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  1. Hugo time! Hugo time! Roundup for 2017 Awards

    But is is SF or fanstasy??
  2. February Reading 2017

    I also just finished Too Like The Lightning. My impression was similar to yours. There was a lot to like. Interesting world and characters. Very interesting narrative devices. Some good twists. Wrapped in a detetictve story. Still somewhat a bit too full of itself. Also I thought it was just a two book series but it looks like a trilogy? Oh well, next book out in March and final book in December so all good. I have pre ordered book 2.
  3. The books coming out in 2017

    There are Parker titles for which no ebook exists??
  4. Bakker XLVI: Make Eärwa Great Again

    Agree on the Zero God and Koringhus stuff. On your Alternative . . . it's really unsatisfying. But so is the Momen story line, which maybe means it fits?
  5. Bakker XLVI: Make Eärwa Great Again

    I can dig this as another read of the text. This isn't what I was getting from your and @.H. prior posts, but could be my misreading. The thing is that this is sort of Baker's central conceit: Humans are all meat puppets driven by TDTCB. A "normal" human feels anguish so gies to save family and empire. Kel feels "his heart ruin" and goes to save his family and empire. Malignant narcissistic or not, there's no way to know at this point. Both are simply driven by TDTCB. Here is a litmus test for readers: was Kel running back to Momen in furtherance in TTT and/or the Shortest Path or not? I say "not." He is compelled to go back by his heart. He makes plans to minimize the disruption to TTT by readying Proyas to lead without him. But overall, my take is the TTT would be better served but Kel remaining there and not running back to Momen. At least from what Kel knows. (It may turn out that saving Esmi or little psycho is critical to the TTT for reasons beyond the ambit of Kel's calculus.)
  6. Bakker XLVI: Make Eärwa Great Again

    How else do you interpret this passage, a Kel POV in TGO. First scene with him and Proyas. Kel has long known the Empire served to launch TGO and would then collapse and kill his family. In other words, that is all part of the Plan of following the Shortest Path. The empire was disposable, but it broke Kel's heart. He abandons TGO because his "heart" won't let him do otherwise than a ave his family. It's not calculated as a way to save some useful game pieces. Those pieces were disposable on The Shortest Path per Kel's own POV. ETA: fix format and grammar
  7. Bakker XLVI: Make Eärwa Great Again

    @Kalbear and @.H. Of course the return to Momen was pre-meditated. That wasn't my point. My point is that the reason he returned was driven by emotion. Kel recognized he was going to be unable to let the empire collapse even though that would be the Shortest Path. The empire's existence was not relevant to the stated goal of defeating the Consult. But Kel couldn't bring himself to do it. So he planned a way to have the Ordeal carry on under Proyas so Kel could return to save Momen. There is a bunch of Kel POV setup that he has known for 20 years that following TTT would lead to the death of his wife and children and the destruction of his empire He knows that is the Shortest Path but can't follow it I think you all are doing some crazy gymnastics to try to say emotions aren't influencing Kel here
  8. Bakker XLVI: Make Eärwa Great Again

    I read the scene in TGO about Kel's decision to abandon the Ordeal to go back to Monmen as being driven by emotion. Specifically emotional attachment (love?) of Esmi. Also how do you interpret the Sparing of Cnauir TWP? Keil goes to kill him and is then moved by some emotion (pity?) to spare Cnauir and then post hoc justifies it with an explanation that he may still have a use for him.
  9. Taboo: Tom Hardy's historical drama (BBC1/FX) [spoilers]

    So much less happening than I would have wanted. Next week is the finale and we are still only on the first plot point. Season surely ends with the boat sailing away to the new world.
  10. February Reading 2017

    Crazy coincidence I just started Too Like the Lighting. So far it's a good premise with promise. Just finished Hillbilly Elegy and it was excellent. Every American should read this book for some good context about our current political environment.
  11. First Fantasy Book or Series

    The TH White book Once and Future King? How did I forget about that book?? Great call DR.
  12. The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence

    https://www.reddit.com/r/Fantasy/comments/43c7z4/pen_namesauthors_pseudonyms/?utm_source=amp&utm_medium=comment_list Good analysis of who MW is on this Reddit page. I also didn't realize that Lawrence was not Mark's real last name
  13. First Fantasy Book or Series

    Have purchased The Hobbit edition illustrated by Jemima Catlin.
  14. First Fantasy Book or Series

    Second grade.