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    Marvel Netflix - Sweet Christmas!

    I haven't seen Season 3 yet, but it seems pretty likely that Daredevil has gotten the biggest budgets, along with the most talented fight choreographers and cinematographers. That said, I don't think Daredevil is the most consistently excellent of the Marvel shows; beyond the debate about whether DD or JJ S1 is better (my money's on JJ, personally, but they're both great), the last half of season 2 of DD was seriously awful, not because it had too many episodes but because it turned into a show about ninjas and most of the other plotlines fizzled out (even the Punisher's). Jessica Jones Season 2 may not be great, but it at least never gets bad. I'm very happy to see that season 3 of Daredevil is a return to form, though.
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    Malazan: High House Shadow edition

    I'm rereading Gardens of the Moon now. It's the first time I've touched a Malazan book since The Crippled God and Return of the Crimson Guard when they came out. It's a really enjoyable book; although the writing is maybe weaker than the books from Deadhouse Gates on, it also lacks a lot of the pretentiousness, bloat, and annoying stylistic tics of the later books (I haven't found a single "must needs" yet, and Erikson shifts POVs every 5-10 pages instead of every 1-2). We'll see how far into this re-read of the series I'll get, since I don't think I can handle slogging through Toll the Hounds and Dust of Dreams again, but man, this series was such a cool idea.
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    Moving Right Alolan - More Pokemon Go!

    Just bad luck, I'm afraid. It's pretty unlikely, but it's happened to me before to go through long streaks without getting an egg. And then I'll get like three eggs in three stops. It can be annoying, especially in an event like this.
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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot in the works

    I'm decidedly meh about this. I like Buffy and Angel a lot, but I'm not sure there's much more that needs to be said. Buffy had a pretty good finale after a bad couple of seasons, Angel had an amazing finale after an excellent run of episodes. Do we really need more, whether in reboot or sequel form? It's not like it was the world that was so interesting in these shows. It was the characters, their relationships, the good villains (when the shows were at their best), the clever standalone episodes, and the snappy Whedon dialogue.
  5. Yeah. I respect Abercrombie so much as a writer and a professional not just because he writes consistently and at a good pace, but because he's open with fans if there are struggles and delays.
  6. I really, really recommend The Art of War. I'd say it's even worth full price. Check out the features and see if it's worth it for you. It's been a while since I've EU4ed, but all this talk is making me think of starting another game...
  7. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  15. 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.
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