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May 21, 5:04pm

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I had to give up on Mimi Matthews

After "John Eyre" I was eager for more, and I read 3-4 of her romances, but quickly realized I was reading basically the same story again and again. She did do a nice job of setting the story against real historical events, but the story itself always had the same elements:
1. VERY tall dark brooding man with a secret
2. Tiny but full-figured woman, also with a secret
3. Immediate & strong attraction between same, but lack of honesty and propensity to misunderstand each other (I'm so tired of this trope in romances)
4. Resolution therefore consists of one of them deciding NOT to be stupid anymore and finally being honest
5. Oh also, there actually is a real obstacle, but the solution is telegraphed almost from the beginning and is almost a deus ex machina

I often anticipated a more exciting turn of events--for instance, in the one where the woman is being treated as a madwoman by the person who would profit from getting her inheritance, I fully expected him to capture her again & lock her away, but nothing that thrilling happens, instead the tension fizzles. Disappointing because if she'd only had the courage to write some scarier stuff, the books would have been much more gripping.

So I went and re-read Naomi Novik's Scholomance trilogy, which stands up to multiple perusals.

On the nonfiction side I just acquired The Extended Mind, which argues that thinking is not wholly contained within the brain. It's by science writer Annie Murphy Paul, based on a paper by cognitive scientists Andy Clark and David Chalmers, which argues that the brain, the body, and the external environment are all partners in the cognitive process. (One example: if you use a notebook to keep information that you can look up as needed, that is a form of memory external to the brain.)

I'm giving a talk tonight, actually on possession rituals in certain religions, but researching just how possession (which is NOT a takeover by another entity btw, but a specific form of trance) happens led me down quite the rabbit holes of "just what is consciousness anyway, and how do we know what we think we know?" I've got quite a few books on the topic already, always fun to read the latest thinking on thinking.

I am a dreamer of words, of written words.
-- Gaston Bachelard

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