No Excuses

Roary Kicks at the Idea of ESP

As my WW noted, the past week or have been hard for me emotionally.  When I went out and scanned our bookshelves, I realized that I needed to re-read, because even if I didn’t remember the plot, I needed the reassurance that it would all turn out all right.

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.

I’m always happy to hear what you’re reading, and even if I don’t read that specific book your suggestions often steer me to something related.

Recently Completed:

Talking to Dragons by Patricia Wrede.  Audio.  A direct-indirect sequel to Calling On Dragons. Calling ends with a problem that can only be solved by the next generation.  This is how they do that.  Manners are an important element, a trope taken, extended, and bent to good purpose.

The Mind Readers by Margery Allingham.  A later Campion, one that ventures into the realms of SF.  The question of how ESP might change society is very familiar to SF readers, but I suspect Allingham’s discussion was a real eye-opener to many of her mystery fans.

In Progress:

And Be a Villain by Rex Stout.  Audiobook.  Wolfe needs work, which makes him make an unusual deal to solve a crime that happened in front of an audience but, nonetheless, has the police baffled.

Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett.  I’ll admit.  The first time I read this book, the Mac Feegles nearly kicked me out, as did the similarity of some plot elements to the movie Labyrinth.  But Tiffany and her serious determination to deal with what is there, rather than what people believe, won me over.


Finishing up a backlog magazines…  Smithsonian has had some really good pieces that last few months.  Also, brushing up on my herb lore.


6 Responses to “No Excuses”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    This week I finished By Schism Rent Asunder (Safehold #2) by David Weber. Since I learned about this world, it’s systems and about sea battles in the first book, this one went a lot faster for me. The story was exciting and I really enjoy the characters. I have requested the next book from the library.

    I also finished Her Majesty’s Will: A Novel of Will and Kit by David Blixt. This is an amusing little book that addresses the question of what William Shakespeare was up to after he left Stratford and before he became an established bard in London. (Hint: He was a spy!)

    I am also readying a Terry Pratchett book, Interesting Times (Discworld #17). I thought the title fitting for 2020. I am enjoying the Wizzard, Rincewind and his luggage.

  2. James Mendur Says:

    Currently Reading:
    “Dying with Her Cheer Pants On” by Seanan McGuire (short story collection)
    Light horror and comedy and urban fantasy, about cheerleaders. McGuire is a big fan of cheerleaders as incredible athletes in one of the most dangerous high school sports. She puts them front and center as one of the forces standing in the way of the monsters and aliens and horrors that come calling. Usually they win. Sometimes they don’t. Some stories are very good. Probably best read one at a time with something else in between, rather than all in a row the way I’ve been doing it, but I’m almost done.

  3. anevergreen Says:

    Tiffany Aching is my favorite Pratchett 🙂

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