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  1. Mr. X

    May - Reading 2018 - Have another?

    That's totally how I remember it too. I'm only a little way into book 2 and that "getting better as it goes along" impression still holds. What I didn't remember is how solid the first book is. I think I had sort of retroactively de-rated it after reading the later books. My best memory of the first read was finishing book 3 (An Autumn War) and loving that I had absolutely no idea what was going to happen next. That summer, I met Daniel Abraham at the BWB WorldCon party (in Denver, I think) and told this to him. His response was, "Yes. Isn't that great?" Totally looking forward to that experience again. Also sort of know I'm gonna end up crying on the subway again when I finish the fourth book, but so it goes.
  2. Mr. X

    May - Reading 2018 - Have another?

    I decided to do a re-read of the Long Price Quartet by Daniel Abraham, which I last read as they were being released. Started book 2 (A Betrayal in Winter) today. I knew these books were good, but I forgot just how good they are.
  3. That's what I remember as well (but totally didn't articulate clearly in my early post).
  4. I thought there was a large second set of drones that attached to the other side of the ship and fired second in order to stop the turn.
  5. That was great. Also, "I think you and I had very different childhoods." Wes Chatham continues to kill it. Yeah, between this and the whole attack where they took out the engines of the UN escort ship, the last two episodes have certainly driven home the point that Holden has a military background.
  6. I don't know how the highlighting thing works either, but hey! Glad you're enjoying them! That's a killer song. "How Simple" might still be my favorite from the album, but it's good all the way through. If you don't have their previous album Painted Shut, you should totally pick it up. Perhaps slightly less cohesive soundwise than Bark Your Head Off, Dog, but it stretches a bit more, especially in terms of vocals.
  7. Mr. X

    BIRDS (and how to look at them)

    You can ID a Purple Martin by name. You're not still there. (And I haven't read the whole thing, but what I have read of Kenn's book is great.)
  8. Sweet! This would be an excellent turn of events.
  9. Mr. X

    Heavy Metal 9: through Bruce is salvation

    Yup. I've been listening to it at work in the morning and it works perfectly for that time when the coffee hasn't quite kicked in so everything is still a little hazy.
  10. Fantastic. I might have to go back and watch it a few more times myself.
  11. Look, I'll be up front and preface this by saying that I've had some drinks unsuitable for minors while catching up on the episode a couple days late, but THE END OF THAT CHASE SCENE!?!?!! How great was that? I yelled at the TV in a way I haven't since the jump into atmosphere in BSG's "Exodus, Part 2." Grand Juror #2, of course. They weren't suitably deluded.
  12. Mr. X

    April 2018 Reads

    Of course! And I knew that last chapter was coming, but it still got me right in the feels on the subway this morning. Great stuff!
  13. Mr. X

    BIRDS (and how to look at them)

    You had a heated encounter with a duck? Do tell!
  14. Mr. X

    April 2018 Reads

    Recently finished Kim Stanley Robinson's New York 2140, which turned out to an early start on my Hugo nominee reading. I liked it on the whole, but then I have lived in NYC since right around the turn of the century and have long been fascinated with its history. If you're not such a fan of New York, I think you might enjoy the book less. The weak point of the book is plot, especially with the final section which seems a bit too fairy tale like. Currently reading The Invasion by Peadar and enjoying it tremendously.
  15. Fender Mustang I set to emulate a Twin Reverb. It's not a particularly great amp, but it sounds good through headphones, which suits me as an apartment dweller. I have the EQD Westwood, a Strymon Flint Reverb + Tremolo, and an EHX Looper 360. It a pretty nice setup.