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  1. A Song Of Ice And Fire

    Season 3, which adapts roughly 2/3s of A Storm of Swords and includes one aspect from A Dance With Dragons, has been getting trailers. Don't click if you plan on reading the books: spoilers. Where do you think they're going to end the season? I've been thinking about this and, thematically, it only makes sense if (spoilers up to and including book five) . Anyway, it should be a great season.
  2. The Dancing Thumb (aka: music recommendations)

    This is the sexiest.
  3. Books, books, books...

    I remember someone on Mixnmojo years ago wrote that the exact same thing happened to them... I'd still read it. Anthony Burgess called Flann O'Brien a treasure. (I have it and should read it, too.)
  4. I haven't been able to sleep because of this book and have fallen into a deep depression. I think it reached subtly into something inside me and pressed on it. That's probably the mark of a great book. I have a lot of thoughts about it. They're not worth sharing. All I can say is that some sort of despair ballooned inside of my chest and I've been distracted ever since.
  5. So I'm finally listening to the podcast, having finished this masterpiece of a book an hour ago, and you guys mentioned that there aren't any "nice" editions of the book. Here's mine. It's beautiful.
  6. Where do people read that stuff? NPR?
  7. Guns and gun control

    Oh, politics. I was reading-up a little bit on the tragedy at Sandy Hook, specifically the response to it. I saw something that I initially thought was parody, but it couldn't have been because it was a transcript of a press conference by the NRA. The press conference's point was that the NRA is proposing a new program, called National School Shield Program, that places professional, armed guards at school doors. The idea is that, because we live in a world of polar good and evil, "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," as if that's the only way this scenario could play out. It turns schools into potential shoot-outs. There's a part I found genuinely bemusing. After similar tragedies in Australia and the United Kingdom, both countries passed and enacted laws that effectively squelched any similar tragedies taking place again. They were thorough, swift, and unyielding. So why does America not take this up? Why end-up with stuff like this? How many more Emmett Tills does a country need? What do you think? Am I raving mad here, or being sensible?
  8. Discworld

    You're missing out, and I'm fairly sure you'd like them. Try Guards! Guards! It's an introductory book that debuts a handful of the popular characters, has appearances from characters from the other books (Death has a couple of memorable scenes), gets the general idea of the world and the tone of the books across, is very funny and it's got a good plot to boot. The characters that don't debut in it are re-introduced. There was one that featured in Mort, which had come out a few years before, that I had no idea were returning characters. I wouldn't recommend reading a synopsis; there's no way it'll make it sound good. Just trust me on this and read it. Mort is a good introductory work, too, but it's a little less refined, with Pratchett still smoothing out some rough spots in his craftsmanship. It's still quite good, though.
  9. EVE Online

    Video of said battle. This game fascinates me, but, despite how much I want to play it, I never would. It requires an insane amount of time and dedication, which I figure can go into other things.
  10. A Song Of Ice And Fire

    Also, I just remembered a nice piece of trivia:
  11. Discworld

    I'm following these.
  12. A Song Of Ice And Fire

    I don't know that one. I thought
  13. Discworld

    I've left that one and Going Postal for later, as they are my friend's favourites. I think I'm tacking Sourcery next, since it's the first of the Rincewind novels that I have, and his cameo in Mort was memorably funny.
  14. A Song Of Ice And Fire

    I don't buy it, to be honest. He got a great send-off and I'm happy with what we had. It'd cheapen that final scene of his if he was actually alive. Points for Martin, though,
  15. A Song Of Ice And Fire

    The White Walkers in the book are quite different to their TV counterparts.
  16. Ni No Kuni

    Are the battles in this random? My connection is too slow to view a gameplay video and that's really the deciding factor, here, because this game looks like the best.
  17. A Song Of Ice And Fire

    Oh...ADWD spoilers ahead.
  18. The Dancing Thumb (aka: music recommendations)

    It's been a while since I posted here, so here we go:
  19. A Song Of Ice And Fire

    There's a lot, and I do mean a lot, like that. For what it's worth, I did post some stuff before that I think you missed, like I need to re-read the books before The Winds of Winter hits. Yallah, George.
  20. Humour

    So PG Wodehouse is pretty terrific. I've been going through a rough patch and I'm super stressed all the time, and it got to the point where any book I read immediately got under my skin. I'd be reading anything and if someone got so much as a cut I'd get upset. It was stupid of me. Then I read some PG Wodehouse and, by jove, that's what I needed! Stories where the worst thing that happens is that someone picks a tie that doesn't go well with their shirt. I've tried a bit of Pepper and a bit of Jeeves and Wooster. They're sort-of similar, but Jeeves and Wooster are funnier. It's nice to have a book where that above quote is, by far, the darkest thing that could happen. Seriously, there are some stories where people are upset because of ugly mustaches. That's as far as it goes. I recommend going through some. Top-notch stuff, and lots of it copyright-free, so you should be able to read it off of Gutenberg or your favourite eBook site.
  21. A Song Of Ice And Fire

    Fandoms are stupid. That's why I ignore all fandoms.