FF: Haven’t Decided

Princess Persephone Knows Her Job

I finished what I was reading just as the time came for me to write this, and I haven’t chosen my next one.  I’m not sure what my mood for pleasure reading it, and that’s probably influenced by how tight my focus is on my writing right now.

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.  I love seeing the tapestry of what people choose.


A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold.  Audiobook.  Bujold does an amazing job playing a variety of plotlines off each other.  This novel is as complex and elegant as an elaborate Regency dance.  And, in case you’re wondering, what I thought of the butter bugs, I only wish they were real and I could have a colony, even if only the ostensibly “ugly” early version..

Between Princesses and Other Jobs by D.J. Butler.  A collection of short stories featuring Indrajit and Fix, the amiable would-be heroes of In the Palace of shadow and Joy.  I preferred this to the novel, as it had more plot and fewer chase scenes.

In Progress:

Boundaries of Infinity by Lois McMaster Bujold.  Audiobook.  A collection of short stories (some quite long), filling in key events between the novels. 


Some books on kumihimo I was “handed down.”  Definitely stimulating.


5 Responses to “FF: Haven’t Decided”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    I read The Washington Decree by Jussi Alder-Olsen. This is a political thriller. It was written in 2006 and translated in 2017. I was disturbed by the number of similarities to current times. The story did keep me interested, wanting to know what happened next. It was a good book, but I wouldn’t say I enjoyed it.

  2. James Mendur Says:


  3. James Mendur Says:

    Since my last post, I have finished reading or rereading:
    1. Poirot Investigsates – Agatha Christie – short story collection
    2. The Great Gods – Daniel Keys Moran – 6th published book about the Continuing Time, an okay place to jump in if you’re new
    3. The Last Dancer – Daniel Keys Moran – third book in the CT series, do NOT start with this one
    4. Terminal Alliance – Jim C Hines – 1st book in the Janitors of the Apocalypse series

    I have begun reading:
    1. The Canterbury Tales – Geoffrey Chaucer
    2. The Avram Davidson Treasury – a collection of his short stories

    I’ve also re-started listening to the River Song audio plays. I’ve done all 4 of voulme 1 and the first 2 of volume 2. I’d previously heard all of volumes 1 and 2 but wanted to revisit before moving on to the other volumes.

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