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  1. Lyanna Stark

    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    Eh? Nah, it's actually not particularly rapey at all. It has some things it definitely does wrong, and some things it does right. COTAR is more Hunger Games meets Fae paranormal romance, kind of thing. It's very uneven, and features a love triangle, which is about as uncommon as seagulls at a beach, but it also has a heroine that's at least partially different and interesting, in the same vein as Katniss, i.e. she's pretty murderous, harsh and doesn't come from a super happy home, and this shows. She also needs to cheat in order to win, and partially that is her own fault. I also think you are being really harsh on teenage girls. It's like it's one uniform group of Beliebers. Instead, I find it interesting to ponder what teenage girls are taught to like, how the world shapes what they should like and how they interact with the books they read. We don't live in a cultural vacuum and there are many reasons for why stuff like "Twilight" is popular. It has a hook that even if I could see it coming still could agree was effective. It's blunt, totally unsubtle and it panders to a lowest common denominator, but it is still efficient. The question should by why it is, not that people find it so.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    So, Sara J Maas has finally finished the follow up to "Court of Thorns and Roses" and instead of reading it, I just went and read the spoilerific review commentaries. I can only say MWAHAHAHAHA!!! We totally called that one, oh yes. With that, I am going back to trolling for Tanith Lee and Angela Carter works instead.
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    Authors who vanished from the face of the planet

    The Thieves' World novels were among my gateway drugs to Fantasyland and I will always be thankful for that.
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    Authors who vanished from the face of the planet

    Kelly Gay! But it seems she is back and has some stuff she is working on, so yay for that.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    Way too complicated a question to ask like that without giving you a ten page essay on how our culture devalues femininity. If you are interested for real and not just asking it as a rhetorical question, then read "Whipping Girl" by Serano. It lays it out clearly. Kate Daniels are definitely not among the worse examples in the genre by far, also agreed on Mercy Thompson (from what I have read of it, which is not a lot since I cba with it).
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    The main problems with Kate Daniels is that it is both extremely heteronormative and that it has some pretty dull internalised sexism. It's kinda...second wave feminist in that regard? Like, women are just as kick-ass as the men, they have to be just as tough, or tougher, they never cry or show much of any softer emotion (not that the dudes do either, cos their version of masculinity does not allow it). While also totally denigrating anything feminine and offending male characters with comparing them to women. I can live with the first part, since the deviations from that norm is almost useless to try and find cos they are rarer than pigshit, but the second... you know, it's pretty simple stuff. It just jars when you have a female character using stuff like "cry like a girl" to bring a male character down. Like yeah, female character just made herself a unique snowflake woman, belittled her entire gender and also made a totally useless sexist remark. Whoop-tee-doo.
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    Who Are We Anyway: Tracing Our History

    That's amazing! :lol: The opportunities lack of telephone lines and the internet afforded cheaters and bigamists were so different back in the day. The only stuff I really know about is that my mum strongly suspects that my grandfather is not actually my dad's real father, but that he is the offspring my my grandmother and one of my grandfather's brothers. My mother's side on the other hand almost certainly has not only a convicted criminal and a pirate, but since it was such an extreme embarrassment to that side of the family, it's likely the child was born out of wedlock. So not only did one of my ancestral grandmothers have a kid with a known criminal, she either cheated on her husband to do so, or shagged him while unmarried. Way to go. :p
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    Who Are We Anyway: Tracing Our History

    Well, it can be fun trying to dig up old embarrassments? Even a brief overview of my ancestry gives to hand that "shotgun marriages" was par for the course in my lineage. I just wish they'd document stuff like alcoholism, criminal activity, cheating with Other Family Members (oh those rumours of who my dad's real father is) and people who did terminally stupid shit as well, cos then it would be most interesting reading.
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    The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold

    Ekaterin is an interesting character to put alongside Miles as well as she is so markedly different. She's also completely different from any other love interest Miles has ever run into since he tended to go for the awesome combat women busy kicking ass (or the otherwordly and beautiful but haughty Cetagandans). Instead we have someone thoughtful, rather quiet and melancholy with her own brand of competence which is in a completely different area to mercenary warfare or the military. Indeed, that is a very good description of it. Miles also eventually grew up, it seems. :)
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    The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold

    Well, let's just put it this way as someone who has had those kind of "cut that person out" family feuds many, many times. Sometimes given a couple of years or a decade, people mellow, or try to find some sort of compromise. The main issue is often that the middle part gets cut out. And frankly, cutting people off completely from the family for ever like that is often tiring. While old Count Piotr Vorkosigan was certainly mean to Miles, he was also the first one to get him onto a horse, and Miles often remember that it was a turning point for him and an almost magical moment. It seems to me that the relationship between Miles and his grandfather certainly wasn't ideal, but it wasn't all negatives either.
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    The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold

    Cordelia seems to do the hands off mothering style. She kinda lets Miles find his own feet, and basically works as a soundingboard for quite awhile and that's it. In one of the latter novels, can't remembe which one (Memory or Komarr perhaps?) there is actually hints that her view is that she will only get involved when asked, and she basically has to strongly hint that "well ask me then" and when she gets involved, she does it Cordelia style, which is kinda hilarious. Even if Miles doesn't outright state it, it seems Cordelia is also quite busy promoting uterine replicator and starting up various facilities for education. We see some examples of this in one of the novellas (The Mountains of Mourning) where one of her colleges is mentioned and plays a role as something strongly positive for the future. In that regards, Miles lives his life partly enabled by the changes his mother has set into motion in the background, so to speak.
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    The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold

    Yay, more Cordelia novels!!
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    The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold

    I have no idea why you thought Memory slow though Wert. It is to date my favourite Vorkosigan novel since it wraps up a lot of threads from the past, from as far back as Shards of Honor and Barrayar (with regards to Simon Illyan's and Alys Vorpatril's destinies). I was always quite moved by both of those secondary characters since they spend so many years doing their duty to the empire, basically, and ask nothing in return. (I might add there there is another scene with Alys Vorpatril which I absolutely love, in Captain Vortpatril's alliance which ties off all the threads from so long ago). Further, the fact that Miles' choices in the past come back to haunt him is fitting, I think. He can no longer fast talk his way out of everything. Dying - being revived is also a bit of a rebirth for Miles since he is different after being cryorevived, not just physically, but mentally, too.
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    The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold

    I think Memory is my favourite, if nothing else because I just love the crap out of Simon Illyan as a character. Plus the hilarity when Ivan Vorpatril figures things out is just LOL. Mirror Dance is nearly on the same level though, as is Komarr (I think Ekaterin's abusive marriage is brilliantly described, even if it can sometimes be a difficult read).
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    The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold

    Hahaha yes, I thought the same. The whole point of Mark's trauma is that he shares Miles genes and they had to do extensive damage to him to make him become like Miles. Miles genes are fine, the soltoxin gas that poisoned him and Cordelia was not, tho. This also ties into his struggle with the "mutant" label, since on the one hand, he wants to stand up for the people labelled as such, but on the other hand he's also very keen on distancing himself and pointing out that he is not a mutant.
  16. Lost in the hills of the Ottoman Empire

    1. Risto

      Risto

      I officially protest... Bring back that lovely avatar of yours :) We still haven't grown up enough to abandon cartoon heroes.

    2. Lummel

      Lummel

      Easily done, it was after all the biggest empire in the history of history once all those hills are taken into account ;)

    3. Risto

      Risto

      TBH, speaking as one that is truly lost in the hills of once great Ottoman Empire, it is not that cool... :)))

  17. My spite was sharp as broken glass

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    [Book Spoilers] EP402 Discussion

    Yeah I know right? I still remember Ragnorak being saddened by the "Garlan the Not So Gallant" theory. :lol: Still, I normally find the difference between the novels and TV show jarring, but I do think they got most of the nuances just right with this episode. - Sansa's grief was so obvious and it was also obvious that everyone at the wedding (minus the Lannisters perhaps) knew about it. Especially the scene where the wolf's head was lopped off the dwarf fighters was just heartbreaking. :( Making Olenna's throwing Sansa under the bus together with Tyrion even colder. -Olenna murdering Joffrey was brilliantly done, you could see her fussing over Sansa, then zoom to the necklace missing a stone and then zoom again to Olenna just before Joffrey picked up his cup. It was also plain that the murder would be pinned on Sansa+Tyrion with how they both touched the cup before Jofffey took it. Neatly explained. - LOL to all the "Jaime and Brienne are just friends" romance haters. There must have been some teeth grinding there. - Stannis the Kinslayer. I wonder if this is a setup so that Stannis' darker path will have a proper turn at the end of the season when he gets to rescue Jon Snow? It's also pretty clear that he is being lead by Melisandre as she is his only key to beat the odds, you might say. Even if it jarred that he called Ser Axel Florent "infidel", I still think the spirit of the burning is not all wrong. Old Stannis (pre-Mel) would not have burnt Ser Axel. Her influence on him is not all that healthy. - Is this the end of Tyrion the white washed? Here was saw a bit of Holier Than Thou and Better Than Thou attitude a la my Lord of Lannister just like his self-deceptive relationship with Shae in the novels.
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    Nobel Literature Prize Speculation 2019 - Doubleheader

    Far be it from me to argue with the USSR 2.0-Stalinobus-"anti-communism" = "russophobia" crowd. :lol:
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    Nobel Literature Prize Speculation 2019 - Doubleheader

    "War's unwomanly face" has been criticised for glorifying the Soviet union and could probably only be considered anti-Soviet propaganda by someone 110% over sensitive. While reading it, I too thought that there was definitely more about pride in Russia/Soviet than condemnation, although it was pointed out in the beginning that some of the less glorifying bits had been censored initially and only reinstated much later. However, I was surprised that she got nominated since I thought her works were easy to read and not at all inaccessible. :p Also, congratulations to Munro!
  21. Lost in the Hills of the Ottoman Empire

    1. Lummel

      Lummel

      You'll never escape from the biggest land empire in the history of the universe! It is known.

  22. How is "You sound like a bloody woman" mocking sexism? Explain it to me like I was very, very slow, since it really needs careful explaining to make sense, at all. Unless we're in backwards land, perhaps. The Pod mention is pointless, has nothing to do with Pod's character and nothing with actual plot. Shitloads of actual plot has been cut, and this has been inserted for what reason? It's not funny, it's not entertaining and it doesn't make any point. Book!Sansa is offered Willas, a much older cripple who she has not met. She is not offered to marry some handsome dude she fancies. Book!Sansa struggles with Willas as a choice and her disappointment at it not being Loras, but judges that it's still a better offer than being a Lannister pawn and that she will do her utmost to make Willas love her. It's a big step forward in Sansa's character development and denotes her increasing realism. Loras adds nothing of this, it's pointless as far as character development goes. A multitude of reasons which are better placed in the Arya re-read thread as it would need an essay. Random fight scene instead of the actual dialogue. The bloody woman comment is exactly sexism since Brienne is trying to shame Jaime with comparing him to, that's right, a woman. And book!Brienne does not hate being a woman, she does not say or act in derogatory fashion towards women. A lot of what Brienne's story line deals with is just her struggles because she is a woman. Why is she belittling herself? It makes absolutely no sense. Varys is not involved in the Sansa plot line at all in ASOS. He does not tell the QoT. If Varys tells her, it makes her look incompetent. In the novels the QoT and the Tyrells figure out themselves that they need to marry Sansa to Willas (not Loras) without having Varys spell out the painfully obvious to them. So on the one hand, the QoT is going on about how men should not rule yada yada, on the other hand, she needs to be hand held by Varys to figure out that Sansa is the next heir to the north, when anyone with half a brain could figure that out. It ruins the QoT's character and makes her seem like a crotchety old woman, not the schemer she is in the novels. Oh indeed, but why do it in such a random fashion? Could anyone follow the internal logic in what was going on? My SO has seen the episode twice and he still has no idea what that was all about. I've read the novels more than once, and I have no idea what that was about.
  23. Ugh, botched BwB scenes, terribly botched Brienne/Jaime scenes (Brienne is a sexist since when??), Theon was a big ??, Varys spilling the beans to the QoT is incomprehensible and makes her seem daft, the Pod thing is a waste of time, Varys, Tyrion and the "sorcerer" in the box was added why? Sansa is now marrying Loras? It's like someone read the novels and thought they were kinda crap and needed some fanfic editing. :stillsick: The only saving grace was Dany in Astapor and Mormont, the rest was really a mish mash of botched stuff and irrelevant additions.
  24. Yes! So how many are for Trial by Combat, Brienne vs "The Hound" aka Lem Lemoncloak? (If this happens Lummel owes me some beer really nice afternoon tea. :P )
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    The future of Jaime and Brienne?

    The Riverlands are lawless territory, more or less, so being lost for weeks does not necessarily mean he is dead, although it is likely. He could either be dead, captive by the Brotherhood (although why would they want to keep him, I do not know), released but chose to go in a different direction, released but injured and is recuperating somewhere. The last possibility I can think of is that Jaime is ok, Brienne is injured and/or dead/dying and he agrees to do something for her as her last wish. Perhaps taking up her quest to find Sansa. I agree. I actually think that the fact that Jaime is "missing" and not "found hanged" is the strongest hint that he is alive. Why would the BWB somehow hide that they hanged the Kingslayer? On the contrary, it should be something to brag about. They Freys are furious and terrified since lots of Freys are found hanged all the time, and the BWB clearly means for them to BE found, too. Hiding the hanging of their greatest prize makes no sense in this context. Brienne said the ride would take around a day as well, and had he been killed immidiately, the news would certainly have reached Kings Landing via some local lord or the Freys. Personally I have my fingers crossed that Jaime and Brienne end up at the QI for some contemplation and recuperation.
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