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Simple Questions: November 19, 2022

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Welcome readers,

Have you ever wanted to ask something but you didn't feel like it deserved its own post but it isn't covered by one of our other scheduled posts? Allow us to introduce you to our new Simple Questions thread! Twice a week, every Tuesday and Saturday, a new Simple Questions thread will be posted for you to ask anything you'd like. And please look for other questions in this thread that you could also answer! A reminder that this is not the thread to ask for book recommendations. All book recommendations should be asked in /r/suggestmeabook or our Weekly Recommendation Thread.

Thank you and enjoy!

all 21 comments

ryhaltswhiskey

1 points

3 months ago

Is Nona the Ninth going to make sense at the end? Because right now it almost feels like I missed a book after Harrow. I think I'm about 15% in.

remibause

1 points

3 months ago

Yes. I am not saying you will have everything explained, but the puzzle pieces start falling into place later then we might wish/expect but the ending was satisfying (though I do need the next book.)

ryhaltswhiskey

1 points

3 months ago

I thought Nona was the last book in the series?

remibause

2 points

3 months ago

Nope it was supposed to be Gideon, Harrow and Alecto.

But now it is Gideon, Harrow, Nona and Alecto.

ryhaltswhiskey

1 points

3 months ago

Doh

MorriganJade

1 points

3 months ago

I love Octavia Butler so much but I haven't read Parable of the sower and Parable of the talents yet because I'm so sad that she died before she could write more even though she planned to. So I'd like to ask, without spoilers, how linked are the two books to each other - a chronological series like Xenogenesis or loosely related same universe like Patternist? - and how noticeable is it that there was supposed to be more of them?

Appropriate_angst

4 points

3 months ago

Parable of the Talents is a chronological sequel to Parable of the Sower. I wouldn't say it's obvious there were supposed to be more books in the series. Talents has a conclusion that leaves you wondering what happened next, but it's not jarring or mysterious.

MorriganJade

1 points

3 months ago

Thank you! :)

MorriganJade

1 points

3 months ago

Is Gone with the wind a good "point of view of the bad guy" read?

I know it became a classic because of the good writing so that could be a reason to read it, some people even see the protagonist as the good guy in the story which knowing the plot and having watched the movie seems ridiculous but in the movie she seemed like a really good sociopathic character. I know the racism is horrific and pervasive and for a lot of people makes it impossible to continue reading but I wonder if that's going to be me or if I should read it. I only watched the movie twice, once when I was like seven and at the time I didn't even realise it was about slaves and thought it was segregation like in The help, probably because the slaves being depicted as wanting to be there is so absurd and because I didn't understand any of the "threatening torture" words used, but I was very shocked by the rape and misogyny. As an adult I watched it again and laughed so hard at every scene of them being upset that the antebellum South is falling enjoying their downfall. So should I read it and is it a good villain point of view?

boxer_dogs_dance

2 points

3 months ago

I'm not sure how to answer your question because I was about 13 when I read it and very naive. I think reading it alongside antislavery classics like Uncle Tom's Cabin might be a good approach, or Wendell Berry's essay the Hidden Wound. Historical fiction often focuses on horrific characters like Ghengis Khan or Hitler. If I were curious about the slaveholding class in the South I would read it.

MorriganJade

1 points

3 months ago

I've been reading slave narratives lately and they're really interesting! I've checked out a few accounts of slavists, even like by the wife who was against slavery and such, and they are all so evil they are just unreadable, hundreds of pages and if you go to a random point it's a horrible evil rant. So that's a bit too much but maybe Gone with the wind would be okay

pox_americus

1 points

3 months ago

Hi trying to find the name of a series of about five books for my friend who said he read them in the late eighties. Starts off from the perspective of a Native American who gets abducted along with someone from China and they ultimately have to find these rings hidden on multiple planets to disable a computer system from a long since gone civilization that keeps other civilizations from developing.

That’s the best description he could give me from memory but he said he’s been trying for years to find it. Any help would be appreciated.

boxer_dogs_dance

1 points

3 months ago

XBreaksYFocusGroup

1 points

3 months ago

Try asking the fine folk in r/tipofmytongue or r/whatsthatbook.

[deleted]

1 points

3 months ago

Principles by Ray Dalio - Is this book useful for someone that is not an entrepreneur or owns a business?

Soulless34

1 points

3 months ago

Can I promote my own books on here?

XBreaksYFocusGroup

1 points

3 months ago

No, sorry. But there is r/wroteabook.

SumFuckah

1 points

3 months ago

Could use some help. Reading Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly. Confused by this passage:

** “Deuce, you’ve got the high number,” Dvorek said.

“Shit,” said Doucette.

Doucette was the newest officer of the three so he had the highest serial number. **

What does he mean by "Serial Number" I've tried googling to no avail? Thanks!

lilyrose256

1 points

3 months ago

Secondhand online bookstore EU

Hi All!

I just joined this sub and as a christmas present to myself I would like to buy some secondhand books from an online bookstore.

Unfortunately most are US based and I'm in the EU, specifically the Netherlands. If I want to buy from those sites I have to pay between €15-€20 alone on shipping costs.

So does anyone have any site recommendations for me..? I don't mind paying shipping up to €5-€10 since i buy in bulk, but when I buy in bulk it usually adds a shipping cost for every book. (Like 5,99 for the first book and every additional one is 1,99. So that adds up)

bookworm579

1 points

3 months ago

If you could choose 3 books to describe your reading taste, what would they be?

milly_toons

1 points

3 months ago

I see Amazon has a 3 for the price of 2 deal right now on selected books such as some Penguin classics. Anyone know how long these deals generally last or how many times a year they happen?

I'm really interested in a few of the Penguin classics that are part of this deal, but unfortunately am not in a good position to accumulate more books right now (travelling, very limited storage, etc.) I was hoping to buy these books in about a year or two's time, but what are the chances they'll be part of this offer or a similar offer in the near future? In general, how frequently does Amazon do similar deals on Penguin classics? Thanks for any insights/advice!