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    Hello from Eurocommieland

    Are you guys still around? Or mayhaps stuck in the mud of northern France? I am hugely disappointed on account of: a. The Ottomans are not around anymore b. nor have they started WW3 c. Robert Jordan is still a sell-out. Total bollocks. What can YOU do to fix it?
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    Eurovision 2019

    Norway's nice. I like it. It's got Sami jojk as well, so the ethnic box is ticked! A bit like Nightwish meets Aqua plus jojk. This dude made me laugh tho, and it's basically a bit like I felt as well. Chills! Italy 2020, you can do it! Rome 1 - Moscow 0 (poor SERGEY!!!1 )
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    Hello from Eurocommieland

    *reported* Well, nobody went looking for the Ottomans, did they? Probably afraid of all the hilly lands!
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    Eurovision 2019

    Oooh Baita, you made me come back after 2 yrs hiatus. <3 Needless to say, Eurovision is It. xD So far, it looks like Switzerland, the Netherlands, Russia, Italy, Cyprus and maybe Sweden are the top ranked entries. Russia will be difficult to beat for any country, as not only are they Russia, but they are entering SERGEY!!!!111!! with a massive power ballad. It's time for all us Tovariches to put on the PINK UNDEROOS OF THE MOTHERLAND! Pink underpants oh yes Unfortunately, he is not competing with the underpant-song, but Switzerland, the Netherlands, Italy or whomever will need to get past this Pink underpant-wonder. СЕРГЕЙ ЛАЗАРЕВ!!
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    Makeup VI : SPFantastic

    Ya we have L'Oreal, but I ended up raiding the Max Factor aisle since it a. had those colours (every other brand I saw had all these muted ladylike colours, haha no tyvm ) and b. didn't break my bank since I had to go get shoes for kiddies. Got a HOT PINK Lipstick and a Cherry Red one, too, with matching nailpolish, and an awesome intense Azure coloured blue nailpolish too. Now I just need some glitter and glue-on silver stars and I am set!! Yes! This seems to be the case with a lot on concealers and foundation. Considering women over 35 are buying a lot of make-up and prolly have more money than our younger sisters, figuring out how to make that stuff without it enhancing wrinkles seems to be an obvious thing to do. But then what do I know.
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    Makeup VI : SPFantastic

    So red lipstick yay and pink lipstick also yay. This is good. I will kiss the sky. Anyhow, as with powder, I live in the freaking sticks (apparently?) cos we have the absolute default standard stuff + Urban Decay (which is New and Exciting) and it seems even amazon.co.uk won't deliver almost anything but books here. *sigh* I need to go abroad if only to a. be able to get proper make-up and b. cheaper booze. It's a crisis situation, really. Oh, I also got myself a CC cream from some fancy ass "for Scandinavian skin so it will cost you €€" brand while it was on sale and I think the only thing it does is bring forth my impending wrinkles, which powder really doesn't. What's the point of make-up that makes you look *more* wrinkled than the default state? It also annoys me that a primer that would cost me €5 in the UK will be prized at €12 here. FML.
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    Makeup VI : SPFantastic

    I have the same issue, since foundation generally just doesn't agree with my skin at all, so I use powders mostly, but it's really difficult to find something that doesn't look too heavy/pancake and doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Also: red lipstick yay or nay? I've NEVER owned one, but am thinking of it. The times I've tried it, I think it makes my face look overloaded, but perhaps this is just cos I don't use it? Bubblegum pink as a compromise instead perhaps?
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    Dating: to play the part of the one who doesn't wait

    Ahahahahah, yeah they prolly would. Nice collection, too, I imagine, and not for the faint of heart. EDIT: Actually let me retract "nice" (at least on the parts I am responsible for. Dunno about yous guys' stuff. )
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    Dating: to play the part of the one who doesn't wait

    Good call. I wonder if the said 'moped collection' would be energised by an addition of tractoerotica before it parked in the downstairs garage.
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    Dating: to play the part of the one who doesn't wait

    What? No, no euphemism. It's just a goddamn moped collection. Or in this case: the absence of. Just think about how useful it could be! I dunno, get hammered and see what happens? (Sidenote, is shoulder crying some sort of corner stone for relationships? I feel I've been doing it wrong, for like always.)
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    Book of the Ancestor trilogy by Mark Lawrence {spoiler thread}

    Well this one has women, no? So it would mean the Other Grimdark is really YA.
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    Book of the Ancestor trilogy by Mark Lawrence {spoiler thread}

    This thread. "Male aimed fantasy" Ohnoes, girl cooties? Really, is this a fourteen year old audience? Although I now imagine that most people who cling like Titanic survivors to their "grimdark iz for boyz" wooden door actually have a mental age of 14.
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    Dating: to play the part of the one who doesn't wait

    I don't know, Hubble rescue launch and "make out" in the same sentence. I am thinking MAGIC SPARKLES!!! Should I put my Tinder adventures on here? Suffice to say I am still lacking a moped collection. Woe.
  14. Take care of the demons :P <3

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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    This is not ruining stuff my friend, this is making you aware of what is good stuff and what isn't. A lot of UF has some pretty tiresome and annoying tropes, which get pretty apparent if you just read with a bit more knowledge to hand. As a total aside, have you introduced your UF/paranormal romance reading spouse to Bec McMaster's London Steampunk series yet? If not, you should.
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    Guy Gavriel Kay

    Posting this here since I thought perhaps it fit better than to get to lengthy in the September reading thread (and I have a tendency to get lengthy ) This is a reply to the eloquent post by SeanF in the other thread on the Sarantine mosaic. Very interesting of how the Byzantine history was populated by many interesting women. I had heard of a few, but not all of them, and not in detail. It makes me want to read non-fiction of the history of the area. Maybe something for next year's holiday! Regarding the comments above:
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    Guy Gavriel Kay

    It's more or less a medieval Spain sort of setting, with countries/cities/rulers emulating the muslim/christians and jewish cultures and people, more or less. I just started Railsea, but my favourite is The Scar. I think you'd like it. It takes a while for it to get going, but oh my God, it is something else. If you do read it, let me know if you love or hate the ending, or maybe lovehate it. Only Mieville novel I have read twice. It was extremely odd going from Kay's very lyrical and flowing prose, to Leckie's matter of fact, no-nonsense almost brusque writing to Mieville's modernist style, complete with made-up words and odd punctuation. It's the same language, but it actually doesn't *feel* like it. Of the three, Kay's prose is by far the most beautiful, almost like music, or poetry. @3CityApache I'm glad you think Tigana is up there with Lions! I now have hope.
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    Guy Gavriel Kay

    I just ordered Tigana and now you make me nervous when you say you hated it. It was a used copy tho so if I end up hating it I haven't lost a lot of money! How're the vikings coming along? I read the Fionavar ages ago, and it's...long? Derivative, nicely written, some of it will probably feel very formulaic nowadays, but it's also beautiful, in its own way. A lot of mythology. Lions of Al-Rassan is 100% brilliant. If it does not tug on your heartstrings you are made of stone. The Sarantine mosaic was very good. Clever, stylised and with amazing symmetry. The setting, especially in the second novel, is amazing and second to none, I think. Sarantium is really a place, you can feel it when you read. Kay's prose is very, very good too. Beautiful, but at the same time not complicated. You don't need to sit with a thesaurus next to you to get through the text (I am looking at you China Mieville) or trudge through a bazillion songs (Tolkien) or meandering/rants about philosophy (Bakker/Erikson). More...lyrical, perhaps? Haven't got to the others yet tho, but so far they have been absolutely worth reading, despite their flaws (which are very, very few for Lions btw).
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    I am uncertain whether it was better on account of him not being a rapist, but fair enough.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    Haha not really unless it has to do with furries. To be fair about Hidden Legacy, he does kidnap the heroine and kinda sorta tortures her so there is that. Which to me is quite a dick move really.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    What is this? 0.o Should I be worried about googling this? Hold me Mandy, plz. @Chaldanya How did you find Hidden Legacy btw? I felt I had to deaden my senses a bit to get through to the end. Also that dude? Is a total ass-hat. He's a class A "This is not romance, this is a dire need for a restraining order".
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    I have a suggestion. @Chaldanya Already looking forward to reading your review of that one!! Regarding the 5th McMaster, yep, what is worse, it seems Barrons get an almost complete personality transplant from the previous novels, which is bewildering to say the least. He's non-rapey in the previous novels and it's just bizarre. It feels like it's just rushed and poorly put together. Take out the romance and the political action is interesting, the romance elements just slows it down. Not to mention that it suffers from some really poor editing, in that we know the blue bloods are cool to the touch, yet here Barrons is described as "warm" at least once. It feels really sloppy. It annoyed me before that there is no consistency with trousers/breechers/pants and they are used randomly and interchangeably, but in the latter installments this sort of randomness gets worse, and more sloppy. It adds to the feeling of it being a poorly done rush job where the romance is tacked on and doesn't really work.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    So far there are only five, and I agree, no 4 and 5 are substantially weaker than the previous installments, which is a shame. It could have been the other way around since the political stakes actually increase, but it doesn't feel that way.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    You mean Paranormal Romance? If you mean modern setting, then perhaps, but if you include historical or more fantastical settings, then I think there are lots better than Hidden Legacy, imho. Both Viola Carr's and BecMcMaster's stuff are less annoying and less rapetastic, for instance. As are Callihan's Darkest London (even tho I have a lot of other issues with this one), Draven's "Master of Crows" and Foxe's Steampunk romance stuff. (The latter three are still annoying in various degrees.)
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    Is the second part of Ilona Andrews' Hidden Legacy out yet? The first one had some pretty awful romance tropes (the whole kidnap shenanigans felt kinda meh tbh) and felt closer to their Edge series than Kate Daniels. Have you tried Viola Carr's Gothic/Steampunk London novels? Two out so far and even though I prefer the first one, they are alright.
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