FF: Wise Fools

In addition to the books below, I also have been re-reading my own Curiosities (a short story collection) and Wanderings on Writing as preparation for the interview with Geeks Guide to the Galaxy that I did yesterday.  Interesting, re-reading both, as I’m distant enough from the material to almost read it as a stranger might.

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:

Bloodline by Dick Francis, actually by Felix  Francis, his son.  Audiobook.  A FF Reader recommended author!!!  He did a pretty good job, but his protagonist was too clueless for my taste.

Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles by Clamp.  Manga.  Issues 18-28.  An ambitious if not completely successful story.  I’m familiar with the first part of the story, because I just re-watched the anime, but it ended before the story did, and I felt drawn to finish it.  I’ve read it before, so I guess they were successful in that I wanted to read it again.

In Progress:

Fool’s War by Sarah ZettelI read this when it first came out and very much enjoyed.  Despite the title, SF, not Fantasy.

In the Frame by Dick Francis (Really by him, not by his son, Felix).  Audiobook.  I’m a sucker for stories that feature art, and the author’s note about how he came to write this one was fascinating.  Enjoying very much.

Also:

Still dipping into various sadly neglected magazines. 

8 Responses to “FF: Wise Fools”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    This week, I read The Sacrilege (SPQR #3) by John Maddox Roberts. As expected, there are mysterious murders and Decius is drawn in to solve them and save his own skin. The plot was fast paced and there was lots of action. Even if I had a good idea who “done” it, it was still fun watching the story unfold.

    Then, I read Binti (Binti #1) by Nnedi Okorafor. I had read this before but I want to read the next 2 books, so I thought I would reread it. This is an interesting story because it hits many levels. There is a “coming of age” theme, a sci-fi “first contact” theme and a social “tribal” theme, just to name a few. I look forward to the next two books.

  2. James Mendur Says:

    Currently reading: “Piranesi,” by Susanna Clarke
    At this point, I just want the book to be over. The style used to write it was interesting at first, but over a 250 page novel, it’s getting to be a bit much.

    Up next, “Gideon the Ninth” and then “Harrow the Ninth”, by Tamsyn Muir (I’ve been reliably informed that I should read Gideon before Harrow, that Harrow can’t really stand on its own.)

  3. Louis Robinson Says:

    If you like wise fools, you might like The Wisest Fool.

    I rather like Nigel Tranter. And in passing, The Stone makes a very good case for the chunk of rock in Westminster Abbey [although, I have to add, said rock was shipped back to Edinburgh in 1996, so it’s not actually in Westminster most of the time] not being the real Stone of Scone.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Same argument is made in Lucifer’s Crown, which I read recently. I wonder if Lillian Stewart Carl read the same source. I do like wise fools. Another great one is Fool’s Run by Patricia McKillip. SF, not fantasy, and may be one of her best.

  4. Harried Harry Says:

    Enjoy all your reading. I really enjoy reading Dick Francis’s stories, so much to understand but he does a great job of allowing the reader to fit in his shoes. I’m re-reading several of his stories and Hot Money is pretty good.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Yes. He does an excellent job of explaining the world of racing. Felix rather overdid in the one by him I read. Dick Francis has an SF writer’s mind. He understands that the world he writes in would be, to most, alien.

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