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Sep 17, 2015 09:14PM

4170 In the latest podcast, Veronica decreed that Baby Brains would be an official new Sword & Laser idiom, while also questioning what the exact definition would be. This thread will solve that urgent quandary.

I'll posit my definition for Baby Brain, and the following posters can tax their brains, whatever their age, with their own definitions. May the best brains win.

Baby Brain [bey-bee breyn] noun: A person accepting of new reading experiences featuring use of grammar, word choice, formatting, and or themes atypical to that genre. The same individual would love to try, say, rainbow milkshakes, whereas Old Brains would be opposed to all of the above. For them, a cup of Earl Gray tea and a Tolkien tome would do nicely, thank you very much.
Sep 18, 2012 07:36AM

4170 Morgaine from Mists of Avalon, tastefully clothed in blood and mist vapors.

Vin from Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn would be in an improbable pose while flying through the air in her ribbon Mistborn cape.

Monza Murcatto from Joe Abercrombie's Best Served Cold would be staring at the viewer with defiance, tight-fitting clothing exposing her fit figure, as well as her mutilated hand.
Sep 11, 2012 11:58AM

4170 Legolas' heart for Faramir seems arbitrary. Or was there some elf-on-stubble kissing of which I was not aware?
4170 Homeland is by far the most interesting setting. How many fantasy books do you read that take place a mile beneath the surface in a cavern sweltering with chaos and purple light?
Sep 07, 2012 08:38AM

4170 What if other people could see the joy we experience when reading a good book? This video attempts to capture the breathtaking adventure of reading that leaves you clutching the novel with a sweaty grip late into the night in your own festival of imagination.

http://youtu.be/0e6zsny9X4Q
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Sep 07, 2012 08:37AM

4170 The email to send the video is the same for the general Sword and Laser feedback, right?

And what's the suggested file size?
Sep 03, 2012 12:15PM

4170 Rather than a "last refuge for the incompetent," I'd be tempted to say, "Violence is the solution of the stupid." Or "Violence is the first and last option considered by the stupid."

Still not universally accurate, granted, but perhaps equally true.
4170 Some people can read a book faster than I can scarf down spaghetti. The best we can hope for is for people to be attentive with spoiler warnings.
Aug 27, 2012 07:03PM

4170 The fool is sublimed awesome. His only failing? His inexplicable affection for Fitz.

For a similar joker with mystical undertones, try Brandon Sanderson's the Way of Kings.
Aug 22, 2012 07:59PM

4170 Won't you all be sorry when I ride in on the back of my Wit-bound terror bird.


Aug 20, 2012 07:30AM

4170 I'm surprised so few people have mentioned A Clockwork Orange. As a side note, the Prince of Thorns is something of a tribute to that book, minus the clutter of invented slang.

The Silmarillion did take multiple attempts but at least it was rewarding.

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell was fine, assuming you skip the first hundred pages.
Aug 19, 2012 06:49PM

4170 The only thing that can compare to the coolness of a sword crackling with light is the gritty tentacle of a Sarlacc, a sand pit monster.

And speaking of glowing swords, I'd say this is a suitable place to mention the difference between space opera and fantasy is thinner than the laser beam shot from a blaster.
4170 Save the puppies! Hoist the Fool on your shoulders and exalt him. Give the rest of the characters in this story a sound slap on the face, because they deserve it or because they need to snap out of their angst.
Aug 03, 2012 07:28PM

4170 Just watched the Sword and Laser video show, where they revealed the original manuscript title was Chivalry's Bastard. This makes far more sense to me and would not have induced the titular gag reflex.
Aug 02, 2012 11:00PM

4170 Decided not to murder anyone after all. Too much of a bother, when I can get nearly the same satisfaction by lounging on my couch and pretending to crush the heads of the NBC Olympics commentators between my fingers. And that's not laziness on my part. After all, I'm not the one who's the Assassin's Apprentice.
Aug 02, 2012 10:46PM

4170 First I should say I finished not only this book but the following two in the series. The Fool is one of my favorite characters of all time, and I particularly like the discrimination surrounding the use of the Wit magic, along with the colorful backstory such as the Piebald Prince.

But, seriously, is a smidgen of assassination too much to ask for in a book with this title? True, Fitz is an apprentice, but he's not a spy apprentice. He's not a scout apprentice. He's not a let-me-brood-and-sulk-for-another-fifty-pages apprentice. He's a dagger-through-the-eye Assassin Apprentice, but in this book he never assassinates anyone. At least not in a way that was meaningful to the plot enough to remember. (Was there a paragraph in there somewhere, a side note of murder?)

The title isn't Zombie-Killer Apprentice. This isn't Resident Evil. I'm not satisfied with someone running around poisoning the brain dead and feeling guilty about killing husks of people. If a title contains the word Assassin, I want the protagonist's blood to run cold. I want lungs to shrivel and deflate from a well-placed dagger wound. I want tongues to turn purple, swell from poison. I want widows to weep, children to mourn. I don't want the protagonist to tear at his hair in angst at killing people who are already dead.

Series spoiler: (view spoiler)

Fine, Robin Hobb, I'm going to have to take to the rat-infested alleys of San Francisco and make up for this unethical deficiency of murder. Remember, though, you drove me to this. Oh, and if by some small chance the author is reading this, I'm a big fan, and I hope she'll sign my books so I can show them off in prison.
Aug 02, 2012 10:16PM

4170 In Fool's Errand, the forth book with Fitz as the protagonist, he spends the first EIGHTY pages in a hut, moping. I set the book down and the only thing that would've inspired me to pick it up again would be to smother Fitz as he slept using the assassin skills he never had the guts to put into practice.
Aug 02, 2012 10:13PM

4170 I don't think you can draw any phallic conclusions based on the choice of swords and staffs as weapons. They're implements of practicality. I don't use a knife at table more often because it's vaguely phallic. However, if anyone in a story was swinging around a mace with a vagina carved on it, that would be an incident to note.
Jul 30, 2012 07:44PM

4170 On the one hand The Hobbit was awesome because of its brevity, and we'll have that story in the book form. This movie trilogy will be a dragon of a different color, and I think most everyone will love it. Why? Because I loved the Appendices, the Silmarillion, and the Book of Lost Tales. There will be more story, more history, in a word, more Tolkien.
Jul 28, 2012 09:36AM

4170 Joseph wrote: "Just realised this is a bit like 'who was your first kiss' for Fantasy fans...:D"

Coincidentally, the first dragon I met I kissed. Perhaps that makes me a bit of an exception. And, yes, I know what you're thinking, but your wrong. Her breath barely smelled of brimstone at all. And her horns were perfectly elegant.
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