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  1. Haha, Sam Goody. They nailed that mall ad.
  2. Astromech

    More Things Star Wars

    He probably saw the prequels.
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: The Prequel

    I'm enjoying it so far. It scratches that Longmire itch. However some of the writing leaves me shaking my head. I was surprised they showed so much of Kelly Reilly as well.
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    July '18 Reading - What We Read in the Shadows

    No problem. I hope you like it.
  5. Astromech

    What’s your all time favorite book series?

    The Long Price Quartet, with each successive novel improving upon the last for a fantastic and unique series. The Malazan Book of the Fallen(haven't continued with much of the later novels following the main series) for truly epic fantasy. The First Law series. I prefer the stand-alones to the trilogy overall. Joe Abercrombie has such great characters.
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    More Things Star Wars

    Hahaha, now I'll never be able to watch his death to the Sarlacc without hearing him say those words. Like Wesley when he was rolling drown the hill.
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    July '18 Reading - What We Read in the Shadows

    I enjoyed it. I didn't find Miles was trying to invent his own version of Carthage but rather seemed to attempt to correct the biased historical record from Roman and Greek sources. (Polybius seems to be rather fair in his treatment of the Carthaginians and the Punic Wars according to Miles.) It's difficult when relying on those sources that were clearly biased, much of it being propaganda essentially. He doesn't take a Howard Zinn 180, thankfully. However, with the historical record being so tainted by the various sources (other than archaeological evidence), Miles may have been making assumptions or educated guesses about certain aspects of Carthaginian culture and society, possibly filling in the blanks. He definitely diverges from the historical sources and attempts to paint Carthage and Carthaginians in a more favorable light, at times seeming to champion them, but it never seemed heavy-handed. I've read much worse history books I've been looking for the archaeologist Serge Lancel's works on Carthage(which Miles cites to quite often), but even in their original French they are hard to find. At least where I'm located. I may have to just order them online. Next up, back to WW1 with Byron Farwell's The Great War in Africa: 1914-1918. Excited to read about that badass Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck.
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    July '18 Reading - What We Read in the Shadows

    Carthage Must be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization by Richard Miles. Heavy emphasis on the Punic Wars, of course, but I also really enjoyed the parts of the book dealing with Carthaginian/Punic origins and culture.
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    Any shows like the Sicario films?

    Not Mexico, but a little internet search returned the Colombian film and tv series The Cartel of Snitches (El Cartel de Los Sapos) based on the novel of Andres Lopez Lopez. I'll have to look for the film or series.
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    More Things Star Wars

    That's what Boba Fett wants you to believe. He actually f'd up got lost and floated away with the rest of the junk. Luckily Han and Chewie were able to point him in the right direction. Dude wore light grey coveralls, a unique welding helmet and the Ford Pinto equivalent of a jet pack. Too busy building myself up in my mind.
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    More Things Star Wars

    I never understood the popularity of Boba Fett. Sure, he had a cool ship, his daddy gave him a cool ship, but other than Slave 1, I just never got it. Now, Bossk, that was a real bounty hunter.
  12. Astromech

    Any shows like the Sicario films?

    Possibly Queen of the South?
  13. The description reads like a blurb from a James Ellroy novel. If that wasn't enough to sell me, that trailer sure was.
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: The Prequel

    I never finished the final two episodes of The Terror. I was never really engaged in the characters or story, but just continued watching the weekly episodes until my interest was completely lost. The Tunnel: Vengeance premiered on PBS this past Sunday, but I'll have to slip in a viewing when I find time. Yellowstone is only 2 episodes in, but I'm enjoying it so far. Season 2 of Snowfall premieres July 19th. I found tow of the three central arcs interesting, but the CIA one lost me. Hopefully it's better this season.
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    All things Star Wars

    Haha, yes! Creepio is hilarious!