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SheilaChew
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I did it! Finished my reading goal for 2019! Snapped a pic of the lovely bookshelves at a nearby coffee shop earlier this week.
Another excellent work by Atwood . She doesn‘t disappoint!

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Libby1
Tain | Ciaran Carson
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“Redg threatened him with satire if he didn‘t give him the javelin. Cú Chulainn fired the javelin clean through his head.

‘That was a dear and speedy gift,‘ said the satirist.”

Being a Satirist was apparently a dangerous job in ancient Ireland!

Laura317 Harsh, huh? 2d
deirdrebeecher Boring answer: it's not meant to be read literally. That passage is a joke about a poet who manages to get a good line out even fatally injured. 2d
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Libby1
Tain | Ciaran Carson
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The Táin is based on a series of centuries old manuscripts which tell a series of tales called The Ulster Cycle. As I now live in what constitutes most of Ulster ( #NorthernIreland ) I wanted to know more.

I enjoyed this more than most mythology I‘ve read. As I was finishing the book my husband, based on my frequent laughter, asked if it was MEANT to be funny.

Yes, I think it is. This new translation was poetic and amusing. I enjoyed this.

deirdrebeecher Ack, ignore my comment on the other post, just saw this one. 2d
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Libby1
Tain | Ciaran Carson
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The Táin can be considered to be Ireland‘s own Iliad. In this passage, 7 year-old Cú Chulainn, already a fierce warrior, demands to fight the warriors of Emain Macha (now Armagh in Northern Ireland). He‘s carrying the heads of three men he‘s recently slain.

The response of the leader of Emain Macha:

“Bring on the naked women!”

They bare their breasts at little Cú Chulainn and he‘s so embarrassed he can‘t fight. ?

Libby1 Did you have to study this in school, @Cathythoughts ? This translation is really amusing. I wish I didn‘t have to think so hard about the pronunciations of the names, though! 3d
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vivastory
Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman
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Around seven years ago I became fascinated by Norse mythology after reading the Prose Edda & the Poetic Edda. I was reading a lot of epics at the time, & the only one that ever matched the sheer inventiveness, large cast of memorable & eccentric characters & exuberance of the Eddas was the Finnish epic Kalevala. So obviously Gaiman's version was going to be very appealing. Did not disappoint in the least. Read in one sitting.

saresmoore This is one of the few books I absolutely loved in audio format! Gaiman‘s a gifted storyteller. 3d
OnlyYoo I loved Loki and Thor's relationship haha. I especially liked the story where they had to give gifts because Loki cut off Thor's wife's hair. 3d
Theaelizabet The Prose Edda and Poetic Edda have been on my TBR for some time. I‘ve heard good things about this book. I should give it a look. 3d
Twainy I own this audiobook ... I need to bump it up the TBR list 😈 3d
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vivastory
Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman
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I'm loving this one so far. I appreciate how Gaiman wrote Loki as an opportunistic politician, rather than standard villain. That definitely suits him as a trickster. Plus, Freya gets some great lines so far.

britt_brooke I‘m not a big Gaiman fan, but I loved this one! 4d
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ishan0986
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'Life is only precious because it ends'
It's a good story. Really gripping from the start. Humorous at some points, gloomy at others. Eagerly waiting for the next one.
Reading was due from so many days, it feels good to have finished something. Hope the form continues.
#keepreading

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Matilda
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Tamra
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I had been saving a gift card from last Christmas for a special book - here it is! 😍

Jee_HookedOnBookz OOOH! the cover is gorrrrgeous!! 5d
batsy Very pretty! 5d
RamsFan1963 Great book!! One of my favorite reads this year. 5d
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Taulara
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Great book!!