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  1. Haven't seen any mention of the Finnish show Bordertown, which released on Netflix last spring. I believe season 2 filmed over the summer, so we could see it in April or May of this year.
  2. That's the first mention I've seen of Snow Crash. I suspect, given the success of Altered Carbon, that Snow Crash might get prioritized, as I doubt all of these titles will go to full production. If I'm not mistaken, this would be the first adaptation of a Neal Stephenson novel. Here's hoping Cryptonomicon is next on the list!
  3. Oh yes, those darn Olympics. Oh well.
  4. When does The Expanse Season 3 come out? Does anyone know?
  5. In the last couple of weeks I've finished both River of Stars and Children of Earth and Sky. I enjoyed both, but would have to say that River is a much better novel just because there's a sense of direction to it that's mostly lacking in Children. I always felt while reading it that River of Stars was going somewhere, while Children of Earth and Sky felt entirely the opposite. While enjoyable for the individual character stories, Children seems to never get to to it's main story. In fact, I don't think it has a main story line. Maybe that's fine, because, as I said, I still enjoyed reading it. But I didn't absolutely love it and I think that lack of a compelling, integrated central story is one reason why. Also, I think that time period in Eastern Europe, the Adriatic, and the Eastern Mediterranean, following the fall of Constantinople, should be prime source material for history-inspired fantasy or historical fiction. With Children, GGK kind of scraped the surface, sort of like when you go to Baskin Robbins and they give you that little taster spoon of whatever ice cream flavor you ask for. But, what I want is the full half-gallon treatment. Depth is what is missing here, I believe. Of course, to be fair, that wasn't what GGK set out to do. But someone should! As an aside, one sort of glaring observance that really stuck out to me was that when Pero finally begins painting the portrait of the Khalif, it was right around the 2/3 mark in the book, but I felt like that scene should have taken place somewhere in the first 100-150 pages. Of course, that's just my opinion. Also, I'm not sure how I feel about the style of prose GGK is using in these novels, where he switches occasionally into the present tense. I don't hate it, exactly, but it feels a bit gimmicky to me. I don't know how long he's been doing that, but he does it a lot in both books. I've not read Under Heaven or Ysabel yet, so I'm not sure when this started. I don't recall that technique being present in Last Light of the Sun, which was the last novel I had read of his before about two weeks ago. I'm starting Under Heaven tonight and then will re-read Lions of Al-Rassan, which is easily my favorite of his novels. After that, I'll probably start the Fionavar books, which I've not read before.
  6. I read most of the Louis L'amour novels when I was a teenager 30 years ago. I don't know how my late-40's brain would like them now, but I enjoyed them at the time.
  7. This is probably right. My theory on the book character is that he's basically there as sort of a world building set piece so that at the end, in the epilogue or whatever, there will be some mention of him as being legitimized and given Storm's End, which will make sense for readers because we'll remember him from his journey with Arya.
  8. Tormund has to survive because of T + B.
  9. Something I'm keeping in mind is Ned's talk with Arya back in AGOT about the pack staying together.
  10. Okay, so one possibility is that LF is already dead and Arya has his face. It's also possible that LF is still alive and playing the game. If so, it could be that the invite to King's Landing was planted by Arya to get Brienne out of Winterfell because she figured out that LF was going to have her killed (and probably Pod too). If this is the case, Brienne could very well be hanging out in Winter Town somewhere, laying low.
  11. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think we saw Arya and Littlefinger in the same scene this week did we?
  12. Yeah, this shit pisses me off, and the thing is, there was a way around it. Bran probably knew what was going to happen before it happened, since we know he seems to exist in different times. Bran could have invaded Dany's dreams, given her visions and premonitions so that she knew she needed to get up to the wall and save the day. Or, she could have conveniently seen a vision in the flames. Whatever. Something, anything, other than the magic raven that flies at the speed of an F-18 to Dragonstone.
  13. Ha Ha. Yep, you're right about that. I like your ideas around Dany's character arc. It makes a lot more sense than what they actually did. I wonder a bit about the influence shows like this have on other writers and directors. A lot of those people are fans just like us, and I'm sure some of them are looking at the finished product and kind of rolling their eyes. On the other hand, those people are also a lot more familiar with how terrifically difficult it must be to put together a show like this.
  14. I don't know if it's been mentioned already, but I definitely wouldn't have given Jorah greyscale since that plotline went absolutely nowhere. I think what happened there was a change in direction between seasons. Initially, they were going to give him the Jon Connington plotline (whatever that turns out to be) but then changed their minds, and so he was miraculously cured.
  15. Maybe this is a dumb question. I don't know. But I wonder if we'll ever get an epic fantasy series like this again, at least in my lifetime? I'm in my mid-40's, so there's some time. Here's what I think, in a generic sense, would more or less qualify: 1) Epic in scale with solid world building and the sense that there is a big, big world out there with a deep history 2) Strong characters that we can identify with and have empathy for 3) Prose that flows and isn't distracting (for an example of terrible prose, try Ken Liu's The Grace of Kings) 4) Low magic 5) Politics and intrigue included, dynastic rivalries and conflict - that sort of thing 6) It should be about people, not elves, dwarves, hobbits, orcs, faeries, sprites, etc. It seems to me, if I were an up and coming author interested in writing fantasy literature, I would be looking at ASOIAF as a model. But I don't know if that's really the case. In some ways, I think GRRM is very unique in this genre because he's so heavily influenced by real history and historical fiction. Also, low magic seems to be a tough one for a lot of these authors.