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Purple rain: did Homer think the wine-dark sea was burgundy?

The girl in the YELLOW bonnet

The girl in the YELLOW bonnet

Now for something completely different, though still with a strong literary bent: “the topic of color perception through the prisms of cognitive science, perception, language, literature, and history.”

In his writings Homer surprises us by his use of color. His color descriptive palate was limited to metallic colors, black, white, yellowish green and purplish red, and those colors he often used oddly, leaving us with some questions as to his actual ability to see colors properly (1). He calls the sky “bronze” and the sea and sheep as the color of wine, he applies the adjective chloros (meaning green with our understanding) to honey, and a nightingale (2). Chloros is not the only color that Homer uses in this unusual way. He also uses kyanos oddly, “Hector was dragged, his kyanos hair was falling about him” (3). Here it would seem, to our understanding, that Hector’s hair was blue as we associate the term kyanos with the semi-precious stone lapis lazuli…  Purple rain: did Homer think the wine-dark sea was burgundy? « Sandy’s CERSYS Blog.

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A Soldier Like My Mother – Jo Walton talks about the Vorkosigan Saga

Jo Walton has a great blog article on the site: “A Soldier Like My Mother.” She examines Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga through various lenses: feminism, classic themes of military SF, and the development of many major characters.

If you’ve read and enjoyed any of that series, check out her article! Or, if you’ve enjoyed some of Walton’s excellent writing, that’s also a good reason.

and these are the GOOD covers

via A Soldier Like My Mother. Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga |

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Empire Strikes Back: The Feminist Edition | MGK

Ah Ha! This is the inspiration I need to get me working on the proper re-work of Episode Two, in which Amidala is the missing Han Solo archetype… the sleazy politician who toys with the naive, frustrated Jedi apprentice but falls in love anyhow.

…bouncing around the idea of what ‘Empire’ might look like if Leia was actually treated like the strong, fearless, intelligent woman she was in the original ‘Star Wars’, rather than the Ice Princess Who Just Needs A Big Strong Man To Tell Her What To Do in ‘Empire’. And she suggested I blog about it. The rules: Change the actual plot as little as possible, while having Leia do things that an actual well-written, well-developed female character would do as opposed to a whiny damsel in distress.

via » Post Topic » Empire Strikes Back: The Feminist Edition.

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Friday Finds @Bibliophage’s Book Buffet |June 17

{{Friday Finds is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading }}

  • Oscar Wilde – Vampire Murders – By Gyles Brandeth. I spotted this in a review on  My Reader’s Block. “If anything I would call these stories brain candy. Not because they are so light-weight and fluffy, but because they are addictive and fun to consume–like popping M&Ms. The characters and settings feel authentic and the action is fast-paced and enjoyable. Wilde fans will enjoy the way that Brandreth sprinkles all those famous aphorisms throughout the dialogue…and he does it without it seeming forced. Delightful! Four stars out of five.”
  • Monster Hunter International  – By Larry Correia.  I spotted this nugget of literary snackfood in the Baen Library – the non-free section. Here’s the summary: “Welcome to Monster Hunter International. Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a fourteenth story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real”.

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