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  1. September Reads -Back to school time!

      Thanks for responding with what you liked about the book.  I'd agree that her depictions of Arthur Leander and Miranda were some of my favorite parts of the story.  In fact, that's probably why I enjoyed the middle portion, where it was set primarily in the preapocalyptic world and we get to see these characters grow up through the decades.  Kristen never stood out to me in though, and honestly I struggle to name any of the other characters from the theater troupe/postapocalypse.    You mention the writing and tone as one of the highlights of the book, and I have seen that praised about Station Eleven before.  Language is not something I frequently notice in a narrative (unless it's jarringly bad), so it may just be that one of the better things about this novel is something I'm just not attuned to picking up on.
  2. September Reads -Back to school time!

    I'm almost done with Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel. Picked it up mostly because of Martin's review on it. I wanted to like it,and kind of did in the middle of the book.  The book is very readable and and the characters are enjoyable enough.  But her worldbuilding is so painfully underdone, that I  just could not get over it.     Spoilers about premise/worldbuilding [spoiler]Her premise is that a fast-acting super lethal flu wipes out 99% of earths population within a few days (though wouldn't a 99% lethal disease with an incubation time of 3-4 hours be too virulent to ever spread into a pandemic?). As a result of lack of people coming in to work, the power grids go out, rendering all technology useless.  Apparently solar powered batteries, or self sustaining and self powered pockets of technology, like nuclear subs do not exist, and a general power outage is enough to wipe out technology.  Meanwhile, within 5 years of the collapse, a travelling symphony/Shakespearean acting troupe can form, but 20 years later all economy/industry and technology is still somehow trapped in a pre-industrial state.  I could almost suspend disbelief in this, until she started describing the transition between the collapse and the world as we see it 20 years later, and it seems like the world is overrun by wannabe prophets.  And while this in itself isn't unreasonable, it feels like the author never considered any of the other kind of opportunistic powergrabs that might take place in isolated communities, instead having "the good people trying to survive" or "the cults took over" as the only two possible modes of existence.  [/spoiler] Throughout the book it feels like the author never put more than a cursory thought into how a postapocalyptic world might develop, and instead just went about describing an image of what she wanted to have happen.  Everything feels too simplistic and one-dimensional as a result.     Now I have about 60 pages left, and might as well finish.  But I am disappointed.  I really wanted to like the book, and just cannot see what others see in it.   Next up is the Water Knife, by Paolo Bacigalupi. Windup Girl was one of my favorite recently published scifi reads, so I am looking forward to reading the latest novel by this writer.

    Awesome! PC and I will be there

    Awesome! PC and I will be there

    I vote uptown. If voting is still in the works. Hoboken may bit a bit too much of a treck for me at this time

    Looking forward to it. We'll do our best to make it
  7. Non-Monogamy

    I'm very curious about this as well! Also, how closely did the rules and boundaries you expected to have match up with reality once things were open? I wonder how closely one can ever really predict what they will or will not be comfortable with.
  8. Non-Monogamy

    I am very glad to see this topic up on the boards. Thanks especially to Terra and Xray for posting personal perspectives on the matter. I am currently in a situation where my bf and I are theoretically nonmonogamous, but functionally exclusive. We started seeing each other while I was in an open relationship with someone, but closed things a year ago when that relationship ended and I was going through the breakup pains. The question of if, how and when to reopen our relationship has been a subject of conversation between us ever since. I've always felt attracted to the concept of ethical nonmonogamy, and the fact that permanent monogamy is not the default outcome for us, is one of my (many) favorite things about this relationship. I am excited by the prospect of exploring sexuality with other people when the time is right. The model where a primary relationship is established over many years that is solid, trusting, and loving enough to support a degree of openness just makes perfect sense to me. But then, I grew up reading Dan Savage at a formative age, so between his mores, and the general explorativeness in scifi when it comes to relationship setups (cue recollections of reading Asimov's "The Gods Themselves" in middle school, where the aliens mate in triads), I was probably exposed to the idea of nonmonogamy as just not something to make a big fuss about.
  9. If Talissa ends up being actually a Volantene lady... after this episode I can actually get behind that. Now that she and Robb are actually talking to each other rather than the snarking from the earliest episodes, I'm a lot more sold on the two actors' chemistry. The description of the Volantis slave society was a nice touch foreshadowing for book 5.
  10. Yes, yes they are... :bang:
  11. In defense of the Joffrey/whores scene... I think it does quite a bit more than just show the progression of his depravity. This scene solidifies why, once the Lannister/Tyrell alliance is made, Joffrey must die. Think about what we've seen of Joffrey up to this point from the perspective of a powerful family like the Tyrells: He beats up on Sansa--Well, there's bad blood between them (war and all that), and she's far more a prisoner of war than a queen. There is no reason to presume from this that the way he treats Sansa will be the way he treats Margaery. He has commoners/drunk knights tortured--again, the Tyrells would think they are above such risk. They are a powerful house, not like the rabble. He had Robert's bastards killed--an ugly order, but some may call it justified While many of these actions can be a bad PR issue for the Crown-Tyrell alliance... none are a serious threat. What Joffrey does with the whores, is. As someone above noted, a teenage boy is presented with two naked young ladies in a room... and his reaction is to have them beat each other? The mental depravity of that scene goes far beyond anything we've seen before. Margaery can never be safe married to this Joffrey. That is why the Tyrells will take on the huge huge risk of assassinating the king. Not just the king, but a Lannister king. I'm sure the Tyrells have heard the "Rains of Castamere," and they need a better reason to take that risk than "Joffrey has a mean streak." That is why we will have the Purple Wedding.
  12. Agreed. Meanwhile, we get the wolfdream of Jon-as-Ghost. Next morning Jon wakes up in the woods with a headache, talks to Mormont about seeing the white Walker but keeps mum about Craster. And the plot continues past the diversion same as in the book.
  13. References and Homages

    Cersei's mocking jibe about the "turnip knight" may be a reference to Viscount Charles Townsend, whose exprimentation with new crops lent him the nickname "Turnip" Townsend among the nobility.
  14. Grand Tyrell Conspiracy Theory

    The compromise I've heard as to Loras's injuries is that they were overstated. In the heart of the fighting, Loras would have other's blood all over him, making it difficult to tell on the field just how injured he is. It is interesting that Margaery sent her own Maester to care for Loras. While it certainly isn't proof of anything, it would allow for the Tyrells to control what is known about Loras' condition. as for Dragonstone: we have the Master Pyromancer asking about any dragon eggs that may be discovered in the ruins. Unless the Tyrells were ready to act quickly, i doubt that they would have been able to uphold such a large scale deception.