FF: When My Homework is Done

Mei-Ling Contemplates the Costs

As I mentioned on Wednesday, I’m reading the page proofs for my forthcoming novel, Library of the Sapphire Wind.  However, since I can’t work on proofs for more than about an hour at a time without the danger of starting to skim, which would rather defeat the purpose, I’ve been reading other things, too.

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:

Chobits by Clamp.  Manga.  Re-read.  This starts off as a Pygmalion story and, takes the question of created companions much farther.  As is often the case with Clamp, the elaborate, frilly art conceals a dark and thoughtful story, in this case about what it is to be human, what it is to really love.  And what you must be ready to give up to be the one and have the other.

In Progress:

Age of Faith by Will Durant.  Audiobook.  Yes. In the section about the developments of conflict between philosophy and theology, which led to the development of scholastic philosophy, which attempted to reconcile the two.

Fallen Into the Pit by Ellis Peters.  Despite the biblical-sounding title, this was actually one of Peter’s contemporary (then) novels, set in the years following WWII.  A dark, gritty tale of ambition, environmental concerns, social change, and racism that speaks to today as much as it surely did at the time it came out.

Also:

A new edition of my favorite manga, Saiyuki came out, and I splurged.  I know the story very well, so there are no big surprises, but I find it interesting how a different translator’s word choices and idioms slightly shifts what the story is about.  At some point, I’ll probably go all scholarly and do some side-by-side comparisons, but not until my homework is done.

6 Responses to “FF: When My Homework is Done”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    I finished The Dragon Variation (Liaden Universe 5-6,8) by
    Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. This omnibus edition contains three novels, Local Custom, Scout’s Progress and Conflict of Honors. I had read that these 3 were a good introduction to the world of the Liaden Universe. That was true. I learned a lot about the society and the relationships between worlds. The stories are very much in the “romance” genre, which is not normally what I would choose. The plots and character development were enough to keep me going.

    I also read Final Diagnosis (Sector General #10) by James White. This time, the main patient is a human with extreme dislike of “aliens” but he has occasional, dramatic symptoms of a disease no one can diagnose. The plot was interesting and all the characters were believable.

    Lastly, I read Her Royal Spyness (Her Royal Spyness #1) by Rhys Bowen. This was a mystery set in 1930’s England. The main character is distantly related to royalty. She has a title, but no means of support. As she tries to make her own way in London, she is drawn into mystery and intrigue. It was fun reading about Society and the story was engaging.

    • janelindskold Says:

      I discovered I don’t own any James White, which I was sure I did, so the quest will fan out for next time I hit a bookstore. I like the energy in the one Liaden I’ve read, and need to try more. And thanks for the historical mystery recommendation. I enjoy those.

  2. James Mendur Says:

    Currently reading the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire.
    Because it’s October, get it?
    The first few novels are among her earliest novels and, after reading her later works, it shows, but it’s enjoyable so far. I’m up to book 3 (of 15). This is a series where a folklorist might enjoy the interplay of Fae in an urban fantasy setting. McGuire got a folklore degree and seems to be playing fair with the old tales, adding only the idea that “Human-Fae children are called changelings and share traits of both parents, experiencing bigotry from the pureblood Fae while having to hide what they are from humans like all Fae do.”

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