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  1. NBA 2017: Playoffs? Playoffs?!

    There was a series in the forth quarter where LeBron drove for a dunk and you can see a Pacer flat out RUN out of his way. I hope the Cavs use it everytime the two teams play forever
  2. April Reads: What, fool, are you reading?!?

    Read a novella called River of Teeth takes inspiration from an obscure real life proposal to introduce hippos to U.S. swamp lands as a renewable food source. More details as I get through it. I also started City of Miracles while my kid was at swim lessons and found myself 10% into it before I realized the lesson was over. I love this series so much.
  3. Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

    That is how I felt. It was so much more similar in tone to Prince of Thorns than I was expected I was surprised everyone started talking about how new it felt. Now The Traitor Baru, that was a book that I felt was pandering a bit; starting with an end goal and forcing its way there vs naturally allowing for more diversity in the cast. But I thought it was a horrible book. But for the life of me I can't figure out how The Fifth Season fits into the 'girl power' or 'liberal' spectrum outside of the fact that it actually includes women characters. Makes me think that maybe it is the author herself being discussed, not her book... It is pretty laughable that just added a woman lead means an author has drastically shifted his focus; especially when it the book is so damn similar to what came before it.
  4. Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

    Meh. The Empire's Blades had one too and I disliked it just as much. Torture as training is already over played.
  5. Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

    I didn't love it. I'm not going to savage it because I liked it, but it was a three star read for me. I didn't love it because I never connected with a character nor was there any humor leaving nothing but bleakness and a long boring training montage which is really what 2/3 of the book is. Once again the world building is facinating and there is the set up I want to read on in the series. But don't try to assume why I'm not overjoyed by it; the fact that Lawrence remembered women exist is one of its better aspects. (Something he is all too aware of, mentioning to me on Twitter that the book fails a reverse Bethel test). It's good, not great in my opinion. It seems ever other review I've seen thinks it is great. As a series opening I think Prince of Fools blew it away.
  6. Preferred format of reading

    Print, e-reader AND audio!!! I honestly don't care, whichever I can find a copy in.
  7. U.S. Politics: High Nunes or Russian to Judgement

    He is a libertarian. The default is anthung your representative government does is bad and should be limited but companies should be able to do anything that turns a profit.
  8. April Reads: What, fool, are you reading?!?

    I saw that the other day. This is vein but I used to browse looking for titles I may have been blurbed in and that section helped me immensely. Now I just hope someone tags me on twitter when they see a pull. I recently finished a book called The Baking Powder War and I was fascinated. This was robber baron type of business maneuvering I would have never guessed, including a wholesale bribing of the Missouri State legislature to pass a law basically outlawing a competitors product. Plus it was one of the earliest products added to food not for nutrition or necessity; the start of chemically engineering our food. The author also nominally touches on the advertising aspects (often racist) and how it affected other industries (Tin getting a boom because of the sudden need for baking pans). The layout wasn't often the best but the information provided was awesome.
  9. Goodkind 54: How to Revive a Dead Dick

    If I recall they cut off a nipple and held on to it and it basically made the person missing a nipple a drone.
  10. March Reading 2017

    I enjoyed the hell out of this book. The humor hit me just right; obvious enough to catch many of the jokes but without being so in your face that it felt like the author was pointing them out. I know you finished it already but multiquote was pissing me off. So glad you got to this one so fast. Hurley continues to rock it. FINALLY. I was starting to think no one would read this book. Much as I liked Kings of the Wyld this one is really the debut of the year thus far. I am not on the best run lately. I enjoyed The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan much more than Blood Song but there were too damn many Dues Ex Machina moments when it was all done with. The Hover Alley Crew was a very uninspired fantasy heist novel with out any real payoff. So I started rereading The Good Fairies of New York by Martin Millar because I need something I know id enjoy. Also I am reading one of the upcoming novellas, River of Teeth.
  11. US Politics: Speak Into the Microwave

    I think we know why this didn't even hit Twitter until about an hour before the story.
  12. US Politics: Speak Into the Microwave

    I can't help but feel this will be Al Capone''s vault. We may have our hopes too high here.
  13. US politics: Donny, you're out of your element

    Protests don't cause destruction of property, people do.
  14. February Reading 2017

    It was good, really good. One of the funniest books I've read in a while and suprisingly tight for a debut.
  15. Authors who vanished from the face of the planet

    He just pit out a book two years ago. The Revolutions. I didn't like it much.