FF: Interpretations

Persephone Reads

As I was writing this, I realized that much of what I’m reading right now deals with the ways different points of view shape how events and people are portrayed.

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.

A reminder that I’m always happy to hear what you are reading!

Recently Completed:

Dark Whisper by Bruce Coville.  Third book in the Unicorn Chronicles. Audiobook.  Nearly forgotten secrets revealed.  A very tense book, well done.

Expecting Someone Taller by Tom Holt.  A re-read, impulse chosen because I felt like smart humor.  This book contains the single funniest and yet oddly sensible summary of Wagner’s Ring Cycle ever.  Loved it all over again.

In Progress:

The Last Hunt by Bruce Coville.  Fourth book in the Unicorn Chronicles.  Audiobook.  An immediate sequel to the prior.  I saw that this series is being re-released.

The title is deception but The Bible As History by Werner Keller.  This book’s title in the original German was Und die bible hat doch rechet which translates as closer to “And the Bible is Right” with “Right” in the sense of “Accurate.”  This comes closer to reflecting the intention of the book, which was to compare biblical texts with then current archeological research and see how many passages in the Bible provide good guides to cultures and landscape features of the time.  Needless to say, since the book was published in 1955, more recent discoveries have invalidated some material, but this is still a very enjoyable read, excellently and fluidly translated by William Neil.

Also:

Smithsonian Magazine.  Nice assortment of articles so far.

4 Responses to “FF: Interpretations”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    This week I read Gods of Jade and Shadow by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia. One blurb described it as a “dark fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore. That is pretty accurate. It seemed a little slow in spots, but I enjoyed it.

    I also read Old Bones by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. This is the first book in series starring Nora Kelly, archaeologist, and Corrie Swanson, rookie FBI agent. It revolves around a search for a lost camp of the infamous Donner Party in the Sierra Nevada mountains. It was exciting, interesting and a fast read. The ending was a fun surprise.

    • janelindskold Says:

      “Fun surprise” sounds good. Dark fairy tale less so, but that’s a reflection of my mood, not the book! When they said “fairy tale” what did they mean? Riffing off, say, Cinderella or Snow White, but with a different cultural view, or a retelling of something from Mexico?

      • Beverly Martin Says:

        Maybe fable would be a better word. But if I were to choose a fairy tale to compare, it would be Beauty and the Beast. Not really scary. I read it b4 bed with no problem.

      • janelindskold Says:

        Possibly THE most re-told tale. Sigh. Depending on how it’s told, it’s a dangerous story. Carrie Vaughn put it so well when she pointed out that LOVE does not redeem the bad boy, he just breaks your heart, and steals your CDs.

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