Archive for the ‘Friday Fragments’ Category

FF: Variety!

February 16, 2018

For those of you just discovering this part of my blog, 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.

Kel Reads

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.

Recently Completed:

Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling.  Good adventure fantasy with enthusiastic world-building.

Ratpunzel (Hamster Princess, Book Three) by Ursula Vernon.  Charmed.

Attack of the Ninja Frogs (Dragonbreath 2) by Ursula Vernon.  I wonder if my nephew has read these?

The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book Three) by Rick Riordan.  Audiobook.  Resolved a three book plot arc.

In Progress:

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly.  Just started.

Squire (Protector of the Small, Book 3) by Tamora Pierce.  Audiobook.  Re-read, but not re-listen!

Also:

Wolf Captured by Jane Lindskold.  About halfway.

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FF: Hamster Heroines, Norse Gods, and More!

February 9, 2018

It’s been insanely busy…  but reading helps!

Starlight is Enraptured

For those of you just discovering this part of my blog, 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.

Recently Completed:

Evil Chasing Way by Gerald Hausman.

Barsk: The Elephant’s Graveyard by Lawrence M. Schoen.  Audiobook.

Harriet the Invincible and Of Mice and Magic  (Hamster Princess One and Two) by Ursula Vernon.  Smart, sassy, turn them on their ear illustrated re-tellings of “Sleeping Beauty” and “The Twelve Dancing Princesses.”  Highly recommended.

In Progress:

The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book Three) by Rick Riordan.  Audiobook.  Just started.

Also:

Wolf Captured by Jane Lindskold.

FF: Saints and Elephants

February 2, 2018

Jim’s been home sick all week with the flu, and I’ve been doing my best not to catch it.  That’s limited my reading time – especially for audio – more than usual.

Book Chat!

For those of you just discovering this part of my blog, 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.

Recently Completed:

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater.  Very different from other work by her that I’ve read.  If you like magical realism, you may like this, but if you only want the same as The Scorpio Races or “The Raven Cycle” you could be disappointed.

In Progress:

Evil Chasing Way by Gerald Hausman.

Barsk: The Elephant’s Graveyard by Lawrence M. Schoen.  Audiobook.  The only drawback of reading this one in audio is some of the species names aren’t clear to the ear as I am sure they would be to the eye.

Also:

The Dragon of Despair by Jane Lindskold.  I should finish today.

FF: Decisions!

January 26, 2018

I did pick a novel to read, and enjoyed.  Now I’m meditating on which will be my next audiobook.  Decisions, decisions!

Kwahe’e Rests After Having Writ

For those of you just discovering this part of my blog, 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.

Recently Completed:

The Dark Prophesy: Book Two of the Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan.  Audiobook.  Looking forward to Book Three, which comes out later this year.  We’re already sure we know who the third evil emperor will be.  Pretty obvious – which isn’t bad.  Just obvious.

And Having Writ… by Donald R. Bensen.  Alternate history from 1978.  Nice twist is having events related from the POV of an alien.  Glad I skipped the intro, though, as it had a major spoiler.

In Progress:

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater.  I tried this one in audio and gave up because of the reader.  Now into the print version.  Very different from other work by her that I’ve read.

Also:

The Dragon of Despair by Jane Lindskold.  About a third through.

FF: Making Up My Mind

January 19, 2018

With the impending release of Asphodel taking a lot of my spare time, I haven’t picked my next novel to read, but have been reading the most recent Smithsonian before bed.

Can She Break the Glass?

For those of you just discovering this part of my blog, 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.

Recently Completed:

The Wind in His Heart by Charles de Lint.  Very strong.  I liked it!

Page: Protector of the Small, Book Two by Tamora Pierce.  Audiobook.  Re-read.

Enchanted Glass by Diana Wynne Jones.  Re-read.  Well worth it!

In Progress:

The Dark Prophesy: Book Two of the Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan.  Audiobook.  Just a few chapters in.

Also:

The Dragon of Despair by Jane Lindskold.

FF: Making Time to Read

January 12, 2018

Jim’s finishing off a long holiday, but even with that pleasant distraction there’s been some time to read.

Keladry Poses With Her Namesake

For those of you just discovering this part of my blog, 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.

Recently Completed:

First Test: Protector of the Small, Book One by Tamora Pierce.  Audiobook.  Re-read.  Warning…  This book has a tough first third.  Pierce does not pull her punches as to how hard a road Keladry will need to travel to become even a page, much less achieve her dream of becoming a knight.

In Progress:

The Wind in His Heart by Charles de Lint.  Over halfway.  Enjoying!

Page: Protector of the Small, Book Two by Tamora Pierce.  Audiobook.  Re-read.  Obviously, I’m hooked all over again.

Also:

Wolf’s Head, Wolf’s Heart by Jane Lindskold.  I want to go visit New Kelvin for real.

FF: Capering into Adventure

January 5, 2018

Over the holidays, I found myself enjoying books that were a little on the lighter side, but with the new year, adventure beckons.

Ogapoge’s Desert Dream

For those of you just discovering this part of my blog, 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.

Recently Completed:

The Crown Jewels by Walter Jon Williams.

The Hammer of Thor: Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard, by Rick Riordan.  Audiobook. Reader did improve as he continued, but I might not have continued if I wasn’t already a fan of the author’s work.

Tricky Twenty-two by Janet Evanovich.  Audiobook.

House of Shards by Walter Jon Williams.  Much more of a farce than the first book, but still enjoyable.

In Progress:

The Wind in His Heart by Charles de Lint.  Just started.  This was one of my Christmas presents, much anticipated!

First Test: Protector of the Small, Book One.  Audiobook.  Re-read.  I don’t think I’ve done these as an audiobook, but I love this series.  I have a cat named Keladry for the heroine.

Also:

Wolf’s Head, Wolf’s Heart by Jane Lindskold.  Getting back into the flow.  The only problem with proofing is I can’t just snuggle down and enjoy.

FF: Reading on the Road

December 29, 2017

As we were on the road this past week, driving to and from Arizona, we let audiobooks fill the long hours.

Ogapoge Tries to Open the Box

For those of you just discovering this part of my blog, 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.

Recently Completed:

Top Secret Twenty-one by Janet Evanovich.  Audiobook.  This one was pretty good.

The Long Sunset by Jack McDevitt.  Advanced review copy of the April 2018 release.  Should we let fear rule us?  Will aliens be truly alien?

In Progress:

The Crown Jewels by Walter Jon Williams.  P.G. Wodehouse meets Jane Austen meets crime caper.  Very amusing.

The Hammer of Thor: Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard.  Audiobook.  Just started.  New reader.  Not very good quality.  Let’s see if it improves.

Tricky Twenty-two by Janet Evanovich.  Audiobook.  Didn’t quite finish while on the road.

Also:

Wolf’s Head, Wolf’s Heart by Jane Lindskold.  One hour a day, proofing for new e-book release.  Didn’t get much done over the holiday on this.

FF: Visions of Sugarplums

December 22, 2017

Guess what?  Reading recipes is fun.  I took a book of cookie recipes to bed with me and dreamed of baking.  Does that qualify as “visions of sugarplums?”  In this case, visions of hermits.  I may have found a new favorite non-chocolate cookie.

Ziggy Reads The Long Sunset

For those of you just discovering this part of my blog, 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.

Recently Completed:

The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie.  Audiobooks.  Also two of her rediscovered short stories.

In Progress:

The Long Sunset by Jack McDevitt.  Advanced review copy of the April 2018 release.

The Hammer of Thor: Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard.  Audiobook.  Just started.

Wolf’s Head, Wolf’s Heart by Jane Lindskold.  One hour a day, proofing for new e-book release.  And, almost embarrassed to admit this, really enjoying!

Also:

I had to stop listening to the audiobook of All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater because some of the choices made either by the reader or the director drove me nuts.  I will be reading the book, but the audio…  I know I’m not the only one to be turned off by it!

FF: Holiday Competition

December 15, 2017

I haven’t been able to read – especially print – as much as I like.  When I’m not writing Wolf’s Search or proofing the final stages of Asphodel, I’m writing Christmas cards, wrapping presents, and fantasizing about baking cookies.  (Maybe this weekend…)

The Desert Willow Outside My Office

For those of you just discovering this part of my blog, 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.

Recently Completed:

Quillifer by Walter Jon Williams.

The Sword of Summer: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book One by Rick Riordan.  Audiobook.  A re-listen.

In Progress:

The Long Sunset by Jack McDevitt.  Advanced review copy of the April 2018 release.

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater.  Audiobook.

Also:

Not much!