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  1. Bakker, that card! He got you good. You got bamboozled into believing the characters were going anywhere. You were tricked into believing there was any depth to any of it (you were theorizing on a Michael Bay movie, only you didn't realize it until the AMA). What's IMPORTANT is that you were forced to face your completely illogical desire to expect book(s) to have MEANING AND IMPORTANCE.
  2. While I loved the show I don't think this journey is worthwhile unless you have nothing else to watch.
  3. So uh. Was "Murakami" a comic book name to the villain? Because it reminded me of the writer so much it was a bit annoying. While they don't look similar, after seeing the name, it was all I could think of.
  4. Wasn't there a dick joke in the first trilogy while Kellhus and some two others were pissing?
  5. Finished Defenders all in a row.
  6. Oh I looked that up, thanks for the reference. I'd forgotten Bakker has zero chill. Last time he went this ham was with the whole sexism thing, yeah? I'm not sure whether you're wondering if he read it, or if he got the idea. Because as it happens, he did read Infinite Jest along the way - he wrote a review a couple of years back. Anyways onto the book itself. A lot of people here were saying how they felt the book had a number of flaws, but they ended up liking it. I am not in that camp, and I didn't like it. I said before the release, that my expectations were for this book to be like the fourth book of in the Book of the New Sun series. Not all answers clear, and not all of them explicitly there, but the series working well enough without a "clear" ending. This was not the case for TUC - not even close. But that was my bad, I should have managed my expectations better. I think the series could worked and have ended the way it did, if Bakker was better at his craft. I arrived at that last opinion after the AMA. Other than that I don't have anything to say what hasn't been said, except that for me the flaws killed the enjoyment to the point where I can say I didn't like the book. I do have to reiterate though - omfg the dude actually included a battle between internet caricatures: the redpilled MRA asshole vs a teenage tumblr girl. Yeah, the last one is a bit of a stretch, since Serwa had some good parts, but Bakker honest to god has no clue how to write women, does he. He can say it was intentional all he wants, but until he proves he can write one, I'll simply consider his claims at them being bad as intentional as this (again, after the AMA). I remember in the early-access threads, one of those privileged to reading the masterpiece before others said snidely something along the lines "in order to enjoy the books, some people need to know whether Kellhus pulled his heart out of his asshole on the cross". Boy o boy, must you feel like a total cunt right now. I didn't need any answers explicit.What I also didn't need was to know the author had no fucking clue what he was doing (Akka, Mimara walking around aimlessly, ending up completely useless), all the while claiming the series was to be a "metaphysical whodunit". Yeah, you didn't need a whole series to say answer the "who done it" with "ajokli done did it". Or did I miss anything? This is very much an angry rant, but I am very salty. I loved the first series (I'd call it my favorite fantasy series). I loved parts of the second, although I hated a bunch of it too. And this is the ending?!
  7. I remember someone in the books saying Inrilatas possessed his fathers gifts to the highest degree. I'm not sure whether it was a reliable source. Personally I would still agree with naming Serwa as most gifted since we do have to figure in having a backbone to actually not break under that giftedness. Funny that - didnĀ“t Maithanet make a remark to Inrilatas having weak bones when killing him. Anyways I would have loved to have more backstory on the children. Maybe a short story of the royal children in their youth. Now onto the spoiler parts - I'm not sure if this has been asked, but do we get to see more Kayutas in this one (more than in the previous books)? Out of all the royal children, we've seen the least of him.
  8. Him developing big feels will have to written in a very-very convincing way by Bakker, otherwise I can't see it being a satisfying turn of things in any capacity. As to the other part - disgust makes sense. I mean everything anyone feels towards Kellhus is manufactured. By cold manipulation and force. It disgusts you because it would disgust you if someone hypnotized another being to fall in love with them. I'm no lawyer, but it has got a very rapey vibe to it. If you wanted to push that towards more absurdity - he proudly proclaims the whole of humanity being children compared to him, and chooses to sleep with one then. Fall in love even. Yeah, disgust makes sense. Leaving that aside, I honestly haven't felt any indication towards Kellhus loving Esmenet up to this point. I don't recollect any build-up towards it either, so again - if Bakker goes with the "love conquers all", I hope he'll do it well. I really hope so. Esmenet as the mother has been the worst aspect of the second series to me. Her love for Kelmomas is indeed silly, and I fear that part is not going to change.
  9. Will we have any mention of the aporetics in TUC?
  10. Ive got no useful input, but it looks good. Will you (have to) update it after TUC release?
  11. So I'm finally upgrading my PC. Can someone suggest me some better games from the past few years. I've got GTA V and Witcher 3 lined up, anything else big or good I might have missed?
  12. Well I personally don't expect the answers to be spelled out. I wouldn't mind if TUC would be like the fourth book of Book of the New Sun. That is, the important answers could be (must be) inferred from the text from the series so far. And if there's a final series (or a single book as it was with Wolfe) to spell out the answers and tie the loose ends - all the better, but not necessary. This is not the impression I've gotten, however. Now the reviews so far have adjusted my expectations, and I will be going into TUC expecting an action book (and a good one at that) with epic battles and a few deep emotional scenes. Anything else I'll consider a bonus.
  13. Well, I made my guess on it being Serwa simply on what's been said on this forum and in reviews. The gist I got from all the information available so far is that whoever was wishing this to be - as someone above said - the "thinking man's" fantasy, was wrong; that everything should be taken as written and any effort into the themes or metaphysics of it all was wasted (well.. unrewarded at the very least) effort. Hence the literal guess - it being someone looking like an angel doing shiny angel-like things. Weirdly enough, despite the dude who called Kalbear a massive buzzkill, I think his list of things to pay attention to on re-reads before TUC was perhaps the thing that has gotten me most hyped about the book.
  14. Or maybe it's just an angelic looking Serwa raining down destruction from the sky, swooping into the battle in some shiny sorcery way.
  15. Huh, I might actually give this a shot after all the positive reviews, although I was almost certain I wouldn't bother w/ anything DC after BvS. Why are people so angry in this thread, btw? Did I miss something?