FF: So Many Ways

Persephone Has Stolen My Office Chair

This week my reading is practically a syllabus in the many ways a story can be successfully told: from epic drama to mystery and intrigue to a spicing of humor, I found that all of these tales worked for me.

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 Hermit of Eeyton Forrest by Ellis Peters.  I enjoyed the story, but my writer self had the added bonus of watching three plotlines, none of them “subplots” weave together in an amazing fashion.

Year of the Griffon by Diana Wynne Jones.  Audiobook.  Very well done.  A semi-sequel (same setting, some overlapping characters) to her highly amusing Dark Lord of Derkholm

The Golden Spiders by Rex Stout. I always forget how much of a thug Archie could be in the earlier books. Glad Stout moved away from that.

Siegfried by Richard Wagner, translated and annotated by Frederick Paul Walter.  Excellent detail for both those new to the material and those familiar with it.

The Nursing Home Murder by Ngaio Marsh.  In this context, “nursing home” indicates a small private hospital.  A tale very tied to its time period, technology, and cultural passions.

In Progress:

Vintage Murder by Ngaio Marsh.  The first of her books set in New Zealand.  It’s hard to imagine now, but she had to fight to use and “exotic” setting, even though it was her homeland.

Nine From the Nine Worlds by Rick Riodan.  Audiobook.  Short stories set in his “Magnus Chase” series.  Definitely requires familiarity with the series, but light fun within that context.

Twilight of the Gods by Richard Wagner, translated and annotated by Frederick Paul Walter.  Just started.


I think that’s it, actually…


5 Responses to “FF: So Many Ways”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    You got it backwards. Persephone lets you use her chair.

    This week, I read Gods and Dragons (Wake the Dragon #3) by Kevin J. Anderson. This was the final book. It was a good series, and I was satisfied by the ending.

    Next up was Trapped (The Iron Druid Chronicles #5) by Kevin Hearne. The stories are getting a bit repetitive even if the locale changes.

    I read the latest Stephanie Plum, Game On: Tempting Twenty-eight by Janet Evanovich. It was better than the last one. It reminded me of the earlier stories.

    Last was For We Are Many (Bobiverse #2) by Dennis E. Taylor. The story was good, and it moved with a fast pace. I like the seeing the different personalities of the main characters. I am looking forward to the next book.

  2. James Mendur Says:

    Sometimes, a book can get in your way. I finally had to set aside the Buckaroo Banzai book I began a few weeks ago because it’s not very good and I was finding reasons not to read it, but then I wasn’t reading anything else either.

    This week, I re-read “Every Heart a Doorway” and began re-reading “Down Among the Sticks and Bones” by Seanan McGuire, just to remind myself that reading should be enjoyable.

    Some day, I’ll go back and finish that Buckaroo Banzai book because I want to know what happens. But not today.

  3. Harried Harry Says:

    I finished reading “The Governor” by David Weber and “Beyond” by Mercedes Lackey. Both books are the first books in a new series by the authors which occur in existing universes. Both storylines go back to the start to explain the why and how of the storylines.

    Interesting stories to read and they are not technical at all (very unusual for D. Weber). Full of developing characters and a lot of humor is used in both books.

    James, I understand when a book gets in the way. I’ve forced myself to keep reading a book even though the writing results in lost interest. I have a few other books which I’m having the same issue. My decision was to quit wasting my time and energy on a story which has degraded so far as to allow me to lose complete interest. Now I just quit reading the story and get rid of the book.

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