FF: Next Year, I Guess

Nothing Frightens Persephone

Just learned that Bubonicon, New Mexico’s largest SF/F con, will not be being held this year.  This will be the first time I won’t be there, I think, since 1994.  I might have missed one year in there, but I don’t think so.  I’ll really miss seeing those of you I usually get to chat with there.

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 Black Dudley Murder by Margery Allingham.  This is the book that introduced Albert Campion as a Bertie Woosterish twit, who might actually not be so twittish.  Allingham had no idea he would become the protagonist of so many future works.

Death On the Air and other Stories by Ngaio Marsh.  Audiobook.  Also includes some non-fiction by her about her own work, and the script for a play.  The final essay of advice to a young writer is still about 90% valid, only aspects of the business had changed.

The Fear Sign by Margery Allingham.  I had to skip several because they’re not in my collection, but this is a good one with a treasure hunts and it introduces Amanda.

In Progress:

Flowers for the Judge by Margery Allingham.  A locked strong room mystery tied to a disappearance many years before.

Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce.  Audiobook.  I read this when I came out and haven’t since, so, again a re-read with a new read feel.


Writing.  Beading.  Sneezing.


7 Responses to “FF: Next Year, I Guess”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    I am sorry Bubonicon was cancelled. I am not surprised. I imagine most such gatherings will be put on the back burner for a while.

    This week, I read The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency #1) by John Scalzi. It is a sci fi set when man has colonized solar systems all over space. They are only connected by a network called “the Flow.” This book had an exciting plot and the characters really came alive for me. I literally could not put the novel down and finished it in a day.

    I am still reading What Ho, Automata by Chris Dolley. It is my “read in bed” book, so it is slow going.

    I have started Shadows of Self (Mistborn #5) by Brandon Sanderson. I am enjoying it, so far.

    I hope your allergy season ends quickly!

    • janelindskold Says:

      I’m allergic 12 months out of 12. It’s just sometimes (like now) are worse than others. Ah, well…

      Your reading list sounds interesting…. It always does!!

  2. James Mendur Says:

    I remember when “Mystery!” on PBS showed the Albert Campion mysteries and Diana Rigg was doing the intro and outro of each episode. She commented that after Allingham had introduced Amanda Fitton, she commented that she was glad Albert had gotten away without marrying Amanda. You can sort of see Allingham trying to keep the two apart for a long time before finally giving in. Unfortunately, those intros and outros are not available anywhere I can find.

    My own reading:
    Finished the third Murderbot novella but did not start the fourth. I’ll get to it eventually but I was done for the moment

    Read the first Doc Savage novel “The Man of Bronze” by Lester Dent (writing as Kenneth Robeson). I’d read 2 others before this but I wanted to see how the series began. Being a 1930 novel, there was the expected casual racism and bigotry. Also, I’d seen the old Ron Ely movie which was basically this novel, so there were no surprises but there were a few expositions and additions.

    Began the novel “The Maltese Falcon” by Dashiell Hammett. This is another book where the movie closely follows the book, with a few exceptions. (At least, the Bogart version does. It’s been too long since I’ve seen the other 2 versions.) The book has some blasphemy and other bits left out of the movie, along with a few extra scenes (so far). Most interesting was what Sam Spade looks like in the book: like a “blond Satan”. There’s a weird overlay in my head of a blond Satan and Humphrey Bogart as I read the book.

    I got turned onto the old pulps from watching a series of YouTube videos by David Avallone called “Pulp Today” where he reads a bit of a pulp story or novel every couple of days because of staying at home during a pandemic. I haven’t seen all the videos yet but he’d done Hammett and Doc Savage and his father’s pulp books (I have one of those as well). I’m still watching those videos so I might be adding a few more books to my tsundoku.

    • janelindskold Says:

      I read the first couple Doc Savage and liked well enough but not enough to keep going. If you get more into the pulps there is or at least used to be a pulps group. I’m sure I could get you the contact information since a good friend of mine belongs. They seem like an amiable group.

      Traitor’s Purse (which I expect to be reading down the road) really confronts the issue of whether Amanda and Albert should become a couple. As with Sayers’s Gaudy Night, this issue of strong personalities with their own goals is addressed. Rather a relief that it’s not just sexual attraction and “falling in LUV.”

  3. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    I’m still reading Wolf’s Soul. The only time I have for reading uninterrupted is before bed, and I usually only get a few pages before I’m out. I’m loving the story so far. I’m a little over half way through. Knowing it’s the last, I’m glad I’m being forced to go slowly instead of devouring it in one sitting.
    I’m also still writing daily. On day 71 (I think🤔) and that’s mind-blowing for me.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Congrats on the writing. I’m very impressed but especially happy that it’s giving you joy at a difficult time. That’s what writing should be, not “word count,” “productivity,” etc.

      Glad you’re enjoying Wolf’s Soul, too!

  4. Harried Harry Says:

    Since my access to the library is limited, I’m reading one of the stories I had boxed up. It is “The Traitor’s Sun” which I believe is the last of the novels about the Witch World by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Very good story with a lot of closure for some elements. I have enjoyed all the books & stories in the Darkover universe.

    Another story line is by a relatively new author Daniel Arenson. The series is titled :”Earthrise”. Having read as many books as I have over my life I can say some of the stories are well developed but the author needs to learn about continuity and believability. Some aspects of the stories are well written but some strain the sense of credibility. The stories, I believe, are very similar to the old pulp fiction stories. At some time in the future I think the author will be a pretty decent writer but now he needs to work on the fundamentals.

    I’m irrigating this weekend (HURRAY!). One of two watering’s I’ll get from the Rio Grande. Otherwise I must use my well which really sets the meter running. Our electric bill almost doubled since I started using the well.

    Enjoy the weekend but be safe. The Guv’nor is gradually opening things up so we’ll be able to go shopping in person, if you want.

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