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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #30 on: August 24, 2019, 06:21:50 am »
Palmon,

I have not read of her books as yet. I have been re-reading the Dune series. I read it in my mid teens and that was nearly 40 years ago. Having read the first book of your husband's new series I got the entire Dune set very cheap of Amazon. Hopefully the second book of Gary's will not be too long to wait for.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #31 on: August 24, 2019, 10:28:03 am »
Thanks, Andrew. I'll pass that on to him.

I read Dune about then, too.
 

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« Reply #32 on: August 24, 2019, 12:05:54 pm »
It is actually less cruelly violent and not really dystopian at all, unlike the Hunger Games series.  It is primarily the philosophical approach to what makes life life, and how death and mortality may have purpose outside of just capping usage of finite earthly resources. 

The premise is, rather than the ubiquitous dystopian future so popular in YA, an idyllic future where once an AI gains sentience and becomes all-powerful, it perfects efficiency and use of resources on earth and eliminates death and most suffering.  This has been going on long enough by the time the story starts that no one really remembers what it was like to have a fear of death or illness or anything like that.  The Scythedom developed as a special group that was supposed to be picked and trained to be supremely moral, so that humans, rather than the AI (the 'Thunderhead'), were the only ones to deliver the minimal deaths that are necessary to keep the population at a sustainable level. 

The level-headed approach to the deep philosophical and even political and spiritual questions in a practical milieu is excellent so far.  I love it.
 

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« Reply #33 on: August 24, 2019, 01:37:05 pm »
I'm reading "Teaching with Fire." Teachers submitted poems which inspire them. The editors collected those poems, along with the teachers' stories, and published them in one volume. Here's one about how vital it is to celebrate children's accomplishments. I shared this with my colleagues this past week.

Fueled

Fueled
by a million
man-made
wings of fire
the rocket tore a tunnel
through the sky
and everybody cheered.
Fueled
only by a thought from God
the seedling
urged its way
through thicknesses of black
and as it pierced
the heavy ceiling of the soil
and launched itself
up into outer space
no
one
even
clapped.

--Marcie Hans
 

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #34 on: August 25, 2019, 04:56:06 pm »
Dyany, thanks for that writeup about Arc of the Scythe.  I am much more likely to read it now. Would you please post that as a review on Amazon? Other readers (like me) would really appreciate it!
 
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« Reply #35 on: August 27, 2019, 10:45:16 am »
Took me a few days, but I posted the review!
 
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #36 on: September 12, 2019, 03:45:41 am »
Stella Gemmell's The City and The Immortal Throne. Both pretty good. Also a pile of Masters dissertations because I have to. All not as good as Stella Gemmell
 

 

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