FF: Peeking Out

Mei-Ling Peeks

This week I’ve been writing more, reading less, but I’m still immersed in story, from which vantage I peek out at the world.

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.

Recently Completed:

Tied Up in Tinsel by Ngaio Marsh.  Audiobook.  Once again Alleyne’s name is pronounced “Al-ay-n”) throughout.  It’s pronounced “Allen.”   Oddly enough, Marsh doesn’t mentions how his name is pronounced in some books, but in some she does.   If I was wearing my English prof hat, I’d be tempted to read the series in order and see if there is a pattern.

But I think I’ll write about the denizens of the planet Sphinx instead.

DreamForge, Issue Five.  Coincidentally, many of the stories deal with parallel worlds, but it works.

In Progress:

Last Ditch by Ngaio Marsh.  Audiobook.  Largely from the POV of Alleyne’s now-grown son.

David Bowie: The Oral History compiled by Dylan Jones.  The big question of whether Let’s Dance was selling out or not.  Sometimes Bowie is taken way to seriously.  This is the man whose first major single was “The Laughing Gnome.”


Archeology magazine.

5 Responses to “FF: Peeking Out”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    Mei-Ling is such a pretty cat! I bet lots of women would pay lots of money to have hair as pretty as her fur!

    I finished Queenslayer by Sebastien De Castell and Spinneret by Timothy Zahn.

    Kind of funny – Queenslayer was written in 2019, set in a past time similar to our Renaissance, and Spinneret was written in 1987 dealing with the future (like 2016-haha!)

    Now I am reading Lies Sleeping (Peter Grant #7) by Ben Aaronovitch. Interesting characters and a gripping plot.

    I have also started Wolf’s Search by Jane Lindskold. I had been saving it for a rainy day and I think this is the perfect time. So far, I am enjoying it very much.

    • janelindskold Says:

      I hope Wolf’s Search works for you.

      I have friends who say they can’t read right now. Too stressed. Interesting that you’re reading so much. Good for you!

    • Louis Robinson Says:

      I’d be interested in your thoughts of Spinneret – I’ve always quite liked it, but then I first read it when it was brand new. I can see ways [other than the timeline, which is always going to be squiffy] in which it might not have held up.

      As for myself, I’m kind of jumping around a lot, so haven’t really cleaned out much of the TBR other than some magazines. Quite a few, come to think of it, from fairly recent Archeology and Current Archeology to rather old Scientific American, New Scientist, Sky & Telescope and Economists. Luckily all of those are worth a look even when ancient, as I found a rack that was buried many years ago containing stuff back to 2003!

      • Beverly Martin Says:

        I thought it held up quite well. The philosophy and politics were still relevant. (Does that mean we haven’t learned any lessons since 1987? I hope not.) The science part wasn’t ridiculous. I bet you would still enjoy it now.

      • Louis Robinson Says:

        I do – I’ve reread it several times. I just wondered how it would look to somebody coming at it fresh 3 decades later. Thanks for the comment

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