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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: August 20, 2019, 07:56:03 AM »
I DNF'd Ghost Story at around the 50% mark. I kept trudging through the story, hoping it will get better only for the story to only disappoint me even more. In my opinion this is probably the worse book I've read in the Dresden Files so far, the weaker parts of the story (Dresden's endless inner monologue and pandering, for one) only grew in volume, and the stronger parts (his interactions with his allies, Dresden investigating a case, Dresden throwing big shot magic around) are just not present in this book.

I've gotten so bored that I've skimmed through the back half of the book enough to have a general idea of who the bad guy, how events will unfold, and how it will all ended. I've even went on to skim Cold Days and Skin Game a bit, and I'm just not sure anymore if this is still the Dresden Files I've come to love and if I will enjoy the next books in the series. I guess we'll have to see about that, I may get back to it someday.

Switch to reading Wolves of the Calla (Dark Tower 5)

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General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: August 20, 2019, 04:36:15 AM »
Happy birthday @NightWrite!

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I'm starting kickboxing today :)

Cool! I'm doing Muay Thai too. Martial arts sure are a great way to work out and lose some sweat. Are you going to a gym near where you live?

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Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: Anime Favorites
« on: August 18, 2019, 03:33:51 PM »
What about the first 10 minutes in Up by Pixar  @cupiscent  I found that emotional.

I’ve never watched any Anime/Manga myself.

That 10 minutes crushed me. Totally. Like a pile of rubble under a giant's heel.

And agreed with @Bender anime are pretty much exclusively the big-eye Japanese art style guys, animations (Pixar, Disney, American Graphic novels, etc.) are totally different. 

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General Discussion / Re: Name my goat!
« on: August 18, 2019, 04:23:58 AM »
Have anyone suggested, "Daenerys of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, The Unburnt, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Protector of the Realm, Lady Regent of the Seven Kingdoms, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons"?

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Oh my, riding in a Tesla model 3 is amazing :D
My sister and brother-in-law just got one, we're going out for the day to Bath testing it - just stopped at a service station.

Oh wow. Please please tell me it had auto-driving. I'm so curious and intrigued about that.
I think it does, but they didn't use it. They just got it this week and are still discovering all the features. It's got a glass ceiling too 8)

In Dorne.
Wow ;D

I want to buy one but it's too expensive in Turkey. I can buy two houses instead of a Tesla :(

Oh wow. Even a self-driving car is not worth that much, IMO. If it could turned into a flying car like the Delorean in Back to the Future, maybe...

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Oh my, riding in a Tesla model 3 is amazing :D
My sister and brother-in-law just got one, we're going out for the day to Bath testing it - just stopped at a service station.

Oh wow. Please please tell me it had auto-driving. I'm so curious and intrigued about that.

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Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: Anime Favorites
« on: August 17, 2019, 03:34:42 PM »
A lot of this is, I think, that I have an issue watching serious things with cartoon faces. I just can't emotionally connect without real faces. I have this problem with the animated Star Wars material as well, and I'd desperately like to watch that because it covers a lot of the most interesting parts of the timeline and I understand the storylines are really good.

I'm just the opposite. I believe anime can cross the line that is difficult to do with real people. For example, Attack on Titan.  It's something that I can't believe be done to a similar level with real life.

Anime provides opportunity for creativity not possible with real people.

This. Pretty much why some anime live action adaptations (Attack on Titan live action, for one) failed as well, because some materials just can't be translated well enough into another medium. The Attack on Titan live action was just way too gory, for one.

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There seems to have been 5 pages of posts since my last visit. Just back from a tour of Egypt and Jordan. Highly recommended. Went full Indiana Jones.
Wow!

One day I'll overcome my dislike of organised tours and go to that kind of places (where I basically don't know anything and can't set it myself).

Organised tours in a nutshell: "Alright guys, let's get down here and piss for like 5 minutes, then we'll spend almost the rest of the day in the bloody bus and the final hour of the day doing a 5 kilometer walk around the shopping districts! Where people who don't shop could like just bore themselves to death."

Yeah, pretty much. I mean I'm not saying that I don't like peeing to the beautiful foreign scenery but still...

It was actually the opposite of that. I got the whole day to explore Petra and the tour was brilliant at getting us to the site very early say 6am to beat the crowds and heat. Certainly there are tours like that but not G Adventures the company I used.

I hate organized tours and prefer freestyle. But in case of middle East I'm divided. I can fit in by looks, but still I need more research before doing on my own. I've did most of South East Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia), China, HK, parts of Europe, Nairobi and chunks of US plus Dubai on my own. Doing Masai Mara safari was a adventure.

I'm pretty sure I'm going to get lost as hell if I went to any foreign country by myself, hahah. My batch of friends in highschool once went to Japan by themselves, and ended up getting lost, arguing their ears out, and almost getting relieved of all their cash by a gang of Yakuzas. Now that's something organized tours don't have.  ;D

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I haven't read the series either (despite having some volumes stacks at home) so I couldn't comment on the cast but definitely looking forward to this. An epic fantasy series turned series is always a welcome thing, especially if the budgets and directors etc. are all right. With the Wheel of Time I have only heard about the infamous bathing and braid-tugging scenes, though.  ;D

At least Rosamund Pike is in it, from what I've seen she's quite a great actress I think.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: August 16, 2019, 08:43:02 AM »
I've just started Ghost Story (Not sure if it's a coincidence of intentional that this book is the 13th installment in the Dresden files, hah) and have to say that I'm kinda disappointed. The things I've grown used to expecting from the Dresden series aren't there, and the story of Harry being a young, inexperienced shade didn't quirk my interest as much as I'd like. It's still a Dresden files book, but I guess that it's really true that the earlier 'villain of the week' Dresden before Changes were probably superior than the post-Changes book. Looking forward to when the book will picked up again. 

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: 4-Word Reviews
« on: August 16, 2019, 08:30:08 AM »
Malazan:
  • Most badass characters ever
  • Write more Steven Eriksson
  • First in Last Out

GoT Season 8:
  • She is my queen
  • I don't want it
  • Benioff and Weiss suck

The GOT season 8 got me chuckling. I'd also add-
That's Night King's death?
Why Bran the Broken?
Shame of an ending

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F-F should be on @S. K. Inkslinger 's book, too ;D

Ahem, if it got up to the level of being published at all, hahah.  ;D

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General Discussion / Re: I’m a bit concerned
« on: August 15, 2019, 01:49:44 PM »
Hey Eclipse I'm totally quoting you on this but isn't your tastes,

Okay because I'm bored

My top 5 friends who have mostly the same great taste as me are   :P (compared over 20 plus books)

1. Dr Chill 79%
2. Saraband 78%
3. Ultamentkiller 77%  :o ;) ;D
4. Lanko 76%
5. Hedin & m3m 75%

 ;D

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: August 15, 2019, 09:39:25 AM »
I just finished Kings of the Wyld, and wow. There were sections during the start that I hesitated between giving 3.5 and 4 stars between them, but once the book went into the later half this is definitely a 5 stars read for sure.

This book is a great example of a novel that started off moderate-ish to good, but finally ended up being excellent. That ending was extremely well done and heartfelt as well, and a lot of the passages and scenes really touched me. What especially made it great was the message of friendship amongst all the members of Saga. Along with the fact that this would be their last and only journey on the pages of a novel together, and that the book's end would signify an end in itself, with the band dissolving once and for all. It had been one hell of a ride, though silly at times, in the end bloody and heartfelt and beautiful.

This book is definitely going into my exclusives favorites shelf for sure.

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