All Over Again

Roary Prepares for His First Halloween

Purely by coincidence, many of the books I’m reading this week are re-reads.  In many cases, it’s been decades since I read the original, so there are lots of little surprises along the way.

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:

Not Quite Dead Enough by Rex Stout.  Set during WWII.  This one turned out to be two novelettes, the title piece and one called “Booby-trap.”  Both were good, and it was nice seeing Wolfe pushed, repeatedly, out of his comfort zone.

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. 

In Progress:

A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny.  Almost done.  Enjoying all over again.

Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede.  Full Cast Audio Productions version.  A friend reminded me of this charming series.  Originally published in 1990, this was one of the first series to take on what has now become a common trope: turning fairytale (especially Disneyesque) expectations for princess and princesses, wizards, witches, and dragons, on their head.


I’ll be writing the Introduction to a reprint anthology featuring the best of DreamForge and Space and Time magazines, so I’m doing a bit of reading to get prepared for that.


10 Responses to “All Over Again”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    I have never read A Night in the Lonesome October or Dealing With Dragons. Both are now high on my TBR list. Thanks for mentioning them!

    I finished Ye Gods! by Tom Holt. It was fun and funny. I will never look at Heroes the same. I am happy I read about this author in FF!

    • janelindskold Says:

      I’ve been looking for many of your suggestions, but I’m trying for audio and may need to get print… Thing is, i can listen when cooking or something, so my listening time vs print time is very different.

      • janelindskold Says:

        That’s a really neat coincidence, Louis. I started because of a comment made to me by an FF reader “off-page,” and am just about done with Searching for Dragons.

    • Louis Robinson Says:

      Dealing with Dragons may be easier to find in the omnibus The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, of which Dealing is the first – which has the added advantage of putting the remaining 3 in immediate reach. You probably won’t want to stop 🙂

      As it happens, i’m also rereading the Chronicles.

  2. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    Roary is looking very healthy and quite photogenic!
    I’m still looking forward to reading time. Time, time, time…

  3. James Mendur Says:


    “Poker Chip” – not really my cup of tea, so I won’t be getting the rest in the Ghost Agent series. I prefer Smith’s “Poker Boy” series of superhero short stories.

    Currently reading:

    “A Night in the Lonesome October”

    “Script Doctor” – a sort of half-diary half-memoir by Andrew Cartmel about his time as Script Editor on “Doctor Who” during the end of its original run in the late 1980s. He doesn’t hold back (much) on his opinions and attitudes and actions during those years. Some of it I find fascinating. Some of it gets repetitive, as most diaries are … we don’t really change that much over time, and this is just a three-year period. I’m about halfway through.

  4. Stewart Says:

    Are there to be anymore treecat books ? JSF

    • janelindskold Says:

      Yes. The yet-not-title fourth Star Kingdom novel is written and waiting for David Weber to have time to give it a final review. It’s set almost immediately after Treecat Wars. We have a contract for two beyond that, but the timetable has a lot to do with Weber.

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