FF: Finished Up

Persephone Relaxes With A Good Book

I haven’t chosen what novel I’m going to read next, but am sampling a variety of shorter works, most of which aren’t holding my attention.  Probably I need to go stare at my bookshelves and see what appeals to me.

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:

Agent of Change by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller.  I’ve meant to try a Liaden book for years, and am finally getting there.  Strong characterization, even of minor characters.  Great setting.  Plot is action-packed, after the fashion of a spy thriller.  Oh, and I loved the Turtles (aliens).

In Progress:

The Renaissance by Will Durant.  Audiobook.  Looking at the shifting of visual art styles from Medieval to early Renaissance.

Also:

Back issues of Vogue.

6 Responses to “FF: Finished Up”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    Agent of Change sounds really good. I put it on my Amazon list for my next order of books. Thanks for mentioning it.

    This week, I finished Hall of Smoke by H.M.Long. I won this gook in a Goodreads Giveaway. It is a fantasy about a warrior priestess who gets caught up in human wars and battles between gods. She is a strong, intelligent woman and I found her very likeable. The other characters were realistically portrayed also. This was a fun, fast paced story.

  2. Louis Robinson Says:

    Agent of Change _is_ good, although I think I prefer Conflict of Honors. Of course, that’s almost certainly because it was the first Liad I read.

    I seem to have gone off on a tangent [for me, anyway]: Just finished Bart Ehrman’s Forged, currently reading his Jesus Interrupted and Heaven and Hell. He’s a Biblical scholar [and lapsed Evangelical] who’s been working for some time on presenting popular accounts of the results of historical criticism of the New Testament for people who never hear about such things from their pulpits. Seems to be a solid presentation of current knowledge of the texts as they’ve come down to us, although the basic premise of such studies does bother me a bit.

    Also reading The Anarchy, by William Dalrymple. I think the subtitle is as good a summary as any: ‘the relentless rise of the East India Company’ pretty much says it all.

    • janelindskold Says:

      I sincerely enjoyed, but I did have some issues (not enough to keep me from enjoying) with two big coincidences. I can usually handle one, but two, especially in a book built around an escape makes me go hmmmmm…. But since the writing was good, I wondered if it was a seed for a future plot element, which is a compliment to the authors.

      I really liked the Turtles. I’d read more about them. Are they central to any other books?

  3. Louis Robinson Says:

    The turtles are involved in crucial events in later books, but never central. I think. Or maybe we just don’t know about it yet. I’m not fully caught up, I have to admit, but there is a _lot_ going on, and I suspect that there are a great many leporidae still tucked away among the headgear.

    • Louis Robinson Says:

      PS: the story of Val Con meeting Edger has been written up in a short – titled, appropriately, To Cut an Edge. It’s the first story in A Liaden Universe Constellation, Vol 1 [which is the first in a series of compilations of stories published in their chapbooks]

  4. Harried Harry Says:

    I’ve only read a few of the Liaden books but I’ve found them to be a great read. More are coming out all the time, so it’s fun to read them.

    I was reminded today, it has been over a year since I’ve been into a Library. The stories I’m reading come from my internal library which is getting boxed as I finish reading a book. I’m not sure yet, but I think they will go to the town library for them to use. So far, I have almost 300 books packed away but about 50 more to pack. This does not include the 100~ cookbooks. My Nook is getting full and I’m reading a number of books from Kindle on my tablet.

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