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Not sure about this one. I don't think I've ever actually read a book about a world I would actually want to live in.

And where I live is pretty much already the shire.
You’re a Kiwi?
Nah, I think he's probably a Yorkshireman ;)

(calling @Neveesandeh for resolution ;D)

Kind of close. Same country, anyway. I live in Dorset in the south of England. It's a very rural area full of small villages where not much happens, but the scenery is very nice.

I have at last, finished my first playthrough of Bloodborne. I wasn't able to do everything, I couldn't finish the chalice dungeons or beat the last two bosses of the dlc, but I can get to those later. The game is so good the first thing I did was start again with another character.

Probably a mix of both. Currently leaning more towards the later though.

Not sure about this one. I don't think I've ever actually read a book about a world I would actually want to live in.

And where I live is pretty much already the shire.

General Discussion / Re: Favorite Superpower
« on: July 12, 2019, 12:51:40 PM »
I'm not sure of the limits of the immortality. Are you immortal in terms of human body or can you live in empty space too? What happens if you are drawn into the Sun or worse into a blackhole ::)

I was thinking that as well. Imagine outliving the earth itself and having to spend an eternity drifting through freezing, empty space.

Having time to read all the books I want would be pretty cool, though.

I would go with mind control, a mind control with an unlimited range, and use it to alter world events. I would probably be a monster.

I generally don't like fantasy lite. I read fantasy mostly for the fantastical elements, it's an excuse to let your brain run wild. I'm generally more interested in weird creatures and monsters than magic though. I've been drawing up plans for one series that has no magic elements but lots of strange creatures.

I think Joe Abercrombie often strays into fantasy lite, The Shattered Sea trilogy definitely qualifies, and even when his books do have fantasy elements they're quite toned down. I like his books but reading Berserk has made me realise you don't need to tone down fantasy elements to tell a dark and realistic story. People are still flawed, complex and relatable if you drop them into a world with immortal slug monsters.

For an non-book example, I adore the Dark Souls games and I consider Bloodborne to be my favourite game of all time, but when I found out that all but five of the bosses in Sekiro, the newest game from the same developers, are human I didn't bother getting it, even though I've heard loads of glowing reviews. (Three of those bosses are also puzzle bosses, something Fromsoft doesn't really do very well, but that's not relevant to the discussion.)

Weirdly enough, I do really like alternate history, although I haven't read that much of it. I like the idea of taking something familiar and twisting it into something different. It's impossible for me not to look back on history and think about what could have gone differently.

I guess if you're not going to include fantasy elements, there's not really any need to set it in a secondary world. It might free you from the constraints of history, but to be honest a lot of historical fiction takes serious liberties anyway.

So, I've watched several news stories on that Jeffrey Epstein guy; an American hedge fund billionaire who is a massive child molester, with over 80 confirmed victims, and who traffics them to boot.. Apparently he got busted years ago, but was essentially let off by a man who is currently in Donald Trump's cabinet.

Aaand Epstein has long been connected to various important figures, such as Trump himself and Bill Clinton, just to name a couple. Even though, from what is being unearthed, his predilections were an open secret. It seems some bad stuff went down on this guy's private island, where he would invite people.

It's going to be interesting to see what comes of this. At a glance this has the potential to bring a lot of people down in flames.

But why, oh WHY, is this particular perversion so common??

I guess there's a lot of these people out there, but it's the people powerful enough to intimidate everyone that can evade justice for longer. Just look at Jimmy Saville or Harvey Weinstein. What they did was pretty much an open secret and yet no one would touch them. Jimmy Saville wasn't even uncovered until after he was dead.

General Discussion / Re: Mom or Mum
« on: July 06, 2019, 08:03:23 PM »
To be honest, when I hear Americans say 'mom' they appear to pronounce it so similar to 'mum' that I don't really notice it. Only when it's written down does it stick out to me.

Writers' Corner / Re: Reaging my MCs for YA?
« on: July 02, 2019, 12:19:21 AM »
I always intended the first series I wrote as YA, but whenever I go back to do more work on it, the darker and more twisted it becomes, and I'm not sure anymore whether it would fit into the category of YA. I don't really think toning it down works for the story.

The protagonists are generally teenagers and I've tried to go for a dystopian feel, in that the governments are pretty horrible, but teenage protagonists don't necessarily make YA.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: A few questions
« on: June 30, 2019, 06:28:21 PM »
1. Anything from China Mieville, especially the Bas-Lang books.

2. I would actually cite the Silmarilion, as a lot of Tolkein's imitators overlooked his nuances and themes.

3. The Mortal Engines books had moving cities. That's pretty hard to top. They also ate each other. And the plot of 'The Scar' revolves around some people on a city made of ships trying to harness a giant alien monster to the city so it can go faster.

4. Eh... No idea. Inns in fantasy usually are just a place to meet mysterious strangers or get into a fight.

'The Fifth Season' is really good. That whole trilogy is.

I've just finished 'The Poppy War' which is also fantastic.


All the top contributors to global warming deserve the guillotine.

That's a controversial opinion?

As depressing as it sounds, I don't think the Democrats taking power would be enough to end the camps. I read somewhere that before Trump, Obama deported more people than any other president. The Republicans aren't as good at hiding it, but the Democrats have done some pretty atrocious things as well. From what I can see, America needs far more than a change of ruling parties. The entire political system, the whole structure, requires drastic change.

I'm all for the death penalty in cases of extreme crime where there is literally 0% doubt about who did it. School shooters and terrorist attackers spring to mind.
I also don't think that mental health should be used as a defence for committing crimes, and that the prison system (In Britain) needs to be much harsher.

I'm unsure about the death penalty myself, but I definitely agree that the prison system in the UK is a joke. So is our police force, for that matter.

So... America?

Earlier today I saw something about a state where Republican politicians are flat-out refusing to do their jobs and the police was being sent out to round them up, which in turn sparked support by armed militia men.

Are the news painting things as bleaker than they really are? Because it's easy to get the impression that the US is coming apart at the seams.

Found this on reddit:
Quote from: u/theimmortalgoonr
A few things that should probably be added:

When that militia took over part of Oregon from Utah a few years ago, all the Republican presidential candidates, including Trump, tripped over themselves to endorse the cause of the terrorists (though stopping short of endorsing the action exactly) [https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/2016/01/oregon\_militants\_obama\_adminis.html](https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/2016/01/oregon_militants_obama_adminis.html)

Then the GOP in Portland agreed to allow rightwing militias provide their security instead of law enforcement:



Encouraged, a bunch of out-of-state rightwing militia types continued to invade Oregon. It was shown that they had a cozy relationship with the police the entire time:


There were other escalations. The right-wingers marched on one of the few minority strongholds in Oregon:


Some of the militia-types felt emboldened to start killing:


Started sacking union halls:


Among other things.

Thus far, the only response has been the GOP cheerleading and endorsing these assholes, the police cozying up to them, and the courts being very selective about what they do to these creeps, and they keep coming.

Lately, looking for a fight, they came down town and started bear-macing patrons in a bar. The police, slow to respond, were too late to do anything and little happened. So the owner of the establishment is trying to use civil courts to finally bring these jerks in:


These fascists have, in retaliation, decided to come back to Portland, burn the court papers, and try to pick fights yet again:


Since the Democrats in charge have been so feeble to do anything; the police and GOP have sided full on with the militias, and despite pleas nobody outside the state will acknowledge this breakdown, it's really not that big of a step that the militias are now shutting down the entire state.

Add those concentration camps for thousands of children and it's not far from Germany a few minutes before WWII...

Not being an American, the only thing I can compare this to is the plot of Far Cry 5.

Only then the government actually tried to do something about it.

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