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Diego Valdez wrote:
Dear Customer Service,
I read Kant and Hegel in my Philosophy survey course as an undergrad, so it's not just doctoral students who are capable of reading him. You don't have to be a doctoral student to grasp the idea of "thesis-antithesis-synthesis." Hegel may be worth while, even if he isn't read generally for political economy.
I commend Mike Rowe for what he's written, even though I worry that what he advocates is predicated on an education attainment that we've placed such barriers to for so many (and is perhaps a bridge too far for some).
At one point, when the CNN camera was tracking him, his pacing made it look like he was turning his back on the audience. That is something that could so easily have been avoided.
For an awesome example of dwarven women with beards who then shave them and some great stories, check out the Rat Queens comic by Image. Dwarven women start shaving their beards as a protest against traditional male dwarven standards of beauty and it eventually becomes a hipster tradition like man-buns are now. The dwarven smiths also use their younger daughters to model armor they have finished forging, and a bunch of other stuff. It's a great post-modern take on traditional dwarves.
Rat Queens is awesome!
V's familiar is certainly a highlight of the comic; and probably a pleasant surprise to Rich how much he could mine the character for sarcastic quips as well as act as an audience surrogate.
I also like how Rich set up the frames/gutters for the giant-killing sequence. Belkar's never been my favorite character but he lends himself nicely to action sequences!
For my next three picks: why not a city under the distant shore, such as those mentioned in "Oceans of Golarion" from Raiders of the Fever Sea?
5) The cecaelias city of Sihuw.
6) Alohmba, built on the shell of Belimehu the Blind Mother.
7) The Tian Xia nation of Xidao (probably a bit more accessible than the first two for air-breathers).
1) Somewhere in Casmaron; possibly Kaladay. I'd love to find out what a city with a large Sweettalkers population would look like (or sound like).
2) Another monster city. Dhucharg was a surprise highlight of the Distant Shores book for me. It had so many seeds for adventure!
3) Mzali! I know there's already some information on this city, but it'd be nice to see it expanded with a nice map and additional locations, and cultural details.
4) Somewhere in Arcadia; possibly a city in Razatlan.
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
SMH. Of course, at one of the libraries where I work there is half a shelf in the kid's section on Mandela, and MLK gets a shelf and a half (along with about a foot of Coretta). Which is good! Don't get me wrong, I'd never begrudge their shelf space (keep in mind, a kids' book is usually less than 1-2 in. wide so that's a lot of books!). But it'd be nice to see more stuff on Shirley Chisholm, A Philip Randolph, etc. At this point, MLK is up there with Washington and Lincoln as "people we learn a few facts about in school" and I don't see how kids can really see themselves in positions of leadership if we don't present them with a wide variety of leaders to emulate.
I'm reading Jasper Fforde's Chronicles of Kazam series. I just finished The Last Dragonslayer. It's a fun orphan-becomes-the-Chosen-One story and full of Ffordesque jabs at modern life. Yet it's not quite as good as other juvenile comedy-fantasy series I've read, such as Pratchett's "Tiffany Aching" sub-series of "Discworld" and Rowling's "Harry Potter." I'll probably read the rest of them since they're easy to read and I wanted some new talking-dragon comedy after rereading Kenneth Grahame's The Reluctant Dragon.
Very excited about this one--perhaps as a follow on after starting PCs play through Ire of the Storm. This could make for a nice little mini-campaign with some homebrewed filler to get the PCs up to 5th level.
I had the same idea! But maybe the 5th level starting encounters would need to be modified a bit to work with 6th level characters (or let it be a bit of a cakewalk for them?)
I like pretty cover art as much as the next person, but it annoys me that there is no product description/synopsis. Are people so darn impatient that you must put up whatever you have on the schedule without even a hint of what the book will be about? Surely in development there was something you could include -- does the story even have a protagonist? Who is it? What does "shy knives" mean? If you have that info, why not put it here or link to it?
So what did everyone get this year? I picked up a bunch of kid-friendly freebies I can pass on to my sister for her classroom (I highly recommend the "Mouse Guard" comic that came in a compilation with "Lumberjanes". It has Gorgeous Art!) and I bought some Rat Queen issues.
Here's a link to the Free Comic Book Day website Link
I'm such a lit geek, I've read the annotated Treasure Island. It was awesome. The only thing I liked slightly less than most of Stevenson's works was The Black Arrow. My favorite Stevenson story is "Markheim," which is a little gem of a morality play, and really displays his deft hand at characterization.
I dunno. The Story of the Stone has
Spoiler:However, SotS is the book I read first out of the trilogy (I didn't know they had a reading order), so I didn't read Bridge of Birds with the same set of expectations of it being better, which skews my perspective on the series.
the most hilarious and shocking encounter with a demon in Hell I've ever read.
I do agree with you about Eight Skilled Gentlemen. I liked the conclusion with the dragon-boat race, but it has a lot of plot problems. Even if you pay close attention it can be impossible to tell what is going on.
What am I reading now, you ask?
Daughters of the Samurai: a journey from east to west and back, by Janice P. Nimura.
It's about five young daughters of disgraced Meiji-era samurai who were deputized to spend 10 years being educated in the United States of America, in order to acquire Western ways and introduce them to Japan. I'm enjoying it so far!
Marco Massoudi wrote:
I really enjoyed the Pathfinder Tale in the Legacy of Fire AP. The half-elf "water druid" was awesome!
This sounds great! The 32 page modules were "just right" for the limited time my group had to play, so this might fill that one-shot niche while also offering more for folks who want to run a longer game. It also sounds like the turn-around time for the final product will be quicker with 3 authors working on their parts at once.
It'd be cool if going forward the modules mix it up between offering "anthologies" for short sessions/one-shots and "mini-campaigns" for those who want something longer with a unified theme or arc.
My recent reads are an interlude of non-fiction:
The Landscape of History: How Historians Map the Past, by John Lewis Gaddis.
The Turk: The Life and Times of the Famous Eighteenth-Century Chess-Playing Machine, by Tom Standage.
Now I'm reading Cry, The Beloved Country, by Alan Paton. It's good, but at times I have trouble distinguishing the speakers due to Paton's style of setting off dialog by em-dash.