Let's go in reverse order, actually. Check under the fold for the porny-bits.
Functional Programming: I finally "got it" earlier today. Watching a video, I finally grasped why people care - not in some abstract "it's purer" sense, but in a "I can write programs better" sense.
Basically what I realized was that I'd implemented, haltingly and uncertainly, certain aspects of functional programming in the game, and that those parts were both elegant and comprehensible at the same time. If any backers care about code, open up game/people.js, line 63. Action.choosePerson is, in a hacky sort of way, curried Game.checkConditions.
In fact, the whole checkConditions mess (it's by far the hairiest part of the game engine - see /engine/modules/classes/conditions.js) could be rewritten much more elegantly using functional programming. I doubt I'll do that, at least not immediately, but it finally clicked.
Pure functional programmers are still crazy. :P Mutable state is the way both the real world and actual computers operate.
Gor. Because it's somewhat famous, I sat down and read Tarnsman of Gor. As you might have guessed from my previous posts on feminism, I was not particularly impressed. It's not the women-are-sexual-objects bit I disliked - that's a perfectly fine kinky fantasy. It's the women-aren't-people part I found distasteful.
The love interest was as flat and one-dimensional as any character I've ever read, and while the male characters weren't particularly deep, they at least had traits beyond hair color / country of birth / current owner. Enslave the women in your fantasy world if you choose, but recognize that they retain minds and inner lives fully as rich and complex as the men around them (also consider if you really need gender-specific slavery, rather than generalized).
Related to that, I wanted to share a link to The Journey Outside. It's not dissimilar to Gor in the sorts of fantasies it portrays (brutal male power, servile/enslaved women, etc.), but it is very well written. If you enjoy that sort of thing, take a look. You can be male or female (via very quick and early gender transformation), depending on which side of the coin you prefer to explore.
Still a work in progress - every path cuts off with a promise of more to come soon, but what is there is great (if somewhat more brutal than what I usually write). Best wishes to the author as she goes through a difficult time in her life.