July 5th, 2006

Proverbial equestrian dentistry

Are there any sayings or proverbs with a similar meaning to "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth"? It can be from any country, or with any subject matter. Just with the same general moral of showing windfalls their due appreciation.

Google is little help, though quite interesting. Apparently, the proverb dates from at least the 5th century.

Also, since this is my first time posting here, I want to mention what a great idea for a community this is. Perfectly suited for those weirdly specific questions that crop up in the course of a story.

Pulp fiction of the mid-80s

Hello everyone! I'm looking for pulp fiction of the mid-80s in the US. And there's the problem already! I can't think of a better word to describe this even though it's probably not accurate! >.< What I want are those cheap novels with little depth that you buy at drugstores for a couple of bucks. Like Harlequin romance, but not necessarily romance based. Just really bad, cheap fiction that one buys to numb their brains down and just read a bit of entertainment without thinking much. Since I can't even think of what they're called I can't research them on the net. I've already leafed through wiki for half an hour, but I just found stuff like "formula fiction" and that's not really what I want. I want series titles and stuff. It would also be helpful if there was a quick word on what they're about, so I can pick the right one! ^^ They can also have more adult content. That'd be just fine.

So, ideas anyone? Much appreciated! ^^

Edit: Getting a lot of great help already, but if this serves the answering better, the guy who's supposed to be reading them is 26, male, intelligent and likes to wind down with totally stupid reading material after being challenged all day. It can be somewhat ironic reading material, too, like, dunno, lesbian prison tales or something XD. But bad action stuff is good, too. Not so sure about horror and romance. Thanks again!


You all seem to be helpful, so I come to you with a question.

I've tried doing some research but I'm coming up shorthanded. I have a fantasy character that's a warlock looking to enslave a succubus as a part of her continuous training and also to use as a minion in the future. Now, I know in some RPGs there are ways to go about doing such a thing, but I don't want to model the scene after something that happened in World of Warcraft if I can at all help it. Are there any tales or websites in which someone has enslaved a succubus? Any help at all would be greatly appreciated.