FF: Proofs and More

Mei-Ling Envisions Herself as a Dragon

This week I’m reading the page proofs for A New Clan, my June release.  This is the third of my Stephanie Harrington Honorverse prequels co-written with David Weber.

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:

The Blue Girl by Charles de Lint.  Re-read.  Something always overlooked about de Lint’s work is the undernote of horror in many pieces, including this one.

The Dragon and the George by Gordon R. Dickson.  A portal fantasy where the portal is astral projection.  Characters are down on their luck grad students. 

All About Me! by Mel Brooks.  A memoir.  Upbeat.  Bonus.  Read by the author.  He even sings some of his lyrics.  After childhood, focus is mostly around his work, but there are touching bits about his family here and there.

Twilight of the Gods by Richard Wagner, translated and annotated by Frederick Paul Walter.  Ragnarök was too serious for while I was feeling cruddy, so I’m starting again now.

In Progress:

Trickster in the Front Yard by Jim Belshaw.  Non-fiction.  A collection of this Albuquerque newspaper columnist’s work from late 1990’s into early 2000’s.  Alternatingly laugh out loud funny and very touching.  The columns post the original September 11 attack are an interesting window into the mindset of that moment.

Cytonic by Bradon Sanderson.  Book Three in the Skyward YA series.  Just started.

Life by Keith Richards and James Fox.  Memoir.  Audiobook.  I read the book in print soon after its release, but some of the temptation of the audio version is that Keith Richards is listed as among those reading. 

Also:

Some scattered short fiction, and articles from magazines that are coming in in anticipation of the beginning of the month.

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8 Responses to “FF: Proofs and More”

  1. James Mendur Says:

    Mostly re-reading, here, still. The only new thing to me was a zombie novella by Mira Grant: The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell.

    I’ve always been aware of the horrors of de Lint’s work, because it became clear to me quickly that, with rare exceptions, those with magic in their lives SUFFERED before finding magic, and then the magic would bring them NEW horrors.

    It’s why I stopped reading de Lint. Reality is horrific enough. A zombie outbreak is JUST far enough divorced from reality that I can bear it, but de Lint makes the magic real by making the complete uglness of life real as well.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Interesting way to look at de Lint. I think he balances by having his characters pull together for each other. One of my favorites is Someplace to Be Flying, which is very mythic, and much less horror.

  2. Beverly Martin Says:

    This week I read Against the Tide of Years by S
    M. Stirling. It was ok, as a second book. I will get to the 3rd book before long.

  3. Alan Robson Says:

    I’m currently listening to a fascinating audiobook from the BBC – it’s a dramatisation of four novels by Daniel Defoe: Robinson Crusoe and its sequel (which nobody ever reads because it’s dull), Moll Flanders, and Journal of the Plague Year.

    What makes it so fascinating is that the stories are told by Robinson Crusoe and by Moll Flanders to an audience of companions who interject (often very funny) comments. Defoe himself is a character in both Moll Flanders and Plague Year and, in the case of Moll at least, is very cynical about her motives…

    It’s an utterly brilliant adaption. It gives the material a whole new life. Even the boring Crusoe sequel perks up a bit. My dog and I had an extra long walk this morning because I desperately needed to find out how Moll Flanders finished.


    -Alan

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