FF: It’s Been a Bit Insane

Mei-Ling Redux

Mei-Ling seems to be discovering the joys of being a supermodel.

The last couple of weeks have been insane, and so I turned back to my old favorite, Agatha Christie, for relief.  From her, I drifted to Josephine Tey, the one of the four great English mystery writers who has fallen by the wayside.

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. 


The White Goddess by Robert Graves.  Although I’ll admit to skimming some chapters.  When the conjecture of one chapter becomes the received fact of a later chapter, my scholar-self starts protesting.  That said, the final two chapters were remarkably current in many ways.

The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie.  Any book featuring a cameo by Ariadne Oliver is going to delight, but this one shows Christie’s knowledge of human nature, as well as of…  Well, to say more would be a spoiler!

At Bertram’s Hotel by Agatha Christie.  The book that taught my younger self that for the English “Tea” can mean a meal, not merely a drink.  What a revelation!

In Progress:

Moonheart by Charles de Lint.  Audiobook.  I’ve read this in print, but couldn’t resist the temptation to try as audio.  It’s working out fairly well.  I’m almost done but, as I said, it’s been a bit insane.

The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey.  Re-read, but it’s been a while.


Archeology magazine. Just finished reading about the Samaritans.


8 Responses to “FF: It’s Been a Bit Insane”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    Thanks for another Mei-Ling photo. She certainly struck a regal pose!

    This week, I read Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir. I really enjoyed it (gave it 5 stars on Goodreads!). It is very “sciency” science fiction set in space, with flashbacks. Andy Weir is such a good writer that I didn’t mind the math and science, even if it might lose me on occasion. The plot was exciting and I could not put the book down.

    I also read Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles #1) by Kevin Hearne. This is a new series and a new author for me. The book is a fantasy/adventure story with an ancient Druid as the main character. There are also lots of other “fantastic” characters, like gods and werewolves. It was a good book and I plan to read the 2nd installment.

  2. James Mendur Says:

    Completed “Harrow the Ninth” by Tamsyn Muir. While the first book in the trilogy would stand alone, this book is SUCH a middle book. It would make no sense without reading the first book and leaves a ton of unresolved stuff for the third book.

    Currently reading: “A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking” by T. Kingfisher. This one is a Lodestar nominee (basically a Hugo for YA). It’s not urban fantasy. For some reason, I thought it was. It’s a secondary world fantasy. It took a bit to adjust my expectations.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Expectations are SO interesting. When I re-released my book When The Gods Are Silent with different cover copy, a person who hadn’t much liked it the first time suddenly “got” it.

  3. HelixRook Says:

    I’m actually beta reading two stories. One is an autobiography that strikes a little too close to home and has been forcing me to question what I truly know about my father. The other is book 2 of a fiction series by a brand new author. Each have their ups and downs and I have been enjoying the heck out of checking out new pieces before they are released.

  4. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    Mei-Ling may be reluctant, but she’s a natural! 😂 I love when they cross their paws like that.🥰

    I can relate to the insanity. My *Casa* is still *Cuckoo* and I find myself dozing off trying to read short articles. I look forward to reading books again.

  5. janelindskold Says:

    You noticed the paws!! I hope the smile gave your a break from stress.

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