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  • Is it just me or did the writing style change significantly in chapter 16? Essun’s dialogue somehow seems very casual, suddenly. On the matter of Stone Eaters, I’m not surprised, but I also find it hard to care. We still know next to nothing abou…
  • We don’t discuss The Great Eastern until the end of July, so maybe the price will come down, or a paperback be released, before then.
  • @RichardAbbott Its a newer book, and as with many newer books the publisher thinks will be successful, it’s been released hardback first. I suspect they’ll do a paperback eventually. And so no second hand, either. But most of you buy kindle, n…
  • @WildCard Can I ask you to write an introductory post for your pick, basically announcing and saying a bit about why you picked it or think it’s worth readiing. Please paste that in the ‘nominations’ thread. To everyone, I have the July pick. I’ve…
  • We’re talking about a whole planet, here. It’s completely unbelievable to me that a whole planet will subscribe to a repressive system and not a single group of peole will oppose it. There will always be a place for Orogenes to go, even if they have…
  • I just read a pretty good anthology of Victorian SF, so I must be in the YPROSF category.
  • > * Does the notion of Guardians being the "third side" make sense? I didn’t really get that they were the third faction from the text, though I did get that their motivations are complex. I’m not sure if it makes sense; I always tho…
  • I’ve never heard of the use Clash mentions. They also use the word ‘gangbangers’ very differently.
  • And so the pipe of new tradition is laid.... (For my part I understand Neil’s context but not Clash’s)
  • Hookay, that looks pretty cool! I ordered a copy - even if we don’t do it now.
  • Great observation re: the spiral and opening sentence! I missed that but wasn’t really thinking in that context when I started the book. Another anachronism from the Iliad is the burial method. Homer was a story teller, not a historian - he only…
  • @WildCard Do you want to settle on Red Mars, then? Seems most of us have read it, which allows some people to still participate in the discussion if they don’t re-read. I will re-listen to my audio version, and it sound like Barners in, too. Does…
  • On the matter of ‘what kind of violence is this’ I would guess that @RichardAbbott is comparing the craft of martial arts in the historical stories with the hatred/revenge motifs in this book. The violence in The Broken Earth isn’t a means to an end…
  • I also read it a few years ago. I think it stands well enough on its own. It’s a bit on the long side for a monthly pick, but we can extend the reading time if people want. I think Clash and Richard will love it, but they may have read it already an…
  • > @RichardAbbott said: > (Quote) > Aha, thanks for the info! One of the more interesting parts of the interview with NK Jemisin that @NeilNjae posted about the other day (https://www.ttrpbc.com/discussion/436/interview-with-nk-jemisin) wa…
  • (Quote) Just because her fantasy novel doesn't bother with science doesn't mean she personally disbelieves in science. Anyway, we passed the infamous 'page 166' in Chapter 10. This is page I turned to at random when we were trying to decided whethe…
  • I just posted my comments for Chs 9 and 10, and perhaps described moving from critical to post critical. To misquote Monty Python “She turned me into a newt, but I got better.”
  • Yeah, so finally the big reveal chapter we’ve been waiting for. Many of my previous theories can now be laid to rest. The moon didn’t crash into earth but was cast out into long elliptical orbit and is coming back. Which is pretty cool, really, and …
  • The setting becomes much more transparent in the first sections of our ‘second section’ and I personally found it more absorbing. Intriguing new questions are raised, so I don’t want to say too much. The Pandora character is definitely Greek, not…
  • > @RichardAbbott said: > (Quote) > @BarnerCobblewood oh I definitely intend sticking with it... these were just early impressions and I'd love for them to be transformed later on :) I’ve now started pressing on into the next session an…
  • (Quote) Definitely. I heard somewhere, though, that she wouldn't authorize an RPG treatment of Earthsea because she didn't like the idea of the setting being bastardized at people's tables, and (if this is true) it made me wonder if she basically th…
  • (Quote) Many are. I'm pretty sure the original OSR Empire of the Petal Throne (which I played once at a con) was exactly this - basically a dungeon-crawling game with the weird. I really disliked that about it. But the GOO Tekumel doesn't mention du…
  • This is a great list of cool settings, though I think not quite what I had in mind (with some exceptions). Take the various Transhuman Space RPGs - Eclipse Phase (which I think is very good), Mindjammer, Transhuman Space, Freemarket, and (I think by…
  • > @clash_bowley said: > (Quote) > Do you know that musicians are charged to get on many of these popular playlists? Nowadays musicians tour to pay for their albums, which produce no appreciable revenue. I don't tour, but other musicians a…
  • I haven't read this before. It's definitely different. I'm liking the main story so far, and some of the short stories are quirky and have gamable ideas that I would definitely use. I don't have much patience for poetry, especially poetry that's bas…
  • >Before, she was surrounded the people and things that could instantly turn on her and kill her. Now she's properly part of a comm, she can relax and be "herself". She’s definitely still surrounded by people that can instantly turn o…
  • > @clash_bowley said: > (Quote) > I deleted it, and not accidentally. Oh? Shame- its an interesting topic. To answer a question from Richard, some people do game while listening to music, but not me. The game has one pace and music…
  • Big settings probably won’t be the vogue again, but there’s a market for them in the D&D and Trad communities, and for big books as well. Look at Zweihaender and the imminent Lyonesse. Not all interesting RPG settings got their start as literatu…
  • (Seems this thread was accidentally deleted before I could respond - not to worry, I restored it) I can't think of any music that's actually based on a specific campaign. I can think of music that's inspired by RPGs (and D&D specifically), and …
  • (Quote) Oh, come on. I'm at least 50% more verbose!