Which Is Good

Dandy asks: “How About ‘Pearls Before Guinea Pigs?'”

First a reminder…  Wolf’s Soul, Firekeeper book 8, is now available as e-book from any major vendor or trade paperback from Amazon.com.

I just finished reading a proof of a forthcoming novel by a friend.  I’ll try to remember to mention it when it comes out, but for now I am sworn to secrecy.

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:

The Fashion in Shrouds by Margery Allingham.  Audiobook.  Yep.  Another re-listen.  I enjoyed immensely and thought the reader was excellent.

In Progress:

 Pearls Before Swine by Margery Allingham.  My library is woefully short on her works in audio, but I own a bunch in print.  I haven’t read this is so long it’s going to be like reading a new book.

The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  Audiobook.  Although less well-known than Sherlock Holmes, this is one of those books that keeps getting referenced by other authors.  I’ve never read it, so am going to give it a try.


Writing a lot means less reading time, but it does mean writing, which is good.


15 Responses to “Which Is Good”

  1. James Mendur Says:

    Recently completed:
    My read-through of everything I own in the InCryptid series by Seanan McGuire. Probably a year before the next novel comes out.

    Up next:
    The first 4 Murderbot Diaries novellas by Martha Wells. I’d read the first one before, but now I have all 4.

    But in the meantime, I’m bingewatching all 5 seasons of “Fringe.” The sanitized-just-enough-for-TV body horror is oddly comforting in this time of pandemic.

    • Alan Robson Says:


      There’s a new novel (Network Effect). I bought it for my godson for his birthday and he was thrilled. His mum told me that when he received it she saw the first genuine smile on his face since the covid-19 lockdown began (he’s found the isolation hard).

      Words and stories have power.


  2. James Mendur Says:

    About Allingham’s books: I had been reading them in order and then, when we hit World War 2, it’s like I hit a brick wall and bounced off. It’s like Allingham and Campion went right at the fork in the road and I went left. That happens, sometimes, reading series. I hit a similar issue with Alan Dean Foster’s Pip & Flinx novels.

    Have you ever experienced that in a series, where the early books grabbed you and then the later books weren’t worse in quality but just … different and not as enjoyable?

    • Louis Robinson Says:

      Yes. And not always really _different_. Certainly less enjoyable, though. Sometimes, I think, it comes from a sense that all has been said that needs to be said. Something that may be true on the writer’s end, but at least as often comes from the reader: some of us don’t want to hear the same old same old, while others _like_ it, and find it comforting.

    • janelindskold Says:

      I think Pearls Before Swine actually sums up why you got lost. We’re out of the comforting between the wars, nothing bad will happen again zone. As Campion repeatedly encounters in this book, people are living in two worlds. Or more.

  3. Louis Robinson Says:

    I’ve mostly been weeding through old to very-old magazines that are sitting around. And popping in and out of various books as I try to get many meters of bookshelf cleaned up [turns out we’ve had critters stashing their loot behind our books].

    One new item I managed to get to was May’s Wot I red… Alan, if you’re about can you tell me if those free rings that jeweller was offering were round and unadorned, but with marks that the skilled could still see and read?

    • Alan Robson Says:

      Yes I can tell you.


    • janelindskold Says:

      Critters? Mice?

      • Louis Robinson Says:

        Probably, but I haven’t laid eyes on them.

        At least, not for some years. Not since one particularly dumb – or perhaps just young and innocent? – mouse came out when the lights were on and found himself crossing the street in the nearest wastepaper basket. Not as kind as it sounds, given the number of semi-feral cats we had in the neighbourhood at the time.

  4. Beverly Martin Says:

    This week I finished The King’s Gambit (SPQR #1) by John Maddox Roberts. I really enjoyed it and was surprised by several things in the story. Not how my “white-hatted hero overcomes all” attitude expected things to go. I am looking forward to more adventures with Decius.

    I also finished Or What You Will by Jo Walton. I liked it a lot! The writing was wonderful and the characters were well described. The structure was very unique – a character in a person in a book in the novel. Lots of fun.

    Now, I am reading Fire Season by David Weber and Jane Lindskold. It is very good!! I want to be ready when the new book comes out.

  5. Harried Harry Says:

    I’ve been reading a lot about camping since right now I can’t go camping. I need to get my truck ready, but I’m also researching new trucks. Such fun since most of the dealerships have been semi-closed. As for books, I’m trying to finish reading a Max Brand story “Destry Rides Again”; this book is very dated (1930) but decent. I’m also “The Soul Force Saga” by James C. Wisher. This story is pretty decent but more oriented towards younger readers. The plot is good anyway, so I’ll keep reading.

    Stay Safe, everyone. Find a good series or book and enjoy!

  6. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    I’m still writing daily…almost two months of 1200+ words.

    I am also reading!💃🏼 I am currently reading Wolf’s Soul. I’m not very far into it yet. No school makes my days very long and very tiring. But I am very excited to be reading again!
    Thank you, Jane and thanks to Firekeeper and Blind Seer 😍

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