“Elantris” features worldbuilding and political-religious conflict and how cleverly the characters scheme to achieve their end goals.
Barnes’ exceptional attention to detail when it comes to her characters could be explained by her profession in psychology, psychiatry and cognitive sciences. The individuals in her books usually feel especially realistic and human in how they inhabit the world of the story, and “Inheritance Games” was no exception.
Although so much is closed or virtual this semester, Brandeis students will be happy to learn that one campus institution is still open in-person: the Rose Art Museum. It offers, as Prof. Gannit Ankori (FA) described it in a Nov. 1 email to the Justice, “a quiet space for reflection, contemplation, and enjoyment” that could be a good mental break from the chaos of 2020 for students, staff and faculty alike.
Currently in its fourth season, the show features sketches about Jewish history from biblical times to the present. Think “Horrible Histories,” but with an older target audience and darker, Jewish humor.
Together, all of these factors make “The Lovely and the Lost” an enjoyable read for when you get to that point in the semester when you are sick of staring at the same four textbooks.
Overall, I would highly recommend “Scythe” to just about everybody due to the excellent writing and worldbuilding.