#6degrees: from The French Lieutenant’s Woman to Half-Off Ragnarok

Welcome back to #6degrees, the Six Degrees of Separation book MEME!


Each participant will take the same starting book and link it in any way they like to the next book, then the next… and see where the 6 degrees of separation ends up!

This month we’ll begin with The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles.

I don’t know anything about The French Lieutenant’s Woman, but it has a picture of the ocean on it. The most recent book that I read which featured the ocean is Ruth Ware’s The Woman in Cabin 10 (and it also has “woman” in the title, cool!) I read this book because it was recommended to me by my grandma.

Another book I read solely due to a recommendation (though this one was suggested by a friend, not a family member) is Green Rider by Kristen Britain. Even though I don’t remember much about that book at all, I do remember enjoying it. To be honest, though, about all I remember about it can be deduced from the cover: there’s a girl. And a horse.

Another book featuring a girl and a horse is Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey. I enjoyed the early books in this series, though I have trouble re-reading them now. (Bits which didn’t bother me before now sometimes do, and in many cases I’d rather just enjoy the memory of the books.) In any case, I didn’t realize until very recently that this book was the first Valdemar book published. I’m pretty sure I didn’t read it first out of all the Valdemar books. (I think I started with Elspeth.)

Another first book in a series that I really enjoyed (but didn’t read first) was Connie Willis’ Doomsday Book. This book was especially fun for me because it features a smart female historian. It was enjoyable seeing a modern woman travel back in time and have to deal with the restrictions in women’s allowed behavior in that time period.

Another case where smart female characters have to work within gender restrictions in a (to-us) historical time period is the Stoker & Holmes series by Colleen Gleason. Of that series, I most recently read The Chess Queen Enigma, and while I didn’t necessarily like that one as much as the first book in the series, the time travel aspect of the series appears to be resolved in this third book. There are still at least two books left in the series, though, so I am curious to see where the story goes from here.

And for today’s chain, we’ll end with another book that seems to have resolved the (current) plot threads but which has more books left and so I know there’s still more fun to come: Half-Off Ragnarok by Seanan McGuire. This is the third in her InCryptid series, which has MANY more books in the series, and so I know that we’ve only come to a temporary conclusion in this book.

And that’s my six links! Thank you again to Louise for alerting me to this meme and to Kate at booksaremyfavouriteandbest for hosting it!


3 thoughts on “#6degrees: from The French Lieutenant’s Woman to Half-Off Ragnarok

  1. That was fun!

    I don’t know if you ever read any more in the Green Rider series, but if you haven’t and you’re tempted, just be aware that it turns into girly romance instead of awesome adventure story. You might be ok with that, but it is a very tonal shift in the story telling…

    1. I think I read the second one, but that’s where I stopped with the Green Rider series? It’s been so long that I’m just relying on my Goodreads “books read” shelf for that, though. I don’t remember anything about the series.

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