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Sci-Fi, Horror, YA & Urban Fantasy Books / H. P. Lovecraft
« on: Today at 04:22:50 AM »
I'm not really sure where to post this, but here goes. I've always been quite interested in dark, morbid stories like that of Edgar Allan Poe's work, and recently I've taken an interest in works by H. P. Lovecraft. Would anyone recommend them?

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95. Reflects my basic distrust in humanity.

Welcome to the villains gang, my brother.  ;D

I got a 61. BUT I also studied political theory at university and in fact wrote a paper on Machiavelli and I have Strong Opinions on The Prince - it doesn't actually say a lot of the things that get attributed to it. I appreciate that that doesn't really matter because the concept of "Machiavellian" is completely separate from the actual work, but I was still, as I went through the quiz, mentally shouting "That's not what he said!" :D (Basically: yes, the end justifies the means, but for Machiavelli, the "end" was the good of the people and stability of the realm to improve the lives of its population. His point was that a Prince should sacrifice all of himself, even his honour, if it made life better for his people. And, ultimately, he should improve their situation until they were able to govern themselves as a republic. Machiavelli was 100% NOT power-for-power's-sake.)

It's no surprise, really. People took whatever keywords they want from other people's original sayings and twisted them for their own agenda all the time. Hell, as a lawyer I'd probably be doing a hell lot of that in the future myself.

Besides: "The end justifies the mean" is one hell of a absolutely sick quote.

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Wooh. I just scored a 97 out of 100 for a test on how Machiavellian are you. Something to be proud of, finally.  ;D
(Prepares to join the villains side)
You can't say this and not share the link to the test ;D

Anyway, I think villains are giving Machiavel a bad name - I had to read his book on my first year at Uni and from what I remember it wasn't as bad as I'd imagined, hehe

Now that would make for one hell of an interesting required reading. :D  Here it is: https://www.aconsciousrethink.com/6299/machiavellian-scale-test/

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Wooh. I just scored a 97 out of 100 for a test on how Machiavellian are you. Something to be proud of, finally.  ;D
(Prepares to join the villains side)

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General Discussion / Re: Is redemption possible?
« on: July 02, 2020, 04:15:19 AM »
Improvement, sure. Changes in goals/ worldviews over time, sure. Redemption? Well I guess it'll depend on the moral perspective you're seeing from, I reckon. I've always been pretty morally grey, so I couldn't comment much on that. 

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I'm pretty tired of all these rehashes of the same myths/ legends. King Author mythos have been done to the death in almost every form/ version available to mankind, couldn't they come up with something more original?

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Speaking of which, I'm pretty glad we have actual freedom of speech here in the forums, in contrast to the FF facebook group. Nowadays they're practically banning every discussion even remotely mentioning J. K. Rowling, and any other things that might debate an actual serious discussion. It's already getting more on the verge of dictatorship censoring than keeping the community peaceful at this point, I think.

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Finished Nevernight.

By Jay Kristoff? You recommend it?
Yes!

2 of the trilogy were translated into Turkish. Will read after the 3rd one is out. Thanks :)

Huge recommendation from me, hahah. I totally loved the books.

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My order of five new novels have just arrived by mail today. All hail these new sacrifices to the TBR gods! (I bet these will make fine additions, indeed)  8)

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Gangs of London/ The Luminaries

Hey, I love anything gangster and that sounds exquisitely interesting. I'll definitely be giving that a watch some time soon.

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Watching Boardwalk Empire. It's a gansgster-ish show where the main protagonist is the treasurer of atlantic city and selling bootleg liquor during the prohibition era. People sometimes compared it with Peaky Blinders, what with both set during the same era, but there's more happenings and excitement in one episode of Peaky Blinders than in a whole season of this. It's mostly melodramatic who's sleeping with who stuff amidst the few actual bloody scenes and shootouts, but there's nothing much to watch...

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Just got back from making good on a little dream of mine.

There is a man-made forest outside of my town, just beneath a set of cliffs accessible via a steep incline from the forest. I like walking up there on good summer days, for a glorious view of the forest, the fjord, the mountains and the town in the distance.

Today I finally did something I've been wanting to do. There's rain in the foreseeable forecast, so I seized on this sunny day, put two large beer cans in a backpack along with some light snacks, cycled out to the forest, ascended the cliffs, and then sat down and sipped my beers before an amazing view. I brought a book as well.

It was great.


Good on you, Eli. That sounds well nigh perfect.  This morning I was writing fantasy during a thunderstorm. Now how good is that!

That sounds great, hahah. Usually I opened rain/storm noises like this while writing/ studying too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDq6TstdEi8

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It's one of those situations that it pays to have a friend who's a skillful attorney. They should take all of these allegations to court and let's see if people actually have solid evidence for whatever they are saying, and oh boy if you've got no proof whatsoever then that's bad news for you.

No. Courts are a last resort, not the first. We have to learn to be comfortable having these conversations as a community. Frankly: if an allegation is made, and the recipient's first response is to announce court action, that would be a red flag for me.

Well, Justin Bieber is suing against the person who accused him of false rape allegations for 20 million dollars. If it's going to end there, might as well make yourself ready in advance. However, should you be the one in that situation do it as you please, it's your call anyway mate.

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I'm rewatching Dark on Netflix in preparation for the third season being available tomorrow.

There are just so many twists and turns, paradoxes (that are freely acknowledged, rather than being ignored), and unanswered questions. I cannot wait! I was going to pack the TV up at the weekend ready for moving, but I'm going to leave it as watching it on a full size TV is so much better than my laptop.

I'm somewhat interested in this show as well, since I've heard of it being nominated the best Netflix original series. Maybe I'll get to watch it someday.

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Anyway, I started Nevernight because I read that it's very similar to Red Sister by Mark Lawrence (was released at about the same time). :)

I've found some pretty scathing reviews on YouTube, but they make me actually want to read it. It sounds hilarious. And if it is actually a solid book, well I wouldn't mind that either.

Nevernight is amazing. Mia Corvere is definitely one of my favorite female characters in fantasy. She's a proper badass, that one. The footnotes all throughout the entire trilogy was great too.

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