The Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

Some of the stuff I’ve been up to:

On Friday, I finished The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates and On Bullshit by Harry Frankfurt. I’ll have reviews for both up soon, I think.

I enjoyed reading the responses for the Tolkien blog party tag over at The Edge of the Precipice.

I have just posted The Monday Poem for All About Books, a GoodReads group I’m in. I’ve done this a few times before. This time I picked Sonnet 73 by William Shakespeare.

I am now on Archive of Our Own as AssamTeawithBooks, a name I came up with after getting the response “that name is already taken” for a few other names. I just realized a few weeks ago that you don’t have to be a writer to have an account. (I have written fanfiction before, actually, but I’m not interested now. I still read & comment sometimes, though.) So I’ve been bookmarking stories and saving some for later that I had meant to read.

I’ve also signed up for a tumblr account (under the same name, except in lowercase), for the same reason: it’s a way for me to keep track of stuff written by other people. I don’t know if I’ll post anything. I’ll probably focus more on this blog.

Yesterday I listened to the Mission Log Star Trek podcast. I’ve been following them for a while, through most of TNG and now DS9. (They were already doing TNG when I discovered the podcast, but I went back and listened to a few of the Original Series episodes as well.) The most recent podcast is “Necessary Evil” — an excellent discussion of a great episode, I thought. (Also check out “Melora,” another recent podcast, for an excellent discussion of a very flawed episode.)

At the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship today, the service was about the work of Ursula LeGuin. Works mentioned:

“The Creation of Ea,” the epigraph to A Wizard of Earthsea. 

“Solitude” — I can’t remember what the quote was that was shared, but I know this story, although I haven’t read it recently. This one is about the differences between generations and cultures on an alien world: a world where solitude is very important, and adults usually lead fairly solitary lives. 

Tehanu – the storytelling for children today was adapted from Therru’s story in Tehanu.
“Unchosen Love” – Well, I thought I recognized this one, based on the excerpt that was read. Actually, what I’d read was “Another Story OR A Fisherman of the Inland Sea,” as I figured out when I looked at the program. The two stories are set on the same planet, hence my confusion. “Another Story…” is earlier of the two, but it seems like you can read them in either order. I will try to look for a collection that has this one when I get a chance. 

Five Ways to Forgiveness – This one was new to me. The description at GoodReads says: “First published in 1995 as Four Ways to Forgiveness, and now joined by a fifth story, Five Ways to Forgiveness focuses on the twin planets Werel and Yeowe, two worlds whose peoples, long known as “owners” and “assets,” together face an uncertain future after civil war and revolution.”

My personal favorite book of hers, though, is The Left Hand of Darkness. My favorite of her short stories might be “Vaster Than Empires and More Slow,” but I didn’t think of that one until I got home today, for some reason.

Published by Beth @ Beth's Bookish Thoughts

This blog is for my thoughts on reading. A couple of my friends on GoodReads have blogs, so eventually I decided to start one myself. I hope to get involved in the book blogging community and become a better reader and writer! I am not accepting copies of new books for review, but I would be interested in new editions or new translations of classic authors. Find me on Upwork (as an editor) in the profile link. From September 2018 to October 2020 I blogged at Blogger.

2 thoughts on “The Sunday Post

  1. I need to join Archive of our Own. I've recently discovered fan fiction and would like to read more. Ooh Mission Log sounds awesome. I don't listen to a lot of podcasts but a Star trek one like that sounds pretty cool. I haven't read a lot of LeGuin, just the Earthsea series (many moons ago, remember very little) and Planet of Exile (a favorite from childhood). Sounds interesting though!

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  2. A bunch of us who were doing Sookie Stackhouse fanfics moved to Archive of Our Own. Mostly I like it, but I was so used to fanfiction.net. I don't read much fanfiction the last few years, though. Anne – Books of My Heart

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