Roose Boltons Pet Leech

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  1. March Reading 2017

    Finished off The Ninth Circle. It isn't bad by any stretch of the imagination (Bell's portrayal of Budapest is very evocative). It's just that the attempts to reference classical literature, especially Dante and Milton, come across as incredibly pretentious (some of us have read both Dante and Milton, Ms Bell, so stop wasting page space explaining how clever a reference is), and the underlying thematic discussion isn't as profound as the author thinks it is. Next up is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson. I've seen the film, but never read the book before.
  2. Rothfuss XII: The Doors of Twitch

    Don't express value judgements on the manuscript. Her job is to improve the book.
  3. March Reading 2017

    Finished off Little Star. First half was actually OK. Second half was a confused mess that didn't seem to know what it was trying to say. Lindqvist really is getting worse with every book. Next up is The Ninth Circle, by Alex Bell.
  4. Boarders Writing a Novel Part 15

    Definitely been a productive month in the short story department. In addition to what turned out to be an 8800 word novelette, I've also fixed up a couple of stories from last year - it definitely helped looking at them through fresh eyes. I'm now tackling a re-write of my Turkish Horror story. This one got a revise and resubmit, but I had yet to actually get around to doing it. Looking at it now, I see a strong first half let down by a weaker second half.
  5. Rothfuss XII: The Doors of Twitch

    The problem there isn't just Martin being Too Big, it's Groell herself: Anne Groell: Personally? I think I was the first person in the world, besides George, to read A DANCE WITH DRAGONS…and how amazing is that? In addition to being his editor, I am also a huge fan, and the book totally knocked my socks off. No author should have a fan editing them.
  6. Tolkien 2.0

    Fifteenth and last post on McGarry and Ravipinto. Thanks again to TrackerNeil for giving me so much to write about.
  7. US Politics: Ask Fox News

    To be fair to Ryan, it's likely that he's remained more or less the same, and that there's just been a massive influx of even more extreme types.
  8. US Politics: Ask Fox News

    Hatred of the Federal Government on principle.
  9. Rothfuss XII: The Doors of Twitch

    Wasn't it a stoned dragon?
  10. Tell Me About A Great Biography You've Read.

    Most recent biography I read was Isaac Newton: The Last Sorcerer, by Michael White. Notable for actually stressing Newton's obsession with biblical prophecy and alchemy. I think White has a bit too much fun with Newton's character flaws though.
  11. Rothfuss XII: The Doors of Twitch

    Yep. There is a real problem when authors become Too Big to Edit.
  12. French politics: houlala!

    From what I understand, leftist French voters are more likely to vote for a mainstream right-winger to keep Le Pen out than rightist voters for a left-winger. The French Presidency is immeasurably powerful - one of the most powerful elected positions on the planet (reflecting de Gaulle's taste for autocracy). You, really, really, don't want to go down the road of President Le Pen.
  13. Were Mao and Stalin Actually Socialists? (No True Scotsman)

    The thing about high top tax rates is that they cannot be implemented in isolation. Since the top 0.1%* get their wealth from investments, not salaries, you need strict capital controls, and regulation of trusts at the very least. You'd also have to deal with the very real possibility of an investment strike. *Not 1% - as Krugman points out, Occupy Wall Street were actually too mild in their criticism.
  14. Boarders Writing a Novel Part 15

    Story now complete at second draft stage. 8700 words, so pretty meaty.
  15. Long winters in reality vs long winters in AsoIaF

    Except that he hasn't prepared any of the groundwork for such an ending. For five books we've been cheering for the humans (the default being that humans will cheer for humans). The Others, between necromancy and their desire to freeze the world, cannot be anything other than villains in the context. The villains might have justified grievances against humans, but they're still the Black Hats. (With Tuf Voyaging, he *had* prepared the groundwork. Overpopulation is introduced as the crisis from the beginning. Tuf gets creative with food provision, but that doesn't work - leading to sterilisation).