FF: Hidden Value of Re-Reading

Mei-Ling Ponders a Riddle

As I have been re-reading Patricia A. McKillip’s “Riddle of the Stars” trilogy, I’ve been impressed by how early in  the novel she planted hints of the solution to the final riddle, hints I certainly missed the first time I read the book, but which make the books all the more satisfying.

Re-reading is often dismissed as “comfort” and “lower stress,” and I absolutely agree that I often re-read for this reason.  However, especially as a writer, it’s also a terrific way to study the art and craft of what I do.

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. 

Completed:

The Riddlemaster of Hed by Patricia A. McKillip.  Re-read.  First in the “Riddle of the Stars” fantasy trilogy.  A long-time favorite of mine.

Heir of Sea and Fire by Patricia A. McKillip.  Re-read.  Second in the “Riddle of the Stars” fantasy tribology.  McKillip made a daring move in this book, changing the POV character, and so expanding numerous elements while moving the story forward.

Harpist in the Wind by Patricia A. McKillip.  Final in the “Riddle of the Stars” fantasy trio logy.  A rich and ambitious novel, and a fine conclusion to the tale.

In Progress:

Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold.  Audiobook.  Spies, intrigue, and hints of romance in this sideline novel in her popular Barrayar setting/Vorkosigan saga.  Almost done.

By the Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie.  Re-read.  Tuppence and Tommy.

 Also:

A variety of short non-fiction.  As pandemic restrictions ease, Vogue returns to more photo spreads, but attempts to continue its socially aware material as well.  However, an article on knees shows that fashion’s obsession with unrealistic body goals continues.

6 Responses to “FF: Hidden Value of Re-Reading”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    I completed The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray. This was a good historical fiction novel centered on the librarian hired by J. P. Morgan to curate his personal collection. It was interesting and thought provoking.

  2. chrissportsworld Says:

    An obsession with KNEES…wow.  I had no idea. Love the picture of Mei Ling!

    Love and Happy Friday, Ann

  3. James Mendur Says:

    Ugh. First long reply erased itself. Here’s the short rewrite.

    Finished “Harpist in the Wind.” Disliked the once every hundred years bit at the end. Understood it but disliked it.

    Started “Bookshop Witch” by T Thom Coyle. Cozy mystery urban fantasy. Not sure about it yet.

    Re-reading “Feed” by Mira Grant and then I’ll finally read the rest of the trilogy. I was satisfied with the first book on its own until I heard the author mention something in an interview, said “that sounds cool” and got the rest of the tirlogy.

    • janelindskold Says:

      I’m with you on that Every Hundred Years thing, too. I doubt they’ll do it. I think they’re just scarred at this point from everything they’ve been through.

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