FF: Yep! Still Reading.

Roary: Now Nine Months Old

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.  And it’s also a great place to tell me what you’re reading.  I’ve discovered a lot of good books that way.

Recently Completed:

Armenian Folk-tales and Fables retold by Charles Downing.  I enjoyed the translator’s note at the beginning.  Bonus: At the end of the book is a list of short proverbs.  Great windows into a society’s values.

Wolf Speaker: Immortals Book Two by Tamora Pierce.  Audiobook.  Daine is a year and a half older, and racking up the magical abilities as fast as she can concentrate.  Warning for wolf purists: the wolves are more like dogs in their body language, with a culture built more around human idealizations of wolves than “real” wolves. 

In Progress:

Emperor Mage: Immortals Book Three by Tamora Pierce.  Audiobook.  By odd coincidence, a book about dealing with the aftermath of violence altercation that was never quite a declared war.

A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher (aka Ursula Vernon).  Mona is a minor mage with a gift for working with dough.  Lovely imagery and a gripping, if sometimes a bit improbable, plot. 

Also:

We discovered that three of our December magazines did not arrive in December when January issues started showing up. 

4 Responses to “FF: Yep! Still Reading.”

  1. James Mendur Says:

    Finished:
    Ink & Sigil, by Kevin Hearne
    First book of new series set in same universe as his The Iron Druid Chronicles, and with some of the same characters but different main characters. While it’s not necessary to read the earlier series first, I’m pretty sure it helps. The plot is decent but this is very much a “let me introduce you to all of the main characters with flashbacks and some exposition, and look how amazing Glasgow is!” kind of book.

    Current:
    Fiction River: Unnatural Worlds (anthology)
    I thought this might be about visiting other planets or alternate dimensions but so far it’s mostly “Earth but…” where the ellipsis is Greek gods and critters, or faeries are openly part of the world, or other bits of urban / suburban / etc. fantasy. They’re good stories, just not what I was expecting from the title.

  2. Beverly Martin Says:

    Roary is a cutie! My, she has grown!
    I finished Maskerade by Terry Pratchett. It was lots of fun with several witch-inspired LOL moments.
    Now, I am reading A Mighty Fortress (Safehold #5) by David Weber. I enjoy the story, but the volume of naval/sailing info kind of makes my eyes cross at times.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Roary is very proud of how big he is. The question is what will the next three months bring.

      Yeah. I get you on the “eye-crossed” detail. There’s such an awkward balance when the author is aware of how a small technical detail is crucial to the plot, but the reader is like: Honestly? I only care if they live or die. I teased Roger [Zelazny] about this with his sword fights. But some readers love that stuff.

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