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Gosh Inky, that's scary. Stay safe!

Do the stuff normally told to prevent flu, scaled up! Don't go into crowds, don't touch your eyes, nose and mouth while out and about, and not before you've thoroughly washed your hands.

I was hearing about this on the radio this morning and they mentioned that all public transport in Wuhan had been stopped, "freezing the 11 million people in place": 11 million!! A city with a bigger population than the entire Portugal, eek!! :o

I think this could be worse than bird flu because it's passed human to human :-\ I still remember going for walks in Switzerland and seeing lots of signs telling people not to touch any birds, especially not dead ones...

More information: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jan/22/what-is-coronavirus-wuhan-china

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Blackwing by Ed McDonald,
I love this trilogy too, but I'm not sure if it's grimdark... I guess we fall into the grimdark definition again hehe

Anyway, I second this recommendation (ok, it does fit into "dark fantasy"), and because he's too modest to do it himself, I also recommend Cameron's own books (starting with Traitor god), as I find them really good and they've got a similar vibe to the above trilogy.

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You should go at least a day to Amsterdam, preferably stay over a couple of days, it's only about an hour or so on the train.
I really love that city, I was there about 20 years ago (!) and definitely want to go back.

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Maybe it's your body telling you to rest?
I feel humanity has lost the art of boredom, so just embrace it and go with the flow - the interest will return eventually...

(and if it doesn't, you can check for other symptoms)

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Dark fantasy is grimdark or horror?
I was going to ask the same question.

If it's grimdark, I totally recommend Anna Stephens Godblind trilogy, they're really good.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: January 21, 2020, 12:13:26 PM »
I'm catching up with last year's purchases. Blood of Empire by Brian McClellan. About a third of the way through and an absolute blast. I'm going to miss the Powder Mage setting when this is finished.
Alex, knowing what I like (I think, hehe), do you think I'd enjoy this series? I've heard a lot about it, but not sure if it's "too militar" for my tastes (even though I read enjoyed Abercrombie's Heroes and all Malazan).

There is a fair bit of the military in it. Probably split equally between military, magic, and spies. I can't remember if you like Sanderson, but it's like a more realistic version of his work. Or like Lightbriner without the pointless twists.
Oh then it might be ok! Another one for my list, thanks

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^ not sure what that was, I didn't see your original post, hehe

Anyway, wahey, I've just bought the tickets for 2 events at the Huddersfield Literature Festival! This year I'm going to one with the lady who works translating the Anne Lister diaries and was a consultant in the "Gentleman Jack" series (Anne Choma), and another with the writer of the book "Hostile Environment: How Immigrants Became Scapegoats" (Maya Goodfellow).

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: January 21, 2020, 11:13:06 AM »
I'm catching up with last year's purchases. Blood of Empire by Brian McClellan. About a third of the way through and an absolute blast. I'm going to miss the Powder Mage setting when this is finished.
Alex, knowing what I like (I think, hehe), do you think I'd enjoy this series? I've heard a lot about it, but not sure if it's "too militar" for my tastes (even though I read enjoyed Abercrombie's Heroes and all Malazan).

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And I'm currently watching season 2 of "Westworld" - a very different feel from the first one, 2 episodes in...

I've finished, and WOW! I loved it!!
They just picked up last season and twisted and turned and keep making us think about the nature of being human.
The extras on the DVD box set are great, a way to discover even more details.

Season 3 starts in March and I can't wait 8)

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Ask a question, talk about a book, say something (across the forum)?
 ;D

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Wow, they look good!

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: January 18, 2020, 08:22:12 AM »
Let him... it's not a party or a bell ringing that's going to affect the nation either way ::)
Let's just hope that people's actions after that don't change, although I believe that those who want to be racists and obnoxious have been doing so for the last 3.5 years and aren't waiting for this date.

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Watchmen has been cancelled, mainly because the writer is not interested in a second season.

I am okay with that.  We have one essential, perfect season.  I wish more shows did that.
Yep, I agree. It was amazing, anything more would change its identity.

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Nighteyes lives in his own time bubble, methinks... just notice how often during the year he wishes me happy birthday 8) ;D

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I thought it was Keith Harris , creator of Orville
:P
I had to google it, I've seen them around but didn't know their names ;D

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