FF: Revision Immersion Continues

Dandy Dandelion Reads

I’m quite happily working on my editor’s notes for Aurora Borealis Bridge.  Whenever I’m in my “editor brain” I read differently, often hyper-critically.  In this case, because I’m both editing and writing new material, I’m definitely in an odd space.

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:

Hummingbird Wizard by Meredith Blevins.  Despite the title, a mystery with light brushstrokes of magical realism rather than a fantasy.

Poirot Abroad by Agatha Christie.  Audiobook.  A new combination of short stories in which the setting is supposed to be “abroad,” but they really stretched the justification, since most stories are still set in England.

The Golden Ball and Other Stories by Agatha Christie.  Audiobook.  Another compilation collection.  The first part are mostly Wodehousian romps, often with a ne’er do well young man as protagonist.  The second part was taken from her supernatural verging on horror collection The Hound of Death and other stories. 

In Progress:

Forced Perspectives by Tim Powers.  Picks up with the characters from Powers’ Alternate Routes whose experiences in that novel have reshaped them so that, whether they want to be or not, they are now linked to a world where the supernatural is now part of their nature.  (So is it “super” natural anymore?)

Bloodline by Dick Francis.  Audiobook.  A FF Reader recommended author!!!

Also:

Reading in the newly created DreamForge Anvil.  This format combines “writer tips and examination of process” with stories.  I’ll admit, I’m not reading anything but the stories. 

12 Responses to “FF: Revision Immersion Continues”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    Currently, I am reading Beginning Operations (Sector General #1-3) by James White, an Omnibus edition. I had never read any of the stories (that I remember) or the Sector General Books. The basic premise is a big hospital ship out in space, staffed by and treating all the species from other planets. The first three books were published in the 1960’s and 1970’s but they do not seem out of date to me. I am enjoying them, so far.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Oh! I remember hearing about those, maybe from Alan Robson… I need to see if we have them. (Jim and my library is a combination of three people’s libraries, so I’m never sure what’s out there.)

      • Beverly Martin Says:

        First, I forgot to thank you for the Dandy Dandelion photo. So cute! I know what you mean about referrals. Between you, Alan R. and your posters I am usually not sure of the source. But, I know for sure the referred book will be worth checking out!

      • Alan Robson Says:

        Yes — that was me. I love the Sector General books and I recommend them every chance I get.


        -Alan

      • janelindskold Says:

        Dandy is very elegant, but that long hair takes a lot of care.

  2. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    I’m still reading blog posts and short articles. I haven’t been able to find a groove with my time management, so I’m too distracted to get into a story or I’m too tired, and I fall asleep.
    I keep reminding myself that books are very patient and they’ll wait for me.😉

  3. James Mendur Says:

    Finished what I was reading.

    Began re-reading “Feed” by Mira Grant because the first time I read this near future political thriller in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse, it was early in the pandemic. Now that I’m vaccinated and things are slowly returning to a new normal, I’m reading it with that perspective.

    After that, I need to start reading things for the Hugo voting, as soon as my voters packet arrives.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Did your perspective change? I’ve found who I am at a given moment can really influence my reaction to a book or show. That’s why I’ll give a second chance to some.

      • James Mendur Says:

        Well, yeah. The first time, there was no idea when a vaccine might be ready. The zombie aspect of the story was foremost in my brain, that anyone could die and turn at any time, which adds to the scares. This time through, I’m vaccinated and there are still unknowns but I’m more focused on how the norms of society in the book had changed due to the zombies and how much our own society has changed due to the pandemic. I personally am probably safer but there are still dangers out there, especially from our fellow humans.

        Also, having read this before, the scares are less but the horror is greater because it seems so inevitable (since I know how it ends).

  4. Louis Robinson Says:

    Two thumbs up for James White. Who wrote more than just Sector General stories. I think “Trouble with Emily” was the first I found – most likely found Out of This World in the library – and I still don’t know how to resolve that final conundrum: how do you explain puns to an alien telepath with no sense of humour?

    In between contemplating that and building a piece of furniture, I’m reading Courtesans & fishcakes : the consuming passions of classical Athens. What did Socrates and his buddies drop their loose obols on, anyway?

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