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8 years ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Reaper Man... · 0 replies · +13 points

Znex vf tbvat gb pbzohfg uvzfrys jura jr trg gb Guvrs bs Gvzr, vfa'g ur?

8 years ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Reaper Man... · 0 replies · +12 points

1000000000000000% agree.

There are books before this one that I enjoy, mainly the Witches books we've read, but I. Freaking. Love. Reaper. Man.

It's just.......ugh, it's just so GOOD.

9 years ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Street Mag... · 0 replies · +17 points

Instead of Yarrun Firetamer learning his magics from his father, his father writes the magic into his back and that's why he's so furious at Daja for doing the fire magic instinctively.

9 years ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Street Mag... · 2 replies · +10 points

Adding Battle Magic spoilers bc why not

V guvax vg'f nyfb jbegu cbvagvat bhg gung Oevne, ng ntr 18, vf ernql gb chg uvf fgnzc ba gur jbeyq va n ovt jnl. Ur'f fbzrjung xabja ng guvf cbvag sbe uvf gerrf, ohg uvf jbex va gur Lnawvat jne vf zntvpnyyl renfrq sebz rirelbar'f zrzbel. Ebfrgubea'f orra gryyvat uvz fvapr ur jnf gra gung ur pbhyq or n jbeyq snzbhf tneqrare; abg arprffnevyl gb srrq uvf rtb, ohg whfg va n ab-abafrafr jul-ner-lbh-fperjvat-nebhaq-jura-lbh-pbhyq-or xvaqn jnl. Orerarar vf n irel, irel rnfl jnl sbe uvz gb npghnyyl orpbzr gung jbeyq snzbhf tneqrare.

Vg'f abg fbzrguvat gung vf ernyyl nccnerag va gur grkg, ohg vg'f n urnqpnaba bs zvar gung Oevne vf pbafgnagyl gelvat gb cebir ur'f nfpraqrq sebz gur fgerrgf, naq orvat tvira n serr gvpxrg gb qrfvta gur RZCERFF BS ANZBEA'F TNEQRAF jbhyq or n uhtr yher, naq bar gung srrqf evtug vagb uvf fhopbafpvbhf qrfverf naq nakvrgvrf.

9 years ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Street Mag... · 1 reply · +30 points

Honestly, I really prefer that the Rosethorn scene is offpage. I mean, yes, OBVIOUSLY it would be the height of awesome to see Rosethorn be wrapped in righteous fury like a torch etc etc...

...but in reality, I don't think she really went in and ate him alive. Rosethorn may be prickly and demanding, but she's also a professional. She's a great mage and an authority, but she's also a religious dedicate.

I bet the conversation was really more along the lines of her (firmly and unbrookingly) (yes i made that word up I dont' care) informing Jebilu that yes, there is a Winding Circle/Lightsbridge official here, do your duty. But she wouldn't actually be insulting and rude to him unless he, like, attacked her.

It's one of those things I've learned as I grew up and became a professional myself; yeah, it might feel really good to treat adults like children when you're right and they're wrong, but it unfailingly makes the situation worse.

9 years ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Street Mag... · 6 replies · +15 points

At a certain point, you have to decide whether you're criticizing fat people being stereotyped, or villainous characters being fat.

The presence of a main character (and a massively beloved one, at that!) who has fatness as a key part of her characterization, and not just as a "oh well we'll make her fat so she isn't a mary sue" does a lot to say the author ISN'T stereotyping.

It's one of the (few) ways I think Doylist analysis trumps Watsonian.

9 years ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Street Mag... · 1 reply · +17 points

It is definitely worth mentioning that Tris has, from the very start, been explicitly described as chubby, fat, and overweight.

9 years ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Street Mag... · 1 reply · +4 points

Gur rknpg cuenfr hfrq sbe tynff zntvp vf "zvqqyvat ener". Jung'f shaal vf, gung nyjnlf znqr cresrpg frafr gb zr: vg'f enere guna pbzzba nzovrag zntvp, yvxr jrngure zntvp, ohg zber pbzzba guna ener nzovrag zntvp, yvxr qnapr zntvp. Naq Xrgu npgf yvxr gur cuenfr vf whfg pbzcyrgryl bcndhr naq unf ab zrnavat ng nyy. V nyjnlf tbg n ynhtu bhg bs gung.

V oryvrir jrngure zntvp va trareny vf cerggl pbzzba, ohg fxvyyrq yvtugavat zntrf ner ener (va ab fznyy cneg orpnhfr gurl nyy trg oybjrq hc).

9 years ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Street Mag... · 1 reply · +3 points

OH OH OH I HAD ANOTHER THOUGHT but it's spoilery.

Fb, jr arire frr Ebfrgubea tb hc ntnvafg Mranqvn. Yvxr, V qba'g rira guvax gurl rire zrrg snpr gb snpr. Fur tbrf naq rngf Fgbarfyvpre nyvir, naq Oevne znxrf shaal pbzzragf nobhg ubj fur unfa'g unq n punapr gb ireonyyl rivfprengr fbzrbar va zbaguf naq vg'f terng orpnhfr Ebfrgubea vf gur orfg rgp rgp.

V xvaq bs guvax vs Ebfrgubea QVQ gel gb unir vg bhg jvgu Mranqvn, fur'q...creuncf abg ybfr, ohg fur qrsvavgryl jbhyqa'g jnyx bhg, urnq uvtu naq ivpgbevbhf. Mranqvn unf gbb zhpu cevivyrtr naq cbjre; rira Ebfrgubea'f fgnghf nf n snzrq terng zntr jbhyqa'g snmr ure. V nyfb qba'g guvax Ebfrgubea jbhyq tb qbja Oevne'f cngu bs qrfgeblvat ure ragver rfgngr; fur'f n yvggyr zber nggnpurq gb gur fgnghf dhb guna ur vf.

Vg'f na vagrerfgvat gubhtug, gung Ebfrgubea bayl "tbrf nsgre" gubfr fur unf rfgnoyvfurq cbjre bire. Fur bhgenaxf Fgbarfyvpre va rirel jnl. Fur'f nyfb cerggl zhpu va gur evtug; ur'f nggrzcgvat gb qhpx bhg bs uvf erfcbafvovyvgvrf naq vf nyfb n cerggl funql punenpgre va uvf bja evtug, naq fur'f n gbgnyyl yrtvgvzngr nhgubevgl svther bire uvz. V'z abg gelvat gb cnvag bhe orybirq Ebfrgubea nf n ohyyl, fvapr V guvax GC tbrf gb terng rkgrag gb fubj Ebfrgubea vf pbafpvbhf bs ure cbjre, obgu zntvpny naq crefbanyvgl jvfr. Ohg vg'f vagrerfgvat.

9 years ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Street Mag... · 1 reply · +11 points

I mean, he said "we did it once by accident". Pretty clear statement. I guess it could mean like Shmaylor said, they made it work after a lot of trial and error.