FF: Odd Roads

Persephone Vogues!

I hope some of you will join me and Jeffe Kennedy at Page One Books in Albuquerque, 4:00 pm this Saturday for a book event featuring my Wolf’s Search and her The Orchid Throne.  I’ve been looking for the right hat, but may need to settle for bringing cookies…

While I’m at it, here’s a teaser for next week… Alan Robson and I will be back with a really amusing Thursday Tangent featuring drabbles and feghoots.  Don’t know what these are? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

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:

Caesar and Christ by Will Durant.  Audiobook.  A rich and detailed survey of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire.  As background “music” are the forces that would lead to the acceptance of what would become Christianity.

In Progress:

The Bends In The Road: A Memoir by Svenn Lindskold.  Svenn is my great-uncle, half-brother of my paternal grandfather, a relative I met only after I was an adult, but whom I’ve come to really like.

Mister Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.  Audiobook.  Rich description, so far very light characterization and plot, but we shall see…

Kebra Nagast edited by Gerald Hausman.  Just started.

Jerk From Jamaica: Barbecue Caribbean Style by Helen Willinsky.  Food and how it is prepared is a terrific window into a culture.  Helen Willinsky’s introduction alone makes this book a great find.


Research can take me down some very odd roads.  Right now, that includes Vogue.  What surprises me is how excellent the writing is, and how often thoughtful cultural issues are discussed.


12 Responses to “FF: Odd Roads”

  1. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    I’d heard that Vogue is more than fashion, makeup and celebrity gossip. I’m intrigued by this as research. How will it be used? Will the behind-the-scenes research even be recognizable? Hmmm…

    RECENTLY COMPLETED ~ 47% of Dark Age by Pierce Brown. The library is fast about snatching back their e-books. I was in the middle of a sentence around 9pm and poof! gone. I’ll have to wait for my turn to come around again to finish it.

    The Watchmaker’s Daughter by C.J. Archer. A very light mystery and magic with a dash of romance set in late 1800s London. It was an easy fun read. I’m waiting for my turn on the second book of the “Glass and Steele” series.

    CURRENTLY READING ~ Circe by Madeline Miller. I’m only a couple chapter in but I’m liking it so far. A retelling of Greek/Roman mythology.

  2. John C Says:

    This week, our I managed to begin my mostly-annual reading of A Night in the Lonesome October on time. I’m reading each day’s chapter to my wife, and although we both know the story pretty well, this is our first time hearing it aloud.

    I read Mister Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore a few years ago, and have vague, but fond, memories of it.

  3. Beverly Martin Says:

    I would find it very frustrating to have the book I was reading disappear in mid-sentence. I think I will stick to paper! (On a side note, this is the second time I have typed this comment. The first time, as I was posting it, my internet decided to go out. Another of the pitfalls of modern technology!)

    I finished The Night Window, the final Jane Hawk book by Dean Koontz. After reading the ending, seems to me the plot could have resolved a couple of books ago. Kind of a waste of my time.

    I also read The Late Show (Renee Ballard #1) by Michael Connelly. He introduces a female detective with a lot of characteristics and adversities in common with his famous character, Harry Bosch. Still, a good police procedural.

    I am currently reading The Heart of Barkness (Chet and Bernie Mystery #9) by Spencer Quinn. I am not liking this one as much as earlier books because the gimmick (dog as narrator) is distracting from the story.

    Also I am reading a non-fiction by Alan Alda, If I Understood You, Would I have this Expression on my Face: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating. I am enjoying it very much. He has apparently studied this subject quite a bit and even given seminars to scientists to help them communicate better.

    I am very much looking forward to a new Thursday Tangent. You and Alan seem to have such fun. I am swept along!

    • janelindskold Says:

      The Alan Alda sounds fascinating. Weird synchronicity between your reading and mine. My great-uncle Svenn specialized in conflict resolution psychology, which has a lot to do with managing HOW you say what you want. Very neat!

    • King Ben's Grandma Says:

      I thought the Jane Hawk series dragged out too long also and the end was sort of anticlimactic after all the build up. Have you read the Odd Thomas series? I really liked those.

      • Beverly Martin Says:

        Yes. I have read much of Odd Thomas. I don’t think I finished it, but I have enjoyed what I read. Thanks for reminding me. I will see if I have missed some books.

  4. Alan Robson Says:

    I absolutely adored Mister Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. If you get a chance, seek out Sourdough. It’s even better!


  5. Louis Robinson Says:

    It’s interesting how much intelligence can get tucked away in ‘that sort’ of magazine. Playboy, at least once upon a time, also had a lot of very good stuff interleaved between the, ummm… photos and rather pointless accounts of Heff’s rather pointless life. No idea if it still does, I’m afraid, since I don’t believe I’ve even seen a copy on the stand, much less picked one up, since sometime in 1982. And the reason I started reading Dick Francis was the night I was stuck on the graveyard shift in Range Control at Wainwright with nothing to read but some hard-core mags and People. Turned out that the book reviews in People were [again, we’re talking 40 years ago] very much worth reading, even if nothing else was. That issue reviewed Risk. Found it in-store, and that was the end of me.

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