Reading Notes, 3/8/21

Finished Reading

After a pretty blah end of February, I wham-bam finished two books last week. But I don’t really have much to say about them.

First, finished Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert. It definitely feels like the middle book of a trilogy, which it was when it came out in 1969. It ends on a bit of a downer, the story to be furthered in the “end” of the trilogy.

Second, read The Coney Island Fakir by Gary R. Brown, a nice little bio of magician and entertainer, Al Flosso. Flosso started in magic during the heyday of Coney Island’s ten-in-ones and never lost the moniker of Coney Island Fakir.

Deal Me In

6❤️: “Attachments” by Kate Wilhelm
From The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Nov.–Dec. 2017

An enjoyable ghost story, contemporarily set with ghosts who are not particularly scary and, you know, just still have stuff that needs to be done. Queue a hapless living person to “help.”

Currently Reading

Bout of Books is doing a sort of mid-term readathon over on Discord this week. I intend to participate, but intention and action are occasionally different things. I’ve set up a firmer reading schedule for the rest of the Dune books. Basically, two chapters-a-day for Children of Dune and then a chapter-a-day for the last three books, with a bumper day here and there. Plus for this week, some reading on Ultimate Glory: Frisbee, Obsession, and My Wild Youth by David Gessner and Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy.

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