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My order of the six books of the short story compilation I helped co-authored just arrived a few days ago. For this issue I was also the one who composed the poem on the back cover, so that's pretty damn nice I'd say.  ;D

Well, today I went to the gym for the first time in circa two months. I took it easy, but I'm still pretty beat up. Especially since I did squats for the first time in years; I've had long-term issues with my knee that seem to have passed. I can feel my thighs petrifying.

I expect to be extremely immobile tomorrow.

Lucky you. Gyms and swimming pools are still closed here too. Fortunately I have a treadmill at home and nowadays I regularly depended on it for my weekly exercise schedules. My university testing date had also been postponed for another month, argh.

I just finished watching 3 Idiots. It's probably the first Bollywood movie I've ever watched, and even as a person who had seen par on 10k films I could say without certainty that this is one of the best movies I've ever watched. It's hilarious, but also thought provoking on the state of educational system in today's world, and it's also a tale about friendship. I'd wholeheartedly recommend this movie to anyone at all. It's going to surprise you, and in an immeasurably good way.

Finished season 2 of Fargo and watching Fargo the movie. I'll definitely have to say that I didn't like season 2 as much as season 1, and especially with that weird plot device they just decided to ram randomly into the show (people who've watched it would know). I liked Fargo the movie better and especially loved that Easter egg that linked the movie to season 1 (the briefcase of cash buried in the snow).

@Alex Hormann and @isos81 Oh dang, now that's interesting. I'll definitely have to check that out, even if I am predominantly a paper book reader but this is just too interesting to pass. Thanks guys.  :D

General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: May 26, 2020, 10:33:48 AM »
Happy birthday @cupiscent! May you find great books to read again this year.  :D

During this furlough period I wanted to revive my German (which I learnt years ago, then used when I lived in Switzerland). I picked up my books but everything was a bit boring, and a lot business-related (as I was learning there at work).

Then I remembered hearing about this site called Duolingo, and wow, it's great! I've been doing the lessons for a week now, and I do remember both more and less than I imagined hehe
I did a test at the start that unlocked all the lessons inside the first 2 sections, but I started from the very beginning anyway.

There are lots of languages available, if you'd like to try :)

Duolingo is pretty great. They had every language available for practice, so it's got a pretty wide coverage. I could speak Thai, English, and Mandarin to an extent (although it had always been sketchy). I had studied Mandarin as a kid and again in high school, and later during college when I absolutely bored, although as stated before, still pretty sketchy.

Even though I didn't read Malazan, I think continuing from your already reading series should be a good step in progression You could buy the next books instantly and read until the end of the series, so there's that, no waiting required.

I've now started Samantha Shannon's The priory of the orange tree and from the first few pages, it's looking really promising!
Argh, I just want to continue reading more and more, but I get a headache!
This book is SO GOOD :D :D

I finished :'(
 that touches you everywhere

These particular phrases just sounded so wrong, hahah.  ;D

I've just started Bloody Rose and while it was good, it reminded me of how much I missed the old Kings of the Wyld crew. I just wish there would be more adventures with them, maybe even a prequel? (On the same note I'd love to read a prequel of Powdermage series, back when Tamas was a Gurlish war hero)

General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: May 25, 2020, 10:27:52 AM »
Ahem. Happy birthday Eclipse. Do come back soon.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Multiple plots in a book
« on: May 25, 2020, 06:18:33 AM »
As everyone else had said already, if it's done well I guess the book would be enjoyable (I'm not even sure of what I can put up as an example, hahah) I personally preferred books with a single person POV though, subplots or no.

Finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I'm debating whether I should continue with Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince or go on to read Bloody Rose. I think I may need some new, refreshing story at this point, hahah.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Gorgeous SF/F book covers!
« on: May 24, 2020, 10:18:52 AM »
Saw this the other day on facebook. I'll have to say that they looked pretty damn amazing. Chinese covers of the Raven's Shadow.

Stay strong Cherie! I'm not really knowledgeable (well, not at all) when it came to relationships and stuff, but still would like to wish you all the best and give you my encouragements. As isos said above, we're here whenever you need us.  :D

Hmmm file it under "light at the end of the tunnel" because it's those small things that make us smile and give us a lift when we're down... ;)
Even an introvert like me wants to do something different, so today I had a "proper cream tea" at home ;D

I walked to the Farm Shop as part of my daily exercise, there I got some nice bits and pieces, including proper homemade scones, and then when I got home I made a pot of tea on the posh teapot, used for visitors only, used the posh teacup too, and had it with a big scone with butter and jam (no cream at home), sitting at the low living room table just to be different

Oh wow, I love scones. I've tasted them like only once but I would definitely love to have them again, hahah. They're just so rare where I lived.

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