FF: And Illustrated By

Mei-Ling Feels Dubious About the Residents of Castle Hangnail

I just realized that, purely by coincidence, much of my reading over the last week was by that rare creature: the author/illustrator. 

Just a reminder. Saturday and Sunday I’m participating in the wholly on-line convention, Flights of Foundry. On Saturday, I’m on a panel, and on Sunday I’ll be giving a short reading from Library of the Sapphire Wind. (See this week’s WW for more about this novel.)

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 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!

Jenny Goes to Sea written and Illustrated by Ester Averill. 

Captains of the City Streets written and illustrated by Ester Averill.

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.

In Progress:

Castle Hangnail written and illustrated by Ursula Vernon.  This is an interesting work in her canon, with more text than her delightful Harriet the Hamster Princess and Danny Dragonbreath works, foreshadowing in its acceptance of “darker” elements, in many ways, the work she is doing as T. Kingfisher, including The Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking that I mentioned a few weeks ago.

Also:

At last got my player to work, so I’m back to The Age of Faith, when time permits.  Just finished Thomas `a Becket and Henry II, which reminded me of a novel I haven’t re-read in years…

2 Responses to “FF: And Illustrated By”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    For the past couple of weeks, I have been struggling to finish To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini. I had read the Eragon dragon books and liked them, so I was looking forward to this book. It has many good parts – the characters are very fully developed, the premise is exciting.

    It is a space adventure that begins when an advance team of humans makes a final check of a planet earmarked for human habitation. One of the scientists finds an alien artifact and things get very exciting and dangerous from that point on.

    My main problem with this book is that the main character, Kira, is very prone to guilt trips and self absorbed whining. I realize that is very human behavior but I like my main characters to have a bit more backbone. I am close to the end of the book and it could be that she will “man up” in the next hundred pages.

    I am not sorry I am reading this, but it is not one of my favorites.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Horrible isn’t that a “man up” is the expression for having backbone. I don’t disagree w/you about not liking whiny characters: male, female, drunken alien, whatever, NOT my flavor.

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