FF: Mythic in Many Forms

Mei-Ling Sticks Her Tongue Out at a Good Book

This week I see that all my reading choices deal with the mythic, both the overshadowing power of myth, and the myths that grow out of the stories we believe about ourselves.

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’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 didn’t quench 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.

In Progress:

The Hallowed Hunt by Lois McMaster Bujold, Audiobook.  Set in the World of the Five Gods, but in a completely different area.

Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch.  Fourth book in his “Rivers of London” series.  This is the first I’ve read as print, rather than audio.  I miss the reader’s sardonic tones, but unlike some series where I’ve both read and listened, this one does not need the reader to compensate for weak writing.

Also:

“Bridges” a short story by Tony Greyfox in the anthology A Swordmaster’s Tale.  I liked the unexpected twists this story took.  It’s certainly not the straight out cyberpunk tale it seems at the start!

6 Responses to “FF: Mythic in Many Forms”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    This week, I finished Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline. It was basically a rehash of Ready Player One – another quest online, same people, loads of pop culture references. It was OK. I wasn’t tempted to stop reading it, but it sure wasn’t engaging.

    I also read The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers. This was a fun read. There was a diverse group of space races making up the crew, a mission, challenges, some romance and good dialogue. I am looking forward to the next book.

    Then, I read We are Legion (We are Bob) (Bobiverse #1) by Dennis E. Taylor. Talk about best laid plans going awry! That is what happened to Bob. This book has an interesting premise, some intrigue, lots of action, good characters and some chuckles. I want to read the next book.

    Next, I read The Good Left Undone by Adriana Trigiani. I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I have read several of her novels and really like her writing. It paints pictures in my mind. This book is about the lives of four generations of Italian women, starting right around WWII. The descriptions of the town, the people and the family were full and rich. I really enjoyed them.

    Last, I read The Twelve Clues of Christmas (Her Royal Spyness #6) by Rhys Bowen. This was another murder mystery. Georgie is spending Christmas attending a house party in a small village. Her Mother, Grandfather, and her love interest all show up and get involved in solving the crimes. It was a fun, quick read.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Good heavens! That’s quite a list. Did you like Ready Player One? I “read” it as an audio, and admit that I did, as it hit my gamer buttons. But I’m not sure a sequel would work for me unless in a sort of “cozy” way. Many of your other selections sound good. Thanks!

      • Beverly Martin Says:

        Yes, I liked Ready Player One. I am not much of a gamer, but I had enough knowledge to still enjoy it. Did you read Tad Williams Otherland series? Also gamer-ish, but darker. It spooked me!

      • janelindskold Says:

        Haven’t read it. I am not doing darker now. Life is just too much.

  2. Harried Harry Says:

    I’m happy to read others are able to find time to read. I have completed a few old books which I read years ago. A couple by L. Bujold and one “The Planet Pirates” by Anne McCaffrey, Jody Lynne Nye and Elizabeth Moon. The later is an omnibus edition which includes three books. Very well done and worth rereading. I’m rereading Path of the Fury by David Weber, which is also enjoyable. I have a number of other books to read including a few on my e-reader.
    I’m trying to figure out how to listen to audiobooks. I used to listen to the ones on CD but now it is hard to find those. I need to work outside picking pecans but I need the distraction from the aches and pains of the arthritis I have in my joints (clikty, clack, crack, clack, do it again.)

    Jane, I agree, reading or listening to anything “DARK” is not good these days. I’ve read my share of Dark stories but no more.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Path of the Fury remains a favorite of mine.

      I get you on how updates are not necessarily better… I used to carry a cassette player around the house w/me when I did chores. Can’t do that now.

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