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Ethical Slut by Dossie Easton and Catherine Liszt

I read this book while in a messy headspace. As a result, I hit a
few spots where I'd just keep reading the same sentence over and over
again while my head spun. Nonetheless, it had a lot of useful stuff
in it.

Prime by Poppy Z. Brite

In my opinion, a better book than Liquor, the book Prime is
a sequel for. The plot seems less like an afterthought in this book,
though it's still feels much more about the characters than the plot.
Thankfully, Brite continues to provide really enjoyable characters.

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

I hadn't read this book since I was a wee lad. It's still as
magical as I'd remembered it.

The Hollowing by Robert Holdstock

The third book in the Mythago Wood books. Of the three I've read
(there are, apparently five, though I've never seen the last two), I
still think I prefer Lavondyss, perhaps because I found I identified
more with Tallis Keeton than the protagonists of Mythago Wood or the
Hollowing. The Hollowing focuses a bit more on the mechanics of
Ryhope Wood, and that detracts from the magical feel that the earlier
two books have. Still an enjoyable read, but I'm kind of glad
Holdstock is writing more or less outside of the Ryhope Wood world


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Jun. 27th, 2006 02:39 am (UTC)
Yeah, some of the rah-rah-rah stuff had me saying "yes, I figured that out already..."

The biggest thing for me, I think, were the bits about needs - in part, that triggered the post I made a while back about what I want out of being poly.

The other books are my three "fun" books - I read one "serious" book for every three "Fun" books. Though I strongly recommend Robert Holdstock's Mythago Wood books if you can find them.
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Jun. 27th, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC)
I had to start my 3 fun, 1 serious book program because I found that I was ripping through the fun books, but never really made an effort to read non-fiction because I couldn't zip through them - it requires a more active mindset to read non-fiction for me.

And as for poly and insecurity? *Everyone* is insecure when they start doing weird things with thier lives. Not only do you get to multiply the good stuff, you get to multiply the stress and worry! It's worth it, though, if you can handle it.
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Jun. 28th, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
I think mono seems safer because it seems that the rules and expectations are all pre-set - I mean, everyone knows what is and isn't allowed in a "normal" relationship, right? In practice, that's not really true, but it can seem like it ought to be. Going poly means tacitly admitting that all the rules have to be worked out as you go, though, and throwing away even the illusion of certainty and safety nets. It is not an easy road to walk.
Jun. 27th, 2006 03:08 am (UTC)
> Nonetheless, it had a lot of useful stuff in it.

What sorts of things? I'm always curious about others' experiences with the book. I've always kinda bounced off of it (despite several attempts), and wondered whether there's good stuff just a little further into the book, or whether it made the poly 'cannon' just because there's a sad dearth of poly books. :)
Jun. 27th, 2006 01:46 pm (UTC)
The biggest thing I got out of it is that it's okay to want things. Which isn't really poly-specific, but, as I said, I was in a bit of a messy headspace while reading it. It had stuff about healthy and unhealthy behaviour that I happened to really need to read around then.

The stuff that was useful for me was, IIRC, in the middle of the book.

I'll have to re-read it at some point to give a useful evaluation of the book when I a tad more sane.
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