FF: Mysteries of Content

The Mysterious Roary

Tomorrow (1-30-21, at 7:00 PM Central Time), I’ll be chatting with The Royal Manticoran Navy via Zoom.  My hosts have let me know that anyone is welcome.  Although we’ll certainly talk about my work with David Weber and in the Honorverse, I’ve been told there will be questions about Firekeeper, my other works, as well as about writing in general.

Time is 7:00 PM Central Time, and here’s the link:


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.

Recently Completed:

There Is A Tide by Agatha Christie.  An Hercule Poirot. 

Thirteen At Dinner by Agatha Christie.  An Hercule Poirot.  (I prefer the original title: Lord Edgeware Dies since the “thirteen” element is very minor.)

Cards On The Table by Agatha Christie.  Features Hercule Poirot, Ariadne Oliver, and Inspector Battle.  I think this is the book that introduced Mrs. Oliver, a character I love.

In Progress:

The Realm of the Gods: Immortals Book Four by Tamora Pierce.  Audiobook.   This one is long as Daine and Numair get stranded, then trudge through the Immortals Realm, trying to get home to their war-torn nation.

A not yet in print T. Kingfisher!!!


Back issues of Vogue.  I started getting this magazine because some high fashion is remarkably SF or Fantasy in feel, and because they feature a wide range of types of people in their photos.  I was pleased to discover that there’s some thoughtful reporting, too.  I like to stretch my brain by reading about things that aren’t part of my lifestyle.

8 Responses to “FF: Mysteries of Content”

  1. janelindskold Says:

    Sorry for this going up late. I scheduled the wrong date because I was thinking about tomorrow’s chat with the TRMC.

  2. James Mendur Says:


    A Deadly Education (Book 1 of Scholomance) by Naomi Novik
    Harry Potter meets Hunger Games with a touch of class consciousness

    In Progress:

    Cat’s Cradle: Warhead by Andrew Cartmel
    A 1992 Doctor Who tie-in novel about the 7th Doctor and Ace

    • janelindskold Says:

      Hmm… Your first summary is not a recc for my tastes!

      • James Mendur Says:

        I suppose another way of putting it is “Female Harry Potter in a wizard school with no adults, saying ‘I’m trying very hard just to graduate alive and NOT turn into a Sith Lord, but you people aren’t making it easy!'”

  3. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    Reading blog posts and some articles on miscellaneous sites.
    Taking lots and lots of pictures of the sky and my avian friends.
    I’m in a “holding pattern”, waiting for school to reopen.

    Is the Zoom going to be recorded for watching at a later time?

  4. Harried Harry Says:

    I will do my best to join the Royal Manticoran Navy meeting. Since I’m on MT, I have to get the dishes done first.

    I finally had time to read. Very cold outside so I worked on a book I found in my home library written by Raymond E. Feist, “The King’s Buccaneer”. Very entertaining story which follows some of the Riftwar stories. Involves Arutha’s Grandson. Excellent story about things that can happen if you are not watching for them. Those who enjoyed the Riftwar saga, I suspect you’ll enjoy this one.

    Stay warm, stay safe, and avoid the snow.

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