Date: 2019-02-11 07:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] viktor_haag
Hanrahan is, to judge from his gaming output, a writing machine. I could well imagine that, if this sells well, he'll be writing novels for a long time to come (as I suspect that it represents real money for effort to a much better degree than gaming-oriented writing).

your question on religion.

Date: 2019-02-11 09:50 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] connactic
The Romans had a contractual attitude toward the gods and divine spirits that they believed in. There were prescribed rituals and offerings to be made in return for various boons to be granted.

In modern times, we have Prosperity Christianity which I think was invented by someone who was dared to somehow make mainstream American conservative Protestantism even shittier.

So, there are real-life examples of people who have religions that are also seen as giving them tangible benefits.

Date: 2019-02-11 10:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sethsellis
In this case the second-person voice feels like an "I'm narrating my RPG campaign" writing tic, as though Hanrahan had to work his way slowly from game to novel. Whatever the case, from the free sample I'm not convinced there's adequate reason for 2nd person.

Date: 2019-02-13 05:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] beamjockey
The book begins with a section written in second person. What is it with second person narratives these days?

Might be time to write a review in second person.

(Has this already been done?)

Date: 2019-02-13 07:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] carbonel
Yes, for Charlie Stross's Halting State.

https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/four-winds-converge

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