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General Discussion / Re: NYT Spelling Bee
« Last post by cathwen on Today at 01:14:59 PM »
Langue_doc, sundog is a new word for me, too.  I had to look it up.  Lots of variety with yesterday's LB!

I've been reading and responding to the "Introduce Yourself" discussion board and am amazed by the wide diversity of backgrounds and languages represented among those who have posted so far.  Some of the languages spoken are Polish, Russian, German, Romanian, Greek, Chinese, Farsi, and Mongolian (!), in addition to the more usual Spanish and Italian.  The wide diversity is one of the things I like about teaching in a New York area school.

Ab_grp and ciao_yall, I am impressed by your stats! 


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General Discussion / Re: NYT Spelling Bee
« Last post by Langue_doc on Today at 12:41:48 PM »
Woohoo, ab_grp! You're up there, along with ciao_yall.

Made it to QB. There's only one word that's either unfamiliar or that I have yet to encounter in a previous puzzle.

As for LB, I forgot to mention that I also found teacher/sundog--never heard of the latter word, but tried it just in case.

cathwen, good luck with the semester. I too feel quite excited at the beginning of the semester--it's like getting a new toy, new beginnings, the prospect of new classes and faces, and the hope that classes go well. We don't start until next week, but there are already a couple of introductions on one of the discussion boards.

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General Discussion / Re: Dog to English Translator
« Last post by mamselle on Today at 12:34:21 PM »
Aww....retrievers....they do love their people.

Mixes are so cool, too...little "Heinze 47's" as my dad used to call them--all varieties of dog type blended together, and often very, very affectionate.

M.
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General Discussion / Re: What have you read lately?
« Last post by ab_grp on Today at 11:30:38 AM »
I was going to add to my previous post but will just reply here in light of ergative's review of the latter books.  Good to hear that they continue to progress well! Ergative, I am guessing you will get through book 9 before we do, so I will look forward to your thoughts on that.  Have you happened to read any of the additional parts referred to below?

My addendum: Some say that you should read the story entries in order of publication, so that would include the short stories and novellas (e.g., The Butcher of Anderson Station after book 1, Gods of Risk after book 2).  We did not know that those interim pieces existed early on and have not read them yet but will probably do so afterward.  Here are chronological orderings by publication and narrative orders: https://expanse.fandom.com/wiki/Category:The_Expanse
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General Discussion / Re: What have you read lately?
« Last post by ergative on Today at 11:27:03 AM »
I just read the first three books of Corey's Expanse series. I enjoyed them, but have no real desire to read books 4-9. Expanse readers, should I keep going?

We are reading book 5 right now.  It always takes me a bit to get excited to pick up each new book and get into it, but I always end up pretty enthralled, and we are enjoying the series as a whole quite a bit.  I guess whether or not to continue probably depends on what (if any) shortcomings you found in the books you read that didn't make you excited to keep reading.  This probably sounds trite, but it is the expansion of the story universe for the characters that I find most interesting, with the political and social issues that come along with it.  Book 4 is the first real step beyond and has a lot of new stuff going on.  I think book 5 is the first book where you get more substantial backstory on the major characters in addition to the action.  We are trying to read the first 6 books before watching the TV series, but I also keep seeing folks online talking about how great the final book is (9) and how well everything comes together, so that is another motivation.   My opinions based on a partial reading, of course, but I hope they help!

Book 4 was quite good, I thought. Books 5-6 were a bit slow precisely because the whole protomolecule storyline took a back seat to solar system politics, which were perfectly adequate, as far as they went, but they were not what really impressed me about the series. But then in Books 7-8 the politics and the protomolecule storylines start converging in really interesting ways, and the authors took quite a narrative risk with the timeline that I think pays off nicely. I'm looking forward to reading Book 9 now.
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General Discussion / Re: What have you read lately?
« Last post by ab_grp on Today at 11:23:03 AM »
I just read the first three books of Corey's Expanse series. I enjoyed them, but have no real desire to read books 4-9. Expanse readers, should I keep going?

We are reading book 5 right now.  It always takes me a bit to get excited to pick up each new book and get into it, but I always end up pretty enthralled, and we are enjoying the series as a whole quite a bit.  I guess whether or not to continue probably depends on what (if any) shortcomings you found in the books you read that didn't make you excited to keep reading.  This probably sounds trite, but it is the expansion of the story universe for the characters that I find most interesting, with the political and social issues that come along with it.  Book 4 is the first real step beyond and has a lot of new stuff going on.  I think book 5 is the first book where you get more substantial backstory on the major characters in addition to the action.  We are trying to read the first 6 books before watching the TV series, but I also keep seeing folks online talking about how great the final book is (9) and how well everything comes together, so that is another motivation.   My opinions based on a partial reading, of course, but I hope they help!
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General Discussion / Re: What have you read lately?
« Last post by AvidReader on Today at 11:15:05 AM »
It's hard to find folks who engage with the difficulties while neither selling the significance of faith down the river, nor using it as a magic crutch to resolve the issues superficially, or failing to address the emotional depths they may go to.

Rumer Godden's In This House of Brede and Mark Salzmann's Lying Awake (reviewed above) are among those rare exceptions.  They both deal with the sisters in a convent environment.  Wonderful books.  If you're in the mood for a big read about a large cast, In This House of Brede is a good choice.  If you want a shorter read focused mainly on its protagonist, but still with a lot of spiritual meat in it, Lying Awake is your book.

May I take this opportunity to recommend a not very well known British author, Penelope Wilcock, who writes (in my opinion) fairly substantial Christian fiction? The Hawk and the Dove and ensuing series, published over several decades, is largely set in a medieval monastery (early volumes also intersperse a modern frame narrative), and tackles a lot of issues of faith and Christian practice head-on.

AR.
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Bear in mind also that non-members can view/read threads in the General Discussion subforum, but not in the academic areas.

Good point. Do those actually show up as "views" though? Maybe eigen can clarify that.
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Bear in mind also that non-members can view/read threads in the General Discussion subforum, but not in the academic areas.
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General Discussion / Re: What have you read lately?
« Last post by Morden on Today at 11:05:11 AM »
I just read the first three books of Corey's Expanse series. I enjoyed them, but have no real desire to read books 4-9. Expanse readers, should I keep going?
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