FF: Word of Mouth

Persephone Considers The Lore

This week I’ve been thinking about how word of mouth really is the best publicity.  One of the novels I just finished—and enjoyed— never would have made my reading shelf without it.  This week, my reading is heavy on fragments here and there for research, catching up on magazines, so the list is sparse.

For those of you new to this column, 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:

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson.  Strong characters kept this from being boringly predictable and instead made it a good and gripping read.  It’s also a great example of why you readers of the FF can influence my choices.  I first heard of it here.  Then, when Alan Robson mentioned it in his “wot I red on my hols” column, I decided to try it.

In Progress:

Why Do Cats Sulk? by Arline Bleeker.  A light-hearted look at our assumptions about cats, supported by lots of solid research into felines domestic and not.  (In case you wonder, cat’s don’t sulk.  That’s a human assumption!)

The Age of Faith by Will Durant.  Part Four of “The Story of Civilization.”  Audiobook.  Great moment this week was when Jim learned about the origin of assassins.


Catching up.  Researching.


4 Responses to “FF: Word of Mouth”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    I finished The Witchwood Crown by Tad Williams. I had read the prior trilogy, Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, which was a little helpful but would not be essential to enjoying this book. This story takes place 30 years later and has some new characters. Very exciting as the situations of conflict develop. Lucky for me, the library had the second book, so

    Now I am reading Empire of Grass (The Last King of Osten Ard #2).

    Also, still enjoying Small Gods by Terry Pratchett.

    Fortune’s Fool by David Blixt has retired from the field for now. Reading 3 books at a time is a little too much for me.

  2. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    I read the rest of Dark Age by Pierce Brown. My kindle even remembered where I left off. YAY! I really love the whole series. This is either book 5 or book 2 of the second trilogy. Definitely reccomend these books.

    I also read Supernova by Marissa Meyer. 3rd book of a trilogy. I think its listed as YA book, but I’ve found lots of YA reads enjoyable. I liked this trilogy and her previous Lunar Chronicles books.

    I’m waiting for my turn at the library for The Toll by Neal Shusterman. This is the 3rd book from the series that started with Scythe. Another great series that is YA.

  3. Harried Harry Says:

    I read the “Barque Cats” by Mercedes Lackey and the trilogy of Elminster the Mage by Ed Greenwood. All of these were interesting to read. I really enjoyed the Elminster series since these were part of the Forgotten Realms novels.

    I found a few new ebooks for my ereader, so I’ll be reading them at some point in the future. David Weber has a new book due out soon so I’ll be reserving time to read it.

    I’m avoiding books involving cold climates since I’m having a very difficult time staying warm. When I was younger I enjoyed the cold but no longer. I guess my body has acclimated to New Mexico’s warmth.

  4. Charles Westerhoff Says:

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