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  1. Yeah, the book really did end with a massive "to be continued;" there's 100% going to be more First Law books. I have nothing against more books set in the First Law world, but to be honest, at this point I find it hard to get excited for a promise of yet more wars in the North and more Bayaz plotting behind the scenes. I think Bayaz needed more payoff in this trilogy than he ultimately got, and I was disappointed that mysteries/plotlines that were set up in A Little Hatred (what's the deal with the black-haired boy? What are the Eaters and Khalul up to?) are being shunted off to another trilogy. About the prophecy, my impression was that Hildi was the woman Rikke saw. Her showing up at Bayaz's village and then in the prophecy felt very random to me, but I think she was who Abercrombie wanted us to think of. I feel like my past few posts in this thread have been more negative than positive about this trilogy, so I do want to balance that out, because there was so much I enjoyed. Especially the characters. A poster in the other thread complained that Abercrombie's character arcs have gotten predictable and one note. I see that with Broad, and I'm still a little skeptical of Leo's transformation, though I think I'll want to read the whole trilogy at once to decide how well it works. But otherwise, the characters in this trilogy were fantastic, and I think they did break new ground for Abercrombie. For example, you did have characters who simply became better people over the course of the trilogy: Orso and Vick come to mind. Aside from Temple in Red Country, that's not the usual progression for Abercrombie characters. And if Broad didn't work so well, he's not the first Abercrombie character to need more depth: Ferro from the original trilogy wasn't great.
  2. To be honest, I think it's going to be the opposite, unfortunately. I think we'll see a Trump effect with the PPC, where many people who support their party won't say so in polling, whether due to not wanting to admit it or for the sake of trolling (the PPC candidate in my riding is essentially a right wing Youtube troll). I hope you're right, but if they do well in this election and if they win even one seat... I will not be happy.
  3. I'm pretty late to this show - I only started watching Season 1 a couple weeks ago, and now am almost through Season 2. I think it can be funny and cute, but I also find Ted to be a deeply annoying character. Someone in this thread called him Ned Flanders, and that about sums it up. The show was also always mushy, but without any sort of antagonist (now that Rebecca and Jamie are nice), the 2nd season just goes way overboard, imo. It's kind of like the Good Place in its later seasons - if you're going to do a mushy comedy, I think you still need one of the main characters to have some edge. Then again, my favourite sitcoms are Seinfeld and Arrested Development, so maybe this just isn't meant for me. Roy Kent is pretty great though.
  4. I'm immunocompromised and got my third dose today. Wish me luck. It's a beautiful weekend here - would be a shame to spend all of it curled up in bed.
  5. Singh's problem this election has been constantly maintaining an attack on Trudeau without really justifying the NDP's vision (and I say this as someone who voted NDP). Of course, you have to attack whoever's in power, not to mention your closest rival for votes, but it starts getting a little ridiculous. It's also about as far from 2011's campaign strategy as possible, and that's the one they should be trying to replicate. The Liberals have maintained their lead over the past few days in many polls, and they do tend to have better voter efficiency than the Conservatives, but the election is still scarily close. Especially with the surge in Bloc support since the English debate. It's going to come down to a lot of very close ridings, I think.
  6. Owls see far and Rikke has the long eye? That's my best guess.
  7. I agree with the twist comment. The narrative momentum of the story faltered in part because you're waiting for Glokta to re-emerge the entire time; the longer he's out of the way, the more obvious it is that he's behind everything. Then the reveal happens and the story ends, and it's all very anti-climactic, feeling like setup for more books rather than an explosive conclusion. The Rikke betraying Orso twist was better, because that stemmed naturally from the character arc and wasn't something that you expected for hundreds of pages. I think part of the reason the revolution felt like an essay at times is because all the characters have the same perspective on it: cynicism, dread, fear, disgust. This is where Broad's disappointment as a character really makes a difference, because he could have had a very different perspective on things than the aristocratic characters.
  8. I have a lot of family and friends in Alberta - reasonable, left leaning folks who tend to live in Calgary and Edmonton. I feel horrible for them all the time, but never more so than during this pandemic. Some of them have serious health issues and have been completely abandoned by their provincial government. Fuck Kenney. What's happening in Alberta is horrible, but if there's any silver lining, it's that this is probably going to damage O'Toole in the final days of the race, especially since he's praised Kenney's pandemic response in the past.
  9. I'm not saying the witcher 3 didn't speak to me! It's one of my favourite games ever- between my two playthroughs, I've also probably spent over 200 hours in this game.
  10. I didn't say it was a bad thing the show was following musicians... I usually liked the music stuff in Treme (and especially the Indians stuff) better than the police and lawyer civil rights stuff. There were lots of scenes that were just musicians and bands playing shows, and people who like New Orleans jazz more than I do would appreciate that more.
  11. It was so strange to see Ransone in Treme, acting like a reasonable human being and looking handsome. As for Treme, I watched it this summer after I finished my Wire rewatch. It's a good show but very different, and, imo, nowhere near the Wire's level: slice of life in post-Katrina New Orleans, mainly following musicians. If you like New Orleans jazz, I think you might appreciate it more than I did. The actors who play Bunk and Lester are great in it.
  12. I agree that the main problem with Season 5 is that it was rushed, not the serial killer plotline (which was meant to be ridiculous and satiric). I also agree that Nick Sobotka is a much weaker actor than Ziggy, though Ziggy is an intentionally annoying character and can be hard to watch. I like season 2 and respect what they're doing with it and see how it's necessary for the show as a whole, but on this recent rewatch I could see why it gets a more negative reception. The end of the season is great. But the beginning of the season is a real slog and very slow paced, even by Wire standards. You've not only shifted to an entirely new cast of characters, but they're also generally less interesting characters than the ones who you've left behind - only Frank can really compare to the Barksdale crew. It's still a good season, of course - nothing in the Wire is every really bad. And even though the early episodes are slow, they also have McNulty scouring sea charts to get the murders into Baltimore's jurisdiction, which is hilarious.
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