FF: The Bough Breaks

Roary Could Be One of Jenny’s Friends

Well, not really a bough, but the device on which I was playing the audio of The Age of Faith by Will Durant, so I guess my electronics have decided I’m not ready for the Dark Ages yet.  Instead…  Agatha Christie does P.G. Wodehouse.

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 Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington by Jennet ConantAdequate, but the temporal/associational organization style doesn’t do the material much good. 

In Progress:

The Hotel  Cat written and illustrated by Ester Averill.  A before bed read.  I loved Pickles and Jenny and all the rest as a kid, and see no reason not to now!

Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie.  Audiobook.  An English country house, spy thriller mystery with characters who would have been bright lights of The Drone’s Club.  Great fun.


I have an Big Announcement that I’ve saving for the WW this coming week, so I’ll just say that my research reading is joyfully scattered.


9 Responses to “FF: The Bough Breaks”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    Beautiful flower and beautiful cat! I didn’t finish anything this week. Maybe next week I will have a report. I am looking forward to your announcement!

  2. James Mendur Says:

    I’ve never read Jeeves and Wooster. Which one do you think I should start with?

    • janelindskold Says:

      I am terrible at the order, since I read them higgledy-piggledy, but there is a first where Jeeves arrives. Many characters continue, popping in and out, so it’s fun to read in order. Mixture of short story collections and novels. The TV series, especially the earlier episodes is fairly faithful to the material, and has lovely settings and costuming.

      I bet someone else can fill in the details I’ve missed.

    • janelindskold Says:

      An afterthought… I think the first one might be Enter Jeeves.

    • James Mendur Says:

      I decided to go with “The Inimitable Jeeves” for the simple reasons that it’s an early collection and out of copyright and avaiable on Project Gutenberg for free. It’s second or third on my reading list now.

      • janelindskold Says:

        Sounds like a plan. The titles shift so much, and some of the short story collections contain the same stories but remixed and different titles.

  3. Harried Harry Says:

    I hope everyone enjoyed their Easter. We had a nice, quiet one but the Easter Bunny did make a visit. Now I’m trying to avoid the goodies or keep working on “stuff”. I’ve read a few ebooks from the Sci Fi library but I’ll wait till later to let you know the names (I can’t remember). Enjoy the week and the warmer weather.

    • janelindskold Says:

      We did… I got some NEWs that I’m holding for WW this week, but it made for a very different Easter. Hope those goodies are fun. (My favorite: chocolate and peanut butter “eggs.)

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