FF: Impossible, Improbable

Persephone and Wolfe

Here and there, I’ve been fitting in time to read, but mostly I’ve been writing or thinking about writing or dealing with a lot of demanding real-life stuff.  How about you?

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:

Mister Impossible by Maggie Stiefvater.  Audiobook.  Book two in her “Dreamer Trilogy.”  The first is Call Down the Hawk.  A lot of whining in this one, and several attacks of the stupids.

Too Many Cooks by Rex Stout.  Nero out of his accustomed haunts always amuses me.

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.  On the final couple of chapters.  The author seems to think he’s invented “what if” which is a little wearing.  However, I learned some cool things, especially about oceans, so I overall have liked this book.

Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge.  Audiobook.  I have read this at least twice, but the rich complexity of plot and characters is grabbing my attention all over again.

Also:

A copy of American Archeology I’d somehow overlooked.

4 Responses to “FF: Impossible, Improbable”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    This week, I read Legacies by L. E. Modesitt Jr. It is the first book of the Corean Chronicles. A really like this author. His characters are believable and his stories are exciting. The main character, Alucius, is a young herder who is drafted into the Militia. He has some special powers which come in handy in the war against the Matrial. I have already ordered book 2!

    I also read Death by Water, a Phryne Fisher Mystery. This time she was hired to go under cover investigating thefts of jewels on a cruise ship. I enjoyed it.

    Last, I read The Way of the Argosi by Sébastien de Castell. This was the back story of one of the female Argosi, Ferius Parfax. Exciting plot and good character development. I like this author, especially his Spellslinger Series.

  2. James Mendur Says:

    I’m dipping into several books at once, not really wanting to commit to a single book at the moment. Currently grazing:
    Holy Blood Holy Grail, by Baigent et al
    Doc Savage: The Black Spot, by Robeson
    Dune, by Frank Herbert
    Another Round at the Spaceport Bar (anthol)
    Apes of Wrath (anthol)

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