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  • Thanks, all. I have taken on for myself (rightly or wrongly - probably wrongly) a sense of responsibility to keep all members of the club happy. We've already had a lot of 'I'm wasting my time', 'I don't care', 'windbag', 'lazy', 'adolescent', 'not-…
  • Today I finished Mort by Terry Pratchett, and started listening to another Priest book: The Quiet Woman. This book is not set in the Dream Archipelago, but in England, in a slightly different timeline. I'd like to share this review of it with you. …
  • (Quote) What makes you think he's showing you anything about his emotional age? Why doe he need to? (Quote) Do you like to think that? It's not coming across well. I think (considering what you've written about here and in other discussions) is th…
  • (Quote) I apologize for any harm I may have caused by proposing this book. Since Utopia was really a social satire - the name meaning both 'no place' and 'every place' at the same time - I mistakenly believed that this book (describing an every-plac…
  • On the matter of Erotomanes, consider the following: If you look up 'hypersexuality' on wikipedia, it will tell you that the term is cognate with 'nymphomia' and 'erotomania', among other things. In this sense, the word 'Erotomane' certainly seems …
  • (Quote) Is it self indulgent, or self effacing? Kammeston doesn't come off well here, even though we never read a word from him. And who is Priest in this exchange - if anyone?. Both participants are writers. My take on the poor reviews is episode …
  • (Quote) I've never been to Dubai or Las Vegas (and never will), but Foort reminds me of these types of places - islands in the desert, enclaves of privilege. Self contained, in a way, or seemingly so - but not really because they rely on so much els…
  • One might also consider this distinction, if we look at the comparative uses of the words in tax lingo: A tax haven is generally an offshore country that offers foreign individuals and businesses little or no tax liability in a politically and econ…
  • LAWS Importunation seems not to be a word. Importunate means 'troublesome : troublesomely urgent : overly persistent in request or demand'. The history or the word is a bit interesting, given it's latin roots and our archipelagic setting: it might …
  • (Quote) Possibly - I've always been of several minds about this aspect of the book. Is it a novel, or is it a collection of short stories with some filler, or is it something else? We should reserve judgement to the end. The publisher and, I suppose…
  • Langdale valley... always beautiful I’m sure! Rhythm & Thrymes, kind of like Rhythm & Blues Or Rhymes & Thrymes, which really does rhyme. I’m partial to just ‘Thrymes’ though. Keep it simple. Keeps em guessing.
  • (Quote) "Thrymes" Good name for your next album.
  • Reminder of the sections for next week: 5. Rain Shadow 6. Silent Rain 7. Sharp Rocks 8. Large Home / Serene Depths total of 26 pages
  • (Quote) I don't think it's anything to worry about, from a story perspective. The books are not sequential, and not written with any order in mind as near as I can tell. I have not read_ The Affirmation_ (1981), but I understand it takes place most…
  • Glorantha has always been presented in that way. It's not so much a 'This is how things are' message to the GM, but a 'This is what people will tell you' to the player.
  • I haven't noticed a lot of what you've noticed, so it's interesting to me how we all pick out different things. It never occurred to me they might be other than humans, or that the people on this world are anything other than natives, or that we mig…
  • I think the aside is interesting, and the point worth making, though should probably be taken to a new thread if people would like to continue it. More could be said about it (relevance to fake news media, Orson Welles War of the Worlds, and indeed …
  • I would not game this setting or situation, but I do like the idea of exploring ethics in roleplaying. How to raise ethical questions and have them be meaningful in the context of a game - that's my main takeaway from this book. RPG gaming, afteral…
  • This book certainly draws inspiration from tainted blood and blood donation. It's the main model, I think. But it also draws on the ethics of infectious disease treatment and of abortion, and of pain-killing drugs. So it's not simply that Russell re…
  • Answering the ethics question (#5) led me to think further on this one. In this novel, Trish begins with a very clear ethical bias toward the public good. She uses the story of her dead sister and a selection of truths to convince people to give so…
  • I agree the book is very much about ethics. However, it seems to me that any proper discussion of ethics requires a certain amount of indoctrination into the field, so I'm not sure how far this will go. I, for example, don't know the answer to the q…
  • So, if a scientific critique cannot be launched against this book, but a literary critique can - it must therefore be a novel! B)
  • Quite possibly, or he was otherwise a mentor. She was short-listed for a pulitzer prize for her first novel, so she isn't a slouch.
  • It didn't draw a conclusion, per se. It's implied (not explicit, I don't think) that the lead character informed on her bosses, so she did make that choice. And I don't think it meant to conclude all of the plot elements. It was a book that brought …
  • Glad to be of service :D
  • I can't see myself gaming in this world... though maybe... Is it a horror game? Maybe. Maybe more of a psychological thriller. Is it a game of ethics? Absolutely. I don't know if you do simulate the spread. Does it become less of an ethical questio…
  • I thought it was really wonderful when I first read the book, back in our early Google years. This time around I also still liked it, but because I was listening to the Audio version, wasn't really able to make any particular notes. I do remember th…
  • Before I started reading this book for the second time, I read a number of reviews. I gave this 5 stars after my first reading, 4 after my second. But I was surprised to see a lot or low reviews - on average the GoodReads rating is about 3.5. Why th…
  • Very interesting question! I think the word 'donation' is probably a simplification. A donation is something you give voluntarily, but the word bears no implication as to the reason for the giving. Why give anything? When you give a gift to a family…
  • This discussion has already surpassed my expectations. Thanks all :)