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  1. JK Rowling announces Five 'Fantastic Beasts' films

    Just purchased my ticket to the first movie next month so I am looking forward to it. As for a total of 5 movies...well I'll wait and see how the first one goes but JKR says she has an arc in mind so it sounds like they have been outlined and plotted. Since I've seen comments that indicate Dumbledore and Grindewald have cameos in this first one I wonder if the 5 movies will play out over Grindewald's rise to power.
  2. Lev Grossman: 'Magicians' trilogy, Post-Camelot Novel 'The Bright Sword'

    I will absolutely read this. I have to say I was happy to hear he was doing this instead of continuing with the Magicians world. Some comments he made after the last book came out made it sound like he was exploring continuing with another aspect of that world. This sounds much more interesting.
  3. Stornoway travails

    Very sorry to hear about your mother. Sounds like she is getting good care, however, so that is good. I hope you were able to see some of Lewis before her accident. There must be something about Lewis and mislaid travel plans, however. I had the opposite problem when I was there I had to cut my vacation short and get back to the mainland early due to winds on the island shutting down most of the roads and grounding the ferry in order to not miss my flight home. Really gorgeous landscape there, I was sad not being able to see everything I wanted. If you are having to pass time hanging out in the hospital, find yourself a bookstore and get a copy of the first book in Peter May's fabulous Lewis trilogy - "The Black House".
  4. Olympic Peninsula, Vancouver, Portland, Seattle

    I will third or fourth the recommendation to go to Powells when in Portland. Even if you don't want to buy any books to carry back, go there and weep, and despair that it is not located in your own city. And third or fourth the recommendation to go to the Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle. I spent only the smallest amount of time in Olympic National Park and it really is gorgeous. The map on this page is helpful. There are quite a number of hikes you can do such as around Sol Duc and Hoh Rain Forest. (Just beware of sparkly vampires because you are in Twilight vampire hunting territory!) But what I really loved most of all was walking along some of the beaches on the Pacific coast. I went to Rialto Beach an it was a rocky beach with bleached dead trees and dense fog. The tide was coming in and you had to be careful not to get cut off but it was fantastic scenery and atmosphere. Could have spent all day just wandering along the beach and picking up rocks. Also went to Ruby Beach a little further to the south which was equally gorgeous but had a completely different experience. The tide was out and you could walk for miles on these pristine wide sandy shores. There were rock stacks dripping with starfish. Not a cloud in the sky and a brilliant blue sky. Highly recommend visiting any of the beaches on the coast for walking. And then just to enhance your enjoyment of the geology of the area... Oh and I just have to one ever told me how hilly Seattle is. I was not prepared. Everyone who goes to San Francisco talks about the hills. No one I talked to about Seattle before I went said, oh yeah, there are hills. So, there are hills! So steep in some places there are benches at the top so you can rest when you get to the top of the block. After being there a few days I did figure some streets were less hilly than others that would get you to the same place so you could avoid the really steep ones. But quite a few tourists are caught unaware and there is lots of fun people watching in sitting on one of those benches watching people haul their suitcases up the hill.
  5. WorldCon Helsinki 2017 -- Planning!

    Yeah that is what I am inclined to do. There are some hotels that are closer but I am just not sure what those areas are like at night and the options for getting there from the convention center. With the city center at least if public transportation has ceased operating for the night at least there should be cabs I would think.
  6. Your Trekking/ Hiking experiences

    I've done the bulk of my hiking in England. I've gone with hiking groups on weeklong hikes and I've gone and done similar weeks with just one other person on our own. This summer one friend and I hiked along the middle portion of Hadrian's Wall for a week and I loved it. But my favorite place to hike is in Cornwall along the coast. The coastal path in the southwest of England runs the whole way along the coast. It's all free and open to the public and well marked so little chance of loosing your way. It's nice because you will run into people along the footpath during the day but there will still be plenty of times when you see no one for a mile or two. You've got lots of choices for some absolutely gorgeous scenery. The south coast is softer and more tropical. The north coast is rocky and dramatic. And you get a variety of choices of accommodation. If you want to camp there are lots of campsite options. Also a variety of youth hostels along the way. Or B&Bs, hotels, etc. Plus there are fantastic beaches, surfing, castles, iron age forts, and other cultural detours along the way. I'm at the point in my life where I prefer to sleep in a bed and stay in one location the whole week rather than changing accommodation every night with endless packing/unpacking. To that end when we hiked Hadrian's Wall we drove to the end point of our hike each morning then got a taxi to drive us to our starting point. That worked out well and there were plenty of taxi companies we could contact about doing this. It's the same in Cornwall. Alternatively there are hiking companies in England that will provide itineraries, maps, and drop off / pick up transportation for people that want to hike on their own.
  7. Good YA series recs?

    Our own Peadar O'Guilin's "The Call" came out today in North America (and comes out on Thursday for the rest of you). It's YA and I really enjoyed it!
  8. Grimm 3.0 [SPOILERS]

  9. WorldCon Helsinki 2017 -- Planning!

    Wooo hoo! I am intending to go assuming nothing comes up that prevents this from happening. There are direct flights from Chicago to Helsinki which make this more feasible. I am curious about the hotel situation, however. Only one hotel next to the convention center and they mention other hotels 22 minutes away which seems pretty far and spread out. We shall see when they actually announce them and we can plot it all out on a map.
  10. Makeup VI : SPFantastic

    Lisa Eldridge has two videos on brushes (the later is an updated version of the first). Even if you don't go for the brands she mentions, they are useful for seeing the sizes and shapes of the brushes and what she recommends them for. She does suggest going to an art supply store to get cheap paintbrushes for certain things.
  11. 2016 KC WorldCon: MidAmeriCon II Aug 17-21

    You can go by a particular author you really want to hear speak or a theme. Last year I wen to all the YA panels. I think another year I went to Urban Fantasy panels. But if you've never heard GRRM speak and want to hear him, start with that or some other author.
  12. 2016 KC WorldCon: MidAmeriCon II Aug 17-21

    I've got my tiara packed and ready to go! Shipping it ahead because TSA might view it as a dangerous weapon!
  13. WorldCon Party FRIDAY -- SETUP AT 8PM PARTY AT 9PM

    Well seeing as I am Keeper of the Lights I can certainly hang them up as well as help with other setup tasks. And as always not drinking so can help with anything with that requirement.
  14. Makeup VI : SPFantastic

    No way! Sounds perfect for know you need this!
  15. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child being Published as a Book

    I think it was a missed opportunity to do something different based on the new format. It wasn't at all what I expected it would be when I heard Rowling was involved in a play that would "explore how Harry wrestles with his past and how his youngest son Albus Severus deals with the heavy burden of the family legacy." I knew this going into this weekend because I had read all the spoilers after the previews started in London but still wanted to read the script for myself. It does read like a fanfic story and not anything I would expect Rowling to ever be involved with. (I think WTF was my first response upon reading the spoilers.) While adult Harry Potter felt true to form a number of others from the original series felt quite changed. And others entirely changed. Albus and Scorpius were nice additions to the universe, I quite enjoyed them and their friendship. (Scorpius is clearly Rowling's response to everyone who fangirled the other Malfoy's much to her bewilderment and dismay.) While disappointing, it was a quick easy read. I didn't hate it. I enjoyed revisiting the world and some of the characters.