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38 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Fifth ... · 1 reply · +5 points

I can only speak for myself, but I'm a rather larger woman, and I've worn a corset before. Depending on the fit, it can really take off a lot. The fat is easy to redistribute, and it can lead to a bit of a bosom, depending on how things are arranged. Alternatively, it can be redistributed down to the hips, which would be hidden under that large skirt. I can see it. :V

75 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Discworld'... · 0 replies · +3 points

Thanks! I was hoping they'd be posted here, since I love reading the discussions, but ah well!

75 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Discworld'... · 2 replies · +11 points

I like The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede. They're not quite the same, being more standard fantasy w/o the social commentary? But they have a sort of irreverent humor that I enjoy, and that reminds me sometimes of Pratchett's works.

75 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Feet of Cl... · 0 replies · +19 points

I love Carrot's sincerity. I've seen some commentary on him/his relationships that tends to assume that what other people think he's thinking is what he's really thinking, and I can't really buy that; I think it's more interesting when what-people-think-he's-thinking reflects them rather then him.

If that makes sense lol.

128 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Shattergla... · 0 replies · +4 points

Exactly! :D

128 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Shattergla... · 3 replies · +18 points

Not necessarily; it could genuinely just be a building with short steps. Some of the buildings in my school have them, because the school was built back in the early 1900 (I believe), and they were built with women's fashions in mind. Depending on the fashions of early Tharios, I could see 3 inch steps being plausible.

129 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Shattergla... · 1 reply · +5 points

Well, for one, if he'd gone catatonic, he wouldn't have been chasing after Chime, and there's a high chance other people would have gotten involved + Tris might have gotten some heat for it (and might have felt more guilty about it?), however that's not what happened, so...

Yes, but the other point I'm trying to make is, it escalated because Tris escalated it. She's the one who immediately snapped at him, and accused him of lying. She's the one that dismissed him multiple times, instead of acknowledging that maybe he at least thought he was telling the truth.

Tris was acting like Tris, but we've seen before that that does hurt people, and the people acting like it was totally a good thing are rubbing me the wrong way, because even if it was in character, that doesn't make the character right in their actions/choices, and I wish it was acknowledged more in the book that maybe she was a little bit in the wrong in this confrontation.

130 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Shattergla... · 3 replies · +6 points

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V ybir Gevf, gb cvrprf, ohg V'z ernyyl hapbzsbegnoyr jvgu gur vqrn gung ure fubbgvat yvtugavat ng crbcyr vf whfgvsvrq, jura fur'f haqre ab vzzrqvngr guerng. Fur unf ab jnl bs xabjvat ubj vg'f tbvat gb uheg fbzrbar; rira n yvggyr fubpx pna or ceboyrzngvp gb fbzrbar jvgu urneg gebhoyr, be va guvf pnfr, vg pna gevttre fbzrbar jvgu CGFQ. Ntnva, vs, qhevat gur yngre fprar, va gur gbjre, vg jnf vzcyvrq gung gung jnf gur svefg gvzr fur unq/pbhyq znxr pbeqf, gung jbhyq or bar guvat, ubjrire gung'f abg gur pnfr. Vg'f rfcrpvnyyl sehfgengvat jura, va gur obbx, gur bgure oerrmrf qb trg pnyyrq gb Xrgu'f jbexvatf, ohg vg'f fcrpvsvpnyyl abgrq gung gur Rzryna oerrmrf fgvyy fjvey nebhaq Gevf, naq gurl arire tb njnl, zrnavat gurl jrer fgvyy grpuavpnyyl whfg fjveyvat nebhaq Gevf qhevat gur ragver pbasebagngvba, rira nsgre Xrgu jnf qbar jvgu uvf zntvpny jbexvat, naq pbhyq or hfrq jvgubhg srne bs gurz orvat fgbyra.

Ba gbc bs gung, rira gubhtu Gevf jnf npgvat va gur qrsrafr bs Puvzr, gur snpg vf, Xrgu qbrfa'g gel gb nggnpx Puvzr hagvy Gevf nsgre unq pnyyrq uvz n "yvne" sbe pynvzvat abg gb unir zntvp, vafgrnq bs obgurevat gb urne uvz bhg. Fher, ur znl or fybj bs fcrrpu orpnhfr bs uvf qvfnovyvgl, ohg fb jung. Vafgrnq fur tbrf vzzrqvngryl vagb fpbyqvat/vafhygvat uvz, sbe fbzrguvat ur trahvaryl guvaxf pnaabg or uvf perngvba, rfpnyngvat guvatf shegure.

tl;dr: I love Tris to death, but I genuinely feel that she was in the wrong in this scene, and I think she escalated things unnecessarily, given she went straight into insulting/scolding him, instead of bothering to listen. Keth didn't attack Chime until after Tris had done that, and it's always possible that, if Tris hadn't immediately called him a liar, she could have removed Chime peacefully. The fact that she didn't makes her Tris, but it doesn't make her right IMO.

Sorry if scrambled, I'm not sure how much sense I'm making.

130 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Shattergla... · 5 replies · +2 points

V'z abg ersreevat gb jvaq jrnivat? V'z gnyxvat nobhg gur fprar jurer Gevf hfrf n qvfp bs jvaq gb syl gb gur gbc bs gur gbjre. Vg'f abg rkcynvarq, va grkg, nf fbzrguvat fur arrqrq gb yrnea/cenpgvpr, whfg fbzrguvat fur jnagrq gb qb, naq jnagrq gb svaq gvzr sbe. Ba gbc bs gung, va gur fnzr fprar, fur "guehfg gur qbbef fuhg jvgu n oerrmr, naq ybbcrq vg gb naq seb nebhaq gur yngpurf. Vg jbhyq freir nf n ebcr ybpx hagvy Gevf erzbirq vg." jvgubhg pnyyvat ba gur jvaqf sebz ure unve.

130 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Shattergla... · 1 reply · +3 points

I'd argue that the one that was best was the one that doesn't cause physical harm to someone, making the lightning the worst one by default, especially if her goal is to get him to listen to her, and stop attacking the dragon.