FF: Intrigue and Rebirth

Mei-Ling Is Not Quite So Camera Shy

This week my list is a considerable distortion of my reading, because most of my reading time is occupied with my own work, but I do find time to read other things, usually during our afternoon break, and before bed, with a smattering of audio between.

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:

The Realm of the Gods: Immortals Book Four by Tamora Pierce.  Audiobook.

Three Blind Mice and Other Stories by Agatha Christie.  Featuring a variety of her detectives, and showing off her versatility as a creator of mysteries.

Murder in Three Acts by Agatha Christie.  An Hercule Poirot.  Very clever conceit that I can’t discuss because it would give too much away.

In Progress:

Agent of Change by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller.  I’ve meant to try a Liaden book for years, and am finally getting there.  Opening combines non-stop action and a touch of intrigue.

The Renaissance by Will Durant.  Audiobook.  I’m not quite ready to go back to the Dark Ages (The Age of Faith was the last Durant to which I was listening) but I thought I’d give a little later on a try.

Also:

Back issues of Vogue.  Each issue, I’ve found at least one article to hand over to Jim.  One about innovative distilleries that are “upcycling” what would be waste from production of another edible into boutique booze.  Another on a “re-wilding” project in England, that makes me want to read the book, Wilding, that it was based upon.  Another about the newly elected Vice President.

8 Responses to “FF: Intrigue and Rebirth”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    That is a beautiful photo of Mei-Ling. She has a beautiful coat ant I love the expression on her face! Thanks for posting!

    This week, I finished Quantum Shadows by L.E. Modesitt Jr. I have read many of his prior works and enjoyed them. This one was quite a challenge for me.

    The sentences were complex and chock full of clauses and commas. Sometimes, I would have to go 6 lines up to the beginning of the sentence to remember what it was about.

    It was about a planet called Heaven, which is loosely based on Earth. Each Earth religion has its own region. In the story, someone is working to disrupt the system. I spent a bit of time looking up words and people from religions other than the big 4.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Good to see you! Mei-Ling came to us so shy we had to keep her restricted or she’d hide and we’d not be able to find her. It’s terrific that she now lets us point a (formerly highly dangerous) camera lens at her.

      The Modesitt you mentioned sounds like an ambitious concept that maybe didn’t work? I wonder if source material influenced his writing style. Theology is often turgid and roundabout. What a writer is reading can really influence his or her writing style!

  2. James Mendur Says:

    Recently completed:
    re-read “This Immortal” by Zelazny

    Currently reading:
    The Adventures of Sam Spade and other stories, by Dashiell Hammett
    paused on the Doctor Who novel; it takes more concentration than I have at the moment (hence the re-read and the short stories)

    As for Agatha Christie, I just rewatched the 1965 movie “Ten Little Indians” (the one with Fabian in a small role) just last night

    • janelindskold Says:

      Minor whine between regular associates. New term “godpunk,” as if no one before now has written books with Immortals among us, although American Gods got a token nod. I found myself thinking, no Zelazny??? Twenty-five years is too soon to be forgotten. Thank you for not forgetting.

  3. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    Still reading only blog posts and occasional articles. I started a book, but haven’t had the time to read any more of it.
    Good news on the horizon though… hybrid school will begin again on February 22nd. That will give me two days of five hour chunks of uninterrupted time. I’m so excited!

  4. Harried Harry Says:

    Jane, I’m very happy you were able to read one of the Liaden stories. I’ve found they are very challenging to read, understand, and interpret some of the cultural aspects of the Liaden universe. Excellent stories anyway.

    Hard to believe we are now in February. I’m reading some of the Andre Norton Witch World short stories in the “High Halleck” Vol 1 ebook. Very good reading.

    It has warmed up quite a bit but we are due for another cold front. I’m hoping to get my truck ready by cleaning the inside and washing & waxing the outside. Just like I need to do for myself –prepare for the rest of the Winter and the Spring. (The cat looks pretty darn pleased).

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