FF: Almost

Where’s the Book?

My reading time was serious impinged upon this week by Bubonicon, then all manner of unexpected distractions.   So “almost done” is the best I can do.

If you’re wondering where the book is in this lovely portrait of our shy girl, Mei-Ling, she’s sitting on it.  It turned out to be a great way to get her to sit still!

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. 


Sorry.  Nothing.

In Progress:

Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge.  Audiobook.  It’s good, but I’m not making much progress at about 20 minutes a night.

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.  On the final chapter.


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

5 Responses to “FF: Almost”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    Mei-Ling is such a pretty cat! Thanks for the photo!

    This week, I read The wall of Storms (The Dandelion Dynasty #2) by Ken Liu. Another excellent book with realistic characters. In this episode, we address “So you got a kingdom. Now, what?” It really made me think. And a new enemy attacks. They have dragons! I have ordered book #3.

    I read The Last Hero (Discworld #27) by Terry Pratchett. I got the UK edition for some reason. I disliked the format so much that it almost ruined the book for me. The illustrations didn’t add to the story and they interrupted at inconvenient times: such as in the middle of a dialog. The explanations of the diagrams were written in such stylized calligraphy that I gave up trying to read them.

    I read A Court of Thorns and Roses (#1) by Sarah J. Maas. I don’t usually read romance novels, but this Beauty and the Beast story was ok. I didn’t care for the typical “He commanded. She disobeyed and got into trouble. He rescued her.” scenario, but other than a couple of those, the rest of the story was pretty good.

    Lastly (long-winded today, I know!) The Fowl Twins (#1) by Eoin Colfer. The Artemis Fowl series was for a middle school audience. I read it anyway. There was a genius kid, his butler and a cast of elves, dwarves, trolls and humans. This book was about Artemis’ younger twin brothers. The style reminded me of an oral story since there were asides from an unknown narrator. It was a fun, easy read.

  2. James Mendur Says:

    Finished “Blood and Thunder: The Life and Art of Robert E, Howard” by Mark Finn.
    It’s a little hagiographic, but Finn admits we wrote the biography in response to what he considered an entirely negative biography written by L. Sprague de Camp. (Finn is not a fan of de Camp.) Still, I rather liked it; reading about pulp authors might be my new nonfiction jam.

    Other than that, still grazing books rather than committing to one and finishing it. I’ve got 6 or 7 going now, most of them re-reads.

  3. nannerstx Says:

    In mustupfront admit that neither my book lust or my yayrn lust are completelty under my control although I am managing my choholate lust and about to let a siamese kitten pick me. I Absolutely miss the orders and voice, as well as the talks

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