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General Discussion / Re: The Virus thread
« on: March 23, 2020, 01:54:59 PM »
This has been an interesting two weeks to say the least.  A kid in my daughter's school system was the first student in the state to catch the virus and so our schools shut down a week before everyone else's.  Both me and my wife have "essential" work that requires us to go into work so we've been having to rely on grandparents to watch the girls.  They are ok with this but as of right now the schools are closed until at least May 1 and we're worried that the grandparents are going to get burned out and then what.  I did enjoy as our school system's advice was to not have grandparents watch the kids (which what exactly do you expect working parents to do if the schools and daycares are closing down) and we had my mom watch our girls right after she got back from a cruise.

Luckily no one in my family is sick (from this anyways) and my wife and I are in safe jobs that even in the worst of economic disasters we should be fine so for us its really just a super inconvenience.  However I know there are a lot people who are really going to be hurt by this and I'm just more annoyed that there isn't a proper safety net to really help those people.

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General Discussion / Re: Valentine Gifts
« on: February 14, 2020, 02:51:25 PM »
We don't really do valentine's day.  Our thinking if you wait until one day a year to show your loved one how much you love them then you're doing it wrong.  That said, my mother did volunteer to watch the kids tonight and I'm not stupid enough to turn that down.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: February 14, 2020, 02:49:14 PM »
Finished Holy Sister.  I liked it but I think I was left wanting a bit more with it. 

Not sure what I'm going to next.  Have several library holds so will just see which pops first.

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Malazan Book of the Fallen / Re: Reaper's Gale: book 1
« on: February 11, 2020, 01:17:06 PM »
Toc was in Memories of Ice if I recall correctly (whichever book it was that involved Coral). 

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: February 11, 2020, 01:05:18 PM »
Finished Grey Sister and currently a little over halfway through Holy Sister from Mark Lawrence.  I finally found a match with Lawrence with this series.  The previous two the writing and the world were intriguing to me but I never cared about the characters.  This one is a bit opposite where the world itself isn't really pulling me in but I really enjoy the characters. 

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Malazan Book of the Fallen / Re: Reaper's Gale: finished
« on: February 05, 2020, 05:50:41 PM »
Reaper's Gale has one of my favorite scenes in the entire series.  Also contains one of my most disappointing scenes too so I'm anxious to read what you end up thinking about those events when you get there.

Beak?

Yes Beak was one of my favorite scenes in the series, maybe my favorite overall if I think about it.  His whole sacrifice (and his whole arc) was amazing on his own but then his meeting with Hood really hits you.

Trull was the one I was disappointed with.  Not everyone should get a heroic ending if they are going to die but man that was just a crappy way to go for him.

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Malazan Book of the Fallen / Re: The Bonehunters: finished
« on: February 05, 2020, 05:43:26 PM »
Reminder that this thread is for those who've read Bonehunters and not necessarily the following books ::)
Please...

There are Reaper's Gale threads that you can use ;D

Pfft...who made you moderator and editor?   ;D

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Malazan Book of the Fallen / Re: The Bonehunters: finished
« on: February 05, 2020, 01:57:31 PM »
Reaper's Gale has one of my favorite scenes in the entire series.  Also contains one of my most disappointing scenes too so I'm anxious to read what you end up thinking about those events when you get there.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: February 05, 2020, 01:47:39 PM »
I actually read some books!

Finished A Little Hatred yesterday and really enjoyed it.  Not sure where it will rank in my ultimate Abercrombie rankings but definitely upper half.  I could definitely predict a few things that happened but it was a fun read.

Before that I finished Deadhouse Landing by Esslemont which is his 2nd book into the origins of the Malazan Empire.  Esslemont is not the writer that Erikson is but this one was still a fun read.  It also got me into a Malazan mood so I started listening to Gardens of the Moon as well.  Not a huge fan of the guy who is reading it but I'm still enjoying just being back into the world again.

I'm now on Reaper's gale, Steven Erikson - book 7 of the Malazan.

I'm glad to see that you are still reading these!   :)




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Have we all made peace now with just getting a filmed ending not a book ending to this series?

Yep the show will be my canon now.  I doubt that I ever read any of the future books unless I hear (from people whose taste opinions match mine) they are absolutely amazing. I did not like the last two at all and the long delay is not giving me any reason to think this one will be different. 

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Once a week I always get an evening where I get really REALLY sleepy around 9.30, with eyes closing, and having to go to bed 'right then' and just fall asleep. Can barely brush my teeth, even.
It's either Tuesdays or Thursdays, super regular, I really don't get this - silly body!

I wish this would happen to me on occasion.  It always takes me awhile to fall asleep while for my wife the second her head hits the pillow she's out. 

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Light(er) Funny books needed
« on: February 18, 2019, 02:16:12 PM »
I know you said not urban but the Dresden books were always a good palette cleanser for me.  Maybe Gentlemen Bastards as well?

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I'm about halfway through the Return of the Obra Dinn and its an absolutely awesome game.  The music, the story, the style, and just the feel of it is quickly making it one of my favorite games ever.  For those people who haven't heard it before you're an insurance adjuster in the early 1800s and a ship comes back from a voyage with no one left on it and you have to figure out what happened to all of the crew and passengers (hint: they die a lot).  On top of that the style is in line with a 80s Macintosh game (which you can change around to other retro game looks) which makes it look a lot differently than any modern game out right now.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: The Painted Man / The Warded Man
« on: February 08, 2019, 01:17:09 PM »
Interestingly, @Hedin, I thought that book 4 recovered a lot and was the second best of the series, and finally the last was ok as a normal book but not as the end, wihich felt really rushed.

Book 4 might have been a good bounce back but after Books 2 and 3 I had no desire to go back unless it was a GOAT level book and even then I don't know if I would have.  I almost didn't even read 3 after 2 but at that point I was at 1 decent and 1 not so good book so I'll give one more to break the tie and it broke it for sure.  I can't even remember at this point everything about them that I didn't like but I do know one of my main sticking points was that Arlen turned into a completely different character and it just threw me off.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: The Painted Man / The Warded Man
« on: February 07, 2019, 08:45:12 PM »
I would also advise against reading more if you didn't like the first book.  To me the first book was the best book of the series (I never bothered to read the 4th at all) and it went downhill after that so if you have problems with it already you will have problems with it going forward. 

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