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    Book series with best character development?

    Does it have to be a series? Standalones are often better at this.
  2. Not really, even the best translation of quality prose is not as good as the original unless the translator is a really good writer themself and an excellent translator too, which is extremely rare.
  3. I know a lot of people who used to buy plenty of translated SFF books but in the last 5-6 years have switched to reading almost exclusively in English. That's one of the reasons the science fiction book market here is virtually dead and the fantasy market isn't in great shape either. It's not really about impatience in my case, it's more like the fact that you never know whether a translation would be good, plus even a good translation is worse than the original if the writer has at least a decent prose. And, of course, there is literally thousands of times more books to choose from in English, especially if you are interested in less commercial writers or in let's say female writers of science fiction (a lot of the local publishers of science fiction are blatantly sexist, there is literally only 4 female writers with more than 2 science fiction novels translated in Bulgarian, and 2 of them are YA writers who had hugely popular movies made based on their books).
  4. I don't care personally. If the individual novels in a series aren't good enough to be worth reading them and paying for them if the next volumes never get published, the series isn't worth reading anyway. If the first book in a series is almost exclusively a setup for what happens next and sucks as a standalone, I will stop reading right there. No doubt. Especially in a small market like the one in my country (Bulgaria). The amount of unfinished series here is pretty staggering.
  5. Disney and the other entertainment industry giants keep "lobbying" (meaning bribing with campaign contribution) the US congress and the respective legislative bodies around the world to extend copyright to a ridiculous degree, so probably not since they were published after Disney's most famous creations.
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    NBA 2017: Fleecing the East and Kyrie to Boston

    ^ Welcome to the board, Mr. Irving!
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    [Spoilers] Rant and Rave Without Repercussion

    I really cracked up when Tyrion attempted to convince Bronn to betray Cercei and join his side with the Lannister soldiers right there listening to every word. Speaking of Bronn, won't somebody kill him already? I can't stand him these days, he is such a writer's pet.
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    [Spoilers] Rant and Rave Without Repercussion

    Yeah, it's pretty amazing how their explanations make the really dumb stuff in the show seem even dumber.
  9. Varys is still in the show? He's been completely useless the whole season.
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    Why is Jon's name Aegon?

    Because D&D are lazy dumbasses. Was that not obvious?
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    [Spoilers] Rant and Rave Without Repercussion

    That's how this show works. None of the minor characters give a damn about logic, motivation, honor, and stuff like that. They follow the guy who beats or, even better, murders their previous leader. Ellaria murdered Doran and become the ruler of Dorne and everyone there was fine with it. Cersei murdered the High Septon and the Tyrells and become Queen with nobody in the capital objecting. Etc, etc. I can just see how Dany and Jon will kill the Night King and suddenly all ice zombies will start following their orders and fight for them.
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    [Spoilers] Rant and Rave Without Repercussion

    Any time someone on this show mentions "breaking the wheel" I cringe. It's so dumb. Just shut up, Tyrion. Arya has quickly become the most annoying character in the show. The whole Arya - Sansa conflict now is completely idiotic. Everyone in the North is aware Sansa married Ramsay on her free will and don't seem to mind, why would they give a dam that as a girl she sent a letter under duress while captive? Apparently Benjen is the only one of the good guys smart enough to use a horse. He should have told his moron of a nephew "Hey, dumbass, take a horse the next time".
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    [Spoilers] Rant and Rave Without Repercussion

    "Uncharacteristically lazy about the details" - my sides... This has been one of the laziest written shows on TV for years.
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    [Spoilers] Rant and Rave Without Repercussion

    ROFL. This is the funniest thing I've read in weeks. Anyway, nothing in this show makes sense this season. Why bother convincing Cersei of anything when she has no armies left and doesn't control anything right now except the capital? Dany could just go there, melt the Red Keep, burn Cersei a;ove, take over, and that would be it. Nobody would cry for Cersei and it will be way less of a bloodbath than the battle in the previous episode. How the hell did Tyrion got in contact with Bronn anyway? Did he write him an email or send him a text on his mobile? The whole thing is so silly. Why is LF still in the show? He is a complete waste of space. The dialogue just hurts my ears, it's that bad. It's a travesty that a show with such a huge budget which is visually amazing is so poorly written. No subtlety whatsoever, most lines are downright cringeworthy, and everything is explained over and over again as if the viewers are morons.