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Re: Ethics in my setting. Could use some thoughts. I like the potential hypocrisy in them saying "killing is bad" but then doing it themselves, perhaps because they think themselves on moral high ground as they've meditated more about the value of life and of different actions.  The step to murderous fundamentalism is tiny, which makes the order all the more interesting if you ask me.

I get the feeling you're trying to make their moral code defendable, but isn't it more interesting if it has flaws (or rather, it will have flaws, so better to be aware of them)? One of these monks realising that despite all the ritual, lack of rage, justification, etc., taking a life is still taking a life no matter who you are is a great story seed, for example.

July 12, 2019, 02:48:22 PM
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Re: What are you currently reading? Here Be Dragons
- David P MacPherson

As good as any of Terry Pratchett and that's not something I'd say easily.

A extremely intelligent and funny roller coaster of a novel, that'll hook you from page 1 and won't let you leave till the finish. Action, adventure ever mixed with humor fills the pages, making a fantastic read.

It turns all usual fantasy tropes on its head and you find yourself just letting go and enjoying the ride.

Definitely recommended.

9/10

Thanks @ScarletBea for the recommendation. Absolute blast to read this.

July 13, 2019, 12:05:34 AM
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Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.) **Gem Cutter rushes in after his long absence, leaps onto the bar, and cries "Hear ye!"**

Gem Cutter, AKA Scott Hamilton, will be ranging around the UK for 2 weeks beginning Sunday. Here's where I'll be. My wife's never been to Europe, so this is a bucket-list excursion for us. If I am coming through your area and you'd like to meet, you can email me at js.hamilton2010@gmail, and we can see if a visit is workable. Half the trip's in Ireland. Here's where we'll be staying - it's a bus tour of fools, so here's the stops for the night:

14 July London, England. Arriving early Sunday morning. Will be heading to the Tower of London, snacking here & there, nothing big on the schedule. So this is an ideal day to meet anyone around London interested in meeting up for a bite or a drink.
15 July Park Inn Cardiff City Centre, Cardiff
16 July Ibis Liverpool Centre Albert Dock Hotal, Liverpool
17 July Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin
19 July Earl of Desmond Hotel Tralee, Co. Kerry
21  July Twin Trees Hotel and Leisure Club, Ballina, Co. Mayo
22 July Belfast, Ireland
23 July, Hotel Arrochar, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
24 July, Edinburgh, Best Western Braid Hills Hotel
26 July, Holiday Inn Leeds-Garforth, Leeds, England
27  July, London (we're running to Hampton Court)

If you're able to meet, please do reach out! I promise I'm cooler in person than my posts would suggest  8) And the first round's on me.

Sorry I've been absent. In the past 30 days I had a friend die unexpectedly (just 44) after flying home from the UK, my son's housewarming of his first-ever house he bought, a reunion of army buddies, and a bunch of other stuff. So yeah, a whirlwind tour to cap off a whirlwind year.
Cheers!
-Scott

July 13, 2019, 04:05:35 AM
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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world Will this epitome of human weakness just have his damn cheeseburger-induced heart attack already??

July 19, 2019, 06:34:58 PM
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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
On a slightly different note, can anyone explain what exactly the appeal of Trump is supposed to be? He doesn't really seem to have much charisma to me. He just comes across as self-assured and arrogant.

I've wondered about this myself.

Often.

The man is a terrible speaker. He is awkward, his vocabulary is stunted, he rambles like the confused old man he is, he is ignorant, he is weak and fragile, his voice is grating... and we all know I could go on.

The only conclusion I can reach is that the man himself is completely irrelevant. His fans don't actually care about the man. It is impossible to care about that weak, stupid little man. They care about his racism, and his cruelty.

It's as simple as that.

They like that someone, anyone, has given an official stamp of approval for their own cruelty and stupidity.

July 19, 2019, 11:48:40 PM
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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world The best description of Trump I've read is still "he's a weak man's image of a strong man". I may have said this before, but I just think it sums the whole phenomenon up so well. He is what happens when someone who has no skills or knowledge and no compassion or empathy is given power. The people who think he is the second coming of JFC are people who can see themselves in him, because they too are petty, entitled, and ignorant. He makes them believe it could be them up there, and worse, he makes them believe they deserve it, for no other reason than the fact that they exist.
July 20, 2019, 10:18:43 AM
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Re: Reddit Fantasy Writer of the Day
Is ME (!) tomorrow -- 97/17/19. Drop by and ask me anything you like about my writing, my grimdark series, skeletons in my closet!

How did it go?

It was fun. Not overly busy, but it's always nice to chat with folks. And Nicholas Eames dropped by to ask a question, which was nice of him.

July 20, 2019, 04:59:41 PM
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Re: What are you currently reading? This is a re-update, I'm reading Republic of Thieves and have surprisingly grown to really like it, quite more than I does Red Sea Under Red Skies. The flashbacks back to when the Gentlemen Bastards were adolescents (including all of the old members) were really amazing, and the political battle of wits between Locke and Sabetha is really something. Although Sabetha's dialogue irked me from time to time but I'm already starting to like this more than the glossary of nautical terms in the last book.
July 21, 2019, 04:49:30 AM
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Re: What are you currently reading? Riyria Revelations
July 21, 2019, 05:07:31 AM
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Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.) I got my FF bag!
Pictured here with the anthology, for scale :)


July 22, 2019, 12:36:03 PM
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