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  1. Let's continue our discussion of the Hugos and other Worldcon Awards. @Lily Valley I recommend starting with A Deadly Education, then Cemetery Boys and Legendborn. I'll have to give Elatsoe another try because it was a DNF for me, and the others have been on hold at the library for weeks. ETA: this is a continuation of the previous thread found here
  2. This. My assumption is that people were still mad at him over the Hugo Loser's Party fiasco and were really primed to be angry at him, plus some of the really angry voices perhaps were not aware of (or have 'forgotten') the influential role he has played in fostering young talent and supporting women/minority authors (including among fans, not just pros).
  3. I have to agree that there has been an obvious shift in the demographics of the nominations since the puppy years. In my view there has been a clear shift to nominate non-white men for the awards. Of course, the puppy years made people more aware of their nominating, so there would certainly be an inevitable shift in nominating trends. But it seems too extreme for that? Granted, I have not read any of the 2020 SFF written by men, so I can't say for sure if it really did just suck too bad to be nominated. I will say that I thought Rebecca Roanhorse's previous books were mediocre contemporary fantasy despite their interesting indigenous themes. Harrow the Ninth was a mess. Sure, she was trying to do something cool/intriguing with the book, and 'madness' was a major theme that she used to confuse the reader, but it really didn't live up to the author's ambitions, IMO. It needed a really strong editor to wrangle it a bit. I have very mixed thoughts on the Lodestar nominations as well.
  4. About the personal attack on GRRM that was nominated for a Hugo Award, Best Related Work. First, if it were some sophisticated social commentary it would seem to be appropriate, but the post really isn't sophisticated social commentary. It does make some valid points, but that doesn't mean that it suddenly deserves to win an award. It is certainly cruel that Worldcon fandom, which GRRM has loved and celebrated for so many years, has nominated a pretty subpar piece simply as a 'fuck you' to George. In order to prevent the piece from moving up in the ballots, you can make sure NOT to list it when you vote. Instead of putting it at the bottom of the ballot, list NO AWARD in its place.
  5. Oh my word, I'm so behind on board events. I've just learned that Triskele left. I'm seriously traumatized right now.
  6. Thanks for all these suggestions, guys. These are great! All kinds of cool [email protected], I'd love to hear about your friend's walking tour. Real Mary King's Close sounds amazing. And I bet my mom would like taking a boat somewhere, so Inchcolm Abbey might work. I don't know about deep fried pizza, though. (*Frantically pulls out the deep fryer*) Ha! And yeah, we will be relying on public transportation while we are there. So somehow we have to find a B&B that pretty close to all the good stuff. Mormont, maybe you friend has suggestions? And Luzi, I used to only stay at shitty hostels only, but my poor back can no longer take those beds. Also, my mom would murder me, lol.
  7. Oh, good call. Arthur's Seat will be nice, provided Hadrian's Wall hasn't killed us. And I really hope things open back up because I desperately want to see the National Museum.
  8. Hey guys. I don't know if this is an appropriate topic for Gen Chat, but I wanted to get your thoughts. I'm taking my mom to hike Hadrian's Wall for her 70th birthday and we'll be staying in Edinburgh for 5 nights in July as part of the trip. We were supposed to go last summer, but covid. We'd scheduled with a nice B&B near the Royal Mile recommended to us by some friends (Adria House), but this summer they've decided to close again for corona. So I need a nice B&B for my elder mom, one that has personality and isn't crammed with other Lonely Planet tourists. Any recs, @mormont or anyone else? Also, what should we do while we are in town, besides go to the Castle (closed) and the National Museum (closed)? My mom likes history and museums and cool stuff. No Harry Potter. Day trips to castles or whatever would also be cool. (Note: I do have a Lonely Planet for Scotland, but want to get your thoughts on what you really liked or have experienced in that part of Scotland.)
  9. The thing about the Miss Greythorne is that Will jumps back exactly 100 years for the sign of wood, and she is a pretty young. Where are you getting the 500 years? Also I am sad to day is the last day of the reread : (
  10. Twilight is pretty awesome. You know what else sounds awesome and British? Having a Yule log. Every time I read today's chapter I desperately want a real Yule log to burn in the fire place, especially because of the way the Yule log and the making of the Third Sign in the fireplace echo each other. Want. The Christmas Eve chapter also has another very evocative and beautiful scene, with the children singing in Miss Greythorne's hall. Speaking of which, I do get a little confused about the aging of the Old Ones. Like, they live and age but can jump around through time. So are they technically not immortal then? Also, watching Merriman interact with Hawkin all cutesy, as if everything is okay, when Merriman knows full well what is about to happen to Hawkin really really pisses me off.
  11. Hmm, and of course Stonehenge is a circle, so we could speculate that it was first set up as part of the Light's early efforts. The 4,000 year thing is going to plague me.Maybe I'll tweet at the The Dark is Rising Reread account and see if they have any ideas. In today's chapter, Merriman says the Old Ones have been walking the Ways for 3,000 years. The history of the battle between Light and Dark is so interesting; now that I think on it, it's rather unusual for a Light/Dark conflict NOT to be eternal, or long-lasting. But in this case, it really is finite. And Ser Scot, I love that we got introduced to the Ways officially in this chapter. It's something that I remember so strongly from my childhood readings of the book. Poor Will, he's a kid and is so excited about the undisturbed snowy track, but danger is hidden behind this pleasant, innocuous image (just like the snow Will so desperately wanted). The poor Walker. What the Old Ones make him do is one of the great injustices in this book.
  12. @Ser Scot A Ellison Somehow I never noticed the birth imagery until you mentioned it, but I immediately found some more in Midwinter Day. Cool! Lots more sun/light imagery as well. Some of it is pretty obvious, like the clouds blowing away when Will hears the sound of John Smith's hammer, to the suns and stars sparkling in the white mare's mane. Speaking of the white mare, is she a reference to Shadowfax, or the Uffington White Horse, or some other white horse from British myth? Love the Midwinter Day chapter, with the silent snowy timeless morning. In The Sign-Seeker chapter, Merriman says the circle has been growing for 4000 years. What do you think happened in 2000 BCE?
  13. Okay, I might be doing this by myself, @lady narcissa @Ser Scot A Ellison @Peadar @MinDonner etc etc where you all at? Reading chapter 1, Midwinter's Eve. So many classic lines in here that are so evocative of the series and just bring it rushing back every time I read: "The Walker is abroad," he said again. "And this night will be bad, and tomorrow will be beyond imagining." "Keep it safe, Will...you will need it after the snow comes." It was then, without warning, that the fear came. It was impossible, in a howling snowstorm, for anything living to have made that soft unmistakable thud against the glass that he had heard just before the skylight fell. But buried in the heap of snow, he had found the fresh black wing feather of a rook. I like the water imagery, given what's to come at the end of the book: the rooks cawing in an "ominous murmur, like the swollen Thames in spring" the memories "running out of James' mind like water." When Will is afraid in his room that night, I always thought it was because the rooks and the Rider and the Dark were bearing down on him. But it's also interesting that he seems to sense that he's turning into an Old One, or am I interpreting that wrong? He thinks that something is "trying to make him into someone else." Is that the Dark trying to "turn him into something he didn't want to be" or is this his transformation happening at the same time?
  14. Welp, guys. It's been ten years since we had our first 'official' Dark is Rising reread. Let's do it again! Chapter reading schedule: 20th Dec - Midwinter's Eve 21st Dec - Midwinter Day, The Sign-Seeker 23rd Dec - The Walker on the Old Way 24th Dec - Christmas Eve, The Book of Gramarye, Betrayal 25th Dec - Christmas Day [sometime in between - The Coming of the Cold] 5th Jan (Twelfth Night Eve) - The King of Fire and Water, The Hunt Rides 6th Jan (Twelfth Night) - The Joining of the Signs
  15. Hi Jade. Yeah, the Russian doll is a big question. I go back and forth because depending on how you read it, Have you read The Sunken Mall and the Scenes from Quarantine? That might help tide you over. If you don't have the link they are available on the TTS wiki.
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