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[DEC 2019] Tardiness / Re: [Dec 2019] - Tardiness - Discussion Thread
« on: December 30, 2019, 12:59:00 PM »
Are you writing?
Being tardy? ;D
New theme will be tardy too, the way this looks. ;)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: December 27, 2019, 05:31:11 PM »
There are a lot of books on there that I read and loved. I probably should talk to you someday about the books on your list that I don't know/haven't read. :)

[NOV 2019] Arch Enemies / Re: [Nov 2019] - Arch Enemies - Voting Thread
« on: December 25, 2019, 06:20:07 PM »
We have two votes so far. Better start reading, you lovely people. ;)

General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: December 25, 2019, 06:18:13 PM »
I'm sorry I'm late, Bea! The 23rd is one of the (or the) busiest day art work and I thought it was the 25th (the only reason I came here. We're at my In-laws). ;)

Happy belated birthday and here's to the next 50 years!  ;D

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: The Witcher ( tv series)
« on: December 25, 2019, 06:10:49 PM »
I haven't watched it but now I'm not sure I will. Hopefully the Wheel of Time next year will be better!

Merry Christmas everyone! :)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: December 25, 2019, 06:05:29 PM »
:-X :-X

I'm 1/4 into book 3, again still trying to get used to the differences.
Spoiler for Hiden:
Did he really kill Shara so easily? I kept thinking it was a sham and she was still alive, but it seems that's not the case :(
RAFO (didn't post this in a while. :))

I got the Night and the Bearingale or something like this and will start it soon(ish).

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: December 22, 2019, 06:21:00 PM »
Aaaaaahhhhh I finished City of Blades after a marathon read and it was SO GOOD!!!
I can't believe that in the beginning I was complaining about it, how it was so different from book 1 - I'm glad it was, because I think I loved it even more :D
I think most have a small Shara-hangover when they realize that Mulagesh is the new MC but this changes fast. ;)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: December 22, 2019, 10:12:18 AM »
Finished Morgenstern's The Starless Sea. 6/5
Magical book with stories in stories about stories. I think Morgenstern and Gaiman have a lot in common in what, how and the way they write and tell stories and how their stories feel somehow organic and sculpted at the same time.

I thought the ending was one chapter short but I wasn't surprised it was that way, so not really disappointed here.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: December 18, 2019, 09:18:46 PM »
Still reading The Starless Sea. Shapes up to be one of the best books I read this year. A pity the German version comes not before May so I can't gift it to my parents for Christmas.

General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: December 16, 2019, 08:41:04 PM »
Our voting system often inflates majorities. In 2015, or 2014, I forget which, the Conservative party won only around 30% of the votes, but still got a majority of seats. So it's likely that Johnson's support isn't as large as the results suggest.


This is how Germany would look with your voting system:

Black: Union (Merkel's party, so maybe a bit like your Tories but not as insane); Red: SPD (Labour); Light Blue: AfD (far right); Violett: Die Linke (Labour but a bit more left)

This is what the seat distribution actually looks like:

Green: GrĂ¼ne (environmental party); Yellow: FDP (Liberals)

One of the benefits of WWII if you can say that. We got an updated state-of-the-art constitution and electoral law. Ironically it was made with/by the Allies to minimize the chance of another Hitler getting into power and now the US face a fascist coup (with Trump's talk about a 3rd term, with McConnell and Graham saying that the impeachment trial will be a kangaroo court in total accordance with the White House and with the GOP's general party over country policy it's hard to see it in any other way).

Brain teaser:
What is unusual about the following words?
Revive, banana, grammar, voodoo, assess, potato, dresser, uneven

Please put your answer in spoilers, to allow others to give it a try.

Note: this was in a xmas cracker, and I didn't guess it, but found it super interesting :D

Spoiler for Hiden:
I have absolutely no idea.  ;D

General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: December 13, 2019, 12:27:43 PM »
Boris Johnson showed so many times that he is unfit for office (for everything besides jail, really) that I just can't wrap my head around the results.

Anybody remember this headline from 2004?

Well, Brits, now you know.

Mostly scenes from Tamora Pierce's books. :)

Open For Submissions / Re: Silk and Steel anthology
« on: December 12, 2019, 03:27:40 PM »
I would've backed it if I had seen it before today... Sounds really cool!

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