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The Odyssey by Homer and Robert Fagles
The Odyssey

waitingtoleave, September 29, 2007

this is an amazing book, with something for anyone. if you are interested in studying philosophy, you'll find it here. but, you can also read a great adventure story with fables and a love story written in. in that sense, this is a great translation; if you want to read this for the sake of entertainment, Fagles is a great translator. if you want to read for philosophical discussion, however, he might not serve your purposes. the thing you have to know about Fagles is, he often inserts adjectives and the feel of the entire story changes. so, if you want fidelity to the Greek words, try Lattimore. if you want fidelity to the Greek metrical sense, try Mandelbaum or Pope. and if you want fidelity to the Greek adventure epic, Fagles is your guy.
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Assassin's Apprentice: Farseer by Robin Hobb
Assassin's Apprentice: Farseer

waitingtoleave, February 11, 2007

"Assassin's Apprentice" is the first in the Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb. The thing I find most interesting about this series is the custom of the royal family of naming their children for the virtues they would like to see develop; thus the kingdom is ruled by Shrewd, and the princes are his sons Chivalry, Verity and Regal. The main character is thus named FitzChivalry, or Chivalry's bastard. An altogether fascinating read with many fantastical new offerings for the sometimes-mundane world of fantasy.
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Assassin's Apprentice: Farseer by Robin Hobb
Assassin's Apprentice: Farseer

waitingtoleave, February 11, 2007

"Assassin's Apprentice" is the first in the Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb. The thing I find most interesting about this series is the custom of the royal family of naming their children for the virtues they would like to see develop; thus the kingdom is ruled by Shrewd, and the princes are his sons Chivalry, Verity and Regal. The main character is thus named FitzChivalry, or Chivalry's bastard. An altogether fascinating read with many fantastical new offerings for the sometimes-mundane world of fantasy.
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"Lord of the Flies" By William Golding

waitingtoleave, February 9, 2007

When I read this in my high school English class, my best friend and I were convinced "Lord of the Flies" was a religious metaphor, and everyone else thought we were crazy, until the teacher sided with us. I cannot emphasize how helpful it can be to read Messiah stories to question your own faith; this can be a chance to test your own beliefs, or if you aren't Christian, a great look at how Christianity uses themes that translate to great storytelling. The Bible is the most popular book of all time, you know!
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Lord of the Flies
Lord of the Flies

waitingtoleave, February 9, 2007

When I read this in my high school English class, my best friend and I were convinced "Lord of the Flies" was a religious metaphor, and everyone else thought we were crazy, until the teacher sided with us. I cannot emphasize how helpful it can be to read Messiah stories to question your own faith; this can be a chance to test your own beliefs, or if you aren't Christian, a great look at how Christianity uses themes that translate to great storytelling. The Bible is the most popular book of all time, you know!
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