FF: But That’s Okay!

Mei-Ling Sniffs Out A Good Book

Squeezing in reading between a lot of other demands on my time, but it’s always there.

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 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

In Progress:

Juniper Wiles by Charles de Lint.  De Lint’s first novel set in Newford for many years.  New POV character helps make this a gateway book into a complex setting, while pursuing a story of her own.

Midwinter Murders by Agatha Christie.  Audiobook.  Winter-themed short story collection.  Material includes a bit where Agatha Christie talks about the Christmas banquets she remembers from her childhood (and which were the setting for her novel, The Affair of the Christmas Pudding).


Putting in the garden is cutting a bit into my reading time, but that’s okay!

10 Responses to “FF: But That’s Okay!”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    This week, I read Feet of Clay (Discworld #19, Citi Watch #3) by Terry Pratchett. I always enjoy the City Watch because of their involvement with the Guilds, the Rulers and the everyday characters in Ankh-Morpork. This time, I got to meet Golems.

  2. James Mendur Says:

    de Lint’s Newford, for me, became a challenge to read after a while. It wasn’t there at first, but later there was a current in his books of “only people who undergo terrible trauma can find magic.” It made reading all of those stories very hard. I understand the idea behind it: the theme became “magic answers need” rather than “magic comes to those who are open to it.” But I found myself clenching up every time I was about to read a Newford story.
    So I stopped.

    I haven’t been reading anything recently. Too many early morning doctor visits followed by a full day of work have drained my concentration. I’m picking up two books from the libary tomorrow, though. I’m trying to be optimistic.

    • James Mendur Says:

      Oh, also optimistic: buyng a supporting membership to Worldcon so I can get the voters’ packet of as many nominees’ work as the publishers will allow …. possibly including Seanan McGuire’s entire October Daye series (15 books plus short fiction).

    • Beverly Martin Says:

      Good luck finding wonderful books at the library! I understand what you mean about some themes not being supportive!

    • janelindskold Says:

      Juniper Wiles doesn’t feature “great trauma” so you’d be safer there. It’s a lighter book than many of de Lint’s, which doesn’t mean it’s w/o heart or fun. (I finished on my break earlier.) Healing wishes to you.

  3. Beverly Martin Says:

    Good luck finding wonderful books at the library! I understand what you mean about some themes not being supportive!

  4. Alan Robson Says:

    Thanks for the news about the new Charles de Lint novel. I went and bought it straight away.


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