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  1. Finished reading it on Sunday night. Really lovely experience that made me long for an evening in front of an open fire with roast potatoes and apple pie. Not that it was completely comfortable - the hyena daemon and its owner were intensely creepy. At the start of the story I had found myself wondering what mental health was like in Lyra's world - whether there were fewer problems since humans could always talk to and confide in their daemons, and would be less lonely. I also thought that the world might be on average less violent because while people might still be overly willing to let themselves die, they wouldn't be able to bear seeing their daemons suffer. So it was interesting to see someone whom the HDM characters view as mad. Malcolm apparently has a mention in Lyra's Oxford, so I'll have to read that next! Very happy to be drawn back to the HDM world again.
  2. The Satanists and the Death Eaters both thought the other group would bring the barbecue sauce?
  3. Not sure about the fanfic, but author sounds horrifically fascinating. At a distance.
  4. Wow, that was instructive. I had no idea that was there. Like lifting up a rock and finding all the HP fandom crowded beneath it! Thanks for the tip. (Note: I didn't ask)
  5. LiveJournal and its ilk were great in the noughties, way better than any of its successor/usurper social media sites. Tumblr. Pfft. Thanks for your help, Darth Richard II.
  6. That's right, laugh at my tragic situation. I may never find out if James Sirius Potter grows up to have a black-haired son and a red-haired daughter, who themselves grow up and beget two children (one black-, one red-haired) each, with a 75% chance of them being called James or Lily as either a first or middle name, and they each beget two children, and so on and so on. It's very difficult not knowing.
  7. This question doesn't strictly speaking belong here, but I'm not creating a whole new Harry Potter thread just to ask it - I reread HP&TDH today for the first time since it was released and I fear that it's stirred to life a disease that's been mostly latent for ten years. Ahem *twitch* Could anyone possibly point me in the direction of any good HP fanfiction written after DH was released? I don't have an LJ anymore, and no one's left to ask there regardless. My fannish haunts have all closed down. It's exactly like Don McLean walking into the sacred store/where he heard the music years before/but the man there said the music wouldn't play. Except not. Back in the day, I liked reading gen with romance preferably taking a back seat to plot/atmosphere/dialogue/anything that's not sex or romance.
  8. I don't think she's bad with people - she's winsome and friendly, and that counts for a lot. Stamets wasn't any the worse for having spoken to her, and at least he admitted what was happening. But she might need a dose of character development and experience before she could be said to be actively good with people. Though since the time-confused Stamets called her Captain, it looks as if both those things are coming her way. Unless she ends up as Captain via dead men's shoes.
  9. I think if he works for a company whose policy is threatening people, his moral ceiling could do with some reinforcement. Thought Reiser did a great job, and liked his character, but found him more ambiguous than most the crew.
  10. Don't think Dustin did keep Dart a secret until he had good reason too - Mike or Lucas (can't remember which) tried to attack it in the AV room. I enjoyed the Billy subplot and felt the pay off - Max sticking the syringe in his neck - was tremendously satisfying. I'll have to turn it into a GIF and put it on loop. A jerk who's a jerk because his father's an abusive is hardly a fresh new idea. But the Stranger Things creative team excels at creating larger-than-life family dynamics. The determinedly idle and emotionally absent Wheeler parents; the single mother households of Will and the de facto single mother one of Dustin... When Billy's father showed up, I was more scared of him than of the monsters. And I definitely didn't expect it when his character first showed up in Season 1, or indeed for much of the rest of that season, but Steve improves every scene he's in. Someone whose blog I read aptly compared him to Buffy Season 3's Cordelia. They seem to have flip-flopped a bit about the characterisation of Dr Owens - or perhaps I'm being ungenerous, and what I saw was simply a portrayal of ambiguity and a point of decision. His speech to Jonathan and Nancy, as well as his being involved with the lab at all, suggested that he was rather a bad man. But by the time we've reached the crisis, he was being pretty brave, compassionate and clever.
  11. Do we know what the white wolf is? I think theories that it was Ahsoka got shot down. I liked the latest pair of episodes. Glad we're spending longer on Lothal. It gives Ezra more context.
  12. So you think Sabine might appear in a future spin-off? Perhaps set between RotJ and TFA?
  13. Didn't realise the second part was here already. Pity Ezra and Sabine won't have a more extended sojourn with Saw, but it was a fun episode nevertheless. Feels like the clock is ticking for the crew of the Ghost though - the introduction of the Death Star makes it feel as if the game is nearly up. I hope the gloomy predictions about the death of absolutely everyone except Chopper and Hera aren't proved right. I like the "found family" vibe they have. Chopper was magnificent, as ever. If he was a human, he'd be a grumpy Zorro.
  14. Enjoyed the direction the latest episode took. Hope the status quo isn't reset next week - a more steady development would be better.
  15. I enjoyed it. It didn't feel groundbreaking, but it was fun - I was never bored, except during the extended scenes of klingon speechifying. I don't have a Trek background at all, and don't have a fixed idea of what it should be, which may explain why I liked it. It would have been lovely to have a sci-fi show that's dialogue and idea driven, but there may be room for it to go in that direction later - the first two couple of episodes were always going to be space battle and explosion heavy in order to attract the interest of the widest possible audience. Liked Saru a lot, both in personality and design. And Michelle Yeoh was great - Burnham reminds me strongly of some of my Bioware protagonists. Weird feeling. My mouse finger keeps twitching as I try and select her dialogue options.
  16. I think the photos are supposed to be in the past though? Not the period when most of the show will take place.
  17. Good trailer - long, but I didn't feel it was overtly spoilery, beyond doing enough to whet my appetite about a few things that it seems will be coming up this season.
  18. An unlikely rumour says Bradley Walsh (daytime TV host) will be next companion. What would that make Kris Marshall? The next K9?
  19. Would be nice, but realistically I think it's more likely to put boys off watching unless a male companion is cast with whom they can identify.
  20. But there are plenty of female role model type characters out there now. We've had Rey, Katniss from the Hunger Games, masses of leads in detective dramas, the BBC are doing a new version of HDM... There don't seem to be that many clever, compassionate male leads in stuff that might appeal to boys in the 7 - 12 age range. I also don't think the female casting of DW will be showing that it doesn't matter if you're a boy or a girl if Thirteen ends up being written as a wet blanket. Or if it's written with the skeevy undertones that half-spoiled a lot of Moffat's writing for female characters until the last two series, when he seemed to get it under control.
  21. Well, at least we can breath a sigh of relief that it's not Kris Marshall. Accent: Wikipedia says that she comes from the most Yorkshire-sounding place on the planet - Skelmanthorpe. I assume her natural accent is also of that country county. Haven't seen Jodie Whittaker in owt, so I don't know how capable she is of the necessary range. I'm not thrilled to have a first female Doctor - I once read an article which pointed out that the Doctor, as a hero who talks his way out of trouble rather than shooting his way out (let's ignore the recent finale for now), is rather a positive model for the young male section of the audience - and I find that a sympathetic viewpoint. But the next series will stand or fall on the quality of the writing. Cross fingers. I don't have great hopes of Chibnall. The bit of Broadchurch series 3 I saw was pretty leaden, and he hasn't distinguished himself in his scripts for Doctor Who.
  22. Yeah, I had a sudden vision of the Doctor channeling Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation. "Take this apple-shaped hand grenade, little girl, and use it to defend your property." Though when I watched the scene, I had the impression that the apple was just a distraction/bait - the actual explosion was caused by Nardole doing stuff on his laptop.
  23. No, Kris Marshall was mentioned a lot a few months ago, but since then things have gone quiet on that front. I still have hope that it's not him.
  24. Sorry, I didn't mean that as a rebuke. I've just been too busy watching SM's back catalogue. The remark is meant to be about what I was writing, though in fact I only decided to use a spoiler cut because I wrote too much and it would have taken up a lot of space.
  25. Spoilers, sweetie. Been rewatching quite a few episodes from New Who recently. For all that I've complained about the tics and absurdities in Moffat's style, I will miss him. There is something so individualistic, ambitious and entertaining about the way he writes, and we're unlikely to get any hint of that from Chibnall. After watching Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead again late last night, I switched over to Shaun the Sheep for seven minutes just so I felt safe to risk falling asleep.