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  1. I'm now imagining the BwB showing up Ride of the Rohirrim style to the vote. Thank you for that
  2. Did you have a thread on this at some point? I seems familiar that's all. Given the amount of people who show up on these boards and say 'I like ASOIAF because there isn't much magic/fantasy' I think it's clear some people are almost embarrassed to admit liking a fantasy story.
  3. The first book literally opens with ice zombies killing a man and resurrecting him and closes with the birth of dragons. I tend to think people really downplay how much magic is in this series and how pervasive it is for some strange reason, as though magic in a book is something to be ashamed of
  4. Agreed. As long as it isn't blatantly awful and suffices for the purpose of the plot, I'm happy. (I think Hobb is somewhat better than that, I might add ). Obviously something the level of Tolkien is great fun and I love to nerd out reading about it, but hardly essential
  5. ASOIAF is not low magic, unless Dragons, the undead, warging, shadow babies, face changing, shadowbinding, greenseeing, summoning storms, prophetic visions etc. falls under your definition of 'low' which would be quite the expansive interpretation. And I would suspect in future books there is only going to be more magic. Also not sure why an epic fantasy series should exclude other races. What should be important is that those races are humanised and seem like real characters. On your last point regarding up and coming fantasy authors using ASOIAF as a model, I think that would actually be a terrible idea. Do that and you will face inevitable comparisons to the original, and the market will be inundated with bad ASOIAF copies just like the Tolkien emulators of the past. New (or existing) authors are far better trying to come up with an original idea for their novel(s). Robin Hobb's Realm of the Elderlings books fit most of your criteria, except the worldbuilding and low magic (although I wouldn't say there is any more magic really than ASOIAF). Worldbuilding is okay but not the strength of the series at all. But again, as RBPL says, I don't think world building is Martin's strength either.
  6. David Tenant and Michael Sheen cast in Good Omens From the same article, some stuff that is always of interest on the forum in term she of distribution
  7. I have never understood this argument. The things you list - dragons, the undead etc - are fantasy elements, which are to be expected in a fantasy show, and thus the audience must be willing to suspend disbelief and accept the, as real. Also falling into this category are the various magics like warging, the unburnt Daenerys and so on. Things like Jaime and Bronn surviving are logistical issues entirely separate from fantasy elements. It is not inconsistent to accept the fantasy elements while still criticising things like this for being unrealistic. Just because it's fantasy doesn't mean the show should forget logic and realism.
  8. Lots of assumptions that the annulment was an embarrassment and FU to Elia without considering whether she had any say in it/had spoke to Rhaegar about it. Just something to consider. Maybe she was not actually opposed to annulling the marriage. Maybe she was opposed to it. But my point is we don't yet know. eta; why might she be happy for the annulment? Various reasons - to get away from Aerys/Kings Landing and try to protect her children, for one. Because she knew the relationship between her and Rhaegar was not great, and wanted to pursue someone else. And regarding her children being illegitimatised, perhaps she reached an agreement with Rhaegar to legitimise them again and put them back in the succession Or maybe she didn't. Who knows? It's funny how quickly everyone jumps to the worst assumption though
  9. Not only that but from memory there were segments which started out telling a story then went off at a complete tangent for almost the entire chapter before meandering back to the original point. I really didn't like that book at all. I only read it all because I was stuck on a long train journey. Speaking of books I didn't like, I am somehow still reading Kushiel's Dart. Seem to be making little to no headway with it. And I don't seem to be taking a lot in of it either, since stuff is happening and I have no idea who most of the characters are and why I should care about them. Might just drop it, i did get it free throughout TOR.com
  10. Yeah, well neither can students, but that's what an overdrafts for y'know?
  11. The Night Land by Hodgson is also pretty weird but substantially longer and a really chore to get through
  12. Ha, I'm not really that wild of a partier. But I was sore from exercising earlier in the day. The hangover/morning-after tipsiness was purely alcohol related though, I have never had any desire to touch any of the other stuff (but to each their own, I'm not judging anyone). I'm you are excited for the coming of the new Sith. Lots of sleepless nights ahead as you listen to he sweet sound of him/her frying teddy bears with force lightning from their cot. Graduate life is bad. Interviews are bad. Applying for jobs is getting me down and destroying my soul. I've never felt more disheartened and aimless.
  13. Under settings, scroll down to apps and select your internet browser (whatever that happens to be, Safari, Chrome, etc). Should see an option to clear history and website data
  14. Less pressure on actors and actresses to change their bodies for a role can only be a good thing so I don't gaf if she buffs up or not
  15. I really loved the finale, and think it particularly fitting after having read what SpaceChampion said last week. The writing was very strong and I appreciated the decision to focus not on the confrontation with P.T. Westmoreland and Coady (which was all over and done with pretty quickly) but instead on the aftermath, the sisters coming together, etc. Sarah being the one who finds it hardest to do so makes total sense. For all her life she has ran, then she fell into this web and fought, and now she finally has the time to stop, process everything that has gone on, and try and play house. Of course she isn't going to find it easy, or be some kind of flawless parent (as if such a thing exists anyway). I loved the scene with her, Alison, Cosima and Helena in the garden (and how the garden party was a throwback to season 3). I was very surprised to find myself feeling so terrible for Rachel. She has done heinous things, and was a villain for much of the series. But despite all that, and because she is very much a victim of circumstance, I was sad to see her finish up completely alone. I almost expected Felix to invite her in, but I know that would not really work narrative wise, or fit with the characterisation of...well, any of them. One final mention for how incredible Tatiana's acting is. She had her chance to showcase 6 clones (7, if we are counting flashback Sarah separately, which imo we should since it's a very different performance) this episode and not once did any of them blend together, even the very brief appearance at the end as Delphine gave the cure. Phenomenal stuff, she is rightly acclaimed for this work. My favourite scene though was the birthing scene, which was incredible acting from both Tatiana and Kevin Hanchard (agree with @RedEyedGhost, Art was awesome), some wonderful cuts between Helena and Sarah's births (including the reaction of Sarah herself remembering that) and very emotional music playing throughout. I'm the show ended on such a positive note, and overall I am satisfied. I do have a few lingering questions/problems but right now I'm just glad it ended so well