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    [–] I’m new to fantasy, where should I start? The only fantasy I’ve read is The Hobbit wjbc 2 points ago in Fantasy

    Definitely not titillating. Grim and dark and brutal. And no one is safe, male or female. And remember I did not recommend it to OP.

    [–] I’m new to fantasy, where should I start? The only fantasy I’ve read is The Hobbit wjbc 2 points ago in Fantasy

    I was thinking of the Tenescowri in MoI. I don’t think Udinaas shrugs off what happens to him. But it was, indeed, one of a long list of shitty things that happened to him. All of it took a toll.

    [–] I’m new to fantasy, where should I start? The only fantasy I’ve read is The Hobbit wjbc 2 points ago in Fantasy

    Did you find it at all exciting or appealing? No, I’m sure you found it disgusting and horrifying as I did, as it was meant to be. That’s what I mean when I say it is not gratuitous—in contrast to all the scenes of sex in the Game of Thrones HBO series, to the point where they invented the word “sexposition.”

    [–] I’m new to fantasy, where should I start? The only fantasy I’ve read is The Hobbit wjbc 2 points ago in Fantasy

    I assume by male rape you mean in Memories of Ice and I do not agree that it was shrugged off. It was horrific.

    [–] I’m new to fantasy, where should I start? The only fantasy I’ve read is The Hobbit wjbc 2 points ago in Fantasy

    It’s nothing like Piers Anthony. You’ve heard about the woman burned to death for reporting sexual harassment? Imagine something as horrible as that that happening in a fantasy world. It’s in no way a fetish. It’s one of the consequences of the breakdown of society.

    [–] I’m new to fantasy, where should I start? The only fantasy I’ve read is The Hobbit wjbc 4 points ago * (lasted edited 7 hours ago) in Fantasy

    In his defense, Erikson does not make rape in any way exciting or gratuitous. He uses a clinical voice to describe it, makes it obnoxious and revolting, and in interviews says that he did it to force us to confront the real world problem of sexual violence. No one could accuse him of using rape to arouse his audience in any way — just the opposite, it’s deliberately repulsive. It is part of the grimness of his world, which reflects the grimness of our world. (That said, elsewhere there’s also a lot of humor in the Malazan series, comic relief, even if it is dark humor.)

    [–] “An eye for an eye makes the world go blind.” Do you agree? wjbc 15 points ago in AskMenOver30

    This is actually a problem in game theory. Tit for tat is a viable survival option but can get you caught in a death spiral of constant retribution. Tit for tat plus random forgiveness can be a better strategy. That doesn't mean constant forgiveness, retaliation is still the norm, but in a world of rational actors periodic forgiveness can break the cycle of retribution.

    [–] Church Membership in US Has Plummeted in 20 Years wjbc 2 points ago in politics

    Churches aligning their organizations with political conservatives killed religious membership in Western Europe, now it's doing the same in the U.S. There are a lot of liberal churches out there, but unfortunately they get tarred with the same brush.

    [–] Which books have one of the best opening chapter? wjbc 1 points ago in Fantasy

    Technically you are correct but the main characters in LotR have excellent plot armor.

    [–] ON THIS DATE: April 18, 1962 -- Bill Russell had the greatest Game 7 performance of all-time, putting up a stat line of 30-40-4 to win the championship in OT wjbc 1 points ago in VintageNBA

    The greatest players all have an off-the-charts BBIQ along with another level of play that they hold back for emergencies. They usually know what the other team is going to do because they've watched them do it all game, maybe all season, but they don't reveal everything they can do until it matters most. In the fourth quarter of a crucial playoff game, suddenly that play that worked all season gets shut down by a surprise double-team, or a block out of nowhere, or a crucial steal.

    [–] ON THIS DATE: April 18, 1962 -- Bill Russell had the greatest Game 7 performance of all-time, putting up a stat line of 30-40-4 to win the championship in OT wjbc 2 points ago in VintageNBA

    Russell played in an era when most players not named Jerry West were bad shooters from more than 15 feet. The paint was crowded and Russell could block or alter almost any shot. He seems to have invented help defense. He said he would pick and choose which shots to block for maximum effect.

    [–] I’m new to fantasy, where should I start? The only fantasy I’ve read is The Hobbit wjbc 6 points ago in Fantasy

    It's so good! If you like epic fantasy, there's nothing more epic. It's 10 massive volumes that reads like 30 massive volumes -- but if you love fantasy, that's a feature, not a flaw.

    I just think that experienced fantasy readers are more likely to stick with it, knowing that they love fantasy. Beginners might give up too easily.

    [–] When does politics become history? wjbc 3 points ago in AskReddit

    r/AskHistorians requires questions, answers and all other comments to be confined to events that happened 20 years ago or more. So if it's 20 years old, it's safe to call it history.

    [–] I’m new to fantasy, where should I start? The only fantasy I’ve read is The Hobbit wjbc 9 points ago * (lasted edited 12 hours ago) in Fantasy

    It demands your full attention. Erikson hates info dumps, so he dribbles out clues like a miser. It takes forever to figure out what's going on. You get tossed into the story midstream, and have to figure out what came before. There's a mystery about basic stuff like who is the protagonist, who is the antagonist, what is the whole story about. Just when you think you have it figured out, the story heads off in a different direction. For a long time it's hard to figure out a pattern. Often clues won't be relevant until two or three volumes later in the series.

    In fact, there are three almost completely separate starting points in the series, Books 1, 2, and 5. Each starts in a different continent with an almost completely different set of characters. Eventually most of them come together. But it takes forever and requires a lot of patience. In fact, when I first read the series I read each book twice before moving to the next.

    That said, it's totally worth it. I've now read the series four times and it's my favorite. But it's like a really complex puzzle, like a 5000-piece jigsaw puzzle that is all one color. Readers new to fantasy, who aren't entirely sure they like the genre, might get discouraged.

    By the way, as far as I know there are no plans to film the Malazan series. I think Erikson once jokingly suggested three feature films a year for ten years. But the special effects budget would be massive, much bigger than for Game of Thrones. To take just one example, GoT had three dragons; Malazan has hundreds, including zombie dragons. And they aren't even the main non-human characters. There are skeletal armies, dinosaurs with swords on their arms, giants, demons, wolves, gods, shape-changers, sea monsters, space ships, alien worlds, armies of undead -- it's just massive.

    [–] Who is the best movie villain, and why? wjbc 2 points ago in AskReddit

    Hans Gruber in Die Hard because Alan Rickman was just so good at being bad.

    [–] How the Chicago Bulls self-destructed after Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson left wjbc 28 points ago * (lasted edited 12 hours ago) in chicagobulls

    Just a couple of things to add. The fact that Phil Jackson retired first makes it seems like he started the dominoes falling, but at the time he knew Jordan wasn't returning. If Jordan had changed his mind, Jackson might have also.

    However, if Jordan had changed his mind he still might not have played the next season after slicing a tendon in his right hand index finger in a freak accident with a cigar cutter.

    [–] What's something people can buy right now to make their life easier? wjbc 3 points ago in AskReddit

    An excellent kitchen knife. I recommend the Victorinox Forschner Fibrox 8-inch chef's knife. It's reasonably priced and recommended by Cook's Illustrated. But then you should keep it sharp.

    [–] What is something you passionately hate? wjbc 1 points ago in AskReddit

    I also hate abbreviating okay as k.

    [–] What mind-blowing (but simple) facts would satisfy a 4-year old daughter’s daily request for 1 fact before bedtime? wjbc 1 points ago * (lasted edited 13 hours ago) in AskReddit

    Pineapples used to be so expensive that people would rent them as a centrepiece for their party.

    All the original still life paintings of exotic fruits and flowers were an expression of wealth.

    In 1992, a shipping crate full of 28000 rubber ducks fell off a ship. They kept washing up for years

    Some are still out there in the ocean. The toys themselves have become collector's items, fetching prices as high as $1,000.

    [–] What is the dumbest thing your parents said to you as a kid? Did you believe it? wjbc 1 points ago in AskReddit

    Santa Claus broke into our home every Christmas to give us presents. Sure, for a while I believed it -- because I didn't want to say "no" to presents. But the kids who really, really believe in Santa are the ones who scream in fear when asked to sit on his knee.

    [–] Tandoori chicken, red lentil dal, and Indian-spiced cauliflower rice wjbc 1 points ago in HealthyFood

    I'm afraid to try cauliflower rice because I don't like cauliflower. However, I love a mix of mashed potatoes and cauliflower. Is it possible to mix cauliflower rice with real rice?

    [–] Looking for non-space, non-medieval sci-fi/fantasy books wjbc 3 points ago in suggestmeabook

    The Chronicles of Amber, by Roger Zelazny, starts in our world and then moves to others, however the other worlds do have a medieval cast to them.