Yet another version says the animals expect their owners as stones another form of immortality , but that they will attack whomever abused them in life and prevent their passage. These uncharitable souls will thus be doomed to roam the world, inflicting grief and disgrace on their fellow-men. Q uipu or khipu , as we know them, are monochrome or multicoloured wool or cotton strings tied into knots, the net of which comprise a pre-Columbian system of communication that has yet to be fully deciphered.
This is, in any case, what we had hammered into us at school, and it poses a source of frustration and pride for Peruvians, insofar as we intuit that they must have served functions outside of those attributed to them since , as the catch-all Andean response to counting and accounting, to book-keeping and writing. While not incorrect —where they were not supressed, quipu were sometimes used in lieu of written Spanish by native informants— this appraisal is limited.
Recent research by the likes of Frank Salomon, Gary Urton and their associates has established other, likely later, applications for these arcane Enigma machines, several of which pertain to their roles as cultural and kinship markers or ingroup identifiers. My particular preoccupation is with the quipu and death. Though we ignore if it is pre-Columbian in origin or if it emerged as a byproduct of the Christian evangelization process; the information accrued in our fieldwork demonstrates that quipu serve a purpose regarding some funerary practices. These quipus even have the shapes of Christian crosses spun into the yarn of the sash-strings that are used to tie the garments to the body.
This testimonial is of special interest to us because it bridges the funerary use of quipu — on which death bestows a power of speech that may or may not date to Incan times— to the otherworldly role of dogs. The ghost of a recently dead man returns to terrorise his wife, parading the remnants of his last meal — mazamorra — on his chest since, for lack of human tissue, his jawbones and teeth could not retain their intake. While trying to clean him up —and escape the hideous spectre— the wife decides to fetch some water outside. It also tips her as to how to avoid this frightful fate: she must tie the quipu to a brushwood, and then flee.
When the dead husband demands her return, the quipu excuses itself, explaining it got tied up in the branches. Since he needs his quipu to walk in this world, the spectre is forced to slowly leave the house to find it, giving the wife just enough time to run and hide in a neighbouring home. They let the dead man know that he can either abandon pursuit of his wife and return to his resting place, or wander the earth as a ghost.
This is how the quipu demonstrates the current need for its existence, and —together with the dog— shows its ability to serve as a communicating cord between the living and the dead. Lima: Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya, Ciclo vital y relaciones familiares en los Andes. Lima: Universidad Agraria La Molina, La secta del perro.
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After years replying to personal queries I finally compiled my own recommended reading lists for Young Adults as well as elementary and middle school kids. I hope they prove useful. Good sci fi correlates with vigor, creativity and success, not only for young readers, but for any civilization! I remember some of these! Lists like this are always going to raise some objections!
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It's part of the fun!! So, odd that you choose 'Childhoods End' over 'Islands in the Sky'.
The former might be for a 'younger reader', though. Likewise, recommending the downer Earthsea trilogy without referring to its more upper sequels Tehanu, Tales of Earthsea, the Other Wind is pandering to youthful angst. Then again, it leads 'em on Pulman's Golden Compass trilogy can be read at a number of levels, particularly the last one. Who else can I suggest? Who can resist a mysterious landscape where speeding charvolant sand yachts speed across dusty red landscapes dotted by dreaming belltree AIs and peopled by a race of snooty aboriginal superbeings, who seem to have a tiger by the tail?
That'll do for now,. Thank you for posting this! My oldest is reading The Hunger Games now and I think it is the first book to really catch his imagination. I don't think he is quite old enough for The Postman, however. For the longest time it's been a personal favorite of mine. And while it may deal with spiritual subjects, the discussion of dimensions was a fascinating method of dealing with geometric concepts as they relate to space and time. The back-cover description of 'Hunger Games' chills me.
Then again, I thought 'Anansi Boys' was a distinctly creepy proposition as well to begin with! I particularly like the account of how Spider stole the tales from Tiger, and why this is a Good Thing. Alan Dean Foster's Humanx commonwealth universe is very good, especially the pip and Flinx stories. James P. Hogan's giants novels are also worthwhile.
Need Heinlein's "Orphans of the Sky. You need to add Jean Sutton's works to the list as well, if copies can be found. I particularly like "The Programmed Man. Gordon Dickenson and Jack Williamson also had some younger fiction that might be worth adding to the list. Superb list. Many fond memories. If you let a little more "fantasy" sneak in alongside Tolkein I would stand up for Lloyd Alexander's Chronicals of Prydain series. And not only for our occasional poster who is named after Taran, the main character! The 4th and 5th books in the series are near perfect, and the conclusion of the 5th and last actually attains literary perfection.
Sad, happy, an ending that is unexpected and And never, even in these lesser times, assume that a young adult can't read things at the adult level. Kids who enjoy reading at all are a select group. On the parental balance sheet I can claim three first rate readers youngest turns 18 next week! Thousands of bed time stories with a cast of "voices" that in my prime must have been a couple of dozen! So glad you mentioned David Palmer. For those not familiar with his work, he writes in the style of Heinlein and came up with a great character in Emergence. A second vote for Man Plus and Heechee books.
I suddenly understood why Mom was so paranoid about insurance. Fountains of Paradise as a way to get kids to think of what may be possible in their lifetimes. I do like the EarthSea books because they showed that there was no dark side or evil but what Man did. And there were consequences for every action. So much cooler than the HP books Magic Sprinkles kinda stuff. Not "fiction", but compelling enough even for the novice to science to remain rivited. Many years later, I still fondly recall his explaination of the discovery of vitamins, and how that word survives the fact that they are no longer limited to the "amine" group.
And how follow-up statement: "We've known for years now that 'oxygen' is a misnomer, but what are you going to do? A mature teen could get quite an essay out of comparing "Starship Troopers" with Haldeman's "The Forever War", especially considering their author's respective IRL wars. For more mature teens, include Piers Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality series. Great list! I'd add some Vance, especially "Emphyrio". The Demon Princes series should probably wait until college.
Her good stuff is very good indeed, and shouldn't be ignored because she perpetrated the Norton Anthology speaking of books that should not go on a YA recommended list. I'd add "The City and The Stars". Nice to get off of politics for a little while, too. I cannot recommend David Weber's Safehold novels enough. Honor Harrington's science may go over the head of some younger readers, but the series that starts with "Off Armageddon Reef" is an insight into the nature of good and evil, faith and honor. Concepts that will not be lost on the younger audience.
And it has pirates. How cool is that. Relegating Terry Pratchett to "will please a bright teen who likes groaner humor" is horribly unfair. Just as one non-Disc example, "Nation" is touching, heartbreaking, funny, and overflowing with new ideas that any young reader could ruminate on for days or weeks afterward. Maria V. Snyder came out with a really great SF YA book last year about class warfare on an isolated spaceship. Also I was recommended the City of Ember books when I asked for recommendations earlier this year.
I think that David would like this comic, by an 87 year old man. It's a little autobiography and it touches some themes I think he'd appreciate. The city of Ember books are interesting in taht the characters actually have flaws. They recognize these flaws and they try to work on them, but they still lapse, and keep working on them.
That isn't something you see often in YA lit. I still have fond memories of reading Octavia E. I listed them by publication date but they are reversed chronologically.
I recommend reading the third first and the first last. And Mr. Brin, Practice Effect is still as readable to me today as it was almost 30 years ago when I bought the hard cover that's sitting on my shelf. I've never regretted buying one of your books. An article about iceland that the bankers and oligarchs don't want you to read.
I was expecting to come in to be upset This is a really excellent guide to books for Science Fiction, a lot of them I've read, many I have on my future reading list. Thanks for spending the time to make this great list! Excellent list and not just for kids, young adults, and college students. Many of these book's can be read over and over again. Asimov in particular not only wrote science fiction. The Grand Master tackled many things, including Shakespeare. Childhood's End has been credited as being a book that introduced and turned readers on to science fiction.
Shameless plug, but The Final Arbiter, written by Mark Rivera, tackles issues related to the disabled and disenfranchised coping in a world becoming dehumanized through rhetoric and procedure that has been described in reviews and by readers alike as being chillingly realistic and original. The book is available at retailers on and offline globally. Nice to see nods to Doctorow and Westerfeld.
So I ruled you both out and others for other reasons I needn't discuss now. The Soul of the Witch , by Dana Michelle Burnett From the author of the haunting Spiritus Series, comes an epic, mesmerizing novel of witchcraft and revenge. This incorporeal exodus was not always the norm. That is how the devil talks to the gambler. Divine Comedy Suite. How Firm Is Your Foundation? As You Are.
I give Westerfeld's books to teens all the time in my library. He owes me a kickback. JohnStanton: a correction. Shadow of the Torturer was written by Gene Wolfe. To refer to early Pratchett as 'groaner' humour is fair enough but does no justice to the way his style develops. His way of maintaining a semblance law and order is Hellhounds never had it so good! I have read almost all of the book you listed, and intend to read the others!
First though, I'm going to re-read "Earth". After reading about, and watching videos about the police violence agains OWS protesters, I was reminded of your tale of the War with the Zurich Gnomes won by Good guys, temporarily. It does look like some sort of war is shaping up. I hope, in the end the Police will take the side of The People.
Fascinating, funny, and chockablock with literary references. Excellent for the kids, young adults and Old Adults like Me. Both had me staying up to finish them, but more importantly both had some of my kids doing the same thing. I see someone else has already mentioned Alan Dean Foster. They should start with Mort. I had fond memories of the Telzy series We must have been desperate, in those days.
Or real good at skimming to the good parts. Inner googling: On seeing the name Telzey Amberdon, I recall that I read the 'The Lion Game', but not much about the story itself, and had no great inclination to seek out the others in the series. Interesting to compare with 'The Happy Planet': an obscure one-off novel which I read when Don't recall the plot in detail something about authoritarian society sending an expedition to check out conditions on a 'ruined' Earth.
They find a restored world with primitive but idyllic lifestyle. Do they report it? I do recall that I re-read it several times, so it must have had something going for it. Bujold is not Space War! She gets covers that kinda look like that, but the the Vorkosigan books are very much something else. Really good, though.
An absolutely fantastic list. I'm curious about your introduction and guessing that you are making a case for instilling a respect for science and realism over 'magical thinking'; what's that Jesuit quote about young children's minds? It was the first science-fiction novel I ever read. I was lucky enough to have a sophomore-year high school English teacher who taught a unit on science-fiction. At the very end of that episode, there's a little scene of Picard's brother watching his young son sitting outside watching the stars and dreaming, and it was just the PERFECT expression of hope and wonder as a kid that age is awakened to the potentialities the world has to offer.
That was exactly how I felt reading "Childhood's End" as a teenager in Tony Fisk: Are there any anthologies that could be included? Dr Brin included "I Robot", although I suppose a collection of stories by one author is something different from an anothology? There was an anthology series called "Orbit" each one followed by a number, "Orbit 1", "Orbit 2", etc that my dad used to read in the s.
I'd personally recommend the "Orbit 4" collection for its inclusion of "Probable Cause" by Charles Harness.
KWillow: First though, I'm going to re-read "Earth". What seems more prophetic to me is the explanation in the book that the Bad Guys FORCED a war by intentionally co-opting or assassinating any politicians who might have worked out an orderly solution. A certain amount of that seems to be going on as we speak. I think that WILL happen in the end, but it's by no means a certainty.
A non-shooting war between memes is going on, and the election will probably be an important battlefield, but the war itself isn't about who is president. That war is being fought in the media and in political campaigns right now, and for the first time in a long time, it seems as if the side I am obviously on is gaining traction. But as I say, the outcome is by no means certain. The war between memes is also prefigured in Dr Brin's "Earth".
The Dragon or the Tiger? I'd like to add that one might not realize that Frank Herbert's Dune isn't being nostalgic for feudalism until at least the fourth book. Hey David, Great list! I hope you don't mind if I chime in with a little self-plug. I'm a life long SF fan and writer and really psyched about the burgeoning teen market for speculative work. Anyway, hope you--and your readers--find stuff that interests you there. I think it is a book that might also be included in the list.