FF: Jumping Around

Ruby, Roary, and Argent Under the Tree

This week, because I’ve been going through audiobooks faster than usual, I did some jumping about in series.  This can be a disaster with poor writers, forcing a reader to endure huge amounts of infodump.  Both Bujold and Aaronvitch are skilled enough I have had no issues.

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.  Two of the series I’m trying right now are due to FF reader mentions.

Completed:

Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold. Audiobook.

Penric’s Fox by Lois McMaster Bujold.  Audiobook.

Mira’s Last Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold.  Audiobook.  I couldn’t get the audio for novella four, so I jumped.  Good story, but I think I probably did need the prior for best effect.  Still, this worked and I want to listen to the previous more than ever.

In Progress:

Written in Stone by Christopher Stevens.  Non-fiction.  I am now up to “T.” 

The Liar’s Knot by M.A. Carrick.  Sequel to The Mask of Mirrors.  A few chapters in.  Enjoying very much.

Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch. Audiobook.  This series has been mentioned repeatedly, and I really wanted to try it, but since I wanted audio, because I have room in that queue, I am starting with the third book.  The author does a good job of supplying enough background while moving the plot ahead.  Several cheers for doing a tough job well!

Also:

Dipping into Christmas: A Biography, which takes a look at how various things we assume have “always” been part of Christmas evolved.

6 Responses to “FF: Jumping Around”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    This week I read Tricked (The Iron Druid Chronicles #4) by Kevin Hearne. In this book, Atticus is in the Arizona desert involved with the Navajo trickster, Coyote. I enjoyed the story.

    I started a new series, Moon Called (Mercy Thompson #1) by Patricia Briggs. It stars a female VW mechanic who can shift to a coyote at will. (I must be on a coyote cycle) It was a fast read and I plan to read more in the series.

    I also finished the penultimate book in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs. The Conference of Birds (#5) has all the major players in position for the big showdown, which I assume will be Book 6.

    Merry Christmas!

  2. James Mendur Says:

    All re-reads, here.
    The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross
    The Jennifer Morgue by Charles Stross (currently rereading)
    This Immortal by Roger Zelazny
    assorted short stories by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Daniel Keys Moran, Seanan McGuire, et al.

    Merry Christmas to all (or whatever holiday(s) you celebrate).

  3. Harried Harry Says:

    Merry Christmas to all. Jane, great picture of your Christmas Cat and the Tree for All Cats.

    We enjoyed a great luncheon with RazzleDazzleberry pie for desert. For anyone who likes berry pie I highly recommend it.

    I finished “The Pride and the Anguish” by Douglas Reeman (a WWII novel) which is quite good to read. I’m also reading the trilogy of “The Bow of the Hart” by P. H. Solomon. I’m also reading the series by Paul J. Bennet “Heir to the Crown”. Pretty good but don’t read to many too soon. It can be easy to get burned out on the series.

    A lot of the books I’ve been reading are on the Kindle market. I’m able to read these on my tablet so it makes it easy. Many of them also have Audible books available from Amazon now. So another source for Audible books. I would use more but I don’t have a ready source to listen to the Audible stories. One of these days I’ll get something. Enjoy.

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