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    Naomi Novik's Temeraire series, because the first one was chosen by my book club and, as a huge Patrick O'Brian fan, I found it hit enough of the right Napoleonic war/historical adventure/sea story culture/procedural spots to be entertaining enough to...
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    "you can, at a pinch, apply it to that stereotypical MFA lit-fic novel of lecherous middle-aged academics without too much trouble" More than just at a pinch. Dan Harmon (and a slew of others) have broken the hero's journey down...
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    The way my brain works, it's an author using stupid numbers that annoys me. I'm fine with a huge horde, but tell me it's an army of 50,000 and I start worrying about logistics and tons of food required per...
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    Sorry for the late reply. Just getting to this yesterday and it took two days to read through. then clothing is decoupled from routine status displays, and a lifetime later some people start doing dress-up as a subculture thing because...
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