FF: Into a Story

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The other day, someone posted the question “What makes you feel better when you are in a bad mood?”  My answer came easily and immediately: I dive into a story.  Not necessarily the one I’m writing (although sometime that), but definitely a story.  Often, it’s a re-read, but it also can be a new book by an author who I trust.  And “story” definitely extends to visual media as well.

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. 


Aurora Borealis Bridge by Jane Lindskold.  Mass market paperback proofs.  I gave this some of my usual “fun reading” time for a variety of reasons, including, honestly, that I’m enjoying it.

DreamForge Anvil, issue ten.  Perfect for before bed, since the stories, while often complex, are strongly character driven.

In Progress:

Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold.  Audiobook.  Almost done.  Even better than I remembered it being.

Paladin’s Grace by T. Kingfisher.  It was there when I needed a re-read.

From Sawdust to Stardust: the Biography of DeForest Kelly, Star Trek’s Dr. McCoy by Terry Lee Rioux.  Recommended by a reader on Charles De Lint’s blog.


I finished Archeology!  Now the next issue will probably arrive.  Just finished Bioscape, the short magazine from our BioPark (zoo, botanical gardens, and aquarium), and am reading AAA trying to convince me that I want to go on a cruise.

Finally, the Shire has been scourged and Frodo has set sail, and Return of the King completed.  I have some fairly serious thoughts about how what Jackson chose to leave out of his movies (which I did enjoy) completely change Tolkien’s underlying tale.  I could share them in a WW if anyone so desires.


12 Responses to “FF: Into a Story”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    Yes, I would like to hear your thoughts on Jackson movies omissions vs books!

    This week, as a treat, I am reading A New Clan. I am over half-way into it, and have enjoyed every page!

    • janelindskold Says:

      Thank you, Beverly for the feedback, and I hope you continue to enjoy A New Clan. I’m just getting into the next book in the series, and I do like the characters quite a lot.

  2. James Mendur Says:

    Re-reading “Foucault’s Pendulum” by Umberto Eco (tranlsation by William Weaver). It’s a flashback to the 90s for me, when I was fascinated by conspiracy theoritsts, back when they were just harmless kooks and not trying to destroy people.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Isn’t it fascinating how books change with you? And how books with a strongly historical link can be windows into a time period. I haven’t read the book you mentioned, do you recommend?

      • James Mendur Says:

        If you’ve read The Da Vinci Code and thought “There’s too much action. What this book needs is a metric ton more of historical and occult references, plus a long side trip to Brazil, a look inside vanity press, and references to Italian politics from WW2 through 1980”, then this book might be for you.
        In the 90s, I was fascinated by the subject and drank it up like a keg at a frat party. These days, I’m sighing and remembering a comment by Esther Friesner about Wuthering Heights: “And we’re brooding, and we’re brooding, and we’re brooding, and can we get on this this? I have theater tickets.”

    • janelindskold Says:

      Da Vinci Code didn’t work for me because it was meh writing. I think I’ll wait on brooding, although the subject matter sounds very good.

      • James Mendur Says:

        This book isn’t brooding. (That was Wuthering Heights.) The writing, in translation, is decent. And it’s probably worth reading once, but it’s long and sometimes it feels like “I’ve done all this research and I’m going to make you read all my research.” I feel like I should be awarded a Master’s Degree in Occult Conspiracy Theory for reading both “Foucault’s Pendulum” and “Holy Bood Holy Grail.”

      • janelindskold Says:

        Got you! Thanks… I shall consider, though. Conspiracy theory has this crazy desire to make the world make sense. It can even be comforting. People are ORGANIZED for generations….

  3. Dame Trouble Says:

    I am with Beverly – I would love to hear your thoughts about books vs. movies as it has been years since I have read or watched either.
    I was also really happy to hear that there will be another Treecat book!

    • janelindskold Says:

      Thank you… I will try not to make it a dissertation, just a few thoughts I think are cogent, and will be in the context of appreciating the movies. This won’t be a “the movies suck.”

  4. Jerry House Says:

    I want to reexplore Asimov’s Robot series. The first I had read was my aunt’s original copy of “Caves Of Steel”.
    In ’83, I dove into the Foundation series (released as a single volume). I had picked it up at the satellite post exchange on the basic training side of Ft. Sill. I had the blanket over me to hide the flashlight when the head DI whipped the covers away and said ” lights out was ten minutes ago!” He took a look at what I was reading and said “Now that’s great scfi. I’ll give you ten more minutes then go to bed!”
    He never mentioned it or inflicted punishment. A few guys in my platoon who were awake, heard him was amazed. No one wanted to see if they could get away with it. I certainly never read passed lights out again.
    A couple of guys who went with me to the west side of ‘Sill for tech training started reading scifi and fantasy. The three of us introduced it to a few others.
    I cant remember the Sergeants name, but I’d like to thank him. He inadvertently created a chain of new readers.

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