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  • Found this big list of plot and story generator sites (which includes the one above): https://www.writerswrite.com/fiction/plot-generators/ Exploring now....
  • Now ad 'situation generator' would be great idea, and thanks for recommending I take a look at Levis. It's not quite what I need, though, because it's not really a situation generator so much as a situation organizer - I mean, I still need to genera…
  • Yay! Glad you’re feeling better!
  • I'm ready whenever. The discussion category is here: https://www.ttrpbc.com/categories/89-%28june-2020%29-gods-of-jade-and-shadow-by-silvia-moreno-garcia if anyone wants to set up notifications.
  • Nothing’s stopping you from going on to the end and sharing final thoughts. It’s just the weekly roundup of reiterating our thoughts that will end. I don’t think anybody’s mind changed about much the book over the course of the read, so those were g…
  • Someone at the Mitchester Arms complained that many published CoC scenarios had too much information in them, and Mike Mason defended this by saying that these are intended to be toolboxes and people can draw what they want from them and ignore the …
  • Thank you @NeilNjae for volunteering to run this - and for continuing to be a good sport when the going got tough! When I read the third book, as I think I will later this year, I’ll share my comments in an open thread. Perhaps @WildCard will persis…
  • I don't think it will come as a surprise that I'm not enjoying the books. I don't think they're awful, and they're certainly readable, but I suppose I really don't care much for the crafted world (which seems ad-hoc and lacking verisimilitude, to me…
  • If she’s not an observer, why is she in an observatory 🤨?!
  • I previously mentioned I wouldn't likely use the setting of the valley as a game setting, but I might use some of the themes. Here's one of them: * Setting. Right. I just said... never mind. The 'big picture' setting of this book is really interest…
  • I read this - interesting as far as it goes. I've read a fair bit of Pictish history, but the sites mentioned here are new ones to me, so that was pretty cool.
  • On the plus side, I rather enjoyed the description of Essun entering The Big Kahuna, and even (for once) enjoyed the writer trick employed when Essun realized she loved Hoa. Seems like there's a budding romance between Essun and Lerna. Is them the …
  • (Quote) Seems fine. Isn't that the sturcture of Bilbo's and Frodo's quests (as @RichardAbbott described)? (Quote) That's an interesting observation. Certainly our societal weaknesses are being put to the test this year, especially our treatment of …
  • (Quote) There's a wild world of games out there now that do all kinds of things. Many of them have a very narrow focus. I'd be very surprised if there isn't one about grief. Maybe that French RPG: Polaris? I gave me copy away. Good point re: charis…
  • (Quote) It was something I read in Michel Tardieu's book. It surprised me at the time, since 'dualistic' was just about the only thing I knew about Mani up until then. (Quote) These ideas being that Good and Evil will fight, and that some people wi…
  • (Quote) Apart from the veiling, much of this applies to Medieval European culture, as well. If fact, there are few cultures in the world that don't treat men and women differently. True, they don't all go to the extreme of veiling, but not not every…
  • We had already established Hoa as the narrator. One of the things I'm still curious about in this story is the context under which Hoa is narrating this. I suspect he's narrating to a mostly stone Essun who either isn't able to tell her own story? o…
  • It’s @dr_mitch ’s favourite book.
  • @BarnerCobblewood your questions need glossaries! I also didn't know what MCU was, and I had to look up Ressentiment: a psychological state arising from suppressed feelings of envy and hatred that cannot be acted upon, frequently resulting in some …
  • @RichardAbbott 'Heya' is not in the glossary, but is described in one of the notes on the text in the back of the expanded edition (near the very end). Heyiya (which in in the glossary) means sacred, holy, to change, to become, and to praise. Heya i…
  • Overall I enjoyed the book. I think it would reward a re-reading, though I don't intend to that soon. My favourite parts of the novel were The Stone Telling story, some of the shorter anecdotal type stories (like the one about the blob of blood and …
  • Sounds great - I already got my hardback in the mail. :)
  • Now reading into the extra material in the book. Le Guin had four novels rejected before turning to SF (where she was heavily inspired by Cordwainer Smith, and also P.K. Dick, Harlan Ellison, and Theodore Sturgeon). She was in the same graduating hi…
  • In my book ‘ashblow’ is covered in the glossary in the appendix. The description isn’t great, but basically makes me think of an Afro or mat of tight dreads. Classically this hair is tinged Grey, like ash, not not always. I don’t know. I picture Don…
  • 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.