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  1. You want to do outreach? Reform policing. Let police and policing make some changes that merits outreach. It's not on the marginalized communities that have continually been abused by policing to welcome the same old same old into their spaces. 

    If you spend 364 days a year abusing a community why on earth would you expect to be welcome among them for a few hours on the 365th? Especially to go back to abusing the community once the festivities are over?

  2. I really enjoyed it, even if it felt crammed and rushed in spots. The casting was perfect and the costumes gorgeous (and I very much want a kefta now). During the last episode I cheered during two big books lines.

    I might have spent too much time wondering about Kaz and Co.


    getting back to Ketterdam but am ultimately pleased with how it all worked out.

    I do hope a certain privateer is well-cast for the (much expected) second season. 

    In closing, Ben Barnes.

    <dreamy sigh>

  3. 3 episodes in and it's not perfect but I'm enjoying it. The Crows are fantastic! Excellent casting all around there. Kaz especially has walked right off the page. On the Grisha side, the cast is also very good. Ben Barnes as the Darkling works so well. The Apparat is appropriately creepy though he looks nothing like his book description (which is fine really).

    My only real complaint is how much they are cramming in to each episode to create the story of what The Crows were doing during this Alina timeline. Too many characters/locations/politics to keep track of for someone who hasn't read the books. 

    Was also pretty happy when I saw Leigh Bardugo in her scene. I can't imagine what it's like to see it all come to life, though her smile in that scene said a lot!

  4. @lady narcissa I feel pretty much the same way. So much of her story telling is poor and/or problematic but there are elements she nails, like female friendship. I really liked the bonds Nesta and co formed with one another. It's right up there with Manon and The Thirteen. I enjoyed the Velaris Hunger Games even. But yeah, the rest was meh. I guess I'm glad Rhysand didn't bite the baby out of the womb. Will I be interested in the Elain book? Unclear. 

  5. 4 minutes ago, lady narcissa said:

    I'm starting it tonight. I am not expecting to love it. SJM would have to work words craft miracles to make me enjoy reading about Nesta.  Btw I saw a post on twitter by the author Samantha Shannon who had jumped from reading ACOTAR to this one and was like what happened to Tamlin?  :rofl:

    There's been a lot of swearing. I only point it out because I don't recall any curse words or at least very few in the other books. I wonder if this is some byproduct of her Crescent City series.  

    This book has not shown any progression stylistically. Tamlin. Just you wait! :laugh:

  6. 8 minutes ago, Mr Gordo said:

    I always find it amusing that the same group of people who will flip their shit and write 20 page blog posts about it when someone says "SFF isn't real lit" are the same that will crap all over something without knowing anything about it if its labeled as YA. Shit, some stuff marketed as YA in one part of the world will be heavily marked towards adults in another. That's all it is really, marketing.

    On that note I picked up Shadow & Bone today since that trailer looked cool and I really liked Ninth House.

    I enjoyed the books but I think Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom is actually the better of the two series. Leigh Bardugo did a great job with the heist concept and the characters are better developed. But it's just my opinion. 

    All that said, the trailer knocked my socks off and I'm so very impatient to see it all come alive and how the two stories are brought together. No mourners, no funerals. 

  7. 5 hours ago, Zorral said:

    Ah.  YA. Which explains.  YA is utterly not my cuppa, hot or cold.  Never has been.  Even when I was a YA myself.  :rolleyes:

    Yet, and yet, I will be watching this, while hoping it isn't one of those multiple fantasy disappointments Netflix has consistently presented us, 

    You know what? It's totally ok if you sit this one out.

  8. @Chataya de Fleury

    If you find poblanos pretty spicy then habanero peppers will murder you. They start off fruity heat then you die. You need to scroll down a bit (in the link below) to see the Scoville units. Poblanos are 1000-4000. Habaneros are 100 000-350 000.


    MC's love of cooking with spicy heat has built up my tolerance the past dozen years but every once in a while I wind up in agony. He made what I didn't realize was habanero and I have no idea what else salsa a few weeks ago that was homicide on a tortilla chip.

  9. @karaddin

    I was hoping for some 


    Gideon and Harrow internal dialogue. I didn't expect it would last all book or anything but just a nice goodbye to Gideon as Harrow becomes an all powerful Lyctor.

    I realize this is more about my expectations and that too bad for me that the author didn't give me something I wanted. But coupled with my frustration of keeping track of everything, I am made a big whiny baby. 

    I am certain a re-read will smooth over my pouty face but that will wait until the final book comes out, I think. 

  10. Spoiler

    72% in and FINALLY the name Gideon is mentioned. 



    Finished. Going to marinate on it for a bit.


    If I were to rate this book it would get 2.5-3/5 for the roughly first 75%, with a 5/5 for soup. For the next 25% 4/5 for things happening on the ship (5/5 for the POV voice, 3/5 for the action), 2/5 for things not happening on the ship, and a 1/5 for the epilogue.

    I enjoy books that make me think, that keep me guessing, that have me coming up with theories and cracking the mystery. This was not that book. The work of re-aligning myself each time there was a shift from past to present required entirely too much 'mapping' and trying to keep up with what was going on was without joy or anticipation. When the What is going on? overshadows the actual action on the page to the point of distraction, you end up with this book. Also I was disappointed that the one thing I was actively looking forward to never happened. It was explained but it didn't lessen my disappointment. 

    Alecto the Ninth has a lot to answer to. I hope it does and that I don't wind up hate-reading it.

  11. On 8/11/2020 at 7:55 PM, kairparavel said:

    I'm patiently waiting on my Harrow loan from the library. Early on in Gideon I was very much WTF is going on here. I decided I wasn't going to worry about what I didn't get and as I moved on my enjoyment went up immensely. I was loving it by the end. 


    I am a little over quarter of the way through Harrow and I very much have no idea WTAF is going on. But onwards I go.


  12. 8 hours ago, kairparavel said:

    Kimchi would like a word with you!;)

    Oh, and curtido!

    MC has been fermenting up a storm of cabbage stuffs since stay at home orders began in March. We have a batch sauerkraut that turned out really well, and a couple of curtido and kimchi. We actually need to make some more kimchi. 

    Other lactobacillus fermentation projects - three batches of pickles, two batches of hot peppers, one batch of sweet peppers, dilly beans, asparagus, carrots and giardiniera. Also a very impressive sourdough starter and four batches of kombucha. 

    Our gut biomes are mighty!

  13. Every once in a while I will dip my toe into the PR pool. This time around it's the first book in Nalingi Singh's Guild Hunter series called Angels' Blood. I tried to read it once before but tossed it aside after a few pages. I couldn't get into it after struggling with a few chapters of a Kresley Cole book (A Hunger Like No Other).This time around it seems perfect pandemic reading. 

    I really think my resistance stems from the contemporary urban setting. I can suspend belief for a historical book with vampires or lycan or whatever, or a contemporary YA setting. Or maybe it's the generally not to me sexy passages in these stories. I cringe a lot. Not that I could do better but that's neither here nor there. Anyways, so far so good Nalingi Singh. If this doesn't work out I'm going to seek out some Regency romance. 

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