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  1. Then I guess you think Robin Hobb is grimdark to? Blood Song was less dark than the Farseer trilogy.
  2. If you are referring to Blood Song, I don’t think Ryan was grimdark at all.
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    On realism, grimdark and childishness

    Giants all the way down...
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    On realism, grimdark and childishness

    I think it is wrong to consider Geralt of Rivia a peasants hero. You may as well claim the knights templars (in our real world) as peasants.
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    Favorite books/series about elves?

    As l asked earlier: how is elves defined? Do they have to be called elves? If not, where is the line drawn between elves and non-elves?
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    Favorite books/series about elves?

    How central does the elves have to be to the story in order for it to focus on elves? And what is the definition of elves? Do they have to be called elves. What about Sithi? Or Tiste?
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    Malazan: High House Shadow edition

    Toll the Hounds is my favorite, so I guess I am one of the divisive guys. Even more divisive, Deadhouse Gates is the one I like least (but if you take away the first karsaorlongcentric fourth of House of Chains, that would be the one I like least).
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    A Family of Caligulas

    The Patriarchy was not restored after the October revolution, but simultaneously to it. After the February revolution, when the church got the tsar of its back, it began the process of restoring the Patriarchy. The Patriarch (a bishop from Alaska, by the way) was elected during October, possibly on the same days as Lenin’s putsch. When that Patriarch died in the twenties, the Bolsheviks denied an election of a new Patriarch. Stalin then brought Patriarchy back after being attacked by Germany, as a means of bolstering patriotism.
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    Tolkien 2.0

    I think my point still stands. Once you have some Uruk-hai (of course bred from humans and ordinary orcs, I never meant to deny that as a starting point) you can go on breeding them with each other, since they will probably not be sterile, just as halfelves are not sterile (Elrond and Elros was after all second generation halfelves, being children not to man and elf, but to two halfelves).
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    Tolkien 2.0

    I thought Saruman just continued to breed Uruk-hai with Uruk-hai. There is in Tolkien’s world no reason to believe them to be sterile. Half-elves are not sterile, so why would half-orcs?
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    Tolkien 2.0

    @SeanF: I think there is a difference between Rohirrim (and other northmen) versus Dunedain; the former have that tribal sense of warrior honour, and the later not. Or rather, some of them (like Boromir) do, which is one thing that Faramir laments. Among the elves, the Noldor seem more obsessed with honour than the rest of the elves (and Feanor and sons most of all).
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    Pet-Peeves in Novels?

    Kuenjato: I can understand the criticism of Eriksons characters being overpowered. However, he is not cartonish. There is a poetic and mythological depth to his characters and they burn in your mind like characters of Shakespeare or classical mythology. And the fact that compassion is the central theme of his books make them different from both Bakker and general grimdark. Although the fact that he deals with big subjects like redemption and salvation is something he has in common with Bakker. Also his language and poems are very good. As for Hobb, I can only say that Fitz just felt authentic. If that is emo, so be it. Interestingly, I was twentysomething when I read the Farseer, I was thirtysomething when I read the tawnyman trilogy, and I will be 50 this year, which is about Fitz age in the last trilogy, so my own age somewhat follows the age of Fitz at the time of reading. Especially the last trilogy impacted me very much, but then I am father of an autistic child, and have dealt with a mother in law with dementia, and even if that doesnt map exactly the content of the books, it may still matter for my reception of them. As for Williams; I have not read that much after MTS, so you may very much be right.
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    Pet-Peeves in Novels?

    Regarding Kuenjatos list: criticism of Erikson and Hobb is wrong (since they are both awesome), but the list may be valid regarding others. Actually, point 6 is wrong regarding Williams at least regarding MST ( the content that s propably considered padding is not that, anymore than the poems of LOTHR is).
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    Pet-Peeves in Novels?

    Use of concepts that cannot exist in a given culture.
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    Tolkien 2.0

    @The Gray Wolf: at least orthodox Islam has an interpretation of Gods omnipotence and providence (including predestination to heaven and hell). The Mutazila of the early centuries of Islam had a very different, free will view. Calvin, who was a humanist scholar before he became a religious reformer, based his views of providence as much on ancient stoicism as on the Bible. I am not aware of what made orthodox Islam come to the same conclusions.
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