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  1. Werthead

    Malazan: High House Shadow edition

    Certainly for Erikson, the "commercial considerations" of his work is the thing at the very bottom of his priority list. Which is both good and bad.
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    UK Politics: What Goes DUP Must Come Down

    The EU has now moved TO TAKE CONTROL OF TIME ITSELF. Parliament voting for things that directly contradicted the governing party's manifesto (or a coalition agreement thrashed out as a compromise between two parties' manifestos, a la the LibDem-Tory coalition) would certainly create a constitutional crisis and I think would make the government want to trigger a general election, as by definition the governing party would no longer be able to fulfil its mandate (as slim as it is in this case). The government refusing to follow Parliament's majority vote would also spark a constitutional crisis. What that means no-one knows. We've never been in this situation before.
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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot in the works

    No, that's still the most recent thing.
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    Apple TV Plus - will you be subscribing?

    So far, meeeeeeeh. I think we've reached saturation point with streaming services. I think between Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and CBS All Access, the appetite for yet more services is going to be limited. I've seen industry commentators say that the way forward will be bundle deals like cable, where you pay the rate of say two full services and get another one bundled for free, but so far these haven't appeared. Apple TV is way too late to the party, its content is more "interesting" then "must immediately watch" and it's launching at the same time as Disney+, which is a vastly more appealing service with a huge amount of both compelling new material (the Marvel shows) and a colossal backlog of existing material, including the entire Disney, ABC, Fox, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar back-catalogue. I can't see Apple competing with that.
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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot in the works

    Season 1 of Angel ends really well, but the first half is pretty weak. Season 2 is a huge improvement but is let down by the closing arc on Pylea, which is just silly. Season 3 is about as good as Season 2 at its best except for the fact that Connor is not a particularly compelling character. He suffers from some of the same issues as Dawn (young teenage character joins ensemble halfway through run and the viewers are supposed to care) but the actor is far less capable than Michelle Trachtenberg and he doesn't make the audience very sympathetic. Season 4 is probably the best season of them all for the sheer intensity of the building action, with each cliffhanger more insane than the one before it. The latter part of the season, where we lose Cordelia and Connor becomes more important, loses a bit of fizz, but it's still reasonably decent. I feel like Season 4 of Angel is like Season 6 of Buffy: dark as fuck and it felt very different on a first viewing but it's improved immensely with age. It helps that S4 wasn't quite as character-destroyingly dark as S6 of Buffy. Season 5 is probably a bit too goofy and it doesn't help that Marsters and Boreanaz are clearly now much older than they were compared to their first appearances (Boreanaz also definitely feels like he's not been hitting the gym as much as he did previously). Fantastic ending though, and the Illyria stuff was very well-done. One of the working theories (given some more credence by the more recent Whedon revelations) is that Carpenter might be the actress Whedon had a fling with and it didn't end too well and there was a lot of weirdness involved. Her going off to Angel, which Whedon wasn't as involved with on the day-to-day, supports that and then the strange way she was treated the second she became pregnant IRL and was then manoeuvred off the show.
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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot in the works

    A new video confirming that Buffy's HD remaster is still a POS and Fox haven't fixed it and it's still the only version available on the major streaming services. Sigh.
  7. Werthead

    UK Politics: A Third Meaningful Thread

    I'm going to go with, "fuck no."
  8. Werthead

    Bakker LVI: the Rectum of Creation

    Or is it a novel that isn't a novel, but evil incarnate? It has an evil rustle of pages.
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    Video Games: Devils Die Twice

    You can add all of these games to Steam and run them through there (although if they're UPlay or Origin they'll still load the launcher in the background, but not if they're GoG or Epic), which is at least somewhat more convenient. Well, not really. Adding a separate launcher and buying games through it rather than Steam or GoG is hardly the inconvenience or cost level of having to buy a whole new console to get exclusives. But it is annoying to remove customer choice. It is amusing seeing people who three days ago would have screamed blue murder if The Outer Worlds had been a Microsoft Store exclusive now saying they'll proudly buy it from there to stick it to Epic.
  10. There's actually two versions of the short story, the original 1991 version published in New Moon and the 1998 version published in A Second Chance at Eden, which was revised to fit better into the Night's Dawn universe (which "Edge" did sort of introduce with the affinity technology, but by the time he got to Eden the universe had changed a bit and he had to adjust some of the worldbuilding details). The Eden version does have that change (she crashed her van) and she admits she made up the assault story. Not sure about the original. One of the other big changes, from a generic future London to a London being encased in an arcology dome, also didn't make it into the animated version so maybe they went with the original version.
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    The Dark Tower is now an Amazon pilot

    At the moment, it appears that the showrunner will be Glen Mazzara, who was a co-executive producer on The Shield and was showrunner on Seasons 2-4 of The Walking Dead.
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    Video Games: Devils Die Twice

    Epic. I now need to play the original.
  13. Is it possible? Yes. Is it likely? No. GRRM is considerably more famous and printing technology more advanced than it was in 2011,so I suspect the outcome will be to simply publish a much bigger book, and then split it for paperback. George's answer seems to suggest he doesn't even want to do that, instead keeping the word count down to ASoS/ADWD levels and cutting and rewriting as required.
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    UK Politics: A Third Meaningful Thread

    Labour MP attacked in the street in Kemptown, blames May's speech as the man was screaming that MPs are traitors.
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    UK Politics: A Third Meaningful Thread

    Bercow having to assert his authority twice, even telling Leadsom to sit down and shut up at one point whilst he schooled her on his responsibilities.
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