FF:Trying Harder

Kel Sees a Camera and Poses

This has been a week for finishing up.  Next will be one for starting new.  Remember, folks, this is supposed to be fun, so don’t feel you need to report massive reading “progress.”  I like hearing from you, no matter what!

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.

Recently Completed:

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire.  Audiobook.  A regular reader of the FF asked, “Is this horror?  From what I’ve read, it sounds like it.”  My assessment is “Yes and no.”  Very strong elements of horror (with horror movies repeatedly alluded to by the narrative voice).  However, I think the novel is reaching for more.  Whether or not you think it does so will depend on the individual reader.

The Complete and Original Norwegian Folktales of Asbojornsen & Moe, translated by Tiina Nunnally.  A very interesting read but the “complete” means a certain amount of repetition of story types.  Recommended as a read in small bites unless you’re a folklorist who wants the “compare and contrast” experience.  Excellent translation, that strives to portray the Norwegian cultural vibe, something that even the original compliers admitted was difficult to do.

In Progress:

Grimjack created by John Ostrander and Tim Truman.  Comic books.  Past the “Trade Wars” storyline and into Kalibos.  Grimjack is definitely an anti-hero, but one who tries to be more “hero” than “anti.”  Ever since “Requiem” he’s been trying harder.

The Age of Faith by Will Durant.  Part Four of “The Story of Civilization.”  Audiobook.  At a massive sixty-one and a half hours, I’ll be back and forth with this one for a while!

Also:

Dipping and delving into the three Star Kingdom novels by Weber, and Weber and Lindskold as I get ready to start writing as of yet untitled Book Four in the series.

8 Responses to “FF:Trying Harder”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    Your cats have such beautiful coats and piercing eyes! Thank you for posting photos of them!

    I finally finished Salvation Lost by Peter F. Hamilton. You had asked if this were military. In this book, we finally have the humans vs aliens battle. Most of the main characters are not military, tho. They are individuals in different areas of life – corporate, government, and criminal. I am enjoying this series, but now I have to wait a year for the next book.

    Loving Big Books, I started another Peter F. Hamilton book, Great North Road. (Actually the library just happened to have both of these available at the same time.) This is an earlier book, 2012, but I can see some of the concepts he uses later. It is kind of a sci fi, spy, police procedural mystery. Thank goodness, this is a stand-alone!

    I am still enjoying my re-visit of Wolf’s Head, Wolf’s Heart.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all!

  2. the6thjm Says:

    Finished “Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’m a Supervillain.”

    Then I read two short books by Neil Gaiman: “The Graveyard Book” (reread) and “The Ocean at the End of the Lane”. If you like Gaiman’s stuff, you’ll like these. If you don’t, you won’t.

    Currently reading “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs. I’ve seen the movie and wanted to see the original photos which inspired the book and see how the book differs. Jake’s on the island, now, and he’s seen the ruin of the old house but hasn’t encountered the other children yet. Some interesting differences … including Jake’s father being far more sympathetic (albeit still not quite admirable) than in the movie. He actually TALKS to his son about the grandfather and what HE was like as a father. I’m interested to see where the other differences are.
    As for the photos, they’re not NECESSARY, really, but you can see what the author and narrator actually see, which no degree of artistic wordplay can ever really convey. On the one hand, there’s less work for the reader; it’s a truly shared vision. On the other, there’s less for the reader to imagine, making it harder for the reader to turn the book into their own story. It’s kinda like having the author making a movie WHILE you’re reading the book and showing you the actors they’ve cast, and they don’t match the characters in your head.
    I can see why the book garnered so much attention, though. The photographs ARE interesting and do add to the story.

    • janelindskold Says:

      I’ve read both Gaiman novels. Not my favorites, but I didn’t dislike. I always have felt that The Graveyard Book was written more for parents than for the kids who were the ostensible market. I’m not sure he’d disagree…

      I’ve wondered about Miss Peregrine et and didn’t know the bit about the photos. Sounds as if it’s almost more a graphic novel than a print book. No criticism. I like graphic storytelling. Thanks for the details.

      • the6thjm Says:

        Miss Peregine’s is more … illustrated story, perhaps. The fiction does the heavy lifting and the photos provide references where the fiction leaves off, to ensure the reader sees what the narrator sees.

        Both of Gaiman’s books do feel more like an adult looking backward at childhood (in one case, it’s literally that) than in-the-moment kids being kids. That might explain your reaction to them. Coraline was much more a kid being a kid, for example.

  3. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    The library just sent me the newest Stephanie Plum series e-book by Janet Evanovich, “Twisted Twenty-Six”. I am hoping that this light, fun-filled story will break through my reading block and I can enjoy my favorite pastime again. 🤞

  4. Harried Harry Says:

    I’ve been reading some of Mercedes Lackey’s early books before I give them to the library. Mage series. Very good stories, especially for young adults. Completed a short story in the Liaden universe posted on BAEN.com’s site. Good story.

    I’m mowing leaves at least twice a week to get them out of the way of the pecans which are falling due to wind and cold. The nuts look pretty good. We are also preparing for company after Thanksgiving so I doubt I get much reading done.

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