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.
Oooh! Thanks for the heads-up. Added to my WishList. Only the kindle-edition available so far, apparently.I'm re-reading Lois Bujold's Sharing Knife sequence in the hope that I can get hold of the new novella.
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" *.
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.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
It seems I am a fan of novels with competent young female heroes. Connecting with the Austin novels upthread, I suppose I am now a "gentleman of a certain age". I read "Wee Free Men" by Terry Pratchet and I just can't get enough of Tiffany Aching! Now finishing the third volume of Tiffany stories and planning to go directly to the last one.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!
Of course there is Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, another long-form fanfic. It starts out with Petunia marrying a Professor instead of Dursley, and Harry grows up a prodigy in science and muggle philosophy. I love the first ten chapters or so, then find it bogs down with too much combat: most readers find it only gets really going at the point where it starts losing me! http://www.hpmor.com/I don't know of any other HP fanfiction which is as long or as complicated (or complete, for that matter) but if anyone has any recommendations I would like to hear them.
Me too. The POV character's inability to tell men from women is just so interesting -- though even our facial recognition software today can do it correctly most of the time. . .I enjoyed Ann Leckie's Ancillary series.
No WAY!I enjoyed Ann Leckie's Ancillary series. I enjoy books that airdrop me into a very different world, where I have to learn what is going on. I'm reading Jemison's Fifth Season now, and finishing Name of the Wind
For what it's worth, Leckie has said that Breq's defaulting to she isn't meant to suggest an inability to distinguish men and women, so much as a broader cultural apathy. As in: What if a culture just didn't care about gender? And what if that culture had defaulted to "she" as the neutral-ish pronoun?Me too. The POV character's inability to tell men from women is just so interesting -- though even our facial recognition software today can do it correctly most of the time. . .
Actually, according to someone I know, facial recognition can tell the genders apart better than humans, when only a face is shown.Me too. The POV character's inability to tell men from women is just so interesting -- though even our facial recognition software today can do it correctly most of the time. . .
You might like her latest, Provenance, despite its poor reviews. You learn more about the alien Geck that everyone's afraid of in the Ancillary books. I liked it (read it twice so far).