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[MAY 2015] - The Magicians / Re: The Magicians - Week 1
« on: May 19, 2015, 08:01:59 PM »

So, what you're saying is: he's a teenager?

Heh, I guess it depends what you consider to be typical/expected behavior for a teenager.  Like I said, I don't think he's horrible or anything, but it wouldn't surprise me if he did some jerk things as the story goes along.  He already unintentionally caused someone's death because he felt he had to get back at a teacher for showing him up or whatever.  Just read that part today, which was a really  good ,weird and creepy part.  Loved fogg's explanation of what happened too.

[MAY 2015] - The Magicians / Re: The Magicians TV Series Greenlit
« on: May 19, 2015, 09:45:17 AM »
Thanks for posting this.  I'll definitely want to check it out.  Looks like it's well cast.

[MAY 2015] - The Magicians / Re: The Magicians - Week 1
« on: May 19, 2015, 09:41:31 AM »
But, first question. Quentin is a character that some people really just can't stand. Personally, I really enjoyed him, dark moods and all. What does everyone else think? Anyone find him too angsty?

Yep, I find him too angsty.  And the thing is, I don't even know what he's so angsty about.  His life seems to be going pretty well.  Why does he think his life sucks so hard?  But that's not even what bothers me about him.  I just think he's really self-centered.  Like instead of being happy for his only two friends, he's holding this semi-hate for James because Julia likes him.  He seems to have a minor disdain for the regular world, including his parents, after going to Brakebills.  As if none of that is worth his time anymore.  And he seems to be one of these people who is very concerned with where he stands in relation to other people.  I don't feel he's a horrible human being or anything, I just don't think I would want to be his friend.

I really liked the entrance exam too.  I especially liked how most of it was just kind of random odd things and not really about doing magic.  Alice is my favorite student.  But I like the Brakebills' staff and paramedic too.  I thought Penny might be cool, but then he had that completely crazy, childish moment when he started the fight with Quentin and I don't even know what to think of him now.

[MAY 2015] - The Magicians / Re: The Magicians - First Impressions
« on: May 19, 2015, 08:12:16 AM »
My first impression is that I don't particularly like Quentin.  This is fine.  So long as the story doesn't hinge on me being sympathetic towards him later on when he has been somewhat douchy the whole time.  The story itself is interesting enough.  The school being the most interesting.  I like the form of practical magic they learn at Brakebills.  I really like how magic is presented so far as something that is dangerous and still a mystery in some ways even to the teachers.  Kind of hard not to think of Harry Potter in the beginning, but it also sort of reminded me of Looking for Alaska.

I'm really curious how this is going to play out on a few fronts.  I've only watched the show up to season 2, but from what I remember, the show took its dialogue, word-for-word, from the book.  I'm wondering if all they have is a detailed outline of plot points going forward, if they dialogue is going to suffer as a result.  If Martin is not heavily involved with the scripts going forward, I would imagine the dialogue will be vastly different when the books come out.  That alone would make reading the books way more enjoyable whenever they're finally released.  This may, in the long run, hurt the shows overall quality compared to the books too.

I'm also curious about how this will affect future film/tv projects based on on-going book series.  Are studios going to avoid starting on projects that haven't concluded yet?  Will author's be reluctant to sell the rights for a series they are presently writing if they aren't fairly confident they can outpace the show/films?  I still say it's a pretty crappy deal for people who have been reading ASoIF for nearly two decades.  And I think this is unprecedented.  Has this ever happened before? 

As the author, I'd feel guilty about this outcome.  I am one of the people who is not at all bothered by how long it takes an author to write their books.  There are so many other great stories to read, and things to do, that the wait doesn't even feel like a wait because I'm not thinking about it.  I only really had one expectation I placed on an author before this, and that was:  Make sure you finish the story; barring any circumstances preventing you from doing so.  Just don't leave us hanging.

Now I feel like I have to add:  Don't tell someone else what happens in the story, so they can make a tv show out of it, before you tell us what happens by writing the books.

Another really good theme :D  I'm going to nominate:

Zoo City by Lauren Beukes

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Synopsis piqued my interests and it's self-published.  I'm in.

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: Fantasy Anime
« on: March 15, 2015, 12:42:05 AM »
Wow.  I totally forgot about Claymore.  Maybe it's because I was enjoying it so much until they went completely off the rails by trying to provide some closure in 25 episodes because it got cancelled.  Still, I'd agree that it's worth watching.

I didn't mind the lack of answers in Attack on Titan, it's still on-going.  I didn't feel like they were trying to drag anything out, the show just develops slowly.  I liked the pacing.  I was never bored or feeling like I was watching filler.  The developments toward the end of the season were so interesting that it's hard to wait for answers though.  I just really connect with the weirdness and coolness of the whole thing.  And the mystery too.

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: Fantasy Anime
« on: March 13, 2015, 03:33:53 AM »
I've been out of the anime loop for a bit, but way back when, Berserk was my favorite fantasy anime, it probably still is.  I remember liking Escaflowne, but it's been so long since I watched it, that I can't say for sure how good it is.  I enjoyed Fullmental Alchemist (even the first series).  Recently I would say Attack on Titan was really great.  Been meaning to watch Seirei no Moribito for the longest, maybe i'll get started on that this weekend.  Really need to get back on my anime watching.

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: Song of the Sea
« on: March 13, 2015, 03:22:34 AM »
I'm hoping to watch this soon, maybe next week.  The blu ray is coming out on Tuesday, March 17th.  I'll do a small review when I watch it.  I agree with you on Kells too.

[MAR 2015] Dreamer's Pool / Re: Dreamer's Pool Week : Chapters 1 - 9
« on: March 12, 2015, 08:20:32 AM »
Yeah I've never really been a fan of first person, but this wasn't too bad. Re: Grim, I always thought it was due to him being autistic or something. That would fit with the contrast in tense, and explain why there's a disconnect between his thoughts and his actions

I'm always slightly worried when I see a story is in first person.  But both the books we read in the last couple months were first person, and it didn't bother me at all.  I guess it just depends how it's done.  I think I even mentioned how I liked how it was done in The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms in one of my posts.  As far as Grim, I was thinking maybe it's just a defense mechanism due to everything he's been through.  He's intentionally being curt and even slightly brutish with others to keep them at a distance.  But it still felt like his voice in his thoughts and his character didn't match.  But that brings me to this response, which gave me something else to think about:

That's really interesting to me that you see it that way, because I've always been quite self aware, and one of my frustrations as a human being is that the words in my head aren't even close to the words that come out of my mouth. Basically, I think in poetic, three page paragraphs like I'm J.R.R. Tolkien, and speak in short, clipped sentences that no one can make sense of. Usually fragments.  ;D It's one of my failings as a human being, that I can't put my thoughts into words. So Grim is totally believable to me, and he's the character I most relate to

That's really interesting to me in turn! ;D  I guess it's so different from my personal experience, that it just seems strange to me.  To think one way, and speak another way.  Maybe it's a pretty common thing though, for people to be more complex with their thoughts than they are in their speech.  This actually got me to thinking, and i'm almost the opposite of this.  I tend to think in fragments, mixed with emotions and associations.  Very rarely am I formulating whole intelligible responses or opinions in my mind.  I think that's part of the reason I occasionally have trouble expressing my thoughts on things if I don't take a minute to think about them.  It might actually play a role in my speaking vocabulary being so much more limited than my comprehension vocabulary.  I constantly find myself trying to remember the exact word that says exactly what I want to say during a conversation.  It's pretty annoying actually; to know there's a word, know that you know it, but have to sit there and try and remember it.  even if it's a split second.  Really, I probably just need to write and talk more. ;D

I was actually thinking Flidais was possessed by some lake spirit that also killed the maid girl by drowning her.

But man, these chapters really dragged for me.  Everything having to do with Conmael and Grim's past or Blackthorn's past was put on the back burner.  This whole quarter of the book was just descriptions of their days and their concerns and reservations about each other or their current situations.  It went on too long for me.  This part of the book was really when I started feeling like I was reading a diary.  More so with Oran's chapters but really for all three.  And I didn't feel like it gave me tons of insight into any of them which is probably what made it more difficult to have it go on for so long.  I had to really power through these chapters while I waited for the story to return to the plot points that I was interested in.  The only interesting development was Flidais acting really strange, but since her behavior was mostly only affecting Oran on a personal level, it wasn't that interesting.  In a way, I'm liking the low key, non-quest nature of the story so far, but it needs to get rolling with some sort of conflict/tension soon.

[MAR 2015] Dreamer's Pool / Re: Dreamer's Pool Week : Chapters 1 - 9
« on: March 11, 2015, 07:36:03 AM »
Sorry to hear that. Is it all three POVs? I know I read a review where someone struggled a bit in the beginning with Grim's chapters.

Yep, all three.  I suppose it's mostly the first person past tense.  But sometimes it also feels like they are addressing a reader in their narration.  I don't actually notice any difference between Grim's chapters and Oran's or Blackthorn's.  He's a man of few words, but he's not a man of few thoughts.  He's as, maybe even more so, perceptive and analytical about what's going on around him as either Blackthorn or Oran.  I do feel like there is a pretty big discrepancy between the person we see him as in his thoughts and the persona he puts out when he's interacting with others.  He would have to be doing it deliberately, otherwise it's not really good writing right?  One of the problems I sometimes have with first person is when a character acts and speaks like themselves as that character, but actually thinks with the voice of the author as a narrator.  It's a big, huge pet peeve of mine.  I don't know if that's really the case with Grim, but the discrepancy feels weird to me even if he is doing it deliberately.

[MAR 2015] Dreamer's Pool / Re: Dreamer's Pool Week : Chapters 1 - 9
« on: March 09, 2015, 04:43:13 AM »
It feels like i'm reading a diary.  I don't really like that.  Hopefully the plot is going to get moving along soon.

[MAR 2015] Dreamer's Pool / Re: Dreamer's Pool - First Impressions
« on: March 05, 2015, 07:05:21 AM »
Yeah, I think the cover kinda threw me off too.  Wasn't expecting the story to be a gritty as it is in the beginning.  Does start to have more of a fairy tale feel to it after we get introduced to Conmael and Oran.  I like it so far.  Pretty straight forward plot.  The only intrigue came in the form of Conmael's deal with Lady.  I admit, i'm very curious about what Conmael's game is.

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