Welcome to New Nauvoo

Author Topic: What are you reading?  (Read 11958 times)


  • MembersOnly
  • Hero Member
  • *
  • Posts: 583
  • Thanked: 633 times
    • View Profile
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #75 on: February 06, 2021, 11:28:20 am »
I read this book back in October, the perfect season for a book about ghosts and hauntings. The author did a great job of creating Alfred Hitchcock's chills and suspense. It is one of this year's Whitney Award Finalists in the YA Speculative Genre.

Lifelike by Sheila Nielson




  • MembersOnly
  • Thousand Year Egg Club
  • *
  • Posts: 1689
  • Thanked: 1291 times
  • Country: us
    • View Profile
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #76 on: February 13, 2021, 12:47:10 am »
The Black Death by John Hatcher, a story of the Great Plague of the 1340s in one English village. It reads like a historical account, but the people & events were created through the authorís research into Catholic Church records, village archives, & other records of the time, which he examined exhaustively to learn about the lives of ordinary people & everyday happenings.

We all know that for most of human existence, history was written from the viewpoint of those in power, so much of this story had to be created from scratch because almost everyone in the 14th century was illiterate. Priests, doctors, village clerks or other officials, & a scant few others who were literate had enormous power, & especially the clergy because people were generally very religious. Even those who lied, stole, fornicated, & were habitually idle or drunk would take care to say their confessions & be sure to obtain the last rites from the priests when their time came. Many priests also functioned as quasi-physicians, maybe because they could read & were able to learn from earlier scientific literature (there is a mention of one priest who had read the writings of the ancient Greek physician Galen). There was also a lot of superstition based on both Christian & pagan ideas.

The story is chronological, starting before the plague reaches England but with rumors about a mysterious pestilence that has swept though vast parts of Asia, the Levant (what we call the Middle East), & Europe. With near-universal illiteracy & limited travel by ordinary folk, it was hard for them to know how much was true in the tales of people sickening & dying within 3-4 days, the plague spreading from just looking at an infected personís eyes, giant buboes that took over the body & turned it livid (hence the name ďBlack PlagueĒ), corpses heaped up in the fields, etc. The main figures are the village priest, a devoted, tireless, humble servant, his assistants, & a few village families that we know by name along with some secondary characters. Many of these people were made up for the story for reasons mentioned. There are revealing insights on the feudal way of life, how the landless were at the mercy of the upper classes, & then the ways that the plague & the loss of half the population impacted feudalism.

Iím in the middle of it, so I donít know everything that happens. But it seems that the peak of the plague in this village was for about two months, then it stopped.

I learned some new words that I had to look up in order to follow the story, including beadle, bede, villein, heriot, childwyte, "shrift, housel, & annealing," & I finally saw in print ďbrethren and sistren.Ē The author is a history professor at Cambridge, but the book was published in the U.S., uses American spelling, & doesnít read the way you might expect a British author to write. I donít know if this was a special U.S. edition, but itís easy to read & interesting.

Next, I will read a positive book, because enough of plagues & pestilences. 😷  I think next will be either a collection of stories about living with wildlife in California (When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors) or maybe a novel of the California Gold Rush that I got awhile ago but never started. 
« Last Edit: February 13, 2021, 07:13:14 pm by Curelom »


* Recent Topics

topic President Bingham's Seminary Teachers
[Latter-day Saint Life]
March 05, 2021, 05:02:57 pm
topic MOVED: Cancel Culture
[General Discussion]
March 04, 2021, 08:45:50 pm
topic Cancel Culture
March 04, 2021, 05:01:35 pm
topic Current Events - US Politics Edition
March 04, 2021, 04:40:11 pm
topic Household & travel hints
[Everything Else]
March 04, 2021, 03:29:58 pm
topic Will the Lord allow a faithful member of the church to go hungry or homeless?
[General Discussion]
March 02, 2021, 09:53:21 am
topic COVID-19
March 02, 2021, 09:43:58 am
topic The Feel-Good Thread
[Current Events & News]
February 27, 2021, 09:34:52 pm
topic The 1 true diet
[Health and Wellness]
February 22, 2021, 05:31:02 am
topic D&C 13
[Virtual Sunday School]
February 21, 2021, 06:30:06 am
topic Impeachment
February 18, 2021, 03:36:47 pm
topic opinions valued
[General Discussion]
February 16, 2021, 05:41:16 pm
topic What are you reading?
[Literature & Poetry]
February 13, 2021, 12:47:10 am
topic I finally found a doctor who listened
[Member News]
February 11, 2021, 08:56:31 pm
topic Thoughts on Pathways, public health, my future generally? :)
[General Discussion]
February 10, 2021, 06:16:29 pm

* Calendar

March 2021
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5 [6]
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31

No calendar events were found.

* Recent Posts

Re: President Bingham's Seminary Teachers by pnr
[March 05, 2021, 05:02:57 pm]

Re: President Bingham's Seminary Teachers by AndrewR
[March 05, 2021, 04:28:12 am]

MOVED: Cancel Culture by dyany
[March 04, 2021, 08:45:50 pm]

Re: Cancel Culture by N3uroTypical
[March 04, 2021, 05:01:35 pm]

Re: Cancel Culture by N3uroTypical
[March 04, 2021, 04:55:49 pm]

Re: Current Events - US Politics Edition by N3uroTypical
[March 04, 2021, 04:40:11 pm]

Re: Household & travel hints by Curelom
[March 04, 2021, 03:29:58 pm]

Re: Current Events - US Politics Edition by Curelom
[March 04, 2021, 03:11:58 pm]

Re: Current Events - US Politics Edition by Roper
[March 02, 2021, 11:42:33 pm]

Re: Current Events - US Politics Edition by Jason
[March 02, 2021, 11:22:54 pm]

Re: Will the Lord allow a faithful member of the church to go hungry or homeless? by Jason
[March 02, 2021, 09:53:21 am]

Re: COVID-19 by Jason
[March 02, 2021, 09:43:58 am]

Re: Will the Lord allow a faithful member of the church to go hungry or homeless? by Jana at Jade House
[March 02, 2021, 05:16:45 am]

Re: COVID-19 by dyany
[March 02, 2021, 12:53:34 am]

Re: COVID-19 by Jason
[March 02, 2021, 12:16:49 am]

* Top Posters

Roper Roper
2131 Posts
1689 Posts
dyany dyany
1262 Posts
791 Posts
N3uroTypical N3uroTypical
656 Posts

* Board Statistics

  • stats Total Members: 115
  • stats Total Posts: 15748
  • stats Total Topics: 1137
  • stats Total Categories: 8
  • stats Total Boards: 35
  • stats Most Online: 197

  • averages Average Posts: 10
  • averages Average Topics: 1
  • averages Average Members: 0
  • averages Average Online: 22

* Forum Staff

AndrewR_admin admin AndrewR_admin
dyany admin dyany
Roper admin Roper
LMAshton admin LMAshton
SimplePortal 2.3.7 © 2008-2021, SimplePortal