FF: Trusted and True

Roary Is Now Much Taller Than an Eight Inch Book  (See Below)

I’m in transition with what I’m reading, started a new that’s an old, trying to decide what my next audiobook will be.

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 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.”  Interestingly, the last chapter dealt not with archeology but with what then (the book was published in the 1950’s) scientific theories from physics, astronomy, and otherwise might say about matters previously defined only by biblical texts.

In Progress:

The Last Hunt by Bruce Coville.  Fourth book in the Unicorn Chronicles.  Audiobook.  Coming in on the last few chapters, with revelations coming fast and thick.

Look to the Lady by Margery Allingham.  Third book in her Albert Campion series.  A good friend trusted me with her much-loved copy.  I feel very honored.


The most recent Archeology and, of course, my own work-in-progress.

Who Will Win? Baby Roary Or the Mass Market Paperback?

8 Responses to “FF: Trusted and True”

  1. James Mendur Says:

    Recently completed:
    The Passing of the Technomages (a Babylon 5 tie-in tirlogy) by Jeanne Cavelos

    Just started:
    I’ve decided, finally, to read all of Sherlock Holmes. I’ve read individual stories before, for school or for fun, but I picked up a new novel which is an alternate universe Holmes and, before reading it, decided I’d rather have the full background, in advance, to see how the author plays with it, rather than rely on my spotty reading, the TV series and movie Holmes for references.
    (I’ve seen the Robert Downey Jr movies, the new BBC series, bits of the CBS series, a number of the old BBC series episodes, the 1950s TV series, two or three Basil Rathbone movies, and various other iterations and AU versions, but I’ve probably read only 10% of the stories before.)

    Also, I’m preparing for “A Night in the Lonesome October” this year because this year actually *is* a Lonesome October … like 2020 wasn’t dangerous enough. I’m thinking I might take this chance to start annotating the story for the future … including notes about “The Great Detective.”

    • janelindskold Says:

      I’m very fond of the original stories. I read them first comparatively young, but they’ve held up well for me.

      I’m going back and forth on hosting a daily read of A Night in the Lonesome October, but early October is going to be crazy for me and Jim, so I’m not sure.

  2. greywolf Says:

    Roary is getting so big! Such a cutie! He’s starting to remind me of my brother’s cat when we were little. She was similarly white with black spots. (although her brother was more of the trouble-maker)

  3. Beverly Martin Says:

    Roary was an adorable kitten and is a very good looking cat. Good job.

    This week I read Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I had not realized it was a variation on a Beauty and the Beast theme, but at least the end was different. The plot, which was colored with Polish folklore, was interesting, but I didn’t really connect with the people. Still, an ok read.

    Now, I am have started Expecting Someone Taller in Omnibus 5 by Tom Holt. Thank you, Jane, for the recommendation. I will let you know how much I enjoyed it next week.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Good to see you back! Roary is only six months old. It’s going to be interesting to see what six more months does.

      You’re the first person to share my reaction to Uprooted. I’m relieved, given the amount of praise it has received. Whew! I especially found the seduction scene mid-ending confusing and out of character for how the protag had reacted to that point.

      Thanks for letting me know there’s a Tom Holt Omnibus. I may need to go looking.

  4. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    Roary is so big and looks great! He had a rough beginning but found the perfect home to get the healing and love to grow strong! It makes me smile big to see how well he’s doing.

    Not much reading still, just blog posts. Whenever I slow down or stop moving, I nod off. I know the books will wait for me.

  5. Harried Harry Says:

    I think I have “Uprooted” on my Nook; if so, maybe I’ll read it next instead of the last book in the John Proctor series Duty, Honor, Planet. These stories get very intense at times, so I need to read something else so I can sleep at night. I’ve read a number of the other Naomi Novik books and enjoyed them.

    Roary is growing very well; my neighbor’s cat recently had kittens and they are really growing. They are outside cats, which means my wife is very scared for them all since we have one road very busy and my street is busy with young drivers who do not read speed signs–it’s Greek to them. (Maybe I’ll make some road signs with $ signs, which means $= $25; $$= $75; $$$= $500 fines and six points each.

    Thanks for the idea on reading the original Sherlock Holmes. I don’t think I’ve ever read one.

    I spent a few days hunting through my house trying to find my Chrome book and my tablet. I get up to 10 books to read on Amazon Prime which work on a Kindle, so I need either one of the mentioned machines to be able sit down in my recliner to read. Otherwise, I have to read the story on my PC, which is not the most comfortable thing to use for reading. I finally found the Tablet, which was in a case hidden behind my recliner. How it got there, I surely don’t know. I need to find a better case since it was inside a canvas carry bag which I obtained at a conference I went to decades ago.

    Be safe, enjoy your reading or your “listening” books.

    BTW Jane: Do you read German? Two of my sons were fluent in German but if a person doesn’t keep up with it, it can slowly disappear. Just like a memory, it’s due to fade away.

    • janelindskold Says:

      I read a little German, not fluent at all, but I can fumble along with the basics, especially if I have a dictionary nearby.

      However, I have several friends who are talented translators, and from them I know that titles are often changed not by the translator but by marketers who are slanting to a cultural bias.

      The original title of the book sold here as “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” was “Men Who Hate Women.”


      Uprooted would definitely be a restful read. No real surprises and lovely prose with great descriptions, especially of forest settings.

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