FF: Once Again

Persephone on the Dark Divide

It’s Nebula award season, and once again, I’m reading some nominated works.  First on my list is “High Times in the Low Parliament” by Kelly Robson.

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. 

Completed:

The Twice-Drowned Saint by C.S.E. Cooney.  Vivid setting, interesting characters, and some fine plot twists.  I scored an ARC of this, but I’m happy to announce you can get it as a new release.

The Dark Divide by Carrie Vaughan.  Novelette.

In Progress:

 Cetaganda by Lois McMaster Bujold.  Audiobook.  Just started.

Digger by Ursula Vernon.  A massive graphic novel.  Just starting a re-read.

Also:

The latest Archeology magazine.  Almost done.

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4 Responses to “FF: Once Again”

  1. James Mendur Says:

    Finally read a new (to me) book.
    “Uncanny Collateral” by Brian McClellan. First in an urban fantasy series. It’s … fine. The main character starts off very powerful with a ton of unexplained history. I would’ve preferred someone less powerful to start and then acquiring power.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Depending on how it works, I can take power and mystery (Nine Princes in Amber comes to mind), but it can only too easily slide into something rather dull, because unless the antagonists are equally tough, there’s no challenge.

  2. Louis Robinson Says:

    I’ll be interested in your comments on High Times… The blurb makes it sound… frantic? and very woke – which is not unexpected, it’s probably been over 4 decades since anything I really liked made it onto the Nebula ballot.

    For myself, having read Sword and Shadow, I went back and read Sagara’s Cast in Courtlight, and am now reading Cast in Deception. And Knight’s Fee, by Rosemary Sutcliff, just because I noticed it while searching my shelves for something else. Have pretty much done with Gottlieb’s The Dream of Enlightenment, and am now bracing myself for some Kant. Gottlieb is very readable, although he makes very short work of most of the Enlightenment thinkers in the final chapter. Maybe because he’s English, and they’re all Continentals?

    And also just finishing that same Archaeology. Which I do enjoy, despite wondering where the “Popular” is hiding on the masthead.

    • janelindskold Says:

      I’m only part in. The main character is unfocused in her life. I think that’s a big element of the story. Now to see where the author takes it. I really liked T. Kingfisher’s Nettle and Bone, which made it to the ballot on novel. I was sorry that Joelle Presby’s excellent solo debute, the Dabare Snake Launcer did not. I haven’t read enough Sagara. Need to keep that in mind for later.

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