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  1. Fantasy series that are both character-driven and with great worldbuilding

    No homosexuality either.
  2. US Election 2016: DO NOT MY FRIENDS BECOME ADDICTED TO WATER

    And you were doing so well too.
  3. US Election 2016: DO NOT MY FRIENDS BECOME ADDICTED TO WATER

    Therein lies the difficulty. I have this idea that people should be treated equally regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or skin colour. As such it is downright infuriating when Random Minority Politician says he wouldn't want his daughter marrying a white guy* - and all sorts of people (who should know better) jump to his defence with the claim that brown people can't be racist. *This happened here several years ago.
  4. US Election 2016: DO NOT MY FRIENDS BECOME ADDICTED TO WATER

    Also, when was the last time the Left got anything out of the Republicans, except by accident a la David Souter? Earl Warren? (I'd also seriously question the earlier assertion that Sanders is somehow the last of his kind. The surviving Democratic rump in Congress is the most ideologically coherent the party has ever been, simply because the right-wing southern anchor is gone).
  5. 2016 Reading Self-Challenge

    Completed reads for May: The Hungry Moon, by Ramsey Campbell Incarnate, by Ramsey Campbell Mélusine, by Sarah Monette The Virtu, by Sarah Monette The Mirador, by Sarah Monette Corambis, by Sarah Monette Midnight Sun, by Ramsey Campbell Behold the Man, by Michael Moorcock Breakfast in the Ruins, by Michael Moorcock Nine in May means forty-five books for 2016 so far. Still ahead of schedule. Breaking down genre: Fantasy (including Historical Fantasy): 16 Crime Fiction: 6 Historical Fiction: 7 Science-fiction (including Alternate History): 7 Mainstream: 4 Horror: 5 Breaking down by author gender: Male: 30 Female: 14 Male/Female collaboration: 1
  6. May 2016 reads

    ... and finished off that too. It's been a productive day in the reading department (helped somewhat by two of those books dating from the era when speculative fiction novels were short).
  7. May 2016 reads

    Finished off Midnight Sun (I liked it, but it could have done with a hundred or so fewer pages), and have also finished Behold the Man, by Michael Moorcock. The latter is enjoyable for its audacious trolling of Christianity (not organised religion, the actual basis of Christianity itself). Next up is Breakfast in the Ruins, by Michael Moorcock (the sequel).
  8. May 2016 reads

    Am nearing the end of Midnight Sun, by Ramsey Campbell (I aim to finish it tonight). It's easily better written than the other two Campbell books I've read this month, and some of the prose evokes a beautiful winter atmosphere, but I think the book's greatest fault is that it is simply too slow moving. Perhaps this isn't really the book's fault - I picked this one up after four volumes of Sarah Monette, so I was a bit tired of meandering character narratives, but it is currently spoiling my enjoyment.
  9. US Election 2016: DO NOT MY FRIENDS BECOME ADDICTED TO WATER

    Sanders isn't a party loyalist, but his history in Washington involves working with Democrats, and being treated as one on committees. As a Senator, he most certainly has an interest in a Democratic Senate majority.
  10. Religious liberty/Right to Free Exercise of religious faith and legalized suicide

    I can't speak for the US, but the case law here is quite clear that there are some things you can't consent to, and this would include being voluntarily murdered in a religious ceremony. Basically, the law overrides your consent.
  11. Fantasy series that are both character-driven and with great worldbuilding

    No-one's debating plausibility; the problem is that the whole thing is blatantly juvenile. It's not often that you suspect a writer is typing something one-handed - this is one of those occasions.
  12. US Election 2016: DO NOT MY FRIENDS BECOME ADDICTED TO WATER

    Stupid name-calling doesn't achieve anything either. Political debate is more sophisticated than the equivalent of marking one's territory via verbal urine, even if the subject matter is Donald Trump.
  13. US Election 2016: DO NOT MY FRIENDS BECOME ADDICTED TO WATER

    Oh for goodness sake. Hillary is going to be the nominee for the same reason Obama was the nominee in 2008 - having more pledged delegates. Super delegates simply follow the lead of the voters, and the voters chose Hillary. In fact, Hillary's margin in 2016 is greater than Obama's was eight years ago. Had I been an American, I'd have voted for Sanders, no question. But whinging about conspiracies is utter bullshit and only serves to discredit the cause of the Left.
  14. May 2016 reads

    I've heard nothing good about the Rama sequels, to the point where it seems Clarke lost his ability to write good books in the mid-1980s.
  15. US Election 2016: DO NOT MY FRIENDS BECOME ADDICTED TO WATER

    Not to mention that if the FBI were to prosecute and Clinton were acquitted, it would mean the end of the FBI in its current form. They'd be tainted forever for their interference in the political process.