FF: Charleses

Persephone and a Much Read Copy of Moonheart

This week, I’m reading two books by authors with the first name of Charles.  Of course, I’ve known one of them as “Chuck” for decades, and I had to be told by the other that I didn’t need to call him “Mr. de Lint.” Ah, memory…

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:

Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers.  A semi-sequel to The Stress of Her Regard, focusing on the son of characters from the previous novel and his interactions with Christina, Dante Gabriel, and others of the talented Rossetti clan.  I had no idea until I read this that John Polidori was their uncle.  Truth is phenomenally weirder than fiction.  When Tim Powers gives his twist to the material, I end up believing his “secret history.”

Ikenga by Nnedi Okorafor.  Audiobook.  Hamlet meets The Incredible Hulk in the person of a twelve-year-old boy whose police chief father is murdered.  If you stick with it, the final chapters are probably the best part.

In Progress:

This Broken World by Charles E. Gannon.  Advanced Review Copy.  Due for November release.  Epic Fantasy.  I’ve been waiting to read this book for decades.  Literally.  I’ve known Chuck since I was an undergrad and he was a newly graduated friend-of-a-friend.

Moonheart by Charles de Lint.  Audiobook.  I’ve read this in print, but couldn’t resist the temptation to try as audio.  I’ll let you know if it works.


Catching up with Vogue.  Not only the magazine’s staff, but a number of the advertisers are really working to expand the definition of “beauty.”  Particularly great are an on-going campaign by Oil of Olay and a new one by Dick’s Sporting Goods. I am reminded of a sign I saw a few weeks ago and loved: Fashion is what you buy.  Style is how you wear it.


7 Responses to “FF: Charleses”

  1. Alan Robson Says:

    “Moonheart” was my introduction to Charles de Lint and I remember it fondly. It still remains a favourite all these many years and several re-readings later. I envy you the audiobook.– I think it will work brilliantly in that medium.


  2. Beverly Martin Says:

    Thank you for telling me about Moonheart. I have added it to my TBR list.

    This week, I read Spin of the Dragon (Wake the Dragon #1) by Kevin J. Anderson. This is the first book of an epic fantasy trilogy. As a first book, there is a lot of introduction of places, countries, and characters. It is an exciting adventure with humans facing annihilation by a race of magical creatures. To complicate matters, there are bad-guy humans, too! I am looking forward to the next book.

  3. thesarahshay Says:

    I recently tried to revisit Moonheart in audio form as well, but I couldn’t get past the narrator. Might just be that we had very different ideas about how the characters should sound, but I’ll be curious to hear if you enjoy their interpretation!

  4. James Mendur Says:

    This week:
    Watched 3 of the Hugo-nominated movies. Hunting down the other 3 might be an issue but I enjoyed one of them enough to vote for it if it comes down to the wire.

    Currently Reading:
    Harrow the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir.
    As book 2 of a trilogy, this … did not start where I thought it was going to start. I’ll say no more until after Hugo voting has closed.

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