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  1. lady narcissa

    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    Well I have not read it yet but I just received my copy of the newest Rivers of London novel, Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch. I like the get the British hardcover edition so had to wait for it to cross the ocean to get here. Very much looking forward to reading it soon! I was looking at the cover and thinking how much I have enjoyed the covers for this series what with loving maps and maps of London at that. I looked up the person who is credited with the cover illustration - Stephen Walter - and learned he isn't drawing these images for these covers. He is an artist whose pictures are being edited and cropped for the covers. https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/may/10/stephen-walter-artist-map-maker-london-interview I generally enjoy examining the details in the cover as much as I do reading the story so a shout out to the artist so others can know about him as well (if you didn't already).
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    JK Rowling announces Five 'Fantastic Beasts' films

    So I am rereading the FB screenplay and reading the FB:TCOG screenplay and no big revelations but regarding people's names that might have been missed....
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    JK Rowling announces Five 'Fantastic Beasts' films

    I was really disappointed that they kept him in the movie. I'm not a huge Colin Farrell fan but he would have been an easy switch. That said, during the movie itself, I sort of forgot it was Depp and wasn't annoyed by him either. But once I left the theater, I was back to being disappointed.
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    JK Rowling announces Five 'Fantastic Beasts' films

    I am wondering with 3 movies remaining where we will have a time jump. The last one has to take place in 1945 with the Grindelwald/Dumbledore battle. With the first two movies we've only covered 1926 and 1927. At some point they are going to have to start jumping in order to get to that point. JK has already hinted on twitter the next movie will take us to Rio de Janeiro. so I wonder what will take Newt there and how that will tie into the goings on in Europe.
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    JK Rowling announces Five 'Fantastic Beasts' films

    Oh and yes, @HelenaExMachina, Zoe was Leta. There is an adorable picture of her and Helena Bonham Carter at the red carpet for this movie on her Instagram account which she titled something like "Being Lestrange Together".
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    JK Rowling announces Five 'Fantastic Beasts' films

    Regarding the Lestrange family and how possibly HP era Lestranges are related to FB related Lestranges...the Minalima website is carrying their Lestrange family tree image that was done for the FB movie. They are the people that do all the graphics for the Wizarding World movies. I think its the image that puts forth the graphics Leta uses when she talks about her family tree in the movie. As a result the Lexicons online are all being updated with this information and it looks like there are different branches of the family with the HP era brothers possibly being descended from the Cyrille Lestrange branch of the family.
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    JK Rowling announces Five 'Fantastic Beasts' films

    Oh and why is everyone, including Grindelwald, wearing Muggle clothing?!?! All the British and French wizards in their Ministry offices wearing Muggle suits just seemed wrong. Dumbledore and McGonagall at Hogwarts too.
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    JK Rowling announces Five 'Fantastic Beasts' films

    Oh yay I am glad there is discussion on the new movie! I've just come from seeing it. Overall I enjoyed it but I have to say its only because I come to this movie with such Harry Potter baggage and love. I am willing to give this movie a lot of added benefit and bonus points I wouldn't give to any other movie. Things that would drive me batty in another non-JK Rowling related movie for some reason I am just willing and able to overlook and suspend disbelief for with this franchise. I guess it gives me enough of what I am looking for. That being said I do think this movie brings with it some batshit crazy retcon stuff that comes a bit too close to the Cursed Child batshit crazy territory. Cursed Child went a bit too far for me. This one comes close but we aren't given enough info to know if its really going to cross that line or not. I guess I have to dive into spoiler territory now... I could say more but I think that's enough for the moment. See at the end of the day, what makes this movie work for me is I've come home and its all I can think about and I'm already speculating about what we haven't yet been told, filling in blanks, looking on Instagram and tumblr for other people's thoughts and pictures on the movie, and wondering what is going to happen in the next three movies. But so not looking forward waiting two years for the next one!
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    US politics: Georgia on my mind

    State and local bar associations are generally the ones that have this information for the public. But it varies from state to state whether it might be a state bar association that is the best source or a city or county one. I'm not familiar with those in Florida but it does appear that the Florida Bar has some information available to you. Go to their website and you will see under their latest updates a link for "Vote's In Your Court" which should hopefully give you some of the information you are looking for. www.floridabar.org
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    Young Adult Books: Discuss!

    Same! I have to finish reading a few other books before I can start this one. This was never my favorite series so I don't feel that OMG sense of urgency with this one. And I keep wondering if I need to reread the last book or two in order to refresh my mind before I begin this one as I'm not sure I remember everything. I have not read a YA book since I last posted above. Its been a dry dry YA year for me.
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    Haircuts

    I've been going to the same hair stylist since 1991. A woman in my class always had a fabulously cut bob so I asked her who she went to and that was that. Its really nice to be able to sit down in the chair and not have to give instructions or wonder what my hair will look like at the end. I vary between going regularly every 8 weeks to letting 6 months pass without a haircut. I've pretty much had a straight bob most of my adult life, I let him live it up once and give me layers but that was the end of my experimenting. He doesn't harass me and try to convince me to do something different and he never even brings up changing my hair color or adding highlights because he knows I will say no. He every now and then tries to torment me by pretending he has found a swath of grey hairs, ha! Someday it will be true and we will deal with it. I honestly don't know what I will do when he someday retires. I hope that is a long time from now.
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    YA Hugo Nominations, 2019 Dublin

    Awesome. I sadly think I will have an easier time coming up with 6 YA artists this year to nominate than novels. Just to see what is out there and what is getting the media buzz on YA science fiction / fantasy to read this year, I'm going to start hunting down some of these lists and listing the books they are listing here. Take these lists with a lot of salt! But it might give us some titles to discuss and if anyone has read any of them, please let us know what you think of them. To start, Seventeen Magazine's 21 Best YA Novels of 2018 (so far) includes the following science fiction / fantasy novels: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black Everless by Sarah Holland The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton Dread Nation by Justina Ireland List can be found here: https://www.seventeen.com/life/g15072627/best-ya-books-2018/
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    I have read no new Urban Fantasy or Paranormal Romance this year. Nothing has been calling out to me. But I was so tired of reading other books that were just not sucking me in that I found myself rereading the entire Sookie Stackhouse series. Its been super enjoyable. And its been nice to have had this non stop period of reading where I've been enjoying myself with some light fun reading. I don't know what I'm going to do when I finish the series in the next day or so. Also, if I might pimp a friends book...for those of you that enjoy fantasy romance, Grace Draven is coming out next month with the first book in a series called Phoenix Unbound. She has done pretty well self-publishing her own novels for the past few years but this is being published by Penguin and her editor is Anne Sowards who edits Ilona Andrews, Jim Butcher, Anne Bishop, etc. So that is pretty exciting for her. And she is an excellent writer. So some of you might enjoy it. Plus on Kindle pre-order right now its only $4.99.
  14. Saw "Crazy Rich Asians" this weekend and it was enjoyable. The book has a lot of cultural details in it from food to architecture to fashion and I enjoyed seeing these brought to life on the big screen. Normally with a rom-com like this I wouldn't feel the need to see it on the big screen but there are so many rich details in every scene that this is the rare exception. Boy did the food look delicious! The book makes use of social media in the story for the spread of gossip around the globe and I liked how the movie visually represented that. All in all an enjoyable fun movie. I've also been binging the most recent season of "Younger". Strangely I don't get the TVland channel but I can watch the show on demand for free. This season has been thoroughly enjoyable. I love that they brought their version of GRRM - Edward L.L. Moore author of the best selling fantasy series The Crown of Kings - back for another episode. Even if they are nothing alike except for being fantasy authors with double middle initials!
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    Hugo Nominations and Awards - Onwards to 2019

    I'd just like to request that if recommendations are made that the author as well as the title be named. Also, if its a short story or something not sold under its title name that you name the publication its included in. Some people have done this but sometimes its just titles being named and while a person might be eventually able to track down what has been listed, it certainly helps the recommended work if more information is provided. While maybe the majority of people reading this thread might be familiar with the titles, not everyone is.
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