Originally Posted by Einhorn
Someone mentioned Sword of the Lady by S. M. Stirling (sorry, I didn't go back for who
) I've been really enjoying that series -- it was very spiritually uplifting for me to see a world where the goddess and the god were part of every-day life in all the little ways. Until I picked up my copy of To the Sunrise Lands that I'd gotten for Christmas '07 a few months ago and (finally) started the second set of books I hadn't really realized how much reading/hearing the common comments/sayings that are strongly Christian around me influenced my choices of words and even thoughts, until I saw goddess/god comments substituted.
That was me! Glad to find another fan of the series here.
For anyone wanting to check it out, the author has 3 related series. The first series begins with Island in the Sea of Time, and imagines the present day (1998) island of Nantucket transported back in time to the bronze age. The implications of the encounters between 20th century technology and ideas and the humanity of classical times are the point of the series from there - sort of Nantucket Yankees in the Courts of Babylon/at the fall of Troy/ meeting the folk who build Stonehenge, etc.
The second trilogy, beginning with Dies the Fire, imagines what happens to the world of 1998 when the island of Nantucket is switched for the past Nantucket and at the same time, the laws of nature are changed so that all post-Dark-Ages technology stops working, including guns, internal combustion engines, and electricity. A group of pagans, SCA types, and Tolkein fans ride out the catastrophe, begin building a new society based on the beliefs that were eccentricities at best before the Change, and have to deal with a former medieval history professor turned nasty warlord.
The final series of four novels, beginning with The Sunrise Lands and including The Sword of the Lady and another book to come, apparently, is where the SF really turns fantasy and the pagan elements really come into their own -- the son of two major characters in the first series is grown and sets out on a Heroic quest to reach Nantucket -- this is the pagan/wiccan worldview, but also the character encounters Catholicism, eastern spirituality, LDS, native spirituality, etc....but the pagan approach is shown as powerful and it *works.* Just lovely.
Anyone ever read Julian May's Many Colored Land series? Very different but it also starts out SF and turns into a fantasy of Celtic mythology and clashing spiritual world views...
Originally Posted by aweynsayl
i adore this.
especially since it sounds so like something my grandmother would have said! & because i just had a mini-sob-session missing my grandparents. <sniff> i learned everything i know about gardening from them, and i'm (fingers still crossed) about to have my own real garden for the first time, and i wish wish wish more than anything in the world that i could share it with them.
aweyn, I have some grandparents like that, who passed on years ago. I feel their guidance when I am out in the garden. I hope you feel yours, so!
Maia, love your countdown! Pulling for M's job.
Cari, yay for pay raises and for having a plan! And for posh coffees (just because) and for seeing koalas!
Wishing you luck, Sunshine! Your project sounds really interesting! Would love to know more.
ktg, I'm sorry for your work situation. I hate politics like that. So where do you want to go from here?
Originally Posted by mary3mama
Malingering! I love that word.
Me, too. Persnickety is one of our favorites, too. I have a couple of very verbal kids who like to be overly precise, shall we say.
Thanks for the giraffe avatar. So you knew a giraffe well, ShadowMoon? I want to know more, please.....is it true that giraffes really do moo like cows?
One of my favorite short stories of all time is Mauro Senesi's The Giraffe.
After reading it in high school I began collecting imaginary giraffes (spirit guides?) Kids I barely knew would hear about this and sit me down to describe the giraffe they were giving me ie"Ok, his name is Napoleon and he wears a bow tie, and is a little short for a giraffe, but his ego is very healthy." I used to imagine when I was walking to school that there was a herd of giraffes around me or that I could reach out my second floor window and feed them....Oh, I'd forgotten about that! I wonder if my giraffes are still out there? They helped me through some rough times.
I have a lovely thick chakra book someone loaned me that I want to crack before bedtime. WIll post about it on the chakra thread after I've read it.
What *is* it with pagans and migraines and teeth problems? I could relate my own trials along those lines, but it'd be so redundant that I won't bother