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  • Nice to see you, @evangineer
  • @dr_mitch said: Thank-you! And Chris, you were right about the finish at Christmas. Best head-math I've done in years.
  • I'll probably be late joining this one (breaking rule 4 already!) but will catch up. 41 weeks - this will bring us to Christmas, I think. This looks daunting when presented this way, but the chapters are quite short, and the entire work amounts to a…
  • Quite a few options, there @Feral_Ink ! Octavia's Brood has been nominated to read sometime this year, though nothing has been firmed up. Is there one that catches your eye more than others? If so, why?
  • @rossum NP. FYI, I'm going to be on vacation come discussion time, so you're on your own for getting that going. I'll be reading the book while I travel and will try to chime in - not sure how timely I'll be, though.
  • Dramatic. And Tolkien... so tall and strong and powerful.
  • Yes, I just love her writing. There was a scene early on in which one of the young priestesses was eating something that really stood out for me on this read.
  • @Michael_S_Miller Sounds like a good set-up for an old-fashioned tournament dungeon!
    in 6. Gaming Comment by Apocryphal March 7
  • @BarnerCobblewood said: I think both are similar in giving us being who we are not. The difference is of learning through listening, and learning through doing. This is an insightful observation.
    in 6. Gaming Comment by Apocryphal March 6
  • @RichardAbbott said: Of course, the way events play out in the story might frustrate your expectation, or lead to ruin rather than success, leave the character you most identified with out in the cold - but part of the enjoyment is experiencing t…
    in 6. Gaming Comment by Apocryphal March 6
  • Maybe. I've never played Amber, but I've read it. It trades on the notion of a web of influence, in which each character is best at something, but weaker at other things. That's true of the Arha-Ged pair, but I suspect Amber would struggle with a on…
    in 6. Gaming Comment by Apocryphal March 6
  • Why are you sorry to me? This seems like a more clearly conceived version of what I was fumbing for.
  • Reading this I was struggling a little with this question. What can we use? Certainly the world-building elements are all useful and that would be my main takeaway. LeGuin manages to create a sense of place, of culture, of history, with only the lig…
    in 6. Gaming Comment by Apocryphal March 6
  • Both as characters and gods they are pretty subtle. Are they a force, or are they a culture? Or, put another way, are they a force in the same way that a culture is a force?
  • I love the tombs. There's actually quite a lot of good world-building in this novel which I had forgotten about. LeGuin is quite adept at creating a rich world in a small novel. Tanith Lee could do the same. Clark Ashton Smith, too, I suppose. As…
  • Arha's role as a priestess seems to be a trap. Expectations and rules are laid upon her - she's not really free to break those. Is that intended as a comment on religion? I'm not so sure. Arha's faith is tested in the novel, but it doesn't take all …
  • The most interesting exchange between Tenar and Ged was when Tenar despaired that the gods she served did not exist - that her very own reason for being was a lie. Ged could have claimed a victory at that point - he could have said YES! Now you see …
  • I don't mean that it's a literal romance, of course. What I mean is that the way their relationship grows resembles a courtship. The way Tenar changes in response to Ged are similar to how a woman might grow to love a man. And the things Ged says, …
  • I will answer these more fully tomorrow, but to start off with this one, my great sense on this reading of the book (which I think is my fourth) is that this is less a coming of age story and more of a romance. Is LeGuin really describing a wooing? …
  • Whoa - got sucked into the rabbit hole reading this for a while. FYI, the header text "The Fellowship of the Read on..." which appears on several pages (such as 99) has the word 'fellowship' spelled with 3 Ls, like we were discussing P.G. Wodehou…
  • Glad to have you with us,, @Bill_White ! How did you come to find us, anyway?
  • I do like that minas morgul picture for the cover. Inside a frame or borderless? What’s this book called, anyway? Lord of the Rings Slow Read Compilation is descriptive but not very pithy.
  • > @Ray_Otus said: > Sorry @Michael_S_Miller pages 57 and 58 of what? Are you referring to that drawing I made that I was going to put on the cover. I can send you that. He’s referring to the PDF linked to above, I think. There are no po…
  • I'd say Bang Oriented is essentially what I've always done (created a network of NPC then created hooks for the players) but no, I didn't know someone had tried to coin the process. It's really helpful to get an outside perspective in the planning, …
  • Thanks, @dr_mitch . It might be very interesting if the sick governor turned out to be an ally afterall! I've resolved how the governorship question will work itself out. Early in their adventure the PCs travelled to the neighbouring city of Zara…
  • Thanks so much, @NeilNjae, this is really helpful and useful stuff! I just may use all those specifics. Especially the situation with the scout's brother. Because of how history real history unfolds I think I'd like to introduce at least one re…
  • I saw this book some time ago and was intrigued - I do quite enjoy the Middle East as a setting. "Djinn of dubious background" - what could be more dubious than just being a normal Djinn?
  • Yeah, 'uproariously funny' claims on book backs are almost never true. It's not a claim I would have made for this book, certainly. Anyway, glad you mildly enjoyed it!
  • @Michael_S_Miller said: Evidently Bill is here to make sure I fulfill my promise to him that I would give Dune another chance (by voting down the white whale)! Bill "Ahab" White just harpooned the whale! And gave Book of the New Sun a boo…