Errant Bard

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  1. The Spiritwalker Trilogy by Kate Elliott

    I am eagerly awaiting your review of Cold Fire.
  2. Which one of these series should I read next?

    For the record, could you give some examples of what you would consider unwieldy or hard to read in Fantasy?
  3. What is wrong with self portraits/selfies ?

    Selfies certainly indicate that the self-photographers care first about their image, and about the thing in the background only so far as it boosts that image. Though I'm willing to entertain the idea that someone, somewhere, is snapping selfies that he does not intend to publicly display, and that others really want you to admire the scenery whose glory is sadly mostly blocked by their head in the foreground.
  4. Greywind alive?

    A decapitated head counts as a corpse.
  5. Are Dany, Arya and Jon mary sues/gary stu?

    Jesus was a Gary Stu. He still died for your sins.
  6. Greywind alive?

    Arya did not see anything, Sandor knocked her out as she was running towards the castle. But yes, he is dead, head stitched to Robb's body, as seen in Daenerys visions in the house of the undyings, and multiple witnesses. The loss is alsoalso sensed by Summer/Bran just before they reach the Wall. We also get the report from Jaime that Raynald Westerling tried to save Grey Wind when they were shooting him and got shot too for his troubles. The death is not on page, but being alive after that many corroboratingreports would be ridiculous.
  7. Which one of these series should I read next?

    I know it does not perfectly meet your criteria, but since it sounds like you did not read Fantasy outside of ASOIAF, I would recommend reading the Lord of the Rings, by JRR Tolkien, before the more modern stuff.
  8. It's no spoiler to point that there is something like ten years between the stories in each book of the sequence. Lots of things happen in ten years. A breakup with a college-age sweetheart can besomewhat transient, all things considered. ETA: This being said, when the author himself tells you to bail out, you shouldconsider the advice seriously
  9. GRRM updates WoW at "NotaBlog"

    I personally do not consider it a fault to not work on the 31st of December and the following week-end. Of all the distractions, spending some holiday days away from the job seems one of the most legit ones. His problems with story architecture, pretty much a byproduct ofhis "gardener" approach, have been obvious ever since ASOS, many have already commented on it for years. There is nothing much to say: the longer the story gets, the harder it is to control without a previous, firm outline, and he clearly has more and more trouble to do so. Between this and the pressure he puts on himself to make his story the best ever to meet expectations, it becomes real bad, I am kind of sorry for him: he has to do a job that he does have the skills and personality to see throughsatisfactorily. There is no solution to this. If this serves to reduce the number of "epic 40 books fantasy saga" projects in the works, this will not be a waste, anyway.
  10. Do you remember 9/11? or would you rather not?

    The posts you refer to are not about narcissism or self-centeredness, but about the way the event is expressed. I'm not sure it is narcissism to recount an external event in a way that makes you a bit more part of it... is it?   It's all part of the different reactions that you mentioned a bit before: the levels of trauma, those who don't care, and those who do care in a way or another. Isn't it incredibly normal that some people in the world would cheer at a terrorist attack results? The way you simplify it is uncomfortable, it seems like even with your presentation of the complexity of wrapping your head around it, it boils down to :Your society is not fragmented: if they are not traumatized, the citizen in question are either too young or un-american.America has done nothing wrong to anyone over the years and in fact is just some puppy wanting to be loved.Internationally, people are either loving you or hating you, no middle ground.Such tragedy naturally strike the nationalistic fibre, but even before 2001, the US were not "fetching and slobbering and hoping people would love them", they were a world superpower, involved in many shady businesses, perceived by some as arrogant, nosy and irrespectful on the international scene, tyrannical in the economical area, and they were certainly not looking only for love but for power and resources and security too and foremost.
  11. Do you remember 9/11? or would you rather not?

    Your government uses it as an excuse to shape that policy, taking into account that this was a symptom of a more global problem with middle east that continues to this day (with, for example, at random, ISIS and/or the migratory crisis in Europe). Why is this dumb, can you elaborate? (I am of not denying that your government may consider most citizens imbecile sheeps easily swayed by hoghwash though. Also, your government is based on texts drafted more than two hundreds years ago, it's not about to consider a single decade significant for stuff that continues being relevant to them.)
  12. Do you remember 9/11? or would you rather not?

    He never said anything about not understanding rememberance. Personalization, though, yeah, I have only seen the "where were you/what were you doing when <insert important event>" coming from Americans. It is not bad or good, it just seems peculiar, this way of making a tragedy a bit less about those involved, and more about the uninvolved spectator. Maybe it's global and it ties into the selfie culture or something I suppose, it does sounds like a good subject for a study.
  13. What's the worth of an uploaded mind vs AI?

    It doesn't seems safe nor efficient to give law-breakers new and powerful bodies in any case. When mind-swapping is easy and cheap enough to be used for criminals, society will certainly have left behind sentimentalism about the body you wore last season so swapping bodies would not feel much of either punishment or reeducation. The more obvious would be to upload the mind in a virtual reeducation center, where the prisoner is both effectively removed from society and really can be rehabilitated, meanwhile his body can be used by someone else. I think Richard Morgan has a great take on this, speaking of that. So I guess for me there is no worth in forced labor like this. You don't even need AI for simple tasks, just advanced programs, that's already what is hapoening right now in the real world.
  14. Last novel was published in its full version in 70 though.
  15. Let's see for 2 & 3:The Kingskiller chronicles UnfinishedThe Stormlight Archive UnfinishedA Song of Ice and Fire UnfinishedThe Lord of the Rings Not written or published in the last 50 yearsThe Lightbringer UnfinishedHis Dark Materials OKDiscworld OKThe First Law OKThe Sword of Shannara OK but not a seriesDemon Cycle UnfinishedThe Riddle-Master Trilogy OkMistborn Original trilogy over, but series is indicated to be continuingGentlemen Bastard UnfinishedThe Inheritance Trilogy (Jemisin) OKThe Liveship Traders OKHarry Potter OKThe Sword of Truth UnfinishedThe Chronicles of Narnia Not written or published in the last 50 yearsEarthsea OK if not basing oneself on first book (published in 1964)The Fionavar Tapestry OKRavens Shadow OKThe Broken Empire OKA Land Fit For Heroes OKOutlander OKThe Wheel Of Time OKMalazan Book Of The Fallen OKThe Black Company OKElemental Logic UnfinishedThe Chronicles Of Amber OKThe Avalon Series OKThe Merlin Quintet OKThe Dark Elf Trilogy OKThe Elric Saga OKRedwall OKTemeraire UnfinishedInheritance Cycle (Paolini) OKThe Riyria Revelations OKPrince Of Nothing OK - it's not the whole second apocalypseDragonlance OK I supposeThe Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant the unbeliever OKThe Powder Mage OKThe Once And Future King Not written or published in the last 50 yearsThe Bartimaeus Sequence OKGormenghast OKAbhorsen UnfinishedThe Dark Is Rising OK barely, based on publication datesThe Farseer Trilogy OKThe Traitor Son Cycle UnfinishedThe Dreamblood Duology OKRiftwar OKThe Magicians Trilogy OK