FF: Death and Memory

Roary Approves

Last week, my very good friend, Jan Stirling died.  I met her and Steve (aka S.M.) when they moved to Santa Fe, shortly after Roger died.  For some weird reason, they decided to befriend  solidly depressed me.  In addition to repeatedly inviting me over for meals and to watch mini-series (during which I was certain to start crying), they loaned me their entire collection of Terry Pratchett novels.  Even in 1994, this was a lot of books to trust to a near stranger, but Jan went out to their not-yet-completely unpacked library and handed over an entire box.

Trying to cope with losing Jan (who was one of the sweetest, smartest, most dryly funny people you’d ever have the good fortune to know), I decided to once again enlist Terry Pratchett, especially his take on Death (which is also a take on living well), so you’ll see his Reaper Man in the list below.

Featured in the picture with Roary is a new edition of Roger’s A Night in the Lonesome October.  This one has Gahan Wilson’s art on the front and back covers.  Roger always wanted Gahan Wilson to do the cover art (he did the interior art), so I’m very happy to see this and wanted to share.

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:

Juniper Wiles by Charles deLint.  DeLint’s first novel set in Newford for a long time.  New POV character helps make this a gateway book into a complex setting, while pursuing a story of her own.  I enjoyed, and can reassure readers that this book, while not without heart, is not as dark as some of the later Newford books.

In Progress:

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).

Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett.


A companion to the anime Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles, more aligned with the manga than the anime, which I am currently re-watching.

8 Responses to “FF: Death and Memory”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    This week, I read Wolf’s Soul. I had saved it for sometime special and decided, for no particular reason, this was the time. I enjoyed it very much! I especially enjoyed seeing how Firekeeper has matured. However, Blind Seer did acquire another two-legged “cub” who needed his discipline and wisdom – Ranz!

    The plot was every interesting and there was plenty of suspense and action. I know I missed some things, but I will capture them when I read the book again. Thanks so much for such characters and such stories!

    • janelindskold Says:

      Hi Beverly! Thank you. Having had the pleasure of sharing book reports with you regularly, your compliments mean all the more. I very much enjoyed the journey those books took me on along with the characters.

  2. James Mendur Says:

    Currently reading:
    The Figure in the Shadows by John Bellairs (sequel to The House with a Clock in Its Walls)

    Up next:
    Terminal Alliance by Jim C Hines – a human janitor on an alien spaceship must take command
    Sounds like fun and I need fun.

  3. Harried Harry Says:

    I’ve been reading a new sci-fi /fantasy series by Justin Fike called “the Farshore Chronicles”. Interesting series to read with decent plot lines. I found it on Amazon Prime so I can read it on my PC since I don’t have a Kindle.

    I’m sorry about your friend Jan. It always hurts when a friend passes, especially one we’ve known for a long time. In the past few months a few people I knew passed but some have had serious medical issues but are still here, which is great.

    Today I planted flower seeds into two flower beds and I need to spray the bermuda grass so I can dig out the “weed” and get new flowers planted.

    Take care all, enjoy the weekend.

  4. Louis Robinson Says:

    Just finished Anything You Can Imagine – thanks, Alan! – about Peter Jackson and the making of the Middle Earth films. Having gotten to know more of Jackson, I find myself wondering not so much about Silmarillion movies as I am about a far more intriguing vision: what would Peter Jackson do with Farmer Giles of Ham?

    Aside from that, a lot of stuff from arXiv.org, occasional dips into on-line back issues of Archaeology and Current Archaeology, and a number of video courses from the Teaching Company. Just completed a set of three courses on the Middle Ages [divided into Early, High and Late], which, frankly – Petrarch’s bigotism notwithstanding – are really not all that Dark. Admittedly, the illumination gets a bit weak from time to time, but then we don’t really know much more about Roman Britain or western Gaul in the 3rd century than we do about those areas in the 6th.

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