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  • HappyOldGuy
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    If you are actually looking for good hard boiled magical realism, and not someones WOD homebrew masquerading as literature, read Tim Powers.

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  • JingMerchant!
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    Damn you Tortelli, now i have to do push-ups!!!!

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  • nightowl
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    You guys need to read real books like Tom Sawyer. Pay close attention to when Huck finn Kimuras Aunt Polly.

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  • mrblackmagic
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    Originally posted by HappyOldGuy
    Blame Laurell Hamilton.

    For everything really. Anita Blake is responsible for plague, famine, middle eastern strife, and the sub prime mortgage crisis.
    How is giving bj's to vampires the cause the apocalypse? Take some goddamn responsibility.

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  • JohnnyCache
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    Neal Stephenson varies wildly

    who wants to read some free books? Cory Dochtorow gives his books away online.

    Here read this you pricks

    http://craphound.com/littlebrother/C...le_Brother.htm

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  • FLMikeATT
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    Originally posted by Squerlli
    You guys should real good Sci-fi like Simon R. Green and Tad Williams.

    Both of those guys are fucking spectacular authors.
    Umm...no.

    If you want to read good sci-fi, look up William Gibson and Neal Stephenson. Throw in some Phillip K Dick and you're set.

    I would nominate George R R Martin, but he's more in the fantasy camp than sci-fi.

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  • JohnnyCache
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    Originally posted by Squerlli
    You guys should real good Sci-fi like Simon R. Green and Tad Williams.

    Both of those guys are fucking spectacular authors.
    Simon R. Green is fucking terrible.

    He re-uses so much shit from book to book and even chapter to chapter, it's like he writes 1000 words about the nightside every day and then pulls 24 of the daily files into a random book. He's got a gift for coming up with some cool creatures and plot ideas, but mechanically he's a very bad writer.

    Murphy is a cop. She arrests people. There are women cops who arrest people. Not all of them are huge butch lesbians. The times I remember her cuffing Harry, she did so by walking up to him under pretense and cuffing him. Not only that, not every criminal is a street-lethal perfect heavyweight schooled in the 52 hand blocks by his elders in crime.

    The Dresdan Files also change tone rather drastically - I suggest you withhold any comment unless you've read them all.

    It's also narrated by harry, who's a foot taller than everyone around him and a tiny bit of, if not a chauvanist, then a romantic.

    On Laurell Hamilton: Why oh why, young lady, did you listen to all the sad fat goth girls that couldn't get enough Ann Rice and turn a very promising series into porn?

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  • Vince Tortelli
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    Quick, someone e-mail R. A. Salvatore and tell him that fighting with a sword in each hand is really impractical and probably get you killed. And while you're at it, inform Ed Greenwood that beautiful rich women aren't attracted to old guys with enormous beards.

    Originally posted by chardin
    A five-foot, 100-pound badass who whips on much larger and stronger opponents without any magic is a jarring break from noir realism. That's especlally true for anyone who knows how unlikely it is. Really, shouldn't it be apparent to any sensible person? How often does it happen?
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  • Cy Q. Faunce
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    I didn't put sand on my genitals, and if that's how you think people prepare to assrape you, you have some very strange ideas. You could get help, or you could start a website catering to this market. Best of luck either way!

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  • DerAuslander
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    De-silicate your genitalia.

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  • Cy Q. Faunce
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    Originally posted by Errant108
    Grab my wrist & find out. Vag-hat.
    So that's how you want to add ass-rapery to this thread? Go tell that to someone who wants to rape your ass and it'll probably happen. Good luck with that!

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  • DerAuslander
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    Grab my wrist & find out. Vag-hat.

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  • Cy Q. Faunce
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    I know why a lack of plausibility would bother me in books like Butcher's. He's trying for a dark-fantasy mix of magic and detective noir, and detective noir requires gritty plausibility. Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett may not have been experts in private investigation, but they filled their worlds with details that made sense to their readers.

    Dark fantasy deals with the contradiction between magic and plausibility by filling in a few details of how magic works and making it obey known rules. It's also good if magic occasionally runs head-on into the physical limitations of a noir world, clearly establishing that there ain't no Silmarillion elves coming to save anybody's ass.

    A five-foot, 100-pound badass who whips on much larger and stronger opponents without any magic is a jarring break from noir realism. That's especlally true for anyone who knows how unlikely it is. Really, shouldn't it be apparent to any sensible person? How often does it happen?

    Fairy tales don't work in dark fantasy unless they're turned on their head and turned nasty. It sounds like Butcher isn't doing that with the Murphy character.

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  • Squerlli
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    You guys should real good Sci-fi like Simon R. Green and Tad Williams.

    Both of those guys are fucking spectacular authors.

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  • DCS
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    Originally posted by Errant108
    This thread requires assrapery.

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