FF: Lord of the Road

Roary Contemplates the Singularity

During several long drives this year, Jim and I decided to re-listen to The Lord of the Rings.  The version we have is read by Rob Inglis, produced by Recorded Books.  We’ve listened to it before, and enjoy it very much.  This last drive to Dallas and back, was also across Middle Earth.

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 Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien.  Audiobook.  We started The Return of the King, and left off with Pippin seeing Faramir brought in seriously wounded.  Definitely need time to finish, and no road trips planned.

In Progress:

Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge.  Audiobook.  Maybe halfway.  Had to stop on this one while we were away, so still around halfway.  Things are definitely getting serious.

The Life and Times of Chaucer by John Gardner.  The author of Grendel, which blew me away when I first read it at sixteen, turns his fluid and graceful writing style to examining the man who wrote The Canterbury Tales and other influential words.  This one is long and dense, but fascinating.  Expect to see it on my list for a while.


Vogue’s latest.  Also, American Archeology’s latest.  Fashion magazine and anthropology combine to make a great view of human values.

4 Responses to “FF: Lord of the Road”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    This week I read Aurora Borealis Bridge. What an excellent book! The characters were alive and the story was exciting. I especially enjoyed the resolutions of the inquisitions. Very clever! I liked this world and would like to visit again.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Wow!! I’m SO glad, because I’ve seen what a critical reader you are. Yay! Tell your friends and other book lovers, because more sales is the way to keep these books coming. That said, I think you’ll get your wish for another book… Fingers crossed.

  2. Louis Robinson Says:

    Recently spent a week cooking for 40, then another camping with 20, so didn’t read nearly as much as expected. At least, that’s my story, and i’m sticking to it.

    However, I did finish ABC et cetera : the life & times of the Roman alphabet, by Alexander & Nicholas Humez. It’s actually about 40 years old, so probably rather hard to find. But well worth the read. For each letter of the original Roman alphabet [plus x, y & z at the end], the authors select a few Latin or latinate words and see where they take them, wandering through etymology, historical linguistics and history. What really made if fun was that they never seem to have met a tangent they didn’t go off on, The Q chapter, for example, goes from quaestor – and other magistrates – through question to question mark to punctuation to, after a side trip to Isidore of Seville and his discussion of same, proof-readers markups. And that was one of the more reasonable transitions 🙂

    Have also advanced well into Library, but not finished yet. But at least I now understand that it was the Library that had a Sapphire Wind, not the Sapphire Wind that had a library.

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