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THE GODS ARE BASTARDS

5 things some people may not and 10 things I definitely like about "The Gods Are Bastards"

By APansirus, member

Oct 12, 2016: 5 things some people may not like about "The Gods Are Bastards": – the beginning is a bit rich on exposition, and although I like it, not everyone does – some of the longer books take a while to get to the end due to the multiple plotlines and groups of antagonists and protagonists, though if you binge-read the archives (you probably will . . . ), that hardly matters – on the contrary, I wish the books were longer 😀 – the death rate and change of the death rate over time – not all of the typos get fixed – probably at least a week of your life will be gone after you start reading this (not lost – but gone)

10 things I definitely like like about "The Gods Are Bastards": – the unique, detailed and intricate setting (influences of fantasy, western, science fiction, steam punk?) – the actual developing, alive characters – the banter and dialogue – the storylines and suspense (while it’s not as high suspense as Worm, it’s really well told and more about the characters, their stories, and their decisions and relations) – the continued insistence that violence is not the best way to solve your problems, that things are connected, and that (most^^) characters actually try to solve their problems other than by brute force – show, don’t tell! – at the same time IF there’s action, there’s ACTION – the actually diverse cast – the first time a gnomish character encountered the ("normal"-sized) steps to her living quarters I had to laugh out loud about the sheer genius of thinking about accessability in a fantasy setting! – the great writing of the mentally ill, quite a few of one of the newest character’s reflections resonate – the great nuanced handling of the problems the protagonists face instead of "kill the bad guy, save the day" – though what may actually be my favorite thing about this series is that I keep learning/understanding things about life, whether it’s an explanation of why "asking about asking" is a good idea, discussions about different perspectives/angles of feminism, or an explanation about rulers and strength – there are a lot of "fishes out of water" who need things explained to them, and I really appreciate the insights they gain – and every time I reread it so far, I find something new^^

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THE GODS ARE BASTARDS

Certainly must read, but drowning in the worst type of SJW

By CorpseMoney, member

Dec 28, 2016: I don’t think there is a single character I do not like, the story, the plot, the banter. It is all pretty grade A. But the one flaw is how much of the writers feminism bleeds through.

Its in every character, even the men. It especially hurts in the men, and not the bad ones. But the good ones, sometimes things from their perspective just come off with that dash of feminism and your immersion is broken.

I love women very much personally, and agree with feminism to a degree. But in this serial, its so infused in everything it hurts. I begin to feel some type of way towards it after a while, the feminism has its own way of being interpolated into everything in the series. The politics, all of the characters, the plots.

I think great writing is a fine line between inserting yourself and your ideals, and your impression of the world and social interaction.

In this serial the author dashes everything to heavily with her opinions of the world. And honestly its the one thing that hurts the serial, without all the feminism I think it might be up there with the greatest.

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They might be bastards, but at least they’re entertaining

By Lemon, member

Jan 12, 2016: A setting that uses and examines old fantasy ideas in ways that make them interesting again, a huge ensemble cast of fleshed-out characters and a complex plot that ties into both make this the best story I’ve read in a long while. It helps that it’s genuinely funny, too.

If the story has a flaw, it’s probably too much of a good thing: even as long as its updates are, they can’t possibly cover the sheer amount of things happening in each chapter. On the other hand, each plotline is so interesting on its own that I don’t mind switching back and forth between them.

Overall, a great story I’d recommend to anyone who likes fantasy. Or westerns. Or any genre, really.

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