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    Assassin's Fate, Robin Hobb

    Wasn't that after she left on the ship and Clerres was destroyed?
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    Assassin's Fate, Robin Hobb

    @RedEyedGhost Congratulations on finishing the book. Sounds like you enjoyed it. There's not enough of them left to rebuild what they were. There's a point when a population is too small to maintain itself and they were already skirting it before they were decimated. (there were about 200 of them before, right? Now there's 30-40 of them left, I guess?) So they'll need to breed with ordinary humans (again) to produce viable children and it will be generations before a White will be born from those. Only a ruthless person who's very long lived (like the Four) will have the patience to start another breeding program from what remains. Without Capra they'll soon lose their armed and monetary support. Prilkop wrote that they lost their vision for the most part in this new future Bee created. Maybe because they're no longer relevant to it without the Servants to affect changes. So the easy life is over for them. Prilkop may be eternal but the rest will probably die off in 200-300 years tops and probably long before that. The Dragons and Elderling also have dangerous powers. Doesn't mean it's inevitable they'd abuse them beyond redemption. @Maia Do you honestly believe Dwalia was Bee's catalyst? She never directed her. At most she prodded Videliar to be independent. If someone influenced her, maybe it was Beloved while she tortured him. Or maybe Prilkop saw a possible future that never took place. One of the prophecies suggested there were 3 paths open for Bee: Destroy Clerres as she did, get broken/killed through torture and abuse but Fitz and dragons still destroy Clerres in vengeance (a broken nut that spews horrors) or integrate in Clerres society and become a Dark Lady (she wears a a black and red crown). If she chose the last maybe Dwalia would've have been her catalyst/major-domo. Otherwise I don't see it.
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    Assassin's Fate, Robin Hobb

    I wonder what the future could've been like if Fitz managed to heal himself (*) (I'm sure he could if he tried, considering the healings he did in the past) and took off (at least most of the) Silver, maybe gave it to Verity Dragon. He seemed capable enough playing the prince in FQ so he could live with Bee at court and make her life there actually nice there. Or they could return to Withywoods. The folk there don't blame them for what happened. Quiet and familiar things could do a world of good for Bee. Or they could pursue Fitz' dream and journey around the Seven Duchies, maybe righting wrongs maybe just teaching Bee. Or they could do all three, intermittently. Beloved would be a hermit at first I think. He won't know what to do with his life now that he accomplished his goals and destroyed his tormentors finally. But he could find a place for himself in Fitz and Bee's new life, eventually. (*) It seemed, in both the Tawny and Fitz&Fool trilogies that prophecies have a power to force everyone to follow and not deviate from them. Fitz death now, and Beloved and Icefyre in FF were hardly as unavoidable as they were repeatedly described by the various White Prophets. The only way it makes sense is that Fitz was White-Commanded to follow that particular path of the future, somewhat like he was Skill-Commanded to come to Verity in AQ.
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    Assassin's Fate, Robin Hobb

    lol. I was scratching my head over that tidbit as well. SPOILERS if they're not on shore yet Per likes handling horses. He learned some swordsmanship and basic reading/writing abilities but what he really loves is tending to horses. One in particular . He doesn't want to be a guardsman or a scholar. Being a stableboy in the giant stales of Buckkeep where horses from all over the country are gathered together sounds like a dream come true for him. The stablemaster doesn't want him to get too uppity though so he's a bit rough with him.
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    Assassin's Fate, Robin Hobb

    I loved the book although it wasn't perfect of course as others already said. Regarding Bee's life in Buckkeep, it was too cold. Would showing affection to her by Nettle or Riddle or Lant be so dangerous to her? Maybe Nettle convinced everyone to wait until people 'forgot about her' before doing any of that and if only she stayed there a bit longer things would have turned for the better? It's possible she planned on making some of that right during their ride before Wolf-father interrupted them. It's true women do manly work in the 6 Duchies (and in Clerres as well. They have female leaders, female torturers, female guards. Also the rapist leader makes no distinction between boys and girls. ) but on the other hand men don't do female work. Women can work swing swords but men don't do croquet. So it's not totally equal. Nettle and others probably regard Bee as too wild after her cruel journey so they work doubly hard to ensure she's forced into a sedate, Victorian lifestyle with no brisk horse rides for example.
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    Orphan Black 3: So, sometimes stuff just works out[SPOILERS]

    The Crystal scenes are gold. (and Sara's impersonation) Rachel's murderous rampage caught me by surprise. I hoped Sara would put her down but Sara was never a killer. How many scientists do the Neolutionists have left? They lost Dr. Leekie and that other Dyad doctor with the cheek-bot, Dalphine probably hasn't done much work for them since her near-death experience. That army doctor ("Mother") was taken out as well. Some embryologist doctor in Helsinki was put down as well in the comics, I think. The ambulance murder couple (bot-technicians/surgeons). Now they got rid of Evie Cho (bot-engineer), Susan and Cosima. How many more do they have left? The group in the island-village looked a little primitive. Speaking of Island-Village, what was that plant they used to bandage Dalfine? I don't know what to make of them. They have an old-hippies vibe. Are they a cross between geneticists and natural herbal healers? Now for crazy theory time. No one lives to be 200 years old. Westmoreland is not a human being. He's a computer AI built to replicate Westmoreland's personality (as detailed in his big book). He resides in the Neolutionists' artificial eyes' memory chips, looks through them at the world and directs his followers with cryptic visions.
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    Orphan Black 3: So, sometimes stuff just works out[SPOILERS]

    New cure is making incest babies between the brothers and sisters (to recreate their original, I guess?)
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    Orphan Black 3: So, sometimes stuff just works out[SPOILERS]

    Great episode. Things are looking grim for our heroines. Not sure I liked the final turn in Beth's story. How much sense does it make? Why not kill Cho and her policeman if they can't take revenge against her anyway? Maybe she's not a natural killer like Helena or Sioban. The only time she killed someone (Helena's nun) it was by accident. Sioban was right to rail against Sarah (and her sesters) for not consulting her about her mother. Malone is not just 'the genetic donor', she's her mother and despite her old hatred toward her she's reconciled with her and grown close since they re-met. Sarah's become so embroiled in her Clone-world that she forgets it's not just about her. First she takes Felix for granted and now her mum (/niece?) I noticed Cosima filched Sarah's worm from Cho's desk. It could be their new source for a cure. Or MK could restore what she can from their hard-drives. Is anything digital truly lost beyond retrieval in today's age? I wonder what the bearded cop's backstory is? Cho and her two homicidal paramedics aren't that interesting. But I feel there's a story behind this cop's character. Is he doing this for money, cure for a relative, blackmail? His short talk with Malone at the end hinted at this. Talking about Malone, do you think she's relieved not to go through the final stages of her cancer? She's a proud character that hates being pitied.She said her final words to the clone she's grown closest to and to her daughter Sioban through her.
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    Orphan Black 3: So, sometimes stuff just works out[SPOILERS]

    The science doesn't make a lot of sense often in this series. Possibly the Duncans made a lot of breakthroughs working in synchrony, Susan creating neolutionist exotic additions (intelligence, super-strength, adaptability from what we've seen of the clones) while her husband found the perfect base genome and maybe was vital in inserting the additions into it and making sure (through a susceptibility to cancer) they had no offspring. After the husband ran destroyed all their research notes and ran away, his wife and the other neolutionists couldn't replicate the results because, other than Susan Duncan, they're all scientifically idiots and Susan has only half of what it takes to create successful clones. The original research looks like pure genetic engineering while the new neo-projects are more cyborgy. Their science-team must have a core of engineers instead of biologists nowadays. When Sarah said Adele was genuine I was sure she was lying and just wanted to 'monitor the monitor' as Cosima said in season 1, but I guess Adele is genuine. It's possible she's real and an agent. That bespectacled cop could be pressuring her with drug charges to spying but I'd prefer if she was just what she claims she is. Maybe they wanted to observe how the fetus will develop. The more time (s)he has to develop the more data (s)he could provide them with. They obviously don't care about their subjects. Isn't cleft jaw treatable with a minor surgery (unless I'm wrong and he's also missing a part of his brain)? If the expecting parents weren't guaranteed a perfectly healthy and good-looking baby, this child could reasonably expect a good life.
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    Orphan Black 3: So, sometimes stuff just works out[SPOILERS]

    Kira 'specialness' could be just top-notch stem cells (super-fast healing, good organ donor, maybe immortal) and heightened intuition (can pick up subtle signs a lookalike isn't her mom, interpret distant car noises as cops arriving or subtle tremors/reflections in the ice as neolutionists on Iceland). Daydreaming about burning her mom might be just her fear of the changes that maggot started to do to her mom. I don't think the show will kill off their main character. The Healing touch on Cosima could be just coincidence or a hint she has conscious control over her autonomic functions including the activity of her stem cells. Not a miracle, just gifted in some ways,
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    Orphan Black 3: So, sometimes stuff just works out[SPOILERS]

    Delphine would be great to have now. It's not healthy being a side character in this show. They keep dying off messily. I hope Fee's new sister is here to stay and doesn't turn out to be another spy. The dynamics between Sarah, Felix and her look like fun. I now imagine Felix' bio-mom as a grungy artist type.
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    Orphan Black 3: So, sometimes stuff just works out[SPOILERS]

    Great new episode. Helena and the Hendrix are gold. though I do worry Helena could break their marriage. Donnie and Helena definitely have a chemistry. She always compliments Donnie, calling him good strong Man. And ever since he learned about the babies he looks at her differently. She will have bio-babies. And apparently she learned Alison. Just to help fool policemen or does she want to take over? Hopefully now Cosima can learn what these maggots are and help Sara deal with them. Do I understand the plot correctly? The Neolutionists (or at least beard and eyeglasses) decided they needed to restrain her, so when Dr Neelan did her next checkup they accidentally placed the mind-controlling maggot in Sara's cheek instead of hers. Was that why Beth killed herself? She knew what they were planning and killed herself to avoid that fate? Rachel no doubt despises her mother and I can't blame her. Mommy dear is still treating her like a study with her monitoring spy-eyes. But I don't think she wants to contact Sara's group because of that. This is simple utilitarianism. Mother's group failed to find the cure for her condition (as evidenced by that girl-clone) despite all their resources and knowledge. They couldn't capture 'the original'. Cosima on the other hand is in the process of developing boy Duncan's treatment. I seem to recall Dr Duncan saying in season 2/3 that he located a base genome (Sara's grandma) and his wife developed the new bits that made the clones special. So his wife has the knowledge to cure the clones if she wanted to, surely? Is she repeating season 2 Rachel's strategies and using the defects to goad and control her daughter/experiment? She (or Neelan in her name) already gave her an artificial eye instead of using the blond clone as the perfect organ donor. The artificial eye is neat and all but it's freaky and seems to need time to refocus (when she starts using it to look at her room) I have no idea what this controlled evolution is supposed to achieve. Does anyone have any ideas?
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    [Pre-ADwD Spoilers] "New" POV 1 - Spoilers for ADwD

    [quote name='Other-in-law' post='1538396' date='Oct 1 2008, 16.04']I'm sorry, but you're bringing the latent skeptic in me out. :P[/quote] Those rats are tricky bastards. As Lord Ramsey tells us these rats are no ordinary rats, they're [b][color="#FF00FF"]Bolton rats[/color][/b], schooled in the delicate and exacting art of flaying people. Reek is not that experienced , the Bolton men have been protecting their proteges and even if we accept your questionable assumption that Reek would want to start with the belly and go to the trouble of incapacitating its legs and mouth for this purpose (and why didn't Martin go to the trouble of describing it after he described all those other gritty little details?) we have to remember that Reek only has 7 fingers. A holy number to some, but not as good as 10, and those 7 are kind of bony and decrepit. Could he overpower a [b][color="#FF00FF"]Bolton rats[/color][/b] in his prime, well fed on Reeky flesh? I doubt it.
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    [Pre-ADwD Spoilers] "New" POV 1 - Spoilers for ADwD

    [quote name='Andhaira' post='1538312' date='Oct 1 2008, 14.11']Actually Theon wrings the rats neck fist then eats it. A rat is no match for a human unless said human is in an obullite. :)[/quote] Actually: "The rat squealed as he bit into it, squirming wildly in his hands. The belly was the softest part. [...] By the third bite the rat had ceased to struggle, and he was feeling almost content." Belly-eating = claws and teeth pointed toward eyes-nose-cheeks-chin [quote]Well,you can't really tell,until you try that yourself :)[/quote] While trying to fondle the rat in my basement, I lost my left nostril and right cheek and had my brows disfigured. True story that. I have been on Ratoholics-Anonymous for 3 years now. I feel (like us all in RHA) for Theon.
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    [Pre-ADwD Spoilers] "New" POV 1 - Spoilers for ADwD

    This was not a good chapter as the other three were but it gave some interesting insights. The story about Lady Hornwood eating her fingers is given a new angle here. She had not eaten off her fingers because she was hungry from starvation, she did it to stem off the pain from flaying But Theon eats a live rat?? That just doesn't make sense. The rat would have taken off half of Theon's face if this happened for real.
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