FF: What Is Old Is New Again

Mei-Ling Reads!

Mostly, actually, I’m reading , proofing, and line editing SK4 (the yet-untitled fourth book in the Star Kingdom series I’m writing with David Weber).  However, for a few moments here and there, I’m taking time to read for fun.

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:

Starsight by Brandon Sanderson.  Sequel to Skyward.  Space opera that isn’t military SF, even though military action is an element.  Very character driven.  I quite enjoyed, despite one technological element I couldn’t quite buy into…  Thanks again to the FF reader who recommended this series.

In Progress:

Into the Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville.  First book in the four volume Unicorn Chronicles. Audiobook.  I read this series years ago, and all I remember is that they were good.  Let’s see how they hold up to a second pass!

Maddigan’s Fantasia by Margaret Mahy.  Re-read also.  After enjoying The Magician of Hoad, I had a great desire to re-read this.


Oddly enough, the most recent issue of Vogue had some of the most thoughtful essays I’ve read so far about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on lifestyles and attitudes.

The Age of Faith by Will Durant.  Audiobook.  Non-fiction.  I got through the post-Crusades, but I needed a break from accounts of nations founded on hope and idealism that crashed after about 200 years.


10 Responses to “FF: What Is Old Is New Again”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    This week I read Verses for the Dead (Pendergast #18) by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. It was an exciting case of the eccentric FBI agent hunting for a killer before he strikes again. These two authors are good at writing this series and I enjoyed the book.

    I finally finished The Prince’s Doom (Star-Crossed #4) by David Blixt. This book concludes the story in Verona. The author must have gotten a new proof reader or I have become desensitized because I did not notice as many typos and misspellings. I enjoyed this series and plan to read more by this author.

  2. Harried Harry Says:

    I’ve been reading and re-reading books as well as trying to read a non-fiction. The fiction includes a couple of good stories by Andre Norton republished as an ebook “The Five Senses” set, “Ashes of Honor” by David Weber (Honorverse), and Peace Warrior by Steven L Hawk. Two new books are on the Kindle, so I started to read both in the past few days; one is called Echoes of War (Box set, for volumes 1-3) by David Gibbs and the other is “the Resistance” by Nathan Hysted. Both of these are military sci-fi but are interesting in how they are written.

    The “Echoes of War” has an interesting premise which I’ve not seen before. The story involves a young Jewish man who wrestles with both being in the military and fighting his nations enemies while also fighting his inner challenges. Very interesting story. I’m not Jewish so learning about his religion and his inner conflicts while being involved in a war for control or loss of freedom makes for a very interesting story. I’ve not come across many stories like this in the past, so I’ll keep reading. It is also well written, well edited, and understandable.

    The other reading I’ve been doing is involved in finding a new(er) truck to replace my 08 Dodge which is starting to show its age. I love to camp and fly fish but I need better tools to do the camping, so a search for a better truck. The reading for new vehicles is very challenging since none of the dealers have hard copy brochures like in the past. Everything is supposedly on line, but its very challenging figuring out what the manufacturer’s mean in the brochures. Oh well, if it was easy, they wouldn’t have salesmen to confuse things more.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Good luck with the search for a new truck.

      If you’re interested in well-handled Jewish characters, Harry Turtledove does a great job in The Case Of the Toxic Spelldump and (the more serious) recent publication Alpha and Omega.

      • Harried Harry Says:

        Reading to children is fun! Having them read to you is priceless! My second son taught himself to read when he was three. Both my wife and I would read to our boys, so they picked up this life pursuit and have continued to read. Of course, the stuff they read is very challenging, but they are the genius’s, not me.

  3. anevergreen Says:

    oooh, I remember that unicorn series 🙂 though I don’t think I managed to read all of them at the time, hmmm…

  4. Katie Says:

    My 7yo is reading my old copy of Into the Land of the Unicorns right now! I got it when it came out and never saw that there were any more of them. Perhaps I’ll have to re-read and then he and I can read the rest together.

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