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Sorry i could have asked that better. The Bloody Nine obviously earned his name, but is the idea that he is a mild mannered and compassionate person who rages/beserkers out into a super human monster his way of compartmentalizing his difference in behaviors or is he really taken over by a force over which he has no control?

Give Micheal R Fletcher's Beyond Redemption some thought it's a very Grim(dark) tale of madness and belief set in a world shaped by madness. If you utterly believe in something  you can make it happen.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: August 14, 2018, 03:00:42 PM »
Court of Broken Knives is dark and quirky and does not read like a debut a genuine 5 star book.

+1 for Planetfall. The first book that sprang to mind.

The bloody Nine does he really 'Hulk out' or just think he does?

Just out of interest when they operated did they sew you up with steel wire? If so you can do some serious muscle damage by serating yourself on your stitches. I know they used to use wire for chest cavity work but there are now other preferred methods nowadays.
Please see your doctor if symptoms persist.

Finished Season 2 of Stranger Things. Guess that's it then?

Sci-Fi, Horror, YA & Urban Fantasy Books / Re: Novels About AI?
« on: August 03, 2018, 08:02:13 AM »
Fletcher is an amazing writer and has a sharp if somewhat twisted mind. Give it a go.

Sci-Fi, Horror, YA & Urban Fantasy Books / Re: Novels About AI?
« on: August 02, 2018, 09:28:13 PM »
Try Ghosts of Tomorrow by Micheal R Fletcher.

General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: August 02, 2018, 07:25:56 PM »
[quote^ I wonder if you posted the above because of the following, or it's just awful coincidence :o
US release of 3D-printed gun software blocked
(I was going to post this anyway!)][/quote]

I am utterly opposed to putting these plans out in the wild. Not because I think some hipster will print a chewing gum gun and shoot someone but because as the real risk is that any 3d printer plans freely put on the web will be uploaded by kids who will make them and steal rounds from their parents.

Guns are low-tech we have been making them for 600 years in Europe and 300 years longer as firework launchers in China.

The Sten gun was designed to be manufactured in bicycle repair shops nearly 80 years ago.

what you can do with a 3D printer pales into insignificance to what you can achieve with a lathe and a small machine shop scratch building fully automatic weapons is only a little harder than making single shot or semi automatic ones. The difference is a 3D printer can have plans uploaded and be left to make a sticky mess where
to use a lathe (and still be able to count to 10) requires effort and ability.

Mills are used to perform a number of tasks, initially to move water by their nature they are often remote as they must be built in exposed places to work, strong (and defensible) buildings not to be torn down by the sails. They were often used as a storehouse for this reason. Don't forget there are also powder mills once gunpowder is a thing and you avoid those.

I wrote about baths in the paws a while back.

In English cities and towns there is often a Bathgate st. Towns grow up on crossroads and walled towns often had 4 (or more) gates as a result. This is how quarters spring up. One quarter will have your markets and dirty industries and a lot of your working poor and beggars living within it. Anyone could enter that gate and stay or go as they pleased, but could not necessarily move about the rest of the town with harsh penalties under local bylaws.

 Travellers wishing to move about the more affluent areas would enter by the Bathgate and have their horses and persons attended to before entering the town proper. This was often on church or monastic land and a source of income for the church. So a traveller arrives by the Bathgate  His horses and dogs are curried and checked to be in good health. He retires to the communal bath and his linens, undershirt, breekes (underwear) any socks or under hose are laundered.  Boots and hat cleaned and outer clothes steamed and beaten then dried in a hot room or aired in good weather. In the bath there will be at least one sluice room with warmed water to wash off the road and such then a communal bath when you were clean enough to enter a communal space. The baths of course often grew into inns and brothels and gaming rooms, all on church land.
So having had your clothes laundered and yourself bathed, got a hot meal inside you and a nights sleep you would then move into the town proper in a fit state to be seen in public and with the risk of spreading disease from foreign parts reduced.

Define Sidekick please.

So it is a valid writers tool that works well I just happen to dislike it. To me it has always suggests subordination to the MC where often they are simply another POV. After all they are not important enough to be the MC.

I have heard Mecutio described as a sidekick which he isn't, a plot device a pivot and  motivation to justify action yes, but no ones man.

Planchet, d'Artagnan's servant would fit the bill as a sidekick.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Dragon Awards 2018
« on: July 30, 2018, 05:08:31 PM »
Might have something to do with it being a great read, just saying.

Upcoming Conventions & Book Releases / Re: Bristol Con
« on: July 30, 2018, 02:50:25 PM »
Not needing anyone else to tell me my writing is no good of this I was unaware.

Anyway Bristol Con is a small and fun event.

No smuggling koalas out

Define Sidekick please.

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