FF: Found!

Roary Sneaks Up On A Fun Book

Last week, I wasn’t sure what novel I would read next.  I found it by the end of Friday.

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:

Daddy Long-Legs by Jean Webster.  Every time I re-read this, it’s a different book.  Originally published in 1912 (my copy is a reprint with updated spelling conventions, but otherwise the same), this epistolary novel follows an orphan from a restrictive (but not cruel) orphanage into a privileged girl’s college.  Her outsider view of the culture she is suddenly immersed in makes this almost an “alien among us” story.  Oh, and it avoids all the cheap “mean girl” tropes one would expect, but is warm-hearted and intellectually stimulating.

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.  Since I had interesting orphans in mind, I next picked up this much more modern (2007) tale.  SF light, it is a wild romp with sly comments about things we take for granted.  My favorite: Grow the lawn.  Mow the lawn.

In Progress:

After an unexpected delay, I have an ARC of the forthcoming T. Kingfisher, Paladin’s Strength.  An indirect sequel to Paladin’s Grace, which I adored.  Focuses on different characters, setting, but a continuation of issues raised in Paladin’s Grace.

The Renaissance by Will Durant.  Audiobook.  Just finished the Bonfire of the Vanities.

Also:

Back to Archeology and American Archeology.

7 Responses to “FF: Found!”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    The Mysterious Benedict Society sounds fun. I added it to my TBR list.

    This week I read The Land Beyond the Sea by my favorite historical fiction writer, Sharon Kay Penman. This was kind of a bitter sweet read since she recently passed away . So, this is the last story she will tell.

    The story takes place in the kingdom of Jerusalem in the mid 1100’s and deals with the King of Jerusalem, his struggles with Saladin, the Muslim leader, and with his own nobles.

    It was excellent. I was totally engrossed in the novel and each character came alive. I gave this 5 stars, which is something I rarely do.

  2. James Mendur Says:

    Rereading Roger Zelazny’s Amber series. It has been too long.

  3. kohakuamber18 Says:

    Hello I absolutely love your series, it’s one of my favorites. I just got my Dad to try it out after I bought the whole series and discovered to my surprise that two new books came out!!! I was so excited to buy them, but I can only find them in paperback. I buy all my books in hardcover and I’d hate to have half a series in hardcover and half paperback. Is there any chance you might eventually be able to publish them in hardcover? Since I read these were self published maybe you could do a special one-time go fund me or Kickstarter? Thank you so much for writing such awesome books. I can’t wait to read the Firekeeper Saga to its end someday and I will have to check out some of your other series as well.

    • janelindskold Says:

      I have no immediate plans to do a hard cover. When I queried my readership asking if there was any interest, even the people like you who had asked didn’t seem willing to pay the extra a hard cover edition would cost. I am sorry to disappoint, but I don’t currently have the time or energy to do a Kickstarter.

      • kohakuamber18 Says:

        I completely understand. One of my friends is a small author so I get some of the hardships you’ve probably gone through. I love your series and will continue to purchase it no matter what form it comes in. You can’t leave a series half finished on the bookshelf forever 😛 Sending good vibes your way for your next projects and hope that the next Firekeeper books aren’t too far away 🙂

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