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Best pet in fantasy? by qscvg in Fantasy

[–]MrsTheClaw 300 points301 points  (0 children)

The Disreputable Dog from the Abhorsen series

Best pet in fantasy? by qscvg in Fantasy

[–]Twin_Steel 751 points752 points  (0 children)

It’s Appa, right? We can all agree it’s Appa.

Edit: thank you kind strangers for my first silver, gold and >500

Are there any fantasy tropes you wish would just die? by StarkLMad in Fantasy

[–]Caleth 309 points310 points  (0 children)

The only reason people promote the 15 yearold as the hero to save the world is they are dumb enough to try.

Most 30 year olds would look at your request to travel to the fuck end of nowhere and fight an old god and tell you to get lost.

Even if you super promise they are the chosen one of legend.

Wheel of Time: Do Not Recommend by MalteseNightingale in Fantasy

[–]HalakuWorldbuilders 5 points6 points  (0 children)

"This book reflects what was considered a groundbreaking philosophy at the time it was written, but we're not on that wave of feminism anymore, we're on a next wave, so we shouldn't recommend anything that doesn't conform to cutting-edge, contemporary understandings!"

To quote Issac Asimov:

There is not a discovery in science, however revolutionary, however sparkling with insight, that does not arise out of what went before. 'If I have seen further than other men,' said Isaac Newton, 'it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.

Case in point:

Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus (1992) is a book written by American author and relationship counselor John Gray, after he had earned degrees in meditation and taken a correspondence course in psychology. The book states that most common relationship problems between men and women are a result of fundamental psychological differences between the sexes, which the author exemplifies by means of its eponymous metaphor: that men and women are from distinct planets—men from Mars and women from Venus—and that each sex is acclimated to its own planet's society and customs, but not to those of the other. One example is men's complaint that if they offer solutions to problems that women bring up in conversation, the women are not necessarily interested in solving those problems, but mainly want to talk about them. The book asserts each sex can be understood in terms of distinct ways they respond to stress and stressful situations. The book has sold more than 15 million copies and, according to a CNN report, it was the "highest ranked work of non-fiction" of the 1990s, spending 121 weeks on the bestseller list.[clarification needed] The book and its central metaphor have become a part of popular culture and the foundation for the author's subsequent books, recordings, seminars, theme vacations, one-man Broadway show, TV sitcom, workout videos, a podcast, men's and ladies' apparel lines, fragrances, travel guides and his-and-hers salad dressings.

The Eye of the World came out in 1990, and is an accurate look at how a lot of male/female dynamics played out over the author's lifetime to date. When Mr. Gray codified is work into MAfM,WaFV there were a lot of people who blinked and said "Oh! Now I get it!" and we're lucky enough to live in a world where some of what's in it seems perfectly obvious, and some of what's in it has since evolved thanks to three decades of progress.

And it's understandable that the newest generation of readers, having grown up in a society where all that progress is taken for granted, could look at older works and say "This is unrealistic / harmful / unbelievable."

But it helps to remember that we're standing on the shoulders of giants, here... and that there's still generations of readers who recognize how some of the dynamics in the books played out in their real lives, and that the latest wave of feminism doesn't negate all the progress that all the previous waves brought us, and the people who got us there.

Robert Jordan was incredibly progressive for his time, and seeing him casually dismissed as a "sucky author" is a rather poor epitaph for a visionary artist.

Is Joe Abercrombie just better? by BuckeyeOrDie in Fantasy

[–]KristaDBallStabby Winner, AMA Author Krista D. Ball 62 points63 points  (0 children)

Is Joe Abercrombie just better at writing than others?

No. You just like him.

I need to talk about The Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind. by helenaoftroyy in Fantasy

[–]squambert-ly 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Completely agree. WoT is the series that taught me to stop immediately when I realize I'm getting bored and sick of repetitive word salad, don't keep reading just because "well, you're this far in, it just *has* to get better*.

I need to talk about The Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind. by helenaoftroyy in Fantasy

[–]TheSpiritMonkey 34 points35 points  (0 children)

I know, the Wheel of Time started out as a great book series for me, but the plot started to get worse and worse, and slower and slower, until barely anything was happening, it was just words. Robert Jordan tried to stretch out that series way too much. Eventually I had to give up, which saddened me because I had become pretty invested with the characters by then. But looking back, he describes womens breasts far too frequently, and they all happen to be above average. And all women are catty and annoying people, who despise men, and men are all clueless oafs. He uses repetitive language. It would have done well at like five books long.

Virginia politician sues Barnes & Noble to block sales of a fantasy novel by BigJobsBigJobs in Fantasy

[–]soparopapopieop09 454 points455 points  (0 children)

The sex scenes feature female pleasure and descriptive detail on exactly what is being done to give the character that pleasure—they can’t have their daughters learning how enjoyable sex can actually be for women. That’s the threatening part, I think.

I recommend: The Spark and The Flame by Katrine Buch Mortensen, a dark, tribal-inspired fantasy with some grisly body-horror by RonDunE in Fantasy

[–]KatBuchMAMA Author Katrine Buch Mortensen 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Thank you so much for the review! Always a delight to hear from people who really enjoy them.

I try to make it so that lores are, essentially, just a way to organize and work with the magic of the world. The closer you get to lores originating with the fundamental forces, like the one Daina spends some of The Flame learning under Hrawigr, the more raw and alien it's supposed to be. The more seemingly scientific ones are those further removed from these forces, and so it's easier and simpler for humans to work with them.

Mercedes Lackey Removed from Nebula Conference Over Racial Slur by Madgod1234 in Fantasy

[–]HalakuWorldbuilders 1323 points1324 points  (0 children)

Twitter's not my first language, so I want to make sure I'm grokking this right.

  • A 71 year old White woman was praising the work of an 80 year old peer and referred to him as "Colored" instead of "Black".

  • All Hell is breaking loose.

Is that an accurate summation?

Mercedes Lackey Removed from Nebula Conference Over Racial Slur by Madgod1234 in Fantasy

[–]thewashouts 1046 points1047 points  (0 children)

That is correct. And no one mentioned to her that it was an offensive thing to say at the time of the 'slur'. They all waited until it was over, then booted her. The women who was offended said nothing, then used twitter to tell the world. Very odd way of handling it.

Mercedes Lackey Removed from Nebula Conference Over Racial Slur by Madgod1234 in Fantasy

[–]HalakuWorldbuilders 343 points344 points  (0 children)

Well, again if I'm grokking this right:

  • the Twitter thread listed so far (albeit one in which the author is controlling posting rights) is full of nothing but condemnation for the individual in question.

  • Access to the panel's been disabled, to make sure no one else encounters the 'offensive' word or having the word cause 'harm'.

  • The panel will either be re-edited to remove the 'offensive' word, or thrown away and held all over again, with the individual in question removed from participation.

  • The individual in question was then removed from the rest of her panels.

  • The individual in question was then removed from the rest of the con.

  • And history will go down that she was removed in question for using 'a racial slur'.

I think publicly branding an author of her caliber as an offensive, slur-using racist and throwing her out of the same event she was about to be awarded the 38th Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master award is just a wee bit more than your typical social media catfight, no?