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  1. Yes, they weren't fascist ENOUGH. That's why the conservatives lost, clearly.
  2. GA just prefers werewolves over vampires generally. Also, I don't know how many of you have noticed that gas and eggs are more expensive now. I guess Democracy has failed and we have to do a fascism now. Also, eggs and gas are more expensive because trans people exist. Or something. I haven't gotten the latest talking points read the latest report from Conservative Eagle Patriot MAGA News about why that is, but Tucker says it's true so it must be.
  3. The blest and brightest, people. These billionaires are the blest and brightest.
  4. This pablum is like a step away from vaguely Q-pilled buzzword nonsense-speak. Make a bunch of longwinded declarative statements that essentially boil down to "We good, they bad." On the surface level, its vague and shallow, feelgood bs, the literary-equivalent of a "Hang in there!" cat poster. Also, I love how it's always the left's and liberal's jobs to find "common ground" with fascists and conservative chud-fucks who want to murder or imprison them for daring to not have the right opinions about things. Fucking please. Do you pour all of that liquor from the drunk thread directly onto your brain?
  5. Spell check is for communists and child predators. If only stupidity was an energy source, these chud fucks could power the world for an eternity.
  6. Because the US is a shithole country run by rich fucks who care more about money than the general well-being of the citizenry. Clearly, if striking is too onerous on the populace then clearly the only recourse is to [REDACTED] the owners. That only directly affects a couple of people, right?
  7. This is just straight up Trump's Greatest Hits. It's the political equivalent of an 80's glam metal band playing the same 6 songs they've been playing for 40 years at the local county fair, the lead singer shrieking off key like he's 26 instead of 62, while the ancient, doddering crowd mindlessly bobs along in between sips of their tepid, watered-down Coors Light. The primary is going to be an absolute shitshow and is either going to be absolutely glorious or utterly horrific. Also, the fact that Trump has announced now, means that all of us will be subject to almost 3 years worth of constant campaign bullshit. He seriously couldn't wait a couple of months? Fuck you Trump, just let me rest a little from this dumb, stupid shit.
  8. The first season covers the first two-and-a-half volumes. I believe there are maybe one or two stories from volume 3 that aren't included.
  9. I don't remember exactly at what age I first read The Belgariad, but I was at least 10 (I read The Hobbit and LotR when I was 9 or 10) so I was probably 11 or 12 and I was fully into my "fantasy binge" phase where I would try to read anything with a sword on the cover. While I largely agree with Wert, I thought the series was great when I first read it. Great enough to read through it at least twice. The characters were fun, the dialogue was quippy in a sort of adolescent Joss Whedon way, the stories were enjoyable, and the world was mostly engaging. Even as pre-teen I knew it was all a bit shallow, but I still enjoyed it. After that, I wasn't sure what series to read next so I actually picked up The Tamuli without first reading The Elenium. I hated The Tamuli. I don't think it was due to the fact that I hadn't read The Elenium, as the series does a good job of establishing characters and the events of the prior books. I think I didn't like it because it felt very much, both in writing, story, and characterization, like a supremely watered down Belgariad with some of the worst villains ever. I then decided to read The Elenium and The Mallorean next. The Elenium I actually really enjoyed. It felt far more mature. It still had the light, quipy characters, but the events and story had a more serious edge to them. I still have fond memories of the series today. The Mallorean, on the other hand, was just... okay I guess. It felt like a better Tamuli and after finishing this series, I think Edding's weaknesses as a writer become really apparent. He is very fond of recycling, whether it's dialogue, characters, or plots, he endlessly reuses them. That doesn't make his earlier books bad, but it does show how quickly he fell into a pattern. Belgarath The Sorcerer I have very fond memories of and I actually think is probably easily his best book. The "epic" scale of the story and the fact that it bucks the recycled structures of his other books made it stand out quite a bit to me at the time. This was probably the last Eddings book I read as around this time I think I started getting into WoT and that pretty much consumed my reading habits for several years. I did pick up Redemption of Athalus when it came out several years later. I was fully into my "edgy teenager" phase and so shit had to be "dark" and "mature" and Athalus was definitely not that. Not that that was why I didn't like it, Athalus was just a terrible book. It was more of the same, more recycled plots, characters, dialogue, and uselessly inept villains. One of the worst things was that Athalus, the main character... wasn't that bad. It was Eddings at his absolute worst. I got about halfway through the book before I DNF'd it. Disregarding his pernicious past, I do have overall fond memories of his works. The Belgariad is a pretty foundational work of a certain kind of light, YA fantasy that just isn't seen much anymore and The Elenium is a bit more refined and mature, not exactly adult but certainly not exclusively for nerdy kids. The rest of his work? Eh, I think the less said the better. Would I reread it now? No probably not. I enjoy my fond memories of them and I doubt they'd hold up. Some things are just better left in the past.
  10. Honestly, that just sounds like post hoc face saving by Musk. "Oh, uh, everything is falling apart? Oh yeah, it was all 4 da lulz. Ha ha ha..." *profuse sweating*
  11. Kind of. It looks better, that's for sure, the pacing and editing were all much better than the first episode of WoT, but the bones of WoT's failures are still semi-visible beneath the surface. The plotting is kind of dumb and the dialogue is very purple, over-wrought and over-written. A novice's attempt at Deadwood would be more interesting at the very least. It's also very much Tolkien fanfic, like I had to shut down that useless part of my brain that remembers the Silmarillion and the Appendices. I've only watched the first episode, but I'm giving it a bit of leeway here. It could certainly get better, but I doubt it will. This will likely be a big, dumb show that leans heavily on the spectacle with breathy elves reciting High School poetry while plot points get ticked off a list. I hope for another Lord of the Rings, but I'm guessing we'll get another Hobbit. 6/10 so far EDIT: Also, I'm really enjoying Hot D so far and the first episode was far, far, far better than this. Even if it's just misery porn, it's well-written, well-made, and well acted misery porn.
  12. I still can't believe that stupid fucking scream cost him the race. Like, holy shit, looking at that from dumpster fire of 2022, it is just a bafflingly stupid controversy now (and it was pretty stupid even back then).
  13. "Woke" means, to put it bluntly, whatever you want it to fucking mean. It has become an empty term where people can pour all of their petty complaints. What exactly is "woke" about Sandman as an adaptation?
  14. Yeah, if Sandman (the comic) came out today, there would be people complaining about how "woke" it is, but since it came out over 30 years ago, it gets the Star Trek treatment instead.
  15. Just watched this and "The Sound of Her Wings." "24 Hours" was the issue that really sold me on Sandman when I first read it, and I'm so fucking happy that the show did it justice. These two episodes have been the best two so far. "The Sound of Her Wings" was fantastic. Loved the casting of both Death and Desire. So far, this adaptation is knocking it out of the park, which is honestly just baffling. Sandman I honestly expected to get super fucked over considering how other, "simpler" adaptations have fared. I guess there's still a chance for this to fall flat on its face, but I'm impressed enough to think that won't happen.
  16. As someone who knew very, very little of DC's comic universe when I originally read Sandman, I would say their "inclusion" was very much insignificant. They are little more than minor cameos. EDIT: Two episodes in and I'm really liking the visuals and much of the casting. Still kinda wish Dream was more of a gothy albino, but eh whatevs. Them's nerd complaints. I also don't mind the Corinthian being more connected to these early events and Boyd Holbrook is fucking perfect. Also, the way it handled the Kindly Ones was fantastic. Pretty much how I hoped it would. So far, it's surpassed my expectations and I sincerely hope it doesn't shit the bed at the end of this season like so many other shows.
  17. Celebrimbor definitely does not look like how I pictured him either. But, on the other hand, I remember Hugo Weaving being very much NOT how I pictured Elrond back before the Jackson films came out. He did make it work so hopefully the same is true for this Celebrimbor.
  18. I should be more specific here, I think. Wandering monsters are fine, but random encounters are what I'm talking about here. IE rolling on a table to determine what they encounter. Sometimes, very rarely, I'll use random encounters, but usually only when players do something stupid or spend too much time dicking around in a dangerous area. Or I'll have a "random" encounter to show them what sorts of creatures are living in an area. But yea, wandering monsters, good. Random encounters, blech.
  19. Finally, FINALLY finished Moon Witch, Spider King by Marlon James. I did like it, but ye gods was it hard to get into. It felt... very aimless for the first half and when it finally intersects with Black Leopard, Red Wolf, it almost seems tacked on. And the dense writing style did not help. One thing that I think made it even more difficult to appreciate was that there was a lot that I did not remember from Black Leopard, Red Wolf. I recalled the overall beats of the story, but not a lot of the actual details. I would most definitely benefit from a reread of both at some point in the future... the far future. 3/5 I reread The Hobbit for the first time in.... oh twenty years. It's good, though I don't particularly love it. It's a fun, breezy little fantasy book, albeit my least favorite of Tolkien's "main" books (LotR and The Simarillion being the others). I don't really have much to say about it that hasn't been said better a million times before, other than I found the end section (everything after the party reaches Laketown) much, much better than I recall and the actual journey up to that point much more tedious, excepting Riddles in the Dark and even that I didn't like as much as I remembered. It's a fine book, but it will never be one of my favorites. 3/5 Since the pandemic started I've been on a bit of a "Behind The Bastards" binge and Robert Evans's sultry, dulcet tones have been one of the few things to make the general collapse of both society and global sanity somewhat manageable. So when I found out that he had written a sci-fi dystopian novel about a post-collapse United States, boy howdy was I ready for that. And make no mistake, his voice really comes through rather clearly on After The Revolution. The writing is a bit rough in some places. By no means is it bad, but it's pretty obvious that it's a debut novel. That said, the world building and characters are the primary drivers of the novel, with the actual story being there just to explore those aspects. It's not a bad story, but it mainly exists to get the characters where they need to get and to show off hints of how exactly the world got to where it currently is. And those hints are the most enticing portions of the book. You never get a clear picture of what exactly happened, but just enough flashes of images that you can kinda, maybe roughly sketch something out. Overall, it was a fun, action-filled sci-fi dystopian romp with some good characters anchoring down an intriguing premise. Not perfect, but fun. 3.5/5
  20. I'm sure it was and that it was never specifically de-canonized, though I don't think any other piece of Trek before this has directly referenced either Sybok or the events of the movie. Kind of a soft decanonization, maybe. And I like Star Trek V. It's silly and dumb, but I find it pretty fun overall.
  21. Noses, eyes, and ears have a liberal bias, you know.
  22. Hot Take: I hate wandering monsters and I never use them.
  23. Again, the right is all projection. Pretty sure the only people nutting over their guns are the conservative gun nuts.
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