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  1. February 2016 Reads

    I finished Robert Jackson Bennett's City of Blades. I thought it was another good book in the series, for most of the book it feels a bit more mundane and less imaginative than City of Stairs (although that changes towards the end) but I think it maybe feels a bit more focused as well.
  2. Manic Street Preachers - Suicide Is Painless (Theme From M*A*S*H).    
  3. February 2016 Reads

  4. Watch, Watched, Watching: The Director's Cut

    I think like a lot of US TV shows it suffered a bit from having to come up with 22 episodes of material every season (although in Lost's case the later seasons got shorter). That lead to a fair bit of filler, sub-plots that ended up being inconsequential or flashbacks that didn't add much to our understanding of the characters that we'd gotten from their previous flashbacks.
  5. Amanda Palmer and David Bischoff's Davie Bowie covers EP. The covers have been really good so far. 
  6. The article fails to address the key question for this thread - if someone happens to own an eagle, and that eagle happens to bring down a drone while it is hovering over the owner's property, the eagle's owner legally responsible?
  7. February 2016 Reads

    The top rated book for me is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which seems odd given that it's far from being the most loved book even in that series. Looking at the other end I'm amused that the worst-rated story (by a long way) is last year's Hugo-winning novelette The Day The World Turned Upside Down, whose title presciently predicted how I'd have to change the way I was looking at the average ratings to find it. I'm not inclined to really argue with its position. The rest of the bottom 10 has another Hugo nominee by the same author, three Forgotten Realms novels, lesser works by David Eddings, Vernor Vinge and Tim Powers and Sophia MacDougall's Romanitas which was a book I liked quite a bit despite some flaws.
  8. Formula 1 - 2015 Ferrari Rising

    I don't know what the next season is going to be like, but one positive is that it looks like the driver who might be F1's worst looks like he is on his way out... http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/35463741 It's good to see Magnussen back as well, it seemed a bit harsh that he got dropped after a decent debut season (even if it was understandable given his replacement), although at least he didn't have to drive last year's McLaren.
  9. Cricket 29: The Kings of Method Sledging

    I think there's more point to having a T20 World Cup than the other T20 Internationals where there generally seem to be one or two matches randomly stuck onto the ends of tours. It usually seems to be the case that there are more ODIs played than T20Is on a tour, it might make more sense for the numbers to be more even.
  10. Underrated Actors and Actresses

    I think Enrico Colantoni has been really good every time I've seen him. I particularly like him in Veronica Mars but he's also good in Galaxy Quest and Person of Interest.
  11. Watch, Watched, Watching: The Director's Cut

    I watched Predestination. I had some mixed feelings about the film, it's at its best in the scenes where Sarah Snook's character is in the bar telling Ethan Hawke about her story and the associated flashbacks. Snook is very good in an unusual role. However, I thought the film got less compelling the more it got in to the time travel parts of the story and the finale seems to require a lot of character development we never got to see on screen.
  12. Watch, Watched, Watching: The Director's Cut

    I watched John Wick, which I thought was a fun action film. It seems like it is now compulsory for every ageing film star to do a Taken-style film where they're forced to come out of retirement to wreak vengeance on some villains and the quality of those films is a bit variable, but this is one of the better ones and Keanu does a good job in the lead role. I did like the hotel/safe-house for professional killers, although Ian McShane was maybe a bit underused.
  13. (Book spoilers) American Gods on Starz

    I mostly did as well, although it was difficult to really get a clear picture of what he was meant to look like. Based on his performance in The 100 I think he could do a decent job as Shadow. In some ways it feels like the casting for the characters he meets along the way might be more crucial, Shadow may be the main character but for most of the book he doesn't really drive the plot.
  14. January Reads: Setting the Tone for 2016!

    I seem to remember discussing this on here a few years ago and we came to the conclusion that Under Heaven wasn't in the same world as the early books, but I can't remember why we came to that conclusion now (not that it really makes much difference anyway).
  15. Cricket 29: The Kings of Method Sledging

    I don't really know what's going to happen next in the latest instalment in the long-running epic that is trying to find an opening partner for Alastair Cook. They might give Hales a couple more chances in the home series against Sri Lanka but based on his performances so far he's not really looking like the solution. Compton could be moved back to open, but he didn't really impress that much at number 3.