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Oh. My. Goodness.
Lets start with the little ones this week, shall we?
In Myth in Human History by the Great Courses we’ve moved out of creation myths and covered flood myths and myths of the gods. The next several lessons are about goddesses. My favorite myth this week was Asian one (I’m sorry, I don’t recall the exact culture) about a brother and a sister who release the God of Thunder from a cage and he rain upon the world until all humanity has vanished. The siblings need to repopulate, and she gives birth to a giant lump of flesh which they cut into a million little pieces and from each piece grows humanity. It was interesting and different.
I read four different stories from Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath this week, but they were all on the same day and early in the week, so I don’t recall much. I remember liking the story of a mathematician. I know, not helpful.
We finished Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling. My husband liked it well enough, but couldn’t seem to get past the fact that people kept referring to Peter Pettigrew as Wormtail. Little things, I guess?
Speaking of little things, we jumped right into Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling afterwards. We’re just now at the part where the Weasleys are picking Harry up for the World Cup. Matthew loved the part where Uncle Vernon was throwing a fit about Molly’s letter and was dying when the envelope was described as (paraphrasing) “entirely covered in stamps save for a one inch space in the middle where Mrs. Weasley had written the Dursleys address in tiny, cramped handwriting”. I don’t think I’ve heard my husband laugh that much about a book… ever.
Okay, now on to the good stuff.
This week in The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien, the Fellowship attempted to climb the slopes of mighty Caradhras, but the mountain got the better of them. Unfortunately, that means they had only one true option left to them – to go deep into the Mines of Moria.
As expected, the Fellowship had differing opinions on this route. Most were in the favor of literally anything else, but there simply wasn’t time, so Gandalf’s way it was! Getting into the mine was a trick in itself, but they’re inside now and things are starting to get real!
They’ve found Balin’s tomb and the notes from his party and it’s made pretty evident that the orcs are still in control of Moria, but there’s something more there, something evil. Gandalf senses it and is ill at ease. I think we’re just about to that sad point where … well, no major spoilers here, not today. Although honestly if you don’t know what’s about to happened here you’ve been living under a rock – even without the books, this scene was incredible in the films. So much love to Sir Ian McKellan.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. Guys – Shadow and Bone! My goodness, this book was on my TBR for far too long. So. Much. Love. I adore Alina, I think she’s a lovely strong character and I love how this book is not a happy story. Every time something seems to settle or start to go right – bam! Nope, just kidding! Alina and Mal have the worst luck in the world!
Also, I sort of love how every time the story starts to veer towards a love story, or even a slightly lovey-dovey subplot (mostly: kisses), something urgent and mostly quite bad happens immediately and there’s no whining or pining or anything like that… they immediately deal with the more important thing. Which is staying alive, not the kissing, for anyone who many be confused.
What’s up with Zoya, guys? She was made to seem important, now she’s MIA. She comes back, right?
Well. That’s what I’m reading now. I expect to finish up Shadow and Bone in the next couple days because, sheesh, I’m having trouble putting it down! What about y’all?