FF: Food, Scripture, and Inspiration

Persephone Reaches Out

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.

I’m enjoying hearing what you folks are reading, too!

Recently Completed:

Mister Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.  Audiobook.  Slow build based around a puzzle reminds me quite a bit of Ready Player One.  A lot fewer fight scenes, less Eighties trivia, replaced by computer trivia.

Kebra Nagast edited by Gerry Hausman.  Interesting balance of anecdote and Rastafarian scripture.

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 would make this book a great find, but each section, sometimes each recipe, has a little write up that makes this a gem.  When winter comes, I want to try some of the recipes.

In Progress:

Sourdough by Robin Sloan.  Audiobook.  Another slow story, very introspective, but I’m enjoying the internal journey of Lois.

The Complete and Original Norwegian Folktales of Asbojornsen & Moe, translated by Tiina Nunnally.  I’ve read many of these stories in the older translation, but Tiina Nunnally’s translation removes the British interpolations and provides a greater sense of the Norwegian roots.  The various introductions include a lively foreword by Neil Gaiman, as well as the original introductions to various editions by Asbojornsen and Moe.  The latter provide a lovely perspective on the evolution of the text.


I’m not a great fan of post-apocalyptic fiction or film.  One exception is A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.  When we were invited to a post-apocalyptic themed Halloween party, I pulled out this favorite, re-read parts, and have resolved to attend as a booklegger—complete with a chest of books to share.

8 Responses to “FF: Food, Scripture, and Inspiration”

  1. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    Recently Completed – Circe by Madeline Miller
    The only thing I knew about Circe was that she turned the crew of Odysseus into pigs. This book is the story of her life in modern language while keeping true to the mythology of the Titans and Greek Gods. I enjoyed the story

    Currently Reading – Giver Of Stars by Jojo Moyes
    I’m only four chapters in, but enjoying it so far.

  2. Beverly Martin Says:

    I finished Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore. I enjoyed it. It reminded me of the characters in the TV show, The Big Bang Theory. I have put Sourdough on my TBR list.

    I am currently reading Witches Abroad (Discworld #12) by Terry Pratchett.I have laughed a lot!

  3. Jerry House Says:

    You had me at the first hint of food.

  4. Harried Harry Says:

    My PC died (HD crashed !) 😦 Then I got sick with vertigo so I stayed in my recliner and read Once an Eagle (Myers) (WWII fiction)b and Uprooted by Naomi Novik (fantasy). Both were very good to read, but at times I needed to read something else while my mind settled down. I have a great imagination so I can put myself directly into the scene presented by the author. As an actor this is a good trait but not so good if not an actor.

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