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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #1350 on: 12 Jun 2019, 06:00 »

Ged like Get, not Jed like Jet.

Yeah... s'what I meant.

Ged (in the UK certainly) is pronounced like Jet.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #1351 on: 12 Jun 2019, 07:19 »

Watched all of Good Omens and now I'm gonna read the book  :evil:
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #1352 on: 13 Jun 2019, 08:13 »

Just finished reading "Storm of Locust" by Rebecca Roanhorse. It's the sequel to "Trail of Lightning". The books are set on Diné land after an event called the Big Water, a series of natural disasters that ravaged and flooded much of the world's surface. Through a combination of magic and engineering, the Diné managed to raise an enormous wall all around their territory, protecting it from the damage done everywhere else. Monsters and Heroes from legend once again walk the land.  The stories follow Maggie Hoskie, a monster hunter cursed with supernatural powers of strength and speed, feared and hated by the very people who rely on her services, one of a handful of people touched with powers associated with their clans.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #1353 on: 13 Jun 2019, 09:45 »

Ged like Get, not Jed like Jet.

Yeah... s'what I meant.

Ged (in the UK certainly) is pronounced like Jet.

Not according to the OED, which has an entry for Ged as a Scottish and Northern English name for the pike (fish) - pronounced with a hard g, not a j.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #1354 on: 13 Jun 2019, 12:47 »

Having read the book, the Prime show was mildly disappointing, especially since American Gods was such a riot - although to be fair, I haven't read that book.

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Does Good Omens end with the season? My Amazon menu lists it as "Season One".
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #1355 on: 13 Jun 2019, 13:07 »

Yes, it's a relatively short book. Amazon Prime apparently has no way of indicating that it's finished after six episodes.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #1356 on: 13 Jun 2019, 13:37 »

Also Neil Gaiman announced that he won't be back if Amazon renews the show, stating that he hasn't written a novel since 2013's "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" and that he would like to getting back to being a novelist. I would also imagine that helping to produce Good Omens was difficult for him, considering how he and Terry Pratchett were such good friends.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #1357 on: 14 Jun 2019, 06:31 »

Also Neil Gaiman announced that he won't be back if Amazon renews the show....
...which reminds me that HBO has renewed Big Little Lies for a second season, despite the entire book story having been covered in the first.  :?
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #1358 on: 14 Jun 2019, 17:33 »

Well, you know. The first season of The Handmaid's Tale covered the entire book as well, and we've had three seasons so far...
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #1359 on: 14 Jun 2019, 19:15 »

Well, you know. The first season of The Handmaid's Tale covered the entire book as well, and we've had three seasons so far...
I don't know that, actually. I stalled in my reading of The Handmaid's Tale and still haven't finished it.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #1360 on: 14 Jun 2019, 19:45 »

It's a bit too close to reality right now for me to give it another go.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #1361 on: 15 Jun 2019, 06:57 »

It's a bit too close to reality right now for me to give it another go.
Off topic, but I saw a Venn diagram a couple days ago with four overlapping circles labeled:
Fahrenheit 451
Nineteen Eighty-Four
Brave New World
The Handmaid's Tale

...and in the center where all four overlap: YOU ARE HERE
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #1362 on: 15 Jun 2019, 08:08 »

This is why I don't read stuff like that. I have enough darkness in my life without having in my entertainment as well. I don't need a dystopian allegory to make me aware of how fuck up the world is and how much more fucked up it could be. I am painfully aware.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #1363 on: 23 Jun 2019, 08:30 »

This is why I don't read stuff like that. I have enough darkness in my life without having in my entertainment as well. I don't need a dystopian allegory to make me aware of how fuck up the world is and how much more fucked up it could be. I am painfully aware.

This is how I have felt about such fiction for a while.

I feel like I already live in a dystopia, I don't need to read about one that doesn't actually sound too much worse.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #1364 on: 23 Jun 2019, 12:36 »

sitnspin and Thrillho - That's fair.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #1365 on: 23 Jun 2019, 13:23 »

Just finished reading "The Tiger's Daughter" and now I am reading "The Phoenix Empress". The books are about too girls in a fantasy analog of  East Asia, one the crown princess and the other the daughter of the chieftain of the nomads of the steppes. Both of whose mother were famous warriors in their youths with a deep and undying friendship forged in war and trauma. The daughters, Shefali and Shinzuku are born under auspicious signs that foretell their lifelong bond and their own great destinies. The first book is told from the perspective of Shefali, the nomadic rider and archer, the eponymous Tiger's Daughter. The second is told from the pov of Shizulu, the princess/Empress of an empire slowly going to rot as an ancient evil takes root spreading sickness and demons across land.

The first book is a sweeping epic that follows them from birth until they are 17. It has action, humour, horror, and romance. The characters are rich and full and wholly believable in all their messy intricacy. The story is deeply engaging and keeps you hooked in. The romance is a long slow burn that takes its time to develop in a believable way.

I'm only a few chapters into the second book, but it is proving to be as enjoyable as the first so far.

If you are in the mood for a low fantasy epic with a side of sweet queer romance, I highly recommend.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #1366 on: 20 Jul 2019, 14:44 »

Just finished Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life by Gary John Bishop. Its very direct and being that I listened to him narrate it via audio-book, it came off as quite the pep-talk. I found it to be quite helpful.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #1367 on: 23 Jul 2019, 10:18 »

I suppose it would be best to post this here rather than anywhere else. As mentioned before, I had read Good Omens fairly recently, but my wife had me wait to watch the show until after our child was born (old world superstition) so we finally watched it. I couldn't help but compare it to the book the entire way through and I must say I like the book better, however the show is also good.  They add new scenes to give the book readers something new to see instead of beat by beat the same story. The ending is essentially the same thing but they go about it differently after the climax. My two biggest complaints about the show 1) the Narrator's pacing (I felt the audio-book had better pacing regarding the narration, and the show narration just seemed rushed) 2) The story seemed rushed. It could be that to me it seemed like it took the entire last week of earth to get through everything whereas the show makes everything happen over the course of the last 3ish days. Now I must admit these are nitpicks and that is one advantage the book will have over any TV show or book is plenty of time to delve into everything. There were many more nit picks I had, but they are just nit picks because I like the book and YMMV.  The show was still great and the new things they did, they did well.
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