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  1. No, the doctor says he's very sorry and they can try opening the womb to remove the infant, but that the mother wouldn't survive. There's no indication an embryotomy is an option, the only choice is apparently letting both die or attempting to save the infant.
  2. @Ran Were this olden times and GRRM still easily accessible by DM'ing on Livejournal, I would ask him this, but since that era is long past us, I'll pose this to you: are the Maesters and the other physicians aware of embryotomy? In both the case of Aemma and now Laena the only option for an obstructed birth has been Caesarean, but in the actual Middle Ages any university trained physician (though perhaps they would leave its actual performance to barber-surgeons?) would've been familiar with al-Zahrawi, who describes the other option (and gives illustrations of the necessary tools). This, was, of course, the gruesome destruction of the fetus and its removal in chunks. I'm aware that in the actual *Fire and Blood* neither Aemma nor Laena are described as dying of a Caesarean or that there was a suggestion of one. Especially in Laena's case, she delivers the baby and *then* dies. The fact that the show went with a Caesarean twice (well the suggestion of one in the latter case) strikes me as unrealistic. Especially as Laena as show in the show would've been a good case for embryotomy - Daemon certainly seemed like he would've chosen to kill the child to attempt to save her life.
  3. Interesting, the article seems a few weeks old too? I suppose it went unnoticed since I don't think Bakker-bro has the largest internet profile? Not to speculate overmuch, but this sounds like his wife left him?
  4. The Warp and the Outside being very similar, I assume they're drawing from some older Fantasy source, but nothing comes to my own mind, especially as regarding the atemporality. When the atemporality started popping up in the newer 40k novels, I actually pinged one of the authors on Twitter and he said he hadn't read Bakker (was it ADB? I honestly don't remember who it was. Maybe it was Guy Haley since atemporality being a feature of the Warp was mostly strongly expressed in the Plague War book than any previous 40k book I've read). Atemporality also shows up in the Dr. Strange movie with the Dark Dimension having no 'time', though it's a bit weakly done. I assume this is an aspect of the earlier Dr. Strange comics, so maybe Bakker and 40k drew from comics, but I assume it's an even older trope.
  5. 40k lore was no-where near as robust when Bakker started writing. E.g. The atemporality of the Warp is something that's come up in recent novels with demons knowing that they won't die because they're still alive at the Final Battle or whatnot, but I don't recall it from pre-Horus Heresy novels.
  6. Man, shows you how in-tune I am with books these days. I had no idea this came out at all. Haven't read it yet either. I can't seem to find any Malazan or Erikson thread either! Has anyone anyone read it? Any good?
  7. I think that most-pirated list is heavily skewed by the fact that no one wants to get Disney+ due to its general lack of content.
  8. i didn't enjoy it, not enough happened. Those assassins were clearly Hand ninjas, though. We need the IMMORTAL IRON FIST to team up with Boba. I'm also curious how Boba seemed to survive several days as a prisoner-slave of the Tuskens with apparently no water ration and why pods of water grow apparently 5 inches under the sand?
  9. I think the "next Game of Thrones" in terms of absurd worldwide popularity - most pirated show, etc - is going to be House of the Dragon. I don't think the ill-will generated by the last few seasons has overwritten the affection people have for the series overall. Moreover, the most ardent detractors of the show's final seasons - like Reddit's /r/freefolk - are exactly the sorta nerds that will tune into it the first day anyway. So if the show is actually *good*, I think it's a slam-dunk. And how will it not be good, with, you know, dragon-duels galore? Unless we spend the entire season just setting up the Dance of the Dragons. I guess they could take it slow and end the season with when that one prince flies to Storms' End and
  10. I think you misunderstood the thrust of my question - I wasn't criticizing Rand's lack of super-saiyan (super-saidin?) moments, but was trying to assess if the television-only audience will get to see Rand do anything astonishing before Rhuidean given the deletion his role in the EoTW trolloc-army-nuke and the gravity of the danger 'the dragon reborn', especially if he goes mad, represents. The duel against Ishy in the sky would be next up on the list in the show, but I don't think that will be as awe-inspiring as what should have done in EotW. But if some speculate that he's going right to the Aiel Waste, then Rhuidan in the second season should suffice in demonstrating his power level. Unless they decide to nerf him in general, which wouldn't surprise me.
  11. Ah, he shoots lightning that arcs from every trolloc to every trolloc, right? Then he tries to rez the dead girl? Well, in any case, my thought was that, since they cut the super-sayain moment from EotW, unless they add a show original at some point, the audience is going to be oblivious to Rand's power-level and therefore, the danger, he represents to the world, especially as he starts going mad. But, if they are moving the Aiel Waste up in the timeline as some people expect, we might get the duel at Rhiudean next season, but presumably as a season finale.
  12. Question: Does Rand do any super-sayain stuff between the end of EotW and performing a mini-'Breaking' while fighting Asmodean at Rhuidean? I can't recall.
  13. With regards to the One Power and anti-grav, the WoT wiki says this which would imply that anti-grav cars wouldn't be using the One Power directly
  14. Isn't Ishamael the only one philosophically motivated? The rest of them legitimately think they're going to be kings and lords and rulers of the world. He's the only, afaik, that understands it's the end of existence and the rebirth cycle. Poor guy's a Bodhisattva trying to lead everyone to Nirvana, since existence is suffering. I never really thought of it that way, since he's not very enlightened in demeanor. But he's almost an evil-Buddha. edit: Even more of a stray thought - is season 2 already done filming? I wonder if it will air at the same time as House of the Dragon, that'll be an interesting contrast...
  15. Seems to be that Moiraine is actually stilled :O. Unless he's just playing along with the Interviewer's interpretation. He's surprisingly open that they did it just to create a plot for Lan and Moiraine since the actor and actress have top billing. One of the realities of television, I suppose. Edit: Maybe upgrading Latra to Tamyrlin does have the advantage of explaining why Egwene, whom many presume to be her reincarnation, would be ta'veren? Not that Mat or Perrin had any previously famous lives that we were aware of, though.
  16. The turnings of the Wheel aren't 1:1 per RJ, prior to Lews Therin there would've been a Rand-figure in the previous Third Age, but not Rand himself.
  17. The Three Oaths. They did rule the world during the Age of Legends. As to why they nerf themselves with the Oaths, I believe it was introduced by the Black Ajah to intentionally nerf them?
  18. Unrelated, but I saw this response from Rafe linked in a Reddit comment. I interpret it as either an 'open relationship' or that either Aviendha or Elayne, or both, are going to be turned into men. But three years ago is a long time.
  19. My assumption is that they think the audience is too stupid to realize the Dragon and Dragon Reborn are the same person. But there's been cycles so it's not technically wrong? But my impression is that the Age of Legends folk were completely unaware of the repeated cycles and the Dragon's significance... elsewise they *would've* called him the Dragon Reborn, but they didn't. They were unaware the Dark One existed, I believe, until the Bore was drilled. They also made Latra 100% correct about the consequences of Lews Therin's actions and made him seem reckless, despite the fact in the books, it was a move of desperation, the Choedan Kal were stuck in occupied territory and it wasn't certain that they could retake them in order to enact Latra's preferred plan. But splitting the Dragon and the Tamyrlin does, presumably, split the military and political roles of the Aes Sedai between Lews and Latra and give the female Aes Sedai equal footing with their male counterparts? In which case the change was ideological on the part of the writers' room, since it has no ultimate bearing on the story that I can think of in modern times, except perhaps to justify Egwene's-as-Amyrlin's independence in the face of Rand, which might be reasonable. Rand-with-memories in the show might be depicted as being more obviously reckless or wrong.
  20. Wait, they took Drizzt from Salvatore? I haven't read any Forgotten Realm tie-ins in years (I believe Wizards stopped publishing all them various books generally?)
  21. eegads, i saw this as well today but as someone on reddit pointed out, this likely doesn't mean anything with regards to his work on DoS in general - he had an 'alpha' manuscript ready almost immediately after the last book, which he sent out to his beta (alpha?) readers - and the reddit commenter notes that it's likely within that alpha manuscript were at least a few bits he was satisfied with keeping. that is to say, anything he releases could easily be among the few 'finished' parts he had ready a decade ago also why is the forum blue now?
  22. I just finished the book as well. It was aight. The foreshadowing was a little too strong if anything? I giggled when early in the book, a chapter ends with Leo putting his hand into his coat Napoleon-style. Glokta being the Weaver also became apparent early on (I know the theory was bandied about before in previous discussions) when Inspector whatshisface seemed a bit overly intent on shutting down and destroying the banks rather than dealing with the whole workers' revolution thing. How did Hildi end up at the Library?
  23. Pretty good movie up to the point where it just stops. It has definitely brought attention to the series and I feel bad for all the kids that are going to read the KJA/Brian Herbert books.
  24. shame, i never find these when they're going on
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