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  1. Star Wars VII - The Spoiler Menace

    That bothered me as well -- there was no previous connection between those two characters, so why did Leia go out of her way to hug Rey? It was a jarring moment, because from what the audience has seen, it doesn't make sense. However, after thinking about it a little, I like it and think it works well:  1) I think it helps show how motherly Leia is. Here's this girl that she has heard about, who has no family, a lonely past. And she (Rey) is lost and hurting, and there is no one there for her. BB-8 doesn't show (surprising to me), Finn is out of the game for awhile, and with him Chewie, so Rey's alone. Leia immediately sees and recognizes that, and her motherly instincts take over and she goes to comfort her. Then they end up comforting each other 2) As others have mentioned, it solidifies the idea that Rey is Luke's daughter, a theory to which I am a strong subscriber. Even if Leia doesn't consciously realize the familial connection, she senses it anyway 3) A force connection. Rey and Leia are the only two force sensitive people around, so they may be feeling each others emotions more strongly and/or are just innately more drawn to each other? I don't know, that one is a stretch.   
  2. Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    ehhhh, you're probably right. It doesn't seem as long as some of the other books so I'll think I'll just work though Silver Spike before moving onto the next four books. Saves me some money now too haha. Thanks!
  3. The Farseer Trilogy

    As HelenaExMachina noted, yes, you will be okay if you do it this way, but you'll also miss certain things in Tawny Man that the Liveships trilogy makes clear, so you definitely do get a more complete and satisfying reading experience if you read it in publication order, which is Farseer > Liveships > Tawny Man. Liveships is a great trilogy anyways, and I like having it as a buffer between the first two Fitz/Fool trilogies on rereads. It's a nice break. 
  4. Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    Question about the reading order of this series, which seems to have been slightly addressed at the top of the page but I'm afraid of delving too deep into this thread for fear of spoilers, BUT:  So it seems I've already screwed up the reading order. I'm reading the omnibus version of this series, and I've wrapped up the Books of the North (original trilogy) and am 2/3 of the way through the Books of the South, when all of a sudden I'm taken back north with the Silver Spike? Nuh uh, not cool! I need to see what happens with Lady's daughter and Soulcatcher and Longshadow and the Stranglers etc etc!  My question: can I skip the Silver Spike (which I probably should have read right after the original Books of the North trilogy, but we'll blame the omnibus editions for that) and read the Glittering Stone sagas I and II and THEN go back to the Silver Spike? Or do I really need to read the Silver Spike before tackling the final four books?  My biggest fears here are that I'm going to slog very slowly through Silver Spike because I'm so disappointed at the switch in story focus that I'm a) not going to really enjoy it and b ) I won't remember as clearly what's going on down south when I finally get to the Glittering Stone sagas.  Thoughts? 
  5. Feminism - Distractingly Sexy Edition

    I would say it should be addressed, but I think it's good that you want to address strategies for dealing with it. Sexism is still deeply rooted in a lot of STEM fields. From my own experience - I majored in Geology, and while I am now pursuing a career in IT, a lot of my female peers got jobs in the oil and environmental consulting industries, and the stories I hear from them....really disheartening. There are some truly toxic-to-women workplaces in the sciences, and I don't think that should be glossed over, because it was definitely not something any of my professors talked about, even the women professors -- and they doubtless experienced it firsthand. I think it should be brought up, along with (again) ways to help mitigate it and the positive spin of "you can help make it better!" (sorry, I don't really have any ideas about how to mitigate it though) I think it's good to be braced for the sexism that you will encounter and have ideas on how to handle it, even if it can be extremely discouraging to hear about. 
  6. TLPQ is definitely more about character and world building, but there are world-shattering events/threats that come into play in the later books, and the intrigue starts to hit home in more dangerous/exciting ways as well. The first time I read the series, I got really bogged down in A Shadow in Summer and set it down for months. Came back to it later and got through it over a couple weeks. The second-fourth books I read in about one week total, so it definitely speeds up. On my recent re-read this summer, I really, really enjoyed A Shadow in Summer. I think it's much easier to appreciate when you have the full story and how everything fits together.  Anyways, I'd definitely recommend sticking with it! I would say that it is very rewarding for the readers who do finish the series. 
  7. The Farseer Trilogy

  8. The Farseer Trilogy

  9. Jessica Jones [AKA This Thread Has Spoilers]

  10. Fallout 4

    I'm level 20 after about 25 hours in...I didn't know how useful the idot savant perk was until about level 14, which was when I started reading this thread.  To be honest, I've spent the vast majority of my time building up my settlements, which is ridiculous because the mechanics of it are not really that good, but it's like combining Stronghold/The Sims with Fallout and I'm so addicted, hah. The only major quest I've done is the Castle one.  I kind of miss having points to spend on specific skills, a la FO 3/NV. I feel like my character is not getting any stronger/better, and all of my improvements are based on how good of a gun and armor I can get (I've spent most of my points on lock picking/modding, improving my SPECIAL, rather than making me stronger/get perks for weapon damage). I've got some fairly good guns though, so that helps. Now I need to get some better armor!
  11. I would absolutely recommend LPQ or Dagger and Coin over Mistborn. You don't feel the same emotional connection with the characters in Mistborn, and LPQ/D&C hit all of your other criteria, I'd say (although romance is less of a big deal to Abraham...not that Sanderson's romance is anything more than one-note). Overall, LPQ and D&C are much higher quality than Mistborn, which is just a fun (and somewhat gruesome, sometimes) fantasy romp -- nowhere near the same emotional resonance.  Downside to D&C is that it's not completed yet. I believe the final book is set to be published next spring?  I'd definitely third the Farseer Trilogy. More traditional fantasy than Daniel Abraham, but has the romance and emotional resonance I think you're looking for, as well as low levels of political intrigue. I'd say:  Long Price Quartet = Farseer > Dagger and Coin >>>> Mistborn  *** I do want to be fair and say that I really enjoy Mistborn, but I don't think it's what you're looking for. 
  12. Jessica Jones [AKA This Thread Has Spoilers]

    Good points! As soon as I saw the blood on her hand when I was watching, I just assumed that was the answer, case closed. Now that it is not so cut and dry, I want to know why she was able to break free, dammit! 
  13. Jessica Jones [AKA This Thread Has Spoilers]

    Wait, really? I assumed that it was Reva's blood that had the "antidote." Presumably that was why she had the flashdrive of the experiments to begin with -- she is an experiment herself or was involved in them enough to be immunized.  ETA: although Reva herself was compelled by him. Hmm, that shatters that theory? I don't know, the scene where we see Jessica punch Reva, there's blood on her hand right? She stares at the blood for a moment, then Kilgrave tries to command her, but she isn't under his influence anymore. I thought the blood was a really obvious clue?  If was just the trauma of killing someone, wouldn't other people have been able to break free too? 
  14. Jessica Jones (Netflix) (non-spoiler thread)

    I didn't feel like it dragged at all. I burned through it very quickly and never felt bored. I actually thought Daredevil was a lot slower and I didn't even finish it -- couldn't  hold my interest.  I can see why some people think it's over-praised, but I for one am thrilled to finally have a female superhero within the MCU/MTVU that has her own show. Maybe that's why I'm turning a blind eye towards some of the flaws, because I'm just so happy that this finally happened, and that it was good!
  15. Jessica Jones [AKA This Thread Has Spoilers]

    I thought this show was awesome, and a lot better than Daredevil, which I wasn't able to finish (I will try it again, but god it draaagged). I hated the twins at first, but they really grew on me later. I was almost bummed to see Ruben die, hah. The only part that I really didn't like was Simpson -- he just felt a little overdone.  The Trish/Jessica relationship was great, and I was anticipating a reveal that there is more between them than just friendship/sisterhood. Still holding out hope  I loved Hogarth, and kept expecting her to turn bad and was always pleasantly surprised when she stayed good, even a little cold. The death by 1000 cuts scene was brutal. I also loved Jessica and never felt that her character flaws were over the top.  Can't wait to see what they do with the next season!