Buried Pyramid” by J. Lindskold. I’ve just started this, so I’ll see how well I like it.

    More books packed away. Slowly I’m getting the bookcases emptied. I think I have over 300 paperbacks and about 30 hardbacks to find new homes. I’m trying to clean up so the bookcases and wall mounted bookshelves need to be emptied. What fun, I always find a book or two I haven’t read yet. Save it or dispose of it, that is the question.

    • janelindskold Says:

      We have the same problem… Too many books and keep getting more.

      I hope you like The Buried Pyramid. I had a great deal of fun writing it. And, in case you wonder, it pre-dated The Mummy remake that came out in the same general time zone.

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