FF: Myself Distracting Myself

Dandy and Some of Library of the Sapphire Wind

You’ll see that I haven’t completed either of the longer works I was reading last week.  This isn’t because they aren’t good.  They are, but there’s one book I haven’t listed that I’ve spent a lot of time reading: my own manuscript of a work in progress, Library of the Sapphire Wind. Sometimes I’m so caught up, I read it on “break” as well as during work time.

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:

The Rhine Gold (Das Rheingold) by Richard Wagner, first volume in “The Annotated Ring Cycle” which includes a new translation and annotations by Fredrick Paul Walter.  This lively and vivid translation also includes older illustrations, costume designs, and new “graphic novel style” line drawings.  I believe it’s due for release in 2020.  I received an ARC.  This is the first for four volumes in the series.

In Progress:

The Last Hunt by Bruce Coville.  Fourth book in the Unicorn Chronicles.  Audiobook.  This one contains several plot lines, and includes what might be considered several short stories within the larger plot.  Definitely an interesting structure.

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:

The most recent Smithsonian and a few articles here and there.

5 Responses to “FF: Myself Distracting Myself”

  1. James Mendur Says:

    Currently re-reading a media-tie in trilogy – the three Technomage books by Jeanne Cavelos in the Babylon 5 universe.

    • janelindskold Says:

      I’ve never watched Babylon 5, but I’ve heard great things about it. Sounds like a good universe to spend time in.

      • James Mendur Says:

        While it’s far from perfect (“Babylon 5” was a very 1990s show) it was earnest in what it was trying to do. And that counts for a lot with me. The line at the time was:
        Star Trek was what we hoped the future would be; Bablyon 5 was probably closer to the truth.

        Everything in that show was planned as much as a TV show could be back then, and you got the feeling that the showrunner really did know the entire history of the universe for a thousand years in either direction before he filmed the first scene.

        The books go even deeper, since they have the time and space to do so. (No pun intended.) The Technomages appeared in only ONE episode of B5 and only SIX episodes of “Crusade” but they were massively popular, so they did three whole books to explain them and add lots of extra layers to what you saw on the screen. All of the tie-in books are canon – on purpose – including the comic books – because the showrunner designed them that way.

        That said, I don’t know as I can really recommend all of it. I loved it at the time and still enjoy much of it. But for a person just coming into the show now? Five 22-episode seasons (not counting movies) is a big commitment, especially for a show that starts out slow and takes time to really hit its stride, and whose effects haven’t really aged that well.

        Recommendation: have someone who knows you and who knows the show pick one episode for you to watch and see if you like it. Then you can decide whether or not to dive in.

      • janelindskold Says:

        Thanks, James. I actually watch very little TV these days. Nothing against it, no snobbery, just am doing other things. Unlike some people, I WATCH when I watch, probably a habit I picked up from subtitled anime, so I need to have time. Or re-learn using TV as audio more or less only.

  2. Harried Harry Says:

    Jaime, I was a watcher of Babylon 5. I thought it was well developed and it wasn’t Star Trek. The acting was decent with some very interesting characters. Like most TV shows, time has moved on, but that is also true for many books. Reading some of the newer books on the market can be challenging since the storyline doesn’t stand up to the hype.

    I’m currently reading a military Sci-fi written by Proctor (Duty, Honor, Planet). Actually pretty well developed story with interesting character development. As for TV, I really haven’t watched much since the show Lost was on. I was in school so I lost track of what was happening. Now, it doesn’t matter.

    Enjoy your weekend, everyone. Wear your mask so you don’t breathe as much smoke.

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