FF: Sidetracked!

DreamForge Among the Identified Mystery Plant

While looking for a completely different gardening book, this week I got sidetracked.  But, happily, most of the time my reading isn’t homework, so I can switch as I wish.

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:

Into the Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville.  First book in the four volume Unicorn Chronicles. Audiobook.  I enjoyed enough that I’m now on to Book Two.

A Place at Mother Earth’s Table: Edible Wild Plants of the Rio Grande Region by Lisa W. Huckell. This slim book—probably technically a booklet—was so well written that I read all of it and in the process identified one of the plants in our yard as “Green Thread” aka “Indian Tea” or “Navajo Tea.”  We’d just been calling it “that pretty plant w/the yellow pom-poms.”  I now have some drying to try.  And the bibliography led me to read…

In Progress:

Wild Plants of the Pueblo Province: Exploring Ancient and Enduring Uses by William W. Dunmire and Gail D. Tierney.  Centered around four parks in New Mexico, this books looks at various plants and how they were used by a wide variety of indigenous peoples.  Since one of the parks—Petroglyph National Monument—is very close to my house, I also ended up identifying several more of the plants in our yard, including scorpion weed, which is a far easier name to use than “that annoying plant that, although it has pretty purple flowers in the spring, gets all prickly and, worse, sticky, so let’s pull it.”  I started with the chapter on types of plants, but found the book so well-written, I’m reading the whole thing.

Song of the Wanderer by Bruce Coville.  Second book in the Unicorn Chronicles. Audiobook.  So far, I’m enjoying.

DreamForge Magazine, issue six.  My copy arrived and is part of my relaxation reading.


I’ve finished my read-through of SK4, and am now doing lots of line edits.  I hope to finish and give Jim his copy later today.

6 Responses to “FF: Sidetracked!”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    I enjoyed your names for the plants in your yard. Yes, lots of words, but very informative!

    This week, I read Blameless (Parasol Protectorate #3) by Gail Carriger. Alexia and her werewolf husband are having marital issues so they are separated. Lots of people and entities are after her and she puts her souped up parasol to good use. There is some fun dialog and some interesting characters. A pleasant, easy read.

    I also read Angel of Darkness (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler #2) by Caleb Carr. This story takes place after The Alienist. It is exciting and dark. It started a bit slow, but then the pace picked up and I couldn’t put it down. I have not watched the TV show yet. I will wait a while and then check it out.

  2. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    I use a phone app that identifies plants from a picture. I think it costs a dollar a month, but it comes in handy. I usually get frustrated with internet searches because my descriptions are similar to yours.😁

    Not much reading aside from blog posts. If I’m still too long, I fall asleep.😴😂

  3. James Mendur Says:

    Recently completed:

    “Feed” by Mira Grant (Seanan McGuire). Published in 2010. In the future of 2040, after the zombie pandemic broke in 2014, bloggers have serious credibility for reporting news, people have learned to live with the fact that everyone is potentially a zombie, and politics is just as nasty as it is now. Maybe nastier.

    Currently re-reading:

    “Thuvia, Maid of Mars” by Edgar Rice Burroughs, in which the son of John Carter, Warlord of Mars, has his own adventures trying to woo and protect a Martian woman who, for reasons never ever explained, can control the Martian lions with her voice. The science is laughable and the story logic is “what would be really cool to have happen next?” so this is one where you just hold on to the safety bar and enjoy the ride.

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