demilitarizdsm t1_jdql9wn wrote

I haven't gotten to this one yet but I read crime and punishment for similar reasons and found I wasn't going to get much out of it without a literary assist to decode the symbols. It's like The Godfather or the beetles. Eventually you've got to read it just to say you did or move onto metalworking or raising goats


demilitarizdsm t1_j4u4b17 wrote

The word finish is misleading. Anyone who uses it knows you use it to start a task, then you confirm the accuracy, edit the parts that aren't relevant and get variations until one seems satisfactory. Now if a teacher gave exactly those instructions and had just a little more creativity, we'd all see there is no problem here. Students are doing what they do best, preparing themselves for the real world by adapting tools to save themselves time and add value ontop of what the automation can do. Now there is a real skill they will use at work.


demilitarizdsm t1_j2dugjj wrote

It blows genre out of the water for me. I could easily imagine it converted to fantasy. The few things that made it sci-fi and not fantasy were so peripheral. Probably could say that about plenty of Fantasy OR Sci-fi books. But the worldbuilding accomplished in such a compact story was just so insane that at the end and always in reflection that feels like the genre more than any other. Worldbuilding. And of course you could assume fantasy or sci fi would be foundational Ariadne's Thread for a genre called Worldbuilding but I also find it in John Dies at the End. For the purpose of the reading experience I am wondering why worldbuilding itself isn't part of genre tagging systems in GoodReads because it feels like a type of book even though, I assume, it has always been categorized as just a part of the writing process.