FF: A Free Read and More

Roary Steals the Skies

I learned on Wednesday that my short story, “Fire-Bright Rain,” a prequel to my forthcoming novels Library of the Sapphire Wind (February 1) and Aurora Borealis Bridge (April 1) is available now, for free, here.

“Fire-Bright Rain” is set about twenty-five years earlier than the novels, and does provide a minor spoiler to the novel…  Minor in that it will reveal something that you learn within the first chapter or so of Library of the Sapphire Wind.  There is no crossover of characters, or spoilers for major situations, so you can read without fear, and just enjoy a look at a new world.

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.


The Liar’s Knot by M.A. Carrick.  Sequel to The Mask of Mirrors.  Almost done.  I’m enjoying very much.  The “knot” in the title has at least a double meaning, probably triple.  I approve.

Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch.  Audiobook.  Book five in the series.  I skipped right into a major spoiler, but Aaronovitch is a skilled enough writer that I now want to read book four, as well as one and two.  This is not always the case for me, so praise is due.

In Progress:

Penric’s Mission by Lois McMaster Bujold.  Audiobook.  Fourth in this series of novellas.  Combined with five, it would make a decent novel.  Since I read out of order, I had a few spoilers, but that hasn’t quenched my reading pleasure.

Stolen Skies by Tim Powers.  Third of his Castine and Vickerybooks.  This one takes on UFOs.  Some great visual images, as well as crop circles, cults, and cuisine.


Archeology Magazine with the summary of 2021 discoveries.  Discoveries seemed an odd mix of choices, but the longer articles have, overall, been quite good.

6 Responses to “FF: A Free Read and More”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    I just read “Fire-Bright-Rain” and really enjoyed it. Thanks for providing the link. It was an exciting story that introduced me to a new world and a new population. I liked the characters with their individual quirks. I sure am looking forward to the book!

    This week, I read The Eyes of Tamburah (Archives of the Invisible Sword #1) by Maria V. Snyder. I have always enjoyed her books and this one was no exception. The main character is a girl archivist who is caught between a wealthy Prince and a brutal Priestess while she searches for a lost artifact. I want to read the next book.

    I also read Carpe Jugulum (Discworld #23) by Terry Pratchett. It was fun and funny, as usual. Well-intentioned King Verence invited EVERYBODY to his child’s christening. Inviting Vampires into your home is never a good idea. The witches save the day.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Thanks, Beverly. Glad you enjoyed. I really liked those characters, and I suspect that if/when I write a third novel, some may reappear 25 years older, of course.

      Your novel choices sound good. I love Carpe Jugulum. One of the few books with vampires I willingly re-read!

  2. James Mendur Says:

    Recently completed:
    the first three books in Diane Duane’s “Young Wizards” series:
    “So You Want to Be a Wizard”
    “Deep Wizardry”
    “High Wizardry”
    I’d read the first 2 before but decided to read all 9 books this year.
    Book 3 made one of the two default positions I always dislike in books about magic: in these books, it turns out most wizards are descended from wizards. I always preferred it if a person’s CHOICES lead them to magic rather than genetics or trauma.

    Up next: I’m going to switch over to Buckaroo Banzai and re-read the novelization next because they released a new book (apparently of short stories) about Buckaroo late last year and I want to read that. Then back to the wizards.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Really, a Buckaroon Banzai collection? I’ve never read the novel, but love the movie. I once ran a short game in which a sub-Team Banzai had to investigate the Lord of Light amusement park, where something odd was going on.

      • James Mendur Says:

        The novelization gives some backstory and is darker in tone. It’s written from Reno’s point of view. The comic books were much the same and I expect the new collection “Buckaroo Banzai Against the World Crime League” to be in that same vein.

      • janelindskold Says:

        Jim said he read the novel and found it too dark for him. I may stick with the movie. I love its bizarre logic.

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