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Books 2017: 35-36


35. Nnedi Okorafor, Binti: Home. Tor.com Publishing, 2017.

Read for column. Good novella.


nonfiction

36. Eratosthenes and Hyginus, Constellation Myths, with Aratus's Phaenomena. Oxford University Press, Oxford and New York, 2015. Translated by Robin Hard.

This is a peculiar entry in the Oxford World's Classics series. It is structured oddly, such that I cannot figure if it follows the schema of one of the original authors while interspersing bits of the other, or whether the translator has separated out bits according to his own schema. However, the constellation myths themselves are very interesting as playfully literary creations, and Aratus's Phaenomena includes some really fascinating weather advice.

Date: 2017-02-28 11:00 pm (UTC)
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and Aratus's Phaenomena includes some really fascinating weather advice.

May I ask? I have not (I feel like someone is going to take away my classicist card) read it.

Date: 2017-02-28 11:16 pm (UTC)
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It's quite short, and also quite... of niche interest, since it deals only with stars: there's an older translation online <a href="http://www.theoi.com/Text/AratusPhaenomena.html>here</a>. The weather advice starts at l.733; there's a header on the page, "WEATHER SIGNS." I'd talk about it more myself but I'm on the thin edge of fallen over asleep already.

Date: 2017-02-28 11:16 pm (UTC)
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(No one can take away your classicist card.)

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