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Reply #35 on: July 25, 2017, 09:14:27 AM

They don't write great SciFi at nearly a fast enough rate to keep me in reading material.

You must read a lot of total fucking garbage.
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Reply #36 on: July 25, 2017, 10:28:44 AM

Eh.  I'd think of all audiences, it would resonate with the one here quite well.

You'd think but instead of being right up my alley, it was actually almost insultingly pandering. Like, I might have loved it at 14 but as an adult, it just felt juvenile. Without the pop culture references, I don't think there's anything that rises above Choose Your Own Adventure level plotting. This feels like Scott Pilgrim vs. the World if that movie had not been directed by Edgar Wright but instead by some no-talent hack like McG or Zak Snyder.

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Reply #37 on: July 25, 2017, 10:54:35 AM

I agree with Mahrin.  There's not really a lot of good sci-fi or fantasy available, so I read what I can get.
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Reply #38 on: July 25, 2017, 03:07:39 PM

They don't write great SciFi at nearly a fast enough rate to keep me in reading material.

You must read a lot of total fucking garbage.
Yes. I can read a full novel in a day, less if I really have nothing else to do, more than 100 a year without even really trying. Maybe 6-8 really good SciFi writers right now, putting out maybe a book a year, each, and I have never been able to maintain interest in other genres. And I read the back catalog of everything marginally worthwhile before I was 18. Re-reading most of it is pointless, as I remember all of it (maybe I get halfway through the first chapter before the memory dredge kicks in and I have all the rest at my mental fngertips).

So I read a *lot* of total fucking garbage. RP1 isn't terrible, it just isn't very good. Decent pulp, but other than putting together tropes in a comparatively novel pattern, nothing really creative, either.

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Reply #39 on: July 25, 2017, 08:43:41 PM

Yeah, it's not terrible or anything. Just, smug and a bit tedious and not especially self-aware about the story it's telling.
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Reply #40 on: July 27, 2017, 11:53:13 AM

The book was written for 10-15 year old kids.  If nothing else is has kids asking about Gary Gygax, so it can't be all bad. :)

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Reply #41 on: July 27, 2017, 03:07:05 PM

I disagree it was written for ~40 year olds with 10-15 year old reading levels.

It was obvious and pandering throughout but that being said I enjoyed it on a purely nostalgic level.

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