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  1. Adrian Tchaikovsky's shadows of the apt series features a surprising amount of technological, urban and cultural development throughout the ten books.
  2. I probably need to time my reread for later this year then. Be nice to get this trilogy in the space of 18 months to 3 years. Unless he's going to pull a rothfuss on us
  3. Yeah it's the fake 3d I have no time for. Animated and filmed in 3d still work. I also prefer it on my home TV as I don't have to remember to bring glasses with me or worry about seating position. No idea whether infinity was filmed in 3d or post production.
  4. Think it was age of Ultron that was last draw for me with 3D so I'd say the marvel films were bad with post production 3D. Odd how they are insisting on 3D with avengers as thor and black panther had decent 2d options. Maybe Disney are insisting on retaining a large percentage of ticket sales and pushing cinemas into the more lucrative 3d screenings? I'm guessing Disney can't demand a cut of 3d glasses sales.
  5. Yeah it's a personal taste thing and to Hobb's credit she excels at crafting them. A bit like an annoying teenager in liveships where I have to admire the intentional ability to get under my skin. Like you say it highlights the flaws in those two characters and Verity's obsession is part of this. He's not a good leader who unfortunately has like-minded advisors. I like how in liveships they think of the duchies as a barbaric backwater. It does seem they are "behind" bing town in the sense the duchies feel early medieval while bing town has more of an early renaissance Florence .
  6. But then the Demogorgon may reveal it also isn't left handed? Or challenge him to a game of wits.
  7. I remain interested in this despite never having read or played the source material. Probably because it's more of an unknown for me. I think I have the books in Kindle format below a digital mountain somewhere. Maybe I'll check one out prior to 2020
  8. Regarding the new film I'm a bit miffed my local cinemas are only showing the 2D versions in their smaller screens with "reclining chairs" which somehow allows them to charge the same as a 3D ticket. Convenient. I really don't want to watch it in 3D but at the same time I'm not a massive fan of small screens as it's really not that far from watching the damn thing in front of my TV.
  9. Bleeding cool's rumour that Grant Morrison is taking over "Green Lantern" will have me buying the book for the first time since Geoff Johns left. None of the other rumoured changes have resulted in a similar reaction yet. I was concerned Morrison was done with DC as I found it odd that he (and Quietly) didn't get to feature in action 1000. I guess All Star wasn't action comics but still. Picked up action 1000 as irrespective of the contrived way of reaching that number it's still one hell of a landmark and the fact it featured words and art from some of the main contributors over the years made it a worthwhile purchase - even if I'm not currently reading the superman books. I've heard Tomasi has done a good job. Curious that Tom King got to do a story - wonder if he's getting a superman title or JLA book anytime soon? Or does DC just realise King can craft a great story and it's worth keeping him happy? Even if his best stories are using B-characters rather than A listers. "Bendis is coming" feels more like "winter is coming" than some herald of good tidings and I've still no interest in reading his take on Superman. I can see why DC thinks it's exciting but I think the Marvel folks who liked him are probably loyal to marvel rather than Bendis. I think if he was writing a street level character or something like the Qustion, I'd be curious but I can only think of bad things with his take on superman. Although the Daily planet and the reporting side may be more interesting with him.
  10. I enjoy a lot of the other villainous characters in the series but Regal is one I almost root for because it's the protagonists who allow him to be so villainous. But that comes at the expense of the protagonists. As I said it's a general hate of the type of villain - I've been having the same issue with Lancelot in the "warlord chronicles". I know it's intentional by the authors as their characters acknowledge it's frustrating but it gets under my skin. Doesn't ruin a book though.
  11. just finished the season (didn't realise it was only ten so the finale came as a surprise). Have to say I was really impressed. The show was fun - the pacing solid and the characters enjoyable. I think all the changes from the original were useful additions - particularly regarding the Robot. Toby Stephens and Molly Parker could have sleepwalked through this show but they are professional and wrangle every bit of emotion and character they can with their parts. I'm sure with lesser actors the show would have really suffered but with those two - you bought their relationship and their connection with their family. Molly Parker was excellent - there were several times where her body language added so much (when she's in the cockpit for example) and again I suspect an average actor would just sit. She shifts uncomfortably and you know beneath the characters steely resolve she's still panicking. Great stuff. There were moments in the final two episodes where I realised Parker Posey is also really good. If anything her character just needs to be a little less crazy and I think we'd get a lot more out of the character. Thankfully there were some hints towards the end that this may be the case. I also like how this show is generally positive (something I love(d) about Sense8). Yes, there's peril and the characters aren't all good but it's generally about overcoming adversity (through hard work and intelligence) and trying to be better people/family. I enjoy a dark show with bad characters and people making bad decisions as much as the next person but it seems like that's all there is nowadays - especially in the more prestige format shows. It's refreshing to watch something that isn't trying to be edgy or shock us with human frailty. I hope we get another season as I think it's a show that could build an audience - especially as it's an al ages production. I was pleasantly surprised as I really wasn't expecting much from this show. I guess low expectations can help sometimes - I know I had really high expectations for Altered Carbon for example.
  12. Same here. Two of the solo books that manage to have an interesting world. Although I'm a bit behind on Lazarus after the hiatus and fill in mini series. Both seem very well suited to TV adaptation although I guess east of West could be expensive. But with Amazon cash behind it it's possible.
  13. I hated Regal. I get really frustrated by villains who only exist thanks to the idiocy/duty/rules everyone else abide by except for the villain. Same thing with Kyle in liveships. Basically I wind up disliking the other characters for allowing the villains to thrive. I don't blame Regal to act the way he does when he knows he can get away with it. Ateast liveships had a character who called out Kyle on his bullshit and did something. It's a shame it sounds like Hobb likes these types of character.
  14. East of West is being developed by Amazon. Could make a great show and should hopefully make it easier for Hickman to pursue creator owned. Although I'd still like to see him tackle legion, superman or give the X-Men a go. Didn't know there was a full season order for remenders deadly class either. Guess it's the most adaptable project by him. I'd like to see someone try low or black science though!
  15. It's a long way off but Amazon is developing "east of West" which has the potential to be a spectacular show.