FF: Sweet Reads

Mei-Ling Offers You Her Heart

It’s Valentine’s Day, so here’s a cute kitten for you…

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:

Me: The Official Autobiography of Elton John.  Audiobook.  Read in part by Elton John, but not the majority.  Quite enjoyable window into long career and the changing world in which it has taken place.

The Cassandra Project by Jack McDevitt and Mike Resnick.  For those who asked, it’s very different from the Lightspeed short story that inspired it.

In Progress:

Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones.  Just started.

Stiff by Mary Roach.  Audiobook.  Just started.


Still looking at kumihimo beading articles.  I think I’m feeling bold enough to try something longer or more complex.

Mei-Ling Eats Her Heart

12 Responses to “FF: Sweet Reads”

  1. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    I read a book last week!! Very exciting for me since I’ve had like a block or something recently and my reading took a nosedive.

    I read “Never Broken – Songs Are Only Half The Story” a memoir written by Jewel.
    I loved this book. Absolutely loved it. I read the ebook and I highlighted more in this book than I’ve highlighted in all others combined. Her thoughts, struggles, and ideas about healing and growth are so similar to mine. It was ‘the right book at the right time’ kind of experience for me. And it started with one of her songs randomly popping into my head. Then I looked it up, listened to it and a few more, then found out she’d written a memoir, checked my local library, the ebook was available. Magic!!

    Next up TBR is a re-read of Thirteen Orphans. I’ll be paying more attention to the animals associated with each of the zodiac signs this time.

  2. Beverly Martin Says:

    Mei-Ling is a beautiful girl! Thanks for sharing her.

    I finished Twisted Twenty-Six by Stephanie Evanovich. It delivered the fun I had expected. There were hints that the next book will be the last. It’s title doesn’t have a number. Have you heard that?

    I also read The Department of Sensitive Crimes (Detective Varg #1) by Alexander McCall Smith. It is set in Sweden and features officers in a police department who investigate certain crimes. As is usual with McCall Smith books, it is a gentle, leisurely read. The characters and their quirks are well developed and I enjoyed getting to know them.

    Now, I am still reading Fortune’s Fool by David Blixt. Even though I am slow in finishing this, it doesn’t mean I don’t like it. I do. It is a book that I can’t scan. Each sentence must be read and pondered.

    I have started A Beautiful Friendship by David Weber and you. When you started talking about Stephanie Harrington, I realized I had not read this series. Better late than never!

    • King Ben's Grandma Says:

      The Stephanie Plum books are always good for a laugh! I haven’t heard the rumor… I hope it’s not true.

    • janelindskold Says:

      I hadn’t heard the rumor either, but I’d like the series to be finished by the author, not go on interminably. As it is, I have suspicions there has been a ghost writer for some of the last ones. Little differences in language add up.

      A Beautiful Friendship is a Weber solo, although I was on-deck as a consultant. I hope you enjoy.

      Your many titles at once is AWESOME.

  3. Harried Harry Says:

    I hope everyone enjoyed their Valentine Day. I read a couple of old Western stories written by T. T. Flynn. These were short stories which were put into book form and published. One book is “Hell’s Canon). Typical Western but enjoyable.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Jim has been re-reading Sackett novels. Which I introduced him to. Were movies/tv your gateway to Westerns or the other way around?

      • Alan Robson Says:

        The great American Western TV shows were an integral part of my childhood. “Wagon Train” was a particular favourite. British TV also showed a lot of John Ford’s Western movies (“Stagecoach” was a perennial Christmas broadcast) and I enjoyed them all. Later I fell in love with Sergio Leone’s “dollars” movies — I still think “The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly” is the greatest Western movie ever made.

        Colloquially we referred to Westerns as “Cowies” and, to quote a friend of mine, “Cowies is Good!!”

        I never really read many Western novels, though having said that, I find that Larry McMurtry’s novels are compulsively readable — “Lonesome Dove” (and its sequels and prequels) are high on my list of the very best books ever written. The fact that they are Westerns is just one more aspect of their genius.


    • janelindskold Says:

      I’m just enough younger that the TV western was dying out when I became of TV watching age, so my gateway was definitely books. It’s still occasionally odd to me when I realize I’m now living in the landscape I first “met” in those books.

      • James Mendur Says:

        I was never a fan of westerns.

        But it turned out that a lot of things I *do* like were so heavily inspired by westerns, or used plots from westerns, that there’s really no escaping the genre.

        The first Fast and Furious movie is a western (replace cars with horses and set it 150 years ago, and it’s a straight-up western).

        Lots of people have noted that the pilot for the TV show “Firefly” is basically “Stagecoach.”

        And lots of non-western TV shows had a fast draw gunfight or other western trope, whether for one episode or many, including the original “Battlestar Galactica”, “Tales of the Gold Monkey”, “Sliders”, “Farscape”, and so many others.

        I was never a fan of westerns … but I sure did see a lot of them.

      • janelindskold Says:

        Yep! Space operas. Horse operas…

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