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[–]Avery 2 insightful - 2 fun2 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 2 fun -  (10 children)

Hi book club

[–]portcity[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (9 children)

HI AVERY!! Welcome to our third user of PortCity!! We are so glad you are here!!

[–]Avery 0 insightful - 1 fun0 insightful - 0 fun1 insightful - 1 fun -  (8 children)

Thanks I’m excited to be in the book club

[–]portcity[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

I'm excited too. I've already been thinking about what the next selection should be since you get to pick. what are your favorite kinds of books?

[–]portcity[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (2 children)

This is a test message. Let me know if you get this!

[–]Avery 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

Can we do baily’s story

[–]portcity[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

We can totally do that. But have you already read that? Don't you want to do something you haven't read before? As your aunt who is also a writer I can find books that I think you will like :)

[–]portcity[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

I'm excited too. I've already been thinking about what the next selection should be since you get to pick. what are your favorite kinds of books?

This is the second time I'm sending this one! Love you.

[–]portcity[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (2 children)

Ha, I just looked up Bailey's Story. I know the guy who wrote that book!

[–]Avery 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

Then can we read pax I haven’t read it

[–]portcity[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Ok, you get to choose! I mean if you want Bailey's Story, it's your choice.

[–]portcity[S] 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Btw I just read it and it's really good!

[–]Avery 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (6 children)

I want pax

[–]portcity[S] 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Hi Avery! Ok then we'll read Pax. I'll start looking for it online. How was your day today?

[–]Mnemonic 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (4 children)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22098550-pax this one?

Are the illustrations required for the book to be enjoyed? Because I usually only deal in epub and alike formats because of ebooks ;)

[–]portcity[S] 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (3 children)

I'm not sure if that's the one or not, but Avery is my 10 year old niece and since we picked the first book as one her brother would like more, I said she could pick the second book ... I think that's probably though.

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    [–]portcity[S] 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

    You know what, I clicked on the link and that book does look adorable and appropriate for kids, but the word in the title is considered a bad word in America! I think it must be a different word in Europe because the comments on that site also mention that they were surprised and then realize that in the book it means something different.

    [–]Mnemonic 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

    The writer is American but the genre and his bibliography does have a way with titles which repel rather than attract.

    [–]Mnemonic 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (2 children)

    Oeh 'Taoist themes' that alone sounds good enough. It's been awhile since I read any fantasy (though it's debatable if ancient myths aren't).

    When is it due to be read? Usually it's a month right (not saying you should adhere to my 'hearsay' standards.)? But judging from the wikipedia page it can be quicker for this one I estimate.

    I have never joined a bookclub, mostly because of the book choices (I really dislike Dutch 'Literature') or I couldn't make the place/time for the actual meeting and online it's mostly again the book choices being questionable.

    [–]portcity[S] 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

    Why don't you start the book and see how fast you read it. I've already looped in my mom and nephew. Meanwhile, as soon as I have adjusted the design a bit, I'll start bringing in more users.

    [–]Mnemonic 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

    Will do, I already found a copy in my 2TB ebook library.

    [–]Avery 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

    I think I know what book I want it is called baily’s story

    [–]Avery 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

    Can we do baily’s story

    [–]Avery 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

    Then how about pax I haven’t read it before

    [–]Avery 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

    I want to read pax

    [–]Avery 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

    I want pax

    [–]Mnemonic 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

    The following will be my observations, my likes and my one dislike of the story in hopefully a ordered order:

    The beginning of the book foreshadows (See what I did there?) that there is a 'Deed of Ged' and many songs about him, but this story is set before those great deeds. The story ends with a summary how the story is changed and 'mistold' among the isles about what happened and to who(m?) except that at least one person sailed the open seas. I liked that.

    The Magic being driven by the context of the user and the power related to the need of the magic was nice. It's easy yet complicated, though not as broken as 'Harry Potter'-magic. The explanation Ged gave the sister of Vetch about the 'pies' and his boats was great, even better than the Roke island explanation(s). The equilibrium, meaning of words and the silence was all explained in snippets throughout the story that made it interesting yet only meaningfull if you were open for it, like Zen-Koans and Taoist tales. It was explained when needed for the story to make sense, but it didn't contradict itself and it wasn't some easy-way out story wise in my humble opinion.

    The shadow and the ending made me think a lot of Carl Jung's shadow archetype. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow_(psychology) Quoting the wiki which sums it up in a better way than I think I can:

    Carl Jung stated the shadow to be the unknown dark side of the personality. According to Jung, the shadow, in being instinctive and irrational, is prone to psychological projection, in which a perceived personal inferiority is recognized as a perceived moral deficiency in someone else. Jung writes that if these projections remain hidden, "The projection-making factor (the Shadow archetype) then has a free hand and can realize its object—if it has one—or bring about some other situation characteristic of its power." These projections insulate and harm individuals by acting as a constantly thickening veil of illusion between the ego and the real world.

    As Ged summoned a spirit from dead (Lady something) to impress Jasper and poured all his 'power' in it and nobody knew what he summoned up, the black/dark thing that attacked him. What the shadow was was not a 'thing from the darkness' but he gave life to his own darkness.

    The ending itself might be seen as lame, but it's a better coming of age story than any 'fight the baddy and win' ending. Recognizing and living with your own shadow instead of running away from it and seeing it in others is a big theme in many main- and non-mainstream religions and practices.

    I disliked the descriptions of the map of the world, but that's my personal tick about those kind of things.

    All in all a nice short read and reminiscent of old myths in the way it was told, good introduction into philosophy and, if the connection is made, Taoism for children. Not preachy about morals but more centered around the personal journey. I give it a light out of darkness.