FF: A Little Less


You may have noticed I seem to be reading less.  That’s not really true.  As I noted below, I don’t always mention if my reading is scattered, and right now it is.  I’ve also printed a copy of my own manuscript, House of Rough Diamonds, and some of my reading time is going to that.

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. 


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

In Progress:

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.  Very much enjoying.

Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien. Audiobook.  A car trip, again, so a few more hours to listen!


Archeology the current issue.  Almost done.


8 Responses to “FF: A Little Less”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    Happy Thursday! This week I read The Veiled Throne by Ken Liu. This is book 3 of 4. Now, we have most of the characters in proper place for the Grand finale. I am really enjoying this series.

    • janelindskold Says:

      I read the calendar wrong. I had to get a few things done earlier than usual, and fumbled. Forgive?

      Would you call the Liu series at all tense? I can take conflict, but not up to a lot of anger and misunderstanding. But you have me intrigued about this series.

      • Beverly Martin Says:

        Forgiven! I had to double check ’cause I wasn’t sure myself. I wouldn’t say it was any more tense than Lord of the Rings or even Library of the Sapphire Wind. He is such a good writer, I think you would enjoy it.

      • janelindskold Says:

        Shall see if our library has as audio. That’s my shorter queue right now.

  2. James Mendur Says:

    Finished re-reading “Dune.”

    Currently re-reading “A Wizard of Earthsea.” I might try to go through and read the other Earthsea books I have, next.

    When did I become so resistant to reading NEW books, of which I also have many?

  3. Harried Harry Says:

    I’m busy trying to read the last book (so far, anyway) of the Safehold series by David Weber. I had thought I read all the books, but I found out I had not yet read this one.

    I’ve been helping a close friend who has a terminal illness. She has at most, five years. She is able to walk short distances before she stops to gain enough energy to continue walking. Takes a lot of energy to help, but some of the books I’ve read have helped me with the patience I need to help her.

    I have two books in the “Waiting to be read” category. “Under Fortunate Stars” by Ren Hutchings and “Isolate” by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

    Another fragment: I was cleaning out some stuff and came across a check from the State of NM. It was a large check but was overdue to be cashed. Somehow it had been overlooked, so it will take some effort to get the state to issue a new check since this check is ten years old. Good reminder to clear out containers to see if you can find any cash, checks, or other monies. You might also find old books you haven’t read.

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