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    Bakker LIV - Soul Sphincter

    Interesting attempt refer back to dragons wanting virgins. As to what dragons know of cunny, I think it showed the desires of the Inchoroi and Friends were stamped into their creations. Dragons can't fuck human women so they seek to devour, to possess -- which in turn is a critique, I assume, of the Incel/MRA types. Everything they want from women, from sex, is divorced from the actual act of intimacy. It would've worked better without a lot of ALL CAPS, with more subtlety as well? An idea that had potential but suffered in its execution.
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    Bakker LIV - Soul Sphincter

    I feel somewhat neutral toward it...perhaps the one thing I'm wary about is the whole "crash space" idea. Kellhus' death felt way too sudden, and that admittedly does make me wary of the AMA - any time Bakker veers into symbolism/allegory the plot seems to suffer for it.
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    Bakker LIV - Soul Sphincter

    Thanks - it seems I might have come after the Readership Apocalypse that was TUC tho ;-)
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    Comics XIII

    Tried using search but nothing came up about Tom King's Mr. Miracle? I assume someone here is reading the Best Book on the Stands? Tom King really got to me with this book, I think the relationship between Barda and Scott is one of the best I've seen depicted in fiction for quite some time. He also does the convergence of what the New Gods are - Gods who are Super Heroes who have very Human sensibilities. The mystery of what exactly is happening, and how beings who can alter reality might play their games against each other might work. I want to say more but feel like it would spoil too much.
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    Bakker LIV - Soul Sphincter

    The AMA wasn't that bad to me? I'm ok with there not being any definitive foreshadowing past TUC, it removes *conscious* authorial intent from any predictions we might make going forward but takes us into the realm of the Hundred/Outside, of unconscious symbolism. Maybe it's me getting into James Hillman's The Dream and the Underworld but we can now speculate on where Bakker's subconscious will take him and us on What Has Come Before. In a weird way we are now at a kind of Year Zero with Bakker, in that the predictions we make are both about the characters but also the author's psyche. Where the ending left us had aspects of the comic book stories where all of continuity is up for grabs. Think Flash Point in the DC Universe, and The Infinity Gauntlet in Marvel (or don't if you haven't seen Infinity War). It seems stopping Damnation rewrites Reality so Damnation never existed? The Gods have now always been blind? The No God using some kind of Code makes me recall something Warren Ellis once said, that magic was the "cheat codes for universe". It also recalls something Phillip K Dick said in If You Find This World Bad, You Should See Some of the Others (apologies for length/quantity of quotes, but any less wouldn't do it the meager justice I'm giving to PKD's ideas):
  6. It was about what I'd expect from a sanitized PG-13 version. Probably worth a rental or Netflix viewing but seeing it in Dolby was a decent experience. Really a little more effort on the special effects (Jake on the field of roses), along with some flashbacks to the last time around would've raised the bar in my mind. 6/10.
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    Table Top RPG Stuff

    Couple weeks later....we may be moving toward some kind of apocalyptic event as an Antediluvian may be waking up, or maybe there is some kind of Midnight Sun event that will turn vampires to ash... OTOH it may just be a lot of paranoia on a lot of NPC's parts.
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    Table Top RPG Stuff

    Been playing a Vampire:TM game the last few weeks. Interesting to realize how strong a starting 13th generation vamp is compared to a first level CRPG character - took getting stabbed [and] shot while only taking minimal damage to really get it. Though my character was an asshole/coward occultist who decided he didn't buy into the idea of becoming part of the One upon death so chose undeath after being diagnosed with a terminal illness. But the other new players also somewhat treated their PCs like humans who can't go into the sun at first, though now we're getting the hang of it.
  9. Nice, this is King's chance to undo the garbage that is everything that comes after Wizards & Glass.
  10. Anyone else watching this? I didn't necessarily expect something as surreal or zany as Community but kind of surprised by the slow burn tenor of this show. I might crack a smile, laugh a bit, but it's not exactly a comedy? Or maybe just not as funny to me personally? I mean I'm still engaged with the show, still find it enjoyable to watch, but I'd put it more in the drama category than a sitcom?
  11. Damn, didn't know there was a S3 coming. Excellent. Still need to watch the Xmas special.
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    Stranger Things (Netflix) [Spoiler Thread]

    Quoting is getting wonky, but:
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    Stranger Things (Netflix) [Spoiler Thread]

    Yes! It's funny I was driving home thinking about the show and it hit me why I liked the music so much.
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    Stranger Things (Netflix) [Spoiler Thread]

    Yeah that's the one. I just think they might've done a better job letting us think that at least *might* happen?
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    Stranger Things (Netflix) [Spoiler Thread]

    Binged watched it. Really enjoyed it overall, though I felt things got a bit rushed at the end. There's one major choice a character makes that seems to come with little foreshadowing. There's also a scene right before the credits which seemed like a bit forced, more a path to a second season that interferes a bit with the wrap up of this one. However I suspect if there was a second season the kids would either have to be way older, or more likely the plot would focus on another town but have similar SFF/horror elements in a nostalgic setting.
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