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  1. The Comments section is very much in the Balrog camp, with some good reasoning.
  2. Another great essay by Austin Gilkeson entitled Smaug vs. Durin’s Bane: Who Would Win in the Ultimate Dragon/Balrog Showdown? Replete with the usual geeky mastery of the lore and a fine sense of humor. "...the first dragon Glaurung...hypnotizes Túrin Turambar and his sister Nienor into committing incest and then suicide, which is a dick move even for a lizard from hell."
  3. Certainly this. And as a plot device it struck me as very lazy. Pat's writing can be quite clever, and in combination with his (at times very skillful) prose, made his two novels notable to me, whatever their flaws. This little bon mot was a real clunker on both fronts. @SSAE I also recall the Aslan - Kvothe battle fondly. That was cool stuff. It is easy to note the difference between the quality of writing coming when Pat was still young and hungry and itching to earn Kvothe some street cred within our world of nerds vs. this recent offering. Pat put his shoulder into the first effort and the product was good. Now there's no hunger and the product is limp and lazy.
  4. Well that story and the reaction here has me chuckling to myself on this Wednesday morning. I will thank Pat for that at least.
  5. is offering a free download of the ebook edition of The Way of Kings, the first volume of Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive, on March 23rd and 24th, 2017. This free ebook download will only be available for 48 hours. You can only download the file between 12:00 AM ET, March 23 and 11:59 PM ET, March 24. Note: This offer is only available in the US and Canada. We apologize for the geographic restriction, unfortunately it is required for various legal reasons.
  6. I must have been slowly inoculated over the years. I found the quotes within that summary to be downright direct and...normal. The bit about the impact on our collective consciousness is funny, but the rest seemed to be devoid of the familiar notes of sanctimony, defensiveness and braggadocio. Then again it was on TOR...maybe they avoided some less flattering exchanges. I did not watch the event itself.
  7. I thought this was the blurb for The Magicians I am curious to see if anything of note is mentioned during the chat today. I am somewhat surprised to not be cynically assuming that it'll be nothing.
  8. Just read this based on this thread. Lots of fun plus bonus points for originality. Thanks for the rec. This also was the impetus to finally get set up to borrow ebooks from my library. Another life skill mastered.
  9. What!? Galvanic binding, broken alar and sympathy in general should be a breeze to convey on screen.
  10. Marine extraordinaire Bobby Shaftoe, Humbert the charming, terrifying, narcissistic sociopath, climate change and sausage making. What more could one need in life? Cryptonomicon's Chapter 64 'Organ' is a standalone work of genius. A breathless dive into the frantic, inept, brilliant, horny, nerd psyche which is letter perfect. Fucking brilliant.
  11. Fiction Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephensen Lolita - Valdimir Nobokov NonFiction The End of Doom: Environmental Renewal in the Twenty-first Century - Ronald Bailey Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing - Michael Ruhlman
  12. As an aside, the link below is a reflection on the Istari by Jeff LaSala from He has a number of thoughtful posts about Tolkein's work.
  13. That tracks...time passes differently in Fae after all.
  14. Pay attention to the Tarbean section and let us know if Kvothe loses his name/sanity during this time and then is snapped back into reality from having his Name spoken to him by Skarpi. That was an observation which I haven't been back to check on my own, but maybe is worth your attention as you revisit the story.
  15. Rereads are rare and feel like a guilty pleasure, given all of the books I wish I would get through. Even when I know a re-read would be enjoyable, like ASOIAF for example, I get hung up on the opportunity cost of revisiting work I've already read. A corollary to this question is asking if one brings a completionist mindset to reading. Do you feel compelled to complete a book (even one you are not enjoying/respecting) once you've started it or to read the sequel(s) once you've read Book One? I am pretty strict about putting books down after 100 pages or so if I'm not into it. Same with a series if Book One is good-not-great. If the story was decent but I didn't love the prose I may read the plot summaries on Wikipedia.