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Post by PintsizeBro on Mon Apr 27, 2015 2:15 pm

So read some fiction and level up your social skills.

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Post by Guest on Mon Apr 27, 2015 2:41 pm

PintsizeBro wrote:So read some fiction and level up your social skills.

Will Miyamoto Musashi's book count? Or Cloud of Sparrows?

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Post by PintsizeBro on Mon Apr 27, 2015 3:39 pm

Cloud of Sparrows is a good first bet, especially since it's something you want to read. Musashi's book certainly won't hurt, but I'd generally recommend modern works that were originally written in a language you speak, rather than translations. In general, read books with characters who act like real people. Especially read books by and about women, because it will help de-mystify them.

Some suggestions:

Terry Pratchett - anything, but especially Monstrous Regiment, both for its female protagonist and its funny and nuanced perspective on being in the army
Sheri S. Tepper - again, anything, but especially Grass.
Bret Lott - The Difference Between Women and Men
Margaret Atwood - anything, especially The Handmaid's Tale. I also liked Oryx and Crake.

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Post by Guest on Mon Apr 27, 2015 3:51 pm

PintsizeBro wrote:Cloud of Sparrows is a good first bet, especially since it's something you want to read. Musashi's book certainly won't hurt, but I'd generally recommend modern works that were originally written in a language you speak, rather than translations. In general, read books with characters who act like real people. Especially read books by and about women, because it will help de-mystify them.

Some suggestions:

Terry Pratchett - anything, but especially Monstrous Regiment, both for its female protagonist and its funny and nuanced perspective on being in the army
Sheri S. Tepper - again, anything, but especially Grass.
Bret Lott - The Difference Between Women and Men
Margaret Atwood - anything, especially The Handmaid's Tale. I also liked Oryx and Crake.

"Handmaid's Tale" Isn't that the one with a Christian Theocracy? OK, I'll bite, I'll start with that one. And "The Difference Between Men And Women.

To be honest, I mention Musashi because I got the book as a gift and I have not even touched it... been kicking myself for it. Headsmack

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Post by Enail on Mon Apr 27, 2015 4:05 pm

We actually have a list of Media by and about women compiled by folks on this forum!
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Post by PintsizeBro on Mon Apr 27, 2015 4:19 pm

Good list! I see The Handmaid's Tale and Monstrous Regiment are already on it. I will solidly recommend Grass be added. The Difference Between Women and Men might be off-putting to some because of its title, but it's just a series of short stories with characters that felt very real to me.

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Post by Enail on Mon Apr 27, 2015 5:06 pm

Added (in spite of my unfair bias against both Sheri S. Tepper and short stories Razz)
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Post by PintsizeBro on Mon Apr 27, 2015 5:18 pm

I'm interested in knowing where both of those biases come from, but I don't want to derail Alex's thread. Is there a "books" thread that's live right now?

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Post by Enail on Mon Apr 27, 2015 5:19 pm

I dont' think there is, but you can start one! (but my answer is not actually very interesting for either)
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Post by PintsizeBro on Mon Apr 27, 2015 5:31 pm

Started in the off-topic section. Every forum should have a general books thread.

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