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  1. Edge of Tomorrow [Spoilers]

    A sequel? Damn. Should've been an Angel of Verdun prequel Interesting to see where they will take this!
  2. Of dreadlocks and cultural appropriation

    While the woman in the video did not handle that situation wellat all,this discussion has also seemeda littledismissive of cultural appropriation re: dreadlocks, because I think there is more to consider here. I want to preface this by saying that I am whiteand do not want to be stepping on any PoC's toes here, but... isn't the current culture in the U.S. around dreadlocks pretty well rooted in music, specificallyrap/hip-hop culture? Music that African Americans developed as a way to to affirm their identity? I don't know a lot about Rastafarianism, but isn't it also heavily tied toblack identityin the face of racism? (i.e., dreads in modern western culture have a lot more to do with black identity than with viking/Jewish/ancient egyptian/Indian/whatever other cultures and religions have used dreadlocks in the past) More practically speaking, dreadlocks aresomething that arefunctional for anyone with that kind of a hair texture,so it's something more like anecessitythan a choice.But whenblack people actually wear dreads or cornrows or similar hairstyles, theyare seenasdirty/dangerous/unemployable. Recently it seems, dreads have become popular among white people, and while the line between cultural appropriation and appreciation can be reallyfuzzy,I think in many cases at least, ithas become appropriation, because a hairstyle that is seen as an intrinsic part of black culture and identityin the U.S. in modern timesBUTthat black people are often derided for having, has been taken by white peoplewho can turn it into aa fashion statement (being edgy, rebellious, urban)and then discardthe style whenever they want. There are lots of great articles and videos discussing this from the perspectives of PoC, but Amandla Stenberg has a really great take on this issue(which I borrowed from heavily here). I guess to sum up, my understanding of cultural appropriation in relationspecifically to dreads is that it's more ofa U.S. thing (not only, butmaybe more relevant here), and it has little to do withwhat ancient white or otherreligious cultures were doing with their hair, and more what it means now, in modern western culture, from the perspective of the blackcommunity. Thereare a lot ofblack people who feel strongly about this, so maybe there issomething for non-black people to consider here? Just some thoughts, I'm really tired.
  3. Star Wars VII - The Spoiler Menace

    That bothered me as well -- there wasno 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 (surprisingto 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.
  4. 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!
  5. The Farseer Trilogy

    As HelenaExMachina noted, yes, you will be okayif 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.
  6. 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 Northtrilogy, 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 arethat I'm going to slog very slowlythrough 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?
  7. 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 goodto 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.
  8. TLPQ is definitely more about character and world building, but there are world-shattering events/threats that come into play inthe later books, and the intrigue starts to hit home inmore dangerous/exciting ways as well. The first time I read the series, I got really bogged down in AShadow 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.
  9. The Farseer Trilogy

  10. The Farseer Trilogy

  11. Jessica Jones [AKA This Thread Has Spoilers]

    seriously?
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
  14. Jessica Jones [AKA This Thread Has Spoilers]

    Wait, really? I assumed that it was Reva'sblood 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?
  15. 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 thinkit'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 thisfinally happened, and that it was good!