FF: Closing In

Hawk Investigates Birdbath

I had to share this picture of a hawk visiting the bird bath right outside my office window.  No, we don’t live in the country, but open spaces less than half a mile from us do bring in the wildlife.

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 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.  I definitely enjoyed.

In Progress:

Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge.  Audiobook.  I might even finish this one tonight.  I’d forgotten how many plotlines there were to resolve, but Vinge is hitting all the beats with elegant timing.

The Dabare Snake Launcher by Joelle Presby.  ARC.  A near-future novel about the complexities of building a space elevator.  Set in Cameroon, where the author lived for many years, and full of lovely detail about the local cultures, clashes between traditional and modern, and differing expectations


Archeology the current issue.  The cover article had little new, for me, but then I’ve done a lot of research into that time period in Egypt.  I still enjoyed the synthesis.


13 Responses to “FF: Closing In”

  1. caroleparkes Says:

    I love the image of your hawk visitor.

  2. Beverly Martin Says:

    This week I read the novella, Remote Control, by Nnedi Okorafor. It was an interesting fable.

  3. Harried Harry Says:

    The hawk likes your birdbath. Very nice to see the bird is enjoying both the water and the bath.

    I finished the last book of the Modessit series on the Imager’s; the book is called “Endgame”. Interesting book and a fine end to the series. I found it much better and easier to read than others in his series. The book is a cross between Sci-fi and fantasy, but an interesting book to read anyway.

    Enjoy the week and the warm weather.

  4. Kim Says:

    Great picture! Thanks for sharing!

  5. James Mendur Says:

    The hawk is probably thinking “this water smells like food.”

    Still grazing various books, mostly re-reading “Dune” alternating with re-reading “Holy Blood Holy Grail” (just got through the “who the heck were the Merovingians” section, but not yet at the bit which enrages people). I’d never even heard of “The Donation of Constantine” until I’d read HBHG.

  6. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    Awesome photo of the hawk! A Coopers Hawk? We get a lot of Redtail Hawks around here.

  7. Kim Says:

    Just finished Rebakah Taussig’s biography “Sitting Pretty: The View from my Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body”. It is my new absolute favourite book!!! Also just finished “Life Isn’t Binary: On Being Both, Beyond, and In Between” by Meg-John Barker and Alex Iantaffi. Loved it as well! Both are going on my wish list for buying at my local bookstore when I can afford it!!

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