FF: Bouncing Around

Mei-Ling Thinks This Book Is Tasty

This week, my reading is bouncing around among fiction and non-fiction, old stuff and new.

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. 

My audio this week is a reader recommendation.


The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch.  Yes.  Worked well, despite my having had spoilers from having read later works in the series.

Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold.  Audiobook.  The light tone hides a discussion of many serious issues.

The Hand in the Glove by Rex Stout.  Theodolinda “Dol” Bonner is the detective Nero Wolfe calls on when he needs a reliable female detective.  This novel looks at her first major case.  However, Rex Stout’s third person narratives are less lively than his first person, and in this one point of view jumps around.  I can’t help but wonder how this same plot would have worked as a Nero Wolfe.  Still, for a book first published in 1937, the female who runs her own detective business is a pretty radical concept!

In Progress:

DreamForge Anvil, issue 8.  Just starting.

The Lost Book of the Grail by Charlie Lovett.  Audiobook.  Just starting.

The Animal World of the Pharaohs by Patrick F. Houlihan.  This 1996 study is enjoyable, even if it falls a little too often into the “votive figure” or “probably religious significance” school of archeology.  Makes me wonder what the Funko Pop figures will be seen as by future archeologists.  (‘ve enjoyed the comments on the significance of Funko Pop figures.  I can take the idea that they just might be clan totems.)


Bouncing around between several magazines, and some research reading.


6 Responses to “FF: Bouncing Around”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    Thia week I read Moonheart by Charles de Lint. It is a wonderful fantasy. De Lint created living characters that I cared about. His story engaged me from the beginning. I had a hard time believing this was originally published in 1984! It has aged well.

  2. Harried Harry Says:

    Although I’ve read almost all of Bucholz’s books, I did not enjoy Gentleman Jole …. I know it was a closing for the Vorkosikgan storyline, but I found it very light reading. Maybe I’ll try it again someday. I have enjoyed all of the Penric stories, especially the humor which can be very entertaining since it is somewhat subtle.

    I’ve been working on lawn care issues. My sciatica has finally given up the pain so I can walk again without pain (Hurray). Enjoy your Summer!

    • janelindskold Says:

      I liked the underlying themes that life continues after retirement; that a woman doesn’t owe her family the rest of her life; that just because you started in the military doesn’t mean you need to identify with that one club forever. Miles does a lot of growing up in this one as he learns to release his mother from his perception of her as nothing more than one of his sidekicks.

  3. Louis Robinson Says:

    I couldn’t help wondering how the Library reacts to the way you feed your cats!

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