FF: Transforming Images

Kel Approves

This week the unintentional theme seems to be transformation of tropes and texts and time periods.

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:

Angel Mage by Garth Nix.  Homage to The Three Musketeers, more to the movies than the books, in that the protagonists are much nicer, less grasping people than in the novels.  However, this is an homage, not a retelling.  Plot, characters, and setting are Nix’s own, and so the overlap of some names is actually startling.

In Progress:

Witchmark by C.L. Polk.  Just getting back into this one.  The setting seems to be an alternate WWI.  I’ve seen it called “gaslight fantasy” for that reason.

Fearless Girls, Wise Women, and Beloved Sisters: Heroines in Folktales From Around the World compiled by Kathleen Ragan.  I chanced on this and plan to give it a shot with a few stories a day.  Tantalized by the multi-culturalism and that the compiler sought overlooked tales.

The Age of Faith by Will Durant.  Part Four of “The Story of Civilization.”  Audiobook.  Discussing the evolution of the early church into the medieval church, as well as the fading out of non-Christian religions and how their traditions persisted.

Also:

I’ve put Grimjack created by John Ostrander and Tim Truman on hold for a bit.  The comics are somewhat fragile, and I am racing around right now.

3 Responses to “FF: Transforming Images”

  1. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    I finished the Stephanie Plum. Hurray!
    I have both Joe Hill and Stephen King’s latest books waiting for me.
    With my mind skipping around and going on tangents still, I’ve been a lot of time skipping from web site to web site… falling down Rabbit Holes. Its interesting how sometimes the tangents wind up leading back to the starting point.

    The folktales book sounds interesting. I’m looking forward to your thoughts on the stories.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Maybe Horror, no matter how superlatively done, isn’t what your soul needs right now? How about a good, griping holiday tale? The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper? Hogfather by Terry Pratchett? Neither are fluff, or even particularly rooted in one tradition.

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