FF: Continuing

Part of the View Outside My Office

This week my reading is mostly electronic formats, so I offer picture of one of Jim and my pets: the garden.  Every plant you see, we put in. This corner used to be all sterile sand and construction junk.  It’s looking good now.  It will look even better when the hollyhocks, yarrow and desert willow start flowering

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:

Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories by Agatha Christie.  I could probably recite some of these aloud, but I needed something both absorbing and yet familiar to read before bed.

Pasttime by Robert B. Parker.  Audiobook.  Held up well.  Less a detective story than a mediation on how relationships between parents and children shape the adult, seasoned with gunshots.

David Bowie: The Oral History compiled by Dylan Jones.  Stronger before the editor decided to have the last word on Bowie.  Rather a contradiction, given that the inherent message of the book is that no one, probably not even Bowie, could have the last word.  But isn’t that true about all of us?

The Father Brown Mysteries radio dramas adapted from several short stories.  Well done.  Obviously audio!

In Progress:

 The Fashion in Shrouds by Margery Allingham.  Audiobook.  Yep.  Another re-listen.


This latest Smithsonian magazine, while slim, had some good articles.  I’d recommend.

6 Responses to “FF: Continuing”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    This week I read Dead Man’s Hand (Wild Cards #7) By George R. R. Martin (Editor) and John J. Miller. The premise of this series is, in 1946, an alien virus strikes New York. Some of the survivors are changed. Some develop super powers (Aces) and others have deforming mutations (Jokers). This book is a continuation of the story of the interaction and conflict between “normal” people and the victims of the Wild Card Virus. The books usually are compilations of the works of several authors, each one writing a character. There are 27 books so far, so I have a long way to go.

    I am currently reading The King’s Gambit (SPQR #1) by John Maddox Roberts. It is a historical fiction mystery set in ancient Rome.

    I just started Or What You Will by Jo Walton. I won it in a Goodreads Giveaway. It is a fictionalized account of the creative process . So far, it is pretty weird!

    • janelindskold Says:

      I really love the SPQR series. Decius grows and changes over time, and, unlike so many detective in historical series is a person of his time and culture.

      I fell for the series before the author became a friend, so I’m not just pushing a book.

      Wow! I couldn’t read Wild Cards right now!! I know most of the Wild Cards authors, too, now that I think about it. The series alternates between typical anthologies and what they call “braided novels,” which is what you describe. Those are VERY hard to put together. John created some of the characters in the series I liked best, so I hope that you have a good read there.

      Hmm… I’ve met Jo Walton, too. Haven’t read that book, but I did like her Farthing and… Darn. Blanking on title. Someone help? The other one in that series.

  2. Harried Harry Says:

    I’m working on my “garden” and orchard these days. Trying to level the yard so the water goes to the trees instead of into the house. I’m reading a new omnibus from James F. Wisher called “The Complete Soul Force Saga”. Interesting fantasy for the young at heart. It has a few holes in the story but overall it is believable, especially for younger readers who tend to ignore “experience of life events”. Not a barn burner but still worth reading to see what happens next.

    My Iris plants are so overgrown I need to thin them out. In forty years I’ve never thinned them so now is the time. At least I can do it since I’m not going anywhere.

    Enjoy yourselves, prepare for the summer, and be happy with your books, whether reading or writing.

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