Defending Jacob

Defending JacobDefending Jacob by William Landay
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ugh. I think that this was a well written modern murder mystery for fans of the Dark Side of Law and Order–structurally, I found it interesting with some fantastic pacing and excellent details.

however, I had a sense that I was being manipulated the entire time I was reading the book. Like that the author was simply toying with me–This is the first book by Mr Landay I have read and I did not have any trust in him as an author–basically, I was paranoid he was messing with my emotions in a way that I would not like.

Not my Genre, and not my book–but for some that enjoy a solid who done it with a modern feel this might be a fun summer read…

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Wild Wild Country and D&D

There is a Netflix documentary called Wild Wild Country about the conflict of an Indian Guru coming to Oregon. IMDB describes it with:

When the world’s most controversial guru builds a utopian city deep in the Oregon desert, conflict with the locals escalates into a national scandal. A true story.

During Episode Two there is discussion around how this relates to the Jim Jones’ Massacre in South America–mostly about how there was a strong anti-cult sentiment in the media. Here is a clip (I removed the sound & went with subtitles):

In any event, to demonstrate this “dangerous cult” point the filmmakers used images from the 1st Edition Dungeon Master’s Guide:

And Players Handbook (one of D&D’s Most ICONIC images):

Both books were written by Gary Gygax and are considered classics. They have nothing to do with cults & everything to do with the creative gameplay–in fact, the DMG is still often cited as the greatest RPG book ever written.

There is absolutely no reason to include these images in a discussion of cults–in fact, it perpetuates a Satanic Panic response which still affects RPG’s.