Roose Boltons Pet Leech

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  1. Rothfuss sounds profoundly unhappy, even ignoring the family situation:
  2. Well, we know the guy is a very energetic campaigner when he wants to be (general election), and his voting record on the EU is consistently Eurosceptic. I think we can guess where his heart lay here.
  3. For what it's worth, Northern Ireland's Catholics voted overwhelmingly (85%) for Remain, while only 40% of Protestants voted Remain: Basically, Catholics voted en masse, regardless of class and income (perhaps to maintain links with the Republic?), whereas Protestants showed the same class and income divide as the UK mainland - poorer, less educated Protestants voted Leave, richer, better educated Protestants voted Remain.
  4. The evil henchmen with the black smoke trailing behind them was so Harry Potter.
  5. There always are. The Labour Civil War is still actually simmering, in the form of the Left having an eye to Corbyn's eventual successor, and the Right complaining about alleged cultism, but the bulk of the PLP are now quite happy to ride the post-June Corbyn wave. The 1983 comparisons have completely vanished, for a start.
  6. Having just finished Tigana, I've realised that I have somehow managed to read The Fionavar Tapestry, The Last Light of the Sun, A Song for Arbonne, The Lions of Al-Rassan, Ysabel, and Tigana without actually liking any of them. Kay clearly has a strange addiction to me that transcends the actual story - I think it's the prose. Tigana was a frustrating one - I actually enjoyed the first part, and was pleased by the magical element (which is otherwise minimal outside Fionavar), but as the book went on, I found it more and more bloated and problematic. I started cheering for Brandin half-way through when the Tigana terrorists started torturing people (and I do see them as terrorists). Oh, and while I have no problem at all with sex scenes, I'm rather scratching my head about the multi-page, lovingly described BDSM scene between our protagonist and a character who then plays no meaningful role in the story. I get that Kay was drawing a connection between an oppressive political situation and odd sexuality, but reading it in 2017, I don't find anything particularly odd about BDSM. Oh, and I can't be the only one who thinks the Night Walkers/Others/Ember Nights bit influenced ASOIAF - the dead walking, and all that.
  7. The number of people who get confused when I explain that I'm a non-materialistic atheist (spirituality but no God) is truly amazing.
  8. October's Bards and Sages Quarterly features a story of mine, The Happiest Man Alive:
  9. What we see around us is our brain trying to make sense of some very complicated stuff - and our brain is shaped by the cultural norms we grow up in. The idea is that a 1317 brain will "make sense" of a given object different from the way you or I would.
  10. On the subject of sending someone back though, for all the common idea about radical change being a modern thing - most of us would manage pretty well in 1967, issues like decimal currency aside. 1917 would be much trickier, and not just because of the War. Once you hit 1867 though, you really are getting into a different way of doing things.
  11. Damn it. I was going to point that one out. The forward traveller (aka Catweazle): I have seen it suggested that pre-moderns would find modern society extremely sterile. Rather like putting someone in the proverbial white room (none of the familiar sounds and smells, but with lots of brightness). Unless your pre-modern is a monk, with an ability to communicate in Latin, AND they arrive conveniently near the History or Classics Department of a University, they will also have absolutely no idea how to talk to anyone, and according to some theories might even see the world differently. They would certainly try to derive meaning (religious or otherwise) from purely mundane objects. The backwards traveller (aka Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis): Better chance at language preparation, though depending on the area, even that is problematic (Chaucer's English is just London dialect, so what we think of as Middle English will only get you so far). Having no sense of smell (like myself) would help as well. There exist the additional problems of nutrition (famine year!), getting hold of money, not being mugged, and the likelihood of dying from drinking water. There are also pre-modern diseases that simply don't exist any more (English Sweating Sickness came later, but it isn't hard to imagine other variants). In summary, one is going to go mad, the other is going to die of dysentery.
  12. I intend to finally get around to reading Ann Radcliffe this month.
  13. Nostalgia is definitely a thing of the past.
  14. I'm 1982, so I'm in that odd little grey area between Generation X and the Millennials. I can remember the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the era before the internet, but in terms of, say, economics and lifestyle, I have more in common with my Millennial friends.
  15. Oh, he did. To be fair, Ringil's society is supposed to be highly homophobic, so in that sense it's reasonable for Ringil to think about his sexuality all the time. It's just that there isn't much left if you take the gore and anal sex out.