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Uh, birds. I returned to my condominium room after around several months of being away (covid 19 quarantine and what not). I returned to find out that my washing machine that was located on the outside balcony was almost wholly covered in bird excrement (yuck!). Later, I even walked into some fat pigeons perched around there trying to take another dump again. Arghhh, those bloody birds!  >:(

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Ofc, would be harsh to jump to conclusions without having read the book. I liked yours, so have his on TBR too. Fingers crossed, it's as good!

Hah. Thanks for the indirect recommendation, I just added the novel to my TBR list too. I guess it's the same issue as with Nevernight and Red Sister. Both with badass female assassin protagonists who went to train at some assassin training place. They both came out relatively around the same time too.

Right back at you. I didn't know of Nevernight and that looks super interesting. Have added to my TBR.  :)

Xiagan strongly suggests Nevernight

S. K. Inkslinger strongly suggests Nevernight too.  ;D

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Just getting to the end of Kingdom, South Korean costume drama/zombie invasion TV series on Netflix. I'm enjoying it, though the narrative structure sometimes leaves things to be desired. I always hate it when the viewer is kept out of the loop of what's going on with the main characters. But overall, definitely worth watching (if it sounds like something you'd like).

Season 3 of Dark is definitely up next. The first two seasons were amazing.

Oh I've heard good things about Dark. Would you recommend it, and how confusing do you find the whole series? (I heard it's extremely confusing)

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Ofc, would be harsh to jump to conclusions without having read the book. I liked yours, so have his on TBR too. Fingers crossed, it's as good!

Hah. Thanks for the indirect recommendation, I just added the novel to my TBR list too. I guess it's the same issue as with Nevernight and Red Sister. Both with badass female assassin protagonists who went to train at some assassin training place. They both came out relatively around the same time too.

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Sci-Fi, Horror, YA & Urban Fantasy Books / H. P. Lovecraft
« on: July 05, 2020, 04:22:50 AM »
I'm not really sure where to post this, but here goes. I've always been quite interested in dark, morbid stories like that of Edgar Allan Poe's work, and recently I've taken an interest in works by H. P. Lovecraft. Would anyone recommend them?

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95. Reflects my basic distrust in humanity.

Welcome to the villains gang, my brother.  ;D

I got a 61. BUT I also studied political theory at university and in fact wrote a paper on Machiavelli and I have Strong Opinions on The Prince - it doesn't actually say a lot of the things that get attributed to it. I appreciate that that doesn't really matter because the concept of "Machiavellian" is completely separate from the actual work, but I was still, as I went through the quiz, mentally shouting "That's not what he said!" :D (Basically: yes, the end justifies the means, but for Machiavelli, the "end" was the good of the people and stability of the realm to improve the lives of its population. His point was that a Prince should sacrifice all of himself, even his honour, if it made life better for his people. And, ultimately, he should improve their situation until they were able to govern themselves as a republic. Machiavelli was 100% NOT power-for-power's-sake.)

It's no surprise, really. People took whatever keywords they want from other people's original sayings and twisted them for their own agenda all the time. Hell, as a lawyer I'd probably be doing a hell lot of that in the future myself.

Besides: "The end justifies the mean" is one hell of a absolutely sick quote.

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Wooh. I just scored a 97 out of 100 for a test on how Machiavellian are you. Something to be proud of, finally.  ;D
(Prepares to join the villains side)
You can't say this and not share the link to the test ;D

Anyway, I think villains are giving Machiavel a bad name - I had to read his book on my first year at Uni and from what I remember it wasn't as bad as I'd imagined, hehe

Now that would make for one hell of an interesting required reading. :D  Here it is: https://www.aconsciousrethink.com/6299/machiavellian-scale-test/

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Wooh. I just scored a 97 out of 100 for a test on how Machiavellian are you. Something to be proud of, finally.  ;D
(Prepares to join the villains side)

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General Discussion / Re: Is redemption possible?
« on: July 02, 2020, 04:15:19 AM »
Improvement, sure. Changes in goals/ worldviews over time, sure. Redemption? Well I guess it'll depend on the moral perspective you're seeing from, I reckon. I've always been pretty morally grey, so I couldn't comment much on that. 

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I'm pretty tired of all these rehashes of the same myths/ legends. King Author mythos have been done to the death in almost every form/ version available to mankind, couldn't they come up with something more original?

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Speaking of which, I'm pretty glad we have actual freedom of speech here in the forums, in contrast to the FF facebook group. Nowadays they're practically banning every discussion even remotely mentioning J. K. Rowling, and any other things that might debate an actual serious discussion. It's already getting more on the verge of dictatorship censoring than keeping the community peaceful at this point, I think.

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Finished Nevernight.

By Jay Kristoff? You recommend it?
Yes!

2 of the trilogy were translated into Turkish. Will read after the 3rd one is out. Thanks :)

Huge recommendation from me, hahah. I totally loved the books.

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My order of five new novels have just arrived by mail today. All hail these new sacrifices to the TBR gods! (I bet these will make fine additions, indeed)  8)

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Gangs of London/ The Luminaries

Hey, I love anything gangster and that sounds exquisitely interesting. I'll definitely be giving that a watch some time soon.

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Watching Boardwalk Empire. It's a gansgster-ish show where the main protagonist is the treasurer of atlantic city and selling bootleg liquor during the prohibition era. People sometimes compared it with Peaky Blinders, what with both set during the same era, but there's more happenings and excitement in one episode of Peaky Blinders than in a whole season of this. It's mostly melodramatic who's sleeping with who stuff amidst the few actual bloody scenes and shootouts, but there's nothing much to watch...

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