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  1. End of an era right there. Bob and Harry and HNIC.
  2. I re-read A Torch Against the Night to prepare me for A Reaper at the Gates (Sabaa Tahir). Both were on audiobook and I do recommend. ARatG was probably my favorite because of Helene, who was a character I didn't enjoy in the first two books. I'm very interested in how the fourth book wraps it all up. I also re-read The Cruel Prince to get me back up to speed for The Wicked King. Again both on audiobook. I really enjoyed TWK. I really like Jude, even when she makes poor decisions. I was glad it took place away from her interacting with Taryn for most of it. And there's Cardan. Cardan. <sigh> I also read On the Come Up by Angie Thomas. I didn't love it as much as The Hate U Give but it was still very good. I have Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore on my Kindle. I'm several chapters in but I'm not sure what I think about it.
  3. https://www.elle.com/culture/movies-tv/a26411353/magicians-season-4-interview-spoilers/ There's still bonkers fun but there's some serious 'grownup' stuff too. The main characters are all damaged in some way and have been from the start, and the show doesn't shy away from it.
  4. https://ew.com/recap/the-magicians-series-premiere/ Eliot told Quentin that killing his bully was how he discovered his telekinesis. Also the door opened to the worst memory for Eliot and having control over a decision to reject someone you love who loves you is yes potentially worse than killing someone by accident who bullied and tormented you. “I thought, narratively, it was a really interesting choice and in a way it makes sense to me that Eliot would be unable to accept the love that was presented to him after the trauma he grew up with.” https://pagesix.com/2019/02/21/magicians-star-hale-appleman-on-what-surprises-him-about-eliots-past/ Finally, I can't speak for Sera Gamble but I suspect having the monster possess Eliot had more to do with the fact that he tried to shoot and kill the last meat suit the monster was wearing and also to explore and get to the heart of the Quentin and Eliot relationship. I do not believe it's gay man = monster.
  5. Why disgusted? I haven't read the books but tv Eliot - we knew about his killing his bull; we knew about his homophobic father which affected Eliot in many ways. Helping to beat up his best friend in high school wasn't a surprise as it was no doubt done in self-preservation. He's been a depressed, unhappy hedonist all the way through this show. His one true connection was Margot, through love and friendship before Quentin came along. And it's no oddity that the monster living in Eliot has the connection/obsession he does with Quentin.
  6. I've noticed the absence of Kady the past two episodes but I haven't missed her. We seem to have a Marina23 and Penny23 centric episode next. Blah. I'm rooting for Eliot and Quentin. https://www.vulture.com/2019/02/the-magicians-queliot-episode-slash-fandom.html
  7. @Starkess my advice is to talk to an immigration specialist now if you haven't already done so. It's a sensitive dance to be coming into the US on a temporary visitor visa and not make it look like you're planning on staying permanently for work. CBP are absolutely on the lookout for that sort of thing. I navigated the system as a TN/H1-B/F-1/Green Card through marriage [and soon to be citizen]. But I did it as Canadian and the rules and requirements are slightly different than from other countries because of trade agreements/proximity etc. Will he be able to apply for the visa while in the US? Many require processing externally in the home country. Anyways, working with an immigration specialist will give you an idea on how long the paperwork takes which will inform when your bf should start looking. I would expect he should start now. It could work out to his not needing a tourist visa if the timing fits. Five months isn't that long of a runway in immigration matters.
  8. The Raven King thread is archived BUT we're getting a new Lynch brothers trilogy! http://maggiestiefvater.com/call-down-the-hawk-details/ Ronan was my favourite of the Raven Boys so I am excite.
  9. So we all agree it's this timeline Penny that grabbed Alice? And her in coveralls solves the bra/shirt issue. Schmart. I adore Hale Appleman so much and his portrayal of Eliot possessed is really, very good. I didn't expect to love this show and I'm glad I gave it a second go.
  10. Happy King of Scars Day! I started The Wicked King and quickly realized I had little memory of the happenings in The Cruel Prince. So, a reread of TCP needs to happen first.
  11. Reading the AV Club recap comments it seems something was going on with many people's DVRs. Mine included. Weird. Even as a soulless psychopath I love Eliot/Hale Appleman so much. Sad Quentin cut his hair. Curious about Fen and if we see her again as well as this timeline Penny.
  12. Marina 23 came to the current timeline the same time Penny 23 did.
  13. I'm still on season 3 and I have to ask, does Alice ever find a shirt that her bra doesn't show through?
  14. It's pretty great! Let the dream casting begin.
  15. Very excited for The Wicked King and King of Scars this month! Re: TA and NR I saw some of it on Instagram. It was kneejerk and ill-advised but I still have her book on my TBR. It wasn't cool at all, but I'll chalk it up to youthful emotion? and hope it was a learning moment. In other YA author news, this is just crazypants. http://www.pajiba.com/miscellaneous/author-kathleen-hale-who-stalked-goodreads-reviewer-to-release-new-essay-collection.php
  16. Seconded. And before that was released I was listening to Queen Rock Montreal quite a bit.
  17. I've had to take that one in slow doses as well. As a woman I've had to curb my viewing of shows with oppression and/or violence against women and misogynistic story lines and themes. It's soul-wearying, to me, for that to be the vehicle for great entertainment/art.
  18. To be fair, the subject matter is little grim to bear, no matter how great the writing and acting is. It was less so this season but the treatment of women was hard for me to take early on during season one and I wasn't sure I could see it through. Not a show to binge I don't think.
  19. MC and I went to Quebec Deathfest in Montreal last weekend and it was pretty great. I say this as someone who is a tag-along without any great interest in the music offerings though I usually find one or two acts I enjoy. At Maryland Deathfest I discovered Electric Wizard and Sleep, for example. It was a two day affair starting Friday afternoon with two venues and again Saturday afternoon with three venues. Foufounes Electriques, Katacombes, and the larger capacity MTelus where we saw Exhorder, Grave, and Demolition Hammer (all unknown to me but all pretty great). Lots of Quebec acts were showcased early Friday and I hope they are able to travel to MDF. We met up with one of the Deathfest team who handles all four (MDF, California, Netherlands, and now Quebec) along with Days of Darkness in the airport heading home. Told her how much we enjoyed it and hoped it would continue to be a thing and it seems like it will. http://www.deathfests.com/event/qdf-2018
  20. Also, Happy Kingdom of Ash Day @lady narcissa! I got my Kindle copy at midnight but it'll be a bit before I get around to reading it.
  21. I'm in the midst of a 3 month subscription to Owl Crate which is a YA books and stuff box. Last month's book (signed by the author) was Mirage by Somaiya Daud. This month's arrived this weekend with two! books signed by the author - Pride by Ibi Zoboi and Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa. Looking forward to next month's then I'll decide if I want to renew or not.
  22. Some good YA Kindle deals at amazon.com today: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K LeGuin
  23. Perhaps it's representative of the people voting for it.
  24. But there's an assumption being made that there wasn't political agendas in a field of white men. For 60ish years, the Hugo always went to best white dude?
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