FF: Alien Worlds

Roary is Cutatronic

I have to admit it, Keith Richards’ life is far more alien to me than that of the protagonist, Spensa, in Brandon Sanderson’s space adventure series.  I think I could walk into Spensa’s life.  I’m not sure I could handle Richard’s.

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.  I’m reading Cytonic because an FF reader recommended the first book in the series.


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.

In Progress:

Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson.  Book Three in the Skyward YA series.  Once again, Sanderson has found a way to keep his focus tight, which can be tough in a series with so many characters.

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. 


The latest Archeology magazine.  So far, quite interesting.  And reading in three different books about a craft I’d like to try.  Expanding my skill set always seems to help my writing.


9 Responses to “FF: Alien Worlds”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    I read The Fifth Elephant (Discworld #24) by Terry Pratchett. The Watch faces difficulties when Sam Vimes puts on his Duke hat and has to practice diplomacy. This story had a lot of moving parts, but I finally caught on and enjoyed it.

    I also read The Escape Artist (Escape Artist #1) by Brad Meltzer. I have won the sequel in a Goodreads Giveaway, so I thought I had better read the first book. This was a thriller. A government mortician gets involved in a government plot after a body of someone he knew show up on his table. The first third was a little slow, but then the pace picked up. I am looking forward to the next book arriving.

  2. James Mendur Says:

    Still mostly re-reading. It’s been a rough few months and reading something I *know* I’ll like is a comfort.

    Agatha Christie: The Mysterious Affair at Styles
    Seanan McGuire: Discount Armageddon

  3. Louis Robinson Says:

    I’m recovering from a bout of instruction manuals, FAQs, spec sheets and book catalogues. February was certainly interesting – and sprawled in several different directions to boot. Now having a bit of time for fiction, I have a Lackey Elemental Masters and Michelle Sagara’s The Emperors Wolves in progress.

    The recent confusion means that I’m also just getting caught up on the Wanderings, so:

    Your assertion a couple of weeks ago that Firekeeper would never be raised by giraffes caught my eye, and immediately raised the image of her being _lifted_ by giraffes. What would ensue if a group of Royal Giraffes thought she was too low to the ground for a proper conversation and decided to elevate the discussion…

    Also, your mention of Goliath led me to wonder if you’ve read Sharon Lee’s Carousel books? I think you’d enjoy them if you haven’t already.

    • janelindskold Says:

      I haven’t read the Carousel books, but since I like what I’ve read of Liaden, I certainly should give them a try.

      And I appreciated your pun, but I’m going to limp away, sorely wounded.

  4. Melissa Says:

    I am also reading Cytonic right now! Completely agree with your comment that Brandon Sanderson keeps the focus tight, something as a non-author reader I wouldn’t have known can be difficult. Very interesting! Can’t wait to chat about it with you soon.

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