FF: Rocketing!

Mei-Ling Contemplates Secrets

This week I’m starting a bunch of new titles.  I’ve also been reading some shorter stuff, including more kumihimo beading articles.

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:

Gulp by Mary Roach. Audiobook. Non-fiction look at the digestive system, starting with the sense of smell (because odor/aroma is closely tied to eating) and ambling on through areas almost tangential to the topic but nonetheless fascinating.  The book ended with material on the various new (then) treatments for digestive disorders.  Fascinating!

Deep Secret by Diana Wynne Jones.  Re-read.  Humor conceals a deceptively complex plot.  Mild warning.  Both narrators start out grumpy.  They get better.  And this book contains an affectionate look at SF cons, rather than the more usual snark.  Enjoyable, I would think both for those of us who know them well, and for those who have never attended.

In Progress:

Me: The Official Autobiography of Elton John.  Audiobook.  Read in part by Elton John, but not the majority.  Quite enjoyable thus far.

The Cassandra Project by Jack McDevitt and Mike Resnick.  Just started.

Also:

Reading and re-reading parts of the “Breaking the Wall” novels.  The new e-books are almost ready!

5 Responses to “FF: Rocketing!”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    I finished Empire of Grass by Tad Williams. Thank goodness Book three is scheduled to come out in 2020 so I won’t have too long to wait!

    Deep Secret sounds interesting. I have never been to a Con, but would love to, someday. I have added it to my TBR list.

    I am still reading Fortune’s Fool by David Blixt and am enjoying it.

    I am a couple of pages into Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich. I have already chuckled at Grandma, so the book is living up to my expectations.

    • janelindskold Says:

      If you read Deep Secret, I’d be curious as to your reaction to the sections at the SF con. Jim and I know cons too well to know how these sections would read to someone who does not.

  2. James Mendur Says:

    About “The Cassandra Project”.
    Apparently, it was a short story by McDevitt first (available free online at Lightspeed Magazine).
    Should I read the short story or NOT read the short story before tackling the novel?

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