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Re: What are you currently reading? Finished Bloody Rose Started Grey Bastards. Do I get a profanity combo?
October 03, 2018, 02:05:57 PM
Re: What are you currently reading? Reading Red Seas and Red Skies. Not as great as Lies, of course, but it's still quite an amazing read!
October 18, 2018, 08:20:48 AM
Re: FFBB: Best Writer - R8 - Terry Pratchett vs. J.K. Rowling I mean, I really love Harry Potter, but Pratchett's smarter, more entertaining, and has a much larger body of high-quality creative work.
November 08, 2018, 04:12:39 AM
Re: Favorite Character in SFF Hmm.

Candidates: Tyrion Lannister (brilliant small person), Mile Vorkosigan (brilliant smallish person), Samwise (loyal, courageous small person), the Gleems (@Elfy’s creation; very short)...

Is there a pattern here?

January 01, 2019, 01:27:55 PM
Re: Favourite Groups in Fantasy If we're going mythic, I'd put Fionn Mac Cool and the Fianna above Arthur. Very fun range of personalities.
January 19, 2019, 07:55:35 AM
Re: What did you read in February 2019 I am always so delighted when I see people enjoying Fonda Lee's Jade City, because I liked it, but it wasn't really My Thing, but I could see how it was such a good take on That Thing, so it just fills me with delight when people who like the thing get to enjoy the book. (So thank you, @Elfy :D)

I am really doing terrible at reading physical books the last few months, for various reasons, but I did read Melissa Caruso's The Defiant Heir in February. It's book two of her "Swords and Fire" series (a trilogy, I believe). I love this series (which began with The Tethered Mage) so much; it's heavy on the politics, but still has lots of adventures; our heroine has great and complex relationships with other women (avoiding Smurfette syndrome); there are genuine character dilemmas complementing the Big Damn Plot; and our heroine really struggles with difficult questions of doing the right thing when there are no clear answers. Highly recommend!

March 03, 2019, 10:11:07 PM
Re: Once again... - sci-fi and genre dismissal
Technically it ain't science fiction if there is no science in it. Reimagining a timeline is just fiction.

Yeah, but, from the quote ScarletBea pulled from the article, McEwan's book explores: "what if a robot could think like a human, or human intelligence could not tell the difference between itself and AI?" When Asimov wrote about that sort of thing it was certainly considered sci-fi.

The thing that really annoys me about McEwan's quote in that article is the idea that books with faster-than-light travel and anti-gravity boots don't have anything to say about human dilemmas. I love spec fic precisely because of what the speculative elements bring to the consideration of what it means to be human, and him looking down his nose at the entire genre makes me assume that his speculative robot/AI elements will be rather hackneyed, because he hasn't bothered to familiarise himself with what other people have already done in the field.

April 19, 2019, 09:15:51 AM
Re: Game of Thrones season 8 (with spoilers) Have to disagree with you Bea.

Spoiler for Hiden:
There are new powerful women whose arcs are rising to take their place, these being Arya, Sansa, and the last Grayjoy. The villain must always be the most powerful force, and Cersei played that role well, but her time on the stage is over. Raising another woman to take her place is many things, but it is not disempowering. Since Arya defeated the King of Winter (Ice), I foresee she may be the bane of Fire, as well.

I liken the Mother of Dragons to Anakin Skywalker, only this time, we entered the story not knowing how it would end - and seeing a beloved character fall without knowing ahead of time is a very different experience.

I enjoyed the battle, in that it was portrayed the way battles really are: an unholy mess.

As for Drogon's success -
Spoiler for Hiden:
Bronn called it. Catching dragons unaware is one thing. But a lasting principle of war is that anything that does not move is destroyed. Anchored ships and anchored scorpions do not move.

May 14, 2019, 01:43:42 AM
Re: What are your most controversial opinions? I don’t enjoy Sanderson novels along with Robin Hobb,Terry Pratchet and GGK.

Also I thought  the lord of the Rings movies were boring.

June 23, 2019, 06:19:12 AM
Re: Do you prefer short or long chapters? It's not the size that counts, it's what you do with it. ;)
July 31, 2019, 05:48:01 AM