FF: Reading As A Job

Persephone Contemplates Conspiracy

Right now some of my reading time is being given to getting the final versions of Wolf’s Soul done.  After doing a lot of close focus on the manuscript, I am very fried.

When I cease being fried, I am also reading so I can responsibly vote for the Nebula Award.  Changes in the rules some years back mean that we now have one month from the final ballot to the final voting day to read a huge amount of material.

I didn’t cram this much even in grad school.  Seriously.  I’d get the reading list for my novel-centered courses in advance and read during term breaks.  And, no, it’s not possible to predict what will make the final ballot and read in advance.

For those of you unfamiliar with 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:

Marque of Caine by Charles E. Gannon.  Not just a Nebula TBR for me.  I’ve known Chuck since I was nineteen or twenty.

The Big Four by Agatha Christie.  Audiobook.  An over-the-top pulp adventure, quite unlike her more usual Poroit.  Closer to the type of story she’d usually do with Tommy and Tuppence.

In Progress:

The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie.  Audiobook.  Because!


Reading a lot of short fiction before voting for the Nebula Award.  I won’t be itemizing my Nebula reads most of the time because with the short reading time, if I don’t have a reason to finish something, I won’t.

And research.

6 Responses to “FF: Reading As A Job”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    This week, I have been reading two books I won in Goodreads Giveaways.

    The first, The Unspoken Name, (The Serpent Gates #1) by A.K. Larkwood, is a fantasy. It has folk with pointy ears, folk with tusks, giant serpents and, of course, sorcerers. I am in the middle and the characters have not come alive to me. There is lots of action, though.

    The second is a cozy mystery, Mimi Lee Gets a Clue, (A Sassy Cat Mystery #1) by Jennifer J. Chow. It has all the elements one sees in this genre – spunky heroine accused of murder, troublesome family, handsome man helping, and, of course, a cat. It is any easy read.

    • janelindskold Says:

      I hope that you find something to enjoy. Sadly, the writers may have wanted to be more ambitious, but these days publishers are pushing imitation not creation.

  2. Alien Resort Says:

    Persephone has such nice fur.

  3. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    Not much reading time lately. I’m still working on the Zora Neal Hurston short stories. It’s overdue and I think it will have to go back unfinished.

    I have The Toll by Neal Shusterman waiting for the brain energy to open it.

    I do read blogs just about every day and there’s some nice poems and short fiction there, so I’m getting SOME reading in😉

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