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Redpill me on the second age. I want to know more about it. I’ve been meaning to read some Tolkienesque grimdark stuff but I only know of Bakker and maybe GURM. Tolkien’s own dark age would be fitting.
Oceanic - Greg Egan (2009)Lost Continent (2008)A teenager is smuggled out of his home universe that has been invaded by those from a future universe. He arrives in a future universe where everything is much better, but they strongly prefer not having any more refugees from war-torn universes. And so he waits in the refugee camp...and he waits.OkDark Integers (2007)A sequel to Luminous. This one was a mathematical conspiracy thriller as well. Although a distinct narrative existed this time, it remained mostly infodump. Two of the story's ideas were that the same physical expression of an integer may qualitatively differ and that dark integers existed. A dark integer was analogous to dark matter. They're integers that had remained undetectable but may have constituted the majority of integers. What did that mean in practical terms? I haven't the slightest idea. The problems that were thought to have been resolved, weren't.OkCrystal Nights (2008)A billionaire wanted to create AI far greater than humanity that would in turn out of gratitude allow his own apotheosis. A world simulation was thus created. His attempts at being a benevolent creator almost immediately failed due to not being omnipotent. Ethics become irrelevant. Consequences occurred.EnjoyableSteve Fever (2007)A non-sentient though goal-directed AI nanoswarm that temporarily commandeered human brains to suitable biological computation and physical presence compelled the protagonist to go to Atlanta.MehInduction (2007)A simple story of creating the means to travel light years as data and then doing so.OkSingleton (2002)Many-Worlds Interpretation is assumed to be true. That means that every possible action may be occurring in some other world. What if there was a Singleton though, an entity whose actions were always the same?EnjoyableOracle (2000)Singleton is the prequel to this story. A character travels back in time to a different world and teaches him all he needs to know to make technological breakthroughs well ahead of their time.Ok
>>20569506Border Guards (1999)A Jewel story. Immortals play Quantum Soccer. An unknown woman appears and tells the story of her life. Even several millennia later, some memories remain open wounds. Death is derided, as few remember it. EnjoyableThe following three stories take place in the Amalgam universe.Riding the Crocodile (2005)After being married for over 10,000 years, a couple decides to go on one last adventure, to understand that which remains unknown. 10,000s of years pass by as they travel, though they subjectively experience no time for almost any of it.EnjoyableGlory (2007)Researchers travel to a relatively undeveloped planet to study the artifacts of an ancient civilization before the contemporary culture destroys everything because they revere only war and expansion.EnjoyableHot Rock (2009)Researchers travel to a planet thought to be uninhabited to see if any cultural legacy remains, though what they find is far more than could have ever been reasonably expected.OkOceanic (1998)20,000 years ago from their present, posthumans came to the planet. To the last they gave up immortality and eventually technology, cut off from the rest of humanity. Over the many 1,000s of years various religions came into existence. The protagonist was born into what is considered by many to be a fundamentalist cult. As he grows older his relation to the religion of his birth changes. There's also an explicit sex scene which ends with an intriguing biological process.Enjoyable
tonight i had a dream about I Shall Seal the Heavens, i dreamed about meng hao and everyone and i was dreaming what would be the next adventure, meng hao and the gang across the universe, after 1 month just reading and consumingI Shall Seal the Heavens, 10 books, more than 30 thousand pages, there was a void after finishing the last bookdamn author should have done about 2 more books and told more stories, I wanted to know more about parrot and meat jelly, about green coffin in the vortex and what will meng hao do next
>>20569538im thinking about reading The Wandering Inn - Dungeon Crawler Carl - The Travelers Gate - Duna or Spraw Trilogy to kill time before cradle dreadgod releaseIs The Wandering Inn really that good?
>>20569588TWI really is that good, but I recommend starting with Dungeon Crawler Carl if you want to read Cradle as it releases. I'd generally say DCC is an easier read considering TWI's length, so try TWI after you finish Dreadgod.Whether you like The Wandering Inn or not depends what you want to read, it's not a typical progression fantasy or LitRPG, more like an Epic Fantasy with a lot of Slice of Life elements accompanied with 'Larger Than Life' events, LitRPG is just a flavour. The author's major inspirations were books like The Wheel of Time or Warhammer universe, so expect a mix of that, but written in a 'modern' way.
>>20569616yeah i just checked how many books and pages TWI have and i decided that i will read after cradle release, TWI sounds comfy so i gonna give it a try
have you ever fallen in love or become infatuated with a book character? i have but i'm a gay boy
>>20570350Literally all the time
>>20570350I haven't myself, but to do that unironically might be a sign of psychical issues. Do you talk to other people on a daily basis?
>>20570350Let's all love Lain.
>>20569076>>20569098Eat shit retards. He drank the coolaid, this is what the series is about now.
Is warhammer 40k lore one of the best sci fi ever created?
Any books with a good waifu for the protag like Kitai from Codex Alera was for Tavi? I'm talking about no shitty drama and high levels of competency while not hijacking the plot
>>20570510In my opinion it is. You can write any story you want in this setting and make it interesting.
Finished the Black Company entirely. I'm almost sad it's over. I enjoyed it greatly. What's next?
>>20569481Just picked up Ken Liu's Speaking Bones, the final book in the Dandelion Dynasty series. It just came out the other day so I got it asap. I guess now it's time for me to read all day.
Reading Between Two Fires and there are things I don't like. The dialogue is nicely sharp and flows very organically despite some of the arcane language. I'm still waiting for something to happen with the heavenly war, and thought the death of one of the characters happened too abruptly. Thoughts?
>>20571027I'm at 83% right now on it. I'll finish later today.
>>20569481What are you reading and what are you planning to read?
>>20570510I finished Malleus of the Eisenhorn trilogy just yesterday. The Triumph of Thracia was one of the coolest moments in the genre to me. I listened to it on audiobook and the sheer grandeur and scale of description was gripping. The rest of the book less so, second half really lost me by comparison.
What's the difference between magic, miracles, science and technology? I get frustrated when authors/writers can't agree on such things, and it's enough to stop reading books altogether because I feel like it is making me dumber.
>>20571130About to finish The Thousandfold Thought for the first time. Not sure what I'll read next - was considering some true crime, maybe a Jim Thompson novel.
>>20571308Why should they have to agree?
>>20571321"Um, magic is about magical energy, not worshiping gods, which is miracles, not magic- alsoalso magic totally isn't science or tech since it breaks physics and science and tech don't break physics, derpderpderpderpderpderp"
>>20571332Isn't magic just unquantified physics?
Sup brahs. I'm gonna be in a hotel room all weekend since my landlord is renovating my apartment. I just want to spend it eating room service and reading. If you have any comfy sci fi recommendations I can power through in a weekend I'd appreciate it.
>>20571344Yes, but a plethora of authors lack sense and don't like it when magic is "just fictional physics" - even though that is every instance of magic ever. The word 'supernatural' has never not been an oxymoron, or purely ironic. If it exists, it is natural. If it "defies" physics, it is defying current understanding of physics, not physics itself, which makes no bloody sense. Series like Dresden Files are gross because of this. The technology-vs-magic angle does not work when such things overlap much too intimately and are indistinguishable after a point.
It got buried in the last thread so I'll ask again, does anyone have an opinion on whether I should read a TSR Black Sun novel or Tarsnman of Gor for my next comfy Sword and Sorcery book?>>20571363Afraid I don't read enough Sci Fi to give a good comfy rec anon, but sounds like a relaxing weekend.
jolenta booba being sprayed by the river so severian has to dry them off, gently & slowly
>>20571381What is wrong with Jim Butcher?
Just finished Wheel of Time today. It was a decent read though it's definitely a series with significant ups and downs.What I don't understand is what the bond between Rand and Morin/Ishamael was about. Why did Rand's soul transfer to Morin's body when he died?Also, did Rand gain reality bending powers or something at the end? He wasn't able to channel any longer but he lit a pipe by "thinking" it so
Can I jump into Hyperion straight off or do I need to read other Dan Simmons to get his style first?
The /sffg/ roiled. The very extremity of their passion, wailing as old women one moment, whooping as young boys the next, oppressed them, and for all their frantic gratitude the Anons found themselves turning, as all manly souls turn, to anger and contempt. Anonymous posting is never so cheap as when executed for the lulz; and they were, in the end, cruel, spiteful, bitter shitposters.Sinners.So they began baying for the blood of their foe. Anon could feel it as much as they, the need to affix their sin to disposable Animefags.“Brothers!” he called, hoping to gather them once again within the harness of his voice. “Broth—!”>"I FEARED WHAT I MIGHT FIND ..." Their Holy Bakker-Shill had returned from his three day ban.
>>20571531yeahdon't read endymion tho
>>20571308A writer's inability to grasp what constitutes magical thinking is a red flag they aren't very educated, or at least skewed in an improper direction. You will notice that these sorts of topics aren't too dissimilar from religious arguments.
>>20571388Black Sun are D&D novels.
>>20571059It was a great book with great imagery, specially for a Souls games fan.
>>20571381That's true in a technical sense but I can conceive of universes where there's a meaningful difference from a practical one.There's a physical world and a world of conscious monads, tied together in some way. One of the rules is that if you imagine fire hard enough it appears in the physical world.A god exists in this world. He sometimes does favors like igniting fires because he gets off on submissive requests.The physical world is built out of vibrating strings. If you arrange some matter in the right way it vibrates the strings such that they shoot fire wherever you point your device.Yeah it's all "physics" but practically speaking I can choose between many dissimilar actions to light someone I dislike on fire.
>>20571531Just jump right in. Fall is great too in my opinion, the ending especially.If you're going to continue after that, I would suggest taking a break before reading Endymion.
>>20571588>but I can conceive of universes where there's a meaningful difference from a practical one.Congratulations, you just broke the fourth wall, since from the in-setting inhabitants' point of view everything is real and existent, and hence by-default physics/phenomenon.
>>20571602The inhabitants don't have to know any of that. They just noticed they can do many dissimilar things to light people they dislike on fire.
>>20571308There isn't one really, they're just different flavors of the same thing, and it's subjective at that. To a wizard magic is perfectly scientific, to a god miracles are simply obvious, to a random person math is incomprehensible devil worship.
>>20571609Then it's just cosmic sleight of hand, which is closer to the truth than you think.
>>20571508How did you manage to sit through all 14 of those?
>>20571614I don't know what you're suggesting. The answer is yes, if you're being autistic about it everything that exists is part of the same system. All biologists and chemists are just specialized physicists. But deciding you can fire all your doctors and replace them with physicists is still really fucking stupid.All of mathematics is shuffling symbols around but demanding mathematicians stop specializing in cryptography or group theory is still really fucking stupid.
>>20571381>>20571609I can swallow leaves and fruit and transform them into muscles and bone.I used to be smaller than a grain of sand.I am a conscious thinking being who performs computation by dissolving sugar into a vat of greasy saltwater.And all of this is somehow considered perfectly mundane and scientific, despite the fact that there's little to no understanding of how any of it works.
I could kill a giant arachnid. First of all, they like to knock out their enemy before killing them....
>>20571641There was just enough incentive to keep me going, though the middle books were a slog.
>>20570397>Do you talk to other people on a daily basis?all my social interaction comes from /sffg/ and other 4chan generals
>>20571641they're good>>20571508when they were in shadar logoth and crossed balefire streams their souls became interlinked
>>20571670>despite the fact that there's little to no understanding of how any of it worksThere's perfect understanding about how two of those work. You can interact with all three of them by moving physical objects around. That's the entire reason you're able to think of them as the same thing.>I am a conscious thinking being who performs computation by dissolving sugar into a vat of greasy saltwater.No you're not. You're a monad who beams his thoughts directly into a vat of carbon that works as a receiver, using electromagnetic radiation. Unfortunately Jesus hates you, so while he was hanging out in Valhalla he modified your monad to be incapable of using pure thought to move distant objects with monad to anti-quark radiation. Unfortunately this means you can't notice the practical difference between moving objects with physical chemical reactions that obey Newton's laws, versus monad radiation that doesn't. He fucked with your monad because he wishes you would stop being a pedantic, unimaginative faggot.
>>20571599sorry, i dont read progression fantasy
This general feels like 70% xianxia and litrpg lately. How long until light novels get admittance?
Hai guise, i'm new here. Anyone else reading "Peerless Scoop "Scoop Laser Beam!" ( `・ω・´)〓〓〓〓(゜Д ゜ ;;;).:∴Ka-Choom"?It's great. Light novels are the best.
>>20571847Trying to claim high ground while reading Chinese power fantasy rings kind of hollow
>>20571817it's isekaifags from /a/ migrating here because manga and LNs don't offer enough sex scenes for them
>>20571656Magic in the mystery/occult/arcane/etc sense is just a gap in information. Functional ignorance. Why do you think wizards hoard their knowledge? They don't want wider science assimilating it. In much the same vein, a stage magician won't tell you how he goes about his tricks. The difference between the magician and the charlatan is one of honesty.
>>20571641It was a "bucket list" item for me. I started reading WoT in the 90s. The problem was that I took a break when the series was only half finished, and had to reread those books. I have to confess that I'm not much of a fan of the series. It was simply unfinished business like beating Mega Man on NES. I do these things because I wanted to complete them when I was a kid and it's satisfying finally doing so years later as an adult. In my opinion WoT is grossly overrated and I can't in good conscience recommend it to anybody unless they're really running out of epic fantasy to read.
>>20571924Isn't Rand supposed to be like 20 at this point? Why does he look 30+
>>20571535Fuck you. I hadn't been on /lit/ since January and I came just to see if maybe anyone had heard anything about Bakker and this image made me think for just a second it had been announced.I fucking hate Bakker for making me get to into this shit just to vanish off the face of the Earth. At least GRRM let HBO ruin his shit so that I wouldn't care about it anymore.The Unholy Consult left me more curious than when I finished The Thousandfold Thought.2018 was four years ago... I wouldn't even mind if it was announced.
>It was a stately, mature beauty-as one might find in the portrait of some historical scholar. Shallan realized that she'd naively been expecting Jasnah to be an ugly spinster, like the stern matrons who had tutored her years ago. How else could one picture a heretic well into her mid-thirties and still unmarried?uhhhhh Sanderson based?
>>20571885A druid that cures someone by grinding plants up doesn't have to be hoarding their knowledge of medicine. Maybe they legitimately have no better idea of why what they do works than "tree spirits did it because i asked". If I'm an inhabitant of the druid's tribe I'm not going to group him and the guy who built my canoe together, just because they're both creating useful things in physical reality.I'm not saying authors who think "muh magic side vs muh science side" is a real, objective distinction aren't retarded. But it's completely reasonable that the dumb inhabitants of their world do think it's a real distinction. And it's even reasonable that the physics in that universe do reduce to meaningfully different types of phenomena.Maybe ghosts do exist and will blow people up for you if you get some maidens to dance for them. You have absolutely no way to influence ghosts besides making maidens dance. Maybe in the same universe atoms release a ton of energy if you split their cores apart. The only way you can do that is building complex machines.I'm going to treat my dancers and physicists in completely different ways, and call them different things. Yeah they're both "doing things to alter reality". But from a practical standpoint that's a completely worthless observation.
>>20571993>that paragraph where shallan compares jasnahs breast size to hersJesus Christ Brando...
>>20572015>>20571993sounds based, maybe i should pick up something from him after all.
>>20571972Are we sure Bakker isn't dead? He had a growing fandom scene and did book tours and had his blog and shit and disappeared like half a decade ago now.
>>20572014>A druid that cures someone by grinding plants up doesn't have to be hoarding their knowledge of medicine.That poultice is just some drug you buy at the pharmacy many, many, many (millennia+) years down the road. It is no longer magic, but science. The mystery and charm has been stripped. It is only magic in acknowledgement. Do you see the issue here?
>>20572064No. How is that an issue?
he pushed and jumped in the air. he saw his enemy pushing at him so he pulled to counteract the push. he threw a coin pushed on it and softened his landing by pulling on the coin. he flared steel to pull harder. the strength of his opponents push was still too much despite flaring. he threw a coin and pushed into the mists.
>>20572088Dude sffg has no taste. Don't bring that brainlet in here.
>>20572088And here I was getting worried about repeatedly describing how a character breathes because my magic system hinges on it. There are only some 90 instances of "breath" in my thus far 62k word third book.
>>20572121Are you unaware that Sanderson already did a magical system based on breathing? Also, there are a number of other popular series that have done the same.
>>20572121Considering that breathing is an important part of any high level actual fight how would you describe a boxing match. Please I want to laugh
>>20571363PKD's Ubik. It's not too long and it has some cool ideas mixed in a cheesy futuristic noir setting. Some scenes in the book take place in a hotel.
>>20571399Literally rape.>>20571531Yeah, just skip Endymions. It doesn't even feel like it was written by the same author.
The irony is that Sanderson isn't even relatively that popular overall, then again basically nothing in this general is.
>>20572153He just made 40mil on Kickstarter so someone's reading this shit.
>>20572160Crowdfunding is always dominated by relatively few high paying supporters, as is most everything in general.
>>20572136I usually don't actually constantly mention it unless it's pertinent, usually in relation to building up power for a significant technique.Though, I do have a good number of unarmed combat scenes, so here:>>20572136I don't read brandosando. I wanted to do my own spin on how breathing is handled in wuxia/xianxia, so breathing techniques are the most widespread technique for generating arcane power in my setting, followed closely by methods that draw from the leylines or ones that rely on some special trait of the user (for example a race of tribals who live on volcanic islands generate their own Ignis and thus usually develop this rather than breaking through into special breathing techniques).
>>20572183ah shit, the copypaste didn't work1/2When she regained her bearings, he had her left leg in some sort of hold, staring at her with a demented grin on his face. “Forfeit or your knee goes,” he seethed, taking hold of her kneecap. As if an addendum, he muttered “Cloud-scattering Sacred Breath…” to himself, taking in another sharp inhalation. She knew he would be able to maim her well before she could take a proper breath, that feeling of impending danger screeched in the back of her head like a wild beast. The world briefly slowed to a crawl as her mind rushed, her eyes locked to his.Zelsys dug as deep as she could, exhaling every last wisp of Fog she had left and hoping it would render her upward kick to his head fast enough to get him off her. His head whipped to the left, and the grin vanished from his face as his fingers slipped from the fabric of her pants.A sharp breath, rolling to the right, then up to her feet in a wide stance. His stomping boot threw up dust where she had laid moments prior as he quickly handsprung back to his feet, flowing after her in that low stance like his body was the head of a giant snake, his hands the fangs.Just then, she realized. If he wanted to fight like a beast, then it would only be appropriate to treat him as one. “Come on! Come at me!” she mocked much in the same way she had mocked the rot-bear, grinning ear to ear as she sidestepped his charge with a larger exhalation, moving just barely out of his reach and landing securely on her feet. Fury filled his features in a split-second and he redoubled his pursuit, turning on a dime.Mid-turn, he was as open as he would get, and Zelsys saw the opportunity clear as day. She stepped forward as if she were going to punch him again, placing her weight on the heel of her left so it could act as a pivot point. When his raging face turned to a grin, she knew she had him. “Like an open book,” she inwardly chuckled to herself.A twist on her heel and an exhalation, raising her right leg into a kick straight to his chest. His ribs against her heel, she felt them bending under the force as she sent him careening across the cobbles again. Halxian slid over the ground, eventually brought to a stop by the foot of a man in the audience. He laid there motionless for a few seconds, until he struggled to his feet, retching and puking blood.
>>205721932/2The boy struggled to take a breath, and he did - but it wasn’t an explosive one, it wasn’t a breath of Fog. It was the wheezing inhalation of one who had the breath completely knocked out of them and didn’t know how to regain it. “Wghr…” he tried to speak, only to spit out a tooth.Halxian’s left eye twitched, his face twisted into uncontrolled rage. He took an implosive breath, and without any regard for his own safety charged Zelsys in an erratic dance of punches and claw-like swipes of his immaculately manicured fingers. There was little to no technique or consideration in his assault, his strikes had long wind-ups that she had no issue reading and countering.She managed to dodge the first two strikes, but he slipped past her guard with a low gut-punch. A full-force elbow strike to his forearm forced the boy back, his arm bending under the force like a branch in the wind. Three consecutive punches, she blocked with her forearms. Halxian swiped at her, which she answered with a light uppercut to his wrist. He wound back, grunting in pain as he unleashed a right jab. A slight movement of the head to avoid the strike, whilst cross-countering with a right-handed jab of her own, exhaling as she did. He ducked under the jab long before it would have struck, well before she had committed. She turned it to a slightly downward right hook.Her fist, his temple.The young man spun around and fell to the ground trailing a spiral of Fog, having lost consciousness. Still riding the body high of combat Zelsys stepped towards him, oblivious to how this all must’ve looked to the bystanders.
>>20572153>In 2020, Sanderson's agency updated his number of copies sold to over 18 million worldwide, and in early 2021, to over 21 millionThat's pretty solid.
For me it's The Charter.
>>20572177What's your point? It's still the most successful kickstarter campaign of all time.
>>20572204He has a lot of books and as it says, that's worldwide. He has like 30+ novels, several novellas, graphic novels, abd various other stuff. Sure, the total amount is solid enough, but on an individual book level, not so much.
>>20572183>>20572193>>20572200Ok I actually get what you're going for with your techniques but I think most of that should have already been established and explained, but not in an infodump like manga or cultivation settings, so that the system could be shorthanded to focus on the swiftness and violence of a fight scene.
>>20572231That's only because no one high profile really uses it and for a few other reasons.
>>20572153does any other contemporary fantasy author come close?
>>20571806Stop being retarded, modern medicine is literally "I made it up" tier. All it's got going for it is blindly following previously successful treatments, which were either copied from ancient herbal medicine or discovered through literal random chance, and cataloging everything they can look at in a microscope, and mostly getting the functionality wrong. Remember, these are the same people who said fat caused diabetes and you should replace it by eating more heart-healthy corn syrup. And don't forget about throat soothing, lung cleaning cool menthol cigarettes!
>>20572236That's a compkletely fair point. This was one of the very first fights in the story, and THE first fight against another cultivator. I've tried to make the fights more snappy since then, but I often can't help but describe the specifics of what a character is doing, at least if the POV is attached to that character.
>>20572254Define "contemporary". Also, yes, quite a few have more on an individual level. If terms of /sffg/, not really much. But again, /sffg/ isn't representative of sff overall, which was my point.
>>20572064Indeed, science is just a thin coat of atheism paint ontop of alchemical herbalism. If anything the druid understood it better than the doctor does.
>>20572246Okay I guess your right. Kickstarter is an obscure crowdfunding website, Sanderson's not actually popular, and only a few people gave him 40 million on kickstarter.
>>20571531>Can I jump into Hyperion straight off or do I need to read other Dan Simmons to get his style first?The best option would be not to read Hyperion at all, but if you have to, do try to imagine it as a comedy. It will make much more sense that way. Also, prepare Benny Hill soundtrack for the sex scene in the later part of the book, trust me, it will make everything much better.
>>20572282It's all relative. The average payment is $225. The median is probably far higher. 185k is nice, but not absurd. You have to also remember that this isn't just him either, it's to pay for everything with his publishing company. If it were all just selling the base ebooks, it'd be like $2m per book. Then all the other expenses and taxes and etc, and their cut for hosting it. If anything the advertising and marketing for this is worth more. I wouldn't be surprised if the numbers were goosed to get all this publicity.
>>20572085It means magic is more of a state of ignorance than a discernable thing. The problem with too-understood magic is that it is just a science by any other name, and hence highly disingenuous.
What I mean is that a considerable amount of YA sff marketed to women sells more than Sanderson, but that isn't relevant to this /sffg/.
>Maithanet is Kellhus' half-brotherDidn't see that coming, Bakkerbros...
>>20572254Guy Gavriel Kay is a better writer. Or Kazuo Ishiguro but I'm not sure if he still counts as /sffg/
>>20572396Popularity, not qualityKay's best outing is a small fraction at best. Ishiguro has one major book of similar popularity.
>>20572427Oh, then yeah. Martin probably sells more books but his main series is obviously dead in the water, and otherwise I can't think of anyone
>>20572347That's not an issue.It's also not entirely true. What did you think about the dance-loving ghosts? It's perfectly possible for universal laws to exist such that the world is influenced in meaningfully different ways.God exists and you can either make things happen by praying to him and letting him temporarily suspend whatever laws of physics he feels like. This is completely based on his whims and the only pattern you can discern is he's more likely to listen to you if you're a virgin female who just killed a goat. Or you can manipulate the position of atoms by yourself by moving things with your body. There is some sense in which both of those are "the same thing" because you can define "physics" to include all of it. But once again, that observation is worthless and no one cares about it.So congrats, you've intellectually owned some retarded light novel authors and medieval characters with your superior understanding of philosophy. Why are you still talking about it?
>>20572445Yes, but by that point you're relying on culture/society to continue referring to such things as magic - and then you start to wonder if magic is just style/aesthetic/contrary physics to these people, rather than objective possibility/exposure/wonder/mystery/etc. We certainly do not refer to our 21st century amenities as magical, despite them meeting such criteria.>What did you think about the dance-loving ghosts?Magic that is volatile and left to the whims of outside forces/intelligences is a lot more buyable than something that is reliable and replicable, or just systematically defined. The stuff of coincidence, or something approaching that. In the vein of Game of Thrones, magic that is comparable to throwing a tiger a piece of meat, and expecting it to do something.
>It's a 4 (four) interludes in a row chapter.
why does /sffg/ hate wot so much?
>>20571924That's not Rand, that's Calder!
>>20571924i guess to keep in the style of the previous covers
>>20572602Because we can recognize it's just over-bloated western haremshit
>>20572602Because it's boring filler shit, and is one of the worse examples of 90s fantasy. The only reason it got go big was because people didn't have much choice when it came to genre fiction.Now with Kindle Unlimited and other webbased publishing, publishing houses no longer get to dictate what they think you should read.I haven't read a publishing house book in years, last time I tried to read one, it was the same old shit.
>>20572550>if magic is just style/aesthetic/contrary physics to these people>rather than objective possibility/exposure/wonder/mystery/etcThe latter don't contradict the former.I don't have a problem with people calling unusual physics "magic" if it's completely dissimilar to the rules that govern the rest of reality. The word doesn't have to imply that no one has any clue what they're doing. To me it's just when people are doing things in ways completely distinct from standard life. Probably using education that has no connection to whatever things normal people know.
>>20572550These perceptions are something to be explored in the story. Think it was Clarke's 3rd Rule that states sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic? The magical counter to this is 'any sufficiently analyzed magic is indistinguishable from science'. I'm not familiar with many series that explore their magic or future interpretations of it outside of Mistborn. The push/pull of allomancy becomes something you can do with magnetism, integrating the systems with the advancement of the world.Legend of Korra for a cartoon reference, if you want an example of this done poorly. Lightning bending. A rare feat exclusive to master class benders becomes run of the mill, used to power generators in the city. Recognition fades for the ability to achieve this. Now it earns them minimum wage.
>>20572625>Now with Kindle Unlimited and other webbased publishing, publishing houses no longer get to dictate what they think you should read.oh right. no we live in the golden age of the wandering inn. what a time to be alive
>>20572639Wandering inn is shit. why the fuck do you keep trying to shill this crap?
>>20572668does RI even have a satisfying ending
>>20572625Can you name a few kindle unlimited titles that aren't gamelit, harem, xianxia, progression, Isekai or similar?
>>20572696No, the chinese goverment banned it before it got finished.
>>20572550Computers are magic. And back in the time of actual wizards practicing alchemy, they called themselves scientists and thought it was perfectly understandable and reasonable to transmute lead into gold using encoded bible passages. In every case anyone actually said to be a practitioner of magic was practicing a scientific discipline and had mountains of texts, instructors, experiments, and research documents about their craft. No only that, but modern science was considered to be more magical than the magic! Production of steel required magical ore, but driving out demons with the lord's prayer was perfectly mundane.Pythagoras was part of an exclusive mystery cult that hunted down and executed any outsiders who leaked their secret texts. Those secrets? GEOMETRY. He considered it to be too esoteric and divine for the common man to understand and viewed any attempt at doing so to be blasphemy.
>>20572726if only they would ban all the other wuxia shit
>>20572783>ban what I don't like!yuckchina tried to ban birds once
>>20572215I really need to read the second and third books
>>20571557Are they good, though?
>>20571560Yes there are things I like (I mentioned the dialogue). I think Delphine is a great character. I just wish it had more of the "heavenly battle". I'm not finished yet.
100 pages in and this book still hasn't done anything to hook me. I feel like I've been reading for days. Reading a page is like slogging through thick swamp water, my boots are full of pebbles and every step is painful. There's got to be a reason people like this though. Maybe it will get good if I read 100 more pages?
>>20572955I liked it.I did read "Mistborn" first, though.
>>20572962When did it get good? I just read the part where the slaves are holding the bridges and I guess that was alright.
>>20571924>>20572613Why didn't they paint his other arm here? The artist got lazy? Took a coffee break and forgot?
>>20571130I'm re-reading The Runes of the Earth now. It's nice having already read the final chronicles seeing how everything fits ahead of time. I'm thouroughly enjoying it.Next I'm going to either read The Algebraist by Banks or read some William Burroughs science fiction.
>>20571950The same reason this happens.
>>20572088I can't bring myself to read Mistborn. Not after the third Stormlight Book. I confess that I love The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance, but I can't continue on with Sanderson. I just cant.
>>20573036Is that a picture of Sanderson in his Latter Day Saints uniform?
>>20573052Yes, but this one is from my spank bank.
>>20572372>opens first spoileryou fucking piece of shit faggot if you just spoiled what I think you did
>>20571381Of allll books and authors that deal with magic, you pick Dresden and Jim Butcher as your "I just can't..." example?!?
>>20572916Definitely. I wouldn't strongly suggest continuing after that though.
>>20572177>KickstarterThat 40 mil came from 185,341 people, that's not "relatively few".
>the no discussion “look guys I read” poster spoils Bakker once againSwear to god I could strangle this fucking weasel…
>>20569481The Hobbit is better than LOTR.
>>20573108Why don’t you just read faster or, better yet, stop reading for the plot?
>>20573101since when is 100,000 people a lot?
>>20573173To me 6 million is a lot
>>20573182Just one ovenful.
>>20573159Discussing specific plot points along the way is retarded, because 99% change no one is on the same page as you. Complete the book/series/whatever, then you can discuss with other read anons.
I just finished the first 3 books of the dread empire.Can't recommend them enough.It's more coherent in a way than the black company, as it's told more like a traditional story and not just from a single narrator (the annalist pov). Great characters, got romance, shit happens a lot, shit happens you don't expect.Lots of battles and interesting sorcery and wizards but without convoluted rules for the sorcery constraining everything. Classical wizards that can do all kind of shit. There's good bromance, tragedy and plot directions you don't expect as you often get enemy PoVs too.Heroism and betrayals, good military engagements.Just really good. Looking forward to finishing the rest of the books now.
>>20570537That was typical tsundere bullshit
>>20572955I like the stormlight archives but I do think it's slow going, until you get a grasp on the world and what's going on it's kinda hard to push through.Try stick with it a bit longer before deciding to drop it.
>>20572550Magic should absolutely have consistent internal rules, even if the readers are never explicitly shown those rules. If it "just works" it's begging to be used as deus ex machina, leading to bad writing habits.
>>20573284Those consistent internal rules should be surface level at best. A 'witch' mixing hallucinogenic herbs together without knowing the chemistry behind it. How many steps in a ritual are truly necessary?
>>20573083>open spoiler tag>noooo you spoiled it for me!!!!
FORGET THE DYING EARTH FAN FIC AND FINISH YOUR FUCKING BOOK YOU FUCKING FAT BLOB
>>20573284Too rules basically lead to a level up system like in Malazan or mistborn/stormlight thoughMistborn>He can weild one kind of metallurgy>This guy can wield 2 kinds!>This guy can wield 8 (eight) kinds>This guy can wield 1 kind of alchemical power>This guy can wield 1 metal and 1 alchemical power!>This guy can wield 8 metal and alchemical powers!Stormlight>Literal level ups via teirs of powerMalazan>This guy can conjure a bit of light>This guy can conjure light from a place so strong to generate flames and blind anyone looking at it's cast>This guy can conjure light from an even stronger place that scorches battlefields
>>20573337I prefer malazans out of the 3, to open the warrens or the ancient holds takes practice, natural talent and a lot of willpower so only the strongest wizards can pull through from the ancient holds.
>>20573337Poor terminology doesn't help either.
Is this worth reading lads? I like the idea of civilization threatening sci fi stories, is this any good or should I avoid because it's written by a chink
>>20573391good if you like dbz i guess
>>20573337Mistborn is retarded because it sidesteps the rules part of a magic system with rules by just making character access to said magic system entirely arbitrary by way of bloodlines.
>>20573407silted chink writing, glorified MTL shitsome cool ideas but hobbled, once again, by chink writing
>>20573284>an author will sabotage their own story, unless they constantly ask permission from bunch of fake gayme mechanicsWay to out yourself as wholly unable to understand both the essence of a narrative and the process of writing fiction.
>mfw Achamian just revenge-cucked Kellhusand now hes about to go Columbine on Conogas and his boys
>>20569616I like TWI, but that image is over posted and is getting boring.
>>20573465You misunderstand. Any competent author will develop an internal logic and with it rules for their magic system, even if subconsciously. A magic system that is truly rules-free is just the hand of the author, it's bullshit that works the way the plot needs it to work at any given moment, it is... What Gurm does.
I finally got to the part in ISSTH where Meng Hao puts on the mask
>>20573492I wanted to continue acerbic shitposting, but I'm on a schedule. You are right that any competent author will develop "internal consistency", even without thinking. The themes, needs of a (good) plot and narrative arcs guide them. If the author can fuck up their own story with poor use of magic, they weren't writing a good story in the first place.
>>20572139Thanks for the recommendation bro. I’ll read this
>Sanderson's March 2022 Kickstarter campaign became the most successful in history, finishing with 185,341 backers pledging $41,754,153. How did this happen when he's a mediocre author?
>>20573636That is actually quite disgusting.
>>20573473Youre taunting me now. This is just cruel.
>>20573636He's better than (you)
>Various rumors are floating around about my involvement, or lack of same. I am involved, just as I am with THE HEDGE KNIGHT and THE SEA SNAKE and TEN THOUSAND SHIPS, and all the animated shows. Kit’s team have visited me here in Santa Fe and worked with me and my own team of brilliant, talented writer/ consultants to hammer out the show.>Yes, WINDS OF WINTER. No, have not forgotten. I was back with Tyrion this past week.Nothing this fucking hack does should surprise me at this point but every time he commits to something new it's just another nail in the TWOW coffin
>>20573636le chinless YA man
>>20573692He will die of fatfuckness before he finishes it anon. Just accept it and move on with your life. Nothing you can do will change this.
Can somebody recommend me a fantasy novel and/or series similar to Planescape? Something literary and deminsion-hopping.
>>20571993Delicious cake long expired...
What are the primary literary issues with chink fantasy/literature?
Quarter way through White Luck Warrior, I hate Kelmomas so much it's unreal. That lil guy just makes me puke.
>>20573636i haven't read him yet but i guess his books are actually quite good and you guys just hate him cause your incels who hate anything popular and just read obscure chink shit and bakker
>>20573774is it bad writing or bad translation?
Rare: Author Brandon Sanderson at Yiffcon 2019
>>20573783Unprofessional authors translated and edited by unprofessionals
“But!” Thieving Heaven Demon Venerable raised his hands as he shouted: “But do you know? Do you know how much I want to return?!”Thieving Heaven Demon Venerable then lowered his head, his fingers stabbing into his hair as his eyes were hollow, he muttered: “Do you know how tough it has been for me?”“When I was a mortal, I told myself that if I became a Gu Master, I will be able to find a way home.”“When I became a Gu Master, I told myself that after becoming a Gu Immortal, I will be able to find a way home.”“After becoming a Gu Immortal, I consoled myself again, if I become venerable, I will be able to go home.”“But now, I am already a venerable! And yet, I cannot find Space Door! Where is Space Door?”“Even if I find Space Door, can it really let me return home?”“Gu Venerables are the strongest! There is no road ahead of me anymore. Sometimes, I will dream of Space Door, I dreamed that I found Space Door but realized it was completely useless.”“Whenever I wake up from such a nightmare, I will be covered in cold sweat.”“I admit that I am afraid, I am afraid that I cannot find Space Door, I am afraid that the truth behind it will send me into utter despair.”“Can you understand my feelings?”Thieving Heaven Demon Venerable’s breathing became rougher, he looked at the deepest part of Crazed Demon Cave, the thinnest part of the world boundary.
>>20573783Unironically both at the same time. Western self pub authors are bad enough, but chink ones are even worse. Add in a shit MTL and it's truly abysmal.
>>20572970How far into discovering the magic are you? I do remember WoK to start kind of slow but it's worth sticking with it, specially if you like hard magic.
>>20573432That's kind of addressed as we see less and less metalurgy and alomancy as time goes on and we go further away as the bloodlines get diluted. Also just because not everyone has access to the magic doesn't mean that the magic doesn't have rules.
>>20573791Is this the kind of chink shit you fags jerk off to?
>>20573636Cause he isn't mediocre?
>>20573773The most popular stuff in china are webnovels, where authors are expected to publish daily (sometimes twice daily) in order to keep engagement and click views high.This means a lot of story lines get fluffed out the ass.This also means they fall back on common literary tropes. For wuxia/xianxia it's shit like arrogant young masters flipping tables, tournament arcs, auction arc, or finding out a new realm/sect to conquer/beat up.It kind of makes the whole journey very meandering and often times the author just wraps shit up in like 10-50 chapters (which is like a week or month's worth of chapters out of 3000k+) because either they lost the plot and gave up or they want to move on.I also dislike that so much of their magic system is based on real-life daoism/cultivation/internal alchemy. My issue is that it really limits what you can do with such a system. Everything is a variation of the same shit (think Tolkein and how every modern interpretation of elves/orcs is a riff off him). Don't be surprised to see the same shit, different story constantly with pills and whatever.Also because there's references that sort of fly over people's heads. I'm not talking Mt. Tai, I mean sometimes they reference random ass real-life chinese folk stories and ancient history. It's the equivalent of expecting the average reader from America to know George Washington's pre-American Revolutionary War military career in the 7 Year's War.Then there's the racism (China number! Communist Party Great! Taiwan belongs to us! Fuck the Japs! Koreans pls be our bffs!), the sexism (you think japs make shit waifus? Chinese are worse), and the shameless plagiarism (it's not uncommon for web novels to steal plot beats wholesale from each other but sometimes its impossible to tell since they're so shameless ripped off other things anyways).
>>20574108Half of those things you listed are positives
Erikson claimed that bakker is treading in the wake of Glen CookThoughts?
>>20574158They're not very similar
>>20574158>a sperg-hack comparing a homo-hack to a washed-up hack
>>20574168Supremacy of Bakker > peasantry of wolfe
>Retracing his bloody footsteps, the wizard limped on.Hold me, Bakkerbros.............
>>20574161Lots actually. Kellus prophet arc clearly comes from El Murid.
>>20573485>I like TWI, but that image is over posted and is getting boring.
Bakkerbros all hope is losthttps://www.newsload.ca/post/insights-on-the-second-apocalypse-book-series
>>20574601So if we even get a third series, it will just be a sort-of prequel?
>>20573636>How did this happen when he's a mediocre author?He's rich and has lots of advertisement methods/opportunities.
>>20574601>He might continue or he might notGee, how useful
>>20573779>I haven't read him yet but here's my baseless retarded argument>>20573636he's popular because people don't want to read quality, they want to turn their brains off and read popcorn shit and the guy is incredibly prolific with his brainless popcorn entertainment
>>20573636have you not seen the state of modern fantasy? hes probably one of the better authors
just finished the first zones of thought of book, should I read the other two?also, is there any other books that focus on tier levels between galactic civilizations and the possibility of godhood through transcendence?
>>20574764The Book of Mormon
Just finished pic related, it was good but rolled straight into the second book. Does anyone who's read this series have any insight on whether it's gonna end at 3, or is it scope creeping to endless novels?For anyone who hasn't read it, it's basically told through stories, and the setting has roughly six disparate countries and colors built around "blessings" which are abilities to control a certain element. Long but well paced and I never felt like it was dragging, but book 1 is definitely not stand alone, as it just sorta ends.
Sanderson really did put out an awful precedent for magic. The magic system subreddit is proof enough. George meanwhile actually knows what magic is supposed to be. You don't need an explanation for things.
>>20574828I want one of those
>>20574865>Soft magic systems where everything is nebulous are better because...because I said so, Okay!?Lmao, people really can't get over the fact some people want their stories to make sense. You can have magic in a story to serve some specific purposes like evoking emotions or resembling ideas, concepts, whatever, but bitching about people doing the opposite and just enjoying crafting and reading worlds in which supermundane fenomena has rules that can be understood and harnessed is the height of dumbfuckery. That is not to say that Sanderson's magic is great, it's just decent, but as his books are popular, people mindlessly emulate him without understanding what is what. Jesus, this is not a hard concept to understand, different ways of presenting fantasy worlds are compelling to different people. Also, I am not sure what George means by Gandalf never using spells, fucker literally spammed firebolts against Goblins when he was with the dwarfs on trees in Hobbit. I think there were also other instances of him using magic, like to provide light etc. That's as straightforward application of magic for mundane problems as you get. That is not to say that George doesn't have a point by pointing out Tolkien's magic isn't just a series of spells someone can cast, there is a lot of mystery to it, and having that can be great for stories. But blanket statements about magic systems are jsut straight-up retarded.
>>20574941Gandalf doesn't make magic a crutch, is the bloody point. He's also one of just five individuals known as 'wizards'. Humans, by word of Tolkien, do not use magic without some sort of artifact or patronage. You freely decided not to get his angle. Good for you. You must really hate the man.
>>20574941He talks about it more here.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCCD4rWkMZ8
>>20573266>got romanceIs it better executed than Black Company? I thought Croaker and Lady were fine in the first trilogy, but it was a slog reading through their interactions later on
>>20574865>If magic is systematic, then it's not magic and more of a fake science.Sanderson really spent like 500 pages of his last Stormlight book having Navani go full Mengele to explain how it works
>>20575048i actually liked the navani chapters
books on future special forces going back in time and helping in major conflicts behind the scenes or assassinating important people?
>>20575023yes, actuallydifferent romances that take different tones and have their own complications
>>20571130I'm a third done Reaper's Gale. I'm trying to get through the rest of Malazan Book Of The Fallen by August. The problem being that my sleep has been atrocious lately and my reading speed drops to a crawl when I'm living on barely any sleep.
>>20573714Malazan is the closest thing I've read that gives this feeling. It's a similar mixture of philosophy and traveling through really bizarre magical warrens. Though I'm trying to remember how much of this kind of thing is in the first book which is a little rough.
>>20573439Barack Obama himself said it was good, surely he wouldn't lie to me
>>20574451I finished and wrote some stuff that I'll post in due time.
>>20573714>>20575634I'd second malazan, though it may take a few books for it to open up to what your looking for
>>20575620>malazan arti love the series but the fan art for it is mostly garbo
>>20574941>But blanket statements about magic systems are jsut straight-up retarded.What if I told you that magic is whatever the fuck? What is magic to one is not necessarily magic to another.
>>20571381Well. It comes down to how the author tells it is. Like either magic use has actual rules or it's handwavy soft magic.
Anybody read anything else from the Metro series other than the main trilogy?
>>20573275No I can grasp what's going on easily. It's just not exciting or entertaining. What's entertaining about some girl wandering around a city buying books?
>>20576067Shallans pov is very weak early on, I agreeKaladins trials are what kept me on in the first book, along with wanting to know what the actual fuck they are actually trying to accomplish over there
>>20571381Dresden has problems but magic vs physics isn't one of them.
>>20576092>magic vs physics isn't one of them.wrong
Thinking about the stuff that's happening in the USA today, can people who read the fantasy written in 2000 and before tell me what was those fictions view of abortion? In Poland the only example I can find is the Witcher series which portrayed it as a woman's choice. I don't really read American stuff from before 2000, so is someone knowledgable about that?
>>20576191America is so fucking retarded, holy shit. Wearing a condom is a bloody micro-abortion. These fat pigs don't even understand basic implications of basic math. Not having sex on Tuesday is a retroactive abortion. Having an abortion after the baby develops consciousness is a whole separate matter.
>>20576211I had sex last Tuesday, no condom
hey there, is this sci fi can teach english? i have exam so i come to learn better english writing skills and need for that to happen some books to keep me entertained during exam period.
>>20575952What kind of SFF does Stirner like?
>>20576191I remember reading an old scifi story where post-birth abortion was legalized and there was the equivalent of a dog catcher rounding up stray children to put them down.
>>20576256That was a PKD story, iirc but I don't remember which one. I've read it.
>>20576273I thought it was PKD, but didn't want to say because I was unsure. I used to read a lot of SF short story anthologies and the authors often blend together in my memory.
>>20576295I read all of his short stories (currently rereading them (slowly), coincidentally) and they all blend together. I wish I remembered more.
>>20576295>>20576273>>20576256That's The Pre-Presons
>>20576256>I remember reading an old scifi story where post-birth abortion was legalized and there was the equivalent of a dog catcher rounding up stray children to put them down.Now that you say that, I do recall reading one book, I think it was YA kind of book, about a future in which having more than two children was outlawed and those children did not have laws at all, so they got all killed when they went to protest in the capital. The book was pretty forgetable though, so that's all I remember.Still, it's not about abortion, just about callous authoritarian governments. I want to see fantasy stories that directly tackled abortion, as in there were ways to lose the child thorugh any means, alchemical or magical and the morality of it in those stories.You know, now some doors in my mind opened and I do recall that sometimes in fantasy stories a 'plant' is mentioned that can be used to prevent or abort pregnacies. There was also this one story where women joked about jumping on their stomaches from the table if they get pregnant to get rid of that.Btw, that stuff about 'easily acquirable herb that people ubiquitously use to prevent pregnacies so that casual sex is not a biggy' is very prevalent in fantasy. I know that most fantasy is written by liberal people, but it's a bit silly when people try hard to implant modern sensibilities to otherwise medieval settings, just so that sex can happen at any time and no one cares.
PkD predicted Minecraft in The Trouble With Bubbles
>>20576548>that macabre dance of world-smashing
>>20576536The Shadow Children?
>>20576536I'm pretty sure it's >>20576576 gave me The Giver vibes.
>>20576576Yep, that appears to be it. Weirdly I cannot remember anything from it aside of the general plot, the scene when they boy eat the crisps witht he mother, and the last scene with the father of the other girl. Pretty forgetable book, it seems.
>>20575634>>20575939Thanks lads. I've got the first two Malazan novels on my shelf but had put it off until I finished The Second Apocalypse
>>20576226Maybe try some Jules Verne.
>>20576720I only read the first book in the series as assign school reading in 7th grade, which was the year it came out. It was more memorable at the time. That teacher also had use read some book of ritual child sacrifice by groups of parents.
>>20576806I read it in school as well. The only things that really stick in my mind now are the ending and the part early on where the forest behind his family's property is turned into a housing development.
>>20576806>That teacher also had use read some book of ritual child sacrifice by groups of parents....Raven's Gate?
>>20569481I wanna get into Moorcock. Should I just start with Elric? Are there any novels of his I should avoid?
>>20571381Boy I've never seen someone run out of IQ between two paragraphs before
Fellow Cradlebros how we feeling? Anything in particular you hope to see from Dreadgod? Anything you dread (heh) coming to pass?
>>20576984Are you saying you're a Dresden nonce?
>>20573636It's simply what it looks like when an author gets paid directly and upfront, instead of being drip fed loose change in royalties by a publisher.
I can't understand Auk sometimes holy moly.>scavy mate?
>read Neural Wraith after anon posted in the cover a few threads back it's actually not bad.
>>20577023I'm saying there's absolutely nothing in the concept of magic interfering with traditional physics that excludes magic from being part of a wider system of physics. It's an entirely semantic distinction.
>>20576908No, that says 2005. It can't be later than 1998. All I really remember about it now is that they go on a vacation and go to some seaside cave and want to sacrifice children as part of a ritual to maintain their immortality. Something like that anyway. It's been a long time.
>>20576983Elric is amazing - high recommendation. All the other Moorcock I've read was a bit shit, desu.
Just finished Dune.Preserve the memory or continue on?
>>20575245mtl xianxia is carfentanil
>>20577253End. 80%+ of readers don't proceed to the second book.
>>20577253If you liked it, most people think it's safe to go to God Emperor. From there you may or may not choose to read the rest of the Frank books. After that...
>>20577289I understand about his son's books.I did enjoy it. I liked the space nobles doing things parts, which was most of it, there weren't really parts I didn't like although I noticed that nearly nothing comes of any of Jessica's protests, "he mustn't! He mustn't! He mustn't!", like, why? Oh well.
>>20577004There's still one more book afterwards. That's the one that's far more importantm
>>20577253Read as much as you like, no further than God Emperor.
>>20577253Considering book 2 is le epic subversion of the cheesy 'chosen one' scenario in the first book, and absolutely essential for ascribing any form of literary value to the first book, yes.
>>20577316I really hate that my call back for this information is Ender's Shadow. It makes me think of cringe, even though I enjoyed the book as a teen.I'm not well read enough and need to make more time for reading.
>>20577253Disregard >>20577307Just read until you stop enjoying what you're reading. Many people love the last 2 books, others hate them. I recommend you at least try to get to the straight shota scene in book 6.
>>20577341That's a fine way to sell the next 5 books, my man. You have renewed my resolve.I feel like if you told that to everyone who read the first book, that 80% drop rate would go to at least 40%
>>20573407it's good. All three books are really different despite following a central story.
>>20577339Being "well read" is a meme. There's nothing inherently more valuable about reading fiction than indulging in other forms of entertainment.
>>20577352The 80% rate is based on the 1 million read on Goodreads versus 200k or so for the second book.
>>20577379disagree, if you go into classic lit with an open mind and not a "i'm going to be so cultured" mind you might find a lot of interesting stories and parallels
>>20577405This, if you like Tolkien style travelogue style fantasy I recommend you try Moby Dick.
>>20573407I liked it a lot. Very fun first contact.
>>20577392The /sffg/ continuance rate isn't much better. There's almost always a huge drop off between the first and second book of any series.
>>20577405Yes, for entertainment.
>>20577316>absolutely essential for ascribing any form of literary value in the first bookI'm guessing the ecology and theology commentary in the first book went over your head? you don't need the second book at all to digest the many themes in the first dune book. it's still worth reading the next 3 though.
>>20577405I think about the anon who told me, "Just 50 pages a day." all the time.I waste so much time and I do the math on how many books that would get me in a year for just 50 pages a day. How I have my font set when I read Dune, it was almost 800 pages, so I could read 22 Dune length novels a year. And that doesn't count the ones that really grip me and I keep reading for hours.So I've been chunking through some classics too like the 3 musketeers and count of monte cristo. Though with the classics theres homework to do for the best translation and I have to read the count again as I'm missing like 500 fucking pages of content and it was still my favorite book!I just like my rich princes doing things, bad guys slain, and princessess and maidens shagged, I suppose.
>>20577028Very few authors ever earn out to even recieve royalties. Ever with the disinformation propaganda.
>>20577466If you make it a chore, you'll come to abhor.
whats the scifi equivalent of huge epic fantasies like wheel of time?
>>20577489The Wheel of Time is kind of scifi in a way
>>20577478True. But every time I read, I'm happy that I do/did read what I read.It could help me grow as a reader, there are some people here or out there that actually drop books. I couldn't imagine reading so much that you know what you like so well that you're like, "Nah, this is shit."Every time I finish a sci-fi I'm like, "Wow, how could anyone else present a neater and more compelling idea of how things are? I must have gotten lucky and I'm only reading the good stuff!" Which might be true considering how little I've read and you typically start at the top like Dune or some Asimov or some contemporary hit like 3 body problem. Its so strange. I read Blindsight and the MC is some know-it-all jerk who thinks he has it all figured out and I think, well how can you top that, then in Dune the MC is some know-it-all semi-jerk and it still compels me. Im glad it does.
>>20577499Care to elaborate? Cause I have no idea what you mean.
>>20577501Imagine being proud of a lack of discernment.
>>20577501I guess I should ask,How would you all read? Continue the series right away or try something new. I know I'm kind of asking you to tell me how I feel, but I've yet to read Hyperion... and I'm on vacation so I though of maybe picking up the first Master and Commander book or the first Horatio Hornblower...Do you read multiple series at once to prevent burnout?
>>20577489pic related, although it's actually good
>>20577509You'd have to read it.
>>20577510Like I said, I've read few books. Im sure there's trash, but I don't think any of Dune, blindsight, 3 body problem, enders game, or the classics are trash.I'm not sure if I would envy or pity the man who loves Anna Karina and hates War and Peace or Brothers Karamazov or vica versa.
>>20577509He probably refers to the age of legend stuff
>>20577499Only through tortuous semantics.
>>20577519I dropped his books in the second or third one, it started to feel like he was writing it as someone who wanted to live in the Culture rather than seeing it as the prison it was.
>>20577610Different people have different opinions.
Man i hate sci-fi terrorists.They're always doing shit that will literally kill almost everybody because they think others should hate the same things they hate. Everybody in this bubble is happy? Too bad! You're living too long or whatever!
>>20577631You've described /pol/ well.
>>20577610i feel like he takes a pretty nuanced approach since most of his books don't take part in the culture for the most part. It's just fun scifi imo
>>20577676Nothing is allowed to be fun any longer.
>>20577676I read the first and didn't find it at all nuanced, just reveling in having found a trump card that lets him bludgeon all the backward and wrong people out of existence with a clean conscience. I hated the book and hated the author too.
>>20577553moghedien says they used the one power to go to other stars in the age of legends. ever since then i wondered if there were off world colonies and what happened to them after the breaking
>>20577631What an ignorant take. Scifi terrorists fight the evil corporations and the npc masses who directly or indirectly work for those corporations. Killing 1-10% of nlc population is acceptable.
>>20577610i haven't yet read the culture (but plan to) but i remember reading a bit about on wiki and it sounded like a globohomo wet dream
>>20577695the first book didn't even involve the culture other than the fact that they were are participant in the war. You meet like two culture citizens during the whole fucking thing.
>>20577842And that was enough to justify exterminating the reactionaries.
>>20577754The ones in Blindsight are fucking assholes.Sorry humanity figured out how to let people be happy forever in a computer, no matter how shitty real life is.I might feel different if I ever read a single cyberpunk book, but cyberpunk 2077 or whatever it was called did irreparable damage that set the genre waaaay back and left a sour taste in my mouth, and I didn't even play it.Also I just think of like ugly people with black things for eyes that are like computers or whatever. Shadowrun imagery did not do any favors for me.
>>20576191You know what would make /sffg/ even better? Talking about politics! Yeah!
>>20577888Cyberpunk 2077 """updated""" the cyberpunk aesthetic for burgerstan globohomo goblinoidsFortunately smaller properties in the genre maintain a grip on the legitimate cyberpunk aesthetic
>>20577379Thankfully there are plenty of studies on reading that disprove this ridiculous assumption. Actively engaging the brain reading fiction is inherently a more valuable use of time than watching television, consuming copious amounts of alcohol, or even playing most kinds of video games.
>>20578071Now if only the heroic feelings would last and I would do something with my life.
>>20577675>You've described /pol/ well.
>>20577888>left a sour taste in my mouth, and I didn't even play it.Rent free
>>20577995>take satirical genre>make it more satirical>"this is societal decay!!" -some retard
>>20577995What's everything from the left from?
>>20578145He’s a /pol/tard, what else were you expecting?
>>20578164Original concept trailer vs. actual game.
>>20578145>>20578169Neck (You)rself redditoid
>>20578185Supremacy of Bakker forever true.. ACK!
>>20578169Its fine as long as he's not a trannytard
>>20578185effortlessly made you mad, againyes we've interacted before
>>20578180Oh no.Not to be a reddit bleeding heart fag but why are the cops in cyberpunk who murder for private corporations so cool looking? We have that now and all the cops are fat like me. Why did the authors and artists lie to us?
>>20578235Because they are not supreme, just like sandi the fat mormon goon leader.
>>20578235unions. private police would just get rid of fat officers.
>>20577068Magic IS semantics, dipshit.
>>20578328let this be the one, the image is better
>>20578328It’s not even page 10byet.
>>20573714I haven't played Planescape but maybe Vellum by Hal Duncan?
>>20578359Thanks lad, I’ll check it out after Malazan.
>>20578145I don’t know much about cyberpunk because I mostly read classic sci-fi but isn’t some cyberpunk intended to be a “serious” criticism of unregulated capitalism? If the is the case I feel like we should have hard cyberpunk and soft cyberpunk genres just as we have hard and soft sci-fi. I read snow crash a bit ago and it seemed way too silly for anyone to take seriously.>>20578235 IMO the coolest cops in sci-fi are the judges from judge dredd. What cyberpunk books are you thinking of specifically?
>>20578489Nonspecific.Ghost in the shell, Astral chain. There are a lot of cool cop designs because, well they can be cool peacekeeping forces or the last line between anarchy. Its just unfortunate the way our history is playing out these last 50 years. But we also wouldn't have a lot of that "cool" imagery without S.W.A.T.
>>20578286Good answer. I like it.God bless unions, even that lazy fucker you really hate at work, (the fucking bastard).