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9 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Unseen Aca... · 0 replies · +6 points

Ridcully appreciates someone who is willing to risk themselves to push some boundaries… well, so long as they aren't HIS boundaries.

Well, as we've seen a couple of splits ago, when Glenda pushed back at him he reacted with respect. So apparently Ridcully can handle some pushing of his boundaries. See also Susan reminding him of his manners in 'Hogfather'. He also reacted to that by pouring on the charm.

10 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Unseen Aca... · 1 reply · +23 points

V yvxr ubj Cengpurgg znxrf vg, vs abg eryrinag sbe gur cybg, jubyyl eryrinag sbe gur punenpgre.

I always dread meeting the idea that anyone who does not match the cis-het-white default needs to have some justification to exist. Pratchett does away with that. Professor Macarona is gay. Obviously and openly. And he is allowed to just be who he is.

I like seeing people that look like my friends in fiction, as *people*, not as plot contrivances.

And note Ridcully's reaction. Complete and utter acceptance. The man has his faults, but he's good at heart

36 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Wintersmit... · 0 replies · +9 points

One thing I'm happy about is that the Dutch language used to have an awesome children's and YA writing scene when I grew up. I haven't checked, but I hear it's still pretty good.

Yes, there was the obligatory overemphasis on WWII, but boy did some authors subvert the usual tropes; Evert Hartman's "War without friends" (it's been translated) was rightfully considered a classic because of that. Aside from that we had feminist-inspired historical novels, great fantasy, and even gritty, realistic, but hopeful teenage drama.

Then I got into secondary education and was expected to read 'adult' literature. Man, was that a disappointment. Everything after WWII looked like the kind of horrid award-bait stuff mentioned above. No good stories, characters who merely existed as vehicles for the authors' obsessions...

37 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Thud!': Pa... · 0 replies · +4 points

He does not get more Pratchettian in the sense that his style starts leaning that way. He does become more adept at mixing the various moods.

Although I must warn you, 'Moon Over Soho', book 2 in the series, is a prime example of a sophomore effort, it is weaker than book 1, and he only picks up the pace in 3 onwards.

37 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Thud!': Pa... · 3 replies · +12 points

Ben Aaronovitch comes close. And it must be said, as a full-time novelist he is still at the start of his career, and he will be the first to acknowledge Pratchett influences ('Foxglove Summer' is one huge Pratchett homage), so he might grow into that style.

38 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Thud!': Pa... · 0 replies · +5 points

Nice that you mention AAVE, because today it just hit me when I was reading Brick's lines out loud: it's a fair approximation of a West-Indian accent, to my ears. Compare it to e.g. Everton in the comedy series Chef!, or Gareth Blackstock's father in the same series.

(FYI, Chef! gets a a bit of a pass on playing with the accent, as lead actor and originator of the series idea is comedian Lenny Henry, who's West Indian himself, and the accent is pointedly not used to ridicule the characters. It's still borderline iffy in Everton's case.)

38 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Thud!': Pa... · 0 replies · +11 points

One thing that I mentioned before but had to ROT because it was a spoiler for this section: If Diamond trolls have complete control over their internal temperature, isn't it a reasonable conjecture that the lesser gemstone trolls can do this too, if to a lesser degree?

And funnily enough, we have established that these are all women. And Ruby seems to confirm it, while no great light, she is smarter than Detritus.

39 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Thud!': Pa... · 1 reply · +25 points

Actually, the fact that Vimes goes for immediate, if not directly suspicious, questions is a valid reason for Detritus to blow up.

With the dwarfs, Vimes has been conscientious to ask for cultural advice (mostly from Carrot) before proceeding. Until he started asking about Mr. Shine, he has done no such things for the trolls. Detritus is right to blow up and call him out for that double standard.

41 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Thud!': Pa... · 0 replies · +22 points

But it fits just as well about white supremacy

That's because the motive of the young footfolk is often the same: they're looking for a clean absolutist ideal to believe in and follow the extremist who promises it.

41 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Thud!': Pa... · 0 replies · +15 points

There is the parallel with the Dolazel case, but aside from that I read Doreen like Estella Partleigh of the Campaign for Equal Heights: a savage critique on ivory-tower activists who condescend from a position of privilege, an aggressive form of performative allyship.