FF: Jacket Copy

Persephone Fancies Herself an Elegant ‘Tec

Beverly, a frequent FF Commenter, repeatedly mentioned enjoying James White’s “Sector General” novels.  Alan Robson, with whom I wrote the Thursday Tangents for seven years, had also recommended them, so when I had a chance to try one, I did. 

I chose Star Surgeon because the jacket copy got me: “Trying to solve the baffling medical problem of the comatose, immortal, and possibly homicidal demigod Levelin would have been trouble enough…”

Who could pass that up?

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. 


Lord Peter by Dorothy L. Sayer.  A collection of the short stories featuring Peter Wimsey.  I came across this collection and, although I probably “read” most of the stories in various audiobook collections.  Her prose does just fine without a narrator!

In Progress:

Paladin of Soul by Lois McMaster Bujold.  Audiobook.  Not really a sequel to The Curse of Chalion, except in the sense that it takes place three years after the other novel.  The plot has taken some excellent twists!

Star Surgeon by James White.  Just started.


About half-way through my re-read of Child of a Nameless Year, one of my standalone novels, the first step in a new e-book edition.


6 Responses to “FF: Jacket Copy”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    As you are beginning the Sector General novels, I just finished. This week I read Double Contact (Sector General #12) by James White. This is the last book and I believe it was published after James White’s death. The story centered on Dr. Prilicla, an empath. I am going to miss these books.

    I also read a book I won in a Goodreads Giveaway, Black River Lantern by Alex Grass. It is a horror story with a fair amount of blood and death. It reminded me of the tales told on dark nights, sitting around a campfire.

    • janelindskold Says:

      I’m enjoying so far. The writing style is older, with lots of blocky paragraphs, but the content in those paragraphs is good. Contrast to an audiobook I had to put aside because first 30 minutes were infodump delivered in the form of a non-stop whine.

  2. James Mendur Says:

    Still re-reading.


    Santiago, by Mike Resnick – for F&SF TV fans, it’s like if “Firefly” had been written with one overarching plot a la “Babylon 5.”

    The Hammer of Darkness, by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. – about a powerful esper in a future space empire who refuses to believe he is a god for as long as possible

    Currently Re-reading

    Doorways in the Sand, by Roger Zelazny – after so many re-reads of this one, two thoughts:
    1. When the story becomes very familiar, the style of this one becomes a bit annoying.
    2. Sometimes, readers find certain bits funnier than the author probably intended. One line, “The real donkey is tied up out back,” spoken by an undercover alien, always makes me laugh because he PROBABLY meant, “a rope around the donkey’s neck and tied to a tree” but in the moment, I interpreted it as, “the donkey bound and gagged, like you would tie up a person you were impersonating so they don’t blow your cover.”

    • janelindskold Says:

      Given Roger’s sense of humor, he may well have meant what made you laugh, and would have been delighted to find someone caught it. He enjoyed action/adventure novels quite a lot. Something people who didn’t know him are often surprised by, thinking all he did was sit and read poetry and literary fiction. I’ve GOT to remember to bring Santiago in from our library and put in on our TBR shelf…

  3. Chris Krohn Says:

    I remember reading and enjoying a couple of Sector General books: HOSPITAL STATION and MAJOR OPERATION. Really liked the cover art by Berkey, too. Didn’t realize there were so many more. Will have to start hitting the used bookstores.

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