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  1. Just read both and 'Shorefall' was a fun read but a step down from 'Foundryside' for me. The Clef characeter didn't work for me. The author explained it a little bit why the character used the term 'kid' so much but it took me out of the story a bit. It felt too specifically modern-ish American vernacular. Like if Bronn kept calling everybody 'bro'. Overall though, I'm looking forward to the third book to wrap it up.
  2. Does the German ownership structure reduce the amount of fuckery or not really because those public ownership elements don't actually have any power (see Packers, Green Bay)?
  3. What? You floated that the only characters worse than him were maybe Ambrose and Bast. My post is in response to that specific hot take, not to specifically defending him as some excellent dude. Personally, I rank many people as worse (see above.) He seems to be average morally/ethically, neither good as Fela, Wilem, etc... nor as bad as various thugs, footpads, murderers, etc... More in the Devi range.
  4. You've already tidily dismissed worse characters as not counting as being 'villain of the day' but of the top of my head The Chandrian Ctaeh (sp?) Hemme Brandeur (minor but completely complicit in Hemme's actions) Meulan Carcaret [trolling] Denna Bredon [if theories of his identity bear out] He's far from purely good but it's weird how stuff like helping Tarpis feed homeless kids, defeating the bandits in the woods, saving the girls from the fake Ruh, etc... are all just dismissed as nothing but you're drilling down on if he cheated a book seller to divine his true villainous nature.
  5. Are you kidding me with this? I INVENTED using the thumb on the space bar instead of using the index finger like everyone else did. My lawyers will be in touch.
  6. Assumes facts not in evidence, your honor.
  7. Just read 'Foundryside' and enjoyed it a lot. A ripping yarn.
  8. On further reflection, Beorn had already set the table for random magical beings within Middle Earth, long before Tom showed up in print. I guess my nitpicking here is actually with the Silmarillion, for explaining stuff ranging from Ents to wizards but not everything under the Middle Earth sun.
  9. I whole heartedly agree that fans these days are overly obsessed with explanation. Star Wars is pretty toxic in this area for example. With Tolkien, it stood out to me simply because he does such a thorough job explaining so much of Middle Earth, not just history (in terms of events) but also the origin, evolution and changes over time of various creatures, peoples and entities. In the context of most of the rest of the work, Tom and to a lesser extent (again both minor quibbles for me) the wights stand out as slightly out of the larger story. As noted above, it is a bit like Star Wars where there is a ton stuff in aNH which becomes nonsense once Lucas made the next five movies.
  10. Side note: was Ulysses was the original Gary Stu?
  11. ' Or as Rothfuss would have it Kvothe HAS a... oh never mind.
  12. Right but the Paths of the Dead folks were clearly explained as were the Nazgul. I always read the Dead Marshes as being haunted and generally terrible but not really with active spectral antagonists. The challenge of establishing a very top down world of magic/gods like in LotR is that (again my opinion), it makes more random magical events/creatures seem like minor plot holes. I.e. you've explained where the balrog came from, so why not the wights? I guess it's just [hand waving] Witch King of Angmar stuff. The Paths of the Dead are interesting in that they are the result of a human curse but then I read this very, very thorough explanation which read true to me- https://www.quora.com/How-could-Isildur-a-human-cast-a-magical-curse-on-the-Dunharrow Basically it was the oath breaking that was the problem, not some special power of Isildur. The escape from the Shire stuff that takes place immediately before the chapters in question are far more effective for me in establishing the real peril that awaits the hobbits.
  13. He may have played there but Berhalter will only play a Euro based player as a last resort or if they are truly top level talent like CP. He's atrocious and got the job through typical MLS / US Soccer self-dealing, not on merit. No tactics, no eye for talent, zero interest in trying to get Latino talent on the team - he's Don Garber's bitch and any success the team has will be in spite of, not due to him. Reyna and Pulisic if healthy could probably get the US to the World Cup (with what 96 teams now?) with my mom coaching them.
  14. That really sucks about Pulisic. I guess Chelsea wasn't coming back against Bayern anyways but it would have been fun to see him out there. Maybe the silver lining is he's be slow to come back and stay off the USMNT and Berhalter will get fired after a few losses. Barron Trump probably would have been a better choice than MLS Greg, at least he knows about European football.
  15. I was being snarky but I guess my quibble with Tom is just that I feel like he's very under-explained and ultimately is just a deus ex machine to get the hobbits out of the barrow. I'm sure it wasn't, but it feels to me like originally Tolkien wrote the hobbits into the barrow, couldn't figure out how to get the out without bringing in Strider too quickly and then came up with Bombadil. The wight is also a bit odd in that a lot to the bad stuff the characters run into (orcs, trolls, balrog, Shelob, etc...) are explained within the 'ecosystem' of Middle Earth and the barrow wight seems like something from another world/story. Are there a lot of other undead/spectral creatures like this I'm not remembering in Middle Earth? Other than getting the dagger into Merry's hands for later on, it's all a bit out of place for me, both Tom and the barrow scenes.
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