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jonn

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That doma.dev guy.

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I don't like cringe stuff.

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26% complete! jonn has read 14 of 53 books.

Terry Scott Talyor, Doug Tennapel: Return to the Neverhood (GraphicNovel, Stunt Grafx) 5 stars

Terry Scott Taylor writes down his dream about Neverhood.

American Psychedelia

5 stars

I absolutely adored the interlude where the author conveys the feeling of early morning after a night of creative work and all that comes with it.

It's amazing to be able to feel it as if lived, through straightforward contemporary prose.

Just as everything that Terry Scott Taylor has done, this short story is a rough diamond, with immense amount of love and work put into displaying it in the most captivating environment.

Accompanying music can be found on bandcamp or spotify.

Stand-out quote:

SORRY I HAD TO STOP MID SENTENCE THERE... HAD TO GO SEE A MAN ABOUT A HORSE.

OKAY, WHERE WAS I? I'M LOOKING OUT MY WINDOW AND TRYING TO GATHER MY THOUGHTS, AND NOW MY EYES HAVE FALLEN UPON A FAMILIAR SIGHT; THERE IN THE NEAR DISTANCE AND SURROUNDED BY RELATIVELY LESSER TREES, LOOMS MY OLD FRIEND THE ELM-PROUD, MAJESTIC, AND PROTECTIVE AS HE FAITHFULLY KEEPS …

reviewed Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett (Discworld, #19)

Terry Pratchett: Feet of Clay (EBook, 2009, HarperCollins) 4 stars

There's a werewolf with pre-lunar tension in Ankh-Morpork. And a dwarf with attitude, and a …

NO MASTER

5 stars

As a Jewish person, I don’t know how to feel about the ending.

But then again, Pratchett was notorious for overgeneralizations and ethnic stereotypes in his books (take the whole inverse asians, who travel to Ankh-Morpork to study at the feet of a regular Morporkian housewife or Time Monks from the same book, some examples from forthcoming Jingo). However these overgeneralizations for me hitting just the right left-centrist note to not sound ethnicitist.

That said, if I would had to formulate an outtake of this book in one phrase, I would say “you can’t spell nobility without knob… even if you do”.

reviewed Maskerade by Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett: Maskerade (Paperback, 1997, Corgi Adult) 4 stars

The show must go on, as murder, music and mayhem run riot in the night... …

Everything I wish “The Phantom of the Opera” was. A seriously good detective story.

5 stars

It’s almost impossible not to spoil this one by reviewing, but I’ll say that when I was watching the Phantom of the Opera, I was hoping for non-mystical resolution.

This book is an exemplar detective story, Mrs. Plinge could have just as well be written by Dame Christie and screenplayed by Mr. Horowitz.

Maximum points for detective story and half-a-point extra for, again, keen philosophy and cinematic writing.

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reviewed Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett: Interesting Times (1998) 5 stars

Interesting Times is a fantasy novel by British writer Terry Pratchett, the seventeenth book in …

Book I wish all the western leftists would have read #59 // Rincewind’s Crescendo

5 stars

Of exploits of: - daring barbarians on a quest for something that no barbarian has quested before, - information autocrats, manipulating and defusing the protest, - lady Luck, world’s least wizzardly wizzard and… Butterflies.

“We sent the message,” said the visitor. “No one saw us.” [..] “I don’t understand, o lord,” said the visitor, whose name was Two Fire Herb.

“Good.”

“[..] they believe in the Great Wizzard and you want him to come here?”

“Oh, certainly. I have my…people in”—he tried the alien syllables—“Ankh-More-Pork. The one so foolishly called the Great Wizzard does exist. But, I might tell you, he is renowned for being incompetent, cowardly, and spineless. Quite proverbially so. So I think the Red Army should have their leader, don’t you? It will…raise their morale.” He smiled again. “This is politics,” he said.

“The Great Wizard will come. We sent the message, at great personal risk.”

“How …

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Pathfinder Player Core (2023, Paizo Inc.) No rating

Erik: You descend into a 30-foot-wide mining tunnel, with wooden beams reinforcing the walls and ceilings. You don’t see any traps, but a reptilian face with large eyes peeks out from behind a mine cart. At a closer look, it’s a kobold in a leather miner jacket.

Valeros (Luis): I’ll follow Merisiel down the ladder.

Kyra (Jessica): Me too.

Erik: As the sound of your footsteps on the iron ladder echoes through the mine, the kobold jumps out in panic! She takes a few steps further into the mine, then stops, as if she’s more frightened of whatever is deeper in than of you.

Kyra (Jessica): Oh no! Poor kobold!

Merisiel (Shay): Can someone calm her down? I’m terrible with people!

Valeros (Luis): I have a +3 Diplomacy. I’ll call out to her.

Erik: What do you say?

Valeros (Luis): “Hello friend! Don’t be scared, we’re here to help!” I rolled a 15 on my Diplomacy check.

Erik: Okay! The kobold seems startled, but then runs to you for safety. “Oh! Thank Torag you’re here!”

Pathfinder Player Core

I realize hardly any veteran #ttrpg player reads "Examples of Play" anymore, but I am impressed here. The authors nicely set a tone of: "People who look different are people, too!" - even people who would have been designated cannon fodder in earlier editions of #DnD and #Pathfinder .

Well done, Paizo. Well done. The "evil races" whom it was okay to kill on sight was always highly problematic, and I am glad that this game is moving away from it.

@juergen_hubert@bookrastinating.com aw, that's so wholesome indeed! One of my modules is called "damn deadlines" and is about a group of goblin artificers who got the golem they were working on, finishing the project on the day before the deadline, mysteriously disappearing and the party being of "monster species" having to investigate the disappearance in several hours before the dragonlord of the mountain is to get to the village, expecting to find a functioning golem.

Tangentially, I like like Whitehack's terminology: "species" over "races".