FF: I’m Not Sure

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I’m really not sure where the last week has gone.  Wait…  There were two different sets of visitors from out of town, and a lot of catching up from the trip.  And other Stuff of the necessary, but not writerly, kind. 

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 Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater.  Audiobook.  Fourth of her “Raven Cycle.”  I’ve read the whole series, but this one only once, so a re-listen seemed a good thing.  For those of you who enjoy audiobooks, the reader does an excellent job with this series.

The Wizard’s Way by H.P. and Jacob Holo.  If you like lots of action, people with secrets (especially about wizardry), and a fast-moving story, this is for you.  I quite liked the reason why pugs learn to fence.

In Progress:

A Most Improbable Journey: A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves.  Non-fiction.  Jim liked it, so I’m giving it a try.  Just started.

Mister Impossible by Maggie Stiefvater.  Audiobook.  Book two in her “Dreamer Trilogy.”  The first is Call Down the Hawk.  Just started.  You can read this without reading the four volumes of the Raven Cycle, but it definitely helps to have read those first.


Almost done with Smithsonian.  Also, with the most recent Vogue.

8 Responses to “FF: I’m Not Sure”

  1. The 6th JM Says:

    re: fencing pugs – can book 1 stand alone? Or is it really just chapter 1 of the 4-chapter series?

    Recently completed:
    Re-read of “The Dead Man’s Brother” by Roger Zelazny, because it was referenced in the most recent Vinyl Detective novel. It definitely has that early 70s feel for thrillers of the day. Thrillers aren’t my preferred genre so I’ll leave judgment to others.

    Currently re-reading:
    “Holy Blood Holy Grail” by Baigent, Leigh and Lincoln.
    This one came up in a conversation online and it had been so long since I’d read it, I decided to give it a go. Whatever you think of their scholarship (suspect) or their forthrightness (willing to go with the strange instead of the likely because it’s more interesting), the authors are decent writers. The book is like if conspiracy theorists wrote wikipedia entries: lots of facts, some guesses, interpreted without proof into the shape they wanted … but at least it’s an interesting shape.

    • janelindskold Says:

      I would say it stands alone while leaving room for further adventures.

      Dad Man’s Brother was not a fave for me, either.

      You make me want to read this. I never have, but you make it sound amusing. Thanks!

      • The 6th JM Says:

        As a person with a doctorate, you might cringe too much at their “research”. But I’m sure it’s at a library someplace you can get it for free to check it out.

        Adding “The Wiazrd’s Way” to my list.

      • janelindskold Says:

        You said “conspiracy theory” as a tone. I will go in well-prepared.

  2. Beverly Martin Says:

    I started a new series by reading The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu. It has a Chinese-type setting. It chronicles the struggle for power in a small kingdom. Steampunk machines, lots of intrigues and battle strategy. It also has a healthy dose of philosophy that gave me a lot to think about.

  3. Louis Robinson Says:

    Finished the introduction and Translator’s Note for Emily Wilson’s Odyssey. All very interesting indeed, particularly the Note – she had very good reasons for proceeding as she did, and I’m inclined to say it worked. Only inclined, as in the end I didn’t more than dip into the poem itself. Like many classics, it’s a pretty dismal story when you come down to it – high-born arse fornicates, robs and murders his way around the Med, with the occasional maiming tossed in when he doesn’t feel like going all the way and finishing the victim off. But it reads very smoothly indeed. Recommended, if you happen to be looking for Homer.

    Just added Type specimens: a visual history of typesetting and printing to my in-progress list. Too soon to be sure, but should be fun. Oh! did I mention that Library is also on that list? Bought it and started it, got well in and had to set it aside due to too many things happening at once. And somehow haven’t cycled back. was greatly enjoyed up to that point.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Tricksters ARE problematic. Typesetting sounds interesting, though, and I hope you continue to enjoy Library of the Sapphire Wind when you can get back to it.

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