FF: Fitting Reading in Around Work

Persephone Poses

All of a sudden, I have a lot on my to-do list, but I’m still squeezing in time to read.

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 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?

The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie.  A serial killer challenges Poroit, but is there more to the problem than that?

In Progress:

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T. J. Klune.  Audiobook.  A very warm book, thus far, and I like all the characters I’m supposed to like very much.  Structure is so utterly predictable, I’m getting nervous in anticipation of the next part which should be “crisis occurs, forcing protagonist to make unsettling choices.”  Does this mean I don’t like the book?  Absolutely not! I won’t know if I like it or not until I’m done.

DreamForge Anvil issue three.  Two stories read.

xxxHolic by Clamp.  Manga.  “xxx” here stands for “fill in the blank” not super-porny.  “Holic” means an addiction of any sort.  I’ve read part of the manga before, seen the anime, which ends short of the end of the story.  This time, thanks to Jim’s birthday present to me, I have the entire run to read!


Not much room for “also” since the copy-edited manuscript of Library of the Sapphire Wind landed on my desk on Wednesday. 

4 Responses to “FF: Fitting Reading in Around Work”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    This week, I finished The Bands of Mourning (The Mistborn Saga #6) by Brandon Sanderson. This was an exciting story and the Secondary characters were well written. Wax, the protagonist, seemed a bit aloof, which is probably what the author intended.

  2. James Mendur Says:

    Finished “Paper & Blood” by Kevin Hearne – alas, he went back to the well and reintroduced several more Irish gods into his new series, making this less a new series and more a continuation of the old but with a different viewpoint character. I was *really* hoping for the gods to appear *less* often, maybe as distant movers rather than fighting alongside our heroes. I’ll read book three when it comes out to see how Al’s curse is finally lifted, but I think that’ll be it for this series. You wouldn’t like it, Jane.

    Still not ready to go back to Hugo nominees, so I’m beginning “Middlegame” by Seanan McGuire.

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