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General Discussion / Re: The Virus thread
« on: April 01, 2020, 04:31:38 AM »
I'm considering getting masks (ang gloves) myself. It must be better than nothing, at least. Any small percentage to avoid getting it seems reasonable.

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General Discussion / Re: The Virus thread
« on: March 27, 2020, 03:21:28 PM »
Our president wants people to go back to work (even against orders of local governors).

The Economist called him BolsoNero, yes, named after the roman emperor that burned Rome. The guy doesn't seem to understand what's really going on (suspecting he even has it). There is talk and rumours of an impeachment being worked on.

Meanwhile, just heard Boris Johnson confirmed positive for COVID.

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General Discussion / Re: The Virus thread
« on: March 24, 2020, 07:07:11 AM »
Scared shitless.

Around ~1200 cases in Brazil with 18 deaths, the vast majority concentrated on the southeastern part, more specifically in Sao Paulo state... where I live, though I'm in a smaller city with great infrastructure with only 6 confirmed cases... but neighbour to the big city. Since here things take forever to be tested, and in this city most people work in the city of Sao Paulo, the epicenter of the virus, you know how this could escalate...

People talking those number are already over the ratio in Italy in the same period (which is in a catastrophic state right now) and that we will easily and vastly pass their numbers.

That's with 1200 cases in the whole country. Then I looked at this:

https://nypost.com/2020/03/21/new-york-state-coronavirus-count-tops-10k-state-rushing-masks-to-city-hospitals/

New York State coronavirus count tops 10K as Cuomo warns young people
The number of new coronavirus cases in New York surged by 3,250 on Saturday, lurching the statewide total to 10,356, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who flatly told young people who think they have some special immunity to the deadly bug: “You are wrong!”

Cuomo did not announce a statewide death total; that tally stood at 56 on Friday."
@Lanko, your president is a ^%%^& :-X

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/23/brazils-jair-bolsonaro-says-coronavirus-crisis-is-a-media-trick

This is nothing, he didn't like football matches got cancelled, called governors that were locking down their states "lunatics" and was outraged that churches were included on the list to not realize gatherings of people.

Half his ministers are actually infected and in quarantine, and he's using masks, yet he continued to claim it's just "some cold". From other sources some say he is just saying things like that to downplay it and to not cause panic, but no one is an idiot, everyone knows what's going on in the world, so he just looks like an idiot.

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General Discussion / Re: The Virus thread
« on: March 21, 2020, 11:57:35 PM »
Scared shitless.

Around ~1200 cases in Brazil with 18 deaths, the vast majority concentrated on the southeastern part, more specifically in Sao Paulo state... where I live, though I'm in a smaller city with great infrastructure with only 6 confirmed cases... but neighbour to the big city. Since here things take forever to be tested, and in this city most people work in the city of Sao Paulo, the epicenter of the virus, you know how this could escalate...

People talking those number are already over the ratio in Italy in the same period (which is in a catastrophic state right now) and that we will easily and vastly pass their numbers.

That's with 1200 cases in the whole country. Then I looked at this:

https://nypost.com/2020/03/21/new-york-state-coronavirus-count-tops-10k-state-rushing-masks-to-city-hospitals/

New York State coronavirus count tops 10K as Cuomo warns young people
The number of new coronavirus cases in New York surged by 3,250 on Saturday, lurching the statewide total to 10,356, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who flatly told young people who think they have some special immunity to the deadly bug: “You are wrong!”

Cuomo did not announce a statewide death total; that tally stood at 56 on Friday."


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Whew, nice to see we're back!

We had a temporary WhatsApp, but damn, my phone broke 3 days ago. Yea what a time to lose your phone, just when the whole state is about to be quarantined... the other one I have is too old and can't run any app, and everything now runs apps...

Anyway, who needs apps when we have books...

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lol, I sort of want to re-read for the book club (I will be participating in discussion anyway!) but my library reservation for Memory Called Empire just came in, and I want to read that before Hugo nominations close, so... :D

A Memory Called Empire is fantastic!

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I read this in December, one of the best books of the year, alongisde A Memory Called Empire.

Beginning might be a little dense, as you're throw in the middle of things, but things get clear pretty well after that and the payoff is really good.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: February 25, 2020, 07:53:06 PM »
First book of the year: Elric of Melnibone by Michael Moorcock. 4/5.

Very good sword and sorcery, read it in one go in one day. But a lot the things hyped about it I didn't actually see much of them. I read whole essays about the "anti-Conan" thing and the subversions, but they weren't as proeminent as I was led to believe.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What books did you read in 2019?
« on: January 02, 2020, 07:44:27 PM »
Just read 17 books in 2019 out of the goal of 50. And most were in the least ~3-4 months. And maybe half was non-fiction.

What I've read:

- Circe by Madeline Miller
- A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
- Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City by K.J. Parker
- Ironhand's Daughter duology by David Gemmell (Ironhand's Daughter and The Hawk Eternal)
- Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Non-fiction:

- The Barcelona Legacy by Jonathan Wilson
- Soccernomics by Simon Kuper
- Red: My Autobiography by Gary Neville
- This is the One: Sir Alex Ferguson by Daniel Taylor
- Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin
- The Special One: The Dark Side of José Mourinho by Diego Torres

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Top 5:

  • A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
    Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
    Circe by Madeline Miller
    Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Only read 17 books this year, and probably half were not even fantasy, so it'll be just Top 4, really.

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Monthly Writing Contest / Re: New Year's Resolution for 2020
« on: January 01, 2020, 09:34:27 PM »
To get Eclipse to not ressurrect old threads.

Try to read an average of a book a week (52 a year - managed only 17 last year).

Commit more time to writing.

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Bird Box by Josh Malerman a few years ago.

Thanks to this thread, actually went to GR to remember the author's name and discovered it was made into a very sucessfull Netflix series and there's a sequel coming in May.

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I remember there were special titles on occasion, that's how I got my Jiin Wei title  ::)

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: December 31, 2019, 08:42:00 PM »
Finished Six of Crows yesterday. 3/5

Fun and quick, with some interesting events.

But I'm gonna agree 100% with @cupiscent , the characters' ages do stretch credulity way too much, unless you don't think about it, which I couldn't really do.

For example, Nina. She's a 16 year old who works in a brothel, though her job is magic that she uses to relax people. She even completely comforts (with talking) men and women who lost partners of 20+ year old relationships. When asked about her job she offers wisdow of someone who seen it all...
Then you proceed in the story and also discovers she's military with years of training, fought in a war and is an idealistic patriot or something.
Between the military and the brothel, she was captured and enslaved in a ship, which wrecked, survived with one of its crew members and proceeded to the city of the protagonist. So it was months of traveling, months of trying to get her guy out of jail and more time until she caught the eye of the MC and became his spy and more time until we reach the time the story starts.

So basically for everything to fit, she would have volunteered to the army at around age 10, received training for a few years, fought in a major war around 12-13, was captured around 14, stayed in the city of the protagonist until meeting him at 15 and then the story starts when she's 16.

A similar vein for all the other character's backstories. Kaz is a master criminal at 16, and started around 12-13 to bring down hardened experienced criminals and Inej is a master assassin at 16 who like Nina was also captured and enslaved, but did work at a brothel as a prostitute, and just like Nina, to make the time fit she would have done so around ages 13 to 14 at least until she was recruited by Kaz and trained from the info in the book. Two of the other three members of the crew are also 16 year olds masters of something - the other is 19.

I wouldn't doubt the ages were different and the publisher requested them all to be changed to 16 just to classify it as YA.

Despite even ignoring all these, the path of the story was unfortunately pretty predictable too.
Spoiler for Hiden:
No one died at the heist (though Nina's condition was a surprise), every pair was pretty much in love with each other, and obviously everyone knew the merchant wouldn't hold the deal.

But again, despite all this, it was still enjoyable enough to get at least a 3* and some loose ends and circumsntances were good enough to make me check how this ends in the next book (it's a duology).

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Nearly time for our January read.

@Lanko and @Magnus Hedén

Will you be reading with us?

I'll try!

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