FF: Tangled Up

Roary Wonders What His Labors Might Be

As those of you who read the WW this week already know, Jim and I were on the road last week, so my reading was scattered and odd, as well as being tangled with in my own work.

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:

Lucifer’s Crown by Lillian Stewart Carl.  A story set as the Twentieth Century is turning into the Twenty-first.   A story of a struggle for redemption, personal and social.  I enthusiastically blurbed it, so I must have liked it and I did all over again on this re-read.  Originally out from a small press, it is now available as an e-book, if you’re curious.

Twisted Twenty-six by Janet Ivanovich.  Audiobook.  Listening to Stephanie Plum while we’re travelling is something of a tradition for me and Jim.  This one was serious weak at points, but (as Beverly mentioned recently) I still like the characters and how they care about each other.  (Although I did note that Stephanie, who started the series always fighting weight gain now had a magical Hungarian metabolism that allows her to eat anything she wants.  That was seriously weird.  Also, Lula being black was not mentioned even once.  Again.  Weird.) 

In Progress:

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie.  Audiobook.  Re-read. 

The Labors of Hercules by Agatha Christie.  A short story collection, with the “frame story” of Hercule Poirot doing his version of the mythical labors.

Also:

Reading and doing edits.  It takes most of my reader brain, as well as my writer brain.

4 Responses to “FF: Tangled Up”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    The best thing I read this week was your story of your 3 cats reacting to your absence! I am sure you got the dialog just right!

    I also read Defending the Galaxy by Maria V. Snyder. This is the conclusion of the Sentinels of the Galaxy trilogy. It centers around terra cotta warriors found on far flung planets. The warriors are being studied by one group of people and destroyed by another. It is considered to be a “young adult” book, but that didn’t deter me. The characters were well written and there was plenty of action to keep me going.

    • janelindskold Says:

      There’s some excellent YA out there. When I’m back to a brain state of trying new authors, I should try this.

      I’m very glad you liked “Roary and the Kidnappers.” It was fun to write. I’m reluctant, usually, to write about my animals but I couldn’t resist this time.

  2. Harried Harry Says:

    I’m finding reading the YA oriented books to be more enjoyable than some books I’ve also read lately. Part of it has to do with the language. I really, really do not like the use of vulgar or crass words. To me, it just means the author is slinging crud at the reader. Many times it also means the author has not thought about what they are writing and to whom the audience is aimed, let alone who might actually be reading what they wrote.

    To me it reminds me of when I returned from overseas during the Vietnam war. Most troopers used some real nasty, crude language as did I. I decided to clean up my language since dating was not a good place to “demonstrate” a proficiency in crude, rude language usage. I cleaned it up and do my best never to use it. I just wish authors would keep their stories clean or use something else to express the frustrations. I’ve read some very old books and the language sometimes included words to express the sense but never went beyond that.

    Good books are always worth reading again. One I read just recently was by Dick Francis called “Hot Money”. It was a mystery but also discussed family disfunction. Enjoyable read.

    Enjoy your May Day.

    • janelindskold Says:

      I get you about profanity. I try to use it in a limited fashion, but some character types seem to require it. And YA is not profanity free. Indeed, some, especially w/young male protags, seems to go out of the way to use it!

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