FF: Time To Read

Mel-Ling: Six Months Old And Growing

One thing I really like about road trips is having more time to read.  Jim and I drove up and back from MileHiCon, so we listened to a couple of audiobooks.   (We finished the last one after we were home.)  I also found a new-to-me Diana Wynne Jones book in the Dealer’s Room and read that…

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:

Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich.  Audiobook.  Zombies in New Jersey?  Diesel on the scene, so you know it’s going to get weird.  I enjoyed the first three-quarters of this one, but the ending had some logistical/descriptive issues that really bothered me.

Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich.  Audiobook.  A solid novel, if sometimes very silly.  Not a complaint.  “Silly” is a crucial part of the series.  Good characterization and a lot less reliance on series tropes as filler than in the previous one.  One continuity issue from the prior book.  I’m beginning to wonder if this series is being written by at least two people.

The Homeward Bounders by Diana Wynne Jones.  I’d not been able to find a copy of this one before this trip.  It’s more plot driven than many of her novels, and anticipates what has become a sub-genre in modern SF/F: the game as frame.  Bittersweet but satisfying ending.

In Progress:

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

Quillifer The Knight by Walter Jon Williams.  I know the author, so I scored an ARC!  The writing style is reminiscent Rafael Sabatini or Alexander Dumas, so be prepared for descriptive embroidery as well as swashbuckling adventure.

The Complete and Original Norwegian Folktales of Asbojornsen & Moe, translated by Tiina Nunnally.  I’m reading a few of these before bed each night.  They can make for some very odd dreams!

Also:

The first round of holiday shopping catalogs are coming in.  As ever, I enjoy looking at all the things our modern world holds.

4 Responses to “FF: Time To Read”

  1. Alan Robson Says:

    I gave up on Janet Evanovich’s books round about number 15 or so… They started to feel formulaic. I think your comment about the books being written by other people is very insightful, and quite possibly true. On the other hand, I met her many years ago when she was here on a book tour. I bought (and she signed) a hardback copy of “High Five” — she was sweet, gracious and thoroughly lovely, so I feel a little guilty that I’ve stopped liking her books.

    But I wish her well


    -Alan

    • janelindskold Says:

      The audios are well read, and we love them for road trips. Formulaic actually works for road trips. We had a CD with bad sectors on this one and it didn’t matter. Which is NOT a recommendation most of the time. If my fingers weren’t needed for writing, I could give you an analysis of why I wonder if at least some books are being ghosted, but if that was where I wanted to write, I would have stayed an English prof.

  2. Beverly Martin Says:

    I finished reading Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett. I enjoyed it very much. I love the witches and their platitudes.

    I also finished Sword and Pen by Rachel Caine. It is the fifth and final book in The Great Library Series. It was so good, I finished it in 24 hours! I think I may look for other books by this author.

    Now I am reading Iron Gold (Red Rising Saga #4) by Pierce Brown and Out of the Dark (Orphan X #4) by Gregg Hurwitz. I have barely started them, so no opinions yet.

    I understand what you mean about the Stephanie Plum books. For what they are, I like them and usually LOL a few times in each one.

    • janelindskold Says:

      I feel as if I read the first Great Library book when it came out, but maybe not. Unsurprisingly, since most writers find libraries magical, there are other magical library series so I could be confused.

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