FF: Storm Breaks

Roary Plays Kaiju

Last week, I mentioned I was doing a lot of brainstorming.  This week, I’ve been turning that into prose.  Also, with the release of A New Clan, known to longtime readers of my WW and FF as SK4, the latest Star Kingdom / Stephanie Harrington novel, I’ve had lots of little jobs to 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. 


The October Man by Ben Aaronovitch.  Audiobook.  Novella.  Listed as book 7.5 in the series, it’s a standalone set in Germany.

Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi.  The opening few pages are a downer for those of us who remember early 2020 all too well, but don’t worry, Jamie Gray won’t be dumped on the street in the midst of a building pandemic.

In Progress:

Solstice Wood by Patrician A. McKillip.  Contemporary fantasy, but with a tie to her novel not-contemporary novel Winter Rose.  I can see a re-read of that coming up when I can lay hands on a copy of Winter Rose.

False Value by Ben Aaronovitch.  Audiobook.  Peter Grant undercover… as Peter Grant.


Nettle and Bone by T. Kingfisher (aka Ursula Vernon), which I read as an advanced copy, is now out. Jim and I both very much enjoyed this tale of a young woman who goes after a prince who believes that abusing his wives is completely within his range of rights. Although marketed as a “dark fairytale,” it has a lot of Kingfisher’s weird and wonderful sense of humor as well.

Speaking of storms…  We’re having a very dry spring.  If any of you have surplus rain you can send, our garden would be grateful.


11 Responses to “FF: Storm Breaks”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    This week, I read The Lincon Highway by Amor Towles. I had enjoyed A Gentleman in Moscow and I enjoyed this book, too. The main character is an 18-year-old boy in 1954 who was just driven home from a juvenile work farm. His father has just died and he needs to take are of his 8 year old brother. The characters are well written. I was hooked on the story and there was a bit-of-a twisty ending. Very good book. I plan to look for Rules of Civility by the same author.

  2. James Mendur Says:

    Finished “Deadline” (book 2 of Mira Grant’s “Newsflesh” trilogy), just starting book 3. It’s very much a middle book where we find out more but very little is resolved. A few good WTF moments.

    You’re further along in the Rivers of London series than I am. How necessary are those “not a novel” pieces of the story? I remember being put off a bit when a character at the end of one book had left the country before the beginning of the next book, because of something that happened in a comic book or short story or something in between.

    • janelindskold Says:

      I haven’t had trouble following, and I’ve been reading out of order and haven’t read any of the graphic novels. So, I don’t think “necessary,” but probably spoilery.

  3. Beverly Martin Says:

    Historical fiction with adventure, I guess. Not SF or Fantasy. Maybe in the club with Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn

  4. Louis Robinson Says:

    Solstice Wood _is_ good.

    Wasn’t aware of the connection to Winter Rose, which came out around the time we were moving back to TO, so I would have missed it. Now I’ll have squeeze it out of the library – which, luckily, still has one circulating copy

  5. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    Still no reading of books for me. I have read a few interesting articles in different publicatons though, so that’s something.

    I *still* need to go pick up my copies of your books from my inde bookstore🤦🏼‍♀️ LIFE put the brakes on me for a bit via a no injury fender-bender, followed by a mysterious infection that eventually dominoed into a two day hospital stay and numerous tests that resulted in definitive knowledge of everything that is working correctly😂😂😂 Still no answer on what caused all the brouhaha that tanked my hemoglobin, but I’m resting, healing, and NEVER want to go to Hospital again.

    I don’t have any rain to send. We’re rather dry here in my corner of SoCal too. I’m happy that we had several weeks of “normal” Spring weather though.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Hi Angie, Wishing you all the best healing. Those sort of Life putting on the breaks are no fun at all… Maybe you can find an old favorite to read while you’re resting and healing Or an audio? Or a good TV show? Story is good for healing.

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