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Joined March 2018

Entomology graduate student from Binghamton, NY. Like SFF, literary fiction, and academic-type non-fiction.
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Annie Allen | Gwendolyn Brooks
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Another incredible collection by Gwendolyn Brooks.

Going to try to memorize The Anniad. It has so much.

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Incredible poetry - needs to be more widely read.

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Not a fan.

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The Middle Ages in the Athenian Agora | American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Alison Frantz
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A 16th century jug imitating Italian Majolica.

Text mentions earlier that pottery painting ability wasn't prized as much. (It's a lion.)

It has its own charm though.

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Amphoras were for storing wine - the narrow base was used as an additional handle while pouring and is too narrow for the amphora to stand up unassisted. They were either placed in stands or sealed and stored on their sides.

Folks drank lots of wine so there's lots of amphoras. Also often stamps so you can date them and track trade routes.

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Ancient Portraits from the Athenian Agora | American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Evelyn Byrd Harrison
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"the expression of the eyes by which the artists sought to convey the power of the soul within"

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Replica of a water clock used to control speaking time during juried trials in classical Athens.

These chapbooks are all free downloads from the publishing society's website if anyone else is interested.
http://www.agathe.gr/publications/picture_books.html

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Coroplast - Greek maker of terracotta figurines.

Interesting to imagine the Greeks displaying statues on a mantel like we do today lol

Wonder how affordable these statues were. They figured out how to use molds - did ordinary people display these?

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The ruins of the Stoa (an open air pillared building for commerce / meeting) on top and its reconstruction below.

Personally thinking about authenticity and the value of keeping the ruins as they were versus the value of rebuilding. Both have their good points.

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Pots and Pans of Classical Athens | American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Brian A. Sparkes, Lucy Talcott
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Very short chapbook. Pots and pans, as promised.

This one shows a drinking party. The types of pots used at such parties are in the rim around the bottom. Most of the painted pots shown have scenes showing how the pot was used.

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https://www.vox.com/culture/2019/11/8/20952088/university-presses-peer-review-75...

Haven't read any titles. Think one of the reasons academic press releases are less read then popular fiction is the often insane price tag.

PSA that university libraries often let anyone enter the library to read books - the Syracuse library will even let anyone borrow stuff for $25 a month or $100 a year - ridiculously cheap.

BookNAround I think that sometimes people have the idea that university press books are too scholarly for lay people too. And loads of people are unaware that some of them also publish fiction. As you might be able to tell, I‘m a fan. 😉 17h
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More light escapism - the Himalayas and dark purple font.

Last book in the series but there's a spin-off novel published this year.

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Deeply interesting book.

As the book is in English, he first describes the meaning and history of the English word 'civilization'.

Then uses English to explore the existence (or non-existence) of similar concepts in pre-Qin China, focusing on the word wén and descriptions of people who did not follow the Shang or Zhou rituals.

King Wén descriptions evolve from magestic dress to a high culture embodiment as the meaning of wén changes.

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Changes in meaning/usage of the word 'civilization' in English/French. Begins with roots in bureaucracy and with a strong focus on the superiority of Western European culture and need to civilize others. Switches to ethnographic / archaeological usages where people tried to compare multiple 'civilizations' or define aspects of a 'civilization'.

Settings Book is going to track the development of 'civilizational conciousness' in Ancient China, focusing on the word 文. Expect this to be extremely interesting. 3d
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"I am interested in how we can use lexical changes in word meanings to study historical changes in collective consciousness and social structure."

Thought this was an archaeology-based history book, but this looks even more interesting. Seems to be written more simply than the media theory book I tried to read - hope I can keep up with it.

Settings This is extremely fascinating, mindblowing stuff... 3d
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More light escapism. Desert setting this time.

I wish the quest companions had more life in them, particularly Tom. Author seems to do a passable job introducing them, then they just sort of either fade into the background or support the main character. More noticeable in this one because no major quest companions were introduced - it's people from previous books.

Still a light fun read though.

Settings Really high Librarything review lol. The books are kinda sameish - think anyone who doesn't like the formula will have bailed by now. And anyone who does could read 20. 4d
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G?l?d?: Art and Female Power Among the Yoruba | Henry John Drewal, Margaret Thompson Drewal
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Has around 170 photos of various masks and dances used during the festival - can't not give the art a pick.

But the accompanying text is confusing. The chapter topics jump and if you have no background it takes a while to figure things out. Info on how the masks are carved is in the last chapter on individuals, not the two mask chapters. The festival's origin is almost at the end.

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1. The books.
2. The stuff in 5.
3. Book quotes, reviews, comments about books.
4. Several times a day to not at all.
5. No.
6. Placeholder book titles for the stuff in 5 with option to ignore it. User culture that discourages attaching irrelevant content to a book.

Also like how nice Litsy is, which I am not being lol

Settings Yeah, I post reviews here that would get me flame attacked on other websites. T 7d
Settings Thank you guys for for civility. 7d
lele1432 Exactly what I love about Litsy! People act with common decency even if they don't agree with a review. Which is greatly lacking on other sites. 7d
ljuliel Nothing wrong with being honest in your answers. I get it. I used to participate a lot in the other things but have been away from it all for awhile. Since coming back, I‘m sticking mainly to books. It keeps me out of trouble maybe ? And yes, I can‘t think of a time when someone was judged by what genre they choose. Everyone respects each others‘ right to read what you want. 6d
Sace Your answer to 2 🤣. And I'm going to try to be better about content of my post matching the book. 5d
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Light escapism.

Dragons and sea island adventures. I enjoyed it.

Settings The hard covers themselves are nice. There's illustrations and each one uses a different colored font. This one was dark blue for the sea theme. 7d
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The Last Man | Mary Shelley
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The politics and romance in the first part was surprisingly much better than the promised apocalyptic last part - which is just a slow drag to the inevitable.

Shelley sees her culture, country, and race as superior to others. I think here that's not just an aside - it partially explains why the apocalypse lacks any real emotional impact. It influences what she chooses to focus on and just makes a lot of things seem ridiculous.

Settings Paraphrased example - The party arrives in France. "Go back" say the French, "The climate in England is so much better." 7d
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My Cousin Rachel | Daphne Du Maurier
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Woo a decent foreward.

Actually likes the book - check.
Doesn't insult the author - check.
The main topic is not the author's husband - check.

Actually gets you excited to read the book - check.

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The Remains of the Day | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Couldn't see the font I was sobbing so hard.

CoffeeCatsBooks Yes, that book just rips your heart out. 1w
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Right?!?! So beautifully devastating! 1w
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Bhagavad Gita | Eknath Easwaran
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The Gita itself is a pick.

This edition come with a lengthy intro and explanations of the content of each upcoming chapter. They are written in an authoritative "this is so" style that based on my conversations with other people fails to account for the diversity of how people actually interpret the text.

Settings After reading some Amazon reviews complaining about the intro writer in greater detail I'm going to change this to pan. 2w
Settings The intro writer is influencing the rating some much because more than half the book (maybe even 2/3) is intro content. 2w
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Word Puppets | Mary Robinette Kowal
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Light, easy to read stories despite being about extremely dark topics.

Large range of different settings and characters.

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Space Opera | Catherynne M. Valente
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Liked this one but failed to find it funny. More heartbreaking than funny.

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Atlas Alone | Emma Newman
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MC's characterization wasn't as believable to me as the other books - oddly both paranoid and reckless. But it knits together at the end.

Currently my favorite ongoing SF series - dunno why it's so under read. At least it does have some other reviews here.

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Martian Quest: The Early Brackett | Michael Moorcock, Leigh Brackett
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This is a collection of short stories by Leigh Brackett - Moorcook supplies the intro, in which he explains how her immense contribution to the development of science fiction has been overlooked. Oh the irony.

Stories tend to feature men saving the day with the power of basic scientific knowledge, winning a home / the love of a woman in the process. The setting tends to be various planets with indigenous populations and magic-technology.

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Adam Bede | George Eliot
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Another jerk intro writer. There is no reason to start out by saying the novel is inferior. Also no reason to name drop Flaubert or not call her work Art.

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The Last Man | Mary Shelley

Though I was almost done with this - turns out I'd only downloaded part of the audiobook files.

Explains the "bizarre pacing" lol

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It is customary to regard Mary Shelley‘s claims to literary distinction as so entirely rooted and grounded in her husband‘s as to constitute a merely parasitic growth upon his fame. It may be unreservedly admitted that her association with Shelley, and her care of his writings and memory after his death, are the strongest of her titles to remembrance.

Settings From the 1891 collection's intro. : ( Early female writers dealt with some major shit. 3w
Settings Intro writer seems to at least like Shelley's work - more than can be said about some Shakespeare intro writers. 3w
BookDragonNotWorm I don't care what the literati have to say - she deserves the acclaim she's received. I'm team Mary. Percy & Byron who? 3w
Nute That is ridiculous. Tough to be a female author back then...sometimes STILL to this day. She is absolutely deserving of her accolades! 2w
Settings @Nute 1891 edition so not exactly to this day. 2w
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Night's Sorceries | Tanith Lee
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Stories I suspect were originally mostly part of the last book, which had a lot less diversions than the first three. Think it got too long so the publishers took them out.

Beautiful writing - some of them are very moving.

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Never posted my most recent book hauls to Litsy so here they are. #1

VioletBramble That really is a book haul. Are # 1&2 hauls all the same day? 3w
Settings Week long library book sale 3w
Nute Hot-diggity! It‘s all or nothin‘ around here. That‘s the way I like it!💯 2w
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Hexarchate Stories | Yoon Ha Lee
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The novella is a continuation of the previous novel in the series - also has some shorts I'd read previously and some very short scenes featuring some other characters.

Did not enjoy this one as much as the novels. Think this author is brilliant - especially his Conservation of Shadows collection - but I don't want to read plotless scenes just because certain characters are in them.

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Delirium's Mistress | Tanith Lee
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Fourth in her Flat Earth series.

Interlocking stories in a psuedo Near Eastern style. Winged Lions, gold and jewels, the sun and the moon meeting as lovers, etc.

Gorgeous writing.

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Riddle-Master | Patricia A. McKillip
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Lots of false starts on this trilogy. Think the beginning is confusing - too many people, too quickly. After the introductory sections it calms down and improves as it goes along.

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Finishing up an old series. This was a surprisingly solid children's book despite the obscurity.

Read a comment by Wilson years ago where he said that so many fantasy books are set in England that American children think you have to go to England to have a fantasy adventure. So he sets his books in America.

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This is fantastic. Very interesting and readable - covers not only the historical details but why scholars have come to those conclusions and some of the major controversies.

Knowledge in this area is still developing and has been muddied by politics and poor research. Many of the major discoveries current narratives are based on are quite recent and new discoveries continue to be made.

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Watched a movie adaption of this many times as a small child but never read the book.

Think Sara Crewe is an interesting contrast to Mary Lennox and Cedric Errol. Unlike Mary, she fails to be spoiled rotten. Unlike Cedric, she fails to charm her caretakers.

Strong racist undercurrents. A child reading this might take them at face value instead of understanding the history.

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Uninstalled this app for a while due to low phone storage but happy to be back.

CoffeeCatsBooks Welcome back!! 1mo
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Trail of Lightning | Rebecca Roanhorse
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Urban fantasy of the type that's going to be more interesting after 5 books once you're,attached to the characters.

Okay but it did not stand out to me in any way. Wavering between pick and so-so, decided on pick because it really wasn't bad.

Do not think I will remember much of it in a week though.

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Flowers of Vashnoi | Lois McMaster Bujold
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Novella set in the Vorkosigan Saga universe.

I really enjoyed it - as I enjoyed every single other book in this series to the extent that I complain books by other authors are not Vorkosigan Saga novels.

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Revenant Gun | Yoon Ha Lee
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Liked the first one best but this was still good.

Very moving ending.

2018 BSFA award nominee

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Wasn't feeling it. Might have been my mood.

I like the other main character in this series a lot more than Jedao.

Settings Ah, my post-rationalization of why I wasn't feeling it is that I wanted Jedao to be Miles Vorkosigan. He's not. 8mo
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I finished it.

Might have understood half of it too.

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Exit West: A Novel | Mohsin Hamid
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Previous two audiobooks I listened to were days long so to have this one end after only 5 hours felt abrupt.

The writing felt very choppy but the ending was very moving.

Edit: 2017 BSFA nominee

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This is interesting when I can understand what the author is talking about, but I'm having a hard time. Heavy on media and political theory.

"One way to elucidate how the moral reform movement's internal dynamics derive from its location in a translocal field of influences is to address them through the concept of extraversion."

These words don't seem to mean what I think they mean.

Reggie Lolol that sentence almost makes me think I have a reading disability. 8mo
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Liked the last story about Inanna the best.

Mostly war game stories with genius generals or magicians. Extremely unique hard magic systems based things like linguistics or music theory. Lots of it was over my head.

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Realized a short story in this one is part of a series and the first one is published in "The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet and Other Stories." I can't get that collection.

I hate this. I want to read series in publication order. I am a stickler. Understand that my views are incompatible with how short story publishing works but I still wish authors would not do this.

Settings NK Jemisin is another one. "How Long 'til Black Future Month?" has a Broken Earth short story so I want to read it, but it also has a Dreamblood short story and I haven't read that series yet. 8mo
Settings And Aliette de Bodard is the worst. Her Xuya series seems interesting but it's 20+ short stories spread out around the same number of multi-author anthologies. 8mo
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