FF: Dragons, Luck, Curses

Coco and the Dragons

I hope to have more time to read soon, but I’m still managing to squeeze a little in.

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. 


Liavek: City of Luck edited by Emma Bull and Will Shetterly.  Enjoyed, although stories started to fall into a theme.  My favorite story was the final one, a longer piece by Barry Longyear, which tipped the balance and made me decide to go on to the next anthology.

Dragons by the Yard, Kymera Press.  Comic.  Issues one to five.  This would be a good one for kids to read with adults, as the story progresses slowly enough for thoughtful discussion.  No children as protagonists but no overtly “adult” themes.   Colorful art has a “disneysque” feel.  I’d definitely read issue six, because the story was getting more intriguing by that point.

In Progress:

The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold.  Audiobook.  One of the FF regulars mentioned Bujold’s fantasy, and my library had this, and here I am.  Court intrigue on an intricate scale.  The “different realty” elements enter in more in the latter portion, but far from making life easier for the characters, they make it harder.

Liavek: Players of Luck edited by Emma Bull and Will Shetterly.  I’m liking this collection even more than the first.  More variety in types of stories, as well as more inter-play between characters and plotlines.  A more ambitious collection.


Smithsonian’s most recent issue is proving to be one of my favorites in quite a while.

8 Responses to “FF: Dragons, Luck, Curses”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    Because of your mention, I read Paladin’s Grace (The Saint of Steel #1) by T. Kingfisher. The author said she intended to write a “fluffy romance” and the first third of the book fulfilled that intention. That’s not my favorite genre, but I kept going. I’m glad I did. The characters filled out and the plot thickened and I ended up really enjoying the book. I am looking forward to the next one.

    I am within a few pages of finishing A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. This is the story of an aristocrat in Russia from the Russian Revolution up into the 50’s. He is placed under house arrest in 1922 and confined to a hotel in downtown Moscow. I have enjoyed watching him adjust to the change in circumstances, eavesdropping on his conversations with friends and acquaintances, and learning about the Communist rule. This is a book I will want to read again, so I will be giving it 5 stars.

  2. James Mendur Says:

    I found my limit. I’ve read the first 8 books in a row from the “October Daye” series by Seanan McGuire and I need a break from modern Fae.

    Currently re-reading an old favorite: “Santiago” by Mike Resnick.

    After that, it’ll be a new-to-me mystery or a thriller. Not sure yet. I have one of each waiting: a Nero Wolfe mystery and a thriller about Harry Lime from before the events of “The Third Man.”

  3. Louis Robinson Says:

    I’m realising that it’s been some time since I finished a _book_. I took a side trip into video with Ken Burn’s Baseball: quintessentially American, what can I say? But I learned a lot I’d never picked up on about the Negro Leagues, since they were gone by the time I was aware of the sport. Also gradually digging into the stacks of magazines that floated to the surface when we organised for our reno last winter – it’s crazy just how informative a 10 or 15 year-old Economist can be.

    Books I’m currently working on are The Nature of Middle Earth, edited by Carl Hofstetter, and Goudie & Viles: Geormorphology in the Anthropocene. [now that’s weird! the spell checker in Firefox doesn’t recognise geomorphology, but is happy with Anthropocene!?!] It seems that Christopher isn’t the only person who’s been mining Tolkien’s archives. I have a sneaking suspicion that I’ll need to be a lot more woke than I am to tolerate the second one, but we’ll see.

    And, finally a book that I’m definitely not going to read, and hope never to see again [nice thing about libraries, that]: The Quantum Astrologer’s Handbook by Michael Brooks. The topic – Jerome Cardano, noted for inventing imaginary numbers and laying the foundations of probability theory, as well as important work in cryptology – is very interesting indeed, but I prefer my history without fruit loops. Particularly when the fruit-loop-in-chief is the author.

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