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  1. Astromech

    Fourth Quarter 2019 Reading

    It is brutal in parts, but very well written and engaging. I loved Oldenbourg's depiction of the massacre of the inquisitors. The mob all jockeying to get in their hits on the bodies.
  2. Astromech

    Fourth Quarter 2019 Reading

    Another audiobook. This time Nathaniel Philbrick's Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution. I've enjoyed all of the author's books I've read or listened to. This one was just as interesting. I appreciated discovering more about Joseph Warren and the city of Boston during the British siege. I tend to listen to/read a lot about colonial/revolutionary era America with books and podcasts. I decided to change it up a little bit and discover the wonderful world of international art theft with Robert K. Wittman's Priceless: How I went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures. Almost done with Zoe Oldenbourg's Massacre at Montsegur. Excellent history of the Cathars and the Albigensian Crusade.
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    Audiobook recommendations and issues

    I'm tempted to listen to one of Neil Gaiman's audiobook versions he voices. John Waters voices his audiobooks too. (Road Trip is hilarious.) Probably better than the print version. I've head excerpts of Ralph Lister's voicing of The Malazan Book of the Fallen and enjoyed those excerpts. He voiced the earlier books with Michael Page voicing the later novels. I haven't heard Page's voicing so can't compare the two.
  4. Astromech

    Watch, Watched, Watching: Those aren't pillows!

    I watched the first three episodes of HBO's Mrs. Fletcher with Kathryn Hahn in the titular role. Empty nester rediscovering life after her son goes off to school. It has its moments.
  5. Now I have Iris DeMent's Let the Mystery Be playing in my head.
  6. Haha, the schematics of the Electromagnetic Lithium Powered Excalibur from the Peteypedia.
  7. Astromech

    Watch, Watched, Watching: Hunting Minds

    Ray Shoesmith is a fascinating character. The latest episode of Mr Inbetween was one of my favorites so far. Scott Ryan was acting at 110% this last episode.
  8. Astromech

    Star Wars: The Circle is Almost Complete

    There are plenty of leisure activities:
  9. Astromech

    Watch, Watched, Watching: Hunting Minds

    S2 of The End of the F**ing World. Three episodes in. Loved the first season and s2 hasn't broken s1's stride.
  10. I couldn't believe how terrible the security was at that funeral.
  11. Astromech

    Watch, Watched, Watching: Hunting Minds

    This series is excellent.
  12. Astromech

    Fourth Quarter 2019 Reading

    Walter Isaacson's Leonardo Da Vinci. I'll admit to tuning out at times when it got heavy into art, but the combination of art and science was quite interesting. Overall it was a very interesting and informative biography of Da Vinci and his times.
  13. But if magic is waning that means all of the magi would be weaker. Whoever embraces technological advances would be in a better position. Bayaz realizes that. These advances are simply a means to ends for Bayaz : power.
  14. Isn't magic also waning? Riding the industrial revolution and technological advances is a good way for Bayaz to retain power.
  15. Astromech

    The Deuce

    I loved that final sequence of the finale. Very bittersweet. Damn, that sad look on Lori's face. The only one who didn't seem happy. Well, other than CC. But still no Larry Brown? I can't remember whether it was Pelecanos or Simon who stated Vincent was someone haunted by his past. Paraphrasing the statement of course. Pelecanos's line about attrition in this life was also very on point. This season was quite depressing, but I never thought our characters would have happy endings.