Than Never

Persephone: Jim’s Nurse

Sorry this is late but, as I posted Wednesday, Jim had total knee replacement surgery on Tuesday and my sense of what needs to be done when got completely messed up.  But here I am, reading away and eager to hear about good things to read from you!

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:

Might As Well Be Dead by Rex Stout.  Audiobook.  A Nero Wolfe.  Convoluted but fun.  There’s more continuity in this series than I remembered, including what today would be considered “spoilers” for devices in past novels.

Policemen At the Funeral by Margery Allingham.  Fourth book in her Albert Campion series.  Introduces continuing secondary character, Uncle William Farraday.

Champagne for One by Rex Stout.  Audiobook.  A Nero Wolfe.  Archie is the only one present to insist that an apparent suicide was actually a murder.  Nice element of additional tension.

In Progress:

Traitor’s Purse by Margery Allingham.  Tenth book in her Albert Campion series.  I read the ones between this and Policemen At the Funeral earlier this year, so skipped ahead.  This one is tense, with Campion suffering amnesia and finally facing how screwed up his priorities are.

Right to Die by Rex Stout.  Audiobook.  A Nero Wolfe.  Published in 1964, the speech in the first chapter could have been made by many a Civil Rights activist today. 


While sitting in the hospital with Jim, when he napped, I worked on my current work-in-progress.  I’ve finished my re-read and noted areas that need work.  Very excited.

4 Responses to “Than Never”

  1. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    Still reading blog posts and the insides of my eyelids whenever I slow down.

    Ben IS back in school on Mondays & Tuesdays. I ran errands on Monday & slept on Tuesday.🤷🏼‍♀️ I’m dreaming again though and that’s fantastic. I lost my dreams for a while. Other things will come back too.

    Best wishes to Jim and all his nurses.💕

  2. Beverly Martin Says:

    Good luck to Jim in recovering and to you in care-giving! He did very well after the last knee surgery, so I hope he will do great this time.

    I finished Dark Age (Red Rising Saga #5) by Pierce Brown. This story is becoming tedious. Rebellion, betrayal, torture, repeat. It is like Game of Thrones with space ships!

    Now, I am 2/3 through Penric’s Progress (Penric and Desdemona Chronological 1-3) by Lois McMaster Bujold. It is 3 long stories in one book. In the first, Penric accidentally becomes a sorcerer. In the second, he helps in the apprehension of an accused murderer. I enjoyed both. There is clever fun dialog when Desdemona, the demon, pipes up.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Thanks for the feedback. I’ve enjoyed a lot of Bujold’s work, and hadn’t heard of this one.

      Jim did well last time and is on track to do better with this one. Part is knowing what to expect, but part is purely physical. Less swelling this time, for one. Thanks!

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