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  1. Fans of Sansom might like to try the Seeker series by S.G Maclean. The protagonist works for Oliver Cromwell's spymaster and the stories have elements of murder mystery and espionage. I've really been enjoying them. As an aside, I hate this genre trend for using the initials of the author's name instead of the first name. Not sure what the point of it is and I always struggle to remember the exact initials (that could be just me, of course).
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    Aussie Thread: Democracy Sausage

    And be just as fucking depressing as the Howard years were, at least for me. This day has really been a shit sandwich - started off looking at shit in my 91 year old auntie's blocked toilet and ended the day looking at shit on the ABC. Really should have had another glass of wine at dinner.
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    Aussie Thread: Democracy Sausage

    Yeah, no party will risk actually putting up a platform of reform or releasing actual policies before an election. Scare campaigns, an almost total absence of policies or vision, a Daggy Dad leader who spouts bullshit and a cabinet in witness protection won the day. So many issues won't be tackled and climate change policy will again be put on the never never. In retrospect, probably a good thing poor Bob went out when he did. However, for once, the Coalition will have to deal with an economic downturn instead of hand-passing the issue to Labor.
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    Aussie Thread: Democracy Sausage

    Going to a birthday dinner with a table full of liberal voters. Wish me (and Bill) luck!
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    GRRM vs #metoo

    I think you expressed yourself well. It's perfectly possible to enjoy a book series while having some criticisms of aspects of the writing, although that may be a nuanced view lost on some posters. I don't think Martin is racist or sexist. However, readers of colour have pointed out that some of his depictions of non-white characters have fallen back on racial cliches and stereotypes, and characters in Essos have been poorly fleshed out in Dany's point of view. Dorne is an important part of the world the author has created, where characters are described as not being white and subject to in-universe racist assumptions, but it did take a long time for those characters to appear in the books and gain a POV of their own. As a woman who grew up in the 60's and 70's, I actually like how Martin depicts a variety of women grappling, each in their own way, with the limitations, unfairness and abuses of life in a patriarchal society. Depiction isn't endorsement but that doesn't mean that women readers haven't also made some reasonable criticisms. A small example would be the lack of female friendships when compared with a positive avalanche of bromances. Martin himself acknowledged this as a fair criticism and seems to have made an effort to include a lot more female interactions in later books.
  6. I think that is one of my issues with the way that the Dany/Jon story is panning out, especially if Jon kills mad queen Dany as spoilers suggest. It seems a bit as if Dany and Jon on the show stole the plot that the books are setting up for Cersei and Jaime
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    GoT and Feminism: What Happens Now?

    To be fair to Dany, she broke that ongoing, brutal system of enslavement, mutilation and murderous training when she took Astapor, which is why I often struggle to find much sympathy for the plight of the Good Masters of the city.
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    GoT and Feminism: What Happens Now?

    JonCon is probably lucky that he wasn't included - although I think the lack of the Aegon plot line has probably contributed to some of the problems in this last season particularly. As a feminist, I don't want perfect female characters. Complex, interesting and varied would be my preference. I love book Cersei in all her narcissistic. rage-filled, villainy. That said, I am a little disappointed that the only two women who become queens in their own right both end up as crazy villains. I have no issues with a darker turn to Dany's story but I guess I did hope that she would have some redemption against the White Walkers, rather than being killed by her boyfriend (if spoilers are correct). Dany is also one of the three main protagonists, with Tyrion and Jon. The show added some harsher scenes to Dany's story that aren't in the book, like locking people in a vault to starve and burning nobles before forcing Hizdar to agree to marriage. Meanwhile, Tyrion and Jon have had a lot of darkness and complexity in their characters taken away. I wasn't a fan of the way the latest episode suggested that Dany was 'too strong' for Jon and someone who needed to be reigned in by her much more reasonable male advisors. Book Tyrion has his own dark and vengeful side, while I'm not sure that book Jon will come back from the dead just a bit more gloomy and even more heroic. I do agree that a lot the male characters have been poorly served as well (see above) and the showrunners seem to have the sensitivities of two blocks of wood when it comes to things like PTSD.
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    My Podcast: Celtic Myths & Legends

    No worries, real life has to come first. Still, I'm glad to know that you weren't kidnapped by the Fae for revealing all their secrets! Despite having used the expression 'wailing like a banshee' quite a lot, I was surprised at how little I knew about what a Banshee actually was. Loved 'hag of the mist' (being an old hag myself) and the reference to Siouxie and the Banshees (being a 70's/80's girl).
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    This is all Jon’s fault

    Apparently, show Jon is so dumb he's forgotten how to do the Lord's Kiss.
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    [Spoilers] Episode 805 Discussion

    Somewhat hypocritically too, considering that 'go to the wall or die' was the choice he gave his own son.
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    [Spoilers] Episode 805 Discussion

    Bitches be crazy apparently.
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    Season 8: News, Spoilers And Leaks

    I guess that's one reason why, as book reader, I feel that Dany has been somewhat screwed over by the show. She didn't force Hizdar into marriage in the books, if anything he manipulated her into agreeing to marry him.
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    Season 8: News, Spoilers And Leaks

    It's a bit nonsensical to be rival Targaryen claimants who can't do incest! As an aside, when the whole cousins marriage issue came up in a previous thread, I checked the situation in Australia. Not only is cousin marriage legal and not considered incest but avuncular marriages are perfectly legal as well (although I can't imagine them being very common). Obviously, Jon and Dany should just move to Southeros.
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    Season 8: News, Spoilers And Leaks

    They probably should have turned on her when she blew up the Sept of Baelor, the entire religious establishment, Queen Margaery and half the nobility. She'll blow the city before she lets anyone surrender.