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  1. I'm interested in Octopath Traveler, but not for 60 bucks. The reviews are pretty good, and it seems like you can get enough out of it doing three to four of the paths rather than all eight.
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    Rank your 2018 TV shows throughout the year

    1. The Expanse: The best season of the show yet. It's even more impressive given that they were adapting a (IMO) pretty weak book in the second half of the season. This is the best space sci-fi on TV since the early seasons of BSG, 2. The Good Place: A fantastic and innovative second season let down only by a kind of weak last few episodes, as the show became slightly too schmaltzy 3. Westworld: Season 2 had some phenomenal moments and episodes that topped anything in season 1 (especially episodes four and eight), but as a whole it feels less than the sum of its parts. Too many pointless journeys without much payoff, too little development of secondary characters, too much trying to set up uninteresting mysteries instead of telling an interesting story. Still, the acting and cinematography are amazing, and when it's good, it's really good. _______________________________________ 4. Jessica Jones: A good, if flawed, second season 5. Arrested Development: The first half of season 5 was pretty uneven. It's great to have the cast interacting again, and there are some hilarious episodes and gags, but especially in the early episodes, the pacing is pretty bad. In general episodes are too long, and there's still too much exposition. But the good moments make up for the bad. _______________________________________ 6. Star Trek: Discovery: The second half of the season was a huge disappointment for me, particularly the parallel universe shenanigans 7. Troy: Fall of a City. Wow, this was uninspired. How anyone can take the Iliad and the Trojan War myths and make them this boring and prosaic is beyond me.
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    2018 Reading Self-Challenge

    My goal was 40 for this year. I definitely fell behind in the last few months, but some of the books I've read this were were also 1,000 pages +, so that doesn't help. Here's my list so far: 1. Donna Leon- Drawing Conclusions 2. James S. Corey- Abbadon's Gate 3. Emma Cline- The Girls 4. Victor Hugo- Les Miserables (Norman Denny translation) 5. Alice Oswald- Memorial 6. J.R.R Tolkien- The Silmarillion 7. Josiah Bancroft- Senlin Ascends 8. Josiah Bancroft- Arm of the Sphinx 9. Ann Leckie- Provenance 10. Mary Beard- Women and Power 11. Melissa Lane- The Birth of Politics 12. Brandon Sanderson- The Way of Kings 13. Brandon Sanderson- Words of Radiance 14. Salman Rushdie- Fury 15. Homer- The Iliad (Catherine Alexander translation) 16. Poul Anderson- The Broken Sword 17. Cixin Liu- The Three Body Problem 18. Dee Brown- Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee 19. Mark Lawrence- The Prince of Thorns Highlights: Silmarillion re-read, Alexander's translation of Homer, Arm of the Sphinx, Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee, The Three Body Problem, Les Miserables Lowlights: Abbadon's Gate, The Prince of Thorns, Fury, Words of Radiance
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    Moving Right Alolan - More Pokemon Go!

    It was a pretty fun weekend for PoGo. After insanely bad luck with the other shiny legendaries, I managed to get three shiny Articuno in my first three tries. I did a few more after that, but I think an hour of raiding was enough for me. And I'm so glad I have a dope shiny Blastoise with aviators now.
  5. The fact that we're six books into this world and we haven't gotten past the orientalist cliches suggests that this is an aspect of the worldbuilding, and not just Ferro and the Union leaders happening to have nearly identical orientalist views of the Gurkhish despite being from different cultures and backgrounds. Look, I love Joe's books. But he's not the first and he won't be the last fantasy author to rely on these tropes.
  6. Not necessarily. Orientalism is a way of presenting eastern societies that reverts to inaccurate stereotypes developed by outsiders- in the Western tradition, this goes back to Herodotus, who as Greek historians go, was relatively willing to praise other cultures, including Persian ones. You don't need contempt to engage with Orientalism. And I don't think anyone is saying that Abercrombie is trying to instill contempt, just that his depiction of the Gurkhish relies on Orientalising stereotypes, and this makes them a relatively uninteresting society to explore, in the same way that Essos is much less interesting than Westeros.
  7. It was a very good two part finale. Some of it felt rushed, particularly as they tried to get from their version of Ashford to the book's climax; it felt like there wasn't much justification for the exploding of the nuke that began the whole crisis, and then Ashford went into authoritarian mode way too fast. That said, I appreciated that the lesson was that everyone's just trying to do the right thing, rather than that Ashford was a crazy incompetent dick, as he is in the book. The Melba stuff also didn't work too well- it didn't in the book, either, but given what they did with Ashford, I was hoping for something more. Oh well. Everything else was fantastic. This really is the best space opera show since BSG seasons 1-3.5, and I'm so glad it's firing on nearly all cylinders now. I've only read up to book 3 and I don't think I'll go any further than that with the books, so I'm grateful that we get more seasons of this excellent show!
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    What are your favourite Philip K Dick books?

    I like just about every Philip K Dick book I've read, but the ones that I love and that really stick with me are not his very sci-fi books but his books exploring his mental health troubles and drug addiction. VALIS and A Scanner Darkly are my favourite books by him- as @Theda Baratheon says, his writing is excellent at capturing disturbing imagery and uncomfortable points of view.
  9. https://www.joeabercrombie.com/2018/06/29/progress-report-june-18/ The first draft of the whole trilogy is done. Joe and his publishers hope to get Book 1 out by September 2019. I love this man's work ethic.
  10. Mario Odyssey isn't my favorite Switch game, but it is just pure fun and joy. The hat mechanic is brilliant and I really loved some of the levels in this one, especially the steampunk forest kingdom and New Donk City. My only wish is that the Dark Souls style one with the dragon had more content. I'm also excited for Dark Souls Switch. In the meantime, because I'm doing so much traveling this summer, I picked up Skyrim on it. It's a very well done port, and has sucked me back into a game I already put way too much time into back in the day.
  11. Or in an academic context, to study the reception of classical history/developments in historiography. And some of his insights are still interesting. There's still a lot of value to be had in reading Gibbon, aside from the entertainment value. But yeah, if you're taking an introduction to late antiquity/the Late Roman Empire course, the chances of being assigned Gibbon are pretty low, unless as a historiographic exercise.
  12. This all sounds excellent, but your problem is that you've made the Romans materialist! The Roman Republic got where it got because of the gods; they respected that pax deorum, and they were rewarded for it! And when they didn't (sacred chickens getting thrown overboard, consuls not taking the auspices) they got punished for it. Make them spiritualists, sacrifice a few hecatombs, get the gods on your side
  13. Finally am catching up on the last three episodes after being out of the country. I still haven't seen the latest, but I feel like they're doing a pretty good job with Abaddon's Gate. I've loved the stuff with Holden and Miller in the slow zone, Alex and Amos are killing it, Bobbie is back (!), and the Drummer/Ashford stuff is so much more interesting than the Bull/Ashford plot in the book. My only complaints: I feel like they could have gotten more from Naomi on the Mormon ship- if they were going to stick her there, might as well use her there for longer. Some of the visuals in the slow zone are pretty wonky, but in a kind of charming old-school sci-fi way. More seriously: Melba's motivations are very dumb in the book and I wish they had done more to change them. With everything else going on, it's very hard to care about her daddy issues or pointless vengeance plot. Though it was nice to see Julie in the flashbacks again.
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    Video Games: A Far Cry From E3

    Sure, be skeptical if you don't enjoy their games, but I just don't understand the need to shit on everything and be so negative. It's a video game- if you don't like it, don't buy it. And so when a game like the new Jedi one is announced, which sounds pretty cool, I don't see why we all need to find reasons to hate it. But I think I'm just kind of over video game outrage. The amount of anger people have at companies for not announcing and advertising things is just insane.
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    Video Games: A Far Cry From E3

    I also played Inquisition. Pretty early on, I learned to avoid the shitty fetch quests and I had a great time with it, and so did many others, clearly. As for boring, I don't think anything in the game compares to some of the endless dungeon slogs in Origins. On Anthem's reception... part of the apathy I think is because many Bioware fans don't care for this kind of game, myself included. Part of it is because of Andromeda. And part of it is because of the online anti-EA circle jerk. I find it amazing how many people on the reddit live reaction thread were looking for an excuse to hate this game and everything EA advertised.