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Re: Is Tar Valon a vagina? Fantasy is full of sexual imagery - how else do you explain dark lords living in high towers protuding from shrubbery in the ground?  Small penis complex clearly. 

If you are getting really sick minded though - how about those wizards leading young boys off on quests?  Camping out under the stars, huddled together for warmth at night ....(okay, that's me banned!)

February 22, 2011, 09:23:45 AM
Re: The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan ^ I agree with your criticisms - he should have had a better editor who simply took a red pen and crossed out 90% of his annoying overdone character traits and it would have improved the story immensely!

Also the story is far more enjoyable when not being read from Rand's POV.

Having said that there is a lot to enjoy. 

In the fantasy family tree, you don't go straight from Tolkien to George RR Martin, you go via Robert Jordan.  The epic scale of his story, the political intrigues, the world building are all to be admired. 

May 10, 2011, 06:32:19 AM
Re: Most emotion you have ever thought whilst reading? Fool's Errand - Robin Hobb

If you've read it, you know what I am talking about.

June 17, 2011, 01:30:41 PM
Re: Does reading Fantasy make you want to wield a bow / sword? what Christina wants is a cycling based fantasy series.

The Tour de MiddleEarth. 

Who would win? the elves are best at sprints, but the dwarves have stamina.  The humans have a good all round game, but those orcs are c**ts and just smack everyone else of their bikes. 

January 06, 2012, 06:13:29 PM
Re: Worst Fantasy Book Cover... Ever? So Autumn2May has set the new writing challenge already for February, write a story about what happens when a giant penis lassoes the Earth with a rainbow:   

And please give it your best shot as this is a genuine fear that keeps many of us up till late at night worrying about it

Though clearly the two giant pieces of chalk that are orchestrating the whole thing is a stretch of the imagination too far!

January 18, 2012, 10:19:50 AM
Re: Worst Fantasy Book Cover... Ever? This guy literally talks out of his arse!

January 18, 2012, 10:21:04 AM
Re: Worst Fantasy Book Cover... Ever? BOOBIES!!!!

January 18, 2012, 12:30:24 PM
Re: Brandon Sanderson
Apparently he's got a 36 book series planned  :o. The 6 that he's written that aren't Wot novels are part of it. The man is a writing machine.

The man is actually an AI.  (we have discussed before haven't we?  I remember someone posting that George RR Martin had been locked in a basement with a bowl of chicken wings while Sanderson finished ADWD for him.)

February 19, 2012, 11:42:05 PM
Re: If you could say ONE THING to a character you love/hate, what would you say?? Dear Frankenstein,

A monster is for life, not just for Christmas,

Yours Faithfully

February 28, 2013, 09:59:58 PM
Re: Things that annoy you in fantasy novels
Harry Potter is an excellent example of that rather interesting sexism which pervades our culture - the "mother's love". I could never figure out how Lilly Potter's self-sacrifice was important enough to protect Harry, where James's sacrifice for both child and wife didn't seem to make a blind bit of difference.

Very true.  Also troubling: the MANY other children also killed by Voldemort had mothers who presumably didn't love them enough?  Ouch.

It's all rather conservative as well.  Hermoine and Ron are both 18, in a tent together for several weeks and they never get a bit frisky?  And everyone ends up marrying their childhood sweetheart?

May 19, 2013, 06:03:46 PM