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  • @BurnAfterRunning Are you a print only reader? (it helps to know when picking books - I myself do print and audio, but everyone has different preferences and we do try to keep them all in mind). There seem to be quite a few on Abe Books for less th…
  • There are lighter and heavier books, yes, but this has no bearing on how many reading speeds Apocryphal Chris has.
  • We definitely talked about Safir-Whorf quite a bit when we did Babel-17 by Samuel Delaney. But I also think it can up again in discussing another book - can’t think which one it was, though!
  • Btw, I can’t wait for the next instalment in this collection of books. Are there two more? The Other Wind has already been mentioned. Was the other a collection of stories?
  • Sounds terrible! Boughtenated.
  • OK - I read the article: https://tolkienaboutscifi.wordpress.com/2017/09/20/layered-themes-in-the-broken-earth/#:~:text=%E2%80%9CBroken%E2%80%9D%20is%20the%20Earth%20split,evolving%20identity%20from%20the%20beginning. It's a good article - enlighte…
  • What kind of racism were you hoping for? I guess you mean - you were hoping for more ideological depth? Honestly, reading more quickly made no difference to me. In general, I haven't found that reading slowly has changed anything for my appreciatio…
  • I think it's safe to come back to this, now. I can't say the last book changed my opinion of the overall work much - the main negatives for me were implausible and paper-thin worldbuilding and unlikable characters. The writing was mixed - at times …
  • There’s a discussion by game designer Ben Dutter about making a setting that revolves around the use True Names over at RPG.net: https://forum.rpg.net/index.php?threads/worldbuilding-a-world-about-true-names.869413/
  • @BurnAfterRunning Discussions are nominally always held at the change of the month - this makes it easier for everyone to schedule their read. In practice, though, most discussions start a weekend or two after this, depending on how people have prog…
  • I've just heard it used informally as a nickname among women for a man who can't keep his hands to himself. Maybe its a north american thing. Unfortunately a story about an equestrian sex offender drowns out internet searches for it. In any case, I…
  • “Mr Hands” is a nickname for menaces worldwide - might that be implied here?
  • We grow peaches in Canada, if that helps. :-)
  • Yes, I meant to mention him. A man who takes his power for granted, maybe doesn’t even know he has it.
  • I think the personal scope is the big one, here, and the idea of using role play to explore Power and how it’s used or not used, gained or lost, and to even question what ‘power’ means make for some very interesting gaming themes.
  • Lots of liminality, in this book, for those enamoured of it. Is this a post-apocalyptic book? Ged has had a personal apocalypse. Tenar has too, hasn’t she? She seems so very much disconnected from her family and even her social circle.
  • @RichardAbbott fascinating, as always. On the subject of naming, I think it mostly came up in the sense of relinquishing power by giving away ones true name. Much was made of the fact that Tenar knew Ogion’s true name, and both she and Ged seem …
  • I think the status quo of women is portrayed here much more than the potential of women. It’s even pointed out by one character that political and magical power are the concerns of men, but that ‘nobody knows what women’s power is’. And I’m not sure…
  • One of the reasons I love this book is it’s sheer domesticity, which is so very different from the grand deeds and high adventure of most fantasy. This is a nice change! We do get a little of this in the early chapters of The Lord of the Rings (whic…
  • A lake in a crater on Ceres would be too small, I think (though of course, all the beings who inhabit the place could easily also be miniature). I’m attracted, too, to the idea of what a day on Titan might look like. A afternoon with an ochre glo…
  • Wow - lots to think about. What is the ‘air’ made of? For this particular setting - which doesn’t need to be set on Titan, except that I fell in love with the name Kraken Mare - I was thinking more along the lines of a sword-and-planet vibe. The…
  • Good idea.
  • I finished it - not sure who else is reading it. Maybe @WildCard ? For those who, like me, didn't care much for the first two books - the third books doesn't break form, but it does have a very nice little end with a redemption and an afterword by t…
  • @clash_bowley is October, followed by @dr_mitch in November. The coveted December slot falls to @RichardAbbott . A book adapted to film is fine. We did The Martian a few years ago, and The Hobbit, and Roadside Picnic. A number of books we read re…
  • Welcome @BurnAfterRunning! We’re just about to discuss Ursula Le Guin’s Tehanu. And our next book is Space Opera, a pick by @NeilNjae (for which we need an intro post to pin up, btw, Neil) to be discussed at the end of September.
  • I’ve heard people disparage Tehanu, but I never really got why. A friend of ours gave it a ‘2’ on Goodreads.
  • Yep. You’ll never get that one back.
  • Would a collapsing disk of gas even have a surface? Or would it be a liquid surface?
  • I'm halfway through the last book now, myself (in case anyone's up to discussing it later).