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Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2018
« Last post by SmilerLoki on August 20, 2018, 07:38:55 pm »
After all those years waiting for TSA to reach the point that its at, unfinished series do not bother me any longer. Some stories have no end, unfortunately.
Alas. But since there is a lot of finished works out there, I take up unfinished ones only if there is something really, really interesting to me in them. Or if a series contains mostly stand-alone stories, that's fine, too.
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Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2018
« Last post by Wilshire on August 20, 2018, 07:14:10 pm »
"Finishing" meaning finishing book 3, as I think GB is supposed to be like 7 books, should Lynch ever get around to publishing them all.
I hate that this series is so incomplete and avoid it precisely because of that reason.
After all those years waiting for TSA to reach the point that its at, unfinished series do not bother me any longer. Some stories have no end, unfortunately.
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The Almanac: PON Edition / ARC: TWP Chapter 1 (and What Has Come Before)
« Last post by TheCulminatingApe on August 20, 2018, 06:41:00 pm »
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Ignorance is trust
- ANCIENT KUNIURIC PROVERB

1st chapter of The Warrior Prophet re-read.  I've included the What Has Come Before section as well, if anybody has anything they what to say about that
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The Almanac: PON Edition / Re: The Warrior Prophet
« Last post by TheCulminatingApe on August 20, 2018, 06:38:11 pm »
OK, then. :)
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Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2018
« Last post by SmilerLoki on August 20, 2018, 05:19:27 pm »
"Finishing" meaning finishing book 3, as I think GB is supposed to be like 7 books, should Lynch ever get around to publishing them all.
I hate that this series is so incomplete and avoid it precisely because of that reason.
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Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2018
« Last post by Wilshire on August 20, 2018, 04:05:39 pm »
Finished Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch, book 3 in Gentleman Bastards (28)

Really enjoyed this. Much better than Red Seas under Red Skies imo, though the epilogue and therefore setup for following novels seemed a bit contrived and pretty thin. Other than that, this was a great addition to the series and was closer to the first book (which is a good thing).

MSJ if you're going to read RSURS you should probably just plan to read this was next. Its not that book 2 was bad, but imo 3 was better than 2 and it feels worth finishing it out. "Finishing" meaning finishing book 3, as I think GB is supposed to be like 7 books, should Lynch ever get around to publishing them all.
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Literature / Re: The Stone Dance of the Chameleon
« Last post by ThoughtsOfThelli on August 20, 2018, 03:23:48 pm »
The author of this series recently announced that he will be releasing a second edition of the series, divided into seven books instead of three and with the full text reduced by about a quarter.
This might come as good news for anyone interested in reading the series, as it seems to me that it'd be much easier to read it for the first time in its second iteration. :)
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General Misc. / Re: The world we live in...
« Last post by MSJ on August 20, 2018, 01:39:39 pm »
Good post, Tao. Yea, I agree with everything you wrote in your post. It's just unsettling after the years of the civil right movement and such, that this total blind hate is resurfacing. True, it's been silent for close to half a century. The problem lies with our POTUS and his rhetoric, that is embolding these groups (white supremacy, in particular).

I've never been recruited, or even seen/heard of the KKK in my area. I'm sure it exists, I won't be that naive. It's scary to see it setting in your front lawn, is all.
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General Misc. / Re: The world we live in...
« Last post by TaoHorror on August 20, 2018, 12:41:41 pm »
MSJ - as I posted in Q, I don't think it's "backwards" as it's always been around, never left, just in hiding. I would say it's progress that they're out in the open now, so the conversation is real and not hypothetical anymore - and Conservative Whites cannot deny it's existence any longer. Attention/media coverage does not denote proliferation, but it has embolden these movements. I would say for every 1 person ( if any at all ) "recruited" that they wouldn't have recruited before Trumpism, there are 10 added to the counter-movements. We've seen this with companies "coming out" against LGBTQ communities and they've had to do a 180 degree turnabout. Chick-fila lost 25% of their business FAST, like in the first month the owner spoke out against "gays" visiting their stores - they thought they could take the hit and Christians would "step up" and frequent their store more often to offset. Not what happened at all - those sympathetic to "anti-gay" didn't change their buying behaviors at all and those LGBTQ and a WAVE of sympathizers/allies banned it and boom, Chick-fila was taken out in short order, had to reverse and apologize and accept them. Same thing with Barrilla pasta - sales fell through the floor, had to retract ( the owner said, "the gays can buy other pasta" - and that they did, along with their millions of friends and allies ). They were grossly detached and short-sighted not to see how big their support was from non-LGBTQ sympathizers.

Racism is a different animal than LGBTQ issue. It's so bad, there is even a mild split in white supremacists groups about Jews ( many don't think they're "as bad" as African Americans with some not even caring about Jews ... but they're all united in their hatred of race commingling ). And Racism pervades all white people, even those identifying as allies with African American justice and equal rights. It's such a proliferated problem, saturated in the American experience - so sad, such awful friendly fire on how great our country could be without it, let alone the misery of needless cruelty. But even with how bad racism is, it's better to have it out in the open so it can be addressed with clear vision and may make progress we otherwise might not have with the decades of White denial going unchecked.
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The Almanac: PON Edition / Re: ARC: TDTCB Chapter 16
« Last post by TLEILAXU on August 20, 2018, 02:19:07 am »
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The thought struck CnaŘir that Dunyain monks might be even more inhuman than he had thought. What if things such as truth and meaning had no meaning for them? What if all they did was move and move, like something reptilian, snaking through circumstance after circumstance, consuming soul after soul for the sake of consumption alone? The thought made his scalp prickle.
Again, some sick foreshadowing here. I also like how it brings both Ajokli and the No-God to mind.
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