Mythic and More

Mei-Ling Inspects the Heroes Outside of Her Cave

I’m splitting my energy in a lot of directions, but I’m still managing to snag time to read.  Sometimes it’s not much, but I’ve learned that if I don’t read, my writing suffers!

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:

Tether’s End by Margery Allingham.  Fifteen book in her Albert Campion series.  As is often the case as the series went on, Campion is a background character.  Some similarities to Tiger in the Smoke, with a trickster figure as adversary.

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan.  Audiobook.  First in her “Memoirs of Lady Trent.”  Extremely mannered, detached narrative style may not be for everyone.  I enjoyed enough that I will probably continue with the series.

In Progress:

Not Quite Dead Enough by Rex Stout.  Set during WWII.  Archie is enlisted and serving as a Major.  His task, convince Nero Wolfe to take on a case.

Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan.  (Fictional) Percy Jackson serves as narrator of twelve accounts of the trials and travails of twelve Greek heroes.  Those not familiar with the series may find his occasional allusions to events and character in the series confusing, but Riordan doesn’t hold back as the contractions and just plain weirdness of many of these myths and legends are presented. 

Also:

After a year off, I’m back to running my RPG, so I’m reading a lot of material related to building the current adventure.  Rather fun…

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3 Responses to “Mythic and More”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    I am happy you are able to squeeze in some reading time. Hopefully that will increase as Jim gets better and stronger.

    I did not finish any books this week. I did begin Off Armageddon Reef (Safehold #1) by David Weber. It was a tough start, getting all the background laid, but is starting to pick up now.

  2. James Mendur Says:

    So far on the Sherlock Holmes books, I’ve read:
    A Study in Scarlet
    The Sign of the Four
    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
    The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
    That’s the full set up to the first time Doyle stopped writing Holmes.

    Taking a break to read a fun, pulpy book about newly-deceased ghost agents on a mission to save a senator in Las Vegas:
    The Poker Chip, by Dean Wesley Smith (first book in his “Ghost of a Chance” series, ebook currently free on assorted websites.

    And of course, still reading “A Night in the Lonesome October” by Roger Zelazny one chapter per day.

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