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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2014 3:45 pm 
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What is the deal with keys and the dead?


I have no idea what you're talking about I'm afraid. Probably something to do with doors that should remain shut like coffins and the dead's phobia of being turned into skeleton keys.

The front cover of the book "The Archived" has a massive key on the front as one of the primary imageries. The book for Geist: the Sin-Eaters is basically covered in keys, and is the defining icon for the splatbook. They both deal with individuals laying the dead to rest, although with some differences.


My secondary instinct would be to say there's an attempt at marketing derivations following the success of Lock and Key (graphic novel series--very good).

Mostly I think the images are simple and evocative without being specific, which is great for book designers who only read the metadata of the books they design. It's also possible the similarities have more to do with your tastes as a consumer than their parallels from a cover designer perspective, so maybe some amount of introspection would be necessary to achieve a 100% answer on this one.

So I ask you, what skeletons do you have locked away Mown?

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2014 3:46 pm 
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They wouldn't be locked away if I told you, would they.

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They wouldn't be locked away if I told you, would they.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2014 5:10 pm 
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What's the most exciting show of next season's anime lineup?

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 10:21 am 
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What's the most exciting show of next season's anime lineup?


Um............ I actually have really fallen behind on my anime watching. Probably Tokyo Ghoul, Studio: Shaft (if you're into that whole series, I am), and Durarara!!! just off the top of my head. I tend to check out the first few episodes of the romances, comedies, and mecha anima just because some are really good but most are awful, so I won't have an actual idea until mid-January or Feb.

Currently watching Rage of Bahamut bc it's just gorgeous and the anime about the pianist because, while a little over-the-top/melodramatic, it hits home to me as I used to be a classical clarinetist and love the music.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 10:35 am 
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Drrr! was the right answer.
Not sure what you meant with Studio: Shaft, and "that whole series". Did you mean monogatari? I mean, I guess it's more or less Studio: Shaft the anime, although tsukimonogatari has already aired by now (and it was good).

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Yeah I meant the entire monogatari catalogue. The animation and narrative is just really interesting and well done imo.

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Is Studio: Shaft a series based on the film "Shaft"?

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You read books, right? Because I pretty much don't. But then I read this one book that I told you about, and it was kind of fun.
So I ask: Do you know of any good books that deal with modern (urban?) fantasy? Particularly ghost-esque stuff, I really like those.
Especially with good worldbuilding, because that fascinates me more than most other things.

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Sounds like what I've heard of the Dresden files, but I've never read those myself. Young Wizards qualifies on all fronts but aims a little young in the target demographic. If you don't mind young adult novels though, I can recommend everything before book 7. The Wizard's Dilemma and A Wizard Alone are the high points if you don't want to commit to a full series. Don't worry about starting at the beginning.

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Nope. Or, well, it might allude to it, but probably not.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 2:27 pm 
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Mown wrote:
You read books, right? Because I pretty much don't. But then I read this one book that I told you about, and it was kind of fun.
So I ask: Do you know of any good books that deal with modern (urban?) fantasy? Particularly ghost-esque stuff, I really like those.
Especially with good worldbuilding, because that fascinates me more than most other things.


You should read my book. It has ghosts in it. I'm self-pubbing it in the next couple of months.

Ghost urban fantasy is a liiiiiiiittle harder, because it tends to fall under paranormal and be romance-based; supernatural and be phenomena-based; or your standard urban fantasy which is a hode podge of fantasy tropes thrust between the same book jacket.

If you like good world-building and want urban fantasy then I definitely recommend Jim Butcher as a fun, light read with thousands of pages of fast-paced content. He started writing them very young, so there's the added pleasure of watching a writer hone his craft, because the books get much better as the series goes on.

I found thisonline for a dollar, seems legit.

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TPmanW wrote:
Sounds like what I've heard of the Dresden files, but I've never read those myself. Young Wizards qualifies on all fronts but aims a little young in the target demographic. If you don't mind young adult novels though, I can recommend everything before book 7. The Wizard's Dilemma and A Wizard Alone are the high points if you don't want to commit to a full series. Don't worry about starting at the beginning.


I randomly picked up a later book in this series and loathed it to the point of giving myself a migraine. Maybe the writing is better in the beginning, but I worked through fifty pages of people wandering aimlessly through a house before I flung it at the wall and swore to never read the first book.

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What is the worst thing you've ever done?

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That's an arbitrary term "worst" and not really conducive to advice. I think the "worst" thing I've done in recent memory is not visit my mom when she was in the hospital. She fell down the stairs and conked her head pretty hard, but the diagnosis I was told wasn't really bad. (I'm in NYC, she was in Texas, and I didn't have much money at the time for the trip.) Anyway, one night she was talking to my brother, the next day she was dead. Lung infection from resuscitating her vomit after the fall. The docs didn't know, so we didn't know.

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That's an arbitrary term "worst" and not really conducive to advice. I think the "worst" thing I've done in recent memory is not visit my mom when she was in the hospital. She fell down the stairs and conked her head pretty hard, but the diagnosis I was told wasn't really bad. (I'm in NYC, she was in Texas, and I didn't have much money at the time for the trip.) Anyway, one night she was talking to my brother, the next day she was dead. Lung infection from resuscitating her vomit after the fall. The docs didn't know, so we didn't know.


Dang, that's hard to hear.

It's cliche to say stuff like how we are not promised tomorrow, make sure you talk to your loved ones because they might not be here tomorrow, etc. But it really is true, life is fragile.

On a less sombering note, since you're a Jim Butcher fan what did you think of Ghost Story? My sister reads his stuff as well but we clashed on that book. She hated it, I enjoyed it. Not as good as Changes but solid.


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It's a cliche because it's true, but I hear ya.

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Why did I go on a date with a divorced recovering drug addict on probation for three years with two DUIs who lives at home and walks to work?

Why am I sad she didn't want to go on a second date?

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Why did I go on a date with a divorced recovering drug addict on probation for three years with two DUIs who lives at home and walks to work?

Because you're a masochist who doesn't believe he can be loved unless he lets himself be abused by others.

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