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  1. lady narcissa

    Question about divorce law in USA- advise?

    In the United States, divorce is governed by state law. Although there are many similarities among state laws regarding divorce, California is a community property state (unlike most other states) and there are many issues that are specific to that when it comes to divorce in California. As such your friend should consult with an attorney licensed in the state of California who specializes in divorce. Although there might be circumstances where it might be possible to go through a divorce without consulting with an attorney it certainly does not sound advisable in your friend's circumstance. The California courts website has some decent basic information on their website regarding divorce in California that would be a good starting point. http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-divorce.htm
  2. lady narcissa

    Young Adult Books: Discuss!

    I've finished The Winter of the Witch. A solid ending to the trilogy. Liked the mix of the fantasy with the history and the religions. I'll be interested in seeing what Arden comes up with next. And now onto Six of Crows...I read the last chapter first, was delighted, and am now back at the beginning which had a most excellent opening chapter and then slowed down drastically.
  3. lady narcissa

    Young Adult Books: Discuss!

    Yeah, I reread TCP before TWK but I almost think I regret that now. I think what I disliked the most about TWK was it wasn't TCP and I think it suffered for me reading them back to back like that. When I first read TCP it felt like a really unique telling of faerie. It was a story I hadn't read before. Whereas TWK felt like a story I had read all too many times before. In a lot of ways it reminded me of the faerie in Seanan McGuire's October Daye series. It's not a bad book. But it wasn't what TCP was. I am currently reading The Winter of the Witch. I felt like I should reread The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower first. But I could not muster the energy to reread them. So I just dived right in and its going okay. Arden does a pretty good job of refreshing our memory of what happened before without dragging it out and so I find everything that came before is coming back to me without needing to reread. I'm only halfway through and I've got to say, Arden is doing a pretty great job with this story.
  4. lady narcissa

    Young Adult Books: Discuss!

    I have to say I was not too excited about this.....I haven't read the Six of Crows duology. I was never a Nikolai fan. I can totally remember Leigh trying to sell me on him before Siege came out. She was telling me I'd like him so much more than the Darkling. But I wasn't sold. And so I really had limited interest in this book. I knew I'd probably read it some day but not run out to the store today sort of thing. But for some reason, this evening, after I saw your post and knew I was going to respond with my disinterest but then I had a...premonition. And I searched one word on Twitter and *sawspoilers*...……….……………...OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Needless to say my interest in this book has skyrocketed!!!! By a millionfold. *squee*
  5. lady narcissa

    Young Adult Books: Discuss!

    I noticed that Sean O'Pry tweeted his congratulations to Leigh. I'm sure he called his agent as soon as he heard the news. The whole thing hinges on the Darkling casting for me. I've got thoughts on The Wicked King. Just haven't been able to put them together.
  6. Okay I just booked the Spencer Hotel. There were still rooms available there. The Hilton Garden Inn is sold out.
  7. The website does a pretty good job laying the information about price and distance out along with a map. However, its exhausting to read through! Thanks to those of you who mentioned your hotels! Helps as I look through the list and at the map.
  8. lady narcissa

    Young Adult Books: Discuss!

    Did you read it? How did you like it? Sell me on it! I'm currently rereading Holly Black's The Cruel Prince in anticipation of The Wicked King coming out next week. In my mind this was one of my favorite reads of last year. However, I had a hard time rereading the first half of the book. Perhaps because I knew what was coming this time around and I didn't want to live through it again? So hard to reread and I keep thinking ACK NOOOOOOO but once I get past the halfway point, it has been smooth rereading from that point on. Apparently in the fall, Black released a super short story retelling of The Cruel Prince from Jude's twin's POV - The Lost Sisters. I will probably check that out. Katherine Arden's The Winter of the Witch comes out next week. I contemplated rereading the first two books in preparation but I think I remember enough about them that I'm going to wing it...assuming I purchase it next week. I had slight sticker shock when I saw how much they are selling the first two books for. I think I got both of the ebooks for $1.99 when they were on offer. But now they want $11.99 for each? And $13.99 for the new one? I guess I'm more used to the $9.99 price point for new release YA novels. I think its a mistake to charge more than that because its going to drive a lot of teens who can't afford that to pirated copies. I meant to post the other month to ask if anyone had caught the whole Tomi Adeyemi (brand new YA author of her first book Children of Blood and Bone) accusing Nora Roberts (i.e. one of the best selling and most prolific authors in the world) of plagiarism for the title of one of her most recent books? It was utterly ridiculous and insulting and showed such a complete lack of knowledge about publishing on her part, that the whole thing really put me off reading Children of Blood and Bone. I had actually purchased it but hadn't gotten around to reading it but I chucked it after this all went down. I won't be reading it now. Sometimes I can separate an author from their work but in this case I can't. Some simple googling on her part would have informed her about Robert's own experience being plagiarized (and subsequent lawsuit over it) and how she would never in a million years do such a thing. Never mind the fact she is such an incredibly prolific author that her stories are written way way in advance of publication and that story was written and with the publisher long before Children of Blood and Bone even came out. Plus of course, she should know titles can't be copyrighted and there are quite a few other books with those same words in the title that came out several years ago.
  9. With the con hotels opening for bookings in the next week, I was wondering if anyone who was planning on booking a con hotel had any thoughts/decisions on which one they are going for? They look rather spread out. Not the best scenario.
  10. 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).
  11. lady narcissa

    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....
  12. lady narcissa

    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.
  13. lady narcissa

    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.
  14. lady narcissa

    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.