FF: Masks and Whispers

Roary: Five Months Old and Growing

Yes!  I did it.  I’ve handed SK4 over to David Weber, and as a reward gave myself more time to read.

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 Mask of Mirrors by M.A. Carrick.  First book in the forthcoming Rook and Rose Trilogy.  Due for release in January 2021.  Rich in intrigue, characters, and setting, this was what epic fantasy should be but rarely is.  (M.A. Carrick is a joint pen name for Marie Brennan and Alyc Helms, both previously published authors.)

In Progress:

Dark Whisper by Bruce Coville.  Third book in the Unicorn Chronicles. Audiobook.  As with any good series, solving one set of problems created new ones.

DreamForge Magazine, issue six.  My copy arrived and I’ve been reading it before bed.

Maddigan’s Fantasia by Margaret Mahy.  Time travel meets post-apocalyptic with a brush of magic.  I had to put this on side a bit back, and now I’m happily with it again.


I’m doing some research for several projects, including finally getting back to running my RPG and a possible short story.

12 Responses to “FF: Masks and Whispers”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    The Mask of Mirrors sounds good. I will keep an eye our for it. Thanks for the recommendation.

    This week, I read The 49th Mystic (Beyond the Circle #1) by Ted Dekker. This was a good story. A blind girl living in an isolated small town dreams of a scary guy she calls the Shadow Man. After a medical procedure, he steps out of her dreams and she steps in. There is a heavy Christian influence in this book and a lot of religious analysis in the guise of conversation. Still, it was an OK read.

    • janelindskold Says:

      I just realized, I left a book off my list. I’d better go update. I’m planning to interview the collaborative team behind Mask of Mirrors after the book is out, so you’ll get a reminder that way! I enjoy in and out of dreams stories, but right now I don’t like being scared.

  2. James Mendur Says:

    Still reading the same book as last week.
    I’ve been watching / rewatching old movies this week instead:
    Cat People, The Leopard Man, Arsenic and Old Lace, Seven Days in May, and Forbidden Planet.

  3. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    I emailed Scot since my DreamForge is still MIA. Methinks he’s a tad bit frustrated with the person at the head of the USPS.

    Reading is still hit and miss with me. Everytime I sit still long enough to read, I fall asleep. That’s okay, the books will wait for me.

    Masks, mirrors and fantasy… three of my favorite things. I’ll be looking forward to adding it to my TBR list.

  4. Harried Harry Says:

    The challenges of using the USPS these days. My wife ordered a new T-shirt which was monogrammed. She tracked it and it finally made it to the local post office where it sat for five days before they sent it out for delivery. We’ve had mail torn apart in the post office and very late shipments. Hopefully your magazine will show up soon.

    I’ve been rereading all the David Weber Honor Harrington books. Trying to keep track of the order is a real challenge! I think I’ll need to create an index so I can stay current with the order since I tend to reread books after some time has passed. I found a book on my e-reader I wasn’t aware I owned. It is another in the series of books by Tara K. Harper in the Wolfwalker series. Pretty good stories. Different from yours, Jane but still good to read.

    Enjoy the weekend everyone. Hopefully it will start to cool down soon. Before I forget (again), Congrats on completing your SK4 book. It will be interesting to see what name is given to the story.

  5. Dawn Barela Says:

    Congratulations on finishing SK4!! That is great news. I haven’t been reading a lot lately. My vision had gotten blurry. I thought I was getting eye strain from doing my job on a 14″ laptop. turns out I had developed cataracts in both eyes! Even on my home computer and standard monitors, I was starting to have trouble. I asked Mike to help me find a Dark Mode program for my computer. I am on the second one. Not all pages would change on the first one Including yours. This one does change it over, Yay. I would have hated being unable to follow you. I hope to get eye surgery soon.

    What I have been trying to reread is a favorite series of children’s books that my 6th grade teacher read to the class. They are the Great Brain series by John D, Fitzgerald, They are based on his childhood with his older brother Tom who used his “great brain” to get into all sorts of adventures. I still have my original copy of the first book, The cover is taped on and i wrote my name in the inside cover and title page in my 6th grade printing and cursive! It was amazing to find.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Hi Dawn, Oh! Good luck with getting cataract surgery and it going well. Walter (Jon Williams) was very happy with his surgeon, and I think mentions him on his blog. I’m going to miss our usual Bubonicon chats. And I hope you gave Mike chocolate for helping you find screen help!

  6. Dawn Barela Says:

    I will have to look at his blog to find that out,
    I will miss our chats at Bubonicon as well.
    I will do something for Mike soon. I got my computer and 2 monitors 6 or so years ago from my cousin, The law firm she was working for was closing and they were giving away all of their equipment. I actually got 2 computers and 3 monitors. Mike has the other one, which he upgraded with a larger memory and a 1TB hard drive. He was going to use it as a DVR. Mine has slowed down. Even more with the dark mode program It has only a 2GB memory.. So Mike is going to swap them out pretty soon. All 6 computers I’ve had were hand me downs, I wanted to buy a new one this year, But I am saving the money. But I will treat him to dinner for all of this.
    My job has been a contract job since 2015 and my contract is ending Sept, 30. It was going to be in April, but I kept getting monthly extensions, I applied to get my job as a direct Federal employee. Sadly, they did not forward my application to the office because I don’t have Veteran’s Preference.. I guess 5 years doesn’t mean anything. Frank was going to hire me. But they stole that choice from him. He even called the HR folks and tried to change their mind, Now it’s time for me to look for a job. Possible silver lining-I will apply for unemployment, food stamps and Medicaid. So maybe I will use the medicaid to get the cataract surgery.
    I am hopeful that I will have better luck finding a new job since my last two jobs were Federal jobs. With the USAF as a summer hire in 2014, and this one.

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