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Taverns and brothels, though, have never felt very convincing. Like everyone's copying an original that wasn't very authentic in the first place.

That's exactly what I mean! To me, that's about the definition of what makes something a cliche.

How can a tavern be a cliche? It's definition is standard. A place to eat, drink, make merry, sleep. Has tables and bartender and some wenches plus some musicians. Add in a kitchen and food. That's it.

What else do you all expect in a fantasy tavern?

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What are you bored of seeing in fantasy books?

Meddling Gods.

This seems to be a popular theme that has absolutely no variation at all. The only refreshing version I read recently was in Divine Cities. Malazan had a unique take and Cam Johnston's Traitor God was heading in the right direction. Can't think any book that varies significantly from default theme. Would love some recommendations in this.

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More Than 200 Fantasy Authors “Vandalized” Nicholas Eames’ Kings of the Wyld for Patrick Rothfuss’ Worldbuilders Charity

https://www.tor.com/2019/09/12/more-than-200-fantasy-authors-vandalized-nicholas-eames-kings-of-the-wyld-for-patrick-rothfuss-worldbuilders-charity/

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General Discussion / Re: What is an ooshie? And why the uproar?
« on: September 12, 2019, 11:34:36 PM »
A very good point on online bullying got buried.

People who harass others online over a toy which they legitimately want to sell are just plain bad and deserve to be punished a bit. The SJWs online bullying is a real menace.

I don't know what the solution is, but this really needs to stop.

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General Discussion / Re: The Edibles Thread
« on: September 12, 2019, 12:25:42 AM »
I was surprised to find a restaurant that sold Jianbing's near where I work. It's my favorite when I was living in China and I had to get to it. Had a lovely lunch.

Jianbing is a Chinese crepe type food made on a flour and egg batter with veggies and meat stuffing. It's a street food popular near Beijing.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: September 12, 2019, 12:22:14 AM »
If there was ever a boat for colonization of distant planets, I'd volunteer. But with no life skills to speak of, I'd probably get rejected.

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What bothers me most in winter is not the cold but lack of sunlight. Short and gray days makes you feel dull too. As long as there's some bright sun (even no warmth), I'd take winter over summer anytime. I'm a fall/winter guy rather than a spring/summer guy.

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General Discussion / Re: Motorbikes
« on: September 11, 2019, 03:55:02 PM »
Mrs. JMack’s sister (Jmacksisterlaw?) related the story of her boyfriend’s wife’s motorcycle accident that happened recently. (Yes, the boyfriend has a wife, you didn’t misread that.)

Wait, what?  :o

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Poor kids. I bet they be beat down, bloody and have to dredge last reserves and put their lives on the line just to pass the damn exams. They'd probably have a easier time facing Voldy.   ;)

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: September 11, 2019, 02:56:03 PM »
Started Death's Merchant by Justan Henner. Somehow I gave it up after few pages last time. Giving it a proper go now.

Bought Vicious by V.E. Schwab to read next. Looks to be a dark and gritty take about betrayals and like within the super(anti)hero context. Has rave reviews everywhere, so it follows next.

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Hell no. I found it so depressing to read. It's like the protagonist just moves from one suffering to another and the book is one eternal sob story.

Well written book, but the content puts me off big time.

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Was watching some documentaries on space, story of Voyage 2's journey into Interstellar space, the Parker space probe into the sun. About Jupiter and it's moons (Titan specifically).

Space always makes me wonderous and humble at same time. I'd sell a kidney for a journey to outer space.

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General Discussion / Re: Friday Night Music Thread
« on: September 08, 2019, 10:51:11 PM »
https://youtu.be/9yXzZTYjUl0

Light but lively catchy music.

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I answered a call from a telemarketer selling solar roof panels. Told her I wasn't interesting and she went on a rant on how me not buying is harming the planet and I'm not doing my part. She just hung up when I explained I lived in apartment. Was just plain weird. Do greenpeace-ers sell solar panels part time?

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General Discussion / Re: Motorbikes
« on: September 08, 2019, 10:15:17 PM »
Wrong thread...

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