FF: For Those Who Asked

Persephone Wonders About Flying

I’m doing a bit better than I was on Wednesday.  Still a bit achy, though.  While slowed down, I finished then novel I was reading and have almost finished Kojiki.  I am not sure what will be next.

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:

Someplace To Be Flying by Charles de Lint.  Still a good story.  I’m glad.

In Progress:

The Renaissance by Will Durant.  Audiobook.  Still in the papal states.  Rafael is dead, young.  Michelangelo is alive and grumpy.

Kojiki translated and extensively annotated by Donald L. Philippi.  The title means “Record of Ancient Things” and the text was completed in 712.  A mixture of mythology, folklore, history, and legend­­—with a healthy dose of genealogy—this was created for political reasons, to explain the descent of the Yamato, but also from a desire to preserve older traditions.  I’m really happy to have the extensive footnotes and appendixes, all of which are well-written.  Almost done.


Finished back issues of Smithsonian.  Now back to Archeology.  Why are archeologists so surprised when the facts show that women have always done a lot more hunting than previously believed?

6 Responses to “FF: For Those Who Asked”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    I am glad you are better. I hope you are fully well soon!

    This week, I finished Tell No One, a mystery/thriller by Harlan Coben. I had never read anything by this author, but I had heard a lot about his books. I believe this was his first.

    This thriller was thrilling and full of suspense. The characters were well written, especially the secondary ones. It is best not to analyze the plot too closely. There are some holes and hops that don’t bear much scrutiny. Still, I enjoyed the book and plan to read more by this author.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Thanks for the review! I’d wondered about his work for a while. (Also, glad to see you back. You’re certainly not required to post every week, but I want you to know I always enjoy when you do.)

  2. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    Archeologists like many humans have gender role biases. It’s sad that it’s so ingrained that they’re surprised by what should be obvious. Why wouldn’t women hunt? Unless they are very pregnant, or caring for small children, there’s no reason why they wouldn’t, except societal gender roles.

    It’s one of the things I loved about the Jean Auel books. Not being an Archeologist or anthropologist, I don’t know how accurate her depictions are, but they make sense.

    No books for me still, but school will resume full-time, five days on campus, starting April 5th, so I’m hoping to tackle my TBR pile 💃🏼🥳

    Glad you’re on the mend!🌻

    • janelindskold Says:

      Jean Auel was probably optimistic, but I think even thinking about what she over did is a way to think. Right? Sometimes I wonder if the “surprise” is really some editor looking for the headline that will sell the magazine. Feeling just a little cynical today!

  3. Harried Harry Says:

    I’m happy to hear you feel better. Getting sick is never fun. The nice weather is trying to come but the wind will come visit us too. I’ve done some reading and the books were mostly oriented for youth. Even so, the author did a good job with the story, the humor is great, and the “borrowing” from other authors for ideas and concepts is fairly decent. No plagiarism but I can easily relate to other authors. The series was written by J. A. Sutherland and is the Alexis Carew series.

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