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  1. Good to see Dudley Dursley getting work so far from 4 Privet Drive. Did the books have any slight intimations re: deviant priests like Lord Boreal suggested this episode? I really should restart and finish the original trilogy. Also, and roll your eyes all you wish *L* I'm very much looking forward to Hot Priest as Colonel John Parry.
  2. I finished the audiobook book version of The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. The cast was enjoyable in particular Dion Graham who read the Sweet Sorrows sections. If you did not enjoy The Night Circus I cannot imagine you even wanting to pick this up. I enjoyed TNC but this 18+ hour book reminded me of another Goldfinch - overly long with some beautiful passages but ultimately a shrug in book form. The parts I liked I really really liked and would welcome a compilation of the stories within this story. Time Falls in Love With Fate and The Innkeeper and The Moon were particularly lovely.
  3. He's a sexist bigot and an idiot with lots of $ which is a lethal combination. He also follows along with the sorts of people who divide the world into Alpha and Beta males and red and blue pills. His Twitter feed is a sinkhole of insecurity and meathead.
  4. I live in DC but work in Maryland allowing me access to both systems. Maryland pools together each county in their ebook and audiobook collections. Right now I'm hold 30 on 18 copies of Ronan Farrow's latest, with 25 people waiting per copy. If any of the copies is owned by a branch outside my county I have a lower priority/longer wait than I would for copies in my county. It can lead to six month wait times, which I have experienced. This is posted on my hold for This is How You Lose the Time War: The check out count is new to me. Maryland Overdrive also posted this: https://maryland.overdrive.com
  5. There's a lot I don't remember from the first book (the only one I've read) or the movie so I'm generally surprised at what is going to happen to each episode. I'm very much enjoying Ariyon Bakare as Lord Boreal.
  6. My first take is often my worst one. I finished and felt that it was ok. But I had questions. Today I have even more questions. Why were so many things added/ mentioned only to be dropped for swift storytelling? Also, too much required being told away from Jude's POV and because it's a one POV story we get plot holes. I fully expect a novella focusing on Taryn during Jude's exile until she appears at the apartment.
  7. That's exactly what we thought too while watching.
  8. If you want a cast reading and don't mind a contemporary fiction in the style of Behind the Music I absolutely recommend Daisy Jones and The Six. https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/577211/daisy-jones-and-the-six/
  9. Re: Queen of Nothing I went to bed last night wondering about the snake on the cover. I found out this morning! Finished it a little while ago. It was a satisfactory ending and had some high points but overall not as developed as it's predecessors. It seemed rushed in parts. But I certainly still liked it. I expect I'll re-read them all at some point.
  10. Insert excited Jonah Hill gif. I have the first library copy (only?) of Queen of Nothing!!!! Not a lot of books have excited me this year, but this is one of them.
  11. I finally finished reading Blanca and Roja. It was well-written and I liked the spin it took on the fairy tale. A solid good read. I blew through the Winternight trilogy (is this YA? not that it matters in the grand scheme of things) and in a word, it was wonderful. In think The Winter of the Witch was my favourite/the best of the three. Not that there was some gulf between it and the first two. I also finished the first in the new middle grade series by Victoria Schwab and I really enjoyed it. A definite own when I was in middle school.
  12. 'Absolute diaper load of a human being' is now one of my favorite things.
  13. Yes, you are correct. I was definitely wrong in that regard.
  14. So this morning, with less wine in my system, I did some further reading on this. https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/11/15/sarah-dessen-south-dakota-college-student-ya-novel-backlash-twitter/ Before we get into the responses from other authors, I have two thoughts: Sarah Dessen is a person with feelings and is protective of her work. Also, the Common Read is for incoming sophomores and the idea that someone joined a committee with that kind of agenda is also asshole ish. Particularly when it's not something they are even going to be involved with reading. Somehow being an undergrad English major makes them more fit than the rest of the committee in deciding? How presumptuous. It's one thing to be pro Read this book! and here are all the reasons why instead of being For the love of God anything but that! As is pointed out in the WaPo article, a lot of the piling on is out of defensiveness of YA and their readers who are a demographic continually ridiculed or considered less than because *sniff* literature. Anyways, I think the real discussion should be around social media platforms and outrage culture. I don't think YA authors have any greater numbers of assholes than any other genre of authors and I don't think authors have any greater numbers of assholes among their ranks than any other career. There are arguments to be made about being careful with one's platform but I also don't think Dessen's initial post was awful. On the other hand she is a popular author with a huge following so she should proceed with caution on this sort of thing given the tsunami of response that can occur. But who is providing Social Media 101 to anyone? Should authors and other high profile persons be required to have extensive PR social media training or can they sometimes just be real and vulnerable? Secondly, the level of girlfriends supporting girlfriends that you'd give over drinks (referring to a detractor as a bitch etc) shouldn't happen on Twitter. That is asshole ish but again not limited to lady YA authors. But also same point about social media PR training.
  15. Love it or hate it, one of the things I enjoy most about YA authorship, particularly women who write YA, is that they are a diverse group and highly supportive of each other, even if to a fault. Some of it is manufactured by publishing houses but a lot if not most of it is actual friends supporting friends.
  16. YA authors are no more asshole ish than non YA authors. There are missteps and poor takes but no worse than say your average homophobic SFF writer. Or a romance author that tries to copyright 'Cocky' I do find it interesting that YA fandom which is predominantly teenage girls plus women of all ages (me) seem to come under greater scrutiny than say the hotbed of SFF fandom (which is rife with adult white male bigots and assholes). Also Sarah Dessen writes contemporary YA. Also Myshkin, really?
  17. I assumed the Klan costume with sheriff's badge in Judd's closet belonged to the murdering Klan sheriff in the opening episode, during the massacre, indicating they were keeping it in the family.
  18. Fantastic! I'm still not sold on James McAvoy as Lord Asriel but perhaps I'll finally ease into it. (I thought Daniel Craig fit the bill .YMMV.)
  19. That last scene did nothing for me. I could have done without it. An otherwise good finale. YMMV.
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