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    Interests range from Fantasy & SF books to quality films of most genres. Big fan of cars & football ( soccer), Tennis. Love to go to the cinema and take long walks with my dog. Also interested in history & nature ( watching the great BBC documentaries, as well as experiencing it firsthand) & science shows and books.

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  1. Calibandar

    NBA 2018: Fear the Deer

    A big concern for Philly is the fact that Markelle Fultz might be the next Anthony Bennett. His shooting so far has still been bad after they thought they made improvements throughout summer. Butler's arrival has pushed him to the bench, which analysts seem to think is better for him anyway. But this guy has to be good, he is their no.1 pick, they passed on Tatum to get him so at the least he has to be a good rotation player. I hope for him and the Sixers that he finds his footing. I am likewise on and off about Lonzo Ball. He has decent nights and off nights, hard to decide what I think of him. Totally see where you're coming from. Jaime's given the reasons though. His character would be my biggest concern. Now, does he get them past the Warriors? Maybe not this year, but who knows what happens in the years to come ( as an aside I do not think the Sixers are on the verge of beating the Warriors anyway and their goal is probably to first see if they can come out of the East, which I deem very questionable this season) Also, signing him now means he could be more likely to re-sign. Better players are possily not available and as you see with the Rockets, star power is what matters, and getting that third star is considered very important. On paper they do have a very good line-up now. Furthermore, I liked both Saric and Covington ( and thus say the T-Wolves got a good deal, T-Wolves 3 straight wins now by the way) but the Sixers can replace players of their calibre. And if in the unlikely scenario that Leonard suddenly develops an appetite for coming to the Sixers next summer, then they sign him and don't re-sign Butler.
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    NBA 2018: Fear the Deer

    Speaking of the Cavs, tanking hard to get Zion Williamson or RJ Barrett. Understandable really, they could land another no.1 pick and there are two standout talents.
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    Upcoming TV Series of 2018 - Your most anticipated shows

    This looks very good, will check that. The Netflix series is the one they've been working many years on, Netflix's "Planet Earth".
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    NBA 2018: Fear the Deer

    On the Butler trade, to me that seems a very good deal for both parties. Sixers get an upgrade in their starting line-up. Butler has a lot to prove now. T-Wolves get Saric and Covington, two nice pieces. I'm really not sure that there would have been a better offer, I think Butler is in the last year of his deal.
  5. As you say, this simply doesn't sound good. This sounds more negative than whatever small comments he's given on Winds the last few years. Above all, this does not sound like a man who is close to finishing Winds of Winter. That vibe isn't there at all in that quote. The best you can say is that hey, at least he's still working on it. The fact that he's even considering writing another big project before he moves on to the next and final novel is also telling. I get his point though. It's an enormous novel and there is so much that he needs to get done in this book. Winds is basically a book in and of itself but it also needs to cover so much plot we thought would be in Dance with Dragons.
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    NBA 2018: Fear the Deer

    There is clearly stuff going on at Golden State. I wonder what it was that Green said to Durant about Durant's upcoming free agency: I was reading at Rotoworld and: Now obviously whether it's his final year is the big topic of speculation, but if this is true then it is causing tension with Green especially. And then after that they apparently had a good blowup between other players and Green about Green's play. with Green refusing to back down. It would be good to see Durant leave this crowd. As much as he's been maligned, he is still by far the player I like the most on that team, and any move away from Golden State is good for the competitive balance.
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    Bernard Cornwell - warlord chronicles and beyond

    The Saxon Chronicles is really the most similar, sort of like a lesser version of it, though by now much longer. Warlord Trilogy is his best work, as you say, it is superb and many of the characters are excellent. He has another medieval trilogy as well, one of the books is called "Harlequin".
  8. Didn't even know that about Rose but yeah, that is despicable.
  9. I've found that generally, people who object to people who think authors keeping their fans in the loop are doing a better job than authors who don't, have contempt for other people. It's more about how much they personally dislike those other people than it is about the reasonable principle of an author or artist keeping their fans somewhat in the loop. Relic for instance, says in this thread that he is very annoyed by the fact that he some people have called GRRM a fat lazy fuck. Ok. This then leads him to go in the entirely different direction of objecting to the very idea that more authors should keep their fans in the loop the way Joe Abercrombie does, which is what I suggested. This is unreasonable of course. It clearly is beneficial if authors do that, for fans and authors. More and more authors do give updates about their progress and generally this works very well, which is probably why more and more authors do it. You may not like that people call GRRM a lazy fuck but that should not be confused with the fact that giving updates is much better than having people wait for years without updates. Of course in the case of GRRM and Winds of Winter, he clearly has no idea himself if and when it will ever come out, and has in recent years reduced himself to saying "still writing" and leaving it at that. You are trying to create confusion where there isn't any. Usually a person will try to clarify an issue that looks confused but you work the other way around. One wonders why... The author's customer is clearly the book buying fan, who in this context could, or could not be, informed about the progress of the next book. The customer service being referred is the providing of information, information that is beneficial to a great many followers who like to know, and does not take much effort. The suggestion that the book buyer is not the author's customer is clearly without merit and extremely odd.
  10. You can go all sorts of ways with this discussion but basically, fans/people in general appreciate being kept in the loop. I would do it, if I were an author, or otherwise were I someone who had a product coming out that people were anxiously waiting for year after year. It's the sensible thing to do, the friendly thing to do, it nibs certain speculation in the bud, it might prevent you from having to answer at every public occasion you go to or interview you give what the hell is going on with your long awaited book... the benefits are endless. Customer service is generally appreciated. Or, as BFC very aptly put it "It takes a minimum amount of effort and generates a significant amount of goodwill. Why would you not, if you are in the business of selling books?"
  11. He denies of course, he said he was just a ( piece of shit) going for a loose ball, it happens. And yet his head makes a very obvious attempt to collide with Russ' knees, something which he tried last year as well and failed to injure him, after the first attempt was of course successful.
  12. In other news, Pat Beverly tried it again. Piece of shit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aF0IhnUqOU
  13. I'm gonna guess that's the 2009 BBC series narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.
  14. Calibandar

    Rank your 2017 TV shows throughout the year

    I've only watched a handful of 2017 shows, would be a pretty pitiful list compared to yours for instance.
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    Rank your 2017 TV shows throughout the year

    I've watched all the seasons of the show and that did not particularly stand out as something that is constantly being used as a plot device like you are suggesting. Speaking of GoT, were I to make my list of best of 2017, season 7 would be at the very top of that list.
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