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Lyanna Stark

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  1. Well this one has women, no? So it would mean the Other Grimdark is really YA.
  2. This thread. "Male aimed fantasy" Ohnoes, girl cooties? Really, is this a fourteen year old audience? Although I now imagine that most people who cling like Titanic survivors to their "grimdark iz for boyz" wooden door actually have a mental age of 14.
  3. Take care of the demons :P <3

  4. This is not ruining stuff my friend, this is making you aware of what is good stuff and what isn't. A lot of UF has some pretty tiresome and annoying tropes, which get pretty apparent if you just read with a bit more knowledge to hand. As a total aside, have you introduced your UF/paranormal romance reading spouse to Bec McMaster's London Steampunk series yet? If not, you should.
  5. Posting this here since I thought perhaps it fit better than to get to lengthy in the September reading thread (and I have a tendency to get lengthy ) This is a reply to the eloquent post by SeanF in the other thread on the Sarantine mosaic. Very interesting of how the Byzantine history was populated by many interesting women. I had heard of a few, but not all of them, and not in detail. It makes me want to read non-fiction of the history of the area. Maybe something for next year's holiday! Regarding the comments above:
  6. It's more or less a medieval Spain sort of setting, with countries/cities/rulers emulating the muslim/christians and jewish cultures and people, more or less. I just started Railsea, but my favourite is The Scar. I think you'd like it. It takes a while for it to get going, but oh my God, it is something else. If you do read it, let me know if you love or hate the ending, or maybe lovehate it. Only Mieville novel I have read twice. It was extremely odd going from Kay's very lyrical and flowing prose, to Leckie's matter of fact, no-nonsense almost brusque writing to Mieville's modernist style, complete with made-up words and odd punctuation. It's the same language, but it actually doesn't *feel* like it. Of the three, Kay's prose is by far the most beautiful, almost like music, or poetry. @3CityApache I'm glad you think Tigana is up there with Lions! I now have hope.
  7. I just ordered Tigana and now you make me nervous when you say you hated it. It was a used copy tho so if I end up hating it I haven't lost a lot of money! How're the vikings coming along? I read the Fionavar ages ago, and it's...long? Derivative, nicely written, some of it will probably feel very formulaic nowadays, but it's also beautiful, in its own way. A lot of mythology. Lions of Al-Rassan is 100% brilliant. If it does not tug on your heartstrings you are made of stone. The Sarantine mosaic was very good. Clever, stylised and with amazing symmetry. The setting, especially in the second novel, is amazing and second to none, I think. Sarantium is really a place, you can feel it when you read. Kay's prose is very, very good too. Beautiful, but at the same time not complicated. You don't need to sit with a thesaurus next to you to get through the text (I am looking at you China Mieville) or trudge through a bazillion songs (Tolkien) or meandering/rants about philosophy (Bakker/Erikson). More...lyrical, perhaps? Haven't got to the others yet tho, but so far they have been absolutely worth reading, despite their flaws (which are very, very few for Lions btw).
  8. I am uncertain whether it was better on account of him not being a rapist, but fair enough.
  9. Haha not really unless it has to do with furries. To be fair about Hidden Legacy, he does kidnap the heroine and kinda sorta tortures her so there is that. Which to me is quite a dick move really.
  10. What is this? 0.o Should I be worried about googling this? Hold me Mandy, plz. @Chaldanya How did you find Hidden Legacy btw? I felt I had to deaden my senses a bit to get through to the end. Also that dude? Is a total ass-hat. He's a class A "This is not romance, this is a dire need for a restraining order".
  11. I have a suggestion. @Chaldanya Already looking forward to reading your review of that one!! Regarding the 5th McMaster, yep, what is worse, it seems Barrons get an almost complete personality transplant from the previous novels, which is bewildering to say the least. He's non-rapey in the previous novels and it's just bizarre. It feels like it's just rushed and poorly put together. Take out the romance and the political action is interesting, the romance elements just slows it down. Not to mention that it suffers from some really poor editing, in that we know the blue bloods are cool to the touch, yet here Barrons is described as "warm" at least once. It feels really sloppy. It annoyed me before that there is no consistency with trousers/breechers/pants and they are used randomly and interchangeably, but in the latter installments this sort of randomness gets worse, and more sloppy. It adds to the feeling of it being a poorly done rush job where the romance is tacked on and doesn't really work.
  12. So far there are only five, and I agree, no 4 and 5 are substantially weaker than the previous installments, which is a shame. It could have been the other way around since the political stakes actually increase, but it doesn't feel that way.
  13. You mean Paranormal Romance? If you mean modern setting, then perhaps, but if you include historical or more fantastical settings, then I think there are lots better than Hidden Legacy, imho. Both Viola Carr's and BecMcMaster's stuff are less annoying and less rapetastic, for instance. As are Callihan's Darkest London (even tho I have a lot of other issues with this one), Draven's "Master of Crows" and Foxe's Steampunk romance stuff. (The latter three are still annoying in various degrees.)
  14. Is the second part of Ilona Andrews' Hidden Legacy out yet? The first one had some pretty awful romance tropes (the whole kidnap shenanigans felt kinda meh tbh) and felt closer to their Edge series than Kate Daniels. Have you tried Viola Carr's Gothic/Steampunk London novels? Two out so far and even though I prefer the first one, they are alright.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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).
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. Lost in the hills of the Ottoman Empire

    1. Mladen

      Mladen

      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. Mladen

      Mladen

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

  22. My spite was sharp as broken glass

  23. 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.
  24. Far be it from me to argue with the USSR 2.0-Stalinobus-"anti-communism" = "russophobia" crowd. :lol:
  25. "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!
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