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  1. I've read many of the recommendations above and agree with them, David Drake, Lois McMasters Bujold, Elizabeth Moon, David Weber, Yoon Ha Lee, John Scalzi, Alistair Reynolds, etc. Some others I might add: Alan Cole and Chris Bunch's Sten series Poul Anderson's Polesotechnic League and Flandry series Ann Leckie's Imperial Radch Series Sherwood Smith and David Trowbridge's Exordium Series, starting with Phoenix in Flight
  2. She is dead until they have a story where they need her not to be dead.
  3. I couldn't remember if they were all CCs and CTs, but Finn was a stormtrooper (though not a clone) and his name came from his number designation starting with FN- something.
  4. Well 26 times 26 is 676 pairs of letters (AA through ZZ) times 9999 number combinations is well over 6 million unique possible clone designations.
  5. I don't think that meaning has been lost it's just all in about context and intonation
  6. It not new, Miracle on 34th Street was all about Macy's hiring a Santa for its Thanksgiving Day Parade who claims to be the real thing. Career Opportunities with Frank Whaley and Jennifer Connelly takes place almost entirely in a Target store. Those are just a couple off the top of my head, also there was the broad product placement of Subway Sandwiches in the show Chuck after they were almost cancelled.
  7. I have never played any of the Metal Gear games, so I didn't think I would know what was incorrect in the videos to find amusing.
  8. I assumed he had someone push him or he pushed himself into frame and he spun around until he stopped, and then played it backwards for tiktok.
  9. Watch the movie Queenpins if you want to see a badass Postal Inspector in action ;).
  10. I don't know about killing as many as you can, but it would make sense for the Ukrainians to try to prevent them from taking munitions and equipment with them as they retreat. And that is why the Russians are calling it an "act of good faith" for the peace process, to make the Ukrainians look bad if they attack this "peaceful" retreat.
  11. A Vice President becoming President is pretty rare anyway, if you discount VPs who took office because the President couldn't finish his term due to death/assassination or resignation. Other than John Adams and Thomas Jefferson who were elected VP under a different system, only Martin Van Buren and George Bush gained the Presidency in the next election after being Vice President.
  12. My company only been in existence for about 25 years. At the annual meetings, they announce employees that have reached five-year milestones and have gradually nicer gifts based on that. I hit 15 years last year and got a watch. One guy reached 20 years, a Harley rider, and he received a very nice leather motorcycle jacket.
  13. Been working my way through Perhaps the Stars by Ada Palmer for the past couple of weeks. Its slow going, but fascinating, so many tangled relationships and plots. You need to go slow to understand all that's going on (which I'm sure I still don't).
  14. This reminds me of my copy of The Boy's King Arthur that I got as a kid with all the beautiful art work by N.C Wyeth.
  15. When Mando sat down to wait i was so hoping for Luke to show up riding on Grogu's back as part of his training. I was disappointed the director went a different way. I think the Book of Boba Fett may be an actual book written by Boba Fett about all the interesting people that lived on or came to visit Tatooine, not about his own adventures.
  16. If we get Obi-Wan flashbacks does that mean a chance for a cameo by Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon.
  17. Miles Cameron had some epic fantasy going in the Traitor's Son Cycle (The Red Knight, The Fell Sword, ...)which I liked better than his newer Masters and Mages series. His newest work is science fiction, not fantasy, but the first book was very good, Artifact Space. Definitely some series mentioned above I need to check out.
  18. This is the one set in the same world as Thorns of a Black Rose? I certainly have high hopes for it, as well for the third book in your Glasgow series.
  19. If you said you wanted to "finish 18 books this year" then you have 1 down, if you said "read 18 books this year" you're at 0.25 and counting .
  20. The Green Man books are a series set in contemporary England starting with The Green Man's Heir about a man named Daniel Mackmain, who is the son of a dryad and a mortal man. This heritage gives him the ability to perceive the hidden world of mythological creatures. The Green Man, a mythological entity we never really meet other than through the various carvings of him scattered throughout England, subtly enlists him to help out in situations where mythology and the mortal realm may clash. The books are full of different Celtic/English mythology and creatures, that Daniel helps or defeats. In The Green Man's Challenge, he is sent to the Downs near Oxfordshire to look into rumors of a giant appearing there and finds himself dealing with hamadryads, witches, and the myths surrounding the prehistoric hill carvings, such as the Uffington White Horse.
  21. Most of the new releases I read this year were either continuations or conclusions of ongoing series, so were already books I expected to like and I wasn't disappointed, These include among the ongoing series: Fugitive Telemetry, the latest Murderbot by Martha Wells The Girl and the Mountain from Mark Lawrence's Book of the Ice The Last Graduate, 2nd of the Scolomance books by Naomi Novik The Green Man's Challenge by Juliet E. McKenna And the latest Penric and Desdemona novellas from Lois McMasters Bujold The conclusions to trilogies/series: The Fall of Koli by M.R. Carey The Wisdom of Crowds by Joe Abercrombie The Bone Ship's Wake by R. J. Baker The Fall of Babel by Josiah Bancroft And Leviathan Falls by James S.A. Corey FInally, a couple stand alones and starts of new series that I enjoyed Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir Artifact Space by Miles Cameron The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman
  22. He may be referring to Kilgore Trout, Kilgore Trout was a fictional science fiction author in several Kurt Vonnegut novels. Philip Jose Farmer wrote a book as Kilgore Trout called Venus on the Half-Shell, for a while everyone assumed Vonnegut had written it, until the truth came out.
  23. Stephen Baxter wrote a sequel to H.G.Wells The Time Machine that was authorized by Wells' estate for the centennial of the original story being published, called The Time Ships which earned several awards and nominations. Philip Jose Farmer incorporated several literary figures into his Wold Newton Family biographies, including Tarzan, Doc Savage, Phineas Fogg, Sherlock Holmes, Lord Peter Wimsey, and even Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe, and referenced so many others.
  24. Spent the beginning of this year reading through the Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbø. Harry is definitely a flawed individual and a fun read. After 12 books, I decided its not safe being a a police officer in Norway and i was getting to used to the red herrings and suspense building, so wasn't getting fooled, so good to take a break from reading more from him for awhile, though may get back to his stand alone books in the future. Next up is The Necromancer's House by Christopher Buehlman and then possibly Ada Palmer's latest book.
  25. Really enjoying Season 2 of Beforeigners, episode 4 dropped this morning on HBO Max. I just spent the last month reading the Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbø, so really like seeing a version of the police in Oslo and recognizing some of the city locations from descriptions in the books.
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