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LazarX wrote:
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Davick wrote:
So James, would the concept of a Genomancer (Gene-manipulating Wizard) be available in Golarion. Are genetics something at all understood or even known about? As a follow up, how would you feel about such a wizard trying to circumvent conjuration and divine magic's monopoly on healing through researching transmutation or even necromantic methods? Is such a thing possible in Golarion? Or is any healing de facto conjuration?

Whether or not genetics are understood or not is kind of irrelevant; that kind of class or archetype isn't appropriate flavor for Golarion (including one based in Numeria). You can do the same type of class by using the concept of bloodlines.

And wizards can't heal. I'm pretty supportive of that. It's one of the things that really sets the flavor of how magic works. If you want to play an arcane spellcaster who casts healing spells... play a bard or a witch. Don't play a wizard and complain about it. That smacks of the problem of playing a rogue or a monk as a fighter and then complaining that your character isn't valid.

That being said, what's your feeling about the Infernal Healing spells, or is the fact that they make the recipient "ping", a suitable balance for breaching that divide?

I think that they push the boundary right up to the line. The fact that they're thematically tied to Asmodeus, the master of interpreting rules right up to the line, is what makes them okay for print, in my opinion.

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Which of the ancient empires would you associate the most with Carthage? I'm not sure whether the Jistka Imperium or Tekritanin League would be more accurate, especially given that Jistka's where the Hellknights got their naming conventions from, so they may be more Roman...

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If your coworkers decided that they wanted a Magitech realm on Golarion, what kinds of things would that realm have? Hypothetically speaking of course.

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Which of the ancient empires would you associate the most with Carthage? I'm not sure whether the Jistka Imperium or Tekritanin League would be more accurate, especially given that Jistka's where the Hellknights got their naming conventions from, so they may be more Roman...

None, really. Unless it's Iblydos, which we haven't really done anything with.

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Cr500cricket wrote:
If your coworkers decided that they wanted a Magitech realm on Golarion, what kinds of things would that realm have? Hypothetically speaking of course.

The closest would be the super-science elements in Numeria, and we'll be doing a LOT of stuff about that coming up with Iron Gods and its support books.


Hiya JJ! Hope you had a great holiday weekend!
I found this Heroic T-Rex and thought you might enjoy it.

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Would the Empire from Star Wars be able to conquer Golarion or would magic be the deciding factor? Now, this is conquest, not destroying (so basically no superweapons). I could see a couple of(meaning at least a dozen) AT-ATs taking on the Tarrasque or maybe Treerazer, although Cthulhu might take orbital bombardment to clear up. Would those foes even be able to be killed by Imperial technology?


1) Would the line of dialogue at 4:47 in this video be something that Anevia, Irabeth, Yaniel, or Galfrey would say?

2) I know I tend to ask a lot of questions about Hobgoblins and Moloch, but that's only because Moloch-worshiping Hobgoblins are the main villains of my campaign. Book of the Damned states that Moloch is more willing then other evil deities to intervene in somewhat direct ways, provided he is honored by those calling him. To what extent would he support a loyal Hobgoblin army? Devil-divisions? Raining down fire from the sky?

3) How similar or different would Hobgoblin's worship of Moloch be compared to the human Moloch-cult from PFS Citadel of Flame?

4) Would Hobgoblin Moloch-worshipers burn people alive in brazen bulls?

5) Would they try to impart their worship of Moloch on humans in any form?

6) Would Hobgoblins have their own twisted version of West Point where they teach strategy and conquest to aspiring warlords?

7) Besides Goblins and Bugbears, what other species do Hobgoblins ally with?

8) Does their society have marketplaces and an economy beyond just warring?

9) Do they ever build cities or practice agriculture?

10) If Hobgoblins write their unit numbers or titles on standards, would their goblin minions/slaves freak out?

11) What exactly do slaves do in a hobgoblin settlement? Building, mining, et cetera?

12) Lastly, and I know I'm really pushing this...If two-thirds of Hobgoblins aren't fit for military duty and end up in their servant caste (Classic Monsters Revisited), would they be failing Moloch in their worship and given crappy-petitioner status where they can't even become devils?

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ARGH! wrote:
Would the Empire from Star Wars be able to conquer Golarion or would magic be the deciding factor? Now, this is conquest, not destroying (so basically no superweapons). I could see a couple of(meaning at least a dozen) AT-ATs taking on the Tarrasque or maybe Treerazer, although Cthulhu might take orbital bombardment to clear up. Would those foes even be able to be killed by Imperial technology?

That depends on who was paying the bill to produce the crossover. If it were me, then no, the Empire would fail miserably and be crushed by Golarion.

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Axial wrote:

1) Would the line of dialogue at 4:47 in this video be something that Anevia, Irabeth, Yaniel, or Galfrey would say?

2) I know I tend to ask a lot of questions about Hobgoblins and Moloch, but that's only because Moloch-worshiping Hobgoblins are the main villains of my campaign. Book of the Damned states that Moloch is more willing then other evil deities to intervene in somewhat direct ways, provided he is honored by those calling him. To what extent would he support a loyal Hobgoblin army? Devil-divisions? Raining down fire from the sky?

3) How similar or different would Hobgoblin's worship of Moloch be compared to the human Moloch-cult from PFS Citadel of Flame?

4) Would Hobgoblin Moloch-worshipers burn people alive in brazen bulls?

5) Would they try to impart their worship of Moloch on humans in any form?

6) Would Hobgoblins have their own twisted version of West Point where they teach strategy and conquest to aspiring warlords?

7) Besides Goblins and Bugbears, what other species do Hobgoblins ally with?

8) Does their society have marketplaces and an economy beyond just warring?

9) Do they ever build cities or practice agriculture?

10) If Hobgoblins write their unit numbers or titles on standards, would their goblin minions/slaves freak out?

11) What exactly do slaves do in a hobgoblin settlement? Building, mining, et cetera?

12) Lastly, and I know I'm really pushing this...If two-thirds of Hobgoblins aren't fit for military duty and end up in their servant caste (Classic Monsters Revisited), would they be failing Moloch in their worship and given crappy-petitioner status where they can't even become devils?

1) Considering that the video you linked only goes to 4:43, I'd say no.

2) As much as is needed for your campaign. It's your campaign, after all, not mine. That means you get to decide how much support Moloch would give his hobgoblins.

3) I'm not familiar with that scenario (beyond approving outlines, I am not involved in PFS scenario writing or development or editing at all), so I can't say.

4) I would say yes.

5) That's up to you and what stories you want to tell.

6) Again... up to you.

7) A lot of these answers are up to you... if you're going to do something significant with hobgoblins, you should feel free to make the choices as best fits your campaign. I'm not comfortable making those choices for you.

8) If they have cities or villages, yes. If they subsist entirely on raiding, then no.

9) See # 8 above.

10) Yes.

11) Whatever the hobgoblins want them to do.

12) Serving Moloch and serving hobgoblin society don't need to be the same thing. It'd depend on the situation.


Sorry James, I think I asked a lot of dumb questions. I'll keep it succinct.

1) I meant 3:47, sorry about that. It's a female character angrily saying "...I'm coming for you, demon f***s!"

11) But I mean, what generally? We already established earlier that Hobs don't rape people (that's more of an Orcish thing), so they don't have pleasure slaves. I would imagine mostly manual labor of different kinds?

12) It's just that you said about ten pages back that if a mortal fails in their deities worship, they get significantly less rewards in the afterlife, especially in the case of evil deities. I've tried to characterize my Hobgoblins as a bunch of pro-Moloch crusaders. I guess the real question I'm trying to ask is: does Moloch look down on soldiers who are not "at the tip of the spear" on the frontlines?


James, as you create monsters do you ever sit and think to yourself, "when we cross the line to the boundless and hideous unknown—the shadow-haunted Outside—we must remember to leave our humanity and terrestrialism at the threshold..." ?

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Which of the ancient empires would you associate the most with Carthage? I'm not sure whether the Jistka Imperium or Tekritanin League would be more accurate, especially given that Jistka's where the Hellknights got their naming conventions from, so they may be more Roman...
None, really. Unless it's Iblydos, which we haven't really done anything with.

Rats. Thanks, all the same though.

Were there any ancient empires that didn't have horribly evil skeletons in their closet (Azlant had the aboleths and demon worship, Osirion had dealings with the Dominion of the Black, Sarkoris and Ghol-Gan had demon worship too, Jistka had...whatever caused their downfall and madness, and Thassilon, well, it was Thassilon). Were there any GOOD ancient empires that collapsed not because of some cancer at their heart but through circumstance or whatever?

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Axial wrote:

Sorry James, I think I asked a lot of dumb questions. I'll keep it succinct.

1) I meant 3:47, sorry about that. It's a female character angrily saying "...I'm coming for you, demon f***s!"

11) But I mean, what generally? We already established earlier that Hobs don't rape people (that's more of an Orcish thing), so they don't have pleasure slaves. I would imagine mostly manual labor of different kinds?

12) It's just that you said about ten pages back that if a mortal fails in their deities worship, they get significantly less rewards in the afterlife, especially in the case of evil deities. I've tried to characterize my Hobgoblins as a bunch of pro-Moloch crusaders. I guess the real question I'm trying to ask is: does Moloch look down on soldiers who are not "at the tip of the spear" on the frontlines?

1) Ah... Maybe Yaniel, then.

11) It's mostly labor.

12) He probably would.

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Jeffrey 'Zerzix' Swank wrote:
James, as you create monsters do you ever sit and think to yourself, "when we cross the line to the boundless and hideous unknown—the shadow-haunted Outside—we must remember to leave our humanity and terrestrialism at the threshold..." ?

Nope. Usually it's more like "Oooh... this monster is really cool!" when it gets that far out there.

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Which of the ancient empires would you associate the most with Carthage? I'm not sure whether the Jistka Imperium or Tekritanin League would be more accurate, especially given that Jistka's where the Hellknights got their naming conventions from, so they may be more Roman...
None, really. Unless it's Iblydos, which we haven't really done anything with.

Rats. Thanks, all the same though.

Were there any ancient empires that didn't have horribly evil skeletons in their closet (Azlant had the aboleths and demon worship, Osirion had dealings with the Dominion of the Black, Sarkoris and Ghol-Gan had demon worship too, Jistka had...whatever caused their downfall and madness, and Thassilon, well, it was Thassilon). Were there any GOOD ancient empires that collapsed not because of some cancer at their heart but through circumstance or whatever?

All empires have evil skeletons in their closet. That's kinda what makes them interesting. Golarion's not that big into "good empires." Makes it more adventurery.

Silver Crusade

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Which of the ancient empires would you associate the most with Carthage? I'm not sure whether the Jistka Imperium or Tekritanin League would be more accurate, especially given that Jistka's where the Hellknights got their naming conventions from, so they may be more Roman...
None, really. Unless it's Iblydos, which we haven't really done anything with.

Rats. Thanks, all the same though.

Were there any ancient empires that didn't have horribly evil skeletons in their closet (Azlant had the aboleths and demon worship, Osirion had dealings with the Dominion of the Black, Sarkoris and Ghol-Gan had demon worship too, Jistka had...whatever caused their downfall and madness, and Thassilon, well, it was Thassilon). Were there any GOOD ancient empires that collapsed not because of some cancer at their heart but through circumstance or whatever?

All empires have evil skeletons in their closet. That's kinda what makes them interesting. Golarion's not that big into "good empires." Makes it more adventurery.

So, it's up to PCs to found them, is what you're saying? ;)

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someone putting together an Aklo grammar and word guide.
Thought you might be interested in :3


Rysky wrote:

someone putting together an Aklo grammar and word guide.

Thought you might be interested in :3

How do you download it? Can't find it at all.

Silver Crusade

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Odraude wrote:
Rysky wrote:

someone putting together an Aklo grammar and word guide.

Thought you might be interested in :3
How do you download it? Can't find it at all.

It's spread all throughout the tumblr account.


He keeps talking about a Chapter 1 download. Can't find it and idk if I really have the time to decipher everything on that website.

Silver Crusade

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Odraude wrote:
He keeps talking about a Chapter 1 download. Can't find it and idk if I really have the time to decipher everything on that website.

Lol sorry, that's why I said putting, as in progress. :3


Do you have any advice for the people entering the Heroes of Magnimar contest?

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Which of the ancient empires would you associate the most with Carthage? I'm not sure whether the Jistka Imperium or Tekritanin League would be more accurate, especially given that Jistka's where the Hellknights got their naming conventions from, so they may be more Roman...
None, really. Unless it's Iblydos, which we haven't really done anything with.

Rats. Thanks, all the same though.

Were there any ancient empires that didn't have horribly evil skeletons in their closet (Azlant had the aboleths and demon worship, Osirion had dealings with the Dominion of the Black, Sarkoris and Ghol-Gan had demon worship too, Jistka had...whatever caused their downfall and madness, and Thassilon, well, it was Thassilon). Were there any GOOD ancient empires that collapsed not because of some cancer at their heart but through circumstance or whatever?

All empires have evil skeletons in their closet. That's kinda what makes them interesting. Golarion's not that big into "good empires." Makes it more adventurery.
So, it's up to PCs to found them, is what you're saying? ;)

Perhaps.

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Rysky wrote:

someone putting together an Aklo grammar and word guide.

Thought you might be interested in :3

Hmm... Not sure how I feel about that. I think Aklo's one of those things that gets less interesting and less compelling the more we know about it.

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Kairos Dawnfury wrote:
Do you have any advice for the people entering the Heroes of Magnimar contest?

Nope. That's one of the differences between writing freelance material I hire you to write and writing material for a contest.

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So James, where do I submit my resume

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Cr500cricket wrote:
So James, where do I submit my resume

That information is posted here, on our boards, as job openings come up.

Note that we currently don't have any job opportunities up, but that won't stay that way. (We just hired a developer, for example, and the application window for a new designer just closed.)


Mr. James Jacobs,

The Fleshwarper prestige class from 3.5's Lords of Madness requires the craft graft flesh feat. Now if you take the differences between the editions of the skill systems into consideration the feat in pathfinder would require 7 ranks of heal to qualify for, thus having the prestige class 1st level usually be a characters 8th character level.

Now my question: If you were to play a fleshwarper or have a player play a fleshwarper would you keep the requirements for the feat and thus the class as is or considering the power differences between 3.5 and pathfinder would you be willing to lower the required ranks down to 5?

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The NPC wrote:

Mr. James Jacobs,

The Fleshwarper prestige class from 3.5's Lords of Madness requires the craft graft flesh feat. Now if you take the differences between the editions of the skill systems into consideration the feat in pathfinder would require 7 ranks of heal to qualify for, thus having the prestige class 1st level usually be a characters 8th character level.

Now my question: If you were to play a fleshwarper or have a player play a fleshwarper would you keep the requirements for the feat and thus the class as is or considering the power differences between 3.5 and pathfinder would you be willing to lower the required ranks down to 5?

I'd keep them the same. Not every prestige class needs to be something you can get at 5th level.

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What is the most professionally satisfying product you've had a writing credit on?

Most difficult?

Most disappointing product after it passed through the editors?

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archmagi1 wrote:

What is the most professionally satisfying product you've had a writing credit on?

Most difficult?

Most disappointing product after it passed through the editors?

Pathfinder #1.

Whatever project I happen to be working on right now.

No comment, other than to say it wasn't a Paizo product.

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I'm biting my tongue right now, really really hard.


What does it say about me that I'd rather read The Mouse That Roared than Of Mice and Men?


SnowJade wrote:
What does it say about me that I'd rather read The Mouse That Roared than Of Mice and Men?

I take it you always rooted for Jerry in Tom and Jerry cartoons?

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SnowJade wrote:
What does it say about me that I'd rather read The Mouse That Roared than Of Mice and Men?

Just that you have different tastes than I do.

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Tels wrote:
SnowJade wrote:
What does it say about me that I'd rather read The Mouse That Roared than Of Mice and Men?
I take it you always rooted for Jerry in Tom and Jerry cartoons?

I was going to answer this, and then I realized it's not directed at me, and that made me cranky since it tricked me.


James Jacobs wrote:
Tels wrote:
SnowJade wrote:
What does it say about me that I'd rather read The Mouse That Roared than Of Mice and Men?
I take it you always rooted for Jerry in Tom and Jerry cartoons?
I was going to answer this, and then I realized it's not directed at me, and that made me cranky since it tricked me.

It's Cosmo's fault.


Tels wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Tels wrote:
SnowJade wrote:
What does it say about me that I'd rather read The Mouse That Roared than Of Mice and Men?
I take it you always rooted for Jerry in Tom and Jerry cartoons?
I was going to answer this, and then I realized it's not directed at me, and that made me cranky since it tricked me.
It's Cosmo's fault.

Oooohh, good save, Tels! As for rooting, whose avatar is feline?

No kidding, James, have you really read Of Mice and Men? What's it like?

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I'm starting to feel bad for Cosmo... All the hate heaped on him


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Cr500cricket wrote:
I'm starting to feel bad for Cosmo... All the hate heaped on him

Don't feel bad for him, check who favorites everyone of those blame Cosmo posts.

James, what do you blame Cosmo for?


Mr. James Jacobs,

What is Irori or Irori's faith opinion on those who seek to perfect themselves through body modification, grafts, super science implants, etc.?

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SnowJade wrote:
Tels wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Tels wrote:
SnowJade wrote:
What does it say about me that I'd rather read The Mouse That Roared than Of Mice and Men?
I take it you always rooted for Jerry in Tom and Jerry cartoons?
I was going to answer this, and then I realized it's not directed at me, and that made me cranky since it tricked me.
It's Cosmo's fault.

Oooohh, good save, Tels! As for rooting, whose avatar is feline?

No kidding, James, have you really read Of Mice and Men? What's it like?

It's very VERY good. Devastatingly depressing. Extraordinarily well-written. Much deserving of its place among classic literature.

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Justin Franklin wrote:
Cr500cricket wrote:
I'm starting to feel bad for Cosmo... All the hate heaped on him

Don't feel bad for him, check who favorites everyone of those blame Cosmo posts.

James, what do you blame Cosmo for?

Nothing at all. Cosmo is my missing gall bladder buddy.

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The NPC wrote:

Mr. James Jacobs,

What is Irori or Irori's faith opinion on those who seek to perfect themselves through body modification, grafts, super science implants, etc.?

That's cheating.


James Jacobs wrote:
SnowJade wrote:
Tels wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Tels wrote:
SnowJade wrote:
What does it say about me that I'd rather read The Mouse That Roared than Of Mice and Men?
I take it you always rooted for Jerry in Tom and Jerry cartoons?
I was going to answer this, and then I realized it's not directed at me, and that made me cranky since it tricked me.
It's Cosmo's fault.

Oooohh, good save, Tels! As for rooting, whose avatar is feline?

No kidding, James, have you really read Of Mice and Men? What's it like?

It's very VERY good. Devastatingly depressing. Extraordinarily well-written. Much deserving of its place among classic literature.

Ah. What actually prompted my original comment was the fact that Crazy and I went to see "Under the Skin" on Saturday, and I couldn't make heads or tails of screenplay, so I decided to read the book (I love my Kindle.) It's very much in the "classic" mode; beyond the obvious elements of the plot, the author is exploring the universal (oh, all right, pun intended) themes of, well, alienation, dislocation, gender bias, etc. Which made me wonder if, in your opinion, classes on literature in high school would be more productive if books like Under the Skin, Dune and Stranger in a Strange Land were taught as well as the old standbys?


What's the deal with Merfolk in Golarion?


1)Will the "Bio-tech" found in the Iron Gods AP volume 4 be useable by the PCs( and humanoids in general)?

2)Will the Technology guide book have rules for space ships? If so will it have different kinds of space ships?

3)Will the last hardcover of the year be revealed at Paizo Con, Gen Con, or before those two?

4)When will we find out more about the People of the Stars book? Is it a race book, or a general players guide, or both?

5)Are we getting any more monster revisited books this year?

6)Are Kaiju born, created, or both? Do Kaiju ever form mated pairs or reproduce asexually?

7)Will Warpriest have to choose a deity like clerics?

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I plan on creating a city for a homebrew soon. How do you go about creating the map of a city for a print product? Any tips for creating a new city or mapping in general?

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SnowJade wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
SnowJade wrote:
Tels wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Tels wrote:
SnowJade wrote:
What does it say about me that I'd rather read The Mouse That Roared than Of Mice and Men?
I take it you always rooted for Jerry in Tom and Jerry cartoons?
I was going to answer this, and then I realized it's not directed at me, and that made me cranky since it tricked me.
It's Cosmo's fault.

Oooohh, good save, Tels! As for rooting, whose avatar is feline?

No kidding, James, have you really read Of Mice and Men? What's it like?

It's very VERY good. Devastatingly depressing. Extraordinarily well-written. Much deserving of its place among classic literature.

Ah. What actually prompted my original comment was the fact that Crazy and I went to see "Under the Skin" on Saturday, and I couldn't make heads or tails of screenplay, so I decided to read the book (I love my Kindle.) It's very much in the "classic" mode; beyond the obvious elements of the plot, the author is exploring the universal (oh, all right, pun intended) themes of, well, alienation, dislocation, gender bias, etc. Which made me wonder if, in your opinion, classes on literature in high school would be more productive if books like Under the Skin, Dune and Stranger in a Strange Land were taught as well as the old standbys?

My high school english class was my favorite class, actually. I don't think it's the mix of books that makes a class productive or not as much as it is the teacher's personality and attitude mixed with the students' attitudes (in my high school, the ONLY "honors" class was the english class, so I guess that helped too, since the students in that class generally wanted to be in the class...).

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