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Finished R.A. Salvatore's 'Paths of Darkness' trilogy (minus the Servant of the Shard, which doesn't really fit in the chronology here; that will be next) (The Silent Blade, The Spine of the World, Sea of Swords).

Next up, Poul Anderson's Three Hearts and Three Lions. Then I'll probably read Jane Austen's Emma, since a new movie version comes out next month.
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I think something screwed up when they transferred the audiobook (Brothers Karamazov) I'm listening to to the app... they keep chopping off ends of chapters, and it's pretty blatant. I noticed it in two chapters so far, and both with scenes involving Grushenka.
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Interesting so far. It was apparently a big influence on Gary Gygax in creating D&D, with lawful vs. chaotic, and I get that. I should finish it this afternoon (it's only ~220 pages).

Change of plan on my next read; I packed The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip, which is also a rather short read. I'll start Emma tomorrow.

I also subscribed to a few fantasy magazines that I have an issue each of (Clarkesworld, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Locus, and Uncanny), so I need to start reading those.
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Interesting so far. It was apparently a big influence on Gary Gygax in creating D&D, with lawful vs. chaotic, and I get that. I should finish it this afternoon (it's only ~220 pages).
I just looked on Audible and the audiobook version is narrated by Bronson Pinchot, and many of the reviews rave about him.
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I just looked on Audible and the audiobook version is narrated by Bronson Pinchot, and many of the reviews rave about him.
It was published in 1961, so it's certainly dated as fantasy goes, and the influences on D&D certainly color how I view the story.

There are many references to the Matter of France, Chansons de Geste, etc., which I've always been meaning to read (The Song of Roland, the other knights of Charlemagne are referenced).
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Interesting article about a brain study comparing reading a book to listening to it.

Basically the same part of the brain activates in either case, so listening and reading are functionally equivalent from a brain perspective.
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Eh, I think it related to changing over from CDs to an audio file, and I haven't noticed omissions past two chapter ends so far (I'm about 70% the way through)
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Interesting article about a brain study comparing reading a book to listening to it.

Basically the same part of the brain activates in either case, so listening and reading are functionally equivalent from a brain perspective.
Thanks! My son has dyslexia, so physically reading is very difficult for him (9 yo). All his teachers have supported the idea that parents reading to him as well as him listening to audiobooks is just as good as him physically reading a book. Always nice to get more confirmation of that! He's currently working his way through the Harry Potter series.
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