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Jim’s BFBs in 2019!

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1drneutron
dec 30, 2018, 8:07pm

Hi, all!

I’m planning to read a few (let’s call it 6) over the year and am happy to find a place where I can talk about them. Getting to see what else folks are reading is a great bonus!

2connie53
dec 31, 2018, 2:07am

Welcome Jim, good to see you. Good luck with the BFBs.

3drneutron
dec 31, 2018, 9:22am

Hi! Good to see you again! Blame John for telling me about the group. 😀

4MissWatson
jan 3, 2019, 6:36am

Welcome and happy reading!

5drneutron
jan 3, 2019, 8:10am

Thanks!

6majkia
jan 3, 2019, 8:11am

Welcome! Good luck.

7johnsimpson
jan 6, 2019, 3:23pm

Welcome to the group Jim, hope you have a good year with the BFB's mate.

8drneutron
jan 6, 2019, 5:42pm

>6 majkia: Thanks! Good luck to you!

>7 johnsimpson: Thanks! We’ll see how it goes. 😀

9drneutron
jan 26, 2019, 9:06am

Over in the 75 Books Challenge, we’ve started a group read of the Wheel of a time series. The Eye of the World clocks in at 657 pages, not counting the end matter, so this will be my first BFB of the year!

I’m also reading commentary on the TOR Books website as I go.

10drneutron
feb 15, 2019, 12:27pm

BFB 1. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
657 pages

First of the 14-part Wheel of Time series - reading for our group read. This is epic fantasy at it's best. Jordan deliberately brings in mythology and references to other fantasy series/tropes to set a familiar scene, then gradually makes it his own. Part of the fun is picking out references to Arthurian legend, Lord of the Rings, Dune, etc. Part is also (since I'm rereading) picking out hints and shadows of things to come.

11connie53
feb 20, 2019, 3:54am

>10 drneutron: That's what rereading makes so much fun. You can see things building up to events you know are coming.

12drneutron
feb 20, 2019, 8:30am

>11 connie53: I’m also reading along with a Tor blogger who’s reading the series for the first time. He’s been doing some nice discussion of links to other epic fantasy and speculating about the plot and characters going forward. It’s pretty good stuff!

13LisaMorr
Redigerat: feb 20, 2019, 10:49am

>9 drneutron:, >10 drneutron: Thanks for sharing that there's a group read in the 75 books challenge thread and great to see more enjoying a re-read of The Wheel of Time. I started my re-read (well, actually only got up to book 6 back in the day before becoming frustrated with how long it was taking for the next book to come out) in 2017. I'll be starting Lord of Chaos shortly. I have really loved the re-reads so far, and I'm excited to start reading new-to-me material soon!

14drneutron
feb 20, 2019, 1:18pm

Cool! Feel free to join us, though you’re a bit ahead of most of us.

15drneutron
apr 9, 2019, 9:36am

BFB 2. These Truths by Jill Lepore
932 pages total, 790 of text

Lepore's history of conflict, race, economic disparity, and power in US politics is a magnificent read. She's got an ear for language that makes the history come alive, and the subjects she takes up are some of the most critical we should be reading about and discussing. As with all one-volume histories of the US - even those that run to nearly 1000 pages - this is not a comprehensive history, so Lepore focusses on her themes, sometimes neglecting the bigger world picture. But it's a great place to start to understand how we got where we are and how we're fighting many of the same conflicts over and over.