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Re: Game Of Thrones (TV Show) Season 5 - WITH BOOK SPOILERS
Ok, it's official. I hardly remember anything from the deep political plots of the books, 3-5 years after reading 4-5 :'(
And this means I should get down from my silly high horse and just watch the *%^$£ tv series ::)

(although the 2 have a perfect connection in my brain: it's exactly because I can't remember that I don't want to get influenced by what they show on tv and then think that's what happened in the books. I am definitely not in the mood currently to re-read them, even if only 3-4, or 4-5 :-\)
Be a there are a few places that give you precis on what has happened in the books and that means that you can brush up and not reread the whole thing. I'd recommend Tower of the Hand, that's a kind of an online ASoIaF encyclopedia. I also think Tor.com are doing one of their rereads, but they're up to A Dance with Dragons.

March 27, 2015, 10:48:02 PM
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Re: Highly Regarded Books that You Have Struggled Through
Yep, plus in a lot of cases they were pioneering their genre, so it's possible that they didn't have to work as hard to come up with something original. Nowadays if you think of something cool, chances are it's already been written... :-\
I think there's a saying that there are only 5 original ideas and they've all been done. Everything else is a variation.
That's probably more a fact than a saying  :P
It's kind of like the one about good songs only have 3 chords and great ones only having 2.

March 27, 2015, 11:26:25 PM
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Book 10 was bad. No other way to put it. Nothing happened.
Made me laugh  ;D
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The best summation I've seen of Crossroads of Twilight came from Adam Roberts on punkadiddle, he summed the entire 700+ pages up as: drivel. He did do a more detailed review, but that one word pretty much summed it up.

March 28, 2015, 12:31:25 AM
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Re: The King's Paws
Anyone notice that @Elfy has gone past 5,000 posts?
And we're all arguing about worshipping @Gariath?
Misplaced, gentleherms, misplaced.  ;D
Thanks for pointing that out, mate. I don't often look at it.

March 28, 2015, 12:45:47 AM
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Re: The King's Paws
F-F will soon implode! Charlie and Jmacyk can't exist in the same spacetime location *scared*
Run!!!
Why not? I exist in the future.

March 28, 2015, 10:09:16 PM
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Re: Your favorite book titles The marvelous Calvin and Hobbes were mentioned earlier and one of their collections had an awesome title: Scientific Progress Goes Boink. The strip could just about qualify as fantasy, because no one's ever been sure if Hobbes can really talk and interact with Calvin the way he does, if you note it he's only like that when it's just him and Calvin. Then are the wonderful old school science fiction adventures Calvin has as the intrepid spaceman Spiff.
March 28, 2015, 10:26:30 PM
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Re: A thousand years here, a thousand years there
I remember when we followed a sign in New Zealand to a 'historical' bridge and it was from 1910 or something like that.  ;D
We get that here, too, xi. Last year in Scotland we stayed in this castle, and the guests stay in the baronial part of it that was added after the keep (which dates back to sometime in the 14th century). I asked the guide how old the baronial part was and he said 'This is actually quite new.'
'How old?'
'Probably no older than the 18th century.'
So that puts it at about 300 years old, the oldest European building of any historical significance in Australia dates back to the early 1800's. They were the same in Italy, we went to an archaeological site in Rome, which has a 2nd or 3rd century church under a more recent one. The guide said that the basilica it's under is fairly new, only 4 or 500 years old!

March 28, 2015, 11:02:46 PM
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Re: What are you currently reading?
How many of us are reading or have just finished The Copper Promise? If I count myself I think there's 4 of us at present: me, @Jmacyk, @xiagan and @Lady Ty. Is that some sort of a record for something that isn't a book club read?
It's the Copper Promise movement, and it's sweeping the nation, er, forum.  ;D

Do I eventually get my own army? That would be sweet ...
What, you don't already have one in a hidden citadel somewhere, Jen? I thought The Copper Promise was an autobiography.

March 30, 2015, 12:07:38 AM
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Re: The King's Paws
Meanwhile here in the future it is a perfect early Autumn day. I was just outside, reading some course material with the kookaburras keeping me company. Oh, yes and Australia won the World Cup in cricket last night, too, so that topped everything off nicely.
Congrats on cricket, being the future and kookaburras.
Here in the past it's time for Chinese food and the sunset.
At least it sounds like it's stopped snowing.

March 30, 2015, 12:19:33 AM
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings Because I have no sense of direction and can get lost on the head of a pin, I'd probably enjoy a city like Helsinki if it's that easy to navigate, then again it's really cold a lot of the time, so not for me (the only good thing about winter is football aka Aussie Rules). On the other hand despite being directionally challenged I love Venice more than any other city I've ever been to in the world and if you haven't been lost in Venice, then you haven't really been there.
March 30, 2015, 11:14:16 PM
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