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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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Re: What are you reading?
« 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
All grown-ups were once children...but only few of them remember it. ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, "The Little Prince."
 

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« 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #37 on: December 14, 2019, 07:17:40 pm »
One of my sons is an avid reader of all things Brandon Sanderson. Ben has been trying to get my wife and I to read something by Sanderson for the last few years. So, for one of our Christmas gifts to Ben, Michelle and I started reading "Elantris." I was pretty hesitant, but it got a really good review from Orson Scott Card, and I've liked everything I've read by Card, except for a couple of his short stories in "Maps in a Mirror." "Freeway Games"--ick. But, I digress. So...Elantris. The first chapter has me intrigued. More thoughts to come...
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #38 on: December 14, 2019, 08:48:40 pm »
Elantris is good.
The Reckoners (YA sci-fi) is amazing.
The Stormlight Archive (epic fantasy) is amazing.  And the spiritual lessons I'm getting from it are PROFOUND.
Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians (MG contemporary fantasy) is hilarious and excellent.
I've also heard excellent things about the Mistborn series, The Rithmatist, and the newer Skyward series.

He's pretty much my family's favorite author.  He's also smart and nice (I've met him a few times) and I'm fairly good friends with one of his regular beta readers, with whom I was talking extensively yesterday about the Stormlight Archive. That was hard, because I know she's read the 4th Stormlight book (which won't be officially released until next November), and she knew I knew, and both of us knew I didn't want to know, but that I kind of did. So we had to just fangirl for a bit. :)
 
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #39 on: December 15, 2019, 09:47:31 am »
Total fluff, but I have been listening to Sarah Eden's  books on the Deseret Book app. They are clean and require no thinking which helps me to relax my brain for awhile.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #40 on: December 16, 2019, 09:12:13 am »
Sometimes total fluff is just the right thing.  I've mentioned before that I listen to audio books while I work.  I'm alone in the evenings, my wing of the hospital is virtually empty.  I've listened to myriad audio books from the Deseret App.  I have to say it's the best bargain I've found.  Unlimited audio books for about $15 per month.  Knowing that none of the content is unobjectionable in terms of language, romance, etc., makes it a total winner for me. 

I've listened to books written by Prophets, Apostles, CES leaders, Auxiliary Leaders and (as above) clean fiction writers.  Someone please refresh my memory:  how is Tracy Hunter Abramson (LDS author) related to our dear departed Raro?  I enjoy her books, also.
 
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #41 on: December 16, 2019, 10:46:02 am »
Mistborn is great, every last book of it.

Sanderson is a great writer.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #42 on: December 16, 2019, 09:49:07 pm »
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how is Tracy Hunter Abramson (LDS author) related to our dear departed Raro?  I enjoy her books, also.

Traci lives in Virginia where our dear Raro lived. They were very close friends, and Traci credits Raro with starting her on writing. Traci took in Raro's minor children after she died.
 
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #43 on: January 13, 2020, 07:24:07 pm »
I finished Twelve Patients:  Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital by Dr Eric Manheimer.  An intriguing look into America’s oldest public hospital and some of the patients he has seen or interacted with.  One of the twelve was the good doctor himself.  He threw his political beliefs in here and there that I didn’t agree with, but understood where he was coming from.  He never got too technical.  I found I really didn’t know how chemotherapy was administered, and the description terrified me.  My hat goes off and I salute those that feel this is what they need to do; that is a courage I hope I never have to find if I possess.
Jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #44 on: January 15, 2020, 11:11:12 am »
CrowGirl, thanks for the post above.  I've been watching New Amsterdam since its inception on TV.  It's based on Twelve Patients.  I just downloaded the audible version to listen to at work when I'm alone in the evenings.
 

 


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