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  1. lady narcissa

    Worldcon San Jose, California: August 16-20, 2018

    Yay! I shall venture down to my storage locker and drag out the box of BWB party lights and blue tape!
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    Young Adult Books: Discuss!

    I haven't read either of those series, Kair, although I think I picked up the Winner's Curse when it was a cheap kindle deal. A Court of Frost and Starlight showed up yesterday. Although promoted as a novelette, its pretty much the length of an average full length novel. Of course I see lots of reviews complaining about the length and how they feel cheated! I guess that is what happens when you normally write epic length novels. In any case, I'm not expecting anything earth shattering since its also promoted as filler but hopefully it will be a pleasant diversion.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    Yay! I'm glad you ended up enjoying the series! (Did the Unseelie Princes remind you of anything in the Throne of Glass series???)
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    Upcoming TV Series of 2018 - Your most anticipated shows

    I'm very happy that the second season of Imposters is premiering this week. Does anyone else watch this show? In the US it airs on Bravo and it was one of my favorite shows last year. A black comedy with con artists. The main actress, Inbar Lavi, really does a phenomenal job with all the different looks she has to take on as she goes from one con job to the next. And the added bonus of some guest appearances by Uma Thurman as a fixer.
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    (Spoilers) FX The Americans v.3

    I was thinking about the ending I'd like to see and I think its Elizabeth sacrificing herself to save Paige from something which lands her in federal prison for the rest of her life with Phillip and Paige being sent back to Russia...with Phillip being tortured by continually running into Martha at the grocery store. And then Stan would become Henry's guardian and Henry ultimately ends up working for the CIA as an analyst down the road. I suspect none of this will happen, however. But its fun to speculate. This season has really driven home that Paige is basically my contemporary and we grew up in the same world and time. It's been an interesting way to revisit that world and the Soviet Union and to see it again from this side of history. In 2018, Paige would be a middle aged woman and Elizabeth and Henry would be senior citizens.
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    BIRDS (and how to look at them)

    Apologies for interrupting this thread. @Lily Valley can you please PM me? I tried to PM you but it said you can't receive messages. /ends thread interruption To make this on topic...there is an adorable red cardinal that lives on my street which blows my mind because I live in the middle of a large city and it just seems so out of place. But I think one of the apartment buildings has a garden of sorts behind it and it must primarily live there and come out to the street front every so often. It makes me so happy when I see it once or twice a year.
  7. Really really enjoyed this series. It took me a few episodes to warm up to it and keep up with it but I was compelled enough to keep watching. I liked how while it involved a serial killer and mutilated bodies it was never so grotesque or gory on screen and they knew that the buildup to such moments was where the true terror lay. I really hope they make another season or two out of this ensemble cast. I especially enjoyed Sara Howard and John Moore.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    Ha ha ha! I would have had to seriously reexamine our book twinness if you didn't find Jericho somewhat intriguing. I did like Mac as well, however. Well I had not read anything remotely Urban Fantasy in quite some time but this past month I read three. Anne Bishop's new Others novel came out at the beginning of the month - Lake Silence. It takes place in the same world as the previous 5 books but moves away to a different location and different characters. I still love the world Bishop has created in this series but I really didn't like the main character in this one. So I would say if you enjoy the world, its worth reading for the expansion of that. But otherwise, no. I also read two by Jennifer Harlow - What's A Witch To Do and Werewolf Sings The Blues. These were enjoyable. The first was a witch and a werewolf in a small town. The second was a road trip and a woman and a werewolf and then a pack. Both were a bit more relationship heavy than world building. So perhaps more like Patricia Briggs Alpha/Omega series. And both were set within the same world as her FREAKs series so there are slight references to that.
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    Young Adult Books: Discuss!

    Oh let me know what you think of that one! I saw even Kobe Bryant was tweeting about it so you know its selling well. I did finally get around to reading Bardugo's The Language of Thorns. I purchased the physical book so I was able to really enjoy the illustrations and the way they evolve as the stories progress. And I thought the stories were really stellar as well. I am usually not a short story fan as most of them just fell like the part of a greater story but these were all incredibly satisfying in their short span. I also read a YA trilogy that I picked up when I was in Finland last summer. Its by a Finnish author, Salla Simukka, and 2 of the 3 stories take place in Finland - the 3rd in Prague. I loved the different from the usual YA setting locations but was only somewhat lukewarm about the stories themselves. And I also read an absolutely horrible YA that I probably can't even mention by name because I don't want to draw any attention to it - it was that bad. But it was too bad as it sounded wonderful on paper and included just about everything that I would normally love in a novel. But it was soo sooo very incredibly awfully bad.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    Be somewhat glad you didn't read them when they first came out...waiting between cliffhangers was sheer torture. Especially the extended delayed wait for Shadowfever. I did find the 5 book original series arc to be incredibly satisfying. Much time was spent speculating over how the series would end (along with endless discussions) and pretty much no one guessed correctly. Which was refreshing. Plus I can't remember a series where pretty much every question was answered satisfactorily. The series has been somewhat ruined for me, however, with the series being continued. It really should have ended with Shadowfever. I read the next one - Iced - and hated it so much, I've given the series up. But I do think Darkfever - Shadowfever are worth reading. The series really opened up Fantasy (and Urban Fantasy) novels to a lot of Romance readers. And I think influenced a lot of YA authors too such as Maas who is a huge fan of the series. (Kair, I think you might recognize a few things Maas borrowed upon if you read the rest of the Fever series.)
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    Young Adult Books: Discuss!

    Yay! I'm glad you enjoyed The Cruel Prince! I'm curious to see where she goes with the story. I've seen conflicting reviews of The Hazel Wood so I am on the fence about it. I think I will wait and see what you think of it!
  12. lady narcissa

    Makeup VI : SPFantastic

    Kair, I use the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer but it only has SPF 20. I can sympathize, I just had a suspicious tiny freckle looking thing removed from my knee last week which turned out to be the most minor of its type but still needed to be removed as it was borderline. I can guarantee my knee hasn't seen the sun in over 20 years so sometimes you just get these things. On average I need about 1 removed every other year. I'm generally not one for lists in women's magazines but this list which came out earlier this month actually looks somewhat decent. Some of the products already mentioned in this thread are listed here: https://www.allure.com/gallery/best-moisturizers-with-spf
  13. Well I've pretty much been without the internet for the past week at home (due to a neighborhood outage) and while I'm not cut off entirely due to my phone I do hate to look at the internet on my phone so I might as well not have it. As a result, I have been reminded how productive I used to be at home in decades past. I have gotten so much done in the past week - from financial paperwork, to getting stuff for charity donating sorted, to hanging 12 pictures I've been meaning to hang for the past 6 months....I really need to figure out how to keep this momentum going and not slip back into old lazy ways once my service has been restored.
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    The Magicians - SyFy [SHOW SPOILERS ONLY]

    It's all new for this season at SyFy: https://www.buzzfeed.com/kateaurthur/saying-fuck-on-tv?utm_term=.hkj4B3ZJK#.pm8MoEP2L
  15. Oh my gosh I am so excited for Virgil Williams on his nomination! (I went to grade school and high school with him - I am totally biased on this!) Random movie trivia - he was one of the orphans in The Blues Brothers back when he was a little boy. I love when people follow their dreams like this and succeed.