What are you reading 2.0

Discussion in 'Non-WOT - Literature and Fiction' started by Aduiavas Ida, Jan 27, 2018.

  1. Aduiavas Ida

    Aduiavas Ida Aes Sedai Mistress of Revels - Europe Forum Moderator

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    Yeah, I stranded in the Liveship trilogy :( Some parts of the story are facinating, but not enough to hold me in :(
    It may be contributed to the fact that I had read everything about Fitz and the Fool first, and thus know a lot about how things end up :look
     
  2. Arella Mathara

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    I just started the Liveship trilogy today. Tried reading it years ago but didn't get far. I really want to read that and the dragon books but it's so sad when there's no Fitz. I read the Farseer trilogy for the first time in high school and I love all the Fitz books so much.

    I actually started with the Soldier Son trilogy but that one broke my heart too much. I'll give it another go sometime.
     
  3. Melisa Céliane

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    I have a copy of The Shining that I bought at the Stanley Hotel several years ago that's been on my mind since I knew I would be off a while. I just don't know if I will be too distracted to focus on reading.
     
  4. Juliya Karisu

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    Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang.
    Amazing book about the author's family in China during the 1900s. I'm about 2/3 of the way in.
     
  5. Almira ni'Caldazare

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    I need a feel good book with a happy ending! I'm reading the Dark is Rising by S Cooper
     
  6. Demonfaer al'Dreamteare

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    Rereading "Storm Cursed" by Patricia Briggs before I read her new book/the next book in the series! I <3 this lady
     
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    Just started up Billions and Billions, the last book written by Carl Sagan.
     
  8. Miridyth Al'Landerin

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    I have to recommend a most excellent historical book entitled "The Five, The untold stories of the women killed by Jack the Ripper" by Hallie Rubenhold.

    At first glance, one may think this a very macabre book, but it is not about the murders at all. It takes each of the five women from the time of their birth until the last sighting of them before the murders. The author takes the position that the police, in Victorian times, used Victorian morals to dehumanize the victims and portray them as women of the streets, aka prostitutes not worthy of true investigation.

    Each victim has a story and the stories are amazing. One was considered upper class, another working class, another a victim of being an orphan, and all ended up impoverished and living on the streets and an easy target for the murderer. It describes what was going on in Victorian England during the early to late 1800's to include how easy it was for a woman to fall into poverty. The book discusses the social aspects, the psychological effects of alcoholism and how prevalent it was, the workhouses and even how English Society was trying to save the poor through education and social programs.

    My takeaway as I have been reading is how relevant this is to today's societies views of the homeless and how each of them have their own story. No one asks or aspires to be homeless or an addict when they are children, but circumstances and how one reacts to those circumstances can lead one down a tragic road.

    I was surprised to hear that Victorian England experienced a similar rioting situation that we are seeing today with the aftermath of the Covid lock downs in major cities in the US and around the world. How the same situation of those living in wealth, middle or working class, still view those who are homeless as somehow responsible for their situations and not worthy of common decency. I found it eye opening to see that during this time in Victorian England, those who often gave more to the homeless, where the poor and homeless themselves. It reminded me of the time when we ourselves lived one step above homelessness early in our married life when as a community we would help each other because little was being done to help us.

    My other takeaway, is that times change in that technology has changed the world, but people are the same. There are many who are still only one paycheck away from being on the street. How the death of the wage earner can lead a widow with kids to suddenly be homeless. How important education is. How deathly addiction can turn a person from a path of self sustaining to being on the streets.

    I highly recommend this book to people who love reading real history, love social history, and women's studies. Again, this book is not about Jack the Ripper at all. It is not a disparaging account against anyone, not even the police in my opinion. It is fact based with some supposition on how each lady possibly viewed their circumstance, but an account on how each woman was a person, not just a victim with a name who met a gruesome end.
     
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  9. Jocasta Braithe

    Jocasta Braithe Novice Forum Moderator Game Master

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    Did you finish this Juliya Sedai? I read it in high school and it was fascinating. I really want to get back to it someday.
     
  10. Juliya Karisu

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    Yes, I finished it a while ago. Definitely worth reading!!
     
  11. Kassina Tendar

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    Thanks for the review, Miridyth! that sounds really interesting. :)
     
  12. Almira ni'Caldazare

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    I am reading the Tarnished City by Vic James. It's the second book in the Gilded Cage series. I already have the third book on reserve at the library!
     
  13. Atane Valthon

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    Susan Cooper is such an amazing author! I love her work.

    Right now, I'm listening to American Ulysses by Ronald C. White. It's a biography of Ulysses S. Grant. I really enjoy reading, but I've been terrible about actually reading paper books/ebooks.
     
  14. Almira ni'Caldazare

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    I don't usually get into biographies but I'll give it a try!
    I got bogged down in David McCullough's biography of Truman.
     
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    I'm not the biggest biography fan, because it can seem to be a huge slog at times getting through the material. What genre of books do you norrmally go for?
     
  16. Almira ni'Caldazare

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    I usually stick with epic fantasy (of course) or historical fiction.
     
  17. Bruce al'Kay

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    Red Sister by Mark Lawrence is awesome. It's a trope that has been done before but I love it so much.
     
  18. Almira ni'Caldazare

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    I thought Red Sister would be nothing but blood and gore but it had a real plot. It was like getting on the wrong train - you're drawn in but can't see the destination ahead. It's daunting but exciting too.
     
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    Put a pause on American Ulysses, and started on "I'll Be Gone in the Dark" by Michelle McNamara.
     
  20. Bruce al'Kay

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    Missed this before, but you're totally right. I'm about 1/3 through because I usually "read" during audiobooks in the car and I just haven't been doing much driving because pandemic. But I'm loving it for sure.