FF: Powering Up

Roary Says: “I Declare!”

This week I’m immersing myself in the weird worldview promulgated in the fiction of Tim Powers.

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:

Legion by Brandon Sanderson.  Audiobook.  This is a compilation of three novellas that are so interdependent that I don’t think the third would have the same impact if you hadn’t read the first two.  First is good, often funny.  Second has more complex plot, quite good.  Third is much darker, but has a fairly satisfactory conclusion.

In Progress:

Declare by Tim Powers.  I’ve only read this one once, and I know a lot more now about the time period in which it is set.  The problem with secret history/alternate history as a form, is if you don’t know what’s being played with, you miss some of the fun.

The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers.  Audiobook.  I don’t usually read two books by the same author at the same time, but someone failed to return my print copy of this one, and finding that there was an audio was tempting.  One complaint.  Accents are important in this, as if voice pitch, and, while the reader is good, he rarely gets these right.

Also:

Finished the most recent issue of Smithsonian

8 Responses to “FF: Powering Up”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    I did lots of reading this week. First up: Jingo (Discworld #21, City Watch #4) by Terry Pratchett. The Watch goes to “War!” This was a wonderful satire and my favorite Watch characters didn’t disappoint.

    Next, Crooked River (Pendergast #19) by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Unique FBI Agent Pendergast takes on a case that started when lots of shoes with feet still inside wash up on a Florida Beach. This was an excellent police procedural/thriller that I couldn’t put down.

    Finally, Network Effect (The Murderbot Diaries #5) by Martha Wells. Murderbot is an enhanced security unit with some human bits. The story is told by him and his comments are often clever, witty and sometimes downright snarky!

    • janelindskold Says:

      Interested in your comments about Murderbot. I’ve tried one I was given and could not get into it. “Artificial Condition.” It seems to be missing all the snark and comments I’ve heard about an only be paranoid. Have you read this one?

      • Beverly Martin Says:

        Yes. That was the 2nd book, so it has been a while since I read it. Perhaps it has taken a while for the character to develop. Or, it could be my mood when I read it. You might try this one. Skipping the earlier ones shouldn’t be a problem.

      • janelindskold Says:

        Thanks. Maybe second book isn’t good place to start. The copy I have didn’t make clear this was second. Odd.

  2. Dolores Candelaria Says:

    Astounding how much you read. I thought I read a lot; love your variety. 💖😃💖

    *Enjoy a blessed day,* *Dolores Candelaria*

    *https://dolores.vibrantscents.com *

    *I center myself in Spirit; I ground myself in Gratitude.*

    On Fri, Jul 16, 2021 at 2:00 AM Jane Lindskold: Wednesday Wanderings wrote:

    > janelindskold posted: ” Roary Says: “I Declare!” This week I’m immersing > myself in the weird worldview promulgated in the fiction of Tim Powers. For > those of you unfamiliar with this column, the Friday Fragments lists what > I’ve read over the past week. Most of the t” >

  3. James Mendur Says:

    Finished the Hugo-nominated novelettes. I have an idea how I’m going to vote but I’m going to wait a while before ranking them.

    Next up … not sure. Either novellas or another novel from the Hugo nominee list. We’ll see.

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