With this exciting and historically rich six-lecture course, experience for yourself the drama of this dynamic year in medieval history, centered on the landmark Norman Conquest. Taking you from the shores of Scandinavia and France to the battlefields of the English countryside, these lectures will plunge you into a world of fierce Viking warriors, powerful noble families, politically charged marriages, tense succession crises, epic military invasions, and much more.
Engaging overview of material; good balance of general survey with interesting details; very approachable language and comfortable, informal manner.
English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers' deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry and mercurial Australian husband, Fen, pulls him back from the brink. Nell and Fen have just fled the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo and, in spite of Nell's poor health, are hungry for a new discovery.
Just enough words to tell this story. King is poetic and economical, as breathtaking in what she leaves out as what she puts in. As with any literary fiction novel of Western/white anthropologists or researchers far afield (think Ann Patchett's State of Wonder), you have to wonder what aspects of human cultures are researched and what is simply invented - and how much research by Western/white researchers should be treated as fiction, anyway. King does give repeated nods to the ethical concerns of appropriating or "misinterpreting" cultures, through her characters' struggles with "the work." Somewhat fractured narrative, moving between first and third person, and between characters, but I appreciate that. Great, kick-in-the-gut foreshadowing, and many achingly perfect moments of poetry.
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Cajeiri is the young son of the powerful leader of the Western Association-and he has become a target for forces bent on destroying his father's rule. For Cajeiri is the first ateva to understand the humans living among them-an understanding that threatens his own race.
Love Cherryh' s close third-person. In this trilogy, she now migrates expertly between Bren and Cajaeri, the two most culturally hybridized characters in the cast, and perhaps the most similar to each other in not entirely belonging wherever they find themselves. Pleased with this now-extended return to diverse geographies (the seaside, in this installment) and in-depth planetside politics. The flow of events in this novel feels slightly choppy, perhaps punctuated more than previously with intermittent episodes of high action - but no great complaint here. May's performance is sterling, though with one or two moments of confusion between characters or dialogue/internal monologue. Excited about wry introduction of two new characters from the Guild. Overall, love this one and can hardly wait to start the next!
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From its beginnings as a human-alien story of first contact, the Foreigner series has become a true science fiction odyssey. The ninth book in the epic series, and the third book in the third Foreigner trilogy, Deliverer is a worthy contribution to Cherryh's magnum opus that is destined to be a classic.
As always, May offers an excellent, personable, and believable rendering of Cherryh's words and characters.
Exhausted from a two-year rescue mission to a distant sector of space, and with resources strained by four thousand extra mouths to feed, the crew of the starship Phoenix yearns for the luxuries of home. But when the ship makes the final jump into atevi space, they learn the worst: supplies to their home station have been cut off; civil war has broken out on the atevi mainland; the powerful Western Association has been overthrown; and Tabini-aiji is missing and may be dead.
Fast-paced, excellent return to the Foreigner universe. May's narration perfectly suits protagonist Bren Cameron.
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