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  1. polishgenius

    Malazan: High House Shadow edition

    Interesting. Midnight Tides is my second favourite, and the one I always think feels most complete and together taken purely on its own.
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    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    Well, Jordan Larmour will have a year's worth more experience and tightening up his overall game, so there's that.
  3. Sadly, I don't read French. The first volume has been translated, and just came out, it's what I read. Second book's due early next year I believe.
  4. So I finished this and it's really great. Wonderful and savage combination of the whimsy and childlike charm of the magic of the world itself and some proper cut-throat court politics from the people in it. And the romance angle I was worried about has so far been played just fine. It might be my favourite book I've read this year, it's just fantastic. The fact that the heroine is a clumsy, messy-haired, short-sighted scruff who struggles to raise her voice to where people can hear her is an added bonus. Who said guys can't empathise with woman protagonists, I haven't empathised with a character this much since, well, ever really.
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    MMA & Boxing 20: D.C. Stands For "Double Champ"

    Definitely- we know the scorecards, KZ was winning. I mean, it's got to be the best finish ever. Taking individually, a crazy strike like that, a last-second win, and a comeback KO victory are all great things, but when have you ever seen them together in one go like that? It's bonkers.
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    US Politics: Dead Pimps Need Not Apply

    Yeah, I wouldn't go so far as to call it a scandal, it's just a bit weird that she felt the need to do it like that if Abrams did genuinely have one already on the go. Sure, the sign is visible and all that, but I imagine there'll be a fair portion of people who won't even consider why they might change it.
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    US Politics: Dead Pimps Need Not Apply

    Yeah, but they, especially the new ones, would immediately make themselves a less desirable candidate if they abandoned the voters that made them and ran for President in 2020. Longer term, sure. Yeah. Though Kamala Harris may have just given us an indicator that she's not gonna be a of wind of change for how the DNC runs itself if this is true, though I'm not saying that automatically makes her either a bad candidate or a bad person/politician or anything.
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    US Politics: Dead Pimps Need Not Apply

    I mean, to some for sure, but I don't really think that's necessarily a fair way to characterise the general demeanour of the Democratic party. I mean, their last two nominees were Hilary and Obama. And out of the new crop of politicians of these elections probably the one that's generated the most excitement is Ocasio-Cortez and she's only not being talked about for President because (1) she's too fresh, and (2) America's Overton Window is gonna need a good hard hard kicking to the left before she becomes a viable national candidate.
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    Football: Attempting to stay ahead (in your) City.

    To be fair, can't really argue with Mata, because he's not got the balls for this, nor with Sanchez, coz he's worse than Gabriel Obertan ever was. And Fred/Herrera is at most a zero sum game, and I prefer Herrera, whereas you couldn't play all three with Mata together. But the sum total is a very defensive lineup.
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    US Politics: Dead Pimps Need Not Apply

    Well, the first reason is surely that Beto has definitely lost and is therefore available. If Gillum wins or Abrams gets her win acknowledged then they can't very well immediately abandon their post to run for President. If once everything settles it's still all about Beto that'll be another thing.
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    Luther (BBC): it's back!

    "Part of it? Why would I be part if it?" Well, we know who took Alistair in that case then don't we
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    US Politics: Dead Pimps Need Not Apply

    Beto's nothing like Bernie. Even though he didn't win he's much more like Obama in the type of appeal he brings to the table.
  13. I read Claire North's 84K. Certainly a more normal novel than End of the Day, people will be relieved to hear (though EotD has grown on me in hindsight I have to say and I re-read it recently). That said, it has none of the wonder of her normal work - on purpose, since as the title rather hints, 1984 is a clear inspiration and it's an angry, mostly depressing book (though not specifically like 1984 beyond being a dystopia really). It's good, but fans of hers should probably be prepared for that going in. Now I've started the delightful A Winter's Promise, the first of the Mirror Visitor sequence, a French YA series by Christelle Dabos. There's room for this to go wrong, because a big part of the plot is an arranged-marriage-with-brooding-stranger scenario that could get uneasily Stockholm Syndrome if it's played wrong, but so far it's charming my boots off, proper old-school magical whimsy vibes.
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    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    England unlucky with the decision, but also even I could tell that the moment at the end where they tried to go wide instead of continuing to looking for space for the drop-goal with seconds left was naive. But if that happening now results in that not happening in Japan...