FF: Linked Activities

Dandy Considers The Stars

I’m working on three projects at once, so my reading time has tapered off, but since I’ve learned that for my brain reading and writing are linked, I’m making time to read.

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 really enjoy hearing about what you’re reading!

Recently Completed:

Fearless Girls, Wise Women, and Beloved Sisters: Heroines in Folktales From Around the World compiled by Kathleen Ragan.  Keeper for my shelves.  Recommended that readers take it a few stories at a time, because it’s easier to think about themes.  Editors notes are usually good, but sometimes less scholarly than I would have liked.

In Progress:

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson.  Recommended by Alan Robson, my former Tangent’s collaborator and a regular FF reader!

The Age of Faith by Will Durant.  Part Four of “The Story of Civilization.”  Audiobook.  Still immersed in Islam.


Catching up on magazines…  I have a couple that came before Christmas I haven’t even looked at yet.  Sigh!  But I’ve finished American Archeology and Archeology.  Now reading Smithsonian, the cover story of which is an issue I’ve read about in the prior two mags.  Interesting to see the different take.

4 Responses to “FF: Linked Activities”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    I read Skyward and really enjoyed it. I am looking forward to hearing what you think.

    I am still reading The Witchwood Crown by Tad Williams and Fortune’s Fool by David Blixt.

    I found myself in need of something funny, so I started Small Gods by Terry Pratchett. Lots of laughs, so far.

    • janelindskold Says:

      So far, I’m enjoying Skyward. It’s completely predictable in some ways, but the characterization makes it work for me.

      Small Gods is a favorite of mine. The laughs are there, but there’s a lot of thoughtful material under the chuckles.

      • janelindskold Says:

        Afterthought… If you liked this, you might well like Tamora’s Pierce’s First Test and sequels. Similar idea of a young woman with a military dream dealing not only with the challenges of training but with baggage not her own. I think Keladry and Spensa would get along very well. They even both have interesting pets.

      • Beverly Martin Says:

        Thanks! I just added it to my list of books to check out from the library.

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