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@MulticulturalFarmer suggested starting a book reading club so why not see how many people would be interested? The idea is that we pick a book with an aromantic theme, read it and then discuss after everyone had had a chance to read it.

For the first book I want to suggest this one: (Marisa Franco: Platonic: How the Science of Attachment Can Help You Make — And Keep — Friends.)  As posted by @Holmboin this topic: 

 

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7 minutes ago, Nix said:

@MulticulturalFarmer suggested starting a book reading club so why not see how many people would be interested? The idea is that we pick a book with an aromantic theme, read it and then discuss after everyone had had a chance to read it.

For the first book I want to suggest this one: (Marisa Franco: Platonic: How the Science of Attachment Can Help You Make — And Keep — Friends.)  As posted by @Holmboin this topic: 

 

Oh later on today I could possibly make a Google poll for it, no guarantees as I've got a few education and job related things to take care of today, but possibly later this week? Or if someone else wants to handle it that's fine too.

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Anything by Robert E. Howard. Never any romance in his stories. Instead, especially in his Conan tales, there is a recurring underlying theme of the vulnerable and facadic nature of civilization. That savagery and barbarism are the true nature of mankind, and however lofty a society is built, its people are destined to revert to a primal state of being when it is no longer sustainable, or when its tenets are no longer enforceable.

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5 hours ago, The Gray Warlock said:

Anything by Robert E. Howard. Never any romance in his stories. Instead, especially in his Conan tales, there is a recurring underlying theme of the vulnerable and facadic nature of civilization. That savagery and barbarism are the true nature of mankind, and however lofty a society is built, its people are destined to revert to a primal state of being when it is no longer sustainable, or when its tenets are no longer enforceable.

Sounds a lot like the survivalist novels that I've read about before, that talk about the true nature of human beings. For example, there's books like One Second After. Not to mention there are also farmers and people who spend extensive time in the "wild" who talk about such things (people who are assigned to hunt deer).

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9 minutes ago, MulticulturalFarmer said:

Sounds a lot like the survivalist novels that I've read about before, that talk about the true nature of human beings. For example, there's books like One Second After. Not to mention there are also farmers and people who spend extensive time in the "wild" who talk about such things (people who are assigned to hunt deer).

I think they're interesting ideas to explore.

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On 12/27/2022 at 5:48 PM, Nix said:

@MulticulturalFarmer suggested starting a book reading club so why not see how many people would be interested? The idea is that we pick a book with an aromantic theme, read it and then discuss after everyone had had a chance to read it.

For the first book I want to suggest this one: (Marisa Franco: Platonic: How the Science of Attachment Can Help You Make — And Keep — Friends.)  As posted by @Holmboin this topic: 

 

Yes please to this idea! Platonic sounds fab!

Would you be open to including GRSM rep of all kinds? Poetry isn't everyone's cup of tea, yet the recent 100 Queer Poems could be an option as well as Julia Shaw's Bi: The Hidden Culture, History, and Science of Bisexuality? Hooray for our book club!

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14 minutes ago, the more the merrier said:

Yes please to this idea! Platonic sounds fab!

Would you be open to including GRSM rep of all kinds? Poetry isn't everyone's cup of tea, yet the recent 100 Queer Poems could be an option as well as Julia Shaw's Bi: The Hidden Culture, History, and Science of Bisexuality? Hooray for our book club!

Well, we still have to decide on the first book :) I have bought Platonic as it is now also available as an e-book for my reader, but Brandon Sanderson also released a new book so I’ll start on that first 😅

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10 minutes ago, Nix said:

Well, we still have to decide on the first book :) I have bought Platonic as it is now also available as an e-book for my reader, but Brandon Sanderson also released a new book so I’ll start on that first 😅

Okay! Platonic sounds like a lovely first choice for the future, to my mind. I'm unfamiliar with Brandon Sanderson! Which one are you about to begin and would there be any works of his which you would recommend to the uninitiated? How did you first encounter his writing? Please enjoy this new release treat, Nix!

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On 12/27/2022 at 5:48 PM, Nix said:

@MulticulturalFarmer suggested starting a book reading club so why not see how many people would be interested? The idea is that we pick a book with an aromantic theme, read it and then discuss after everyone had had a chance to read it.

For the first book I want to suggest this one: (Marisa Franco: Platonic: How the Science of Attachment Can Help You Make — And Keep — Friends.)  As posted by @Holmboin this topic: 

 

Absolutely yes please. I am in desperate need to read up on aro (well specifically aroace but aro works too because it's my most recent awakening) books since I spent all these years pretending, hiding and thinking I felt romantic attraction, that I want aromantisicm to flow through my veins🤣 DM me if you ever start one. I've purchased your suggested first book: it sounds awesome :)))

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3 hours ago, the more the merrier said:

Okay! Platonic sounds like a lovely first choice for the future, to my mind. I'm unfamiliar with Brandon Sanderson! Which one are you about to begin and would there be any works of his which you would recommend to the uninitiated? How did you first encounter his writing? Please enjoy this new release treat, Nix!

Nice! And Brandon Sanderson is a fantasy writer whose books have very diverse and interesting magic systems. Most of his books are connected in small or big ways, with the Stormlight Archive as his big, multiple book spanning mega project. So I wouldn’t start there 😅 

I read his very first book ‘Elantris’ as my first Brandon book because several of my friends recommended his writing, but mentioned this was his weakest book. So I figured, well if I’ll like that one that will be a good sign? After that one (I loved the magic system but the plot was indeed kind of meh) I read ‘The Emperor’s Soul’ and I absolutely loved it. It is a novella so not a huge time investment either. Also, no romance in that one!

By the way, the biggest criticism his stories get is that they are very low on romance and if there is romance it is extremely tame. Which is a big plus in my book ;)

The book I’m about to read is called ‘Tress of the Emerald Sea’ and it is the first book of his ‘Surprise! Four secret novels’ project that I backed on Kickstarter last year. Basically Brandon had more spare time during Covid lockdowns because he couldn’t travel so he used that time to write 6(!) books, 4 of which were turned into books for 2023. The man is a machine…

Anyway, thank you!

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On 1/2/2023 at 11:41 PM, Nix said:

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By the way, the biggest criticism his stories get is that they are very low on romance and if there is romance it is extremely tame. Which is a big plus in my book ;)

I'm surprised to hear that considering a podcast I listened to praised him for being very good at writing romance. He really sells that the couple are into each other.

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1 hour ago, Holmbo said:

He really sells that the couple are into each other.

Oh he does, that’s not what I (and by extention, certain critics) mean by ‘low on romance/tame romance’. A lot of popular fantasy right now happens to be in the young adult department and I just can’t handle the endless pining, jerky behaviour and (the horror!) love triangles. They also take up way to much of the plot and are therefore almost impossible to ignore.

Brandon writes romances a lot more low key, and the couples are just happy to be together without any messy drama.

Funny thing, I just finished Tress of the Emerald Sea and it starts with a young girl obviously pining for an unreachable young man so I was very put off by this. Luckily that takes up only the first 30 pages or so, and then the story really starts :)

Guess I can start reading Platonic now!

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14 hours ago, Nix said:

Oh he does, that’s not what I (and by extention, certain critics) mean by ‘low on romance/tame romance’. A lot of popular fantasy right now happens to be in the young adult department and I just can’t handle the endless pining, jerky behaviour and (the horror!) love triangles. They also take up way to much of the plot and are therefore almost impossible to ignore.

Ugh, I hate that!

Why are so many young-asult novels, especially the dystopian, science fiction, or fantasy ones, so focused on romance as a main genre, and with relationships?

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