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  1. Yeah.... he's in a few other books so there's no way he could be dead.  I'm guessing the sword sent him through to the Forbidding, so it's like a mini-Ellcrys.  Except evil?  He did say the sword was evil magic.  Maybe some other dimension then.    
  2. [BOOK & TV SPOILERS] The Expanse on SyFy

    Ok, Jonathan Banks as the XO on the Cant -- was there a point to his scene?  Why such a big actor for such a small role?  I'm wondering if they are going to make it that he was hired / brainwashed / co-opted to make sure the Cant took the bait, and if he found out what really was going to happen and had his breakdown because of that.  I don't remember if he was transported off the ship, but if so we might see him again and find out about another link in the plot.
  3. [BOOK & TV SPOILERS] The Expanse on SyFy

    Without Avasarala this season, a lot of the backstory would have been awkwardly delivered.  Imagine Amos grabbing Holden and shouting at him "Tell us about your childhood!"   Now while that would have been hilarious, it wouldn't have been hilarious in the way Amos usually is.  Avasarala in conflict with others is a far more effective way to get that.
  4. Boarders Writing A Novel: Volume 14 A Memory of Civility

    If you have a Linux system Scrivener is available as a free beta.  The company that makes it was kind enough to convert their Windows version for it, however the current version is the last one they'll release for Linux.  They put a lot of effort into solving some of the bugs before releasing it, and it no longer expires like previous Linux versions did.  Some of the more obscure things in it don't work (like importing a webpage so you don't have to open a browser to access your research -- that would have been awesome combined with a site like Evernote, especially since Evernote can be used to clip out the nonessential portions of a webpage).  But the most important aspects of it works.  Great for exporting your novel to several ebook formats if you're self-publishing. And of course if you need those other functions the Windows version can be used in Wine on a Linux system.  
  5. [BOOK & TV SPOILERS] The Expanse on SyFy

    I vote for Book 1 only spoilers, but I'm sure I'm in the minority and its a bit late.  I've only read to book 4, unfortunately spoiled for book 5 now.  
  6. Bandar, I think.  Not even a character in the book. The captain, Crispin, they turned him into a douche.  The elder prince too.  Lots of douchiness going around.
  7. Marvel Netflix - AKA the Second Thread

    Apparently Iron Fist / Danny Rand has been cast, but the actor's name not revealed yet.
  8. 12 Monkeys

    Season Two trailer!  How excited are you, cdawnb and Arkash?
  9. I wouldn't say any episode has hewed closely to the source material. I don't remember any Gnomes in book 2 at all, except the Healers in the Eastland that Wil was studying with (for previous 2 years by the time Allanon crawls there wounded from his battle at Paranor -- it was a much more organic introduction to Wil than the show).  That the elves don't know their way around their own backyard in the Westlands such that they need a Gnome guide is silly.  The Breakline is a lot closer than Wing Hove, where reside a branch of elves important to Wil and Amberle's journey, but since they've already been to Wing Hove and didn't introduce those characters, I guess that's not happening. You could read the book and get an entirely different reading experience from whatever this is.  The main appeal of the book for me, which they seem like budgetarily they are avoiding, is this book was my first exposure to military strategies and tactics, with the Elf army and the Free Company hopelessly facing down an entire horde of Demons.  My first exposure to the mercenary army trope too, though the Free Company weren't actual mercs.  Half the book, page-wise, is a war story.  We might get a little of that, but not for any length of time.
  10. Ugh.  This show.  It's all just exceeding my tolerance right now.  Might catch up at the end of the season, but not going to watch future seasons if there are any.
  11. How will Aegon face his final doom

    Gregorstein will pick Aegon up by the feet and smash him against the nearest stone wall until he's a bloody pulp.  Just like he did to the real Aegon.
  12. Vikings VIII: 20 episodes under the sea [SPOILERS]

    I hadn't realised Gisla is played by Roman Polanski's daughter, Morgane.
  13. [BOOK & TV SPOILERS] The Expanse on SyFy

    Perhaps the events of this season is what turns her into the person we know from book 2 onwards.
  14. [BOOK & TV SPOILERS] The Expanse on SyFy

    Cas Anvar (Alex) on Afterbuzz's after show for Eps 2 & 3. I watched the aftershows for Eps. 4&5 and Ep 6 too.  The main host notices a lot of details that I missed, so kind of interesting.  He's starting the read the first book recently, but the other two hosts are show-only. ETA:  Cas hilariously spoils Shed's death for the hosts. Maria's expression when she realizes what he said is priceless.
  15. This Watch, Watched, and Watching Thread? I like it. ANOTHER

    Since the Fury Road thread is closed, I'll comment here about the report Miller isn't going to do any more Mad Max movies.  I think his quote was taken out of context.  I think he was referring to shooting in Australia, for which he waited years and years to film Fury Road due to the amount of rain they've been getting, with the desert blooming with flowers every year lately.  So he eventually gave up and filmed Fury Road in Africa instead (Namibia, i think?) and what he meant is he is done with Australia, not Mad Max.  Hopefully.