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    Started reading Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea recently. might build a submarine and escape from society like captain nemo he's pretty based
    Ahh that takes me back...

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    I've been trying to finish Peppermint Wizard, one of the Boogiepop and Others books. The only reason I haven't is because it is hard to get myself to read anything.

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    Reading "The Once and Future King"

    We civilized people, who would immediately fly to divorce courts and alimony and other forms of attrition in such circumstances, can afford to look with proper contempt upon the spineless cuckold. But Arthur was only a medieval savage.
    prior to this it actually paints arthur as too good and innocent to hold jealousy in his heart but this line was still made me laugh. why you gotta do that to him bro...

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    I didn't remember that line lmao
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    Finished The Once and Future King. It was really great. My experience with Arthurian stuff was pretty much just Wikipedia browsing (and random anecdotes brought up in Fate discussions...) until this point so it was very fun to see things play out for real. Granted, it doesn't really cover everything and tends to skip seemingly important details sometimes, but that's understandable given the scale. Besides that my only real complaint was the first book is kinda slow, although it was made up for by having the most Merlin. I think my favourite moments were either during Merlin/Arthur's final moments together where Arthur is so adamant about trying to help Merlin from his fate, or the ending with Arthur and the page. It's fucking sad bros...

    Given where we are it was also interesting to see classical depictions of the Arthurian characters to contrast the Fate versions. Granted The Once and Future King is basically still like fan fiction so it's not completely true to the original. Still, it actually made me appreciate a lot of the characterizations of the Fate versions of the characters. A lot of them feet completely appropriate; I especially like Gawain and Gareth because at times I could honestly just picture the Fate depictions in the novel.

    One of my favourite moments is when the Gawain siblings use their kitchen-maid as bait to lure a unicorn to capture it. When the unicorn finally comes, Agravain just fucking murders it brutally. Gawain is pissed and calls him a traitor (although calms around eventually; mostly just annoyed Agravain disobeyed him), and Gareth is crying because s(he) can't believe Agravain would do such a horrible thing. Meanwhile Agravain mentions they should just kill the kitchen-maid too. it's just like my japanese animes

    That said given the focus the novel has on Lancelot it kinda irks me how fucking boring Lancelot (Saber) is. At least Lancelot (Berserker)'s depiction is still good.

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    Started reading Conan.

    It's pretty good.

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    The boy detective manga??
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    The man barbarian stories.

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    I assume you've watched the 1982 Schwarzenegger movie? I haven't read the books, but I've felt a fantasy itch for a while recently.
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    If you're looking specifically for something in the veins of Howard's Conan stories, I'd actually rec his own King Kull and Solomon Kane stories; the Conan ones suffer from Howard so often rebranding other stories as Conan tales, in my opinion. The Stormbringer and Lankhmar stories are also rightfully classics in that genre. I'd also rec the Chronicles of Prydain and the Saga of Erik the Viking, and if you're looking for something more quasi-historical, I'd recommend a lot of Bernard King's, Poul Anderson's, and Henry Treece's oeuvre.
    Plus, you can't go wrong with Discworld. My personal favourite is the Death sub-series, but there are a lot of good choices available.

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    I'll take a look at all those! Planning on watching the 1982 movie ASAP, haven't yet. I'm currently chewing through all of the Conan stories that weren't written by someone else, then planning on expanding to read Kull and other swords and sorcery fantasy stuff afterwards.

    Can definitely see where serial numbers were filed off and protagonists were replaced with Conan. The Black Stranger in particular feels like it could've been the plot to a Pirates of the Carribean film.

    So far the Scarlet Citadel is my favourite. It's like Evil Dead invaded a Lovecraft story.

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    I'd also suggest Scott Lynch's Gentleman Bastards series, which is basically Lupin III in a low fantasy world.
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