FF: Tey-day and Tey-morrow

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I finished The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey.  I could write a nice long academic paper on this one, but suffice to say she made some very odd choices, choices that she is not making in the later work I’m now reading.  This doesn’t mean it was bad.  It was just odd.

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. 

Completed:

Moonheart by Charles de Lint.  Audiobook.  Thoughtful, mystical story.  I’d say the reader did a good job, especially with the challenge of a very large cast.

The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey.  See above.

In Progress:

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T. J. Klune.  Audiobook.  Just a few chapters in.  So far, jury is out.

The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey.  Again Tey makes some odd stylistic choices, but the distant, narrative heavy voice of The Man in the Queue has been replaced with lively narrative voice.  I wonder if her writing plays influenced this?

Also:

I’m starting to scribble my way into a new novel, which means a certain amount of world-building, which means a certain amount of odd reading material.

6 Responses to “FF: Tey-day and Tey-morrow”

  1. James Mendur Says:

    FInished “A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking” by T. Kingfisher.

    Need a break from Hugo-nominated stories. They’re mostly great. Interesting ideas. Lots of diversity.

    But as an old white male, sometimes I still need to read about people like me. Only one of the 26 stories and 3 movies I’ve done so far had a straight or ace white male protagonist, and that one was mentally damaged (and I can’t actually recall if he’s white or not). Diversity is great, but I need representation in my fiction reading too.

    So I re-read “Ink & Sigil” by Kevin Hearne this week and I’m going to read his recently released follow-up book “Paper & Blood” next.

    After that, I’ll go back to reading Hugo nominees.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Interesting comment. I haven’t read Kevin Hearne because I’m picky about my mythology. I recall you also read myth and folklore. Thoughts?

      • James Mendur Says:

        While Kevin Hearne knows his source material, I wouldn’t recommend it for folklore purists. He keeps the outlines but feels free to mess with EVERY myth and religion for his story. Example: the druid convinces a Catholic to manifest Mary in town so she can bless some arrows for him to kill a demon from hell (who got released because of an Irish god working with Polish witches) because Coyote says the demon is attacking his People. Yes, that was an actual plot point, and not even a major one.

        I think the biggest drawback of the Iron Druid series is that all the major characters are godlike enough to be a challenge for the gods, and kill several gods. He actually had Ragnarok in the final book (sort of). Power trips are fun but, after 9 books plus short stories, I was kinda glad for that series to end.

        The Ink & Sigil series, so far, has less powerful main characters set in the same universe. Al is a 60+ Scottish man whose magic is using special inks for drawing sigils of power based on Irish and/or Chinese characters / runes / etc. His office manager is someone who can anticipate others in battle (know when to dodge, etc.). He has a hobgoblin (small, pink, wearing a waistcoat) helping him. I’m hoping this series stays with small, personal stakes instead of having god battles.

      • janelindskold Says:

        I think the Iron Druid series would make me more enraged than amused, so I shall pass. Keep me posted on the other?

  2. Louis Robinson Says:

    As usual, enough chasing hither and yon not to really finish anything, although I’m very nearly at the end of Lackey’s Beyond.

    One thing I came across is the catalog of the BBC Shop [which the interested can find on line at shop.bbc.com]. It has a listing of a DVD set that may be of interest to some of you, a program called The Watch. Described as a ‘fantasy police procedural’, it apparently follows the doings of a bunch of cops in some place called Ankh-Morpork…

    • janelindskold Says:

      I have this hang-up about not watching adaptations overall. And I’d think Pratchett would lose something when his puns are obvious rather than sneaking up on you (like Burleigh and Strong in the Arm). But I am definitely in the minority on this, and wish you joy, because I do love the Watch!

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