What'cha reading?

Discussion in 'Chat by the Fire' started by Sparrow, Aug 25, 2017.

  1. I am currently reading the Iliad in translation (for University/general education/interest) the Children of Hurin (for "fun") and, with two fellow students, reading/translating the Aeneid. But that last one is a long term project.
     
  2. Jim Deutch

    Jim Deutch Active Member

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  3. Jim Deutch

    Jim Deutch Active Member

    Replying to my own post -- I liked it a lot! It sparked a new theory based on the concept of the"Mary Sue". I call it "Mary Sue III" *.

    As authors age, according to this theory, their wish-fulfillment self-insert characters get younger.

    Bujold's first novel's heroine, Cordelia, was in her mid-thirties. Fawn, the heroine of the original Lakewalker series, was 20. And in this new novella, Lily is only fourteen, and she totally kicks butt!

    [*] "Mary Sue Jr." gets a few hits on google, but all the hits for "Mary Sue III" appear to be actual people of that name.
     
  4. Lalaith

    Lalaith New Member

    I just finished Toni Morrison's Beloved for AP Literature and Composition class, which is heart-breaking and amazing, and I highly reccomend if you haven't read it yet.

    And I'm also trying to read Letters of JRR Tolkien and Gateway to Sindarin whenever I get the free time.
     
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  5. Sparrow

    Sparrow Hestia of the Hearth

    It's late February - I am working my way through Lord of the Rings again. Day shall come again!
     
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  6. JJ48

    JJ48 Active Member

    I just finished Pride and Prejudice, and now I'm working on some Star Wars novels.
     
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  7. NotACat

    NotACat Active Member

    P&P is fun, which I discovered when I decided I wanted to see what inspired "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries" which I heartily recommend to anyone and everyone :D
     
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  8. Marielle

    Marielle Well-Known Member

    I love "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries", and I've been a huge Jane Austen fan since I first saw the BBC miniseries at age 6 (my mother is a huge Jane Austen, in particular, and period costume dramas, in general, fan). I think I've read P&P and Emma every year since I was 10? On that note, the follow-up project, "Emma Approved", is deeply dissatisfying from an Austen fan perspective -- the structural conceits include fundamental misunderstandings of the novel's situation, in my opinion.

    As to what I'm reading right now... I try to have a fictional and non-fictional work I'm working through at any time, to allow for mood adaptation. For non-fiction, I've started John Carreyrou's Bad Blood on Theranos for (having just finished The Smartest Guys in the Room about Enron).

    For fiction, I wonder if I can't get a recommendation. I've been musing reading Georgette Heyer for a while, but I'm not sure which book to start with, or even if I should start with one of her mysteries or regency romances. Any fans/readers of her here to give me any advice?
     

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