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Lord Snow wrote:
Simon Legrande wrote:
Lord Snow wrote:

Been a while since I had access to the internet, but I have not been idle. Finished rereading EYE OF THE WORLD (WHEEL OF TIME #1), read HOSTS (REPAIRMAN JACK #5) to rest myself a bit, and dove back into WoT with the second book, THE GREAT HUNT, which I am currently reading.

** spoiler omitted **...

I'll give you my response to your WoT thoughts. The women are still separate from the men because they want to be separate. They take "women's" jobs because they firmly believe that the men will royally foul things up and destroy things again. The women let the men believe they are in charge because it gives them (the women) that much more control. They work to not destroy the fragile male ego because they've seen what happens when they do. Far from being second class citizens, they are more like the Illuminati of the world, controlling everything from behind the scenes with a light touch.
Unlikely.

I think there's some truth in it, though I wouldn't go quite so far.

The Aes Sedai wield a good deal of power both beyond the scenes and blatantly. That much is clear.

Even within the rest of society or in the microscales of villages and households, I don't see women as secretly ruling behind the scenes or as repressed, or as equal. More that the sexes tend to have their own spheres and then influence the others through personal relationships. Some traditional societies had similar divisions.

Though I'm not fond of Jordan's portrayal of gender divisions in general, there were some interesting things. The parallel between the ways the main characters of each gender dismissed and condescended to each other and the way they, very slowly, came to actually respect each other.

Qadira

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Though I'm not fond of Jordan's portrayal of gender divisions in general, there were some interesting things. The parallel between the ways the main characters of each gender dismissed and condescended to each other and the way they, very slowly, came to actually respect each other.

Agreed. Although I tend to side more with the women in this case - at least in the first book, those women are Egwene and Nynaeve - the village Wisdom and her apprentice. Unlike the three male country boys, the two girls actually trained themselves to think before the adventure started, and are not nearly as dense.


I just finished Heinlein's "The Green Hills of Earth." While there are a few scientific and cultural anachronisms, I was amazed at how many thing he got *right* about space travel in 1951. A nice collection of short tales and a very quick read.


Lord Snow wrote:
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Though I'm not fond of Jordan's portrayal of gender divisions in general, there were some interesting things. The parallel between the ways the main characters of each gender dismissed and condescended to each other and the way they, very slowly, came to actually respect each other.

Agreed. Although I tend to side more with the women in this case - at least in the first book, those women are Egwene and Nynaeve - the village Wisdom and her apprentice. Unlike the three male country boys, the two girls actually trained themselves to think before the adventure started, and are not nearly as dense.

Well I guess having read all of the books gives me a different view. It's interesting to watch the know-it-alls realize they don't and the know-nothings learn.


I wish I had known how hilarious AAiW was, I would have read it a long time ago. I'm gonna blame Disney for wrecking it.


Currently reading:

"Why Nations Fail" - Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson


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Right now... Code of Federal Regulations Title 21. ^_^

For school: The Culture Clash on the Medieval Baltic Frontier. The Baltic War.

For funsies: Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg: Gail Carson. Monster Hunter Nemesis: Larry Correia. Spice and Wolf: Hasekura Isuna. For the Emperor: Sandy Mitchell.


Brust's new one. Vlad is always a treat.


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Red Seas, Red Skies is my current break time reading. Haven't gotten far yet, but I am enjoying what I have read so far


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MMCJawa wrote:
Red Seas, Red Skies is my current break time reading. Haven't gotten far yet, but I am enjoying what I have read so far

Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch, or another book with a similar title?

Assuming we're talking about the Gentlemen Bastards book, I enjoyed The Lies of Locke Lamora more than Red Seas Under Red Skies, but they were both still excellent.


all the pretty horses


'Lies of Locke Lamora' (finished last night) was absolutely first class, absorbing enough to make me unaware that my train had arrived in the station, stopped, then departed again in a completely different direction... I'm also reading My Secret Garden by Nancy Friday, which, according to the introduction, is like a livid jungle split by the screams of the Monkey King and a dark forest lit by burning tigers (so presumably what he's screaming is 'WHICH OF YOU BASTARDS SET LIGHT TO MY TIGERS?!').

Shadow Lodge

Tinkergoth wrote:
MMCJawa wrote:
Red Seas, Red Skies is my current break time reading. Haven't gotten far yet, but I am enjoying what I have read so far

Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch, or another book with a similar title?

Assuming we're talking about the Gentlemen Bastards book, I enjoyed The Lies of Locke Lamora more than Red Seas Under Red Skies, but they were both still excellent.

What'd you think of Republic of Thieves?


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Tinkergoth wrote:
MMCJawa wrote:
Red Seas, Red Skies is my current break time reading. Haven't gotten far yet, but I am enjoying what I have read so far

Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch, or another book with a similar title?

Assuming we're talking about the Gentlemen Bastards book, I enjoyed The Lies of Locke Lamora more than Red Seas Under Red Skies, but they were both still excellent.

Yep that is the one. For whatever reasons I always screw up the name(usually reversing the order so it's Red Skies over Red Seas).

I loved the Lies of Locke Lamora, but I can already see that this book is going to have a darker tone compared to the latter book, given the events in Lies.


I can't see Republic of Thieves without thinking "Republic of Tea".


Finished up Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, hilarious but too short. Moving on to Through the Looking Glass next which looks like it's a bit longer. After that I need to decide on either Meditations by Marcus Aurelius or Discourse on the Method by Descartes.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland wrote:

"Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"

"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.

"I don't much care where-" said Alice.

"Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat.

"-so long as I get somewhere," Alice added as an explanation.

"Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if only you walk long enough."

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