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General Discussion / LGBT Education row in UK
« on: October 10, 2019, 01:04:35 AM »
After MPs voted in favor of adding LGBT education for Primary School students, row broke out after parents pulled out kinds from school in Birmingham.

I'm a bit divided on this. It's a good initiative, but feel Primary School kids (aged 5-10) might be a bit too young an audience. Perhaps high school might have been a better starting place.

Opinions?

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General Discussion / Dreams
« on: October 02, 2019, 11:46:10 PM »
Do you all dream or have a perfect dreamless sleep?

Last night I had a weird dream as in I was running (don't know why) but I couldn't. I was forcing myself, but legs were leaden, body was unresponsive. It took all my effort to just walk, put one foot over other. Then I realized I was dreaming, but I couldn't wake up. I was forcing myself to wake but was trapped. I was screaming....

Then when I finally work up, I was drenched in sweat. It was just mentally exhausting that I was staring at the ceiling before drifting back to sleep.

Not the first time I had this dream too..and with same experience.

What does it mean?

What's your recurring dream, if any?

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Ebooks (and Readers) > Physical books
« on: September 18, 2019, 12:09:43 AM »
The smell of paper and a new book excites me still, but it's not comparable to e-books/readers.

- Ability to switch books on the go.
- Ability to search for events that you may have misread/misunderstood on the go.
- Ease of carrying multiple books on the go.

Ebooks are the future.

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General Discussion / When did you last cry?
« on: September 02, 2019, 11:38:37 PM »
Or shed a few sneaky sniffly tears hoping no one would notice?

A movie, TV or book ending? Personal tragedy? Tears of Joy at something happy?

The climax of Million Dollar Baby that I was rewatching still gives me the sniffles. Death of Beak in Malazan still makes.me want to cry, despite already having shed some.

What does it for you all?

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General Discussion / The Edibles Thread
« on: August 28, 2019, 11:59:12 PM »
For anything related to eating...

I found a bar which sells cauliflower bites in various flavors, Thai Chilli, BBQ, Mango Mustard etc. Was lovely.

Had Cajun Cauliflower bites, Pasta and polished it off with Mango icecream.

Also missus bought a Wok, so will try to experiment/make Hakka Noodles over the weekend.

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General Discussion / Pets
« on: August 16, 2019, 01:57:44 AM »
So do any of you have pets, dogs ,cats, goldfish?

Edit: how do I search threads by title to find duplicates?

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General Discussion / What do you think the future would look like?
« on: July 14, 2019, 03:46:27 AM »
Most books about future fit into two major themes:

- An advanced futuristic society that expands into space, colonizing other systems, robots/AI, FTL travel etc etc
or
- A post-apocalyptic wasteland where we regress to underground or walled living with just survival being the objective.

Going by current events, which of these is more likely?

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Fantasy vs Fiction
« on: July 10, 2019, 11:00:29 PM »
Inspired from @AelizWarlok thread.

What in your opinion are key differences between Fantasy and Fiction?

A story sans any fantasy elements (magic beasts etc) set in imaginary land of X
Vs
A story sans any fantasy elements (magic beasts etc) set in imaginary Titan a moon of a Gas Giant.
Vs
A story sans any fantasy elements (magic beasts etc) set in Earth

Is that all that takes to differentiate between Fantasy and Fiction?

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General Discussion / What are your most controversial opinions?
« on: June 23, 2019, 03:58:35 AM »
I presume everyone has some that they rarely voice since reactions are not likely to be supportive...let's hear some of them.

To start this.....I support cannibalism, polygamy, legally assisted dying, decriminalization of suicides and increased use of death penalty.

Not just free for all, but within a legal structure that'll prevent misuse.

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The undead are a standard feature in fantasy novels, so are people with super powers. Though we don't call them superheroes or Zombies, we have lots of parallels and similarities between the tropes.

So do you see them as Fantasy or Fiction or Sci-fi or just plunk Comic (non-illustrative) as a separate genre?

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Torture/Cruelty
« on: March 25, 2019, 12:13:00 AM »
Does it really make a difference? We've had many books from WoT to Black Company to Malazan..which do not have much/any explicit cruelty to humans or animals.

Even in cases like Jorg, Cosca or Glotka, I can still appreciate the flavours of the characters even without the overt cruelty. It's my opinion that many authors feels it adds grit to story...but all it does is make a dark story cheap. Like watching a proper horror movie vs a gore movie. You can get proper dark or grimdark  fantasy without the overt cruelty / torture description.

PS: I especially hate it when it comes to animals.

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