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text 2017-12-12 23:37
Reading progress update: I've read 496 out of 782 pages.
The Sagas of Icelanders - Martin S. Regal,Ruth C. Ellison,Terry Gunnell,Keneva Kunz,Andrew Wawn,Anthony Maxwell,Katrina C. Attwood,Robert Kellogg,Bernard Scudder,George Clark,Jane Smiley,Various

Well, Ofeig is a canny political operator!

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text 2017-12-12 14:03
Reading progress update: I've read 479 out of 782 pages.
The Sagas of Icelanders - Martin S. Regal,Ruth C. Ellison,Terry Gunnell,Keneva Kunz,Andrew Wawn,Anthony Maxwell,Katrina C. Attwood,Robert Kellogg,Bernard Scudder,George Clark,Jane Smiley,Various

More legal shenanigans.

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review 2017-12-12 12:55
Casting your brain into big questions
Stories of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang

I went in all big eyes and heavy heart and cheating, starting with the story I was curious about after watching the movie. It was sadder in it's determinism, but it was all that (and it had emotion, lordy, did it have emotion).

 

About half way through this book (and with my brain much hurting, I get so immersed into these Big Question explorations), LeGuin's introduction for The Left Hand of Darkness (I was very much taken by them, book and intro) kept popping into my thoughts. The part where she says taking a concept to it's maximum expression is like concentrating any chemical element: it causes cancer.

 

The stories vary in nature and theme, they are interesting, and unique. And in a sense, bleak. Lacking in hope, some in sentiment, some in... something. I can't quite put my finger on it, but while amazing, thought-provoking explorations that filled me with wonder or questions, each tale left me with this vague sense of depression. Which had little to do with whether they had happy ending or not (most are a dagger), since Le Guin does that, you blubber like a fool, and still makes you love it and leave bittersweet hopeful. So, not the presence of pain. Maybe more like a general lack of joy to balance them (for the most part).

 

Anyway, it is a really good book to think about or discuss, and it delves into some interesting territories (I'm itching for some looong research and reading on some things that went over my head). Different and exhausting. Will read more of the author.

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text 2017-12-12 01:23
Reading progress update: I've read 477 out of 782 pages.
The Sagas of Icelanders - Martin S. Regal,Ruth C. Ellison,Terry Gunnell,Keneva Kunz,Andrew Wawn,Anthony Maxwell,Katrina C. Attwood,Robert Kellogg,Bernard Scudder,George Clark,Jane Smiley,Various

The introduction to The Saga of the Confederates suggests that it is a satire of the Icelandic legal system and indeed a case has been blocked on a technicality and resurrected through bribery already...any of that sound familiar?

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text 2017-12-09 23:31
Reading progress update: I've read 462 out of 782 pages.
The Sagas of Icelanders - Martin S. Regal,Ruth C. Ellison,Terry Gunnell,Keneva Kunz,Andrew Wawn,Anthony Maxwell,Katrina C. Attwood,Robert Kellogg,Bernard Scudder,George Clark,Jane Smiley,Various

A lava field is mentioned. This is the first reference to the volcanic nature of Iceland that I remember from any of the sagas I've read.

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