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  1. Vaughn

    Rothfuss XV: Move along, nothing to see here

    'Love Spreads' (off of the Second Coming album) was their only big US hit.
  2. Vaughn

    Rothfuss XV: Move along, nothing to see here

    Roko's basilisk as I recall is a future AI of unmeasurable power, a presumption of close to unlimited power and perfect knowledge. The difference would only be that the Ctaeth operates from knowing malice whereas RB is only effectively malicious in that it will harm anyone who prevents it from coming into existence. Kind of the difference between burning an insect with a magnifying glass or just stepping on one by accident. Still the same end result if you're the bug. It is a weird concept in the book - seems like if something that totally evil existed, there would be copious warning systems to prevent people from crossing its path by accident. Like the Chernobyl site or something.
  3. Vaughn

    Rothfuss XV: Move along, nothing to see here

    I was exactly talking about the Stone Roses album (as something which sadly wasn't worth the wait, which was the whole point.) The evil tree thing in the second book is kind of like Roko's Basilisk, right? There. Back on topic.
  4. Vaughn

    Rothfuss XV: Move along, nothing to see here

    Sorry, Dream of Spring. The last GoT book. Honestly though, a book called 'Song of Summer' which told the events of GoT but only from Summer's perspective would be a hilarious way for GRRM to finish the series.
  5. Vaughn

    Rothfuss XV: Move along, nothing to see here

    We'll never know because he's an unreliable narrator!
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    Rothfuss XV: Move along, nothing to see here

    To finish my part of the thread derailing, I had a friend who read the final Novik book and didn't like it and some of the Amazon reviews kind of backed up their opinion. I wasn't that motivated to read it so didn't so this is all a bit absurd on my part to slag it unread on reflection. https://www.amazon.com/League-Dragons-Temeraire-Naomi-Novik/dp/0345522931 To bring it back to the topic, Rothfuss is a better writer than Novik but perhaps less accomplished in that he can't get shit completed. Temeraire was a good fun but I think the world building was a bit less interesting given how much was built on the framing established by O'Brian, Forester and Austen but with dragons. I'd like to read another Rothfuss novel as the stuff about him as person which seems irritating isn't to the level of Card, Asmiov or those Hugo creeps where the fact that they are shitty people negates any interest I have in their works. Second Coming > Winds of Winter > Chinese Democracy > Doors of Stone > Song of Summer* * absolutely never being published
  7. Vaughn

    Denis Villenueve to direct Dune

    Agreed but you know this is only the first half of the first book in this movie, right? If they don't get to make a second one, that would be tragic* given the talent involved. * assuming this isn't terrible, which based on 'Arrival' and 'BR2049' and the cast, I think it won't be.
  8. Vaughn

    Rothfuss XV: Move along, nothing to see here

    Right! And no-one liked it after the long wait. I never read the last Temeraire book but it was widely panned as feeling like she just knocked it off out of obligation after the passion and creative spark for the story and characters had died. That's what's going to happen with both of these books.
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    Denis Villenueve to direct Dune

    This is pretty much like LoTR though, isn't it? Huge, legendary book which is a cornerstone of its genre being adapted as a multi-movie series. If you want to make the second/third movies, you need to the first one to be a hit so marketing in advance to build the hype is critical. Unlike the MCU, where there were many existing characters which could be be rolled out over several movies to build up the franchise, this has to land from the start or you're looking at something like 'Bladerunner 2049' where the box office doesn't justify a sequel.
  10. Yeah, I guess it is ridiculous when you consider that it's just a disk of metal and not magical like Thor's hammer (RIP). I, for one, could never get a frisbee to bounce off two or three things and come back to me like a boomerang. WandaVision's problem is they are two of the more overpowered yet boring characters in the MCU. I do appreciate just what a weird idea for a show this is though. Other MCU trailer takeaway- glad to see David Harbour getting another beefy superhero gig. Can we get him into the DCU also? Like as Killer Croc or something?
  11. Vaughn

    Star Trek: Picard

    Chabon is developing Kavalier and Clay for TV (which should be great, but I wish it was Yiddish Policeman's Union) https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/michael-chabon-kavalier-and-clay-series-showtime-overall-deal-with-cbs-tv-studios-1203431199/
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    Star Trek: Picard

    Haven't started this yet but I see mention of the destruction of Romulus. I thought that was just a Kelvin timeline event? That's TNG universe canon also? I like Trek but has always been funny that the Vulcans and Romulans just happy self-identify with the species and planet names given to them by the humans based on human mythology.
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    Authors Behaving Like A**holes

    It's refreshing that this isn't another thread dumping on Rothfuss honestly. (Not that he doesn't bring it on himself)
  14. Vaughn

    Denis Villenueve to direct Dune

    Here's the thing about any involvement by Herbert and Anderson - what I really, really want is great actors, unbelievable sets and cinematography and design to tell this story. And this movie will have that. I'm pretty confident that DV has the talent to override any meddling because unlike the recent SW stuff, this is a completely told and intricately detailed story already. So there is no 'who are Rey's parents, who is Snoke, what's the tie into a movie from the 80s' BS to bog it down. All I'm saying is that this is going to be the greatest epic sci-fi movie of our lifetimes.
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    Denis Villenueve to direct Dune

    GTFOH with your reasonable expectations.
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