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  1. David Hackett Fischer's Washington's Crossing. I love Fischer's work. He never loses sight of narrative even with the inclusion of so much detail about the subject. Besides Fischer's strengths as a writer of history, I appreciate his inclusion of appendices and a historiography of the Delaware crossing and Battle of Trenton. The historiography was very interesting.
  2. Obi Wan the Friendly Force Ghost? I love Obi Wan but with the OT, Prequels, The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, I've seen enough of Obi Wan. I really wish Disney would take chances with other possibilities in the Star Wars Universe.
  3. Not sure if she is even pregnant, but if she is, I really hope we see another shadow baby. Maybe that is how Melisandre will die in Westeros, by sacrificing herself to corrupt the child. Hey, it could happen.
  4. Jon will survive after becoming the Night King in order to save the realm. But not before he and Dany have a child.
  5. I should have clarified that post. In addition to content, the narrative structure of including the passages with gods reminded me of The Illiad and helped increase the scale of the story. The narrative style specifically is reminiscent of Chinese classics. It was reminiscent of GGK's work due to the purple prose and being historical fantasy.
  6. Haha, the gods didn't squabble and interfere in events in your copy?
  7. Yes, the narrative style imitates that of the classic Chinese epics. I personally loved the style. It made The Grace of Kings that much more enjoyable. It had shades of the Chinese classics, The Illiad and was reminiscent of Guy Gavriel Kay's work. I really need to read The Wall of Storms. I'm currently at the mid-point of David Hackett Fischer's Washington's Crossing. It has been excellent so far. I may need to move on from the American Revolution since, in addition to reading Washington's Crossing, I'm also watching AMC's Turn and Joanne B. Freeman's Yale course on The American Revolution.
  8. Villains are usually the most interesting characters in novels. I would include all of my responses from the most unlikable/despicable thread, but some additional ones would be: Javert from Les Miserables( not a villain, but an excellent antagonist) Steerpike from the Gormenghast trilogy Mandrake and Rune from Duncton Wood The Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont from Les Liasons Dangereuses Livia from I, Claudius Dudley Smith from James Ellroy's L.A. Quartet( he was mentioned in the despicable unlikable thread, but he works for both in my opinion) General Woundwort from Watership Down as mentioned by SeanF (still need to buy a General Woundwort t-shirt) Iago from Othello
  9. Gilly's reading of Rhaegar's annulment and Sam's non-reaction to it.
  10. It may work best as a binge if you can since the pacing and build up has been on the slower side.
  11. While all fantastic characters, the following are my choices: the Thenardiers from Les Miserables: grave robbers, child abusers, con artists Svidrigailov from Crime and Punishment: just a depraved, weasel of a character, his pursuit of Dunya was creepy Judge Holden from Blood Meridian: makes the rest of the Glanton Gang look like boy scouts and he has a massive god complex Blue Duck from Lonesome Dove: his actions in the novel probably more, but the above characters really stand out ETA: How could I forget Cathy Ames from East of Eden?
  12. I'm watching Snowfall. Enjoying it. It's fairly typical John Singleton, with a character or two resembling others from his previous films, but the story arcs are interesting enough. I wouldn't rate it more than good. I had high expectations before the season began, but those have been tempered and now I'm just enjoying it for what it is. It's summer, so I have more than enough room for it in my viewing schedule, with this and GOT the only currently airing shows I watch.
  13. I am not a huge fan of the look of the elite guards. I love that new poster, though.
  14. Excellent. Now the arcs are starting to intersect. Really enjoyed this week after last week's Independence Day episode. I thought last week's episode was a bit slow, Singleton seemed to be more interested in adding in grooving at the July 4th party. And the LAPD encounter was completely unnecessary, especially with Franklin's mom's party not skipping a beat after the encounter. This week I really enjoyed the extra tension added to the character arcs with the dead girl's family sending out flyers and Leroy and Ray Ray wanting payback. Loved Gustavo/Lucia and Franklin running into one another while fishing for a new connection to sell to. Also nice to see Bokeem Woodbine again after Fargo s2.
  15. William Gay's Provinces of Night. I loved Gay's prose in this southern gothic novel. Morose tale about a wayward family patriarch returning to his bitter and broken family after several decades. Just the right amount of humor thrown in with a character or two to lighten the novel.