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jiredell

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I teach literature and creative writing, so I'm often kind of reading the same things over and over again. Just finished a pretty great semester (despite having to do it all via Zoom), but I'm looking forward to the spring when I get to again read and teach one of my favorite novels:
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I'm on book 7, I think...
I hate, and I'm saying hate, Faile.
Every page she turns up on, I hope she gets murdered.

Also, let's start listing the ridiculously over-used repetitive phrases Jordan lists every 3 sentences.
I'll start: smile that never touches the eyes.
Any description of how slutty Domani women dress.
 

lawyerdad

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I'm on book 7, I think...
I hate, and I'm saying hate, Faile.
Every page she turns up on, I hope she gets murdered.

Also, let's start listing the ridiculously over-used repetitive phrases Jordan lists every 3 sentences.
I'll start: smile that never touches the eyes.
LOL, just came across this. It’s not even Jordan, at least not entirely. It’s in A Memory of Light, which is one of the Sanderson books:

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LOL, just came across this. It’s not even Jordan, at least not entirely. It’s in A Memory of Light, which is one of the Sanderson books:

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That's hilarious...
I'm sure he kept a cheat sheet for continuity.
Be on the look out for:
Dust motes
Smoothing of skirts
Folding of arms underneath breasts
And of course, 10 billion "light" and "burn me"s.
 

lawyerdad

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That's hilarious...
I'm sure he kept a cheat sheet for continuity.
Be on the look out for:
Dust motes
Smoothing of skirts
Folding of arms underneath breasts
And of course, 10 billion "light" and "burn me"s.
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I'm reading right now...
So far tonite, I've had the smile, skirt smoothing, and a dust mote reference.
I really have a love/hate relationship with this series.
The world building, story and characters I like. His repetitiveness, and how he just throws people together and decides, ok, now they are madly in love, drives me crazy.
Lan and Nyneave? So stupid. It happened in a couple pages, and they are dumb together.
Also, I don't need every room and street and people's clothes described for 2 1/2 pages. I'm tending to scan until dialogue shows up again.

( If I'm Lan, I'm climbing on top of Moiraine )
 

lawyerdad

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Yeah, basically hate-read several books in the middle of the series before starting to enjoy it again.
In the last few, Sanderson at least walks back the endless clothing descriptions a bit - a very good thing because it seemed like Jordan had become completely overwhelmed by minutiae and backstories in the last few he completed.
 

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I remember reading this many years ago and was captivated. I pulled it off my shelf today to re-read. The first 3 chapters pulled me back in.

Summary.....A Syracuse Univ freshman is raped and beaten. This is the author's story.
 

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Finished "The Odds. One Season, Three Gamblers and the Death of their Las Vegas," by Chad Millman
 

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Just read Benjamin Lorr's, "The Secret Life of Groceries. The Dark Miracle of the American Supermarket."

Some parts were familiar as I worked in a supermarket during high school and college.
 

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Rick Bass "The Book of Yaak". I think I meant to get "Winter" instead but this is still very good and touches on the same themes.

(Both are essays from his time living in the Yaak Valley of Montana. This one was much more of cri de coeur to save the valley from environmental damage but they both deal with living in one of the most remote parts of the lower 48).
 

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Starting The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee today. We'll see if I make it to the end 😅
I read his The Emperor of All Maladies when my wife was diagnosed with lymphoma. It was very helpful with understanding what the hell the doctor's were talking about, and it gave me hope that they would eventually get her disease under control. [Spoiler: they did]
 

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