And then, radio silence

Hello all. Yes it has been an absolute age since I’ve been on here at all. I assure you that I am in fact alive and semi-functioning. It’s just that recently, I have been feeling a bit like this:

Sue White and Alan StathamSo, as you can imagine, it’s been challenging even thinking about posting anything. But I’m back, at least temporarily. Hopefully I’ll have some reviews for you soon – I’ve been reading non-fiction books! My goodness, what a shock *fans self* perhaps I should lie down until this phase passes and I’m safely back to fantasy?

I even read history books, which was actually counterproductive to me learning about history because generally history makes me so angry that I end up yelling and throwing things about. As far as I can tell, all anyone bothers writing about is years and years of rich bastards prancing around on horses with falcons or something while everyone else starves/goes to war/has a generally shit time. I’m trying desperately to find history that is about normal people, but as writing was for a long time restricted to people who had enough money and time to learn it (because they weren’t desperately trying to grow enough food to not die or something similar) that is really hard because there just aren’t many records to go on. Besides, politics now is shit enough without having to read about hundreds of years of people in suits/crowns/robes getting to make decisions that affect everyone without input from the people who have to live with those decisions. Pah!

And thus ends my accidental rant… Book reviews soon!

🙂

P.S the image is from a show called GreenWing, which is a fantastic comedy set in a hospital ward. Watch it.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Intellectus_Speculativus
    Jul 18, 2015 @ 22:26:49

    What you’re looking for is usually called social history, and has been the primary fashion in (not necessarily popular) history writing for at least the past three decades, probably rather longer; think things like E. P. Thompson’s Making of the English Working Class, or Hobsbawm’s magisterial socialist histories in the Age of… series, or Zinn’s People’s History of the United States, or any oral history. It’s not necessarily as common in popular history/bookshop history sections, but social history is now, excluding military history, possibly the most common form.

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    • Meredith
      Jul 19, 2015 @ 15:55:21

      🙂 My dad eventually pointed that out, after the third rant I think. I’ve managed to dig out a few things, but my main problem is knowing where to start. My history knowledge is so atrocious that I genuinely have no idea (which is why I was reading history in the first place). So now I’m using the tactic of sneaking in through other places, ie, autobiographies, biographies, poetry… Honestly though, I could rant for hours, and that was just one book :s

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